Branded video views increased 73 percent from Q3 2013 to Q3 2014. Is your content strategy keeping pace? Get the latest video best practices, from creation and distribution to platform customization and measurement.
Matthew Schwartz is group editor of PR News, the leading source of trends, how-to content and best practices for PR professionals. Matthew leads the editorial strategy for PR News’ premium content products—including its weekly newsletter—and for its digital presence. Matthew was editor of PR News from 2003-2005. Prior to returning to PR News, Matthew was a reporter for Crain’s BtoB and Media Business magazines, where he covered business marketers and media companies. He was also editor of BMA Buzz, a biweekly email newsletter covering B2B marketing, advertising and social media, and contributing writer to Advertising Age Custom. Matthew has helped to launch blogs on behalf of ZoomInfo and direct marketing agency The Kern Organization. He also spent a few years in cable-news precincts, working as a writer/producer at CNN and Fox News Channel.
APPEAL OF ONLINE VIDEO Online video programming is fast becoming an integral aspect of PR and marketing communications. It’s popular among brand managers of all stripes because: 1. It is easier to entertain and capture people’s attention in the form of a video than text 2. It’s an emotional medium: appeals to the heart and the head 3. It creates better brand recall among customers and prospects 4. It’s not an expensive undertaking, won’t break a LOT OF BUDGET
VIDEO AS PART OF THE OVERALL MARKETING STRATEGY 1. How will we produce this video? · In-house? (In-house talent) · Outsource? (RFP process) · How much budget? (Equipment, space, talent, production) 2. How does video programming fit within our overall marketing strategy and how will it be relevant to our audience? 3. What are the goals of the video and how will we repurpose it across our various marketing channels, and particularly on social platforms? What is our link and SEO strategies related to the video? 4. What is the purpose of the specific video? Longevity of content? A. Build an online video catalog to distribute via website, Vine, YouTube channels, etc.? B. Brand building? C. Lead-generation? D. Promote executive leadership, employee program (CSR)?
STORYBOARDING How to get started with producing online video that will reflect well on your brand and enhance your value as a PR and marketing professional 1. Put the video in script/narrative format, with a beginning, middle and end. Decide the number of people who are cast in the video (the fewer the better, when first starting off) 2. Create a story arc that you can adhere to the actual shooting 3. Populate the video with the various elements you intend to use (sets, lighting) 4. Schedule; How long do you wan the shoot to be? Does the content you’re providing have a shelf life, in terms of how long it’s going to stay fresh/relevant?
B-ROLL > B-roll is essentially any footage that isn’t of your primary subject > Snippets of B-roll used to insert into your video to illustrate the story > B-roll footage might include shots of satisfied customers using your product, or external/internal shots of your offices, for example, production facilities.
5 LOCATION / STUDIO 1. Check the acoustics/make sure there’s no ambient/background noise that’s going to disrupt the shoot 2. Make sure you choose an environment/set that’s relevant to your audience 3. Make sure the executives, employees appearing in the video are familiar with the environment
LIGHTING 1. Ensure that your primary light source is even and consistent 2. Make sure the wardrobe of the people appearing the in the video doesn’t clash with the color scheme of the room 3. If you shoot indoors, avoid rooms with windows (or rooms where the windows are far off) to avoid the daylight interfering with your shot.
SHOOTING 1. Budget for amount of time you want to spend shooting 2. Try and do several takes 3. Take more B-roll during the shoot, to possibly repurpose for future marketing efforts/campaigns
LIVE STREAM VIDEO PRODUCTION > Live streaming video production is a type of video production where live video is sent online in a compressed form. > These are then immediately viewed as they arrive to the viewer. Live stream is a cost-effective way for organizations and businesses to market their services and products online. Source: D Mak Production
POST-PRODUCTION Create an Edit Bay in your office 1. Editing is crucial (insert B-roll footage, soundtrack, graphics, crawlers); hire professional editors either for in-house or freelance 2. Produce multiple packages, with varying running times, to distribute throughout your online network; “niche” the programming for your various stakeholders.
DISTRIBUTION AND PROMOTION *Shoot once, distribute many model 1. Website; partner sites; email campaigns 2. Social channels/Web TV; niche programming 3. Various video distribution channels such as YouTube and Vimeo
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ONLINE VIDEO TIPS AND TRAICKS
Here is a terrific link featuring roughly 60-second tips on corporate video production. The link features video tips, including: How to grab the attention of online video viewers How to make a marketing video for mobile devices Why cheap YouTube videos are a bad idea How to prepare for a corporate video interview How long should my corporate video be?
Film School: How to Use Video for PR
How to Use Video for PR
Matthew Schwartz, Group Editor, PR News, @mpsjourno1
Heidi Sullivan, SVP, Digital Content, Cision @hksully
Matthew Schwartz, Group Editor,
• Leads the editorial strategy for PR
News’ premium content products—
including its weekly newsletter—
and for its digital presence
• Editor of PR News from 2003-2005
• Formerly a reporter for Crain’s BtoB
and Media Business magazines,
editor of BMA Buzz, contributing
writer to Advertising Age Custom
and writer/producer for CNN/Fox
The tip of the iceberg
1% of any population will be active content creators
9% will be participants
90% will simply "consume" that content online
- Rohit Bhargava, Influential Marketing Blog
The Devil is in the Details
Source: Cision Media Research
Influencers Talk to Each Other
Once you find one or two influencers in your space, see who
they are talking to and who they reference
Yesterday’s Audience – The Bucket Method
35-44 years old
Tweets 3x/day on
Likes on Facebook
DEMOGRAPHICS PSYCHOGRAPHICS SOCIALGRAPHICS
Deeper understanding of end-users
Look-Alike & Response Models
• How to grab the attention of
online video viewers
• How to make a marketing
video for mobile devices
• Why cheap YouTube videos
are a bad idea
• How to prepare for a corporate
• How long should my corporate