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That’s a wrap!
2017- An altogether interesting year for so many of us, is coming to an end. As we wind down into those rainy PNW days where sun becomes a commodity and daylight an ancient fable, we at Playfish are reflecting on our growth as a Video Production Company this year.
This year, we were able to grow our crew, move to a bigger office space, create loads of meaningful visual media, and forge lasting partnerships with whom we will be working with in 2018 and beyond.
As we reflect on all of our completed projects, Playfish has had some major milestones in film production. We pioneered new styles of storytelling using new cinematography techniques and equipment, created our sister company, Seattle Drone Pro, to expand our cinematic capabilities, and have honed in on our documentary driven style in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. We even created our first television commercial!
We’ve linked to a few videos below that we are particularly proud additions to our 2017 portfolio:
- Ventures, 2017 Pitch In Campaign Video
- Affordable Care Act, Informational Video
- Endowment for Equal Justice, Impact Video
- Total Health Improvement Program, 30 Second Commercial
- Archbishop Murphy High School, Impact Video
- Pental Surfaces Informational Video
- Environmental Works, Profile Video
- El Centro de la Raza, Impact Video
- Steth IO, Product Promo Video
- Seattle Drone Pro Video
- Washington Green Schools Video
- Mercy Housing, Impact Video
We have big dreams for 2018, both for our company and the state of video marketing! It is predicted that by 2021, 80% of internet traffic will comprise of video. We are so excited to see this transition to video, not just for marketing purposes, but for the countless opportunities that will arise for creative storytelling as well!
We are grateful for all that have chosen to work with and support Playfish Media from our start in 2011, to 2018 and beyond. We can’t wait for all of the new opportunities that come with a new year! Whether we’re helping to powerfully capture and communicate a story, nurturing a vision form a concept to a strategy to execution, or shaping and guiding creative messaging, we are here to help you breathe visual life into complex concepts and ideas.
As we officially sign off of 2017, the team at Playfish Media wishes you all the best as you wrap up 2017, and a happy New Year!
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The Many, MANY Ways to Market with Video
- Demo/Product Videos
Demo and Product Videos are perfect for not only helping your company to stand out from others, but also for showing potential customers the process behind the finished product. People love transparency, and want their decisions to be easily made for them by videos that contain all of their values in one place.
For example, Seattle alone has about a million craft breweries, but customers are more inclined to feel good about buying from a company that openly shares their craft, their process, their sourcing and all of the special, eco-friendly, yada yada yada that goes into making that hoppy, local PNW beer we love so much. Plus, having a video that makes this process look much more rugged yet magical only helps draw in potential customers to your brand and leaves them feeling like they too can take part in the brewing experience by toting their newfound knowledge to friend over a cold one.
- Fundraising/Campaign Videos
Is your nonprofit or organization having a gala or fundraiser? A nice 4-5 minute campaign video is perfect for presenting at these types of events to demonstrate the honest work of your org and the results/successes/impact that their donations have on the greater community. Nothing like an inspirational tear-jerker to move hearts… and hands to wallets.
Here is an example of an impact video that we produced for local nonprofit El Centro de la Raza
Here is an example of an impact video that we produced for Ventures Nonprofit for a fundraising campaign.
- Case Study/Testimonial Videos
Let your customers advertise for you! A powerful testimonial goes a long way, and letting your potential clients hear from your current, satisfied ones fosters trust between your company and potential customers before you even meet them! By having those willing participants on camera demonstrating that they benefited from your company’s service, others may be convinced to take that final step.
Here is an example of a client testimonial for Brain Injury Law Seattle.
- Informational Videos
Informational (or “how-to”) videos are super helpful in breaking down common problems consumers face, explain topics or industry concepts they may be looking to learn more about, or go further in depth to breakdown the complexities of your product.
Constantly promoting informational videos for your company engages current and potential consumers, and gives them a comprehensive breakdown of need-to-know information. These videos doesn’t necessarily have to be about a product you carry or service you offer, but if it relates to your industry and aids a potential client, they’ll be more willing to trust your company’s expertise.
