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Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 11/13/18

A Crash Course on Instagram Video Marketing for Your Business Leads this week’s articles in the “Video Marketing Weekly.”

Instagram Video Marketing

If you are wondering how to take advantage of the explosion in Instagram video marketing, we have a great article for you. You can build  your business brand in a more professional way using this information. You can learn in detail about Instagram video marking.

The lead article in this edition is titled “The Entrepreneur’s Crash Course on Dominating Instagram Video Marketing.”

But the article applies lessons from Instagram video marketing to businesses of all sizes. Instagram is a powerful marketing platform. So users can actively engage with brands and explore products that they see in their feeds.

If you’re ready to maximize your impact with Instagram video marketing, this article is for you. Here are a few of the hints contained in it.

Use Hashtags and Mentions.

You’ll learn some excellent ways how to use Instagram hashtags for your video. These help to enhance stories and timelines with engaging content. As a result, hashtags can help you to attract more followers, get more likes, increase your visibility, and improve engagement with your audience. Therefore, hashtags are not just for your Instagram photo posts. You can use them for your videos as well.

If you wondering how to start Instagram videos marketing to reach your local audiences, be sure to read this article.

If you are looking at producing videos for Instagram video marketing, we would be delighted to help you. We will put our more than three decades of video production and marketing expertise to work for you.

We have lots of practical expertise in assisting companies to construct just the right approach to motivate their target audiences. As a result, our experience in both video production and the business world has made us unique among Northern California video production companies.

At Penrose Productions we are delighted to be able to share some excellent articles in every edition of the Video Marketing Weekly. There are many helpful hints and tips contained in there. So why not subscribe so that you don’t miss an issue? It’s free.

For support with your Instagram video marketing strategy — and to help identify your target viewers for your video marketing — call us at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273.

Silicon Valley Video Production Thumbtack “Best of 2015” Award Goes to Penrose Productions

Silicon Valley video production company Penrose Productions has been awarded one of the first ever “Best of 2015” Awards from Thumbtack.

Thumbtack is a listing website online which connects service providers, organizations and businesses with their clients.

This award is another high point to Penrose Productions to keep on offering high quality Silicon Valley video production to clients both here and throughout the world. Penrose Productions adds this to many other video production awards.

Everybody knows that the key to thriving business communication and marketing at this point in time is web videos.

So now is the time for online video.Whether internally or externally communicated, Penrose Productions can meet all your needs for Silicon Valley video production.

best of thumbtack 2015The Thumbtack Best of 2015 award is a way to determine the top experts on this online listing site who have earned remarkable reviews from their clients, not just for Silicon Valley video production but throughout their service area. Penrose Productions grabbed this award due to the terrific votes of confidence from many clients. Penrose Productions received eight real Thumbtack client reviews, all of which were perfect 5 stars.

The 2015 winners include experts from a wide selection of backgrounds. Forty percent of the awards are home service experts, while thirty percent are events experts. Forty percent of the awards are from the eastern part of the US and 30 percent are from the western part and sixty percent of the winners have been on Thumbtack for one to two years.

Penrose Productions has been in business for 34 years now.

Their dedication to remarkable work done right without excuses has earned company a well-deserved status of excellence among Silicon Valley video production companies. When it comes to video production, no other company can exceed or meet their work. From camera work and lighting to post production, Penrose Productions ensures that their clients are satisfied with their final video — in fact they guarantee it. They are professional and friendly and most of all, know how to deal with their clients well.

Penrose is capable of doing precisely what the customer wants regardless of the budget and time limitations. From an array of actors/characters to the final edit, Penrose Productions has a unique ability to translate it into an effective video. They make sure that each client feels at ease and comfortable in front of the camera. Their skill and knowledge in directing professional talent is apparent in the end product.

For those who want a Silicon Valley video production company that looks at their plans from their perspective,

Penrose is your best best, as the perfect 5-star awards for them attests, The company meets the client objectives and concentrates on their target audience. Virtually any Silicon Valley video production clients can benefit from Penrose Productions’ video services.

The company has been serving the marketing, video and communication needs of organizations and companies in Northern California and all over the world for over 3 decades. The company works in all fields of video production. With decades of skills and experience, full refund assurance and remarkable track record, it’s not surprising that the company got the Coveted Thumbtack “Best of” Award of 2015. You will never go wrong once you consider this award-winning Silicon V alley video production company to do your business video production.

Identify Your Video Advertising Competition

You’ve got to know your video advertising competition if you want to beat them.

