The Content Marketer’s Guide to Brand Video E-BOOK

Everything you need to know about why video works and how to make it work for your brand.

Video is no longer a nice-to-have piece of visual content marketing that only a few brands can afford to prioritize. With major advancements in technology, shifts in content consumption, and evolutions in publishing platforms, it has become a mandatory communication tool to connect with audiences. If you want to tell a cohesive and comprehensive brand story, video can play an important role in your content strategy. But you need to know how to make it work for you. To find out if video is right for your brand, this guide includes everything you need to know, from the science behind why video works to how to act on set. So, ready to press play?

Why Video Works for Brands

Video has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years for many reasons, but primarily because audiences are naturally attracted to the medium. Why?

The Science Behind Video

Video is unique because humans are biologically hardwired to process visual communication, as opposed to other mediums. It is particularly effective because it appeals not just to how we consume information but how we feel when we do.

Video is easier for your brain to process: Watching a video is a passive activity compared to reading an article. This doesn’t mean it’s less engaging; it means it requires less energy to synthesize. When you read text, your brain spends more energy trying to make meaning from it. Processing visual information is a much faster brain task. We see images and instantly connect them to stored information in our brain. Because it takes less work for the brain to absorb the information presented, it's more relaxing to kick back and consume.

A 2014 MIT study found that the brain can process an image in as little as 13 milliseconds.

Video is processed 60,000 times faster than text.

Video triggers an emotional response: Emotion is the unique value of video. Whether it makes you feel happy or sad, joy or anxiety, video elicits an immediate emotional reaction. This is because of the brain’s mirror-neuron mechanism process. As psychologist Liraz Margalit Ph.D. explains in Psychology Today:

“A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires not just when we ourselves perform an action but also when we watch someone else perform that same action. Our brains mirror what’s unfolding before us as if we were part of the scene, even if we are just sitting passively on the sidelines.”

This emotional investment cultivates a powerful connection between the on-screen story and the audience. This is significant for brands. If content marketing is a vehicle to form relationships with people, video makes it easier to do so.

Why Video Is So Popular

Digital video is everywhere these days: social media, blogs, websites, you name it. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, IP video traffic will be 82% of all consumer Internet traffic by 2020, up from 70% in 2015. This rapid explosion in popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Since 2012, digital video consumption has grown tremendously, and it’s only expected to continue.

Monthly Digital Video Viewers in U.S., 2012-2017

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 171.6 M 186.2 M 195.6 M 204.6 M 221.4 M 234.6 M
Source: ZenithOptimedia (Online Video Forecasts, 2015)

Video’s popularity can be attributed to many things, yet in recent years several shifts have contributed to its success.

1

The evolution of creation tools: Technology has produced content creation tools that have increased in quality and capability and decreased in price. Video production is more prevalent now, whether you’re shooting on an iPhone or filming a full-fledged commercial. For startups and small businesses, this has been a great improvement, allowing them to explore a medium that was previously inaccessible.

2

The rise of mobile: Thanks to the proliferation of smart devices, consumers can access video content anywhere and everywhere. According to the Ooyala Global Video Index Q22016, mobile accounts for 51% of all video plays. Accordingly, eMarketer predicts digital video ad spend will reach $14.77 billion by 2019.

U.S. Digital Video Ad Spending, 2014-2019 (Billions)

$1.54 $3.70 2014 $4.69 $2.78 2015 $5.51 $4.08 2016 $6.23 $5.19 2017 $7.07 $5.98 2018 $7.95 $6.82 2019 Mobile Desktop
Source: eMarketer (2016)
3

Social media platforms: As the demand for video has increased, more and more social media platforms are accommodating the medium. In recent years, we’ve seen Instagram increase its video lengths, Facebook introduce in-feed video autoplay, and Snapchat explode onto the scene. There are more ways to publish and access video than ever, which keeps video in front of consumers 24/7.

Facebook

1.7 billion users watch a stunning 100 million hours of video per day.

