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A woman food photographer in the background leans down to take a close-up, in a modern kitchen, of autumn fruits and vegetables - mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, and cranberries.

Food, whether cooking or eating it, can bring people together. Video and photography websites have allowed all would-be chefs to share their kitchen skills for a global communal experience.

With the need to consume food at home growing every day, along with the need to watch videos online, lets have a look at the top video food trends of 2020.

Show off the texture

A food’s texture enhances its appeal by offering dimension, contrast, details and by adding a fun and surprising element. A good way to highlight a food’s texture is by showing condensation for beverages such as sparkling water. It can also work for seaweed, edible flowers, or dehydrated powders.

Baking

Professional food websites have led a growing number of home cooks to try their hands at baking. The focus of these step-by-step instructional videos is to demystify the baking process while offering visuals cues for cooking indicators.

These videos focus on the instructional micro-moments of baking and on details while offering a clear context. They can be used to illustrate how to make bread, sourdough, tea loves, scones, and pastries.

Fermentation

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, tepache, and koji are becoming common kitchen ingredients. Fortunately, the fermentation process is very visual because it can add texture and details to your videos. You can also add an audio element if you record the “burping” fermented food sometimes release.

Your video could also trend under “science” if you explain in detail what is happening during the fermentation process.   

Takeout Culture

Even before going out to a restaurant became a health risk in 2020, takeout culture was already becoming more and more popular. Consumers can order food through a variety of delivery services, a trend that is expected to grow in years to come according to statista.com.

This trend can be captured on video by showing the safe, friendly, and responsible delivery of food.

Travel Although flying is off the table for the moment, it is still possible for consumers to experience global food through videos. Without leaving the safety of your home you can learn how to make Taiwanese beef noodle soup, Mexican Tajin, or Japanese teriyaki. These videos should focus on the specific ingredients that make these international dishes stand out.


Posted in: Online Videos

Interviews are challenging to get just right. You want to convey a very specific message, in the right light. The best way to ensure your message is presented clearly is to ensure the video is done well. Interview videos can be challenging because there are a lot of working components. However, with a few tips, you may minimize some of the background and get precisely what you need.

Get the Details Right First

The first step in the process of creating interview videos is to have a plan. You may not know what will be said, but you should have questions ready to go to lead the conversation. Dead air is perhaps the worst component of any interview. Define the purpose of the interview, write down plenty of questions (often interviewees will not offer long answers, requiring a lot of prep work on your part), and then consider any type of response the individual may give.

Choose the Right Venue

The setting for your interview needs to be well established. You want to ensure the environment is designed to allow for clear communication. You also want to consider factors such as the amount of light present, area distractions that may occur, and the comfort of those who will be in the interview. It is easiest to do videos in an actual studio, but that’s not often realistic. Choosing an outdoor venue is the most challenging. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get started.

Setup with Confidence

Perhaps the most critical step in the process is to ensure that you have prepped all of the equipment and tested the method before getting started. This means arriving early, setting up all gear (or allowing a video production company to do all of the work for you), and then testing the entire process. Consider lighting, background noise, background visuals, and every other factor that can play a role. You also want to ensure there is a working mic that sounds well. Getting sound quality right can be challenging in any environment.

Create a Conversation

Asking question after question is the typical interview process, but not always the best one. Instead, try to work from questions into conversations. You want to be able to provide clear information to the viewer, but you also want to make it seem comfortable and relaxed. A conversation is easier to create in this manner.

Interview videos that need to convey specific messaging benefit from having a video production company to help. Even if you are doing the video yourself, give yourself time to plan and execute the entire process with precision. You will want to do some practice work to get the format and your confidence in front of a camera up.


Posted in: Online Videos

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: Online Videos

Do you need to create more interesting sales videos? Perhaps you are not getting the results you want and need? These 15 tips can help you to get some new creative videos in the works for your company.

#1: Use Filters

It’s a fun thing the kids are doing. It’s also something that can be perfect for you to create an interesting look across your social media videos.

#2: Get Personal with Videos

Use your customer’s name in them. Doing this could help to boost the number of views your video gets by as much as three times. Say hello in your videos to key customers.

#3: Incorporate Music

It may not be as hard as you think to have some fun with this. Add some music to get people talking.

#4: Use a Fun Prop

Think outside of the box here. Even a plush animal can work well. The goal is to get people paying attention.

#5: Use a Pro

You can also use a camera person to help you with your videos so they can zoom in and out. Or, let a professional handle the video creation for you.

#6: Shock Them with a Performance

You may find that dragging out your theater experience could be just what you need to do to get people talking.

#7: Narrate Your Video

Instead of letting someone else do it, do it yourself. This is a fantastic way to get people to commit to your video.

#8: Use Lighting – Right

Lighting is a big turn off when you are not using it properly. Yet it does not have to be a hard aspect to master.

#9: Incorporate Humor

Every sales video can benefit from getting the audience to chuckle. Do something to make them laugh, even if just a little.

#10: Be Personable

Let your sales attitude come to life with a bit of personality. It’s always a good idea to let people see the real you!

#11: Use a Parody

If there’s a theme you love, use it here. You can copy off of movies or other companies, too.

#12: Smile in Your Videos

Sounds simple, right? Yet, it is a common problem!

#13: Incorporate Your Brand

Your brand is a big deal and something that needs to be a part of every video you do.

#14: Be Authentic

There’s no need for the gimmicks. Be real with your customers.

#15: Do an Interview

Interview a customer or anyone else who may seem interesting to you! Your customers will love it.

It’s easy to be creative in your videos. What options are right for you?


