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A few months ago, group meetings would usually take place in a conference room around a table. Now every business has had to learn how to communicate via group video chats. For some industries this is nothing new, but for others it is a completely new way of holding a meeting and there is a learning curve.

Let us look at ways to make sure you make a good impression during business meetings, even if you are sitting at home looking at your screen.

Have proper lighting

You probably have heard the phrase “Lights, camera, action!” “Lights” goes first because a camera can only do so much with bad lighting.

Overhead lighting is the worst kind because it creates shadows under your eyes. Sitting behind a window is also not recommended as the sunlight will cause a bright glare. Instead, sit in front of the window so the light is to your advantage. To look your best, use soft light by placing them behind you on your left and right corners with a white background.

Have a good background

Speaking of backgrounds, you should still make the effort to clean up wherever you are during the call. A cluttered background will prove distracting for the people watching or in some cases may prove embarrassing. No one should see your pile of dirty underwear, and your boss may not be interested in seeing your poster of Baby Yoda.

Position your camera at a correct angle

Although you are not using an expensive camera on a tripod, you should still put some effort into placing it at the right angle to capture your face. Place your camera about an arm’s length away from you while making sure to give a bit of space between the top of your hair and the top of the frame. It should capture the triangle of your forehead to your shoulders in the frame.

Dress for the occasion

Tempting as it may be to stay in your pyjamas while working a home, you should clean up a little for a video call. Wear solid colours, wash your face, and brush your teeth in case you just had lunch and have spinach in your teeth. If the room is warm, don’t wear too many layers so you don’t start sweating.

Check your audio

It’s one thing to look good with the right clothing and lighting, but if no one can hear each other it won’t be much of a meeting. Everyone should keep their microphones muted unless it is their turn to speak, which will reduce the chances of background noises distracting participants during the call. You should also use headphones to make sure you can hear everyone and to block out any noises that might be around you.


Posted in: Video Production

You may think of video as something to invest in for your customers or even to showcase your company to brand partners, investors, and the media in general. Yet, there’s a strong place for using video internally within your company. It can be one of the most powerful tools for you to use for communication for a wide range of topics and goals. All you have to do is to know how to make it work.

Video Can Help Keep Employees Engaged

There are dozens of ways you can use video within your company. You can send messages to people individually or create productions that are used for training. In all cases, video is engaging, interesting, and far more interactive than sitting in another meeting. When you use video as a component of your business’s employee engagement, you’ll see significant improvement in their involvement.

Video Conveys Information Easily

Video is also very easy for you to use. Let’s say you have an end-of-the-day note you want to send everyone and you want to be sure everyone gets it. You can do a live video to connect with everyone at one time even at the last minute. Or, you can use any type of device to use playback videos to educate your team or to provide them with the information they need. Most people know how to use video, and it is always in hand with their phones.

Video Lets Your Employees Share Information, Too

Video can also help your employees share information back to you. They can reply to your video with their own, depending on the format. This allows you to gain more insight into what their thoughts and feelings are, well beyond what a formal email would convey.

It’s an Efficient Way to Communicate Across Large Groups

Whether you are creating training segments or quarterly upgrades, video is a good way to communicate lots of information efficiently. It is an easy tool to use to communicate across your entire team with a clear message without having to worry about taking people out of the office for meetings or seminars.

Internal Video Helps Build Brand Awareness

It’s important to have a few videos that you use as components of your brand awareness. Videos can communicate brand information and features at a much higher rate than you could expect from traditional documents or an employee guidebook. In short, it helps information be captured at a higher level than you may expect otherwise.

Video works in many ways. You can even use it as a way to gauge just how interested your employees are – where did they stop watching? Did they make it to the end? Incorporate internal videos as a way to build your company.


Posted in: Video Production

When it comes to creating your next business video, take into consideration how sports videos can offer some suggestions and innovative methods. Sports videos are on-the-go, fast-paced, and exciting. They are attention-grabbing, often pulling people into them just to see what happens. How can that translate into a business video for your needs? There are a couple of key takeaways to consider here.