YouTube

If 1 billion users wasn’t impressive enough, the average viewing session on mobile is more than 40 minutes.

Instagram

500 million users upload 95 million photos and videos a day.

Twitter

Of its 300 million monthly users, 82% watch video content.

Snapchat

This new player boasts 100 million users and 10 billion daily video views.

While these social channels have made video incredibly popular, video viewing across the Web is also a popular activity. Interestingly, eMarketer found that while mobile users spend as much time watching digital video as they do on other social media activities, desktop viewers spend significantly more time watching digital video than they do on social media activities.

Average Time Spent Per Day by U.S. Adults, 2012-2018 (Minutes)

Mobile 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 0:34 0:31 0:29 0:26 0:22 0:17 0:09 0:34 0:32 0:29 0:26 0:23 0:18 0:09 Videos Social Networks
Desktop 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 0:20 0:22 0:23 0:24 0:25 0:24 0:25 0:22 0:17 0:16 0:15 0:14 0:13 0:13
Source: eMarketer (2016)
4

Adoption by publishers: Thanks to the proliferation of video-capable publishing platforms and social media, traditional publications and new media publishers now consider video to be a vital ingredient in their editorial mix.

The Video Audience

For many consumers, watching digital video is considered a “fill-in” activity to entertain or inform them throughout the day. Now that it is so pervasive, audiences not only crave but expect communication in this form. According to Pew Research, 78% of online adults watch or download videos online. However, different viewers have different consumption patterns.

Unsurprisingly, millennials spend the most time watching video.

Weekly Time Spent by U.S. Consumers, by Age (Hours; Minutes)

18-24 1:41 0:26 0:17 1:52 25-34 0:13 1:45 35-49 0:07 1:10 50-64 0:29 65+ Watching video on mobile phone Watching video on internet N/A
Source: eMarketer (2016)

For some, watching video is preferred over text. A Levels Beyond survey found that 51% of millennials would rather watch a video than read.

Watch brand videos
on video sites:
40%

Millennial

20%

Baby Boomer

Would rather watch videos
than read content:
51%

Millennial

30%

Baby Boomer

Source: Consumers Demand Brand Video Survey (Levels Beyond, 2014)

Brand Video and Gen Z

Video has become a staple among Gen Z, both in how they like to communicate and what they like to consume. According to 2016 Fluent research, two-thirds of respondents say they watch up to two hours of video per day for fun. Additionally:

80% use YouTube.
79% use Facebook.

Will Consumers Watch Brand Video?

61%

watch company-produced videos if friends have shared them.

45%

think a brand video is worth watching if it's trending on social sites.

38%

are more likely to share brand videos.

Source: Consumers Demand Brand Video Survey (Levels Beyond, 2014)

Top 5 Reasons for Watching Digital Video

I prefer to watch original digital video on my own schedule 38% To watch content not available on TV or in amateur videos 31% I like watching video content that is not available on TV 29% I click on a link I stumble upon and get drawn in 21% To watch video content about my hobbies or interests 26%
Source: IAB Original Video Report (IAB, 2016)

4 Types of Video Consumers

YuMe Research/Verto Analytics identify the four main types of digital video consumers. As your brand pursues video, consider how these personas may align with your own customer personas. (If you haven’t created customer personas, here’s how to do it in under 60 minutes.)

The Screen Hopper:

A heavy video user who watches video on multiple devices.

47% are age 18-34
46% have a college degree
Monthly video sessions: 194

The Video Addict:

A single-device heavy video user.

50% are age 18-34
6% have a college degree
Monthly video sessions: 295

The Technology Enthusiast:

A user who consumes content on multiple devices but not necessarily video.

33% are age 18-34
53% have a college degree
Monthly video sessions: 37

The Occasional Video User:

An average single-device user who does not stream video regularly.