Here is an example of an explainer video we did for Pental Surfaces.
- Promotional/Company Profile Videos
Why should people work with you or buy your product? Give people a deeper understanding of your work with a promotional or company profile video. Its a chance for your company to establish your brand, target specific audiences, and most importantly, spell out why your company is unique to others in the same industry. Own a law firm? Consider making profile videos for the lawyers working in the office or the types of cases you typically take on. Work in an industry unknown to many? Make a company overview video about your underwater basket weaving company that details your mission, your work process, and the variety of services available. People may not know they need your services until they see your video!
Here is an example of a company profile video we did for Environmental Works.
Here is an example of company profile video we did for Quality Press.
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Out-Stream Videos: The Cutting Edge of Video Advertising
A new marketing trend has hit webpages internet wide! You may already be familiar with out-stream videos, without even knowing you’ve watched one. Going by aliases such as “in-read” or “native video”, out-stream videos are a new, innovative way to make video advertisement placements simple and effective- without being intrusive to your company’s consumers!
In-stream vs. Out-stream
Before learning what out-stream video is, you have to be able to identify in-stream video content. That’s when your company’s advertisement is being played before, during, or after an internet video that a consumer is intending to watch. In-stream video advertisements can interrupt a video that a user is watching and last about 15 to 30 seconds. This has been especially annoying to many consumers, particularly avid Youtube users, and can drive them to be angry at the company directly. When these companies are pushing to gain more consumers, in-stream advertisements can do more harm than good. According to Instapage, “77% of agencies say out-stream is going to be crucial to their clients’ success going forward.”
Here is an example of what an in-stream video ad placement looks like.
Introducing: Out-stream- the future of video advertising
Without further ado, let’s talk out-stream videos. Instead of having to use actual video players, like Youtube or Vimeo, and play the advertisement before, after or amidst a video, advertisers can now place videos in all kinds of content, like an editorial piece or a website’s sidebar, since companies are no longer restricted to advertising their videos to video sites or video players. When placing a video advertisement in an editorial piece, the video can launch from within text content when a viewer scrolls to it.
However, if they don’t want to watch it or don’t want to continue with the video, it will automatically pause if half the video isn’t visible and the user can keep on scrollin’. Some out-stream videos play without any sound, becoming even less invasive to the viewer. The out-stream video is born, existing outside of online video content, the opposite of in-stream.
Wondering what it looks like? Here’s an example from In-View.
So why is this cutting edge?
Simply put- advertisers no longer need to compete with others for video placements. Editorial publishers can now monetize video ads leading to more placement opportunities for advertisers, and viewers will no longer pull their hair out or melodramatically facepalm watching an advertisement that they don’t care about before a video that they do.
Welcome, little out-stream video.
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How to Make Your Video Investment Worthwhile
The thought of making a video for your company is always on the back of your mind; you want to, but you’re unsure if it’s an investment that will prove worthwhile. When devoting time, energy, and money into something that promotes your company, you have high expectations, but at the same time you may have many worries. We’ve summarized some ways for your company to meet your expectations, while also keeping stress to a minimum.
- Pick a Purpose
What’s the goal you wish to reach with this video? Do you want your video to focus on gaining new customers, to be a representation of your company in order to raise awareness, or a video that emphasizes your products or services? It’s vital to define your purpose before taking that next step in the pre-production process and equally important to stick with that purpose throughout the entirety of the video. Not only do you want to specify the purpose and overall message of the video, but you also want to establish the emotion and personality that you would like to express to your audience to properly engage with them.
- Make a Plan
Try not to be on the fence about creating or hiring a team to create a video. When your company is all in, it leads to a more focused and dedicated team. Oftentimes the video doesn’t turn out exactly how a company wants it due to lack of investment. Hiring a professional team can greatly reduce the amount of stress the company would potentially endure, as videographers can provide insight on every step of the video production process (scripts, logistics, editing, etc.).
