by Geomatrix Productions in Corporate Video
When Oxford Royale Academy (ORA) in London, England decided to bring their series of highly successful independent international college prep summer programs to a university campus in the United States, they partnered with the best. For the pilot program’s location, ORA chose the campus at Yale University. And to convey what makes the program so special to potential attendees and their families, they chose Geomatrix Productions to produce their marketing video. The ORA program brings students, ages 13-18 from all over the world and widely varied backgrounds, to study together in New Haven.
Because ORA administration is located in England and the project required an extremely speedy turnaround, they needed an experienced video production company on the ground in the States that could work independently, effectively, and quickly. They trusted Geomatrix to meet the challenge of creating a compelling video that would engage multiple audiences. Geomatrix producer Patrick Volk explains,
“The video had to entice international students by conveying the excitement and the rich experiences that await them through their enrollment, while also portraying to their families the high quality of the academics, the commitment to safety, and the character-building benefits of the program. All in less than two minutes!”
To do this, the story was told through the words of the ORA students and staff, via interviews conducted on location. “I generally prefer to tell a story through the words of the people involved. Doing it that way, instead of relying on a narrator, delivers a message that is more authentic and is more likely to resonate with the viewer, ” said Volk.
Putting interviewees at ease and coming up with the right questions and prompts can deliver powerful sound bites that come from the heart. The genuineness of the unscripted delivery adds to the persuasiveness of their words:
“It was like a dream come true for me.”
“I met new people from all over the world.”
“I didn’t know I’d learn so much and have such a great experience.”
To bring their words alive, and paint a vivid picture of the program, Volk worked with Geomatrix videographer Antoinette Canieso to capture footage of the students actively participating in various activities around campus. The video culminates in a call to action, directly from the enthusiastic participants once again:
“Grab this, get your application and come to this amazing campus.”
“Don’t doubt yourself, go for it – just do it!”
The students were obviously very excited by the program, and Oxford Royale Academy was equally pleased with the Geomatrix video. ORA administration summed up the job this way:
“It was a pleasure working with Patrick and the Geomatrix team. They were extremely responsive and worked hard to get the program where we wanted it to be. I look forward to working with them in the future!”
From around the world, or in our own back yard, you can always count on Geomatrix to deliver a quality product that will genuinely connect with your audience and get the results you are looking for.
by Geomatrix Productions in Corporate Video
When integrated marketing and communications firm Mason, Inc. of Bethany, Connecticut wanted to bring a contest to life for one of their clients, they turned to Geomatrix Productions.
Connex Credit Union’s “ConneXfactor” program has been helping their members become financially fit for the last five years with a fun and friendly competition that awards cash prizes to the winners. Each year, five individuals, assisted by their Connex coaches, vie for a chance to win a $3,000 grand prize, a $1,000 first prize or a $500 second prize. The object is to help them get a better handle on their finances by reducing debt, paying off credit cards, improving their credit score, saving money for a financial goal and much more. The competition is tied to the mission of the credit union, “to improve the lives of members, one member at a time.” Even if an applicant is not chosen for the competition, they can still work with a financial advocate to help them reach their goals.
For the last three years, Derek Beere, Director of Client Services for Mason, Inc. has worked with the team at Geomatrix to create videos of the contest’s winner announcement ceremony. The videos document the surprise element of the ceremony, and through interviews, tell the effect each of the winners’ financial commitment has taken on his or her life. Each year’s video has been leveraged on Connex’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook page and emails as an exciting recruitment tool for the next year’s competition.
“I thought it would be a great idea to capture the event on video and to have the members share what they learned by participating in ConneXfactor,” said Beere. “It’s one thing for Connex to say “participate in the competition”, but it’s even more credible and powerful when you hear it from people who have gone through the process and hear how it has impacted their overall financial well- being.”
Over the course of the contest, the videos have been able to put a face on the competition that no other method can. According to Beere:
“The videos bring the whole concept to life on many levels. They humanize the competition, provide testimonials and deliver credibility for the credit union by having the members talk about their experiences on camera.”