#1: Work to Grow Your Content

In today’s video world, you really can start from nowhere and work your way up. You do not have to be a star to create a following. You just have to be unique and interesting enough to grab the attention of the fans you are hoping to create. Work to grow your content one video at a time to reach an audience that fits your company.

#2: Capture Real Time

Today’s consumer wants to know what real life is like, not a fake set or a script. Do not be afraid – as the athletes do – to pull out your phone and start recording. While there is always a time for a produced, well-designed video, that is not the requirement. Instead, get real and do it in real-time to grow your audience.

#3: Work with Influencers

Many athletes have become influencers themselves. In short, you just want to get your brand in front of those influencers’ audience. To do that, you need to connect with those people on social media with a large following that is mostly made up of your most likely customers. Be sure to create videos that include cross-overs or collaborations with social media influencers like this to grow your following and to achieve more of a reach.

#4: Work on Building the Emotional Fan Base

You want people who are not just followers of your brand, but that have an emotional attachment to your brand. That may be hard to create initially, but once you learn how to create videos that are authentic and very much realistic, you will easily see your watchers grow. Again, grab your phone, as the athletes do, and make passionate statements about who you are, what you do, and why that matters to you and to your customer base.

#5: Connect within the Community

Athletes know they have to be a part of the community to maintain their fanbase and to drive their skills. The same is true for business owners. Get into the community with your videos. Play a role in the day-to-day lives of your customers.

What can these sports videos teach you? They can most certainly teach you how to grow a strong following of loyal fans.


Posted in: Video Production

There are so many factors to consider when creating video for your business, it’s hard to know where to put more of your time or your budget. Should you put money into storytelling and let the quality of production falter a bit? Finding the right balance here is critical. Remember, you want your video to be memorable for the right reasons.

Superior Production Matters, But Has Its Place

When the time comes to choose a video production company for your business video, you want to hire an experienced, trusted company that does superior work. And, while you should put time and talent into the quality of every frame of the video, this is not the only place for you to invest money.

Many business owners spend a lot of their time finding the most expensive, well-known company to handle their video production only to find that it didn’t produce anything better than what the moderately well-known company did. How does this happen?

The ROI on your video doesn’t always come from the quality of the production itself. Rather, it stems from what makes that video truly memorable to your clients and customers. So, what matters when it comes to business video development?

You Have to Have a Story to Tell

Storytelling outperforms other types of video production in nearly all situations. The key here is that you do not want a video that is so professionally polished that it doesn’t seem realistic or even real. You want to ensure that there’s a feeling of authenticity with the video. It needs to be meaningful. Telling a story can help to communicate that many times over other methods.

Go for the Less Polished Look

Did you know that many of your business videos will be viewed from a smartphone, not a computer? That means that most of your ads are never going to benefit from the polished, enhanced video services you are paying for. The return on your investment is just not there for most companies with most ads. Yet, what you will find is that the less polished look creates room in your budget for more creative thinking and unique storytelling that gets a more important message across.

Where Should You Start, Then?

As you work to develop your business video, there are a few key things to keep in mind:

  • Focus on creating the content of the video as the primary objective. Work with a team that helps you with superior content as a primary focus.
  • Ensure your brand’s voice comes through as well. Even this is more important than that polished, finished video.
  • Ensure your videos are personal and conversion-focused. They need to create an impactful message that helps turn people’s heads towards your business.

The bottom line here is that video quality is important, but it is not more important than the story that your video tells. Avoid the focus on a polished, tight video and instead, look for one that is more authentic and natural. This can make all of the difference in the long term.


Posted in: Video Production

How do you reach your audience? Through print mail, email marketing tactics or strictly on your website? Are you seeing the results you want? Whether you’re reaching goals already or need a little help, branded video content can boost engagement, brand awareness and sales.

“But video isn’t right for my business!” you might say. That’s where we’ll have to disagree. There are a lot of misconceptions about branded video out there. Take a look at the top five video myths as we debunk them.

