Three Big Reasons Why Every Brand Needs an ‘About Us’ Video

While many people now realize the value of traditional videos like a sales and marketing video or a training video, they are just now starting to realize the incredible value of an About Us video. It’s a great time to pitch new and past clients on this powerful tool that can be used in so many ways. The great thing about an About Us video is that it’s so versatile. Clients can use them for marketing and branding as well as recruiting and educating. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can use video to further your corporate message.

#1 For Marketing and Branding

The About Us page is often the second most popular page on a website, second only to the home page. People want to know who is behind the product or service. Having a video on the About Us page allows a deeper understanding of the people who they will be dealing with if they select the company.

The best way to approach an About Us video is to start the video with an interview of a past client. Allowing your prospects to view your company through the eyes of a client allows you to establish credibility and empathy in a powerful way. The client reinforces your marketing and branding messages by talking about their experience as well as how and why they chose your company. While not all companies want to include a client testimonial, I highly recommend it. Your prospect likely have the same needs and concerns. While your competition might be focused on text and photos that are meant to show how great they are, you will be focusing on your client’s needs.

Branding messages and marketing messages should also be bolstered through the company’s representatives. It’s a good idea for the company representatives to talk about this client and others and how they serve the needs of all their clients. Through allowing potential clients to “meet the people” in your company, you’ll be able to establish a greater bond. I also recommend really showing your passion for your business in these types of videos. Your text on the page can cover the facts. But, video can create an engaging, emotional connection. Keeping site visitors engaged longer on your site also helps in your search engine optimization. Since people are very likely to view this page, it’s a great idea to keep them engaged and show them your passion through the most powerful communication tool available – video.

One of the best examples of marketing and branding comes from Dollar Shave club, who took a controversial, yet powerful approach to reach new consumers:

#2 For Recruitment

When people hear about your company’s job openings, they will almost assuredly visit your website and check out your About Us page. Having a video that prospective applicants can watch is a great idea. They can get a feel for who you are and who you serve. They should also gain a greater understanding of your values and your mission. It’s also a great idea to include your staff in the video so that the job seekers get a feel for your company’s diversity and the attitude and demographics of the people working there.

Prospective clients and job seekers should also learn the history of the company. Through all of this subtle information, the applicant finds out whether they might be a good fit for your company and whether your company is a good fit for them. Today’s employers realize the value of recruiting someone who feels at home and will stay. The About Us video is another tool for engaging prospects and helping to reduce the wasted time of interviewing someone who really wouldn’t be a good fit and doesn’t realize it until they show up at your office. The following is a fantastic example of a recruitment video, from Apple:

A slightly less formal approach can be risky but in certain areas, like tech start-ups, it can work. We love this recruitment video from SnazzyRoom, which doesn’t take itself seriously at all, but still gets the message across:

#3 For Employee Buy-in

Educating your current associates and your new hires about your company is a great additional value from your About Us video. Anyone who applies to your company, becomes a client, or already works for there should be able to quickly and effectively articulate your company’s value in the marketplace. Having current associates watch the video and having new hires view it during an orientation will give all your staff a better understanding of your company’s overall value. Almost every employer realizes that when one of their associates is asked to “tell someone about the company”, many people struggle with what to say. Educating current and new associates about your company’s history and value is crucial to strengthening your brand. Of course, many company videos are kept in-house so only employees get to see them. If you are going to make any corporate videos public, then don’t make the mistake of producing embarrassing content that your staff or clients will want to disassociate themselves from, like this offering from the IRS:

So, creating one, strong, inclusive About Us video will help you land more clients, bolster your search engine optimization, hire associates who are more likely to stay, and increase your current staff’s understanding of your value in the market. What a great investment! It’s like hiring a salesperson who works 24/7 on your website.

Why not let us help you make your marketing budget go further?  Email Robert Baldwin or call +44 (0) 7922 138 666.

 

Five Trends That Will Define Branded Video In 2014

Branded video reached new heights in 2013. More than 38% of new campaigns achieved more than 1 million views in 2013, compared with 26% in the year prior. And 5% of campaigns reached more than 10 million views, compared to 3% the year before.

