DYM Author Pro-Tip: Consider Including an Explanation Video
We want to help DYM Authors like you effectively communicate the value of the resources you've worked so hard to provide. Sometimes, great resources go un-downloaded, or un-used, because youth workers don't grasp how to use it or how it can bring value to their ministry!
If your stuff is more complex than say a typical screen game, or you want to cast vision for how someone might implement your resource, consider sharing your vision for "why" and/or an instructional "how" with an Author Video!
An author video can help personalize you to your audience and help them get to know you, hear your heart for the resource, and how it went over for you with your students.
There are a few great examples on the DYM site, and this one for “Storyline” by Tim Wildsmith is a SOLID one:
- He begins with what the resource is designed to do (the "why")
- He lists specific features of his resource (i.e. "It's full of Scripture")
- Shares ideas on how to implement it
- Perhaps the most powerful part of his video, he shares things that happened as a result of the series
So your flow could be something like this:
- Introduce yourself
- Why did you create this resource? Is there a problem you wanted to solve? How does it help you?
- Tell us about it with specifics
- How did your students/parents/volunteers respond?
- What do you hope it will do for other youth workers?
Check out a few other examples of what this looks like in action from DYM Authors:
- "Meet N Greet" Brandon Early
- "Where's the Ball? Pickleball Edition" Joshua Boldman
- "Family Trivia Game Night" Isaac Leimeister
- "New Season's Greetings" Andrew Larsen and Timothy Miller
- "Unlock the Box: Winter Edition" Jenna Bush
- "Escape the North Pole" DYM Team
- Shoot for a concise timeframe between 30 seconds - 3 minutes
- If your video is for the youth worker only and something we add to your product detail page, a smartphone can do the job! But, you can choose to partner with someone who has video chops to help you deliver your message in a visually compelling way.
- Have a steady camera
- Lighting that is even and soft looks best
- Don't like being in video? Make it without a talking head or ask a friend to help! Isaac's "Family Trivia Game Night Expansion Pack" is a great example.
This can really help customers understand your resource and its benefit to them - help them catch the vision!