Myth #1: You Can’t Afford Video

Believe it or not, video is sometimes more affordable than written content (and performs better, to boot). You can snap a video from most smartphones and tablets only to upload it to social networks from the same device seconds later. Even if you shoot a video using a professional production company, the costs are far less than that TV ad spot you’re probably already funding.

Myth #2: There Is No Way to Track Success

Simply untrue. Virtually any platform you use to distribute video has built-in analytics that can give you insight into engagement metrics that can then be tracked to conversions. According to the pros, engagement is the most popular way to monitor content performance. Even if you don’t want to dive into analytics, recording likes, shares and views provides insight into how well your video is doing online.

Myth #3: You Need Professional Actors

Customers can smell phony from a mile away and using professional actors exclusively may even harm your brand’s credibility or trustworthiness. Your audience wants real. They want you, your employees, your existing customers and even your vendors (if applicable) to weigh in on your brand’s value.

Plus, they want humor. Take Dollar Shave Club’s hilarious video as a great example of melding real life with real people. The result: 26 million views and a brand that has become a household name.

Myth #4: Video Isn’t Right for Your Industry

Hogwash! There is no wrong industry for video. Whether you sell a service, a digital product or a physical product, video is the most engaging way to showcase why people should pay attention to your brand. If you’re stumped for ideas, show customers a behind-the-scenes view of your product’s production or record your team’s participation in a local volunteer event. Video is about reaching people on an emotional level, even if you sell antique buttons or oversized clown shoes.

Myth #5: There Is No Time to Create Video

We get it; you’re busy. And that’s a good thing! Your team should be focused on attracting leads, closing sales and retaining your customer base. We’ll just add that investing some time in video production and distribution can help you realize returns that months of staff time, brainstorming, marketing materials and outreach cannot match.

Video Grabs Attention

And, your business will benefit. Hubspot found that video outperformed everything from social media content to interactive articles. So, shoot a video, distribute it and see how it goes. Don’t let myths hold you back. Your ROI will thank you.


Posted in: Online Videos, Video Marketing, Video Production, Video Production Company, Working with a Video Production Company

What type of corporate video is going to really ring true on social media? The type you use really depends on the goals for your next social media campaign and your company as a whole. However, there are a few styles to consider that work the best on social media. Which one is right for you?

#1: Informational and Satirical

Social media streams stop when you post something with a bit of truly funny, though not negative, on your timeline. Choose a video that’s satirical that conveys this. However, be sure to add good information to it at the same time. Don’t waste your viewer’s time but make them smile while learning.

#2: Trendy, Elegant, and Dominating

A bit more sophistication and a lot of trendy charm can also work very well for a social media video. Choose this video format when you want to make a point about how elegant your product is or to elevate your brand. Keep it tasteful, though.

#3: Hip and Lighthearted

If the stuck-up vibe isn’t right for your company, it’s time to consider a lighthearted and hip video style instead. To pull this off, it is very important to remain authentic to your brand and to your audience. Fake smiles are not going to work.

#4: Exciting and Dramatic

When you want to make a powerful statement, your video needs to show that in sound, color, and words. Consider something more mini-series quality that is more epic. These are the types of videos that get shared because they are so awesome.

#5: Inspiring and Sincere Message from the Heart

A feel-good story can work very well for many brands as well. In your video here, you don’t have to get all sentimental, but you can and should be sincere. If you want your brand to exude feelings and positive sentiment, this is the type of video format that is going to work the best for you.

#6: Educational and Straightforward

You could call this the more traditional format of video. It can work very well to communicate important information. If your audience needs information and really benefits from a very straightforward message, this is a good route to take. Keep in mind that all businesses benefit from this traditional format from time to time.

What you say and how you say it matters. This is very true with social media. Yet, it’s not always easy to find a format that’s going to draw enough viewers in. That’s why it tends to be ideal when you work closely with a team of pros to help you.