SimpsonDOGevitiToday folks are addicted to seeing videos online. Whether these are educational videos that are amusing, humorous or serious or video advertising, most folks can’t pull themselves away from their computer screens thanks to this kind of digital technology.

In case you already know that video advertising promotions are a powerful instrument that may assist you to boost sales, congratulations. Now, it’s time to identify who you’re up against in terms of local video advertising competition.

Video promotion refers to video advertising that displays your services and products online using video representation.

Video advertising has recently acquired extreme popularity due to its simplicity and effectiveness.

Generally these days, folks would rather watch an online video than read. For this reason, smart business owners have turned to video advertising to bring customers.

The whole goal of identifying adversaries that are using video is to analyze what they’re doing too as estimate its effectiveness. Based on this particular information, you will be better equipped to create and advertise online videos that’ll crush your competition.

  1. First, check your competitors’ websites to determine if they’ve videos posted. Most companies who create on-line videos post your competitors on their sites as well as video sharing websites such as YouTube. These are the challengers you need to watch when preparation and creating videos if you locate videos on their website.
  2. Next, simply go to YouTube and kind a local key word term associated with your business in the search box. If some of your rivals have videos on YouTube, and they are correctly optimized, they need to come up as well.

Additionally pay careful attention to the of your competitors.

You could get some insight about how their videos are made, what they did to get high search result rankings, and what message they are trying to carry.

If so, keep these adversaries on your radar as well. And when you’re ready to take them on, give us a call. We’re always available to help with your online video production.

San Francisco Business Video – Our Specialty

Since getting our start shooting San Francisco business videos through our Bay Area video production company Penrose Productions in 1981, we have been committed to creating high quality, business videos for our clients.

For sales and marketing videos, we emphasize the creation of outstanding videos that present our clients’ products and/or services in a way that gets customers to buy, or at least consider buying, from our clients.

But yet another category of Silicon Valley and San Francisco business video productions that we often do might be considered communications videos. Often these will document the meetings, seminars, proceedings, training, etc. of our clients so that the information can be more widely disseminated. These meetings vary in their interest to us as observers. Of course, the content is not designed to appeal to us, but rather to the client’s target market, whether an internal or external audience.

We consider it a plus when the content is something to which we can actually understand or can relate.

If we can actually apply the content to our own lives or business, that’s a huge plus.

As an example of the opposite, when we shoot high tech training as we so often do with Silicon Valley video productions, we can be totally lost when listening to content about advanced electrical engineering and computer science.

In contrast to this, we were recently shooting a San Francisco business video for a top insurance company’s management meeting at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.  This was our sixth straight year shooting and editing for this company and we find the whole experience a consistently interesting one. The content of the 3-day meeting was not about insurance, but rather sought to promote dialogue with the nearly one hundred management attendees as the company worked on growth strategies to get to the next level of revenue and profitability.

San Francisco training videoAs I listened to the discussions on business development and strategy it took me back to my graduate school days at the University of California.  The work was led by outside consultants from Management Systems of Los Angeles. As the company principals led the group in their work, it was eerily similar to being in the classroom getting my MBA in Berkeley all over again.  I found myself not just overseeing the recording of the event, but I was inspired and renewed in my original vision to provide amazing San Francisco business video production to businesses large and small. Many of the management concepts shared in the meeting were lessons I originally learned at Cal, and it was inspiring to get a “refresher course” on these principles.

The truth is, I often get involved in the day to day operations of running the video production.

But this time it was a treat (and an annual one at that with this client) that allowed me to also hear top-flight consultants and apply their lessons on strategy and tactics to our own company.  It served to re-engergize me and helps me look at the big picture for Penrose Productions.

At Penrose we have a passion to ignite the Bay Area business community with a desire to share and expand their business concepts through San Francisco business videos.  Now more than ever, video is the key to conveying a positive image of your products, services and overall company vision.   The problem is, many businesses still try to “do it themselves” and end up shooting themselves in the foot.  I made a commitment to quality video production back in grad school and that has never changed.  Just as with hiring any expert, videos from a professional Bay Area video production company can help take businesses to the next level.

As I reflect back on the many videos we’ve done through the years, I realize that San Francisco video production has changed a great deal over the years.

Penrose Productions has always remained at the forefront of producing San Francisco business videos in both quality and customer service.

 

San Francisco Video Production for 2014

Video Production Moves Into 2014.

As we head into the new year of 2014 we reflect on the many changes that we have seen in our 32 years in the video production industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. But even as we look back, we have to focus on what amazing things lie ahead in the New Year.