In 2012, brands saw campaigns like Red Bull’s “Stratos,” Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012,” and Rovio’s “Angry Birds Space” become mega viral hits. The result of that success was that brands began to see producing quality content – not just ads – as an important weapon in their marketing arsenals.

So in 2013, the name of their game was perfecting the brand story. And in this regard, many brands succeeded this year. Brands were able to drive big views consistently throughout the year.

The biggest campaign of 2013, “Real Beauty Sketches,” came from video veteran Dove. This emotional campaign questions women’s self-image with the help of a trained FBI sketch artist. While the short film met with a warm reception, for the most part, some critics felt that the ad patronized women. But that debate didn’t hurt the brand; the media coverage that ensued only helped to lengthen the life of the video and drive views up to more than 136.2 million views.

Other brands that hit it big included Volvo Trucks, which emerged from obscurity with “Live Test” starring Jean Claude Van Damme. Pepsi MAX pulled off a stunt in “Gordon Test Drive,” and Internet Explorer called on our nostalgia with “Child of the ‘90s.”

So what does 2014 hold for branded video? Based on the successes of 2013, here are five trends that I think will flourish in the coming year:

  • Longer-form, cinematic content: The draw of branded video is the freedom it gives brands to tell their stories outside of the 30-second TV spot. So videos like True MoveH’s “Giving,” were longer and more cinematic.
  • Stoking the debate: Some of the biggest video stories in the 2013 came from brands that incited debate. Cheerios, for example, achieved its biggest success to date with “Just Checking,” which opened a long debate about interracial families and their portrayal in the media late last year. Did they mean to start the debate? Probably not, but it did keep their brand in headlines for weeks.
  • More interactivity: Old Spice produced one of the most viral interactive campaigns with 2010’s “Responses.” It produced another in 2012 with “Muscle Music,” which allowed viewers to create their own music inside of a video. And last year Intel and Toshiba released its third social film, “The Power Inside,” which allowed viewers to shape the campaign’s story through social media. Interactive campaigns like these only work when viewers actually engage with them. As the video universe gets more crowded, brands will be looking for unique ways to attract and engage viewers, and interactivity is a great way to do both.
  • Real-time campaigns: At last year’s Super Bowl, Oreo became the poster child for real-time marketing with its half-time tweet, while Coca Cola’s campaign changed based on the score of the game. Both brands had good feedback from their campaigns, which seemed more relevant because of how timely they were.
  • Encouraging user-generated content: Some of the most successful campaigns of the last year benefited from user-generated content. Volvo Trucks’ “Live Test” generated more than 30 million of its more than 111 million views from user-generated content – spoofs, mashups, copies, responses, etc. Besides showing how engaged viewers are with a brand’s campaign, user-generated content that takes off can extend the life of a campaign.

These trends – and the more cinematic, provocative, imaginative, and engaging campaigns that they produce – will lead to one thing: views skyrocketing higher than ever before. As we have seen every year for the past five years, overall views in 2014 will surpass 2013, as brands continue to break new ground and perfect their video storytelling and strategies. If you are looking for advice in producing effective video marketing campaign’s then please get in touch with our team atbespokevideoproduction.com.

Peek of the Week – Top 10 Global Online Video Ads for October 2013

A prank played on a group of coffee shop drinkers to promote the remake of 70s horror classic Carrie tops last month’s Unruly Global Ads Chart.

The ad was October’s most popular by a country mile, attracting almost 1.7 million more shares across Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere than the second-placed ad, PooPourri’s hilarious “Girls Don’t Poop” It attracted more then 2.1 million shares in October.

You can throw as many special effects or clever catchphrases into your marketing mix as possible, but apparently nothing beats the sight of a little girl throwing up. Or at least that’s one way to look at the incredible success of Crest and Oral-B’s “Halloween Treats Gone Wrong ad”. But what they will be even more happy with is the performance of the ad. Launched just a few days before the end of the month, the commercial attracted more than 225,000 shares during October, making it the seventh most shared ad of the month.

