Business videos on Facebook

Posting business videos on Facebook: What day of the week is best?

Business videos are showing up increasingly in social media, especially on Facebook. The videos are all part of the trend to increasing social engagement on social media.

There was a great article yesterday by LinchpinSEO that showed the best days of the week to post on Facebiij business pages, segmented by industry. In it the author looks at the amount of engagement different Facebook posts received based on which day of the week they were posted.

Engagement was calculated giving most weighting to “likes” on Facebook, with lesser emphasis to comments and shares. The methodology is not shared in the article, so we’ll have to wonder if the percentage weightings were compiled from analysis of the samples, or whether they simply used standard Facebook engagement percentages.

Regardless, the implications for posting business videos is obvious. The savvy marketer has to include this in his or her bag of tricks.

It is highly instructive to those who market for the various industries mentioned so that these marketers can see when to post business videos and other entries for highest engagement. Some are highly intuitive, such as highest engagement levels in the entertainment industry coming on Saturdays and Sundays. However, some surprise, including the highest engagement in the financial industry coming on Fridays and Sundays.

It is interesting to see the article and come to your own specific conclusions about when to post your business videos.

Video Production Mountain View award to Penrose Productions

Video Production Mountain View Award to Penrose for 2012

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U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, October 25, 2012 — For the fifth consecutive year, Penrose Productions has been selected for the 2012 Best of Mountain View Award in the Video Production category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

This is the first year that a business has qualified as a Five-Time Award Winner. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

Doodle Videos from Penrose Productions

Introducing Doodle Videos at Penrose Productions

Doodle videos are all the rage, especially online, so we’re delighted to share this new service that we’re adding to the many others that we have at Penrose Productions. You may well have seen many examples of these doodle videos, particularly used in web marketing. We have added this to our repertoire and we’re delighted to offer it to our customers.

The end product of these doodle videos is to have a hand quickly draw pictures to go along with the story that is being told. We can take your existing artwork, photos, etc. and convert them for use in these doodle videos. Then we work the video editing magic of having the hand draw those images. We’ll add narration, music, sound effects, etc. to create a unique and very interesting video.

These videos are also sometimes called whiteboard animations as well as other terms.

This example show a quick doodle video we created to showcase some of the possibilities.

 

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.

 

Video shooting with chroma key

Video shooting with a green screen (or chroma key)

Last week I had a new potential client tell me that someone from another video production company had told him about the possibility of doing a green screen shoot.  He was so impressed that he could be virtually anywhere by using this technology and wanted to know if I had ever considered doing this. I was somewhat taken aback because we’ve been doing these for years, even before we started shooting digitally. 

For someone to ask if this was possible reminded me of something that I have to keep learning: just because we do something as a matter of course, it doesn’t mean that our customers are aware of that. We have to keep educating them about what is possible. What we take as “givens” might be brand new and innovative to the client.

In the picture below are some shots from a training video we shot in 2000. The men were sitting in a boat talking about the topic being covered in the video (don’t remember what that was, but not important for this discussion) and they were “on a lake.” In post production we electronically  eliminated the green and added footage of a mountain lake and there they were.

What is fascinating about this is that a well done chroma key combining actual footage can convince the viewer that the subject is actually in the location we want to portray.


  


These pictures are from a shoot from last year. We were able to go to the client’s office and take a portable green screen. He was placed over a futuristic TV news set background as he addressed his viewers.


We were even using green screens in the last century. In fact, this Adecco new hire video we produced used actors and was shot as a green screen video production about 15 years ago. Then we added music and sound effects and graphics too.

In contrast to the pictures from the “fishing” chroma key above, this contains animation as the background, so we know we’re not fooling anyone about where the subjects are.


Web video — why you need it, conclusion

So now that you know that you MUST get a web video on your company website and other sites as well, who should you work with?

Penrose Productions has been in the exclusive business of video production for companies in Northern California since 1981.  We have earned numerous national awards, and have been hired by ocal companies to literally travel around the U.S. and the world to create video productions for them.
But not only do we have over 30 years of expertise to share, first on tape and now on web video.  We have a stellar reputation for being easy to work with, and have even received a perfect rating from an independent business quality auditing service.  In fact, when the service polled our past clients and asked “If you need the services of a video production company in the future, would you call or recommend Penrose Productions?” 100% of our clients surveyed said “YES!”