20% are age 18-34
34% have a college degree
Monthly video sessions: 35

Average Hours Watched Per Week

9:25 11:17 Videos 1:15 1:24 Video Addict Screen Hopper Occasional Video User Technology Enthusiast 7:54 8:27 Short Videos 1:05 1:09 2:04 4:13 Streaming Videos :23 :25
Source: YuMe Research/Verto Analytics (A Day in the Life of a Digital Video Consumer, 2016)

Depending on your consumer audience, video may be a mandatory starting point in the conversation.

How Video Benefits Brands

Video is certainly here to stay, which is great news for brands. When applied strategically, the medium can help you achieve many content goals, whether you need to build brand awareness or increase conversions. As you build your content strategy, consider how video can enhance your efforts in the following areas.

Engagement: According to a Usurv study, consumers are 39% more likely to share, 36% more likely to comment, and 56% more likely to ‘like’ a video than a text article. IAB research found that 92% of mobile video consumers share videos with others.

Traffic: Aberdeen research found that marketers who use video receive 41% more web traffic. And posts with video also get 3 times more inbound links than text-only posts, according to Moz. When it comes to digital video ads, research suggests that it can be more effective than any other medium. According to a 2014 Business Insider report, video ads have the highest click-through rate.

Average Click-Through Rate By Ad Format (2014)

Video Mobile Display Flash 1.84% 0.11% 0.60% 0.24%
Source: Business Insider (2014)

Conversions: While videos may not be your sole content investment for driving traffic and conversions, they can play an important role in your overall strategy. A Liveclicker video commerce survey found that 88% of their customers, including brands like Best Buy, Petco, and Under Armour, reported an increase in conversions after adding video to a product page. Unbounce experienced an impressive 100% lift in conversion by adding video to landing pages.

A 2014 Facebook study also examined the efficacy of incorporating video into an advertiser’s online campaign. To test, they showed viewers ads in three different sequencing combinations:

  • A video ad, then a static ad
  • A static ad, then a video ad
  • A static ad, then a second static ad

Video ads both enhanced conversions and sent more visitors to the advertiser’s site than the control.

Effective Ad Combinations on Facebook

Test 1

A video ad, then a static ad increased conversions 31%.

Test 2

A static ad, then a video ad sent more visitors to the advertiser’s site than the control group.

Test 3

A static ad, then a second static ad increased traffic to the advertiser’s site 75%.

Source: Facebook Study, 2014

Brand awareness: A 2015 Facebook and Nielsen study measured how much effect video had on three core metrics: ad recall, brand awareness, and purchase consideration.

“Results show from the moment a video ad was viewed (even before one second), lift happened across ad recall, brand awareness, and purchase consideration. That means even people who never watched the video, but did see the impression, were still impacted by the ad. And, as expected, lift increased the longer people watch the ad,” Facebook says.

Even if a consumer watched a video for under 10 seconds, the video still helped increase brand awareness and purchase intent.

Trust and credibility: To cultivate a relationship, you need to demonstrate that you know who they are and what they need—and that you are here to help them. Whether you’re producing educational content or showcasing your culture, video provides a great opportunity to communicate these messages.

How Marketers Use Video

Which of the following objectives do you plan to meet using video marketing?

Increase brand awareness Accelerate lead generation Establish oneself as a thought leader Build credibility and trust Trigger customer engagement Influence purchase Enhance adoption and usage Convey unique product positioning Build competitive advantage Define product use-case 91% 68% 66% 62% 62% 55% 51% 49% 40% 33%
Source: Regalix (State of B2B Marketing, 2015)

How to Use Brand Video

To make an effective video, you need to tell the right story in the right presentation. Video is a flexible format that allows you to deliver different messages in different ways, depending on your needs.