The PS4. “For The Players Since 1995” is a sedate and nostalgic journey through the history of the Playstation told through the bedroom of a teenage boy. It attracted 104,431 shares last month, almost 30,000 more than Xbox’s 19th-placed “Invitation”, which was launched a few days later.

Other newcomers to the top 20 include Virgin Atlantic’s new all-singing and all-dancing safety demonstration.

Top 20 Most Shared, Branded Video Ads During October 2013

1. MGM: Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise – Shares: 2.1million

2. PooPourri: Girls Don’t Poop – Shares: 418,023

3. GoPro: HERO3+ Black Edition: Smaller, Lighter, Mightier Still – Shares: 320,611

4. GEICO: Hump Day – Shares: 258,145

5. GoPro: Firemen Saves Kitten – Shares: 241,781

6. Samsung: Note 3 – First Hands On – Shares: 237,310

7. Crest and Oral-B: Halloween Treats Gone Wrong – Shares: 225,156

8. Virgin America: #VXsafetydance – Shares: 205,327

9. Mercedes-Benz: Chicken – Shares: 187,677

10. Pepsi Max: Uncle Drew 3 – Shares: 178,099

 

The next Peek of the week will be the Christmas edition!

 

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7 Essential Video Settings to Check Before Shooting your video:

When every day shooting new content its important not to loose track on the important essentials things.
Thats’ why we create a list of things to check before you hit the record button on your camera.

1.) Resolution & Frame Rate: This is vitally important when shooting with multiple cameras each camera needs to have the exact same resolution and frame rate.  Making footage settings match each other will make it so much easier to edit.

2.) White Balance: Important to make sure color temperatures look natural.  This is crucial to remember when going inside then outside (or vice versa) because color temperature of light is different outdoors than indoors. Make the time to adjust your white balance properly with every set-up.

3.) Gain or ISO: Your Gain and ISO settings make sure your image is properly exposed. Higher ISO settings are for low light and lower ISO settings are for bright lights.  Higher ISO settings also equals more camera noise and lower ISO settings makes a cleaner image.

4.) Scene Profile (Picture Profile) Mode: The correct picture style can make or break your image.control over the image in post.  Looking for more control over the contrast and saturation to your image? Use a neutral setting. Looking to do less work in post? Try using a standard setting.

5.) Shutter Speed: A great rule of thumb is to double the frame rate you are shooting and that will be your shutter speed.  A good setting for 24p footage is 1/50th, a good setting for 60p footage is 125th, and so on.

6.) Aperture or F-Stop Settings: Knowing what F-Stop settings to go with really depends on the type of lens you are using. Knowing your lens’s maximum aperture will help you choose the best f-stop setting for the situation. A general rule of thumb is a lens will generate the sharpest image towards the middle of the glass..  So a setting like f5.6 may be good.  But to create moreshallow depth of field f2.8 or lower may be better

7.) Focus: Nothing is worse than having great exposure settings only to pull up your footage and find a crucial shot was out of focus so use the focus assist in your camera.

If you would like more FREE advise on shooting your next video get in touch !  Looking for content to use in your next video? Make sure you check ReeldealHD or Greenscreenfilms.com and choose from over 5000 HD premium RF stock footage clips perfect for your next project.

Walmart Turn To Online Video with “get on the shelf” original series

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and biggest private employer, has launched its first ever web series aimed at giving the American public the opportunity to decide which new products get to go on the their shelves, both on and offline. Wrapped up in a reality series format, the first episode features products from four U.S. entrepreneurs, picked from thousands of entrants to a crowd sourcing product contest. The four showcase their merchandise and the one that proves the most popular with the audience wins the chance to see the retail giant stock and sell it. There are five weekly shows in the series, the first one is launched today with the others following suit on a weekly basis through to October 22nd. Products included on the first show include a line of gourmet scented stuffed animals and a brilliant wheelchair for infirm or injured dogs. You can see the full list of finalists and their wareshere (Elvis Presley Bedding Collection anyone?)

