Video Content Must Be Engaging

Show and Sell: Video Content Engages Consumers

Why do consumers love great video content?

video content

There are a million and one businesses that rely heavily on their online presence to drive promotions and sales.

But there is one thing that almost all of them have in common: they all seek to connect with their customers in a meaningful way.  The good news is that there is no shortage of ways to accomplish this goal. Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Google advertisements are just a few examples. However, a new survey from Animoto suggests that there is one medium that can increase sales for almost any business: quality video content.

In the survey they note that video is a huge factor in the purchasing decision:

  • 73 percent of all consumers are more likely to purchase after watching videos explaining a product or service
  • 96 percent of all consumers find videos helpful when making purchase decisions online
  • 71 percent of all consumers say watching video content produced by businesses leaves them with a positive impression of the brand, service or company

The benefits of creating high quality videos to promote your products or services have been well documented.

After Google, Youtube is actually the second largest search engine on the internet. Consumers look for videos to inform them about product reviews, customer satisfaction, and just the overall vibe that a company is putting out. Here are a few of the reasons why every business owner should be using videos to promote their company.

Have you ever heard the expression “You only get one chance to make a first impression”?

This is especially true in the world of business. When customers conduct an online search for your product, and they are able to find helpful and informative videos, it leaves the majority of people with a positive impression of your company. Consumers appreciate videos because they allow them to have a higher level of confidence when making purchasing decisions. According to the survey, a whopping 93% of respondents reported that videos are helpful in deciding which product to buy, as well as how to best use the product after it is purchased.

Every business owner knows that their job doesn’t end after they have made a sale.

Continuous engagement and customer support is crucial if you want to earn consumer loyalty and repeat business. This is another area where businesses will find videos to be extremely helpful. The survey found that not only do videos encourage customers to research and purchase additional items from the same brand, but they actually cause a company to be perceived as being more trustworthy. With this in mind, most business owners would probably agree that they can’t afford not to have quality video content to back up their products.

Just because video content provides an excellent medium for finding and connecting with customers, it doesn’t meant that just any old video will do.

Video content is critical. If your video is too long, many viewers will be turned off and may choose to skip your video altogether. 83% of the consumers in this survey reported that the ideal video for a product or service is five minutes or less. It is also important to organize your video content in a meaningful and approachable way, so several smaller videos are often a better choice than one hour-long installment.

Creating video content can be a bit intimidating if you have no prior experience doing so.

If you aren’t a professional videographer, don’t worry, we specialize in helping you create professional and engaging videos on whatever topic you desire. So if you would like to promote your business, increase your web traffic, or just make it easier for customers to find and connect with you, contact Penrose Productions for help in creating quality videos. It’s great place to start.

Testimonial Videos for Your Business

Testimonial videos can help your company’s bottom line. But they can hurt your business if not done properly.

Testimonial videos can help any business out there wishing to make full use of modern tools to market their business. Video has emerged as one of the most powerful tools for communication in the modern world, and is gaining ground on text-based communication as the preferred mode of sharing information. For a business, a testimonial video is the perfect way to engage with an audience ready to consume information.

testimonial video

To come up with a truly great testimonial video, keep in mind the following:

  • Tell a story. It’s easy to find a loyal customer to endorse the business, saying how great they appreciated the product/service. However, viewers may find it boring. However, storytelling techniques have never failed to capture the interest of the audience. Find a customer that had a unique challenge for which your business provided a solution, and you’ll be able to connect with viewers instantly.
  • Keep it real. Video is the next best thing to a face to face conversation the audience will have with your business. Keep the testimonial real at all times. Modern viewers are quite adept at spotting scripted scenes, so avoid that. Let the characters express themselves in their own words.
  • Cover everything. Sure, the whole point of the testimonial is to convey how great your business is. However, don’t jump straight into the hard sell with the video. Cover the character’s entire journey, from how they discovered the problem at hand, what led them to your business, the problem solving process, and the results.
  • Use a professional video production service. To be able to capture all these aspects in a 2 to 3 minute video, you will require expert video production and editing services. Anyone can hold the camera and record, but it’s a real professional who can identify the touching points of the video that will best convey the message.
  • Keep it short. Concentration spans are slowly reducing. Most viewers will probably have a few minutes to spare to watch the video. Having the testimonial video go on and on for half an hour is bound to go unwatched. Keep the video short and concise; 4 minutes at the most. However, don’t skip over important talking points in an effort to shorten run time.
  • Be sure to promote the video. Share it with your clients and potential clients. The video is worthless if it isn’t seen by your intended audience. This can happen in a variety of ways, and we can help you create the apparatus for these placements if needed. They include:
    1. placing your video on YouTube and maximizing its search engine power
    2. sending links in promotional emails
    3. place the videos in white papers (.pdf’s)
    4. place them on your website
    5. play them at your trade show booth