Video Use-Cases

Video can help you communicate at every touchpoint. Some of the most common use-cases include:

  • Ads: Online video, commercials (national or regional).
  • Explainer videos: Introductions, overviews, processes, tutorials for products, services, or ideas. (Read more about explainer videos.)
  • Promo videos: Viral videos, case studies, interviews, testimonials, product reviews—anything that publicizes work or brand.
  • Culture marketing: Content to showcase brand, people, or causes.
  • Social videos: Content to engage followers, whether education or entertainment.
Note: While video can help you achieve your marketing goals, it is also a useful communication tool to help your internal team in their day-to-day. Sales collateral, company information, or presentations can easily be converted to video to save time and energy.

What formats do you use as a part of your marketing mix?

Corporate Videos Product Demo Webinar How-to/Tutorial Testimonials Interview Case Study On-Location/At-Event Animations Presentation 76% 64% 55% 51% 51% 49% 44% 38% 38% 24% Chalk-Talks/Expert-Talks Vlogs Product Reviews 22% 20% 15% Viral Videos 11% 11% Behind-the-Scenes/Documentary
Source: Regalix (State of B2B Marketing, 2015)

Types of Video

Video can take many forms. The story you want to tell, the resources at hand, and the people you’re trying to reach all influence the format you choose. Each provides a unique opportunity for creative expression.

Live-Action

When most people think “video,” they think of live-action: real actors and sets telling a narrative story, captured on camera. This is the most popular type of video. (Remember: When people “see” themselves on-screen, they feel more empathy.) Live-action allows for short- and long-form storytelling. It also requires a number of production elements: location, talent, crew, etc.

Example: In collaboration with LinkedIn, we co-produced a live-action video that explores the endless opportunities that come from having a professional LinkedIn profile.

Motion Graphics

Motion graphics include 2D or 3D-animated graphics. (They can also include a mix of live-action and graphics animation.) Storytelling in this format relies on audio and on-screen visualizations. The production is more controlled. Explainer videos are often presented as motion graphics because they allow you to break down abstract concepts, show how something works, present data, or depict worlds that may be otherwise difficult to capture in live-action.

Example: We created a motion graphic explainer video to help Intuit explain its new Invoice with Google Calendar app.

Immersive formats

Emerging technologies are taking video to the next level. These video types require more production, specific equipment, and technical skill to produce, but they will only become more popular. Some brands are already finding great success.

  • 360-degree video: This technique expands the viewer’s perspective, allowing them to explore a panoramic scene from every angle. See The North Face adventure through Nepal.
  • Virtual Reality: VR is a computer-generated simulation of an environment that viewers can interact with. It is immersive and contained storytelling that puts viewers in the driver’s seat. See Coca-Cola’s VR Santa Sleigh Ride.
  • Augmented Reality: This tech allows the viewer to interact with their physical environment. See the Tesco Discover App, which allows users to scan Tesco publications to see videos, recipes, etc.

Example: We collaborated with Visage to create a 360-degree video exploring the building of the brand. The unique experience lets you intimately explore the environment.

According to YouVisit’s Virtual Reality Brand Power Index survey, 75% of the top 100 brands* have used VR or AR or are investing or developing this type of technology.

*Top 100 of the 2015 Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brand list

What Makes a Great Brand Video?

Video is unique in that it is multi-layered storytelling—it’s not just print on a page. Each element of production contributes to its success. As your brand explores video, ensure that every aspect of creative aligns with your goals.

Providing Value

Why produce video—or content—at all? It’s not just because you want to sell your product. If you want to do content marketing well, you must create content that provides value to people in some capacity. This can be provided via content that is:

  • Engaging: Content that sparks their interest or curiosity.
  • Informative: Content that teaches them something. This can be practical knowledge, tutorials, advice, or information that expands their knowledge in a way that helps them do, think, or live better.
  • Entertaining: Content that is novel, exciting, interesting, humorous, etc. Most viral videos fall under this category.

