How This Tedx Talk About Toy Green Soldiers Can Change The World of Storytelling

Have you ever had a toy that meant everything to you? Maybe it was your Raggedy Ann doll who went everywhere with you, or your GI Joe who encouraged you to go on more adventures, or your first skateboard that launched a boarding hobby for life.

It’s that toy or moment that made an impact in your life… in your personal story.

For us, toy green soldiers are at the heart of our True Film story. I’m Stanley, the founder and CEO of True Film Production. I had the privilege of sharing my Tedx Talk in Boggy Creek about how my toy green soldiers—my childhood best friends—taught me to use his imagination, strategize an “attack” plan, and create a full-fledged story from start to finish. The skills I learned from receiving that single toy changed my passion, my future career, and my mission for True Film Production.

The Tedx Talk

This Tedx talk was really exciting for me personally and for our entire team at True Film Production. I’ve wanted the opportunity to share my experience to get at the heart of our mission at True Film. But even more than that, I hope that my story can be an inspiration to other storytellers, creators, and dreamers out there. When you see my Tedx talk, I want you to see yourself in my story, in my drive, and in my passion.

In this talk, I work to draw in the audience and keep your attention by telling an age-old story, shared through my unique lens: I wanted an expensive gift, but I got a less expensive one. But it’s much more than that. I share the meaning behind the toy. I get you invested in the dream that stemmed from those little green soldiers.

Then I explain how receiving that gift was the moment mmy life launched down a new trajectory—and how those little green guys inspired me to become the storyteller I am today.

Throughout the Tedx Talk, I share stories about myself so you can get to know me. Telling you about my summer job gives you a sense of my work ethic. Quitting my job two weeks after my daughter was born to start a video production agency tells you about my adventure, passion, and commitment.

I tell you my story, so you can get to know me. By the end of the video, you should feel like a friend. You may even be inspired to pursue your own passion, or you might be excited to work with me and share your own story through video with True Film Production.

It’s the story that keeps you engaged, makes you interested, and encourages you to take action.

The Beauty of The Story

This Tedx talk is chock full of stories. From the primary through-line of the toy green soldiers to the individuals I meet throughout my experiences, to the little moments that inspire you to think of your own stories.

That’s because authentic stories build trust and foster connections. This kind of emotional response keeps you engaged throughout his talk, and even way after the talk is over. People are innately drawn to people. We all love a good story about a hero defying the odds or a princess taking control of her own destiny.

Stories are what unite us as one society, one world. Stories are inter-cultural and, in some cases, even inter-dimensional. A story about a young man in a low-income village in rural Africa who is in love with a girl out of his league is just as relatable to us if we’ve ever felt rejection. Someone in the futuristic 3000s who’s dealing with a tragedy pulls on our own heartstrings because we too have felt our own tragedies. Any story has the power to move—to hit home with the audience.

As I say in the Tedx talk, “inspiration is all around us.” Everyone has a story, and everyone’s story is relatable to an audience. It’s simply about extracting that story, sharing it in a creative way, and making that story come to life. That’s our job at True Film Production.

Storytellers set the vision for their generation. That’s why i started this company “in the storytelling business.” I’ve always been passionate about stories, and I knew that video was the perfect way to creatively and visually share stories—both for fun and for marketing.

The “Market” of the Story

Stories are powerful. So what if we tapped into that power?

Customers connect to stories. If they are inspired by what you have to say, they won’t just buy your products—they’ll become your hardcore brand ambassadors. They’ll share your stories on social media. They’ll connect with you. They’ll tell everyone about your brand, and they’ll become an integral part of your community.

We can never say it enough:

Authentic stories are the best asset your company can invest in.

Stories build relationships between company and customer. In my talk, I share the statistic that 95% of all purchase decisions happen unconsciously; it comes from a connection that we feel to people and stories about the brand, much more so than the product itself.

When a customer buys from you, they’re choosing to enter into a relationship with your business. Before they do, they want to know who they’re getting involved with. So if you want customers to buy from you, you need to humanize your brand. You want to make your story authentic, vulnerable, and real—and that’s where the true connection happens.

Your Toy Green Soldier Story

Everyone has a moment (or many) of inspiration that sparks your pathway. Maybe you were enthralled with Buzz Lightyear as a child, so you decided to go into the astronomy field. Or one day, you saw a woman at a grocery store who couldn’t afford her cart, so later in life you decided to make your mission to feed families. Or maybe you saw a video about surfers, and you decided to move to the beach.

And every business has a story too. Maybe you started your soda company because the best day of your childhood was when you had a local soda at a county fair. Or you decided to launch your animal shelter because your family used to foster animals.

Every story has a start. When you’re looking to create a mission or story for your marketing campaign, you want to try to get at the heart of what this story is—by unlocking where it began.

That’s the purpose of this Tedx Talk. The talk is captivating because it uses my stories to get you to discover the stories that matter to you. When I talk about the gift I always wanted for my 8th birthday, it gets you thinking about that “special gift” you wanted on your birthday too. When I tells you about Blake’s passion, it makes you dream about your own passion too.

So what IS your story? What kinds of stories will inspire your employees, your customers, and your community?

It’s your story to share

I couldn’t have done this Tedx Talk two years ago. I’m passionate about storytelling, but it took me a while to gather the courage to share my own story. But I decided to push myself, because I see the success our clients have when they share stories and step outside that box.

Don’t let fear hold you back from sharing your story… from making those connections… and from inspiring your community and customers.

Reach out to True Film Production to start sharing your story. It’s our job to help you find and bring your story to life—and connect with your audience and customers. Let us be your visual storytellers.

What did you think of my Tedx Talk? Did my story make you connect with me more? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

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How To Fundraise With Emotional Storytelling Videos

How do you get donors to believe in your mission and organization? How do you stir up emotion that encourages people to open their wallets and donate to a good cause? Emotional storytelling videos.

Storytelling is the oldest form of communication—and for a real reason. It’s the best way to get a message across. A video story is how your donors will understand your organization’s goals—and where their donation fits into that equation.

How can you tell a story that will raise funds for your organization?

When to use videos to fundraise

Videos are one of the most effective ways to spread your mission and collect donations that keep you in business. You can use them throughout your fundraising campaigns, on different platforms and through different media, depending on your organization goals.

Some examples:

  • Use a video during dinnertime at a gala to thank your donors, show them where their donations are going, and encourage them to donate even more.
  • Promote a video on social media to spread awareness about a fundraising campaign.
  • Have a video playing in the background at a booth during a conference or event.
  • Use a video to start a keynote speech about your organization to grab the attention and hearts of the audience members.
  • Show a video before your annual 5K or dance-a-thon to get volunteers and donors in the spirit.

Different types of videos will each have their own requirements, so you’ll want to start by brainstorming a video strategy. Still, all fundraising videos have one thing in common: storytelling.