Using these tips, your next testimonial video should have customers buzzing with excitement regarding your business.

 

 

San Jose Video Production Client Referral

A San Jose Video Production customer of ours returns after several years and recommends us for work with her new company.

We didn’t get to be the leading video production company in San Jose and Silicon Valley by disappointing our clients. With our 32 years of experience producing video for business and organizational clients we take pride in our delivery of great video work in all fields with speed, quality, effectiveness and efficiency.

As a result, our clients have give us a 100% satisfaction rating for our Silicon Valley/San Jose video production work.

In this survey, conducted by an independent auditing agency making blind calls, when our clients were asked if they needed the services of a Silicon Valley/San Jose video production company in the future, would they call or recommend Penrose Productions. They all said “YES”.

This has been a result of over three decades cultivating our reputation for great work and service.

Over the years, our Silicon Valley/San Jose video production company has focused on becoming a real partner with each of our clients to bring success to their video productions. From the beginning of the process we establish production goals so that they will meet and exceed the client’s requirements of:

  • the intended audience
  • what the video production should accomplish
  • how it will work with other aspects of the project 
  • how it will be implemented.

Yet despite our stellar track record, we are always pleasantly surprised when clients from “back in the day” look us up to give us more video production business, or a referral to do so.

This has happened lots recently and just again this last week.

One customer with whom we did dozens of San Jose video productions at her previous company has contacted us again in her new position. Her new company is one of the largest in Silicon Valley. The company has a large San Jose video production department, but using them is a lengthy process. And since she

San Jose video production needed to move NOW, she knew just who to call. So she joins the ranks of a half dozen customers who just this calendar year have hired us again despite having moved on to other positions and to other employers.

 

Naturally we’re delighted for the big vote of confidence.

We also are excited about the opportunities to renew our working relationship with those clients. In many cases we worked countless hours on projects with these folks and have really bonded with them.

We started in video production when it was a fledgling business. It has always been our goal to develop lasting relationships with superior service for these clients, and our track record and many video production testimonials have helped us meet this goal.

And we are confident that future clients will not only be satisfied with the results and service we give them, but will be referring us as well.

In the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

 

San Francisco Business Video – Our Specialty

Since getting our start shooting San Francisco business videos through our Bay Area video production company Penrose Productions in 1981, we have been committed to creating high quality, business videos for our clients.

For sales and marketing videos, we emphasize the creation of outstanding videos that present our clients’ products and/or services in a way that gets customers to buy, or at least consider buying, from our clients.

But yet another category of Silicon Valley and San Francisco business video productions that we often do might be considered communications videos. Often these will document the meetings, seminars, proceedings, training, etc. of our clients so that the information can be more widely disseminated. These meetings vary in their interest to us as observers. Of course, the content is not designed to appeal to us, but rather to the client’s target market, whether an internal or external audience.

We consider it a plus when the content is something to which we can actually understand or can relate.

If we can actually apply the content to our own lives or business, that’s a huge plus.

As an example of the opposite, when we shoot high tech training as we so often do with Silicon Valley video productions, we can be totally lost when listening to content about advanced electrical engineering and computer science.