How-to/instructional

67%

Comedy/spoof

42%

Product/information

34%

Micro-documentaries

33%

Animations/infographics

30%
Source: Consumers Demand Brand Video Survey (Levels Beyond, 2014)

Storytelling With Emotion

One of the most compelling traits of video is its ability to elicit an emotional response. A 2015 study of emotions and viral content found that content with an emotional hook is far more likely to be shared. This is thanks to emotional contagion, a phenomenon of one person's emotions triggering similar emotions and behaviors in others. Whatever story you choose to tell should be anchored by a core emotion. Once you have identified that emotion, everything else should be created to support it.

Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotion

ecstasy joy serenity grief sadness pensiveness admiration trust acceptance vigilance anticipation anticipation+angeraggressiveness joy+anticipationoptimism sadness+disgustremorse joy+trustlove surprise+sadnessdisapproval trust+fearsubmission disgust+angercontempt fear+surpriseawe interest terror fear apprehension rage anger annoyance amazement surprise disgust boredom distraction loathing

Story

Every aspect of production takes its cue from the story you’re telling (aka script). Make sure you have a compelling narrative. That may include a setup and payoff, a logical sequence of events, or a cliffhanger meant to push viewers to action. Tell your story as powerfully and succinctly as possible.

Music

Music is one of the most powerful emotional tools at your disposal. It sets the mood and enhances the narrative. Selecting the right accompaniment is key.

Voiceover

Because a human voice is familiar, it is another device to deliver your message in an impactful way. That human element can reinforce a sense of comfort, giving your brand more credibility.

Visuals

The images that appear on screen, whether live-action or animated, do much of the heavy lifting. Video is an opportunity to showcase your brand’s visual language. Consider how your logo colors or other elements can communicate that identity.

Length

Telling your story in the right amount of time is crucial. Video length should be determined by:

  • The story you’re telling
  • The audience you’re targeting
  • Where your video will be located
  • The action you want viewers to take

Brand videos can borrow from the filmmaking principle that every action, scene, and second of the film should be spent in service to the story. Every video has its own “perfect” length based on what’s needed to tell its story.

According to a Wistia analysis, 2 minutes is the sweet spot for engagement. Yet videos that are 6-12 minutes long also hold your audience’s attention.

Case Study: Internet Explorer

As part of the Internet Explorer “Browser You Loved to Hate” campaign, we collaborated with Microsoft to create a video that would introduce a new, positive brand message to millennials.

Millennials are notoriously skeptical of traditional advertising, which meant that the video needed to start a conversation in a non-traditional way. Capturing the attention of a tech-savvy generation required a unique hook that resonated emotionally: ‘90s nostalgia. Tapping into this childhood nostalgia enabled us to start a new dialogue with Gen-Y, reminding viewers of their early relationship with the brand (through the tagline, “You grew up, so did we”) and inviting them to reacquaint themselves at the BrowserYouLovedToHate.com site.

Results

49 million+ views

(7 million views in first 5 days)

Nominated for Webby and Mashie

Massive media pickup

(Including Time, Forbes, and Mashable)

#3 Most Watched Ad on YouTube in 2013 (Adweek)
For more on this project, check out our behind-the-scenes recap.

Brand Video Strategy

People come across brand videos in a variety of ways at every stage of the buyer’s journey, whether on your company site or via a friend’s Facebook feed. Producing video content tailored to specific channels will help you achieve better results.

Top Ways to Learn About Original Digital Video

Friends/relatives/word of mouth Social media sites Clicking on links stumbled upon 54% 41% 28% Ads (net) 29% Search results 20% Recommendations on websites/appsoffering orignal digital video 22% The news/I read about it 19%
Source: IAB Original Video Report (IAB, 2014)

But creating video just to keep up with the Joneses will not support your success. Approaching video with a solid strategy is just as important as coming up with a brilliant idea.

Questions to Ask

Before you consider video, clearly outline what you’re trying to achieve.

Goals and Objectives

What are your specific objectives? How does this content piece fit into your larger content strategy?

Target Audience

Who are you reaching? At what stage of the buyer’s journey? What do they need?

Distribution Channels

What owned, earned, and paid strategies will help get the video seen by who you want?

