You can always change the scope of your video. Sometimes your team will be able to pull it off without a worry in the world. However, sometimes, it won’t be free and easy. The real factor is going to be how and when you decide to make changes. I’m going to get into a few different scenarios and how they affect your project.
It’s towards the start of your video project. Let’s say you agreed to do a lifestyle video. You want to have some voiceover with great b-roll shot over the course of two days… but you just got out of a meeting with the CEO. She feels that the best message within the video would be for your clients to hear her talk about the direction of the company – interview-style. A completely different plan than what was budgeted for and discussed initially.
Luckily you haven’t had any meetings with your video production company yet. No kickoff meeting and nothing has been booked. In this situation, you should be able to call your point of contact and have a scope discussion. Two things will come out of this – your POC should try to fit your new scope within your budget or will have to recommend a new budget based on your new requirements.
Outcome: This one shouldn’t be that big of a deal, because the work hasn’t really taken off yet. Hopefully you can figure out a way to settle it without adding dollars, but either way, at least you’re not going to be paying for work that isn’t going to be used.
Let’s say you’ve gone through your concepting meetings with your video partner, you’ve developed a schedule, booked locations, etc. and NOW your CEO decides to make the change.
Well, this is when things start to get a little hairy. Your video team has spent time developing story boards or mood boards, figuring out the concept and spent a sizable portion of your budget. If you change concepts now, a lot (or all) of the work put in so far could have been all-for-not.
Outcome: Here is where your video team needs to get crafty. Maybe your Producer finds a way to shift funds from post-production into another round of pre-production or maybe you drop a member of the crew. However, most likely you’re going to have to put an addendum into place and add some work.
Well, as you can imagine, this is probably the worst place to have a scope change. As a team, we’ve gone through all of pre-production, booked and paid for a crew as well as equipment and now your CEO has decided that she doesn’t like the direction of the video.
Outcome: You have a couple options here. My biggest piece of advice – take the footage and figure out something you can do with it. You can set voiceover and use the footage as b-roll. If it’s already that lifestyle piece and you want an interview, then try to book a half-day shoot to just get the interview.
Long story shoot, put some of what you’ve captured to use. It’s always okay to add, just don’t throw it all away. If you’re working with a good company, you should be able to use what you’ve captured, even if you’re changing gears. Stay the course. You’ve come too far.
So you’ve seen the first cut of the video and decide that you don’t think it has what your audience wants. You start second-guessing your decision to go doc-style versus showing fast cars and athletes. My advice here – don’t second guess yourself. You made a decision for a reason. Stick with it.
Outcome: If you need some more footage added in, your video partner should have access to stock footage or have some things backlogged that they can add. Worst case scenario, finish up this video, add a couple of things here and there, and get started on another one while you find out whether or not your video is successful. You are probably overthinking it!
Don’t forget that you can always add on to a project. You want more camera angles, more interviews, more days of shooting, more cuts of the video, new cuts to the video. Just ask! Your video partner shouldn’t ever be too busy to do more work for you and if they are… well then call us!
So you’ve taken the first step and decided that you want to create a video. You’ve reached out to a reputable video production company and are ready to get started. Now what?
Managing your first video project can be both exciting and terrifying, exhilarating and confusing. In order to minimize the terrifying and confusing aspects, I will discuss my three top tips for preparing for your first video project. My hope is that by listening to these tips, you will enter your first video project feeling prepared and confident and will be able to work proactively, rather than reactively, throughout the video lifecycle, in order to help obtain optimal results.
You should ideally be able to identify these ‘5 W’s prior to the official kick-off meeting. Even though every kick-off meeting is different, based on the client and the type of project, below are some common topics that you should be prepared to discuss:
Think about videos you’ve seen recently — commercials on TV, viral videos on Facebook, movie trailers, anything — and ask yourself what specifically you liked (or didn’t like) about them. Did you like the tone of the music? Was the pacing too slow? Were there graphics that you found informative and engaging? Did you like the combination of still photography and video?
Most people know whether they like or don’t like a video, but few people are able to describe why. When preparing for your first video project, I recommend searching for various videos and then performing the same exercise as above. Be prepared to share a few different video examples and highlight features you’d like to see in your video. To get started, take a look at some of 522’s work on our website.
After the kick-off meeting, I typically explain that the next step in the process is for the 522 team to discuss the information that we learned and use it to develop the Production Package. A common I hear from clients at this step is, “What can I do to help in the meantime?”
My advice is to 1) Communicate kick-off meeting notes to your team’s key stakeholders so that all involved parties are on the same page; and 2) Send as much information as possible that pertains to your company and the goal of your video — everything from your company’s brand guidelines/logos and background information on potential interviewees, to photos of potential filming locations and upcoming dates on which you’ll be out of town. To me, the pre-production phase is the most important because, as they say, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”; the more time we spend communicating in pre-production, the more efficiently everyone will be able to work during production and post-production. Seriously — the more information we have, the better.
Whether it’s safety training or a specific process that you want to relay to your employees, you have most likely put a lot of thought into your training video production needs. You probably even have your training information in order and you just need to start shooting your video. But, wait. There are some things you should consider about the video production first. Many training videos fall short because some important issues are not considered during production.
Before you begin, don’t forget to consider these elements when producing your training video:
So, that outlines some key considerations for beginning a training video. And, if you’re wondering how to get started with any type of video production, we’ve got you covered there too.
