Video Production: Should you Hire it Out?

Video production is an essential marketing tactic for those in business.

Video production is becoming increasingly important in the marketing mix for businesses of all sizes. In fact, in a Cisco white paper on the future of internet traffic, they say “Globally, consumer Internet video traffic will be 69 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2017, up from 57 percent in 2012. This percentage does not include video exchanged through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. The sum of all forms of video (TV, video on demand [VoD], Internet, and P2P) will be in the range of 80 to 90 percent of global consumer traffic by 2017.”

The marketer who disregards this video trend is doomed to become a dinosaur, regardless of the industry or size of company.

I recently read a fascinating book by Perry Marshall that expands on the widely known 80/20 Theory of Richard Koch. It’s focus is on the implications for sales and marketing.

pareto principleMarshall’s 2013 book “80/20 Sales and Marketing: the Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More” explores the Pareto Principle and it’s many applications throughout life in general as well as business.

In it Marshall emphasizes the “power curve” and it’s many implications. This graph, for example, shows how 80% of church donations (time and money) come from 20% of the members. 

The same principle applies to the use of one’s time as a business owner, manager, or other position of responsibility. Using this curve/pattern to track important (e.g. high paying) tasks, we find that those fall to the right of the graph where all peak performances are charted.

The message is clear that people should try to operate as efficiently as possible, avoiding low value tasks.

Any good manager knows this and will offload as many chores as possible to be more productive. It’s a basic time management tool. However, the key lies not in how much to offload, but what.

Good managers and business owners don’t waste time on tasks for which they are not excellent.

From a video production perspective, the obvious point is to hire professionals to do that work. While current technology is terrifically affordable and easy to use, managers are still not the best people to do the video production work.

And yet we see it time and again in video production. Managers and business owners who would no sooner empty their own waste basket or paint the offices (or any other task of which they are capable) will try to do video.

Could it be because video production is fun?

Admittedly, we do enjoy our work. But video production, like any serious element of a marketing strategy, must be approached thoughtfully and with understanding. We have this picture of one of our video production shoots on the wall in our office:

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When new clients see it, the first question is “Is that Maui?” When we answer yes, they always comment, “You got to do video production work in Maui? You are SO lucky!”

Truth be known, when we shot a video for the Napili Kai Beach Club there, it was non-stop from early morning to dusk, for 5 solid days. To quote Steve Erwin (RIP) “we were sweatin’ bullets mate!” The weather was very warm (of course, it’s Hawaii) and we needed to get shots all day while the sun was in different positions and affecting lighting. We had dozens of set-ups and tear downs to capture the many different types of rooms and facilities on he property. Despite appearances, it was not fun…

Often, a company will try doing their own video production once, and when they discover the hassles or low quality, they come to us.

This can be to fix the video production that they tried to do themselves, or because of deadlines, the next video production they do. Tough lesson learned…

We welcome the chance to put managers and business owners back in the “power curve” by taking video production off their plate. We even have a directorial-only service where we direct your video production efforts so you can have the “fun.”

Posted 10/22/13

Northern California Video Production (and Worldwide): 32 years and counting

Our Northern California video production company celebrates its 32nd anniversary of business video production.

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Northern California video production is a super competitive marketplace, and we’ve been surviving and thriving over the years for 32 years now — officially. We started the business in October 1981. To last that long, we’d like to think that means that we’re doing something right.

There have been lots of changes over the years in our industry and we’ve kept up with them. And one of the ways we keep our enthusiasm for video production is that our clients are so diverse that we always get involved with a wide variety of industries and locations.

Repeat business is the key.

Although we’re constantly on the prowl for new business, bringing customers BACK to Penrose Productions has been the key to a long career in Northern California video production. The technology has hanged dramatically since 1981 (can you say VHS and Betamax?) but two things remain constant: offering quality video work and backing it with dedicated customer service.  As a result we have a long list of Northern California video production testimonials for your review.

Our guarantee is unique among Northern California video production companies.