Posted in: Audience, Camera and Editing Services, Interactive Videos, Online Videos, Video Marketing, Video Production

You may think of video as something to invest in for your customers or even to showcase your company to brand partners, investors, and the media in general. Yet, there’s a strong place for using video internally within your company. It can be one of the most powerful tools for you to use for communication for a wide range of topics and goals. All you have to do is to know how to make it work.

Video Can Help Keep Employees Engaged

There are dozens of ways you can use video within your company. You can send messages to people individually or create productions that are used for training. In all cases, video is engaging, interesting, and far more interactive than sitting in another meeting. When you use video as a component of your business’s employee engagement, you’ll see significant improvement in their involvement.

Video Conveys Information Easily

Video is also very easy for you to use. Let’s say you have an end-of-the-day note you want to send everyone and you want to be sure everyone gets it. You can do a live video to connect with everyone at one time even at the last minute. Or, you can use any type of device to use playback videos to educate your team or to provide them with the information they need. Most people know how to use video, and it is always in hand with their phones.

Video Lets Your Employees Share Information, Too

Video can also help your employees share information back to you. They can reply to your video with their own, depending on the format. This allows you to gain more insight into what their thoughts and feelings are, well beyond what a formal email would convey.

It’s an Efficient Way to Communicate Across Large Groups

Whether you are creating training segments or quarterly upgrades, video is a good way to communicate lots of information efficiently. It is an easy tool to use to communicate across your entire team with a clear message without having to worry about taking people out of the office for meetings or seminars.

Internal Video Helps Build Brand Awareness

It’s important to have a few videos that you use as components of your brand awareness. Videos can communicate brand information and features at a much higher rate than you could expect from traditional documents or an employee guidebook. In short, it helps information be captured at a higher level than you may expect otherwise.

Video works in many ways. You can even use it as a way to gauge just how interested your employees are – where did they stop watching? Did they make it to the end? Incorporate internal videos as a way to build your company.


Posted in: Audience, Online Videos, Video Production, Video Production Company, Video Production Tips

You may not be directing the next box office hit, but directing videos for your business is just as important. Video is directly tied to your brand’s success and can positively impact customer engagement, revenue and your brand’s identity if it is directed well. So, how do you direct actors? Put simply, directing actors takes strong leadership skills and a solid understanding of the video’s tone.

But let’s break it down a bit more. Take in these five tips for directing actors before you shoot your next take (see what we did there?).

1. Be the Expert

Part of directing a video means you’re the go-to expert on all things. From pre-production plans to coordinating technical aspects of the film and interviewing subject matter experts, it’s up to you to make the idea behind a video come to life on-screen. Do your homework before casting actors and really dive into your subject. Think about what questions or concerns actors might have once on-set and have a response ready for them.

2. Establish a Chain of Command

If there is one thing a great director is not, it’s a lone wolf. Not only do you need to have a team of people working with you to create a film, but you also need to be comfortable delegating responsibility and establishing a chain of command. When it comes to directing the actors themselves, that task is yours alone. Make sure you don’t confuse your talent by allowing members of your crew to interfere with your direction.

3. Keep Your Calm

Like a commanding officer on the battlefield, you’re the person each member of the team looks to for guidance. If you’re frustrated, tired or otherwise preoccupied with other things, your actors will notice. Following the previous tips will help keep you clear-headed and capable of leading actors to create a great video.

4. Empower Actors to Perform Well

Actors do best when they have what they need to carry out a role. Assist them by giving actors the tools they need to perform well. If your video involves scripts, let your actors become familiar with the script and ask questions well before you’re on set. Each actor is unique, so get with them one-on-one to learn what they need from you.

5. Pay Attention to Your Actors

Strong attention to detail doesn’t simply mean you need to understand all the components of making a video. It also means you need to read body language and emotions to ensure your actors feel supported and up to the task of carrying out a role. When asked about his method for working with known vs. unknown actors, Scarface’s Brian De Palma remarked, “When they see that you’re very concerned about protecting their performances, watching what they’re doing, and giving them the right suggestions at the right time, they become very easy to direct and look for all the help they can get.”