In addition, Penrose Productions does something that no other video production company does (that we know of, anyway!)  It’s our GUARANTEE.  Simply put, if you’re not happy with the work we do for you, you no NOT pay.  This applies even when the work is custom!  No fine print.  We’re just that confident that we can satisfy you. 

Partnering with Penrose Productions for your web marketing videos will allow you to communicate your important story and bring in business.  By having us create a custom video production for the web, small businesses have an economical way to drive traffic in the door.

Web video never had it so good!

 

Web video — why you need it part 2

Who is putting web video on their site — and why?

The short answer about web video: all savvy marketers with a web presence are putting it on their site because it works!.

Author Mark Robertson comments on a Marketing Sherpa report that marketers that are currently using web video on their sites are quite satisfied with the results and expect to use it in the future.  He further reports that a survey from PermissionTV states that “more than 2/3rds of senior marketing and media executives identified online video as a primary focus of their 2009 digital marketing campaigns and budgets.  More than two-thirds stated that they plan to launch online video projects in the first half of this year.”

web video growth

As the chart above indicates, video has now become the fastest growing website feature for small business.

Recently, Jeffrey Grau, senior analyst for eMarketer authored an in-depth analysis of the use of web videos for business.  He notes that retailers are “quickly adding videos to their sites.  They find that videos boost sales conversion rates.”

And the future looks even bigger for web business videos.  MultiChannel Merchant reports that video is a “must-do” for business websites, insisting that site owners should “Set your site video program in motion. …videos can help your site sell more. Retailers have learned that … (video) clips can boost site conversion.”

In fact, a report using that very title from author Mark R. Robertson cuts to the core of the growing demand for web video.  “Any form of advertising that captures the imagination of cost-conscious local merchants has to be effective.  And by that measure, online video is hot.”

He gets down to specifics.  “It would be tough for the small business to stay in online advertising if they couldn’t see conversions going up as a result.  Small companies rarely have the luxury of throwing money at campaigns for brand awareness.  Which is why these increases in spending are exciting—it shows that online advertising is working for many small businesses.  In my experience, these small business owners rarely make marketing decisions based on gut feelings.  Even when they do, their focus quickly changes away from the novelty of the medium onto measured effectiveness. In the end, it’s usually something quantifiable on the bottom line that informs and guides their spending decisions.

“The conversion stats are pretty impressive, with 35.5% of clicks resulting in conversion actions.”  (emphasis his)

He concludes by saying “more small businesses are spending their ad dollars online, implementing online video and targeting search… which is leading to better click through rates and higher conversion rates.”  (emphasis mine).

In a powerful look at the responsiveness of consumers to web video, Sally Evans tells of a recent study in Marketing Sherpa.  She says ” you’d be crazy not to be getting more involved with online video as a marketer. Why? Their study showed that featuring a video in an ad can increase responsiveness by 49.5%.” (emphasis mine)
web video response rates
Measurement of response rate increases through different mechanisms In a recent whitepaper, author Justin Foster shares several reports on the increase in conversions from using web video on sites.  Some examples:

“So far, the videos have been a success. Testing them on laptop product pages lifted conversions and increased accessory sales 12% in some cases” said Rich Lesperance, Director of Web Sales and Operations at Circuit City.

“We ran an A/B test across 50,000 product detail page views at eBags and measured the conversion rate in Omniture in order to track the impact of video at the product page level. What we discovered was that the conversion rate increased 50.1% for those users that clicked the “play” button in the video compared to the control group, and 138.9% for those users that watched the entire video compared to the control group.”  David Witzig, Manager of E-Commerce and Video at ShopNBC.com.

“Ice.com, a web-only jewelry retailer, has experienced a 40% rise in conversion rates on products highlighted in online videos, says co-founder and president Mayer Gniwisch.”

Translation: your customers are watching web videos prior to making their marketing decisions.  And they are buying based on those videos.

But this is still a vast untapped area that your competition is likely not taking advantage of.  By incorporating web videos into your site, you will set yourself apart from your competitors.

But the benefits of web video don’t end there.