Beere says that his client loves the videos, which have brought the contest concept to a new level by reinforcing Connex’s mission and demonstrating their commitment to their members.
“Cathie, Edgar and the team at Geomatrix are true professionals at what they do,” said Beere. “We view them as an extension of our team. When we have clients who require video or we recommend video, we can always count on Geomatrix to really deliver and go above and beyond and help us in that arena.”
He added, “In today’s marketing climate, video definitely helps to tell your story—it makes the story more compelling. I always say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a video is worth a million.”
Count on Geomatrix Productions to produce marketing videos that will bring your client’s project to life.Read more
Facebook is turning into a full-fledged media company as it tries to compete with other video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix. Companies are pouring millions into online video production services, usually in the form of easily digestible, short clips that appear on a user’s News Feed. When it comes to posting videos on social apps like Facebook, shorter videos are usually better because users tend to have a short attention span. However, Facebook’s new video algorithm is changing the way we think about online video content. If you’re in the business of posting videos on Facebook, take a moment to learn about what these changes mean for the way users experience your content.
It’s All About the Completion Rate
The new Facebook video algorithm is designed to promote the videos that are most popular with users. The algorithm monitors and rates videos based on how long users are tuning in, otherwise known as the completion rate. If you upload a video and users are tuning out after the one-minute mark, your video will rank higher in the news feed than if your users are tuning out after just 30 seconds. But shorter videos no longer have the market on shareability. Early in 2017, Facebook tweaked its video algorithm so that longer videos don’t fall by the wayside. The completion rate is now adjusted based on the length of the video. For example, if a user watches seven minutes of a ten-minute video, that video is going to get a bump as opposed to a three-minute video with users only tuning in for only about 90 seconds.
Longer Videos Are Getting a Bump
Overall, this means that longer videos are getting a bump in users’ News Feeds. Before, Facebook punished filmmakers and companies that published longer videos if users were only turning in for a small percentage of the total video. Now, longer videos will get to compete with short-form content. Short 60-second videos won’t disappear entirely, but Facebook is determined to make room for longer pieces, even if the user doesn’t watch the video all the way through to the end.
Facebook Wants to Replace Your TV
You might be asking yourself, why is Facebook making all of these changes? The answer is that while Facebook wants users to engage with content that they actually enjoy, Facebook also wants to attract top-tier talent. Facebook is dying to be the Amazon of the video community, so they’re casting a wide net. There are plenty of places online like Instagram and Snapchat where users can get their fill of 30-second clips, but Facebook wants users to engage with content for longer periods of time. So even if a video is over the ten-minute mark, that video will rank higher in the News Feed if people are tuning in for a sizeable period of time.
If you’re looking for a quality Connecticut based video production company that will help your organization utilize online video to succeed, come to Geomatrix Productions for the latest in online video creation and distribution.Read more
by Geomatrix Productions in Corporate Video
The best-run organizations continually look for ways to make every dollar yield double or triple value, even when producing a company video. That is called profitable spending.
What drives profitable spending for video production? For small and midsize companies, every expenditure, especially the creation of a brand video, has the potential to yield additional value, if the business asks one simple question – “What else can we get from this expense?”
Discovering Efficiencies Within a Video Shoot Budget
All companies realize it is vital to have an online presence. Furthermore, 65% of all online traffic involves video, which means the first touch a prospect might have with your organization will be through video.
Small and midsize organizations need a robust and attractive brand image, and they work hard to support that image. To get their message out to their market, most business people realize that a high-quality company video is a fantastic way to tell their story. Unfortunately, many owners and CEOs also think that videos are cost prohibitive, but that is changing.
Save with Profitable Spending
Perhaps business owners and CEOs should look at producing a brand-enhancing video through the lens of profitable spending. Through profitable spending they discover three cost-saving realities:
- A video should be part of an integrated marketing plan designed to reach a broad audience that may include future customers.
- Planning to shoot all images and interviews in one day reduces travel and setup costs, and can cut the total shoot budget by 50% or more. This savings is typically accomplished when all interviewees are ready and available on the same day.
