I interviewed Zappos.com's Video Product Manager, Laurie Williams, who shares with me how her company Zappos is harnessing their "quirky" company culture to feature both staff and fans in online videos; and using personal engagement to sell their products, their brand, and their culture – for a groovy holistic video e-commerce experience.
Zappos Product Videos – Have Your Staff Do The Presentations
Last year, we wrote about the initiative at Zappos to deploy e-commerce video after the company ran tests demonstrating that Zappo's videos caused an increase in conversions. Recently, Zappos started a new Video Description feature on their product pages. Basically, Zappos has been producing videos for all of their products, which are very short, presented by actual staff members demonstrating and talking about the various products they carry.
"The idea behind the videos is that we also want to show off the Zappos quirky personality." Says Laurie. "We want these employees to know the item really well, and be a sincere sell to the customers. We want the customer to first trust them before they purchase the item.”
(I recommend checking out more information and a few video examples about this feature from Zappos fan blogger and fellow Chicagoan, Lindsey Cochan)
The Zappos Video Experience – UGC
Zappos has been promoting since 2008 on their Website "The Zappos Video Experience," where visitors/customers submit their own video to Zappos' YouTube channel. The channel features their favorite video submissions by users, and they mention that some of the users' videos are also showcased on the Zappos.com website. I recommend watching this most recent video from a Zappos customer, where she share's a light and enjoyable story about her appreciation of Zappos' customer service. (She even receives flowers and all - much better than some boyfriends do. ;)
5 of Zappos' Core Values Applied To Video
Here are five of the 10 Zappos Core Values which I would say Zappos is already being showcased with the video they're featuring online:
- Deliver WOW through service
- Embrace and drive change
- Create Fun and a Little Weirdness "because the shoe demos they're posting now are hosted with warmth and wit by the real people who work for Zappos." Says Lindsey.
- Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
- (#6 on the full Zappos list) – Build a positive team and family spirit. "I would definitely say that personal engagement is a big thing at Zappos." Says Laurie. "That's definitely what I feel is helping us sell our items, and also sell our culture.”
About Laurie Williams
Laurie Williams is the Video Product Manager for Zappos.com, who she's been an employee for since January 2005. What she and I both have in common (besides online video and selling stuff), is we both served in the U.S. Army. Don't let the Chuck Norris-style video done by her Zappos crew scare you – she's really a kind helper to bloggers.