In contrast to this, we were recently shooting a San Francisco business video for a top insurance company’s management meeting at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.  This was our sixth straight year shooting and editing for this company and we find the whole experience a consistently interesting one. The content of the 3-day meeting was not about insurance, but rather sought to promote dialogue with the nearly one hundred management attendees as the company worked on growth strategies to get to the next level of revenue and profitability.

San Francisco training videoAs I listened to the discussions on business development and strategy it took me back to my graduate school days at the University of California.  The work was led by outside consultants from Management Systems of Los Angeles. As the company principals led the group in their work, it was eerily similar to being in the classroom getting my MBA in Berkeley all over again.  I found myself not just overseeing the recording of the event, but I was inspired and renewed in my original vision to provide amazing San Francisco business video production to businesses large and small. Many of the management concepts shared in the meeting were lessons I originally learned at Cal, and it was inspiring to get a “refresher course” on these principles.

The truth is, I often get involved in the day to day operations of running the video production.

But this time it was a treat (and an annual one at that with this client) that allowed me to also hear top-flight consultants and apply their lessons on strategy and tactics to our own company.  It served to re-engergize me and helps me look at the big picture for Penrose Productions.

At Penrose we have a passion to ignite the Bay Area business community with a desire to share and expand their business concepts through San Francisco business videos.  Now more than ever, video is the key to conveying a positive image of your products, services and overall company vision.   The problem is, many businesses still try to “do it themselves” and end up shooting themselves in the foot.  I made a commitment to quality video production back in grad school and that has never changed.  Just as with hiring any expert, videos from a professional Bay Area video production company can help take businesses to the next level.

As I reflect back on the many videos we’ve done through the years, I realize that San Francisco video production has changed a great deal over the years.

Penrose Productions has always remained at the forefront of producing San Francisco business videos in both quality and customer service.

 

Small business video packages unveiled

We’re introducing Small Business video packages for the web

For small business video is critical to getting noticed and to share your story with prospective customers. So we’re excited to share that we’re rolling out inexpensive video packages for small business so that they can get their business on the web. We’re producing short (1 – 2 minute) videos that small business owners can put on their website and/or video sharing sites like YouTube. Here’s what they get:

Small business video pre-production:

  • scheduling assistance from our traffic manager

  • access to our helpful on-line articles about:

    • how to write a script

    • how to pick the correct spokesperson

    • how to perform better on camera

    • suggestions for which shots and locations to choose at your business

  • script review by our award winning scriptwriters

Small Business video production:

  • 2 hours on-site shooting your small business video with you as on-camera narrator, plus footage of the business

  • tape stock

Small business video post-production:

  • award-winning editor edits your small business video footage into a complete short video

  • stock graphics/animation included

  • copyright-cleared music included

  • compressed digital video file for your website

  • one DVD master

Small business video distribution:

  • we host your small business video on blip.tv and YouTube

  • we give you instructions for posting on your site

  • we give you instructions for posting on Facebook

And if you don’t want live action video shot with a video camera, we have an even cheaper version that uses photos from the business. Here’s an example:

Go to our website to learn more about our video packages.

 

8 ways to doom your corporate video production – Conclusion

Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Video Production – Conclusion

With video production as with all things, the motto is “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well” And this applies to your video productions.  But there are times when a large full scale production is not warranted.  Fortunately, it is no longer a matter of all or nothing when it comes to bringing professional production values to your work. 

You do not have to spend tens of thousands of dollars for a video production.

inexpensive video production

It surprises many people that are considering a video production that there is an efficient middle ground that can be used.  This can be a tremendous cost saver.  This includes hiring one or more professionals to assist.  This could be:

  • ·        a producer/director to oversee your production,
  • ·        a lighting director with equipment,
  • ·        a teleprompter operator with equipment,
  • ·        a make-up artist to make your executive look “just right”
  • ·        an editor to bring together the footage you’ve shot into a crisp, effective program,
  • ·        a graphic artist or animator to punch up your graphics,
  • ·        a duplication facility to make mass quantities of your videotape, DVD or CD

Through the use of experienced professionals in some or all areas of your next production, you can ensure that you create a program that meets your objectives in an efficient and effective way.