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SaaS Explainer Videos: The Bridge Between SaaS and the Customer

Originally published April 19, 2016  ·  Updated March 24, 2023
SaaS Explainer Videos: The Bridge Between SaaS and the Customer

You’ve gathered a team of computer engineers from MIT to develop a SaaS solution.

They are highly skilled, and they develop functional, smooth, and gorgeous software for you.

But once your final product launches, the crowd isn’t cheering for you. There isn’t even a single pair of hands clapping to welcome your SaaS product to the market.

And you’re wondering… why is nobody signing up for my software?

Because nobody really understands how it works, what it does, and what good it will do should one decide to use it.

That’s the dilemma of being a SaaS (Software as a service) company. You may have the best software on the market but nobody uses it, because they have no idea what it actually does.

You have to explain it to your audience. Otherwise, they will hesitate to even give it a try. Or worse, they won’t even know it exists.

That’s where SaaS explainer videos function as a bridge between you and your audience. Some also use explainers to create product videos or customer onboarding videos. Show them the bridge and they’ll cross it on their own.

Why? That’s precisely what you’re going to learn in this post.

1. Story-Driven Video with Casual Language

As a SaaS company, not everyone is familiar with how your SaaS product works or why they would need your SaaS product in the first place.

Even if you have a similar concept to existing SaaS companies, you must have several features to make your software better than your competitors.

A SaaS explainer commonly uses casual language that’s easier for most people to understand, instead of the technical jargon you likely use when talking to fellow developers.

Thus, SaaS explainers are marketing videos that connect your company to your audience (who presumably don’t understand your lingo).

2. SaaS Explainer is Fresh Content in Advertising

Generally, people tend to avoid any kind of advertising video. As soon as that “skip this ad” button appears on YouTube, they click it. (I know you do, too.)

Compared to common marketing, which usually only brags about how good a product or service is, SaaS explainer videos are more informative and valuable.

An explainer for a SaaS company should have fundamental information so that whoever watches it will have an adequate understanding of the software.

Consider a tutorial SaaS video, or simply an explanation of why the audience will need a particular product or service. These kinds of videos provide more value to your audience, even though in fact, they are promotional content.

For example, take a look at this explainer video that explains depression and provides a strategy to help you cope with it, in under 2 minutes:

For SaaS companies, explainer clips are universal content that can be used in multiple places, like your website’s landing page and your company’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

With cutting-edge animations, illustrations, graphics, and other visual elements, SaaS explainer videos can give a sprinkle of color to your previously dull-looking fan pages. They can also leave a positive impression about your apps and contribute to your website’s SEO.

In order to get the most out of YouTube’s potential, you might want to check out our quick YouTube thumbnail tips article.

You need to be wary, though. Sharing your SaaS explainer videos with the wrong crowd may cause adverse effects on your company.

Check out our DIY social media sharing tricks for more insight on this.

3. SaaS Videos Save Time

SaaS users want to know why they should use your SaaS solution and how to do so.

Instead of reading a 10-step tutorial on how to use the software, explainers use engaging animation and visuals to elaborate on your SaaS product.

SaaS companies are usually innovative and tend to create new or unusual concepts for their products.

For this very reason, a video is highly favorable in comparison to explanatory texts.

Consider that researchers have proven that 90% of the information our brains pick up is visual. It’s because the human brain is hardwired to process visual information 60 thousand times faster than text.

Research has also proven that video improves learning results. If video is not the most viable and effective way to introduce a new concept to the public, I don’t know what is.

To SaaS companies that emerge with a new and innovative concept for software, an explainer is a cornerstone for pitching their software to the market.

Let’s take NextGlass as an example. They developed an app that can tell you which brand of wine you should try next.

Explaining that concept would be a little bit complicated, don’t you think? But try watching this video:


Much easier to digest, right?

As easy and casual as it may sound, producing a SaaS explainer video (particularly like the animated one above) isn’t a cakewalk. You still have to decide the video production, which animation style is suitable for your concept, and whether or not you have forbidden content in your video.

4. Explainer Videos Enhance SaaS Marketing

As a SaaS company, you’ve got to have a strong online presence.

Video is crucial in enhancing your SaaS marketing, including determining your website’s ranking in search engines. Your video’s thumbnail being present in search engine results is more likely to get people’s attention.

Search Engine Watch, in one of their articles: The Rise of Video, puts videos as evidence of quality content, as part of a media mix on a site, and helps send signals to search engines that your page or site contains rich media relevant to search requests.

According to research by Backlinko, 80% of the top volume keywords now have rich media in their search results.

It also shows that search results with rich media elements (not necessarily video) outperform results without rich media.

In short, using videos for marketing can drive more views and clicks to your domain, making it stronger in terms of ranking and authority.


With a quick video production process, creating an explainer video can be a profitable investment. Besides, it is suitable for today’s audiences who are expert skimmers. So here it goes:

  • A SaaS explainer video is simple, and it speaks a common language.
  • It’s a double agent: advertising and education.
  • It’s great for your website’s SEO.

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