How to raise funds with a video

The best fundraising is often the result of some sort of emotional response. A donor makes the decision to donate because they feel a connection to your organization in some way.

The job of the video is to build that emotional connection.

So how do you do that?

Tell a story.

Stories—about real people, real situations, and real journeys—inspire or move us into action. They encourage people to donate, get involved, and spread your message.

We’ve listed the main questions you’ll want to answer to create a story that will effectively raise funds for your organization.

1. What is the central mission for your organization?

What is the mission of your organization? Why do you do what you do?

Organizations are always looking for unique fundraising ideas, but the most unique thing you can do is stay true to your own purpose, mission, and goals.

Start with the “why.” This purpose is what keeps you running everyday, and it’s the reason people will want to support your operations.

We recommend that every video start with a succinct description of your mission. Then, the stories you tell should represent and reflect that mission.

This charity:water video is all about sharing their mission. It tells you there’s a problem, it’s urgent, and then it describes what the problem is.

Not every video needs to be this mission or problem-centric. Still, like any business or product, it’s important to create a narrative around your mission.

Recommended Read: How to use your purpose to share the story behind your brand

2. What is the story of your founding?

People love, what we call, “the first story.” What was the first thing that happened that caused this organization to start? What was so frightening or moving or inspiring to the founder that they had to completely change their life to found this organization?

This video from Falling Whistles works so well because it tells the story of their founding, why they’re in existence, and what the viewer can do to take action right now. In fact, this video even starts with the words “This story begins with…”

The video ends by directing you to their website, because they’re confident enough in their story’s ability to sell you on their mission.

When you create an emotional narrative, the funds raise themselves.

Note: This is a great place for your founder to share directly to really get into the hearts of your audience.

3. How has the organization affected the population you serve?

You’ve already shared your mission, but now you want to show that mission in action. The donor needs to feel a connection to the cause, and they want to see themselves in the people or situations they’re helping.

For example, your mission is to help fund treatment for children with cancer and to support their families. Donors understand the gravity of the situation, but they don’t feel it until they hear the story of a young child with cancer who wants to be an astronaut when they grow up. Everyone remembers having dreams as a kid, and it’s a story they can relate to.

Your donors need to identify with experience of your clients in some way. That means it’s your job to humanize your population in unique, interesting ways.

“Before and after” videos work well in this situation. You want to show how people or places have been affected by the work you’re doing. For example, you could demonstrate a picture of the dead rainforest—and all the sapling trees growing in that same space ten years later thanks to the plantings of your volunteers.

It’s hard not to cry when you watch this video about Eva and her hardworking father. You hear their stories, and you see why not having access to fresh water is seriously impacting their lives on multiple levels.

Without this story, you’re hearing, “Without clean water, kids can’t get education.” But with the storytelling aspect, you understand exactly why it’s impacting the lives, emotions, and freedoms of the people in the village. It gets at the heart of the issue, which gets at the hearts of donors.

4. How has your organization affected your volunteers and community?

The reach of your organization’s impact doesn’t stop at your clients. The people who work with or volunteer for you each have their own reason or story as well, and each of your donors has their own reason for donating and getting involved.

So extend your storytelling to include the greater community as well. Share testimonials from volunteers or previous donors about why they got involved. If your donors are looking for their reasons for getting involved, words from previous donors can inspire them to find their own “why.”

Check out another charity:water video (and see which appeals to you more). Here, we see Kristin Bell visit a charity:water site. She tells you why she’s involved and what the impact is on her, her fans, and the Ethiopian community.

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5. What does the donation fund?

If the video is specifically used for fundraising purposes, your donors want to know where their money is going. When they know why they’re giving money, they’re more likely to open their pocketbooks.

Oftentimes, you want this to reflect the mission of your organization. For example, their donations will help pay to buy new gym equipment for the kids of a low-income school. You have the mission of promoting physical activity in schools because it helps promote higher grades, higher test scores, and happier kids.

Their donation isn’t just buying new gym equipment. It’s helping to fund the physical, mental, and intellectual health of the students. Define the direct impact of the donation, backed by the butterfly effects as well.

What we like about this Love Your Brain video is that they tell you exactly what their fundraising efforts are for and where the money is going. But first, you hear the clients tell their story and reasons they love the organization, along with what the goal of the organization is overall.

6. How can donors take action?

Depending on where and how you’re presenting this video, you’ll have different calls to action for volunteers and donors. But whatever it is, you need a call to action. Whether it’s directing them to a website where they can learn more or donate, or if they can walk to the back of the event room to hand over a $5 bill—you need to give them specific steps they can take to get involved.

They won’t give if they don’t know how to give. Always end with a CTA.

This hilarious (and a little outlandish) Rainforest Alliance video presents the problem in a unique way, and it spends the majority of the video telling you all the things you should not do to help the rainforest. But they contrast their wild story by showing just how easy it is to “follow the frog” in your everyday life. They show just how easy it is to take action.

Unique fundraising ideas: the takeaways

  • Tell a story about your business.
  • Humanize the people or situations you’re serving.
  • Get donors to relate to and identify with the story.
  • Make the video’s CTA easy to take action or donate.

It’s time to create your fundraising story. Don’t wait to reach a wider audience, raise funds, and change the world with your organization.

Reach out to True Film Production to start brainstorming your next fundraising video. We’re excited to help your organization and impact grow to the next level with high-quality storytelling videos that truly make a difference.

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How To Turn Your Internal Communications Into Social Media Content

We’re all about repurposing content whenever possible to save resources and establish cohesive branding. Most marketers assume this means just repurposing outward-facing content on different marketing platforms. But what about recycling your internal communications to market to your customers on social media? You can actually turn the internal communications inside out!

The content and videos you’re using within your organization can be some of the best forms of marketing for external customers as well. Here’s how.

What is internal communications content?

“Internal communications” refers to all of the content you use within your organization to disseminate information to executives and employees. This includes everything from company-wide announcements to department news, changes in policies to celebrating individual employee triumphs.

There are different forms of internal communications, from emails and flyers to meetings and events. In this article, we’re specifically talking about how to repurpose internal videos for social media clips. That’s because videos are becoming the most popular and successful means of communication—both inside and outside the organization. And when you create a video for your company, odds are is you want to reuse those resources for sales purposes as well.

Why repurpose internal communications content?

Just like recycling is good for the earth, recycling content is the best way to extend the resources of your business. What are the benefits of repurposing?

1. Save money

Repurposing internal communication content saves money. You’ve already paid to produce long-form content, so now you can pay a lesser amount to just do some editing of the video you already have. It’s like how you already made a meal on Tuesday, and Wednesday you use the leftovers to create a new and delicious recipe. You’re getting greater mileage on your initial content costs.

Learn how to get more bang for your buck on video production costs here.

2. Save time

It takes time and resources to create a video. There’s a lot that goes into planning and brainstorming, pre-production, filming, and post-production. You’ve already done all that work, so now you just have to do a mini-planning session to see how to reuse that awesome info in a different way.

