How To Be A Disrupter in Your Industry – Killer Video

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If You Want To Be a Disrupter, You Have To Be Different – Use Video

One of the most powerful tools your marketing department can use is video. It can be a disrupter, if used properly. Video does everything you want in a short amount of time. Video quickly shows the viewer they can trust you and create a bond (hey I think they’re nice people) and communicate your value proposition and authority, all at the same time. This typically can be done in 90 seconds or less. It’s actually quite remarkable.

Conversion rates, number of views, length of watch time, and several other statistics can be measured and tracked over time. Keep in mind that some videos perform better than other and that can happen because of the content and where it is placed.

Creating Killer Video

When creating killer video, it’s important to consider where you’ll be placing it and how you’ll be using it. Essentially, what is your goal in creating a or several videos? If you’re are creating the video so you can sell more product, you’ll likely be creating a promotional video or advertisement. These can come in many forms, but typically are viewed as ads. It’s not often people want to watch ads.

You can’t create killer video if you don’t understand who is viewing it and why they need or want to view it. We highly recommend working with your video production company to create a sense of understand who the target market is before you start recording video.

Here are some basic starting points in creating killer video:

  • What is the purpose of the video (increase sales? increase awareness? something else?)
  • Clarity on what you’re trying to promote (is it clear to the viewer?)
  • Clearly defining your target audience and knowing where to find them.
  • Identifying when, in the buying process, they are in. Are they in the just looking phase? Actively browsing/looking? or Ready to purchase, call, or take action?
  • Clearly define what problem your customer has and answering that call. What is their problem and can you solve it? Do they understand that you can?
  • Where is the video going to be placed? This must be where the customer is looking or would normally look. Place the video/ad where they are. Don’t make them come find you.
  • Budget – Do you have a clearly defined budget for your project? If not, things can get out of control if you allow it. At Plum, we price things so you know exactly how much things will be with no surprises.
  • Creativity – Sometimes making a video that is highly creative can be priced higher than you think. OR, it can be created without as much cost as you think. It’s important to talk about that early.
  • How will you measure success? When creating video, getting views can be a number to gauge success. For others, this means nothing, rather, they need to see increased traffic on the site or an increase in product sold.
  • When we know how to measure success, you’ll know what action the viewer should take. It’s important to say that in the video…What do you want them to do?

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Types of Video Used to Disrupt an Industry

Knowing all this is helpful, but how does this help you be a disrupter? It helps you determine which type of video you need to create. Here are several types of video you can create to disrupt your industry:

  • Testimonial Videos (also known as Client Referral Videos) – These are your clients who can say what you can’t say. In reality, you can say it, but will they believe you or your clients? If they’re willing to say it or if they’re raving fans, you need to get that on video. We feel like this is one of the big drivers to get people to trust you.
  • Explainers – Videos that show you know what you’re doing by illustrating how you help others or explaining what you do. It might even be a mock up of what you do. Either way, this is a highly effective video to use to clearly define what you do.
  • Product Demonstrations – Sometimes it helps to show people exactly what the result of your service does. Less effective in some uses, highly effective in others. Ask us about these.
  • Educational Videos – These are typically found on YouTube and help people solve their problem or answer their questions. By educating them, they see you as an expert in the field. For example, you might subscribe to a YouTube channel to learn more about financial markets, accounting, or even cooking. Whichever channel you subscribe to, you’re doing it to be entertained, but also, to be educated. These can also come in the form of an expert interview. Using this can be disrupting to your competition.
  • Direct Messages – These might be a quick recorded message captured via VidYard or something similar. It’s a message that is custom crafted to speak directly to the receiver. You can also create custom messages for a type of client and send those. For example, if you have a service company like a plumbing company and want to send an introduction video of the person who will be coming to the house that afternoon, you could create a message that is generic but specific to the situation. That’s disrupting!

The video industry is growing. Business is using video. But how you use video and creating interesting video becomes more and more important.


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Stock Video vs Company-Captured Video, Which is Better?

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Stock Video vs. Company-Captured Video: Which Is Better?