Consider the strongest stories that you would like to tell, who you’d be telling them to, and how you would like them to be told. Define and understand your target audience. What do you think they want to hear or see? How can you effectively connect with them?
- Leave Them Wanting More
There really is no need for an excessively long video, especially if it is a company profile video. Your company needs to consider their audience’s attention span and usually, they’re relatively short. It’s absolutely possible to convey the information that you want while keeping the video between 2-5 minutes. If your video does end up longer, then it’s usually due to too many points being made and that can lead to your purpose being lost.
Lastly, don’t forget to promote your video! Post the video on your website, social media accounts, and email to your prospective clients and customers. Be proud of what you have accomplished!
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Why More Qualified Leads Could Be Just a Video Away
Are you looking for that breakthrough to generate more traffic to your website? Or do you have enough traffic, but can’t seem to keep them around for long? The solution is simple, but the process of reaching that solution can be rather difficult. Embolden your website with informative video content. Incorporating video to your website can help bridge that gap between potential consumers and your company.
Dreamgrow states that you can increase conversions by 80% by including a video on your landing page. According to Wordstream, “the average user spends 88% more time on a website that contains video.” Why is that? We live in a visual culture and we quickly become captivated with moving pictures. Pretty soon, without realizing it, our trust builds with those pictures as our emotions ignite. We receive and retain more information with video than we otherwise would with text.
Not only does video allow consumers to connect with your business emotionally, but it also does so tangibly. As reported by Dreamgrow, your company is “53 times more likely to show up first in google if you have a video embedded in your website”. By not including a video on your website, you are losing a huge opportunity to reach and interact with your target audience. It’s easy to see another static website get lost in a crowd. Not only that, but Hubspot mentions that a “massive 81% of people feature their video on their brand website.” If you are a part of the 19%, then you may be struggling to keep up with your competitors and thus, could be losing business.
There are plenty of ways a video could be applied to your brand, product, or service. Videos that give a background of your company and focus on key members helps to build trust and retain customers. Videos that explore your brand leave a lasting impression on visitors to your site. Videos that accentuate your product or service take them into a new dimension of recognizability.
Are you ready for your site’s marketing potential to explode? If so, let us help you create a video that will best represent your company’s culture, message, and mission. Feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to discuss our services and options with you.
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Three Time-Lapse Apps to Create Beautiful Memories
Time-lapse videos are an action-packed way to grab audience’s attention on social media. Time-lapse videos can be used in anything and for anything; these videos are a creative way to add content and set scenes. Some examples of where you could use time-lapse videos are for an extreme sports or nature documentary, watching the clouds move above you, at your children’s events, or for a news report – there are endless possibilities to drum up.
Android and iOS devices allow users to create time-lapse material using their native camera app. Because your camera app comes with your phone and doesn’t have all the cool features camera apps on the marketplace offer, you may want to check out these three free apps that will allow you a little more control over your video and shots. Check them out and have fun with your next video!
Hyperlapse by Instagram
Hyperlapse is Instagram’s app that converts shaky videos that are up to 45 minutes long into smooth, “stable and cinematic feeling hyperlapses/time-lapses at the press of a button,” as PetaPixel explains. This app has made it super easy for anybody to create smooth, time-lapse sequences with only your phone.
Lapse It is a time-lapse and stop motion camera app which captures high image quality for a beautiful time-lapse video that looks like it was professionally made. Lapse It allows users to resume capture over multiple days or for different locations you are wanting to shoot. As described on Lapse It’s website, their app allows you to capture magical moments such as the rising and setting of the sun, a party with your friends, even individual activities, or anything else you can imagine.
Framelapse – Time Lapse Camera
Framelaspe is a full featured app for creating breathtaking time-lapse videos. This app has a simple, sleek, and intuitive interface which allows users to record high quality time-lapse material.
