Video is a powerful medium to deliver fast, fun and informative messages to buyers who want to quickly understand the value of hosted desktops and apps.

At Citrix Summit, one of the most popular marketing questions from Citrix service providers was “how can I create a video to market Desktops-as-a-Service?” The Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) market is growing quickly – and Citrix Service Provider-based DaaS solutions provide complete PC-style Desktops-as-a-Service for applications and email securely delivered over the web. Today small and large service provider firms have a timely end goal: educate Desktops-as-a-Service prospects with videos that best showcase their DaaS offering.

Video: Influencing Business Buying Decisions

Why is video so important? Forbes* research found

  • 75% of executives questioned watch business related videos every week
  • Of those, 65% visit the marketer’s website after viewing a video
  • 50% of those who viewed a marketing video went on to make a purchase for their business

*Forbes Insights: Video in the C-Suite

Video is accessible to busy buyers. Videos can play while a buyer enjoys a cup of coffee, waits at the airport gate, or multi-tasks during another work activity. YouTube has made video very accessible, searchable and a common pre-purchase research tool.

Producing a Desktops-as-a-Service Video: High End or $100 Investment?

Producing a Desktops-as-a-Service thought leadership video can involve a professional film crew or be an in-house low key production. Videos can be created on reasonable budgets. For example, Vieo Design blogged tips to produce a video for $100 (USD) using an iPhone microphone app and a few inexpensive lights from the local home improvement store. This is attainable for most budgets and skill levels.

Be creative about finding video resources. Local colleges, small marketing agencies or even freelancers may be the answer to creating your own Desktops-as-a-Service videos.

Using Video for Marketing a Desktops-as-a-Service Business

In 2014, Citrix created a customizable “What is a hosted desktop?” video for Citrix Service Providers to brand with their own logo and website. The video is targeted to the SMB audience and can be translated into local languages.

Service providers using this video relay it explains DaaS for SMB buyers who may not be familiar with terms like hosted VDI or even virtualization.  It continues to be a very popular resource in 2015.

Learn how to customize the “What is a hosted desktop?” video for your service provider firm with instructions on the Citrix Service Provider Center of Excellence.

Creative Video Examples to Educate and Delight Audiences

At Citrix Summit, I showed several fun video examples in my session “Top Tips and Trends in Marketing a Desktops-as-a-Service Business.” Here are great videos to spark some ideas:

What is a hosted desktop? (Mitä tarkoittaa Virtualisoitu työympäristö?) – the Citrix “what is a hosted desktop?” video was customized and translated into Finnish by Citrix Service Provider Magic Cloud

A Hosted Desktop Demo to Let Prospects See Your Offering

– this Office Builder video created by Citrix Service Provider Proxios

Tek is the New Black – a thought leadership and trends video series created by Citrix Service Provider TekLinks

They gave me a camera – a “man on the street” video series from Citrix Desktops and Apps CTO Gunnar Berger

Citrix Mobility Solutions: Defining the Mobile Government Worker – a fun and educational end user focused video from the Citrix Public Sector/Government team

Citrix End User video for the University of Central Florida –a step-by-step video teaching end users how to use Citrix Receiver (see this Citrix Education blog for more details on end user adoption videos)

Desktops-as-a-Service Global Market Trends: The Service Provider Perspective – a research summary video from the Citrix Service Provider Center of Excellence

Video: The Desktops-as-a-Service Marketing Medium of 2015?

Get started using video to market Desktops-as-a-Service in 2015.  First, customize and share the “what is a hosted desktop?” video. Then, let the creativity take over and create a video that speaks to the unique value of your service provider firm.

Relay how video is working for spreading the word about Desktops-as-a-Service. Share your Desktops-as-a-Service videos on the Citrix Service Provider LinkedIn group and on Twitter tagging @citrixcsp

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