Budget and Resources

Video is an investment that requires more than other mediums. To make sure you can execute within reason, understand what it might cost.

Measuring the ROI of Video

Every video serves a different purpose. Track the metrics that are most relevant to your project. This may include:

Reach: Views

This is how many impressions your video (and perhaps, then, your brand) received. While it is an important metric, it shouldn’t be the only thing you measure. (Remember: Even a quick impression can increase brand lift.)

Engagement: Likes, comments, watch rate

Watch rate shows you how much of the video your audience watched. Identifying the drop-off can help you spot issues: maybe your video was too long, maybe the story took a twist.

Word of mouth: Social shares

If your video resonates with your audience, they are more likely to share. Tracking shares can help you gauge which social platforms generate the most engagement, and therefore which ones you might want to target in paid campaigns.

Relevance: Play rate

This is the percentage of people who clicked play. You can A/B test video placement or tweak your thumbnail image to make it more enticing.

Conversions

This measures how your video inspired viewers to take an action, whether that was to go to your website, subscribe, sign up for a demo, or download something.

Which Metrics Do You Use to Measure Performace of Your Videos?

Tracking views Attention span and drop-off rates Leads generated Clicking call to action Click-through rates 86% 54% 54% 49% 47% Social media conversations 42% Engagement Event tracking using Google Analytics Total amount of video content leads consume Revenue/sales growth Brand mentions 40% 23% 14% 14% 9% Customer recommendation 9%
Source: Regalix (State of B2B Marketing, 2015)

Video Production 101

Each stage of the video production process is crucial to the video’s success. If you want your project to go smoothly, your team must be empowered to succeed at every stage.

Levels of Production

While each video project is unique and has its own variables, depending on a multitude of factors, production generally falls into the following categories. These production tiers vary in terms of both the time and resources it takes to produce.

Agile video

Simple production required, usually a single camera.

Documentary

No actors, minimal equipment, practical locations.

Motion graphic

Design, music, and VO talent are required; longer time-frame than a quick shoot-and-edit video.

Online video

Full production, including script, storyboard, actors, crew, sets, sound, etc.

TV spot

Highest production requirements, including full production elements of online video, as well as union actors and higher licensing fees for music, archival media, and other rights usages.

Finding the Right Idea

Once you have your strategy in place, you can proceed with the fun part: Coming up with a great idea. (See our tips for running an effective brainstorm to help your team work better together.) Video allows for plenty of creativity, but because it requires so many moving parts, it’s important that the idea you choose is airtight. As you ideate, vet your ideas by asking these questions:

  • Does it provide value?
  • Can you effectively execute within budget and timeline?
  • Does it support your goals?
  • Is it original or unique? Not everything has to be original, but it should be unique.
  • Is it on-brand?

Important: Once you find the right idea, carefully re-examine your budget. In the excitement of creative ideation, it’s easy to forget how much things cost—especially in video production. Once your idea is approved by all appropriate stakeholders, you can move into pre-production.

Pre-Production

Pre-production is the most important aspect of making a live-action video. The time spent—and corners cut—in pre-production will directly affect the quality of your video. During this phase, your core goal is to plan thoroughly enough to make sure filming goes as smoothly as possible. If done properly, your job should be a breeze on set. This includes:

Script

It is essential that whoever is writing the script has experience writing for the screen. Check out our guides to writing scripts for explainer videos and brand videos for more.

Storyboards

Make sure you have sign-off from all parties involved before you move into set design.

Talent

Vet and cast your top-billed actors, extras, or voiceover talent. (And make sure they actually look like their headshot!)

Director, DP, and Crew

Your director, director of photography, and other key players will execute your vision. You may search on your own or source recommendations. Most importantly, make sure they are good collaborative partners who have the right skills.

How to Choose a Director

A director does their best work if involved from the beginning. As you search for the right person, consider the following:

  • What video style are you going for?
  • Have they produced that type of video?
  • What connections do they have, and how can those benefit your production?
  • Can they stay within budget?
  • Do they have a good reputation?
  • How impressive is their portfolio?