Capture amazing new patterns in everyday settings which remain invisible to the naked eye. Take yourself on a journey through your time-lapse video whether you’re catching the sun rising over the mountains, or the trees swaying softly outside your window – there’s always a moment in time to capture!
Have you tried any of these time-lapse video apps? What is your favorite time-lapse video app and why? Post a video to show us!
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Virtual Reality technology is here, and in a big way. If you’re trying to create a captivating VR experience, then you’re in luck!
In an article by Stephen Shankland in CNET called, “This Crazy Camera Could be a Boon to VR Filmmakers,” he explains that “researchers have found a way to build a 360-degree camera that’s compact but shoots high-quality video.” He said this “could be just the thing for virtual reality.” Would you rather choose a camera that’s compressed, or a heavier one that offers sharp imagery? Shankland writes how “researchers at the University of California at San Diego have found a way to get the best of both worlds” and it is a camera called PMast. As of today, PMast is just a prototype; it’s a “cube bulging with lenses and laced with fiber-optic.” The hope for this design is that it will eventually bring immersive video to movies, concerts, sports, and more interactive events – this is a real critical step for virtual reality. Imagine if you were able to be digitally transport to somewhere far away such as viewing the Northern Lights or touring the Egyptian Pyramids? How cool would that be!
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego have been working hard on this new technology for VR, and it’s starting “to take off with high-profile backers like Facebook, Google and Samsung all investing in different headsets.” Not only are tech companies playing around with VR, but Hollywood is taking a stab at it. It does make sense that the movie industry would want to catch onto the VR tread, to give filmmakers a fresh perspectives on storytelling. An example of how filmmakers are using VR is from the Sundance Film Festival where “virtual reality [was] one of the attractions in movies like ‘Dear Angelica,’ which wants to get you inside a painter’s brain.”
Shankland’s article also explains that “there are a number of different setups, from the high-end $600 Oculus Rift from Facebook to Google’s $50 Daydream headset, [yet] there’s still insufficient VR content to tempt mainstream consumers.” Why is VR content not a big hit with mainstream consumers? The answer could be as simple as that it’s “more of the same” as Ian Sherr explains in his blog article called “Virtually boring: VR really disappoints at [Consumer Electronics Show – CES] this year.”
In Shankland’s article, UCSD professor Joseph Ford, who helped lead the project notes that there are a few companies who are starting to “build smaller, more convenient 360-degree cameras [but] PMast is [compact and] can capture the rich, high-resolution imagery that professionals need.” I guess we will just have to see what becomes of PMast and how well it’s received by companies and the everyday consumer.
What are your thoughts about PMast? Have you used any VR technologies, and if so, what? Do you think VR is here to stay? We look forward to hearing your thoughts on VR.
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Trying to Write a Video Script and Struggling?
You know it’s important to put a video on your website. You know video will really help your ranking in Google. You know video helps keep customers are your site longer than written content. You’ve heard the statistics about video marketing in 2017; according to HubSpot, “by 2017, video content will represent 74% of all internet traffic.” Customers are more inclined to donate or buy when they can see more about your product. Now, it has come time for you to write a video script to help you leap over the mountain of has been content and what will be the way customers consume content because as HubSpot explains, “video is no longer an up-and-coming marketing tactic – it’s here, and it’s a powerful way to communicate your brand story, explain your value proposition, and build relationships with your customers and prospects.” So what’s stopping you? We know the traditional time, money and writers block are hurdles in your way, so what if you had help getting started with some creative tips? Hopefully with a little help, this will get your brain spinning with crazy creative ideas!
The natural advantage that video has over other forms of media is the speed at which you can engage with your customers and prospects. There are so many creative ways to make your story unique and pop. According to the blog on the Content Marketing Institute website titled “23 Things to Consider When Creating Video Content,” is that videos are multifaceted forms of media which marketers can leverage. The blog explains that videos “can be cooked up, loaded up, cut up, and served up in a wide variety of ways.” See examples from the blog post below about how videos can:
- Work well in both long and short formats – from 6-second Vine videos to full-length documentary films, and everywhere in between.