Posted in: Audience

Video is one of the best ways to build your brand. Through it, you can demonstrate visually, not just with words, what your brand is all about. This includes providing your viewers with insight into what makes your business unique, what your products are, and what your company stands for. Yet, to do this, you need to develop a video that’s authentic and easy to understand. Here are some ways to do that.

Focus on What the Customer Wants

To sell your product or service, your video must communicate the message your customer needs. That is, customers want to learn specific things about a company before they decide to work with you. It can be easier to give them this than you think. You can use the following components in your video to do that:

  • Incorporate product demonstrations to showcase how a product works – solving the problem the customer has within that video.
  • Build on customer testimonials. There is no better way to convince someone to make a purchase than to show them what others did and received.
  • Provide clear information about what the product or service is. Sometimes names and company brands don’t provide enough of a tool to demonstrate this.

Show Them the People

Today, many consumers are interested in learning what a company can offer to them, but they also want to know more about “who” is in that company. They want to know what your business is and what it offers, yet putting a human face to the brand is also important. Branded films and live videos can help you to do this. Your goal here is to simply let the audience see the personality, character, and just the people behind the brand.

Use Video Content Consistently

Seeing a video about a company one time does not really put that brand into the consumer’s mind for years to come. Rather, it’s important to be consistent. Use video weekly within your social media content. You can also easily use video on a blog, do a live stream on social media, or do a question and answer session on Twitter. The key here is to use it as a constant way to remind your audience of who your company is.

When you do this, you are building up your brand. You are communicating the message of what your company is and what you have to offer to that customer watching it.


Posted in: All Posts

Videos are essential to your company’s success and ability to connect with your audience. It doesn’t matter if you consider your industry “boring” or don’t have a huge budget; brand video is an essential marketing tool that can provide big, positive results for your bottom line.

So the question becomes: “Should I hire a professional or DIY it?” There are arguments for both. Regardless of which you choose, there are a few things you should know.

The Real Cost of Video

Obviously, your video production budget is always a concern when doing anything business-related. When it comes to video, it’s important to consider the real cost. This doesn’t mean calculating how much it is to hire a professional versus taking a video on your phone (clearly the former is more expensive). Instead, consider the costs associated with DIYing your video, such as:

  • Man hours spent shooting and editing the video
  • Need to re-shoot the video due to poor production quality
  • Equipment failures causing video to be unusable

If you’re just shooting a quick “Hi, how are you? Check out our new blog,” then DIY may be a good option. But if you’re looking for the best ROI from your video, you need to conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis before you break out the tripod.

Timelines Influence Your Options

In a perfect world, videos are planned out months in advance with scripts that have been nailed down and actors ready to go. But this is real life we’re talking about and not everything runs smoothly. If you’re facing a short deadline or a timeline that really doesn’t leave much room for error, you’re taking serious risks if you choose to DIY your brand’s video. In situations like these, it makes sense to work with a video production company that can guarantee a professionally edited, stunning video on a deadline.

Quality is Key for User Experience

Do you have a budding Tarantino on your staff who wants to get some real-world experience under their belt? While this may be an asset and potentially the perfect solution for a training video or quick retreat highlight reel only seen by in-house staff, it may not serve your customers well.

There are plenty of videos on the internet competing for the attention of one pair of eyes. When you’re producing video designed to be seen by your target audience, choose whichever method is going to provide the highest quality and best viewer experience.

Don’t Give Up on DIY

What? A video production company encouraging DIY?! Yes. DIY video has its place in your business. For short, spontaneous videos that are meant to quickly connect with your viewer or showcase an “in-the-moment” scene, DIY can be great. But for professional, quality videos that are directly tied to your business goals, don’t sacrifice expert prod


Posted in: Video Production Company

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

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

Do you need to create more interesting sales videos? Perhaps you are not getting the results you want and need? These 15 tips can help you to get some new creative videos in the works for your company.

#1: Use Filters

It’s a fun thing the kids are doing. It’s also something that can be perfect for you to create an interesting look across your social media videos.

#2: Get Personal with Videos

Use your customer’s name in them. Doing this could help to boost the number of views your video gets by as much as three times. Say hello in your videos to key customers.

#3: Incorporate Music

It may not be as hard as you think to have some fun with this. Add some music to get people talking.

#4: Use a Fun Prop

Think outside of the box here. Even a plush animal can work well. The goal is to get people paying attention.

#5: Use a Pro

You can also use a camera person to help you with your videos so they can zoom in and out. Or, let a professional handle the video creation for you.

#6: Shock Them with a Performance

You may find that dragging out your theater experience could be just what you need to do to get people talking.

#7: Narrate Your Video

Instead of letting someone else do it, do it yourself. This is a fantastic way to get people to commit to your video.

#8: Use Lighting – Right

Lighting is a big turn off when you are not using it properly. Yet it does not have to be a hard aspect to master.

#9: Incorporate Humor

Every sales video can benefit from getting the audience to chuckle. Do something to make them laugh, even if just a little.

#10: Be Personable

Let your sales attitude come to life with a bit of personality. It’s always a good idea to let people see the real you!

#11: Use a Parody

If there’s a theme you love, use it here. You can copy off of movies or other companies, too.

#12: Smile in Your Videos

Sounds simple, right? Yet, it is a common problem!

#13: Incorporate Your Brand

Your brand is a big deal and something that needs to be a part of every video you do.

#14: Be Authentic

There’s no need for the gimmicks. Be real with your customers.

#15: Do an Interview

Interview a customer or anyone else who may seem interesting to you! Your customers will love it.

It’s easy to be creative in your videos. What options are right for you?


Posted in: Online Video Ads, Online Videos, Video Marketing