- A compelling brand video reveals your core principles to a vast audience and pre-sells prospects on the advantages of doing business with you. This type of message shortens a sales cycle and lowers the cost of sales.
Stantec – Where Design and Community Matter
Stantec is one of the largest design, engineering, architecture, and construction firms in the world. They understand and design structures that harmonize with the vibrant communities in which they design and build. To reinforce their unique brand, management wanted to create a video that accentuated how brilliant design concepts work with a community’s style.
At the time management was considering the video, their top designers and architects were traveling to Stantec in Boston for an unrelated business meeting. With the design team on site, senior management thought it would be the perfect opportunity to leverage their travel expenses and create a two-minute company video emphasizing the firm’s unique design culture.
Their first idea was to shoot a video of the designers participating, as a group, in a meeting. After discussing other options with Geomatrix Productions, it was decided that shooting each designer in a private setting, one-on-one, and interviewing them about Stantec’s capabilities would have the most impact. The team considered the video project from multiple angles. Nothing was left to chance.
The result was a smart, thought-provoking brand video that distinctly set Stantec apart from other design firms. Moreover, Geomatrix produced the video in a way that maximized efficiency and stayed under budget.
Geomatrix Productions is Your Partner Behind the Camera
The Geomatrix team prides itself on finding practical ways to reduce your production costs, all the while creating a stunning visual experience that far exceeds expectations. Profitable spending is just part of our culture!
Cathie Reese, Geomatrix President said, “We always look for ways to help our clients stretch each dollar. More importantly, we pride ourselves on finding the best way to tell their stories while staying within their budgets.”Read more
Marketing and advertising dollars are a precious resource to be spent wisely. Traditional methods of marketing such as direct mailers, billboards, newspaper and TV ads for local professional services have diminished in their effectiveness.
Why? Because the internet has changed everything.
Remember the yellow pages? It was just a few short years ago that we let our fingers do the walking. Now our fingers do the typing in Google and YouTube search bars.
Marketing has become a science of keywords, search terms, content, PPC, rankings and relevance. To complicate matters, the formulas and the rules change frequently giving marketers yet another metric to monitor.
So, what is a thought leader?
Google defines a thought leader as:
“One whose views on a subject are taken to be authoritative and influential.”
Forbes added a few more words, and describes it in two parts. Part One here:
“A thought leader is an individual or firm that prospects, clients, referral sources, intermediaries and even competitors recognize as one of the foremost authorities in selected areas of specialization, resulting in its being the go-to individual or organization for said expertise.”
Not bad. Actually it sounds pretty good, right?
A thought leader invites interest by not only demonstrating but sharing their expertise with a defined target audience. A thought leader video goes one step further by creating visual engagement.
Old-school marketing shouts – buy from me, I sell what you want, I’m the one you want. The problem is, they shout out to a wide and generalized audience in the hopes that the one who needs them is both in range, and more importantly, in need.
For example, let’s pretend you are a lawyer. You do general practice stuff like real estate closings, trusts and bankruptcies, but you want to do more wills. There are many print and online publications that target the folks who are looking for those services – and you can place advertising. But, so can every other firm who is looking to do the same thing.
With thought leader marketing, and more specifically, with a thought leader video, you hit the target audience that is looking for the exact service you provide, when they are looking.
How? By standing out from the crowd.
Provide the audience with helpful information about wills such as; How to Choose an Executor, or the Responsibilities of an Executor, or even, 5 Reasons Why You Need a Will, even if you are not a rock star.
When that potential client is searching, with proper keyword and online placement, they find you, the expert in their area of interest. They learn something from you, and are directed to your website where they find even more information.
And they call you.
So, what’s better; an expensive ad shouting to the masses, or a well-produced video that demonstrates that you are an expert, and the right choice?
Creating thought leader videos need not be a daunting or expensive task, yet they should not be done with an iPhone. Work with an experienced video producer who can tell your story through interview with you, or who can help you refine your message delivered through the camera lens.