You can search far and wide and you won’t be able to find any other guaranteed Northern California video production. We offers a complete 100% money-back guarantee. But we’ve never had to refund anyone’s money under this policy. Why? Because it forces us to work closely with our clients to be sure that they are happy with the progress of the project every step of the way.

Customers have trusted us to take our Northern California video production skills across the US and around the globe.

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On many occasions customers have used us to shoot not just Northern California video productions. They’ve also hired us to shoot at locations throughout the country and even globally. We’ve shot in 25 states and D.C., as well as numerous foreign countries. These customers know that the video footage we capture will be consistent with the overall theme and look of the video project we are doing for them.

We offer all video production services, from concept to delivery.

We’ve had to change with technology over the years, but as the dean of Northern California video production companies we’ve added a variety of services to our offerings over the years, What was once recording to video cassettes and editing from tape to tape is now done digitally. And while viewers once had to load up the VCR to watch a video, they now just pop in a DVD, or click a mouse to watch on the internet or a company intranet.

We’re offering a 32% discount for new business, good until Thanksgiving 2013.

In honor of our 32nd anniversary as the premier Northern California video production company for BtoB videos, we’re offering a 32% discount to new clients on all work booked by November 27, 2013. We’d love to make some new friends that will call on us for the next 32 years!

After all, we are the “Best Silicon Valley video production company.” Ask Google!

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Business Videos Done Through Google for Search Engine Placement

Business video done with Google Hangouts can rocket companies to the top of search engines.

Ranking business videos can be tricky, especially for the small business person trying to go it alone. While business videos are becoming increasingly important to the Google search results, it’s not necessarily a simple process.  That is, unless you are willing to be on the lookout for long-tail keywords.

What are long tail keywords?

Long tail keywords mean search terms that have lots of words in them. As one can imagine, the more detailed the keyword, the less searches are done for the term. For example, if you were to google “weight loss” you’d get 448 MILLION results. But if you were to google :weight loss for flight attendants” you’d come up with just under 2 million. That’s quite a drop off as we’d expect.

Now here’s the good news about long tail keywords — there is less competition for those key words.

So, long story short, it’s easier to rank for these long tail keywords, whether with text or business videos.

It’s been a matter of debate for some time whether Google gives preferential treatment in the search engine listings to those companies that play ball with it. This might include, for example:

  • advertising with Google Adwords
  • linking to Google’s site
  • using the technology, function, website, etc. that Google favors, such as
  1. Google Places
  2. Google Plus
  3. Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts can be done right from your desk with a webcam and microphone through your PC or Mac. And it’s free. You are hosting a web conference in which you can choose to show your smiling face or not.

For the purpose of business videos on Hangouts, I’d recommend showing your desktop. That way prospective clients can see your products and services as reflected in anything you choose to show on your desktop, including websites, presentation slides, etc.

When the conference is over, the business video that was just created is automatically saved to the user’s YouTube account. The user can choose to delete it or make it private, but that would only work against the search engine placement of the business video.

I did an experiment in ranking a business video using Hangouts.

I created one for our company, and used the title “Best Silicon Valley Video Production Company.” I just started talking about the company, clicked through several web pages on the site, and explained them. Here is the business video I did very quickly and affordably.

As soon as the video was processed and became part of my YouTube account, I went to Google and searched for “best silicon valley video production company.” The video was ranked #2 in the generic search listings just as quickly as I could click over to it.

And the video rose to #1 within 15 minutes, where it remains. See the screen capture of the listings below. (The items backed by pink and to the right are paid advertisements for which Google collects each time a link is clicked.)

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Is ranking business videos this way a viable strategy?

This depends on whether or not people would actually search for the long tail keyword being used. If so, you’ve hit the jackpot. Getting your business video done via a Hangout using that well-searched, low-competition keyword is an excellent way to rank highly, get noticed, and make money as a result. However, if the long tail keyword is rarely searched for, it regresses into a meaningless academic exercise and time waster.

The solution is to get expert keyword analysis done to see what terms your customers might type in that are low competition. Then create one or more business videos through Hangouts.