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Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 3/7/17

Here’s the latest edition of the Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions.

BtoB video marketing takes center stage as we compile another of our weekly editions of the Video Marketing Weekly. Here we curate content from throughout the internet postings of the last week about video marketing. We’ve gathered up blog posts and articles from around the web and brought them together for you here your reference.

This week, the lead article is about BtoB video marketing and is titled, Influencer Marketing in B2B: Why Video is the Way to Go.It addresses the topic of BtoB video marketing for businesses that want to grow.

The article explores the opportunities that BtoB video marketing offers to BtoB companies, especially putting influencers in front of the camera rather than writing a blog.

One of the outstanding quotes about BtoB video marketing in this lead article is that businesses know “how to shoot video with good lighting and audio… this doesn’t need to be Hollywood quality, but it does need to be something that people will tune in to. If it’s longer than a couple of minutes, there needs to be a lot of b-roll to keep people entertained; millennials especially.”

As always, the brevity of the lead article prohibits an in-depth look at the issue.”

That’s where we come in. We can help lead you through the minefields of BtoB video marketing so that you can reach your intended audience if you are in that type of business.

We would be delighted to put our 35+ years of video production and marketing experience to work for cmpanies that “get it” about the need for video marketing – even BtoB video marketing.

So please, let us know if we can help you define and determine the targets and strategies for your video marketing going forward.

There are lots of other articles in this edition of the Video Marketing Weekly (most in English!), so we hope you’ll mine through them to gather the hints and tips necessary to guide your strategy and tactics for using video marketing to increase your profits.

At Penrose Productions, as always we are quite pleased to share this gathering of video marketing articles to help inform our clients about the many opportunities that video marketing brings as part of a modern digital business mix. There is no charge to subscribe, so we urge you to do so.

For assistance with your video marketing strategy (and to create that all-important video that you know you’ve always needed) call us at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 7/5/16

Here’s the latest video marketing information from around the web. Penrose Productions is delighted to offer this compilation of articles to help our clients and others become better informed in the area of video marketing.

For help in your business consider video marketing from the folks at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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?”