Art

Art design is responsible for conveying the story visually. Everyone has to be on the same page to properly represent it.

Additional things to lock down in pre-production:

  • Budget
  • Call sheets

    (including all relevant shoot info)

  • Craft services
  • Insurance, permits, safety
  • Production design

    (materials and rentals)

  • Wardrobe
  • Equipment

    (camera, gear, or special effects)

  • Transportation and vehicles

    (crew, equipment, production design, etc.)

  • Location

    (practical or sets)

  • Parking

    (crew, equipment trucks, etc.)

  • Timelines

Production

By the time you’re on set, you should have done your due diligence to make sure things go as quickly as possible. Time and money are limited resources on set. Even the slightest change can severely affect the production.

Tips for Being On Set

Consider it an opportunity to learn: Video is a complicated process. The more you know, the better product you can create and the more effectively you can work.

If you have a concern, address the right people—at the right time: Don’t interrupt a shot. If you see a problem or have a question, ask the appropriate stakeholders. Typically the assistant director, producer, or production manager would be the people to speak with first.

Trust the professionals: While feedback is important, everyone on set should be empowered to do their job to the best of their ability. (This is also why pre-production is so important.)

Problem-solve quickly and efficiently: No matter how much you prepare, issues will still arise. In such case, you need a clear chain of command to make decisions quickly. Keep objectives front of mind to help simplify decision-making.

Don’t say you’ll “fix it in post”: While post-production greatly enhances your product, it isn’t a miracle fix. Do as much as you can on set to prevent post-production burdens.

Post-Production

Often once a shoot wraps, the real work of storytelling is just beginning. Post-production is the final stage that brings your whole video together and into final form. This includes:

  • Archival or other third-party assets
  • Design
  • CGI (if applicable)
  • Color correction
  • Editing
  • Music
  • Sound design (original composition or stock)

5 Tips For Video Production

1

Share your vision: Make sure everyone on your team understands the ultimate objectives. Every decision made will support this.

2

Provide specific, actionable feedback: Again, time is money. Be clear and concise in your feedback at all stages. “I want the set to really pop!” isn’t as helpful as “Let’s try the magenta throw-pillows on that couch.”

3

Trade inspiration: Video is a fun opportunity to get creative. Collaborate and trade inspiration that might influence any part of production. (We’ve found inspiration in everything from award-winning ads to bourbon packaging.)

4

Remember that the devil is in the details: A misprinted call time, the wrong tagline, continuity issues—these are the things that will make you go crazy. Go over everything—and then go over it again.

5

Make sure everyone knows what they’re responsible for: Video production can get crazy. You have multiple stakeholders and multiple departments. It’s easy for miscommunications to happen. Don’t assume someone will take care of something. Ensure that every aspect is covered.

Organizing Your Team

To do great work, you need the right creative partners. Even the most simple production still needs a core team. Depending on your resources, you may produce video in-house or seek a video agency to help.

In-House

If you have the skills, equipment, knowledge, and bandwidth to produce video, you should certainly explore doing so. Low-production video (think agile videos, interviews, documentaries, or simple tutorials) can be produced with a smaller team and fewer resources. However, if this is your first foray into video or you have a larger concept, consider outside help.

Video Agency

An agency can benefit your production in several ways. First and foremost, however, they should function as true creative partners. With a good working relationship, your brand can benefit from a video agency’s:

  • Expertise: They have specialized knowledge—or know the right people—to help execute your vision.
  • Experience: They also know what works (and what can go terribly wrong), so they’ll call on lessons learned to keep you on the right path.
  • Relationships: Video production requires many different skills. They have existing relationships with vendors and can help you negotiate deals.

Read our tips on how to choose a video agency to help you in your search. No matter what type of video you produce, experimenting with a new medium can bring great results. But you have to try it first.

If you have any questions or need some help with your video, we’re happy to chat.