3. Cohesive messaging

If you reuse the same content, you’re sharing the exact same brand message—which keeps your messaging consistent ad unified through all avenues. What your employees are hearing from internal communications is also what your customers will hear on your social media. This creates a cohesive brand tone that everyone—employees and customers alike—can get behind.

We believe that your employees should be your #1 customers. They should be your top brand fans and advocates. If your internal communications can build a strong sense of brand and culture within your organization, these videos will likely have the same effect with your external customers as well.

Plus, the three major elements of corporate storytelling (honesty, emotion, and messaging) should be your main points for both external and internal communications. Internal and external branding really are one in the same.

Recommended read: How to build brand messaging people will remember

4. Breaks the fourth wall

Today’s customers want real, authentic brands. They don’t want “fake” messaging or marketing. They want to know what your business is really about in everyday practice.

Sharing your internal communications is a great way to break down those barriers and give your customers the opportunity to see the “inner workings” of your business. This sort of “behind the scenes” social media content is a marketing campaign in it of itself that shows what you’re truly about—without any filters.

Repurposing internal communication content optimizes your resources while creating a unified, authentic brand message for your business.

How to recycle internal communications content

Know your goals.

Before you create any type of content, you want to know why you’re going to use that content. What is the purpose of this marketing? Why are you sharing this specific message? What’s this video going to do for your business?

Always audit your goals and design a video strategy before you start cutting and editing your internal communications.

Don’t forget: Every video, no matter how long or short, should tell a story.

Cherry-pick your key points.

What are the main points of your internal communications video? What are the main points you want to convey to your audience on social media? Find the overlap between these two, and you’ve got the video clips you can reuse.

For example, let’s say you have a video where your CEO is sharing how a new acquisition will improve the lives of employees. Your customers may not really care about the day-to-day improvements, but they do want to know how this gain will impact the brand. So you might want to pull out the part of the video where the CEO discusses why the acquisition is relevant to the brand and how it will improve your offerings to customers.

Clip it and post it. Publish on social media with a clever caption, and you’ve got a quick and effective way to show what’s going on “behind the scenes” at your business!

Start by repurposing training videos.

Training videos are one of the easiest and most effective forms of internal content to repurpose for social media use. Oftentimes, businesses will have introductory videos for new hires to explain what the brand is all about. The way you explain your business to new employees is similar to the way you’ll want to describe your brand to customers as well.

If you don’t already have branded training videos, you should definitely consider investing in them. Our clients find that training videos are their single most effective method for developing awesome employees. And to repurpose and reuse those training videos compounds these awesome benefits!

Want some ideas on how to create videos that share company culture? Check out these top 6 video examples that get at the heart and soul of their organizational missions.

Similarly, recruiting videos are made to intrigue top-level employees to your organization. What’s attracting potential employees will also be what will attract potential customers.

Reuse product sales videos.

Do you have videos that show your employees how to use or sell your products? Share parts of this with your customer so they know more about your products. The sales training video is a great way to show your customers how your product is unique and the best features of your product. See how to use a video presentation to boost your sales strategy here.

Explainer videos about your product or service get at the heart of your brand image and demonstrate the relevance of your business to your customers.

Repurpose internal communications with a production team.

You trust True Film Production to create your videos. Let us help you repurpose them as well! Even when you’re reusing the same videos, you want to establish a separate video strategy for every marketing campaign you run.

Working with a production company can ensure your strategy is well crafted for your main goals, while also putting in the legwork of actually editing the video for social media.

We’re excited to help you repurpose your internal communications for social media marketing—so you can optimize resources, promote your brand, and see results with your videos.

Request a quote now to see the magic we can work on your videos from first production through multiple reuses!

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How To Find The Perfect Inspiration Reference For Your Corporate Video

One of the best ways to start the brainstorming process for your corporate video is to find a reference piece that inspires you. Finding a video you like or want to emulate in some way can be a strong point of reference when beginning a consultation with a video production company.

It’s hard to pull your creative ideas out your head and explain them in conversation. A reference video helps you visualize, concretize, and flesh out your ideas.

But you can’t just go to a production company and say, ‘Hey, we really like this video. Can you make something like this?” That’s like asking someone to rewrite a Harry Potter book with giraffes as the main character. It definitely won’t turn out the way you want it to.

Rather, a reference video has the potential to be a starting point to explain the kind of form, style, tone, and message you want to get across in your own corporate video.

You can’t force inspiration, but you can help along the process of discovering new ideas. What can you do to find the perfect reference or inspiration when creating your corporate video?

What is a reference video?

A reference video is simply a point of reference you can use to gather ideas and brainstorm your own corporate video. It’s typically a video you really like (or really, really dislike), and you want to do something similar in some way.

It doesn’t mean you want to create exactly the same video. You might come to your film production consultation with five reference videos, each with a different aspect you like. You might love the videography of one video, and you might like the emotional storytelling of another, and a third might have really cool animation.

The goal of a reference piece is simply to brainstorm, share ideas, and communicate to the production company a basic understanding of what you want your corporate video to look like.

How to find corporate video references

Let’s start finding some inspiration for your own video! But how do you go about discovering a reference piece of content?

Keep your eyes peeled.

You can find reference videos from competitors, partners, players in your industry, or even companies in other industries. Inspiration is everywhere—you just have to be open to receiving the inspiration.

We’re all guilty of scrolling “mindlessly” through social media. So why don’t you make this time more productive by scrolling purposefully? Look for videos you like, save them, and jot down a note about what initially drew you into the video.

Tip: Take notes about your first impression of a video. It’s usually the first impression that leaves the longest impact.

Look outside your industry.

Sometimes, what’s working well consistently in another industry can be novel and innovative in your industry. So don’t narrow your focus to just your competitors or partners.

Consider how major players in other industries are capturing the hearts of their audience through their videos. Consider how it could work for your business as well.

Recommended read: How do you create content that tackles multiple industries?

Browse creative spaces, like Vimeo and YouTube.

Creators want to share their creations for you to watch and enjoy. The most popular avenues for sharing are Vimeo and YouTube. The two platforms are similar, though Vimeo is known for its more “artistic” aesthetic for professional creators while YouTube has a wider range of video topics and types available. They’re both worth looking into so you can see what kind of style works best for you and your audience.

Both platforms curate homepages or playlists based on your expressed interests. For example, if you watch a video about pet grooming on YouTube, you’ll start to see recommended videos that are from similar pet grooming creators. You can use these curating algorithms to your advantage to browse for videos and ideas within your industry.

Search for hashtags and keywords on social media.

Social media is a sanctuary of content. You can find endless videos—micro-videos and long IGTV videos alike—that can provide great inspiration for your own corporate video.

The best way to cut through the noise is to search for relevant hashtags on the social media platforms you use the most—and the platforms on which you post your videos the most.

