Leverage virtual video presentations to build rapport with B2B clients

DeckLinks icon

Table of Contents

Building rapport with prospects is the foundation of sales success. But how can sales teams establish meaningful connections in our increasingly virtual business landscape? While technology enables efficiency, it can hamper relationship-building. This article will demonstrate how sales teams can leverage virtual video presentations to forge strong rapport with B2B clients. We’ll explore best practices for crafting compelling videos and acing virtual meetings. Read on to enhance your personal touch at a distance.

The Power of Video for Making Connections

Having spent over a decade in B2B sales, I’ve seen firsthand the power of video to build rapport with prospects. In my experience, video presentations create a depth of connection that other mediums simply cannot match.

Let me share some compelling research on this topic. Did you know that video meetings increase trust between sales reps and prospects by 43%. Face-to-face video humanizes what could otherwise be a cold, distant sales process. Clearly, video helps buyers get to know and trust sales reps.

At DeckLinks, we leverage video sales presentations to simulate in-person meetings. I vividly remember the first time I gave a video demo to a prospect named Jacob who I’d only spoken to by email and phone. Being able to read his facial expressions, answer questions in real-time, and share my screen to showcase our product’s capabilities allowed me to establish rapport with Jacob. He could finally put a face and personality to my name. Our video conversation felt natural, authentic, and engaging.

After that online meeting, Jacob was eager to move forward with a purchase order. He told me the video presentation was pivotal in building trust and giving him confidence in our solution. Video allowed me to connect with Jacob as a trusted advisor rather than an annoying sales rep. I’ve had countless similar experiences where video differentiated my approach and accelerated deal cycles.

In summary, video is unrivaled for making meaningful human connections in sales – even from a distance. I encourage all sales teams to incorporate more video presentations and demos into their processes. Let prospects see, hear and get to know the real you. Video can simulate in-person meetings and help you establish trust to win deals. This medium is simply too powerful not to leverage in today’s digital selling landscape.

Custom branding
Showcase your brand.
Video narrations
Easily video-narrate sales presentations or proposals when needed (otherwise video is optional). Redo slide if you made a mistake. Use built-in teleprompter to record longer videos.

Data rooms
Attach any supporting files and links. Make it easy for your prospects and clients to find the right information quickly.

Company profiles
Create company profiles with custom banners and info-packages tailored to different industries.
Contact details
Show your contact info easily accessible by your prospects and clients.
Custom CTAs
Add custom CTAs to drive prospects or clients to your calendar, sign up form, etc.
Engagement analytics
See how prospects and clients interact with your PDFs.

Feedback and Reactions
Collect feedback from prospects and clients. Feedback and reactions are not publicly visible.
Share PDFs
Share any existing PDF presentations and documents.
Live links
Share with a single link. Update files even after sharing your link. Get notified when your PDF is viewed. Turn off access anytime.

DeckLinks icon

4x Sales Content Engagement

Record and share Video PDF presentations and proposals and WOW your prospects and clients with the most personal customer experience. Access engagement analytics. Learn more.

Tips for Creating Engaging Video Presentations

Over the years, I’ve refined my approach to video sales presentations in order to maximize engagement and impact. Let me share 4 tips that have worked wonders for me and my sales team:

First, customization is key. I always tailor my video demos and pitches to each prospect’s unique situation. Before a call, I’ll thoroughly research their pain points, objectives, and specific requests. Then I’ll weave in customized demo scenarios, data points, and use cases that speak directly to their needs. Custom content shows prospects you did your homework and gets them actively listening.

Second, make it a conversation not a one-way presentation. I strive to make video meetings highly interactive with a natural back-and-forth flow. I directly engage prospects by peppering in questions, asking for feedback, and using names. Making a personal connection matters. I also monitor body language and reactions so I can adapt my approach in real time based on what resonates with each viewer.

Next, effective visuals and demos are a must. As the saying goes, show don’t just tell. I often share my screen to showcase our platform’s capabilities tailored to the prospect’s workflow. Visually demonstrating our solution in action is far more powerful than just describing it verbally. I also embed relevant graphics, screenshots, mockups and videos to reinforce key points.

Finally, bring passion and authenticity. One of the biggest advantages of video is letting your personality shine through. I infuse my video presentations with energy and enthusiasm. Sharing real stories about challenges I’ve faced allows me to find common ground with prospects. When you show some heart, conversations flow naturally.

Mastering these 4 tips has empowered me to create video presentations that engage viewers and compel them to take action. Remember, in video selling, customized content, seamless interaction, impactful visuals and authenticity are key to standing out.

FEATURED POST

Learn how to use video for sales to close more deals. How to prepare for a video presentation. What questions to ask on a video sales call.

Best Practices for Virtual Video Meetings

From painful experience, I’ve learned to always test my technology well before an important video call. I can’t count how many times I’ve scrambled to reconnect with prospects after a glitchy internet connection or webcam failure. Now I make it a habit to test my equipment, internet speed, camera framing, and screensharing functionality at least 30 minutes prior to every video meeting. Taking those quick precautionary steps ensures my technology runs smoothly so I can focus on engaging the prospect.

Once the meeting begins, maintaining eye contact is critical to fostering connection through the screen. I position my camera at eye level and look directly into the lens as much as possible. This maintains the eye contact perspective that builds rapport in face-to-face meetings. I also watchProspect reactions closely and talk directly to each attendee by name to further drive engagement.

Pacing is another key consideration for video. I’ve learned to leave ample pauses for prospects to absorb information and to check for visual cues that I’m moving too quickly. If I sense I’m overwhelming prospects, I’ll recap key points and slow my pace. Conversely, I’ll pick up the pace and add interactivity if I see attention drifting. Reading the room is just as important virtually as in-person.

