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10 Best Training Videos and What You Can Learn From Them!

Jul 25, 2022 3:38:16 AM

It’s not enough just to hire the right people for your team.

Once hired, it’s vitally important to get new hires settled in and up to speed with the rest of your team.

But with shrinking attention spans, how do you give your employees a TL;DR version of your training program?

More importantly, would that suffice?

In most cases, it won’t.

And that’s where animated training videos come in.

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What are Animated Training Videos?

Animated training videos are videos made for training purposes.

These videos are entertaining and educational at the same time.

This ensures people not only watch but also remember them.

Why create training videos?

There are many brilliant advantages to this. Here are some of them:

  • Videos save time and money: once made they can be reused a lot!

  • Videos are engaging: being visually stimulating, videos grab and hold attention.

  • Videos are memorable: a good video will stay rent-free in your mind (almost) forever!

  • Videos pack information: companies have compressed hours worth of information in videos that are just a few minutes long.

  • Videos are simple: they can simplify complex topics by showing rather than telling.

How do you make an engaging training video?

People get bored easily.

Yet a lot of employee training sessions feel like boring lectures.

And the result is employees forgetting everything they learned.

Where traditional training methods fail, video wins.

For training videos, you need to simplify complex concepts.

Then you need to put it all down in a script.

Now refine it as much as possible.

Next up, create the graphics and animate them.

Don’t forget to add some music and voiceover!

There’s no one-size-fits-all guide, but here are some quick guidelines to remember while creating your video:

    • Understand your audience and speak their language. 

    • Get visual and make things interesting.
  • Cut out the unimportant stuff and focus on the key points that really matter.

  • This is your story, so let it reflect your values and your culture.

How long should a training video be?

The ideal length for a training video is…as long as it takes.

You could say 5, 10, or even 20 minutes, but it won’t be correct.

The truth is, all you need to do is get your message across.

And you need to do it in as few minutes as possible.

If you still end up with a long video, break it into smaller ones.

10 Best Training Videos

#10 Golden Rules of Safety

This is an example of probably the most critical kind of training video: concerning workplace safety. Diligence and repeated training are vital in keeping your shop floor safe and productive.

Animation has the additional benefit of being lively, colorful, and engaging. It holds the viewer’s attention easier, for longer, and makes the information memorable like few other formats can achieve.

#9 Workplace bullying

Workplace safety is vitally important. But there are other things that can harm the productivity of your team, too.

The nature of our workplaces is rapidly changing. With expensive lawsuits setting precedents, workplace harassment of any kind is a problem that companies cannot afford to ignore. 

Workplace training has been proven to be an effective deterrent in reducing unwanted behavior.

With simple animated training videos like these, companies of all kinds can send a firm message to their team members that harassment, bullying and discrimination will not be tolerated.

Check out the secrets to creating awesome employee training videos!

#8 University of Colorado

Animation has the power to make even the driest, most tedious subject matter come to life and become interesting and engaging.

This video was crafted to highlight the success of the university’s employee services, and list off its achievements and statistics.

Clever animation made it a bright, engaging experience rather than a dry lecture.

#7 CityCare

Nothing communicates your ideas like a story combined with good animation.

This video by CityCare takes a bold creative approach by mixing live footage with typical character animation in the form of a friendly guide talking to the viewer about back pain and how to deal with it.

This makes the video a lot more personal and friendly, and personalizes and humanizes the brand, too; all while more effectively holding on to the audience’s attention, too.

#6 Western Power Distribution 

In this information-saturated age, it’s almost impossible to get people’s attention, even when it really matters. Especially when what you’re trying to say, could save lives in an emergency.

That’s why PSAs like this one from Western Power Distribution used the power of animation to really bring their message to life.

Since we are such strongly visual learners, and animation is so engaging and memorable, their consumers would know what to do during a power cut, even from watching this video only once.

#5 Dumb Ways to Die

This is a personal favorite of ours here at Broadcast2World. And we’re not alone, since “Dumb Ways to Die” has racked up a whopping 240 million views and counting.

It’s catchy, silly, irreverent– and really effective at making its point.

This delightful animated video is meant to highlight the dangers of being careless around railway tracks. Rather than being serious and highlighting the dangers and listing statistics, this video goes the approach of being darkly humorous and childlike at the same time.

#4 How The Economic Machine Works

In the same way that visual aids enhance a teacher’s lecture, video and animated video especially have a natural ability to really supercharge the information you want to impart.

A half-hour long lecture on economics is a lot to take in, even if it is a topic that you’re keenly interested in and actually want to learn.

But by adding animation to it, the audience has their visual senses more naturally and viscerally engaged, and it’s much easier to pay attention for a long period of time.

#3 Why Salespeople Just Can’t Shut Up

This is an example of a clever script combined with equally clever, engaging animation.

How can salespeople be more effective at sales, while talking less? Sounds difficult, and not particularly interesting either.

But this video enthusiastically tackles the question and easily draws the viewer in for the ride. And that’s no accident.

This is just a typical example of how effective animated storytelling can be!

#2 Ancestry Secure Computing

Learning about one’s ancestry and heritage has become a bit of a trend thanks to the ubiquity of the internet.

But this eagerness to share and trust can be a double-edged sword, and it’s important to safeguard one’s own privacy at the same time.

However, most of us aren’t IT experts and simply don’t know how. So Ancestry commissioned this animated video to bring to light the security risks around using open Wi-Fi to get on the internet at a public place, like a cafe.

It walks the fine line between explaining these risks and why they matter, but not being alarmist or hysterical, either.

#1 Racial Harassment Training Video

Finally, here’s an example of a training video that examines harassment and bullying behavior, defines it clearly, and makes it clear that this cannot be tolerated in pretty much any modern workplace in any industry.

Harassment training is expensive and tedious, and offending employees can always claim that they didn’t think their behavior was bad or forbidden. This in turn lays the blame on the employer and workplace for tolerating this behavior, or even encouraging it.

In the decades gone by, there have been numerous landmark lawsuits that resulted in not just high financial cost to the companies involved, but also damage to their reputation and bad PR. As a result, little expense has been spared to cover those bases with employees as thoroughly as possible.

Animated video is a fantastic way to achieve this without the exorbitant cost and time-consuming classes and seminars. The same video can be re-played and reused as many times as needed, and can be viewed on mobile devices and even remote employees.

Not enough examples? Check out 4 types of Corporate Training Videos and how you can use them!

Training Video Stats

Now that we’ve checked out some amazing examples of animated training videos, here are some quick statistics to really bring our point home.

Did you know?

  • IBM saved $579 million in the first two years of its video learning program, with 40 percent of those costs saved from travel and lodging expenses. Source

  • In fact, according to a Pew Research study, 87% of users said that YouTube is important for helping them figure out how to do things they haven't done before. Source

  • In 2018, 55% of people surveyed reported watching two or more informational or instructional videos. Source

  • Another research from Forrester shows that employees engage 75% better with videos as compared to reading emails or web articles. Source

Conclusion

If your marketing strategy has yet to include animated video, it’s never too late to get started! 

And if you’re still not sure where to begin, the good news is, you don’t have to figure everything out right away. You can partner with a good and passionate team who will work closely with you and advise you on the best way to go forward, finding a solution that’s perfect for you, your budget, and your potential customers too. 

When it comes to animated storytelling, the sky is truly the limit!

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