This helps you get an idea of what kind of videos are doing well in your sphere through those channels. You’ll especially be able to get a good idea of video style and design.

Create a saved collection of videos.

Almost every platform on social media (including YouTube and Vimeo) allows you to save videos in your own personal collection or playlist. This means you can curate and save all of your reference videos in one spot, so you don’t have to go searching for them before your production consultation.

Keep a list of your favorite videos, add notes with your thoughts, and you’ve got a great place to start brainstorming!

Some platforms will even allow you to “share” your collections via email or messenger, so you can send True Film your reference videos even before your consult.

Know what your production consultant needs.

The process isn’t going to work well if you show us a video and say “do it like that” or “here’s our competitor’s video—do it better.” We need specifics. What do you like from videos you’ve seen? What do you dislike?

That means you’ll need to do some digging into your reference videos to fully understand which elements you want to incorporate in your own corporate video.

What are some elements we’ll want to chat about for your corporate video?

  • What is the format? For example, is this a product explainer video, an event video, or a brand mission statement video?
  • What is the tone? What emotion are you looking to stimulate in your audience? How do you want to talk and share your ideas?
  • What is the style? Are you telling a story, sharing an idea, or presenting client testimonials? How do the videography elements backup this style?
  • What is the message? What do you hope to get across to your audience?
  • What is the purpose of the video? What is your “why” and how can all of the other elements back up this primary goal?

We’re not here to just give you a cool looking video. At True Film production, we are your consultants to help you create a corporate video strategy that actually shows long-term results for your business.

Our goal is to make your visions come to life in your corporate video. We use reference videos to get a visual sense of what you’re looking for. Then, we use the rest of our innovative brainstorming and collaboration process to express your vision and make it happen.

(Psst… Check out these 7 powerful questions to get the most out of your next corporate video.)

Have a video (or a few) that you really like? What do you like about them? What do you want to do differently to stand out to your audience? Send us your initial thoughts for a free consultation about your corporate video.

We’re excited to start brainstorming your next video story together!

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How Medical Storytelling Will Raise Money and Market Your Breakthrough Device

Do you know how to leverage medical storytelling to raise funds for and market your healthcare products? A promotional video might just be the ticket to growing your business, reaching patients, and changing the world.

You’re a pro at creating medical devices that save lives and make a difference in people’s health and wellness. But you need to raise money to fund the research, development, and awareness of your device. Plus, you need to find ways to get the word out about your devices to patients, doctors, and experts.

Too often, healthcare companies die or wither because they can’t find avenues to raise funds or spread awareness about their medical products. Their life-changing breakthroughs get filed away, collecting dust instead of saving lives—simply because they don’t know the opportunities for medical marketing.

We’re here to make this process a lot easier and cost-effective for you. Medical storytelling videos are currently the most impactful ways to open fundraising doors and to reach your ideal target patients.

Why should you create a video for medical devices?

While you’re in the process of bringing your medical breakthrough to life, you likely have two main goals:

  1. To raise funds to support research and development efforts
  2. To spread awareness about your device and efforts to doctors, patients, and other experts

A lot of medical companies are finding that the traditional methods of fundraising and spreading awareness are going out of fashion. Written proposals don’t grab the attention of potential investors. Sending pamphlets and salespeople to doctors’ offices isn’t enough to prove your product’s credibility anymore.

Instead, videos are becoming one of the most cost-effective ways to spread information about your medical products to potential investors and purchasers alike. Video is taking over in just about every industry—including the healthcare industry. A few quick minutes of visual storytelling about what you do, how you do it, and why you do it is an effective method for disseminating your message quickly and effectively.

Get investors

Investors love videos. When executed properly, a video can give an investor all of the information they need and stimulate an emotional response in just 2-3 minutes. It’s that sort of stimulation that gets investors interested in your business—interested enough to give you money. Plus, in a sea full of written proposals, your video will stand out and catch your potential investors’ attention.

Market your product

You can also repurpose your video as a marketing tool to showcase your product when you go to doctors or direct to patients. If your video can grab the heart (and funds) of your investors, you’ll likely gain attention from the people who will benefit from it as well.

Whether talking to an investor or a patient, your video’s goal is to demonstrate the value of your product and how it will make an impact in the industry.

Do it all—at a low cost

Video production costs may feel expensive at first. But you can use and reuse videos for investors, marketing, and sales pitches—and they actually work. You save exorbitant amounts of time, resources, energy, and costs not having to create different proposals and campaigns for each audience. All the while, you get a storytelling platform that is able to create an emotional response that urges your audience to take action.

3 factors of medical storytelling

There are three main factors you want to emphasize in your medical device video:

  1. Product info: What is the device?
  2. Brand mission: Why did your brand create this device?
  3. Selling point: Why does this device matter?

1. What is the device/product?

Before anything else, people want to know what you’re putting out. Keep the description simple. You want to condense your product’s explanation to a sentence or two that gets at the heart of what the device does and the technology behind it.

For example, from the Cochlear website: “Cochlear implants help those with moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears who are not receiving enough benefit when using hearing aids. They are designed to help you get back the sounds you’ve been missing by giving you the clarity you need to hear better and understand speech, even in noisy situations.”

The goal of this first section is to give your audience enough information to see if it’s pertinent to them and to describe how your technology is unique from (or better than) other products on the market.

2. Why did you create the device?

This is where you delve into your brand. Every company has a purpose, a history, and a mission. It’s this branding that turns you from an inventor or manufacturer into a healthcare expert.

Most healthcare companies have the purpose of helping and caring for their patients. So you need more than that to stand out. Be specific about how exactly your company is in the business of making a difference. Get more info on building a brand message people will remember here.

For example, the mission of Cochlear is: “We help people hear and be heard. We empower people to connect with others and live a full life. We help transform the way people understand and treat hearing loss. We innovate and bring to market a range of implantable hearing solutions that deliver a lifetime of hearing outcomes.”

Take this apart and they have one sentence for every “goal” of their business. You can take a similar approach when building your brand mission:

  • How you help patients
  • How you make a change in the lifestyle/wellness of your patients
  • How you make a difference in your field
  • How your company is innovating new solutions

Together, this tells the viewer what your brand is all about—and why they should invest in or buy from you.

Furthermore, you might consider delving a bit into your brand’s history along with its mission. One of the most impactful aspects of medical storytelling is sharing how your brand came to be. How did your founders and employees decide to change the industry and their patients’ lives? How did it start, how has it grown, and where are you going in the future?

Pro-tip: Put your business mission at the heart of all your content, videos, and communications. This creates a brand that people know, love, and trust.

3. Why does this device matter?

Define your value proposition and unique selling point. This is where you describe how your device is different from anything else on the market. You want to leave space to prove your product’s worth for your patients (and the doctors who are giving it to your patients).

