How to create a simple video that might boost your installs
In order to increase the app-store conversion of my Visual Timer app I thought of adding a promo-video. It should be a simple showcase of the app to give the visitors a better understanding of the simple setup mechanism and other main features.
Main-screen of the App
Additionally, I wanted to also measure the impact of this video on the conversion with an A/B-Test in order to prove my assumption that it actually would boost installs.
As it only should be a “proof-of-concept” and this is only a hobby-project I didn’t want to spend too much time and money on making this video.
I started off by doing some screen-recordings of interactions within the app using Android Studio. I split it into smaller/shorter recordings which then can be combined again in a later stage. I think it was a good idea to not script a longer interaction flow which might need a few attempts of recording. Before recording, I enabled the Demo-Mode of the Android system to “clean” the Status-Bar of the device in order to have a streamlined video.
Having the recordings in place (which took me just a couple of minutes) I was looking for an easy option to add captions to the videos.
iMovie — not really helpful
One of my first ideas was to use iMovie as I was working on my Macbook and it comes for free with macOS.
I wanted to display the video clips inside a device frame and have the captions/description next to it.
Screenshot of the final video
In order to use the recorded clips (.webm), I had to convert them into some format that could then be used in iMovie. After conversion, I had trouble placing the video clip inside a device frame image. You need to use the “picture-in-picture” mode in order to achieve that but are limited in the placement of the background (device frame). Next, I tried to add text descriptions to it and discovered another restriction of iMovie. It is only capable of placing texts on pre-defined positions. This was then the point where I started again looking for alternative tools to create the video.
While doing some research on the web I discovered a few services which either offer the creation of a video (like an agency) or tools which were too expensive for this use case.
Keynote — somehow a Swiss Army Knife
Having seen Powerpoint being (mis-)used as a “design” tool I got the Idea of using Keynote to produce the video clip.
The export function lets you create a video clip of your presentation which comes in handy in that case.
Using Keynote you’re able to place media-content freely on your slide and by leveraging the basic animation options you can even have transitions for text and fading between scenes.
For each scene/feature, I created a separate slide, added some fading animations in between, and adapted the transition to happen automatically after a certain amount of time.
By using Keynote you eliminate also the learning curve for a new video editing tool
After spending one hour I could already export two videos (different languages) and add them to my store entry.
This is the result:
I found it pretty cool to “reuse” an existing tool without much effort to achieve my goal. Of course with Keynote you are limited in terms of post-processing and if you need to have a more complex/longer video the timing can get out of hand quickly. But for a promo-video which anyhow should only be a few seconds that perfectly worked for me.
Having the video ready I started an A/B-Test for my Play-Store entry.
The result currently does not really prove my assumption that it will boost the installs, but I guess there are some improvements possible by adjusting the preview-image of the video and also maybe shorten the video a bit.
Glad to hear any suggestions or tips on that matter!