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Filmmaking tips for capturing nature

Maybe it’s the warmer weather, maybe it’s the first crocuses poking up through the ground, but all we want to do is head outside and get some fresh air. While we’re at it, we may as well grab some awesome footage of nature in rebirth.

Here are five classic filmmaking techniques you’ll need to capture nature in all her glory.

tax preparation video marketing

Nobody likes tax season, but, it’s that time of year again! So we wondered, how are some of the biggest tax preparation companies approaching video marketing for a subject most people would rather not think about? And, what can the rest of us learn from them?

Choice overload is a cognitive process in which a person has a difficult time making a decision when faced with many options. If it sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a universal problem. There are few industries left that are not hyper-competitive and crowded with options. Couple this with the fact that we are all bombarded practically non-stop with advertisements in-person, on television, radio, podcasts, and online and it’s easy to wonder how any of us is able to make a purchasing decision at all!

Fortunately, the brain has some favorite ways of helping us to overcome the issue of choice overload and when properly understood, smart video marketers can leverage these common cognitive shortcuts to better-serve their audience. Today, we’ll review the six principles of persuasion, taken from Dr. Robert B. Cialdini’s book “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”. We’ll take a look at the psychology behind each principle and share examples of how each can be effectively incorporated into your marketing videos.

There are numerous ways to approach video marketing. There’s the explainer video approach, the interview approach, the webinar approach, and there’s the storytelling approach which we’re huge fans of here at SproutVideo. While there are many more, one trend that we have never explored is the idea of disturbing your audience with what we call the “yuck factor”. 

Not sure what we mean? Refer to the viral sensation Dr. Pimple Popper (aka Dr. Sandra Lee) who has millions of social media followers and just debuted her new TV show on the TLC network earlier this year. In the following video, she shares how her embrace of video marketing to both entertain and educate people online has skyrocketed the visibility and business of her practice over the past four years.

In short, sometimes grossing out your audience is the key to success! Let’s take a look at how creatives from different industries have leveraged this approach to video marketing, why it has worked for each of them, and how you might be able to apply these lessons to your own business.

Please note that some of the video examples we share below may be intense so please watch at your own discretion.

What comes to mind when you read “baby boomers”? Is it a gray-haired grandmother baking cookies? A tech entrepreneur launching his second career? An empty-nester couple embarking on an around-the world adventure?

Born between 1946 and 1964, baby boomers can be a hard group to nail down; the fact of the matter is they can have any or even all of these characteristics. Sure, they may spend one Sunday afternoon helping little Susie put the finishing touches on her sugar cookies but you’re just as likely to find them exploring the world the next day. The worst thing any marketer can do is assume there is a one-size-fits-all approach to this diverse group of people. That said, there are some common factors to consider when planning your video marketing campaigns. 

Long gone are the days of bringing in communications last-minute for your new product or feature release. While it may have been enough before to send out a press release and schedule a press conference a few days before your big release, it’s now imperative that companies large and small take a more strategic, integrative approach.

Today, video can help to support all stages of your new product launch. In this post, we’ll identify the types of video you can leverage pre-product launch, for the product launch, and post-product launch.  

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say ‘video marketing’? Chances are you’re thinking about explainer videos, funny ads or even customer testimonials. I’d bet a dollar to a dime that you can even go further from those types of videos but you’d never think about educational video. 

You’re not alone – most business owners neglect educational content in their video marketing strategies. However, that doesn’t make it right. In fact, that’s all wrong!

When done correctly, however, educational videos can bring new visitors, increase your visibility and maximize the effectiveness of your marketing. If you’re skeptical, you should try making one. Before you jump in, though, here are some considerations to make to ensure your final video is as close to a perfect educational video as it can be.

Corporate Communications

Corporate communications is more important than ever. It used to mean a stuffy newsletter from a detached higher up sent on a quarterly basis. Or worse, a source of embarrassment for firms. It’s all too easy to leak a misguided memo online these days.

However, corporate communications can be a real asset, especially with the introduction of video. From recruiting, to retention, and improving the efficiency of a workforce, corporate communications offers a lot of potential upside to companies that get it right.

Here’s our guide to modernizing your corporate communications strategy with video.

Jendra Jarnigan on set

In this episode of our Pro Perspectives series, we catch up with veteran cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin on a bustling set. As Director of Photography of this film, she’s right in the thick of it.

The set appears chaotic, with cast, crew, and equipment in a near constant state of motion. To the untrained eye, it can be hard to see how anything ever gets done. As Jendra explains, it’s really organized chaos. In this post, she walks us through the magic of making movies in prep, with tips for every step of the way.

Pro-Perspectives Clark Vandergrift

If video is anything, it’s constantly changing. Knowing where to start, or simply keeping up, can seem daunting at times.

In the first episode of our Pro Perspectives series, we catch up with Clark Vandergrift, an independent photographer and videographer. He shares some amazing tips on how embracing personal work as a laboratory for learning new things can lead to commercial success with video.

Here’s how he does it.

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