Video is a powerful tool for businesses of all sizes. It can be used to tell stories, educate customers, and promote products or services. But creating high-quality video can be expensive and time-consuming. Supporting b-roll shots can make or break a video…so which is better? Stock Video or Company-Captured Video?

Stock video is pre-shot footage that can be purchased and used in your own videos. It’s a great way to save time and money on video production. However, there are some drawbacks to using stock video. For one, it can be difficult to find footage that perfectly matches your needs. Additionally, stock video can sometimes look generic and impersonal.

If you’re looking for a more unique and personal video, you may want to consider capturing your own footage. This option will give you more control over the look and feel of your video. However, it will also require more time and effort on your part.

So, which is better: stock video or company-captured video? The answer depends on your specific needs and budget. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create high-quality video, stock video is a great option. However, if you need a more unique and personal video, you may want to consider capturing your own footage.

Here is a more detailed comparison of stock video and company-captured video:

Stock Video

  • Pros:
    • Inexpensive – Stock video is typically much less expensive than hiring a videographer or film crew to shoot original footage. This can save you a significant amount of money, especially if you need a lot of footage.
    • Quick and easy to use – Stock video is typically very easy to use. You can usually find the footage you need with a quick search, and you can usually download it and start using it right away. This is a great option if you need to create a video quickly, such as for a marketing campaign or a website launch.
    • Wide variety of footage to choose from – There is a wide variety of stock video available, so you can find footage that perfectly matches your needs. Whether you need footage of people, places, or things, you’re sure to find it in a stock video library.
  • Cons:
    • Can be difficult to find footage that perfectly matches your needs – There are a lot of stock video libraries out there, but not all of them have the footage you need. If you have specific requirements for your video, it may take some time to find the perfect footage.
    • Footage can sometimes look generic and impersonal – Stock video is often used by many different people, so it can sometimes look generic and impersonal. If you want your video to stand out, you may want to consider creating your own footage.
    • You may not have the rights to use the footage in certain ways – When you purchase stock video, you are typically only granted the right to use it in a certain way. For example, you may not be able to use the footage in a commercial or for broadcast. It is important to read the licensing agreement carefully before you purchase any stock video.

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Company-Captured Video

  • Pros:
    • You have complete control over the look and feel of the video – When you capture your own footage, you have complete control over the look and feel of the video. You can choose the location, the time of day, the camera angles, and the editing style. This gives you the flexibility to create a video that perfectly matches your brand and your message.
    • You can use the footage in any way you want – When you purchase stock video, you are typically only granted the right to use it in a certain way. For example, you may not be able to use the footage in a commercial or for broadcast. However, when you capture your own footage, you can use it in any way you want. This gives you the freedom to use the footage in a variety of marketing and promotional materials.
    • Footage can be more unique and personal – When you capture your own footage, you can capture the unique personality of your company and your team. This can make your videos more engaging and relatable to your audience.
  • Cons:
    • Can be expensive – Capturing your own footage can be expensive, especially if you need to hire a professional videographer and use high-quality equipment.
    • Time-consuming to produce – Capturing and editing your own footage can be time-consuming, especially if you are not experienced in video production.
    • Requires specialized equipment and skills – Capturing high-quality video requires specialized equipment and skills. If you don’t have the time or the skills to shoot your own video, you may need to hire a professional videographer. That’s where we come in!

Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your specific needs and budget. If you’re on a tight budget and need a quick and easy way to create high-quality video, stock video is a great option. However, if you have the time and money to invest in creating your own footage, you may be able to produce a more unique and personal video that will better connect with your audience.

Overall, company-captured video is a great option for businesses that want to create high-quality, unique, and personal videos. It gives you the flexibility and control to create videos that perfectly match your brand and your message.

To keep your video in budget, we recommend that you plan your shoot in advance. This is something that we help with on every project. In fact, we require it. By planning appropriately, we make sure we are spending less time editing and more time being creative with what we captured. Creativity during the edit is where the magic happens, so we always want to have a plan when we shoot.

By the way, if you’re not sure what to do or how to do something along the way, ask! You control what happens. Our job is to make it look even better!


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