First, your web video can be a permanent part of your sales effort.  While a direct mail piece or even a TV ad may generate business for a limited time, a web video remains on your site, selling for you as long as you’d like it to.

And web Videos not only do a better job selling to your customers, but they also help bring them to your site in the first place.  Placing a video on your site can improve your website’s search engine ranking significantly.

Internet marketing guru James Burchill states “Web video marketing is big business now that Google’s new Universal Search strategy includes video in the search results. According to recent research data there is 53 times as much chance that your video will show up on Page 1 of Google (for your select phrase) than just using a corresponding text-only entry.”

Did you see that?  53 times better results from web videos!

In another article Burchill states what we’ve known all along. “Video is not going anywhere. It’s online and it’s here to stay. It’s only going to get better, in fact. So every marketing strategy, no matter its goals, will have to incorporate video in some way.”

 

Web video — why you need it

Web video is where your customers go to when they want to find you these days.

In the year 2012, more than ever, you need to be where your potential customers are looking for your product or service.  But where to put your limited marketing dollars?  It’s not print, it’s not direct mail, it’s not the Yellow Pages and it’s certainly not telemarketing.  You are savvy enough to know that the web is where your potential customers are searching.

Your company website is the hub of your marketing in this day and age. 

It is the most accessible way for prospects to learn about your company and what you have to offer them.  And when they get to your site, they need to see the benefits of choosing your company – and they need to see them in a way that appeals to them.

After all, we now live in a world where people want what they are looking for right now, and if we do not find it within a few seconds we will simply look elsewhere.

So your message needs to be clear, concise and compelling.  Within a matter of seconds your website visitors will determine if you can help them. And just how do people get the fastest, most complete picture of what you have to meet their needs?  The answer: web video.

So why put web video on your site?

If you don’t know about the revolution in web video, you just have not been paying attention.

Just over 5 years ago, YouTube was launched to host web videos for free, and in that short time, people now watch OVER 2 BILLION VIDEOS PER DAY – on YouTube alone!  That is almost twice the prime time audience of the three major television networks put together.

YouTube videosHundreds of thousands of web videos are uploaded to YouTube daily.  In fact, every minute, an incredible 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. While these statistics are staggering, you might ask “How does that impact my business?”

In these difficult economic times, most companies find that competition for buyers is fiercer than ever. Today staying ahead of the competition is vital in setting your business apart and attracting customers. Today’s internet savvy buyers see one website after another, day after day. The sites that “break through” to the viewers present their message in an engaging way.

Web videos are a powerful internet marketing medium because of the unique way they engage your visitor, transforming your site into an interactive and entertaining alternative to a standard text-based site. 

In fact, one-dimensional, text-based websites are becoming relics.  After all, text requires action and energy on the part of the visitor.

In contrast, web videos allow your viewer to sit back and absorb YOUR message, just as you present it to them.  What could take many paragraphs or even pages of text to communicate can be presented in just a few engaging moments.  Web videos captivate and entertain site visitors, who receive YOUR message.

But don’t take our word for it.

Author Jason Prescott, in a May 2010 report says, “Video marketing has become one of the best promotional tools on the web.  Well-executed videos can grab attention faster than any other advertising medium (emphasis mine) as videos continue to draw internet users in droves.  Research by eMarketer shows 66.7 percent of the 147.5 million U.S. internet users watch video online monthly.  By 2014, eMarketer estimates that number will rise to 77 percent of internet users (193.1 million people).

 web video viewers

“Online video has surged in popularity due to the rapid proliferation of broadband and video technology advances. This has resulted in the production of cost-effective, premium videos, a dramatic increase in traffic to video-sharing sites, and online video’s acceptance into the mainstream.

“Consumers are receptive to video on websites, landing pages, search results pages, emails, and video-sharing sites because it is so engaging and self-explanatory. Video conveys information quickly and accurately, making it an excellent tool for marketers because consumers want to know more about the companies they deal with and the products/services they buy. “Video is a very memorable medium. A study by The Wharton School of Business revealed that video improves comprehension and retention by 50 percent over a live presentation. Other studies have indicated that video speeds up buying decisions by 72 percent when compared to print.” (emphasis mine)

Next time, I’ll explore “Who is putting web video on their site — and why?”

 

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.