Did you know that video content is among the most engaging content on social media? We are clicking on video over 5 billion times a day on YouTube alone, and Facebook counts 100 million hours of video a day. We love the charge our brain gets with the flurry of images.

Your customers love video, but what about customer surveys? As marketers, we love them because they get into the minds of our customers, providing us with data we can use to better appeal to them and their needs. But is there a middle ground? Is there an easy and engaging solution that gets marketers and customers what they want?

The answer is interactive video surveys.

What are interactive video surveys? How do they both gather what you need from your audience and delight them? Well, keep reading, and we’ll tell you.

What Are Interactive Survey Videos?

Interactive video serves up the ability to ask questions, track responses, caption text, including captioning in dozens of other languages, search options, and certification (a.k.a. award/reward). All of this is under your branding so, you are staying top-of-mind. 

Making videos is simple with today’s devices, and there are also several stock video services as well. If you are originating your own video, storyboard your scenes and keep it three minutes or less. Ask five or fewer questions. Being respectful of the survey takers’ time will net you better results.

Let’s say you are a hospital and are looking to increase your brand with a nutritional wellness program. You are about to launch a new marketing campaign and want to gauge your customer’s interest in nutrition. Your interactive video will have only your branding and colorful images to get their attention. If you have a terrific spokesperson, have them immediately thank the viewer for watching and then ask for help in the form of taking the survey. Make your customers feel special and needed, and that will increase your response rate. Take advantage of social reciprocity and offer something upfront in addition to your gratitude. Perhaps a free health analysis or a nutritional infographic will be well received.  The point is to generate a response from your client.

But Will My Consumers Respond?

When customers are motivated appropriately, you’ll see a higher response, and therefore a more significant contribution.

Learning Management Systems, or “LMS,” which tracks and delivers learning and development opportunities in the corporate sector, has been running towards interactive video because studies repeatedly show that engagement increases with interactivity. What’s more, the most popular type of video to watch is product review videos. This fares well for you as it shows customers are interested in your business if you give them a good reason. Your customers want to tell you what they like and don’t like so you might as well make it easy for them. 

6 Steps to Interactive Video Surveys

You can do this in 6 simple steps. It’s a creative process as well as a profitable strategy for your business, so enjoy the ride and have fun.

1. Create or Download Stock Video.

Keep it 3 minutes or less. Aretha Franklin’s Respect is well under three minutes, so magic can be had in 180 seconds.

2. Write Your Survey.

Content is your love letter to your customers and is instrumental in getting them to click. What is your goal for the survey? Use resources to write the best questions.

3. Put Together the Survey.

Use a platform such as Jolokia’s Inferno to make your customer satisfaction survey interactive and engaging by adding captions, quizzing, and reporting.

4. Use Colorful Imagery.

Use imagery that pertains to your survey questions. A colorful image is visually appealing and will get the attention of survey takers, not only with color but with movement. Our eyes find this hard to resist.


5. Launch Your Interactive Video Survey.

So far, so good! You have your interactive video and survey questions, so now it’s time to share. It’s easy to launch to either your existing customer database or on social media. This would be a good place to “reward” your survey takers with a little something from you. Maybe they get a one-page infographic on the benefits of nutrition that includes your contact information. Working from social media with your interactive video survey could net you a few rewards as well as increasing market exposure, continued branding, educating new customers as to your offerings, and general goodwill for your hospital.

6. Relax.

Eat a cookie. Wait for responses to pile in and keep track of how many.

7. Track Responses.

Tracking responses is easy since you will have a single-sign-on by sending the interactive video survey directly to your customer base. If launching on social media, you can have them give you an email to take the survey.  You’ll be able to track responses and use the data to make your business better.

Using this data, you can focus your marketing efforts on targeted messages.  Knowing what your patients and clients will respond to increases your chance of achievement of a positive message.

8. Repeat.

Send more video surveys to build your base and grow customer satisfaction. Use the results of your previous surveys to tweak and improve your future ones for more success.

Here’s to getting your clients to tell you what they like.

Author Bio

Donna Smith Fee is Director of Sales for Jolokia, an enterprise video solutions company. She lives in Athens, GA, where there is always music and interesting people with whom to have a good conversation.