Viewers can visit the Get On The Shelf site and vote online for their favourite product/entrepreneur each week. The series is produced by the digital studio team behind Shark Tank’s Mark Burnett so the format is a pretty tried and tested one. To drive further engagement, viewers are given just 72 hours after each episode goes live to vote. The winner, based on the amount of pre-orders gained, will receive additional marketing support from Walmart. You can see the first show here (at time of writing it’s still shown as unlisted on YouTube):

Kelly Thompson, Senior VP of Merchandising for Walmart.com is excited for the project and confirms that:

Get on the Shelf celebrates the resilient and tenacious spirit of American entrepreneurs, many of whom have been working hard for a big break like this. The web series creates more exposure for finalists to share their inspiring stories, which makes for captivating reality TV that’s also interactive since American consumers can vote for the next great product at Walmart.com.

comScore Releases August 2013 U.S. Online Video Rankings

AOL Climbs into Second Place in Online Video Content Ranking with 71 Million Viewers

comScore released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 188.5 million Americans watched 46.7 billion online content videos in August, while the number of video ad views totaled 22.8 billion.

Top 10 Video Content Properties by Unique Viewers

Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property in August with 167 million unique viewers. AOL captured the #2 spot with 71.2 million, followed by Facebook with 62.2 million, NDN with 50.7 million and VEVO with 49.4 million. 46.7 billion video content views occurred during the month, with Google Sites generating the highest number at 17.4 billion, followed by AOL, Inc. with 992 million and Facebook with 803 million. Google Sites had the highest average engagement among the top ten properties.

Top U.S. Online Video Content Properties Ranked by Unique Video Viewers
August 2013
Total U.S. – Home and Work Locations
Content Videos Only (Ad Videos Not Included)
Source: comScore Video Metrix
Property Total Unique Viewers (000) Videos (000)* Minutes per Viewer
Total Internet : Total Audience 188,499 46,746,596 1,294.3
Google Sites 166,966 17,437,897 521.6
AOL, Inc. 71,202 991,800 56.8
Facebook 62,183 803,148 21.6
NDN 50,650 569,815 92.0
VEVO 49,371 609,833 42.3
Microsoft Sites 48,894 689,704 33.0
Yahoo! Sites 45,049 368,975 79.2
Viacom Digital 44,434 452,938 45.2
Amazon Sites 34,499 133,380 22.5
Collective Video 31,857 149,318 29.1

*A video is defined as any streamed segment of audiovisual content, including both progressive downloads and live streams. For long-form, segmented content, (e.g. television episodes with ad pods in the middle) each segment of the content is counted as a distinct video stream. Video views are inclusive of both user-initiated and auto-played videos that are viewed for longer than 3 seconds.

Top 10 Video Ad Properties by Video Ads Viewed

Americans viewed nearly 22.8 billion video ads in August, with Google Sites ranking #1 with 3.2 billion ad impressions. Adap.tv came in second with more than 2.4 billion ads, followed by BrightRoll Platform with 2.4 billion and LiveRail.com with 2.2 billion. Time spent watching video ads totaled 8.5 billion minutes, with BrightRoll Platform and Adap.tv delivering the highest duration of video ads at 1.1 billion minutes each. Video ads reached 56 percent of the total U.S. population an average of 132 times during the month. Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 71.

Top U.S. Online Video Ad Properties Ranked by Video Ads* Viewed
August 2013
Total U.S. – Home and Work Locations
Ad Videos Only (Content Videos Not Included)
Source: comScore Video Metrix
Property Video Ads (000) Total Ad Minutes (MM) Frequency (Ads per Viewer) % Reach Total U.S. Population
Total Internet : Total Audience 22,755,256 8,518 132.3 55.6
Google Sites 3,171,612 301 28.5 35.9
ADAP.TV† 2,448,969 1,126 18.0 44.0
BrightRoll Platform**† 2,392,855 1,103 14.4 53.7
LIVERAIL.COM† 2,203,060 859 28.4 25.1
Specific Media** 1,665,541 645 13.0 41.2
SpotXchange Video Ad Marketplace† 1,249,149 467 14.4 28.1
Hulu 1,247,868 475 71.4 5.6
TubeMogul Video Ad Platform† 1,148,595 380 15.0 24.7
Tremor Video** 846,112 390 13.2 20.7
Videology† 751,183 291 9.8 24.8