Graphics can enhance your video, making it even more instructive and understandable. Your company or personal branding should be clear and consistent across many segments, and there is strength in numbers. Plan to produce several videos at once for production economy.
Consider producing a six-pack of videos all on the same day. Spend some time planning your subjects, drafting your content and preparing for your close up. Think of all the time you waste in initial consultations with prospective clients. If you can provide all that detail in a video, you save non-billable time for making the more personal connection that closes the deal.
Great topics for thought leadership also include success stories, case studies and even client testimonials.
When you create several videos at once, you can choose to deliver content over time and align release with your marketing goals.
Finally, back to Forbes and Part Two of their definition:
A thought leader is an individual or firm that significantly profits from being recognized as such.
Profits – that’s the bottom line is it not?Read more
A high caliber project deserves high caliber coverage and that’s exactly how Stantec sees it. Upon completion of the Barclays Center Station at Atlantic Yards, Stantec collaborated with Geomatrix Productions to create a video highlighting the benefits this project has brought to Brooklyn and the City of New York.
Stantec’s objective was to showcase the teamwork involved in the design and construction of a new subway entrance and their goal of improving the flow of people coming from the subway up to the Barclay Center. Geomatrix took this idea and ran with it.
“The biggest piece that really makes the video special is the animation Geomatrix created. Everybody just loved it and it really helped them understand the benefit we brought to the station design. This project greatly improves people flow and the idea to add the animation just captured that perfectly.” Alison Smith, Public Relations Manager, US Northeast, Stantec
Not only did Geomatrix introduce the idea for the animation, they also helped structure the interviews Stantec wanted to include in a way that enhanced the video.
“We knew the general story we wanted to tell, and we knew the people who were going to be in the video. There was someone from Stantec, one of our clients, and the general contractor who worked on the project. We had prepared some overview questions, but Geomatrix was really great on the fly and able to expand on them provoking comments that worked really well for the video,” said Smith.
There were many challenges faced by both Geomatrix and Stantec in the production of this video. Between freezing 8-degree weather, loud background city noise, and security issues with filming in a New York City subway station, just shooting this project was a feat in itself.
“Watching the video, you wouldn’t even be able to tell the challenges we faced. It is truly a testament to how easy it is to work with Geomatrix,” said Smith.
Stantec’s strategic use of video has allowed the design firm to truly separate itself from the competition. Instead of simply featuring projects with photos and text, Stantec uses video to tell stories about their people and projects, highlight their diverse creative range, and artfully display the different types of projects they produce. “It allows us to differentiate ourselves,” said Smith.
In addition to using video to feature projects, Stantec also creates videos for coverage of community service work they do throughout North America. In this way, Stantec has become a thought leader in their industry, showing their commitment to not only bettering themselves but also the community.
“We tend to focus a lot of video on our people and community service work, which Geomatrix has done for us as well. We have an annual company volunteer day and make a video every year for that. It tells a great story; it’s always visual and people oriented,” said Smith.
Stantec’s Atlantic Yards web feature is a great example of how quality marketing is just as important as the quality of your work.Read more
by Geomatrix Productions in Corporate Video
You have aced “The Top 5 Questions to Answer Before Scripting.”
You have done “The Top 5 Things to Do Before the Camera Rolls.”
You have collected a killer wardrobe that tops “The Top 10 Wardrobe-Malfunction-Preventers.”
So now, you are finally ready to roll — yes?
As long as the team that is capturing all this hard work has the experience and know-how to make it all happen for you. Don’t think your iPhone can do the trick. You need good lighting, proper microphones and a skilled camera person.
Hire a video production company that knows how important this is. Choose a company that has a great portfolio of work that proves they can showcase yours.
A crew made up of professionals who listen when you speak. Pros who understand what you want, and deliver, on time and on budget.
How important is this? You decide. Your image and your reputation are at stake.Read more
by Geomatrix Productions in Corporate Video
You have studied our previous blogs, looked deep into your business and answered, “The Top 5 Questions to Answer Before Scripting.”