- Be timely, standalone statement pieces or ongoing serialized conversations that unfold over time.
- Be presented as the main course or served as a pre-roll advertising appetizer.
- Thrive in virtually any content platform – e.g., your website, blog, or other owned channels; in emails; on third-party video sites like YouTube; or inside SlideShare presentations and webinars.
- Be well suited to being consumed on both the desktop and mobile environments.
- Be repackaged, repurposed, and republished in conjunction with your other relevant content efforts.
Have questions about creating a video? Contact us and we can discuss your video needs in detail.
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Do you know who the right spokesperson is for your company or brand?
Businesses of all kinds produce videos for their websites and respective video channels to build or grow their brand identity. Why now are company videos becoming more popular than ever? According to an article from Entrepreneur titled, 4 Ways Your Video Can Forge a Personal Connection and Grow Your Brand talks about how “storytelling through video can create a strong bond, because viewers — and customers — are drawn to it on a personal level.” It doesn’t matter the size of your organization or business, video can most definitely play an influential role in how your company or brand is viewed.
Ready to create a video? There will be a lot of decisions that go into the process of making a video – from ideation to completion. You need to decide how you want your company to be perceived and what you want your audience and customers to feel and learn about your brand. One of the most important decisions is who you will choose to be the spokesperson for the video, because ultimately they will be who people see as the brand ambassador for your company.
So who should be your video spokesperson? Some ideas who this person could be is:
- Your CEO, CMO, CTO
- If you’re a small company, you can choose to be the spokesperson
- A product expert
- Hire an expert in your field
- Or, hiring a professional actor (the costlier) option
Think you have what it takes to be the spokesperson? It’s not as easy as it seems, so here are a few tips if you’re going to be the video spokesperson:
- Be likable and friendly
- Be articulate
- Have charisma
- Lastly, have fun!
The ultimate goal of the video is a form of media to help influence consumers to buy your product, hire your consultants, etc., so think carefully about the person you’re considering to be the spokesperson, and if they fit the criteria for what you’re trying to sell. It’s also very, very important for the spokesperson to be comfortable in front of the camera. If someone isn’t comfortable on camera, the discomfort will show and this could negatively affect the message you’re trying to convey. If you are the one chosen to be the spokesperson for your company or brand, yet are nervous in front of the camera, ABC Open wrote a blog on 10 Tips for Getting in Front of the Camera to help give you some pointers on what to ask and how to calm your nerves.
It all comes down to the goal of your brand, your services and/or products, your target market, message, etc., so there isn’t one right way to find who will be the star of your video.
Now, are you ready to shoot a video? Feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to discuss our services and options with you to help you grow your brand!
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SXSW – 30th Anniversary!
Another successful year has come to a close for South by Southwest, (SXSW) and they also celebrated a huge milestone – it’s been 30 years since the inception of the festival in 1987. SXSW is an annual festival with conferences such as film, interactive media and music, which takes place in mid-March in Austin, Texas. Over 10 days, you can choose from a wide selection of films, concerts, exhibits and conferences to attend.
The list of conferences include, but aren’t limited to:
- Brands and Marketing
- Development and Code
- Intelligent Future
- Tech Industry
- Entertainment Influencers
There was also an amazing lineup of speakers – everywhere from the entertainment to tech industry, and in-between. Some notable speakers were:
- JC Adams – Cloud 9
- Michael Addicott – Pandora
- Rebecca Agbe-Davies – Crackle/Sony Pictures Television
- David Allen – CNN
- Wilson Andrews – The New York Times
- Dr. Polina Anikeeva – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Matt Atchity Rotten Tomatoes
Along with great speakers, conferences and exhibits, there is still something more important to see for innovators and artists – the award(s) they will hopefully walk away with! A list of all the award categories, finalist and winners can be found here. Congratulations to everyone that won and the finalists!
Did you attend SXSW this year? Let us know your thoughts about what part or parts of the festivals were your favorite.