Finally, prompt follow up after the meeting is crucial. I immediately send a recap email thanking prospects for their time, summarizing key discussion points, and laying out next steps. Speedy follow up capitalizes on the momentum from our conversation and keeps me top of mind. I also send any requested information ASAP while their interest is piqued.

Mastering these areas will optimize your video sales meetings. Small tweaks make a big impact, helping you effectively engage prospects through the screen.

Custom branding
Showcase your brand.
Video narrations
Easily video-narrate sales presentations or proposals when needed (otherwise video is optional). Redo slide if you made a mistake. Use built-in teleprompter to record longer videos.

Data rooms
Attach any supporting files and links. Make it easy for your prospects and clients to find the right information quickly.

Company profiles
Create company profiles with custom banners and info-packages tailored to different industries.
Contact details
Show your contact info easily accessible by your prospects and clients.
Custom CTAs
Add custom CTAs to drive prospects or clients to your calendar, sign up form, etc.
Engagement analytics
See how prospects and clients interact with your PDFs.

Feedback and Reactions
Collect feedback from prospects and clients. Feedback and reactions are not publicly visible.
Share PDFs
Share any existing PDF presentations and documents.
Live links
Share with a single link. Update files even after sharing your link. Get notified when your PDF is viewed. Turn off access anytime.

DeckLinks icon

Reduce back and forth by over 50%

Create personalized client portals. Share the latest sales collateral with a single live-link. Ensure prospects and clients have easy access to the most up-to-date sales content. Learn more.

Measuring Results and Continuously Improving

I know it’s critical to track key sales metrics before and after implementing video presentations. When my team first started doing video demos, we closely monitored lead quality, prospect engagement, conversions rates, and deal cycles. Comparing this data to our baselines without video gave us tangible proof of video’s positive impact. Sales cycles shortened by 27% and close rates improved dramatically. Tracking metrics also helped us calculate our video ROI and make a data-driven case for wider adoption.

Equally important is soliciting client feedback on your video presentations. This provides incredibly valuable insight into what engages viewers versus what falls flat so we can continuously tweak our approach. Constructive feedback from prospects has led to things like reducing slides, adding more conversations, and limiting tech jargon.

Finally, we use the data and feedback collected to actively refine our video strategy. For example, feedback showed that prospects wanted more opportunities to interact during the presentation. So we now pause for questions every few minutes. We also shortened our videos based on data showing higher completion rates for videos under 10 mins. Regularly analyzing results and feedback allows us to experiment, learn, and constantly optimize to boost video effectiveness.

The key is commitment to continuous improvement. As soon as you get complacent, your video strategy will become outdated and ineffective. By tracking metrics, soliciting feedback, and refining based on insights, you’ll keep seeing better results over time. Video is powerful, but proper measurement and refinement is what will ultimately drive sales success.

Conclusion

I’m a firm believer in their power to build rapport and connections – even from afar.

  • Video helps humanize your sales process and establishes trust that drives conversion rates. Prospects get to know the real you.
  • Customized, conversational video presentations simulate in-person meetings better than any other medium. Engage don’t just present.
  • Proper preparation and follow up optimize virtual video meetings. Technology, pacing and eye contact all matter.
  • Track metrics, solicit feedback and refine your approach over time. Continual improvement is crucial for video success.

I urge all sales teams to fully leverage video’s potential. Start incorporating short personalized videos in your outreach and demos. Use video presentations to engage prospects on a deeper level and accelerate deals. This medium allows your passion, personality and expertise to shine through. Don’t leave it untapped – video can transform your sales relationships when done right.

The time is now to press record and start using video to build trusted advisor rapport with your B2B clients. As technology progresses, successful sales will be about real human connections. Video is your vehicle – now hit the road.

FAQs

What are the benefits of using video for sales presentations?

Video allows you to make authentic connections and build trust with prospects by having natural conversations. Face-to-face video humanizes sales interactions and helps you establish rapport from afar.

Leverage customized content, conversational tone, interactive elements, impactful visuals/demos, and passion to engage prospects on video calls like you would in person. Read reactions and adapt in real-time.

An effective presentation is customized, conversational, visually engaging, and authentic. Focus on helping prospects by speaking to their needs and tailoring demos. Be yourself.

Pepper in questions, polls, feedback opportunities, and pauses. Engage prospects instead of presenting one-way. Adapt based on reactions for optimal interactivity.

Test technology ahead of time, maintain eye contact with the camera, control pacing, read reactions, follow up promptly, and send any requested info quickly after.

Research thoroughly beforehand to understand pain points and objectives. Customize content accordingly speaking to their needs. Ask for feedback after meetings to improve.

Keep it short and impactful. Focus on primary points tailored to the prospect. Build in conversational elements and visuals/demos supporting key ideas. End with clear next steps.

Track sales cycle length, conversion rates, and other metrics before and after implementing video. Compare to analyze the impact and ROI.

Continuously collect prospect feedback through surveys and refine your approach based on insights. Learn from experience and be committed to improving video strategy.

About the Author

Our content team of sales, lead generation, and marketing experts provides industry-leading thought leadership on B2B sales and marketing, lead nurturing, and sales enablement strategies. With decades of combined C-suite and VP-level experience, we deliver actionable B2B sales and marketing content that gives B2B companies a competitive advantage. Our proven insights on lead management, conversion rate and sales optimization, sales productivity, and tech stack empower companies to increase revenue growth and ROI.

Book a demo

We're happy to answer all your questions!

Search

Live Q and A
LIVE Q&A

Get 30 days free

Join 30-min live training – extend DeckLinks Business Plan free trial from 14 to 30 days. Watch a deck link example.

Share the article

DeckLinks - Tips and guides for the most ambitious teams
RESOURCES

Get our latest guides right in your inbox

Table of Contents