On Cochlear’s homepage, they give you the significance of their product at the very top: “Hear now. And always. Hearing connects us to our world. To small everyday wonders and to the people and experiences we love.”

Remember that you’re selling a product—just like any other business or industry. That means you still need to demonstrate how and why this product can change your audience’s lives for the better.

Acknowledge your customer’s pain point and show how your product is the solution. In the video, you want to paint a picture that stirs up emotion about how your medical breakthrough can change the everyday life of your patients.

Testimonials

This is also a great place for testimonials. User testimonials help prove that your product is credible and legitimate. Social proof is one of the most successful ways to tell investors and other customers that your product is worth trying out. The best videos (that convert the most) have at least one customer testimonial.

Learn how to master your video testimonial conversions in 10 easy steps.

Should the video present studies about my medical device?

Yes and no. If you have studies that prove the efficacy of your device, you definitely want to mention the results in the video. This is a great way to substantiate credibility and efficacy. When it comes to medical products, proof is an absolute must.

But you don’t need to get into the specifics of the study. Sum up the results in a sentence or two, and then provide links to your website or medical journal where the viewer can find more information.

Pulling medical storytelling together

1. Start with what your device is. Let people know what the device does and the novel technology behind it.

2. Tell the story of your brand. Why did you want to create this product? How do you care for your patients? What makes your brand mission unique and important?

3. Tell the story of your device. What makes your product so special? How will it improve the lives of your patients and doctors? What credibility does it hold from studies and previous users?

Medical storytelling videos help you raise funds from investors, spread awareness about your inventions, and encourage doctors and patients to see the effects of your product for themselves.

Our healthcare clients have seen incredible, life-changing success from just one powerful video. You can too.

How do you relate to your audience and get their attention? See what a video can do for your medical breakthrough with a consultation from True Film Production. We look forward to brainstorming ideas to make a difference in the healthcare industry and the lives of your customers.

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Master Your Video Testimonial Conversions in 10 Easy Steps

Seize this opportunity to learn how to produce a video testimonial that actually converts.

Step #1

Identify Your Candidates

Identify your top three candidates. Who are the customers that you have provided the most amount of value to? Which of those customers have an amazing, unique story? Remember, it needs to be about them, their story, and how your product or service has helped impact their growth.

Step #2

Make Them Feel Special

Reach out to your candidates and make them feel special, after all, they’re doing you a favor by producing the video with you. Provide a valuable service offering, such as a special edit just for them to use throughout their social media channels, without mentioning your company name. This makes it easier for them to buy-in, show up, and feel happy about sharing their stories, which also happens to involve your product or service in the process.

Step #3

Keep It Personal

Shoot the testimonial at their location. You want your customers to feel 100% comfortable by being in the video. Make sure the story is about them and not you. A story has far more impact when it shows the true value a product or service provided to the end-user.

Step #4

Pinpoint the Pain Points

Narrow down the pain points you helped solve for your customer. Dig deeper and determine how your product or service impacted them. What is that story?

Step #5

Keep It Real

You want the person to be as authentic as possible during their video shoot. In order for you to get the most out of your customer, conduct a pre-interview with them. Ask them all the right questions ahead of time to genuinely understand their pain points. They’re going to open up and be more authentic on camera by way of conversation as opposed to being drilled with a bunch of questions. That authenticity is going to help you convert those future customers.

Step #6

Don’t Force It

Once you’re finished with the pre-interview process, you may feel that your candidate is not the right person to represent your company, don’t force it and waste time and money. Move on to the next one. There is going to be a better story out there.

Step #7

Get to the Point

Make sure your videos are short and sweet. You want to get to the point quickly whilst still engaging and connecting emotionally, naturally allowing the story to resonate. What won’t work? Don’t overdo it by trying to highlight every product or service into one video. Instead, create testimonials that are product and geographically specific to that customer.

Step #8

Numbers Speak Louder Than Words

We cannot stress the importance of numbers. Make sure that you have quantifiable data to justify what your product or service has done for the customer. Ask them questions about their growth since they started working with you, and whether they have any hard figures they’re willing to share that provide evidence to assist in getting your point across clearly.

Step #9

It’s the Little Things

Details matter! When you’re shooting at your customer’s location, use the right people and visuals that are going to help support your story. Graphics, music, lower-thirds, text-on-screen are all ways that could help elevate your production. Think about it…if you’re willing to invest time, money, and energy into producing a piece that positively connects with your future customers, they’re going to trust and want to do business with you. Also, think about where that video testimonial is being shown in the funnel and reach customers at the moments that most influence their decision. This will determine whether they’re going to buy from you or your competitor.

Step #10

Sign Off

Once the post-production process is complete, make sure to send the video to your customers and let them sign off on it before you start marketing it to new prospects.

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Video Production Costs: More Bang for Your Buck

Video Production Costs: Quantity or Quality?

The Rise of Video

  • 78 Percent of people watch online videos every week, and 55 percent view videos online every day. (Hubspot)
  • Social video generates 1200 percent more shares than text and image content combined. (G2 Crowd)
  • 72 Percent of customers would rather learn about a product or service by way of video. (Hubspot)
  • Viewers retain 95 percent of a message when they watch it in a video, compared to 10 percent when reading it in text. (Insivia)
  • By 2022, online videos will make up more than 82 percent of all consumer internet traffic – 15 times higher than it was in 2017. (Cisco)
  • 73 Percent of B2B marketers say video positively impacts their ROI. (Tubular Insights)

And the list goes on…wow! With these numbers in mind, the importance of video in today's digital age speaks for itself. Some companies think that producing more low-quality, low-cost videos will save them money. However, this is not the case. Low-quality videos will only hurt your brand image by negatively affecting customer perception and overall success. If you are not yet prioritizing video, now is the time!

The reality is;

  • 62 Percent are more likely to have a negative perception of a brand that published a poor-quality video experience. (Brightcove)
  • 23 Percent who have been presented with a poor-quality video experience would hesitate to purchase from the brand. (Brightcove)
  • 60 Percent said a poor online video experience would dissuade them from engaging with a brand across all of its social media properties. (Brightcove)
  • 57 Percent are less likely to share a poor-quality video experience. (Brightcove)

So, how do you get more bang for your buck (value for money)? Whether you’re a business owner or marketing manager, you recognize the importance of executing a successful marketing strategy whilst keeping in line with a budget. Hiring a professional video production company may not necessarily be the cheapest option but can make all the difference when producing top-quality video content to achieve better results, such as increased conversion rates.

Before researching various video production companies, try to understand your own business goals, as this will provide insight into what type of video/s you want.

What Are the Right Questions You Should Be Asking When Choosing a Video Production Company?

Review their past projects, clients and quality of work. Are they able to identify your individual needs and requirements? Do they have all the relevant experience and resources at hand to accurately plan and execute your concept? Will they manage the process from beginning (planning) to “end” (post-sale follow-ups) and collaborate with you every step of the way?