You have created a bang-up plan and have completed all 5 tasks in “The Top 5 Things to Do Before the Camera Rolls.”
At last, the shoot day has arrived and you are ready to roll.
But WAIT, what should you and your team wear?
Here are the “Top 10 Wardrobe-Malfunction-Preventers.”
- Plan to bring several ironed shirts/blouses or sweaters to give the crew some choice of the color. Also, you might want to change for some of the “b-roll” shots to make it look like multiple days.
- Colors that work well include blue, green, burgundy, gray, pastels (not too pale), earth-tones. Wear solid colors. Avoid seasonal looks such as heavy turtlenecks or tank tops. Go generic, such as a soft v-neck sweaters, polo/tennis shirts, trendy blouses, or anything else you might wear to work or when meeting clients.
- Do not bring
- shirts with large patterns or geometric shapes
- clothing with tight patterns or pin stripes
- white or bright green shirts
- anything shiny or with a large logo
- Wear clothing that feels good to you in a style that suits your position. Do not wear something for the shoot that you would not ordinarily wear.
- Wear your eyeglasses if you want, but expect to be asked to tip them up slightly to avoid reflection. If they darken when the sun is out, they will darken under the lights. Avoid this.
- Women should wear their regular makeup, however avoid the highly sparkly stuff. Everyone may be asked to wear our powder to minimize shine
- If there is a company uniform- wear it!
- If there is a requirement for safety gear (PPE) – wear it!
- If there is a signature name badge or company pin – wear it!
- If it does not fit well – DON’T wear it!
Relax and have a great shoot!!!Read more
by Geomatrix Productions in Corporate Video
The Top 5 Things to Do Before the Camera Rolls
You have taken the plunge to produce a great company marketing video for your inbound social media campaign and website.
You have studied hard, looked deep into your business and answered, “The Top 5 Questions to Answer Before Scripting.”
At last, the shoot day has arrived.
But WAIT, have be sure you have done the following:
- Prepare your surroundings. If tidy matters, do this in advance of the first “action” call.
TIP: tidy matters!
- Prepare your staff. Think of the visuals that will support your message. Be prepared to put your best foot forward
TIP: not everyone is photogenic – enough said.
- Prepare yourself. If you will be interviewed, you should feel comfortable talking in a conversational tone about the business.
TIP: DO NOT rehearse. We promise you’ll be a lot happier with the results.
- Think product-placement. This is your chance to really shine – remember to put your best foot forward.
TIP: product placement should be subtle, the neon sign is never a good idea.
- Watch for distractions, such as humming lights, loud machinery, bright windows, street noise, ringing phones, thin cubicle walls, keyboard sounds, other meetings, delivery people, clueless people…..
TIP: everything is a distraction on the shoot day. Be prepared for sense-of-humor meltdowns.
Your company video is an important reflection on you and your business. The quality of the finished product relies not only on the skill of the team shooting, video editing and producing it, but the effort you put in to preparing.Read more
by Geomatrix Productions in Corporate Video
The Top 5 Questions to Answer Before Shooting.
Congratulations, you have decided to take your business to the next level and showcase it on video.
So, now what?
- Ask yourself, “What do I want the viewer to know, do or say after watching my video production?”
TIP: the answer to this question is NOT “I want everyone to say ‘wow, what a good company.’” You must provide a significant objective here.
- Answer the question, “Why should people do business with us?”
TIP: the answer here is NOT “because we are good at what we do.” You must be much more specific.
- Consider the following, “What is the unique selling proposition that sets me apart from the competition and how can I demonstrate that?
- Be certain you can answer this important question, “Who is my target audience?”
TIP: this answer needs to include the demographics of that audience.
- Consider “How much does my audience already know about my product or service?”
TIP: you don’t want to insult your audience by talking down to them, or lose them by going over their heads.
Once you take a good honest look at your business, product or service, you can prepare a great script or content outline to insure a successful marketing video production.
Do not crowd your video with too much or the message will be lost. Less is more.
If you have trouble answering these questions, ask a professional video production company such as Geomatrix!Read more