Experience counts

No two video shoots are exactly alike.

We had a San Francisco video production gig the other day, where we were to record a conference. A group from Canada was having their user group meeting there, and they found us to record the video, and edit a promotional piece for their website. Nothing could be simpler, right? After all, we’ve done hundreds of similar events in the past.

Since this was a new venue, we scouted the location on the day prior to the shooting.

And we were glad that we did. The event was being held at the Energy Efficiency Funding Group on Mission St. To our dismay, we discovered that in the hall there was a huge concrete pillar which was standing in the middle of the room. The pillar is an internal part of the building, designed to help make the building earthquake proof (after all, this WAS a San Francisco video production we were doing).

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Often we call these shoots “back of the room shoots” because that’s where we typically set up – in the back of the room. But this pillar made the standard configuration impossible. Any professional video producer will tell you this can be a challenging environment to work on but at the end of it all, it’s our job to ensure that the customer gets what she wants. .

Frankly, we had never encountered quite the same situation before, but with our years of experience and flexibility we were able to adapt, pull through the hardships and give the quality that is required.

Having the adaptability and experience allows us to know how to navigate in various environments. Those are the sorts of things that separate an amateur and a professional video producer. It is something that takes years to learn. It takes training, dedication and understanding, all skills that we have acquired and used over the years to deliver the kind of videos that our customers need.

Experience counts!

 

Best San Francisco Video Marketing: Get on Page One of Google

The best San Francisco video marketing is to get the video listed on page one of Google.

The best San Francisco video marketing is difficult but worth it. A recently study confirms that video has better conversion than any other forms of digital content , with 71% of respondents indicate that video performs better than text and images. Getting no. #1 position on Google will not only give terrific visibility, but huge traffic influx as well. According to a recent post on Search Engine Watch, the first page of listings in Google’s organic result receives over 90 percent of the traffic. Fewer than 10% of searchers even get to page 2 and beyond.

Why is video marketing huge today?

If you run a business in the Bay Area (or even nationwide), here are some quick facts to help you get the best San Francisco video marketing:

  • Do what the big boys do: over one third of large brands generated over hundred content marketing videos per year
  • Approximately 71% of respondents confirm that video converts better than any other content.
  • Brands get terrific ROI from their YouTube Channels.
  • 86% of study participants use some form of measurement to evaluate video marketing effectiveness. As we’ve written before, you should measure your videos’ effectiveness.

YouTube visibility brings huge ROI.

Many companies and brands use video exposure on websites such as YouTube to get a high return on investment. However, to get on page 1 and appeal to that 90+% of traffic, you need to make video content that people want to watch.

It doesn’t matter if you make a gorgeous video no one gets to see it.

YouTube marketing experts know what potential customers want to know when they see any video:

  • What the Product or Service Can Do
  • How the Product or Service Can Benefit
  • How They Can do it Themselves

 Learn From the YouTube Experts

When it comes to video marketing, there is no magic bullet. We at Penrose Production are the best San Francisco video marketing company, and we can get your videos on page one of Google. We optimize videos, optimize titles, add descriptions and tags, create custom thumbnails, and add an interactive annotation to make videos search engine friendly.

Here’s an example of a YouTube video that we have optimized to rank for “Best San Francisco video marketing.”

This video is ranked on page 1 of Google for the keyword phrase “best San Francisco video marketing.” We’re sure you’ll agree that the thumbnail draws your eye and makes it most likely to be clicked:

 

The YouTube thumbnail is the key.

Getting on page one of the Google search results page is obviously important. Most searches on Google will not show more than one video on page 1 (there are exceptions, and we can help exploit that). And when there are just one or two videos there, they really stand out and attract the viewer’s eye due to the video thumbnail. And that thumbnail can even be customized to highlight a sale, special offer, etc. to entice the viewer to click on it. Don’t let your video be relegated to pages 2 and beyond.

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For the best San Francisco video marketing, come see us. The video marketing experts at Penrose Productions help businesses grab a portion of that 90% of organic traffic that comes due to page one positions In Google and other search engines.

Get found, get clicked, get business. Don’t let your business be anonymous.

 

Identify Your Video Advertising Competition

You’ve got to know your video advertising competition if you want to beat them.

video advertising competitionToday folks are addicted to seeing videos online. Whether these are educational videos that are amusing, humorous or serious or video advertising, most folks can’t pull themselves away from their computer screens thanks to this kind of digital technology.