More than ever, quality visual media has become the most effective method to communicate brand stories and enrich customers’ lives. Isn’t that worth your investment?

The Planning Process

The first crucial step is strategy…

What’s Your “Why”?

A Coherent Strategy

Without a coherent strategy, your brand lacks vision and focus. Simon Sinek wisely said, “people don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.

Why do you do what you do? What drives you to achieve your goals? What makes you unique? Who are you speaking to? What is your desired outcome and how will you measure this? What type of video will reflect your message in the best possible way?

True Film Production, a New York-based company that specializes in storytelling, animation, corporate and live events says, “the best results come from campaigns developed around goals.

The second step is…

The Creative Concept

The creative concept addresses the “how.”

How will you capture the interest of your audience, influence their emotional response, and inspire them to take action? How will you craft your script? Your brand message should communicate your story in a concise and meaningful manner and may need to be revised several times. Ultimately, it should resonate with your audience and relate to them on a human level.

Storyboards are utilized by production companies as visual representations of the concept or idea/s. They aid in planning and coordinating your video more effectively.

True Film Production describes visual storytelling as, “…more than just a way to share your message. It’s a powerful method for creating emotional connections and reaching new audiences.

The third step is the production process…

Understanding the Video Production Process

Pre-production

The pre-production phase will also determine your spend. Outsourcing the work will eliminate the hassle and worry of finding the right crew, handling expensive equipment, taking charge of the entire logistics function or choosing the best location. All equipment has to be thoroughly tested before it is used.

Production

A high-quality video can take weeks or months to produce depending on footage and shooting days, weather, location and the process as a whole. The more crew that is assigned, the smoother the task.

Post-production

The post-production stage ties everything together and brings your video to life. This process requires backup and organization of all footage, advanced editing including color correction, audio sweetening, voice-over recording, and grading, as well as enhancing with motion graphics, animations, titles, music, etc. The video production company will provide you with multiple drafts to select and approve.

Which takes us to the fourth and final step, marketing…

To ensure you have everything you need to distribute your content correctly, they will optimize and edit the video for specific social media platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Delivery

Once the final draft is delivered, it shouldn’t end there. Post-sale follow-ups are often overlooked and provide valuable metrics to establish the success of the entire process. A professional production company will always strive to build long-lasting partnerships with its customers.

It’s important to remember; “Brand stories are not marketing materials. They are not ads, and they are not sales pitches. Brand stories should be told with the brand persona and the writer’s personality at center stage…The core reason why your story should be personality-driven is so that it will provide someone real for customers to trust.” (Neil Patel)

Contact True Film Production now to start sharing your brand’s story with the world.

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How to Build Brand Messaging People Will Remember

When it comes to brand strategy, many business owners and marketing teams experience struggles, countless head-scratching moments, and woes over lost money. And that’s because they overlook one thing – their brand messaging.

What is brand messaging?

Brand messaging is everything you communicate to your potential and existing customers through writing, speech, sound, imagery, and video. This can be your tagline, slogan, elevator pitch, ads, blog posts, video content, and just about everything else.

Great brand messaging contains the promise of exceptional services and goods, showcasing distinct goals and values. But it’s less about being direct and more about using subtlety and implied value.

Brand messaging is also interconnected with many other aspects of brand strategy. This includes brand communication (the tools and methods) and brand voice (tone and attitude).

Why is brand messaging important?

A solid brand messaging strategy is the backbone of every successful brand strategy. It’s the centerpiece in attracting, keeping, and renewing your stakeholder’s interest. So choosing what you say is very important. Focus on things that should resonate with your audience. Tackle their needs, issues, and interests.

If you’re doing it right, you’ll almost always get a response. And even if you’re not getting a response, don’t get discouraged! You simply found out what doesn’t work for your intended audience. So get back to the drawing board and try again.

Example of brand messaging done right

Brand messaging is one of those things we only notice when we’re consciously looking for it. But it’s something we’re exposed to everywhere we go. Practically anything with a brand on it carries some type of brand messaging.

The most common form of brand messaging is a tagline, so you can probably recall a few without much effort. Here are some to jog your memory:

Nike: “Just do it”

McDonald's: "I'm Lovin' It"

Dollar Shave Club: “Shave time. Shave money”

Canon: “Delighting you always”

Ford: “Go further”

Apple: “Think different”

Coca-Cola: “Open happiness”

Adidas: “Impossible is nothing”

Simple, catchy, easy-to-remember, and encompasses what their products are all about. But it doesn’t just stop there. Taglines are usually the core idea in a company’s brand messaging strategy. How much you can build on it is only limited by your creativity. So the more complex your medium, the more you can express that creativity and push your brand’s boundaries.

How to create your own effective brand messaging

Before you develop your own brand messaging strategy, you need to answer three important questions:

  1. What problem are you solving?
  2. What’s your goal?
  3. What unique approach makes you different from everyone else?

Take your time with this three question framework, evaluate and re-evaluate constantly because this will be the foundation for your success. And after a while, you’ll really zero in on how to perfectly describe your brand. To help you out a little, we can use Nike as an example, who:

  1. provides reliable and affordable sportswear to people of all ages,
  2. empowers people to achieve more in their lives,
  3. emphasizes the importance of every individual’s story.

Each answer is a different approach you can take in your brand messaging. The first is the product-focused approach. The second is the company-focused approach. And the last is the customer-focused approach.

The Nike video above had a mix of all three, with a heavy emphasis on the customer-focused approach. They told a story of overcoming our individual obstacles and succeeding. But you don’t have to make it that complex from the get go, so you can just pick one approach and stick with it.

Simplicity and consistency stays in your memory

No matter the brand messaging approach or overall strategy, there’s a way to ensure your audience remembers you. And it’s something many business owners and marketing teams fail to do. Mostly because they either make their brand messaging too convoluted or too inconsistent.

Either one is a major problem. Why? Because we live in the age of attention economy. No matter where we go or what we do, we’re constantly overloaded with information. So we filter out anything that is hard to understand. But the opposite is also true.

Simply put, don’t make your audience think, do the thinking for them upfront. Simplify your message as much as you can. Make it as concise as possible. Cut out all the fluff and embellishments and just say the important things.

Only then will they read, understand, and remember. But therein also lies the next problem. You might’ve heard about “The Rule of 7” in marketing, or how a customer needs to encounter your brand at least seven times before you take action. Simply because that’s how long it takes to form a memory.

If your audience hears, reads, or sees something drastically different every time they encounter your brand, they’ll be trying to remember different things. And in that case, there’s a very low chance of them remember anything about your brand. This is why your brand messaging shouldn’t change much or at all if you want to create brand recall.

Videos bring your brand messaging to a wider audience

The most effective way to deliver your brand messaging by far, is through video. Again, because we live in the attention economy, people are more likely to watch eight seconds of video than they are to read two sentences.