The Best Directors Direct Themselves First

Being a great director clearly requires that you understand all aspects of filmmaking, but it also requires the ability to control your own emotions and stay on task. The next time you’re planning a shoot, think about your previous video production and evaluate what went right and wrong. Aim improve yourself as a director with each new video.


Posted in: Making Decisions, Video Production, Video Production Company, Video Production Process, Video Production Tips

Pushing Video to the Next Level

There are many ways you can enhance the way video is used, but new technology is making it possible to do much more than what most would expect. For example, with machine learning and artificial intelligence, it could link any person to any location within a video in a short period of time. This may allow for the video to be experiential and immersive, far more so than it has been. Consumers would then be able to go deeper, really learning and interacting within a simple video. In some cases, this could including shopping opportunities, but consider what could be if that video could embrace a true experience.

Another key benefit of this would be providing brands with the ability to learn more about their video’s viewers. Who are they and what are they encouraged by or interested in? You can see, even scene-by-scene, what consumers find as interesting and what they engage with within your video. This would allow you, as a brand, to create more personal images and messages that could capture that individual’s interests at a higher level. Imagine the interaction that could happen here. Then, consider what type of impression this would create on the consumer.

What Does This Mean for You?

When working on video for your next promotion or campaign, consider the benefits of going deeper and doing more. It is possible to link to artificial intelligence and machine learning tools that could enhance the way your customers can embrace the video.

Evolving video to the next level, away from the simple, linear type of content that we’ve seen so commonly on television commercials our entire lives, and creating more interactive and one-on-one experiences could change the way you are able to reach your customers and interact with them. It may even enhance the way those customers think of your company in the long term.


Posted in: 3D animation, Video Production, Video Production Company, Viral Video

b2b videos

It’s shared more than any other type of content on social media and receives more engagement than text-only posts. What are we talking about? Video, of course. According to Content Marketing Institute’s 2019 Benchmark report, 64% of B2B brands are doubling down on video production and distribution across channels when compared to the previous year’s results. Why? Because video gets results.

Discover how you can use video across your social media properties to increase awareness, educate and convert leads into loyal customers.

What the F8 is Facebook Doing?

This year’s F8 conference announced some important changes for platforms like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Zuckerberg and his teams plan to make social media more private in the sense that community and relationships will take center stage. This means brands will be showcased less in news feeds than ever before as group pages and personal connections are given priority.

Facebook Marketplace is also getting more robust as buyers will be able to make purchases directly on the platform and sellers can get paid securely with the potential to increase revenue. Adapt your social media video marketing strategy to take advantage of these important updates.

B2B Animated Video Strategies

Let’s face it: The B2B audience doesn’t quite operate the same way the B2C audience does. That means you’ll need to realign your expectations and get a little more creative before you’ll hit the ROI you’re looking for with social media video. But, many brands are doing video well on social media. Let’s look at a few ways animated video can help your brand engage with businesses and convert followers into clients:

  • Animated GIFs. Bite-sized content that only takes a few seconds to view, GIFs are easy ways to communicate a simple idea or message without an elevator pitch (or large budget).
  • Educating content. Combine valuable information with an entertaining delivery and you’ve got an animated video your audience will enjoy watching and sharing. You can use this type of video to share industry expertise, establish your brand as a thought leader or tackle complex problems your viewer may be facing in their day-to-day business.
  • Animated ads. If your social media strategy includes paid ads, use animated video to make them more eye-catching and engaging than your standard text ad or video pitch.

The Takeaway

If you’re not using every opportunity to entertain and engage current or potential clients on social media, they’re missing the value of your brand. Social media algorithms simply aren’t playing nice with brands that rely on text-only posts, static ads or shared content. Use these animated video ideas to transform your social media marketing strategy into an ROI-boosting endeavour.


Posted in: All Posts, Camera and Editing Services, Video Marketing, Video Production, Video Production Company, Video Production Process, Video Production Tips

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