10 Great Examples of 30 Second Explainer Videos

Get inspired by the most effective examples

Written by Aram Movsisyan

Senior Producer, Yans Media

30-second explainer videos work great when you know how to create them properly. So we’ve put together an extensive article to help you with ideas.

In this post, we’ve picked 10 great examples. Then, we break down why they’re great and work so well for marketing. You’re sure to get some solid inspiration from these videos.

Let’s go!

Call Me Out Explainer Video

Using a Celebrity the Right Way

This video captures you instantly. First of all, they use a fitting celebrity – Mike Tompkins. Of course, just because a celebrity is in a commercial, that doesn’t mean it will sell your product. But the use here isn’t gratuitous, and let’s face it – Mike’s presence sells the message.

Then, in the following scene, you see amazingly executed animation with beautiful motion work and detail. And the best part is they’re able to explain all the benefits of their app in just 30 seconds with an engaging story told by a known person. Well done!

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • Fast hook with gorgeous visuals
  • Smart use of a celebrity
  • Telling about the benefits throughout the entire story

Varpet App Explainer Video

Using video to get your info seen

Mobile applications are now a big part of our lives. And companies that have a video on the App Store or Android Play Market have much better conversion.

People are lazy – they don’t want to download anything before knowing its benefits. They also don’t want to read tiny letters and descriptions from their devices. That’s why videos work much better when they’re informative and persuade people to download your app.

The Varpet app video is a great example of that. It addresses the main pain point – too much time is wasted looking for a professional worker. Then it talks about the solution and benefits before ending on a strong call to action. It’s a classic and effective solution. And the result? A 10-15% increase in downloads for Varpet.

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • Captivating visuals
  • Thorough explanation of benefits
  • A strong call to action
  • Result-oriented without being boring

Neat Streets App Explainer Video

Expensive doesn’t mean it will work, and inexpensive doesn’t mean it won’t

This 30-second explainer video is a wonderful example of spending your money wisely and still getting high value. What I mean is, these days we see a lot of companies invest money in expensive productions and forget about the main goal of an explainer video – simplifying and explaining. I believe this video cost around $3000 – $4000, but it does its job much better than a lot of videos that cost 10 times more. Let’s check together.

-Does it explain what the app does? Check!
-Does it speak to the target audience? Check!
-Is there a great hook? Check!
-What about a strong call to action? Check!

Guys, spend your money wisely and remember, the main goal of an explainer video is to explain what you do and start a conversation.

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • Simple but effective
  • Results on a small budget

Hey You App Explainer Video

A great hook makes a great video

A promise to help people save time is a classic approach that has no expiration date – especially when it comes to keep you from wasting time in line. This is a problem that we will always have. Now, there are many products that promise to save time, and creating a video that stands out from the crowd is a challenge.

The solution this video uses is simple but still strong. A captivating opening with word play and the visual metaphor of someone drowning in the sands of time hook viewers. Then comes the promise of using time in a better way – to spend time on the fun things in life. Regardless of where the video goes next, this would at least keep you around to see what the product is, right?

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • Clever wordplay to capture attention at the beginning
  • Using visual metaphors

Axon Terminal

Hit viewers with triggers they aren’t even thinking about 

After watching this 30-second marketing video, you may feel compelled to give them a try. Or at least have a gut feeling that this company can handle what they say they can. As a video marketing expert, I thought for a while about what it is that works in this video. Why would I be compelled to use this, even though I live in a region that isn’t even covered by its services?

After a while, I figured it out – it’s the music. See, it’s all about associations. The music develops the entire atmosphere of those tough and reliable guys that handle big trucks and drive 24/7 to keep our supply chains flowing. It’s a tough guy on an empty road-ready for whatever challenge pops up. A good, strong piece.

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • The power of using the right music track

AllTrails Pro Explainer Video

Positivity works!

What we love about this video is that it doesn’t scare you with “bad things” that will happen if you don’t download their app. Rather, it focuses on all the good things you’ll receive; joy, adventure, and a safe trip. Another great conceptual choice is the main character of the video. By using a young girl, they are making it clear and obvious that anyone can be safe with the app. Since the question of safety is always brought up before any trip, the production company did a great job by countering potential objections.

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • Positive concept instead of a negative (using fear tactics, etc.)
  • Handling objections without being obvious about it

Bermuda Explainer Video

No “need”? Create one!

How do you create a need for people when it comes to luxury items? If you’re Bermuda, you sell the idea that luxury can be yours without the high cost of ownership.

They talk about the 2 happiest days of a boat owner’s life: buying it and selling it. Then they let you know that you can have all the fun they aren’t having with none of the troubles, like maintenance and spending tons of money. Don’t know how to prepare it or sail it? No problem, they’ll handle that too!

Another thing we love in this video is that there isn’t a pushy call to action. They don’t say you need to act now, or do something immediately. They instead let you know that you can be the wise person who makes the right choice. They literally create a need for you. What I mean is that you don’t really need this service, but the story develops a need you didn’t know you had, and a solution you suddenly realize you want!

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • Creating a need
  • Getting viewers to use their imagination and build a mental picture instead of spoon-feeding them every visual

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Veruna Clean Animated Explainer Video

Another clever way to get people to pay attention

We always pay attention to something that’s weird or things we don’t recognize. That stems from our very instincts to stay alive back from ancient times. Deep down, we don’t feel safe until we understand and process what it is we’re looking at. Of course, we aren’t sitting here trembling from an animated explainer video, but the content grabs us at a subconscious level.

I’m not sure if the production company intended to create this concept for their video, but it works perfectly on social media channels when there is no sound and you need to capture a person’s attention. Another concept that works here is that of a puzzle. That works by triggering you to remember details when you solve a puzzle because you actively worked to assemble it. That’s why some marketing materials make you think and you remember them so well.

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • Speaks to your instincts
  • Uses the interaction to familiarize the product to you

Instapay 30 Second Explainer Video

Know where video fits in your funnel

Sometimes you don’t need to dive deep to create a successful marketing message, especially in an explainer video. It should be as simple as possible. That’s what’s accomplished in this video. They just talked about the main benefits of the product in a simple manner and simple style. No complex wording, no fancy visuals. Just a clean message. Of course, this concept doesn’t always work, especially when you need to attract attention. However, if you’re looking for a video to use in the later stages of your marketing funnel, it works perfectly.

If you want to learn how to use video the right way in your marketing funnel, check out this article, or schedule a free consultation with a video marketing expert.

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • It’s simplicity
  • Proper usage for specific stages of the sales funnel

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Coind

Everyone else is doing it? Then don’t

When all the companies in your industry use the same style for their communication, the risk is high that your message will be lost in the mix. The Guys from Coind made an effective decision because all the blockchain companies are using the same futuristic design style. We understand the reasons, but it just isn’t effective anymore. These guys understood that. The advertising guru Sir John Hegarty advises, “When they zig, you zag,” and it always works when you know how to do it right.

Ways this video can inspire you:

  • Do it a different way. When they zig, you zag

Closing Words

We hope that this post gives you inspiration for your own 30 second explainer video. Just like every other piece of marketing, an explainer video is a tool. It must be crafted properly, and then used for the right job in the right way. If you’d like to consult with our marketing expert to see how an explainer video would fit in your strategy, schedule a free meeting at any time!

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