Why? Because it involves way less effort on their part. And also because videos tend to be more entertaining, having voiceovers, music, and interesting visuals. So before you double down on your copywriting efforts, consider delivering your brand’s messaging through a video. There are only upsides in doing this.

First, you’ll have an easier time conveying what your brand’s all about. Some things are simply too hard to put into writing.

Second, your video will reach way more people than it would as a piece of text. Honestly though, how many people like reading nowadays?

And lastly, you’ll have an easily shareable piece of content that could go viral on Facebook or YouTube. There’s a new viral video every day. But there is only a handful viral articles per year. So which one do you think is the better approach?

Tell a story that resonates with your audience

Many brands have a very poor approach to brand messaging. They focus on describing their products, benefits, motto and all sorts of forceful marketing mumbo jumbo. But all that does is make the brand look like a faceless business that’s trying to rake in money. This, of course, causes distrust in their intended audiences, lowering responses and profits.

But there are also brands that take a more effective approach. They instead create a story about their brand, connecting their values, products, and people. The focus is usually to humanize the brand – to give it a face people can remember and to make it a person people can relate to. And it doesn’t matter if it’s the employees or the audience.

Let’s take Nike’s “Just do it” tagline as an example:

Everything you see in this video is brand messaging. From the soundtrack and the narration to storytelling and the overall message. Everything ties into the core idea of pushing yourself past the border of hesitation and “just doing it.”

The spotlight is on you, which makes it more personal and relatable. It’s about your future story, filled with ambition, determination, and success. And this can be applied to almost anyone’s life story, so it resonates with countless people.

That’s how Nike positions their brand as the embodiment of an active lifestyle. The quality of their products only comes after. And if you look at one of their competitors, Adidas, their tagline “Impossible is nothing” carries very similar values and ideas.

How will you approach brand messaging?

Brand messaging will always be very important in any brand strategy. But it’s also something that’s very easy to mess up, that’s why so many businesses struggle to get their brand messaging right.

To avoid this, we built a video marketing strategy that helps your brand to truly connect with your audience. We tell your story in a meaningful and relatable way, ensuring your brand’s success and saving you loads of time and effort.

Contact True Film Production now to develop brand messaging through video people will remember! Your story matters, you just need the right way to tell it.

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Instagram Reposting: How To Get And Share User-Generated Content

User-generated content is one of the best (and cheapest) forms of content marketing you can leverage for your branding strategy.

No matter how small or new your brand, there are people out there talking about you. You want to engage with these loyal, happy customers to keep them coming back while showing other prospects that you have a solid fan base behind you.

People love talking about products that reflect their lifestyle through social platforms. User generated content—the content that they create—helps spread the word about your brand that you can use to your advantage.

What is UGC?

User-generated content (UGC) refers to a photo, video, or review that a customer posts on his/her own feed about your brand or product. Typically, a customer loves your product so much that they are posting positive feedback about you through their own channel.

Basically, your customer is creating his or her own content about you. Then, your brand can go repost and reuse that content as a way to spread the good news and good review about your brand.

What makes UGC so unique is that users aren’t just leaving a review or giving you feedback. They’re actually going out of their way to create content about your brand, which starts to build a deeper level of engagement and interaction with your brand.

UGC is slightly different than influencer marketing, although they’re similar. Influencer marketing is when you partner with an individual (or individuals) to create a mutually-beneficial marketing campaign. Even if you’ve incentivized customers to put out their own content about your brand, like a discount code or giveaway, they’re not “marketing partners” per say.

Think of UGC as visual word-of-mouth marketing.

What are the benefits of UGC?

User-generated content has incredible benefits for your marketing strategy. In fact, it’s one of the most beneficial and cost-effective strategies you can implement.

1. Cost-effective

It’s a lot less expensive to repost user-generated content than it is to continuously create and put out fresh content. You’re basically getting access to a treasure trove of free content.

(Even incentivizing for UGC can end up being a lot less expensive than creating new).

2. Trustworthiness

And the content’s not just free… but other customers love it. Viewers feel that UGC is more genuine and authentic, since it’s coming from “real” people and not a brand. So they tend to trust it more. In fact, millennials trust UGC 50% more than brand-created content.

Establishing a level of trust is one of the best ways to push customers to action and start building baseline relationships.

3. Engagement

Because UGC has an innate sense of authenticity and trust, users are more likely to engage with it. One of our favorite statistics we’ve discovered is that reposting UGC on Instagram has almost a 690% higher engagement compared to other forms of content. That’s a lot of engagement you just can’t ignore.

Plus, you get a major boost in engagement from the original poster of the content. Let’s say Lilly posts about your brand, and then you repost Lilly’s post on Instagram. Lilly will feel like you appreciate her as a customer, so she’ll feel even more engaged with your brand. They’ll get a rush of dopamine when your brand promotes them, so they’ll get an even better (fuzzy) feeling towards your brand. This makes people loyal—which makes them want to purchase and share even more.

4. Reach

The more people that are talking about your brand, the wider your reach. This extension of your network also becomes more natural and effortless, since your customers are positively promoting you to their friends.

There’s no better reach than natural “word-of-mouth” reach.

5. Recall

Since UGC is more engaging and trustworthy, it also has a greater recall than other forms of content. Reports show that millennials find UGC to be 35% more memorable than content that comes from mainstream sources.

6. Conversion

People trust you, they engage with you, and they remember you. Altogether, that means they’re also more likely to buy from you. 84% of millennnials report that UGC influences what they buy, and over 68% claim it’s a good indicator of quality of a brand or service.

UGC is like a product review. Consumers want “personal recommendations” from people who have tried the brand. They want recommendations from people like them, who are living the same sort of lifestyle. UGC is like a visual positive review from social followers and friends they trust.

7. Instagram engagement

UGC doesn’t just engage your users. It also demonstrates engagement on Instagram’s platform. Instagram’s algorithm likes to see reposts, because it demonstrates a more connected network.

Every time someone posts about you, you get a boost of engagement juice. And every time you repost a follower’s post, you get another boost. The more people are talking about you and the more you engage with followers, the more Instagram will reward you for your involvement on the platform. This bump in engagement can help you have a wider reach, appear higher on Insta feeds, and reach more potential customers.

Bottom line: UGC is influential and well-received. There’s no better way to promote your brand than by promoting the people who love your brand.

How do you use UGC?

UGC shows massive results. But how do you get it ad use it? How can you encourage people to create their own content, and then how do you leverage that content in your own strategy?

1. Check your tags.

If someone posts a picture of you on their Instagram feed or Story, they’ll likely tag your brand. So, be sure to keep an eye on the “heart” section of your business Instagram to see who could be talking about and tagging your brand. If you see a tag, repost!

2. Create a hashtag.

#Starbucks is one of the most popular tags on Instagram. They’ve seen major success launching new products just by word of mouth on social media.

Having a branded hashtag is a great way to find all of your UGC in one spot. You simply search for your hashtag, and all of the recent posts with that hashtag will come up.