In case you already know that video advertising promotions are a powerful instrument that may assist you to boost sales, congratulations. Now, it’s time to identify who you’re up against in terms of local video advertising competition.

Video promotion refers to video advertising that displays your services and products online using video representation.

Video advertising has recently acquired extreme popularity due to its simplicity and effectiveness.

Generally these days, folks would rather watch an online video than read. For this reason, smart business owners have turned to video advertising to bring customers.

The whole goal of identifying adversaries that are using video is to analyze what they’re doing too as estimate its effectiveness. Based on this particular information, you will be better equipped to create and advertise online videos that’ll crush your competition.

  1. First, check your competitors’ websites to determine if they’ve videos posted. Most companies who create on-line videos post your competitors on their sites as well as video sharing websites such as YouTube. These are the challengers you need to watch when preparation and creating videos if you locate videos on their website.
  2. Next, simply go to YouTube and kind a local key word term associated with your business in the search box. If some of your rivals have videos on YouTube, and they are correctly optimized, they need to come up as well.

Additionally pay careful attention to the of your competitors.

You could get some insight about how their videos are made, what they did to get high search result rankings, and what message they are trying to carry.

If so, keep these adversaries on your radar as well. And when you’re ready to take them on, give us a call. We’re always available to help with your online video production.

 

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.

Training with San Francisco business video

As 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.

 

Northern California Video Production Work: In-home Testimonial

Penrose Productions called on to shoot a testimonial in Northern California video production work

As Northern California video production pros, we’re called upon to travel throughout Northern California, Silicon Valley, the Bay Area (and even for worldwide video productions) to shoot for various clients. Recently we went to Sacramento to capture an interview with a lovely and articulate woman in her home.

As you can see, our video production setup included a DSLR HD video camera, lights from our Arri kit and a sound package including a Sennheiser microphone and Shure portable audio mixer. The lights included a key light, fill light, and back light, and the light had to be filtered by blue gels. By doing this we were able to match the color temperature of the abundant sunlight that was coming in through the windows.

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The audio (below) was relatively easy as we only had one microphone input needed. The interviewer’s comments were not to be recorded for the video. We placed the microphone above the interviewee and just out of frame from the camera’s view.

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While on location for this Northern California video production, we compiled a short video to let you take a look behind the scenes.

This video shows how we set up the camera, lights and audio and should you need Northern Califonria video production done in the future, here’s a glimpse of what to expect.

 

 

Bay Area Video Production a Hit at Fancy Food Show

A simple Bay Area video production for a new local food packager helps launch them at a huge San Francisco food show.

As a Bay Area video production company, one of the great treats is that we get to produce videos on such a wide variety of topics. We’ve done videos of a tropical hotel, a Welsh wafer fab, a Chinese lead frame manufacturer, at the zoo for an 8th grade science movie, Gold Country supermarket training videos, and so on. The diversity helps keep this business fresh for us.

We were delighted recently to get a call from the folks at Dio Deka Restaurant in Los Gatos CA to help them unveil their new line of Hellenic foods (read Greek-inspired) that they are rolling out to supermarkets and delis.

One of the highlights was getting to dine with the owners at the restaurant and enjoy many of these incredible foods. I know, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!

Greek food

Greek food

 The big unveiling for their new food line and our Bay Area video production was at the San Francisco Winter Fancy Foods Show at Moscone Center.

Dio Deka had hired an amazing food photographer from Southern California, Brian Leatart to photograph the new foods they were unveiling. From there is was up to us to create a simple edited video production in the Bay Area. The purpose was to have this video play on a large screen at the back of their booth at Moscone while the Dio Deka folks cooked up samples of the food to share with buyers at the show.

From our experience in doing Bay Area video productions used in trade shows all over the world, we know that trade show videos need to compliment rather than dominate the sales efforts at the booth. If a trade show video gets too detailed or technical, the viewer does not remain engaged.

Trade show videos need to attract potential buyers, not sell them.

Because of show rules, audio was not allowed on any videos played in the booths. That’s why we relied heavily on graphics and character generation to let viewers know what they were seeing. I guess you’ll have to imagine what it was like at the show with the buzz of a huge crowd and no music playing on this video.

But apparently the whole experience was a huge success as reported by Zagat.

We’re glad our Bay Area video production could contribute one small piece to the successful show.

Here’s the video:

I know we’ll be celebrating soon with some Dio Deka foods! Yum!

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.

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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.