*Video ads include streaming-video advertising only and do not include other types of video monetization, such as overlays, branded players, matching banner ads, etc.
**Indicates video ad network
†Indicates video ad exchange/DSP/SSP

Top 10 YouTube Partner Channels by Unique Viewers

The August 2013 YouTube partner data revealed that video music channel VEVO maintained the top position in the ranking with 47.8 million viewers. Fullscreen held on to the #2 position with 34.5 million viewers, followed by Maker Studios Inc. with 29.6 million, Warner Music with 26.9 million and ZEFR (formerly MovieClips) with 24.9 million. Among the top 10 YouTube partners, Machinima demonstrated the highest engagement (91 minutes per viewer), followed by Maker Studios Inc. (65 minutes per viewer). VEVO streamed the greatest number of videos (580 million), followed by Maker Studios Inc. (521 million).

Top YouTube Partner Channels* Ranked by Unique Video Viewers
August 2013
Total U.S. – Home and Work Locations
Content Videos Only (Ad Videos Not Included)
Source: comScore Video Metrix
Property Total Unique Viewers (000) Videos (000) Minutes per Viewer
VEVO @ YouTube 47,764 580,437 40.8
Fullscreen @ YouTube 34,541 361,302 32.7
Maker Studios Inc. @ YouTube 29,573 521,066 65.1
Warner Music @ YouTube 26,921 159,047 19.2
ZEFR @ YouTube 24,893 126,822 13.8
The Orchard @ YouTube 21,197 87,548 12.1
Blizzard @ YouTube 18,261 43,062 4.1
rumblefish @ YouTube 17,784 44,429 7.0
Machinima @ YouTube 17,050 391,755 90.9
UMG @ YouTube 16,311 55,998 10.5

Other notable findings from August 2013 include:

  • 87 percent of the U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
  • The duration of the average online content video was 5.2 minutes, while the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes.
  • Video ads accounted for 32.7 percent of all videos viewed and 3.4 percent of all minutes spent viewing video online.

YouTube Best-Practices to Drive Views

Here are some good things to follow when running your YouTube channel:

1. Run your YouTube channel like Facebook

Find the best time of day to post a video on your channel.  You can do this by manually analyzing your subscribers to see when they’re watching.  This can be a tedious thing to weed through; services like vidIQ monitor this for you and give you a graph that shows you what time is best.  Anyway, figuring out the best time to launch a video helps get that important early, heavy traffic that YouTube likes.

2. Tags and Video SEO Matter

The number 1 and 2 drivers of traffic on YouTube is search and related videos.  The only way YouTube can position your video in search and to put it in the coveted “related videos” column is by knowing what your video is about and finding like-minded videos to associate it with.

Three Proven YouTube Best Practices to Drive Views [Creators Tip #99]

Fact: 58% of YouTube viewers discover a video because of Search and Related videos. In other words, SEO must be part of your YouTube marketing strategy.

Also, the more the (relevant) tags, the more the views.  vidIQ was finding people putting 4 tags on a video, when they should be putting something like 18 or 19.  Here’s what they found:

Three Proven YouTube Best Practices to Drive Views [Creators Tip #99]

Fact: The more tags you add, the more views you get.

To refresh on tags, you should start with the more specific tags first and then work towards your more generic tags later in the sequence.

3. Engage With Comments

Actively respond to your comments.

Three Proven YouTube Best Practices to Drive Views [Creators Tip #99]

Videos where creators actively engage with comments generate 4x the views of those who do not.

If you can, target the more influential people who comment regularly.  At first, when you’re starting, you might want to spend a lot of time, especially in that first hour or two, actively responding to any interesting comment out there.  This not only helps you engage with fans, but YouTube tends to love it when the engagement is high early into a video’s launch.  Of course, a service like vidIQ finds those influential commenters and alerts you to who you definitely should respond to when they comment.

For more about vidIQ, click here.