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user generated content

Video has made it easier than ever for your customers to showcase your products and, ideally, sing your praises! These types of third-party videos are considered “user generated content.” Often thought by viewers to be more authentic than company-produced marketing videos, they can make your brand seem more trustworthy and help win new business.

As the New York Times recently pointed out, nearly anyone can easily create great-looking video with their phone. This is excellent news for brands looking to encourage their customers to create brand-focused content.

So the real question is: How do you inspire people to create videos about your offerings? Read on to find out.

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.

make high quality animated videos

In this guest post from Yum Yum Videos, an explainer video production company, learn the secrets of how they produce compelling animated videos.

How can you produce a high-quality animated video? Is it magic? Is it luck?

Of course not. There are many factors that need to be addressed to end up with an appealing and effective animated video. Also, many professionals are involved in every stage of the process.

From the pre-production and crafting of the creating brief, all the way to the storyboard, voiceovers and animation, this guide will show you the ins and outs of the entire process.

Here are the essential steps you need to take to make a high-quality animated video that communicates your brand’s message in an engaging way. Let’s take a look!

Making a professional screencast

One of the simplest, most common types of video out there is also one that so many companies manage to get really wrong. We’re talking about screencasts.

They’re everywhere, and they’re usually too long, boring, and suffer from easily correctable faults. Whether they’re out of focus, or hard to follow, there are easy solutions to these problems.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a sharp screencast video that people will actually want to watch, this post is for you. Here are step-by-step instructions, and a video guide, to show you the ropes.

Company PSA Videos

Some companies would prefer to stay as far away as possible from controversial issues. However, people have begun to expect more from brands. It’s not enough to have a good product, you also have to be a good global citizen.

But, it’s clearly dicey, at best, to take a stand. Just look at the recent scandal that engulfed Papa John’s after they weighed in on the NFL protests. So, how does a brand responsibly take on a serious and potentially divisive issue?  

One strategy that has worked well in the past is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video. With full control over the message and optics, you can carefully craft a video that best communicates your position. Here are the five key ingredients for a powerful PSA video, and the eight steps you need to take to make your own.

B2B storytelling

Last year, we saw retailers and other B2C companies diving into storytelling with enthusiasm and plenty of Hollywood flair. Recently, it seems as though B2B companies picked up the torch and really ran with it.

Telling B2B stories requires a heavy dose of authenticity, or they won’t ring true. They also have to be really compelling, or risk being a total snooze-fest.

In this post, we take a look at some of the very best examples of B2B storytelling from Google, Square, and Amazon. We’ll tease out the key elements that make them truly outstanding, so you can apply these takeaways to your own videos.

amazon hq2 and video marketing

The bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters has been fierce. All in all, 238 different cities are vying for the chance to house 50,000 Amazon employees. Not surprisingly, many cities chose to include video as part of their pitch.

We watched videos from dozens of cities, and noticed interesting differences and commonalities across many of them. Here’s our take on who would win based solely on their marketing video, and a look at the trends that emerged across the different cities.

video-based training for employees

When it comes to on-boarding, training, or developing new skills, video is your secret weapon. Compared to traditional training methods, such as in-person meetings, seminars, or extensive reading, video can save your company a considerable amount of time and money.

In this post, we’ll walk you through how to successfully design, implement, and analyze a video-based training program for your employees.

efficacy of b2b video

B2B companies have been slow to jump on the video marketing bandwagon. For some, it’s a concern of equipmentnot having the right team in place, or lacking the budget to make videos.

For still others, it’s a matter of not knowing how to measure their video marketing return-on-investment. After all, if you can’t track it, how can you be sure you’re getting your money’s worth?

Today, we’re going to focus on this particular challenge by analyzing five different B2B video marketing goals, and looking at real world examples along the way.

Overcome Obstacles to Internal Video

Video is a fantastic medium for communication because it’s so engaging. You may think it it is worth the effort for marketing, but what about communicating internally to your employees?

Of course, there are some common obstacles to using video, which can make people hesitant to take the plunge for internal communication purposes.

In this post, we outline five different challenges companies often face, and share possible solutions. With these tips, you’ll be able to leverage video internally sooner rather than later, or improve your existing efforts.

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