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When it comes to raising awareness for your brand, video is a prime option. It can provide added flexibility and creative opportunity, often with an impact far beyond words alone. Video is one of the most engaging ways a brand can reach it’s audience; it’s quick, easy to consume and visually appealing.
Video is at the heart of our business and what we do — so it’s no surprise that we’re inspired by the way today’s brightest startups are using creative freedom to showcase their brands through video.
When it comes to startups, it can be difficult to thoroughly explain your company’s purpose and goals in an easy-to-understand “snackable” blog post; after all, especially if your product is based on a complex piece of technology. The more interesting you can make the product, the better. That’s where the power of the video comes in.
Here are some fast facts about video marketing, provided by Inc., to help explain why video marketing is a critical tool for 2016:
Clearly, video marketing is an important and effective component of a marketing campaign. It can increase engagement and keep your brand current.
But not just any ol’ video will do! Here are a few startups that are making an effective imprint using video marketing:
First of all, the product really does speak for itself, I mean how cool is this thing? June did a fantastic job of showing a long list of their product’s functionalities in just over a minute – which is super tough. In video, not only is less usually more, but it can be the hardest thing to execute in a video project, and June executes it really well.
Great use of animation to quickly explain their product. Better yet, the video is completely cohesive with the rest of Zugata’s brand if you check out their website. Also note that, just like June, their video is just over a minute long – short and sweet!
I have to give some love to our “local D.C.” startups. Fiscal Note does a great job of condensing a complex piece of technology into an easy to follow video. I love how, right at 1:30, they sneak in “the best part of Prophecy is that it’s on the Fiscal Note platform,” this gives them the perfect transition to touch on why their proprietary technology is the best out there and give more details on their company.
With this video, Luxe showcases how it humanizes your parking experience. I love the touch of humor at the end with the confused man on the sidewalk. Notice again that the video length is under two minutes.
The InVision App uses a documentary style video series about “design disruptors” to pull you in. It’s a non-traditional approach that definitely leaves me interested in watching their full documentary and learning more about who they are (and how they got to interview so many influencers!). InVision took a risk here, but it paid off. Rather than focusing on their product, they are focusing on the experience of their audience. My favorite quote from this video? “Design is human.”
Shameless plug – I actually use, and love, Headspace. Not only are the animations cute and the color scheme pleasing, but the voice over script is really effective and to the point. I also love the ending: “Who knows? Maybe if you treat your head right, the rest will follow.”
A great, short little video with humorous overtones. Eero uses a simple approach that communicates what their product is all about.
Great action video that leaves you inspired to get up and get active (while using their product!). MOOV does a great job of showing why their product is differentiated in the market.
A product demo/explainer video for their third generation Nest. Best line? “Programs itself, then pays for itself.”
A snazzy video from TripCase. This video personifies the purpose of their app perfectly: to keep you calm, cool and collected through the stresses of travel.
If there’s been significant focus on your work, taxes, and a number of life’s other demands in the past month, it may have been a bit tricky to keep up on the latest news regarding video marketing. There’s been a lot happening! Catch up on April’s top 5 reports, which are summarized below. Continue reading “Top Five Video Marketing Posts from Around the Web – April 2014 Roundup”
March was a busy month for video marketers—industry leaders reviewed everything from the value of video marketing to outcome measurement, and one thing was clear: As marketers keep honing their craft to suit audience preferences, video is emerging as the preferred method of reaching customers. If you’re interested in utilizing video, these top five video marketing posts can help prepare your brand to tackle the rising demand for visual content. Continue reading “Top Five Video Marketing Posts from Around the Web – March 2014 Roundup”
In February, several companies published a wealth of information for both established and up-and-coming video marketers. From suggestions on where to post videos to how to promote video content affordably, February’s top video marketing posts from around the web provided tips and tricks to conduct video marketing tasks efficiently while increasing return on investment. Continue reading “Top Video Marketing Posts from Around the Web, February 2014 Roundup”
When you think of press releases, chances are that you think of major events such as the grand opening of a business or the promotion of a new CEO. The reality, though, is that press releases can be used for a wide variety of things, including video marketing. In fact, brands that couple press releases and videos see an incredible boost in ROI on both. Continue reading “Why a press release is still valuable in video marketing”
To a lot of people, a full fledged video production can be something new and a challenge. With a few tips, a good plan and some research, you can be managing video projects for your company like a pro. Continue reading “Make the most out of your video project”
There are many statistics that showcase the ever-shortening attention spans online, but many fail to grasp the larger implications. Aside from making a powerful first impression quickly, brands must also realize that shorter attention spans result in a shorter shelf life for all their marketing products, especially videos. Now, this isn’t to say that video marketing isn’t worth the effort and investment, because it’s undoubtedly one of the most effective forms of marketing! However, it’s important to understand how your brand can combat the shortened video shelf life. Continue reading “Understanding the reality behind decreasing video shelf life”
Whether you’re watching television or pop a DVD into your home movie system, Hollywood has made it easier than ever to understand what is being said on the screen. Subtitles allow the hearing impaired to enjoy video content just as much as the rest of us – and hardcore fanatics ensure that they never miss a word of their favorite programming. But did you know that subtitles aren’t exclusive to major Hollywood productions? Continue reading “Why it’s important to have a transcript of your video”
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