If you’re looking to gain more UGC, we recommend creating a hashtag through-line to keep all of your content in one “spot.’ It helps ensure nothing slips through the cracks, and your users know how best to engage with your business. So, all of your own Instagram posts might have the #brandlife, and your customers can also use #brandlife when posting about your business.

3. Repost and give credit.

If and when someone creates content, you want to be there to receive it, thank them, and repost it. If you don’t engage with UGC, people will stop sharing your brand—and you’ll be missing out on all of the incredible benefits mentioned above.

Remember to not only repost but to also give credit to the original poster. This makes them feel appreciated, which will make them like your brand even more. It also shows others that you’re loyal to your loyal customers.

4. Be fast.

Instagram and Facebook Stories are becoming more popular, especially when talking about brands. Consumers may not want to dedicate an entire “feed post” to you, but they’ll show a Story using your product.

But Stories only last 24 hours. So you need to be on top of the UGC bandwagon every day to check for tags, geotags, and hashtags. You want to repost fast before the Story (and your user content) goes away.

UGC is a great way to fill up your own Stories without creating a lot of fresh content.

5. Ask for UGC.

Unless you’re a huge brand like Starbucks or Nike, you probably won’t get an influx of UGC… unless you ask for it. Customers who love your brand will be happy to talk about you, especially if your brand reflects a lifestyle they identify with. Yogis will tag your yoga mats to show the gear they use. Pet owners will even talk up your flea and tick repellant if they feel you’re doing a good job.

All you have to do is ask (and sometimes incentivize).

6. Host a contest.

Still not getting UGC? A lot of businesses see success by hosting a contest or giveaway. Tell customers that if they create content and tag your hashtag, they’ll be entered to win a prize or they’ll get DMed (direct messaged) a discount code.

At first, you might have to incentivize to get users to create their own content. But it has a snowball effect. The more people share about you and the more you repost it, the wider your reach and effect—and you’ll start to see even more UGC come rushing in.

Create and repost

There are two rules to a successful social media campaign:

1. Create awesome content.

2. Repost user’s content.

Once you have creatively designed visual stories on your page, more and more customers will be eager to share and create their own content about you!

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6 Seconds Or Less: Micro Ads With Big Views

It’s been said that humans have a six second attention span (less than that of a goldfish!), and ongoing research and developments in advertising seems to be proving that theory true.

Today’s consumers are growing increasingly bored. Grabbing their attention is hard enough, and keeping it for the length of an entire ad seems nearly impossible.

From the dilemma of attention, the 6 second micro ad was born. These micro ads are quickly shaping up to be one of the most effective forms of storytelling that marketing has to offer consumers today.

The history of the “micro” 6-second ad

(Note: YouTube is the epitome of video ad benchmarking. So, we’ll primarily talk about YouTube in this article, but the same principles also apply for Facebook and other social video platforms.)

In recent years, YouTube found that viewers were irked—if not downright angry—at the length of ads that that preceded videos. Viewers go to YouTube to watch a vlog or funny video, and then they get stuck watching a minute or two minutes of an advertisement. In fact, video they want to watch might only be a minute or two, so they could actually be doubling their time watching the video with the ad.

YouTube decided that there needed to be a balance between monetization of videos and forcing customers to sit through long ads. So they implemented the “skip ad” button. After watching an ad for 5 or 6 seconds, the user can click “skip” to fast forward through the ad and begin watching their video.

YouTube and their paid advertisers quickly found that the skip ad button meant consumers didn’t feel “forced” into ads… but they also stopped watching the ads altogether. They’d watch the countdown and instantly click “skip” when possible.

“There must be another way!” a YouTube executive exclaimed. (We don’t know that anyone actually said that, but it’s a good guess.)

So YouTube decided to offer 6 second “bumper” ads as an in-between option. These ads are not skippable, but they’re short enough not to be intrusive.

Interestingly, these ads are actually showing higher engagement, higher watch rates, and higher conversion than longer ads (with or without skipping).

And so, the 6-second video ad was born.

(Keep in mind this only applies to video ads that come before or during another video. The same rules don’t necessarily apply to standalone videos.)

Why do 6-second ads work?

Attention

Viewers find long ads boring and obtrusive (if the visual storytelling isn’t there). People are willing to watch Super Bowl ads because they’re top-notch stories. The rest of the time, though, if you’re not telling a great story, viewers just don’t want to watch. That’s why, when given the opportunity, they’ll always click “skip ad” unless it’s a super fascinating video that’s caught their attention.

Shorter videos mean you only have to work to keep their attention for a shorter period of time.

In theory, even the longest videos should hook the audience in the first five or six seconds, though. You want to hook the viewer and grab their attention right away regardless of the length of the video. But the 6-second micro ad is different, because the medium itself is catchy and attention-grabbing.

Viewing

The longer the ad, the lower the possibility that the viewer will watch the entire thing. Even if the advertisement is super interesting, it can be a challenge to keep your viewer’s attention—especially if they are waiting for another video they’ve been wanting to watch.

If the ad is only 6 seconds, not only do they not have the option to “skip,” but they also won’t want to. By the time it would take to click the skip button, the entire ad is over. This kind of fast and furious advertising means they’re more likely to watch the whole ad and see your whole message.

Engagement

Viewing the whole ad doesn’t necessarily lend to engagement, but, the short style does. It’s only six seconds out of their lives. Because it’s short, they don’t feel that immediate sense of “dread” of a long ad that they’re looking to skip. That means they’re more open and receptive to the video ad, and this receptivity allows for greater engagement.

Also, micro second ads force the creator to get the message across in just 6 seconds. This generally requires craftiness that viewers find engaging.

Innovation

People like short ads. They know it’s hard to tell a story in six seconds. So brands that can tell a story well get extra brownie points for creativity and innovation.

Short, well-crafted videos seem to be the highest praised in the world of ad viewing.

Recall

Interestingly, research also suggests that 6-second bumper ads tend to boost ad recall—sometimes as much as 30%. That’s probably thanks to a mixture of the above results: viewers are more likely to watch, to engage, and to think highly of the ad (and thus think highly of the associated brand).

If you want people to notice you, like you, and remember you, 6-second ads might just be your ticket.

How do you create a 6-second ad?

The trouble with 6-second ads is that you only have 6 seconds to get your point across. You need to be concise and succinct with your messaging. You need to fit your entire marketing vision into a short time period. You have to get viewers engaged in your brand and product in less than half the time of an elevator pitch.

You have to tell an entire story in six seconds. Not only does the story have to be good, but the viewer also has to feel something so strongly enough that they want to take some sort of action—and the video also has to convey what action it is they should take.

There are a lot of little details that need to work together to make such a short video ad successful.

So how do you do it?

It just takes a little bit of creativity and imagination… along with a whole lot of brainstorming and an awesome team of visual storytellers.

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