Through YouTube, Google has become the 800 pound gorilla in video production for businesses of all sizes.

san francisco video productionWith the importance of video as a search engine ranking tool, the business (regardless of size) that ignores YouTube videos does so at their own peril. Video have the ability to:

  • get you ranked high in the search engines if optimized properly
  • engage your viewers
  • communicate a call to action

For 2014, good videos will be more important than ever to not just attract viewers, but to convert them into buyers.

We’ve seen many videos that get optimized well for certain keywords and show up on page 1 of Google’s search engine results. But what good does it do if the viewer is not motivated to call or come into a business?

Now is the time to create a video marketing strategy that accomplishes ALL of the above functions. Videos need not be expensive to accomplish these goals, but the use of a professional video production company – experts at communicating marketing messages – is a great way to accomplish “all of the above.”

Check out our San Francisco video production samples on our website or give us a call.

And here’s to a great, productive and profitable 2014!

 

 

Video Production: Should you Hire it Out?

Video Production is an Essential Marketing Tactic for Those In Business.

Video production is becoming increasingly important in the marketing mix for businesses of all sizes. In fact, in a Cisco white paper on the future of internet traffic, they say “Globally, consumer Internet video traffic will be 69 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2017, up from 57 percent in 2012. This percentage does not include video exchanged through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. The sum of all forms of video (TV, video on demand [VoD], Internet, and P2P) will be in the range of 80 to 90 percent of global consumer traffic by 2017.”

The marketer who disregards this video trend is doomed to become a dinosaur, regardless of the industry or size of company.

I recently read a fascinating book by Perry Marshall that expands on the widely known 80/20 Theory of Richard Koch. It’s focus is on the implications for sales and marketing.

pareto principleMarshall’s 2013 book “80/20 Sales and Marketing: the Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More” explores the Pareto Principle and it’s many applications throughout life in general as well as business.

In it Marshall emphasizes the “power curve” and it’s many implications. This graph, for example, shows how 80% of church donations (time and money) come from 20% of the members. 

The same principle applies to the use of one’s time as a business owner, manager, or other position of responsibility. Using this curve/pattern to track important (e.g. high paying) tasks, we find that those fall to the right of the graph where all peak performances are charted.

The message is clear that people should try to operate as efficiently as possible, avoiding low value tasks.

Any good manager knows this and will offload as many chores as possible to be more productive. It’s a basic time management tool. However, the key lies not in how much to offload, but what.

Good managers and business owners don’t waste time on tasks for which they are not excellent.

From a video production perspective, the obvious point is to hire professionals to do that work. While current technology is terrifically affordable and easy to use, managers are still not the best people to do the video production work.

And yet we see it time and again in video production. Managers and business owners who would no sooner empty their own waste basket or paint the offices (or any other task of which they are capable) will try to do video.

Could it be because video production is fun?

Admittedly, we do enjoy our work. But video production, like any serious element of a marketing strategy, must be approached thoughtfully and with understanding. We have this picture of one of our video production shoots on the wall in our office:

video production maui

When new clients see it, the first question is “Is that Maui?” When we answer yes, they always comment, “You got to do video production work in Maui? You are SO lucky!”

Truth be known, when we shot a video for the Napili Kai Beach Club there, it was non-stop from early morning to dusk, for 5 solid days. To quote Steve Erwin (RIP) “we were sweatin’ bullets mate!” The weather was very warm (of course, it’s Hawaii) and we needed to get shots all day while the sun was in different positions and affecting lighting. We had dozens of set-ups and tear downs to capture the many different types of rooms and facilities on he property. Despite appearances, it was not fun…

Often, a company will try doing their own video production once, and when they discover the hassles or low quality, they come to us.

This can be to fix the video production that they tried to do themselves, or because of deadlines, the next video production they do. Tough lesson learned…

We welcome the chance to put managers and business owners back in the “power curve” by taking video production off their plate. We even have a directorial-only service where we direct your video production efforts so you can have the “fun.”

Posted 10/22/13

Northern California Video Production (and Worldwide): 32 Years and Counting

Our Northern California Video Production Company Celebrates its 32nd Anniversary of Business Video Production.

Northern California video productionNorthern California video production is a super competitive marketplace, and we’ve been surviving and thriving over the years for 32 years now — officially. We started the business in October 1981. To last that long, we’d like to think that means that we’re doing something right.

There have been lots of changes over the years in our industry and we’ve kept up with them. And one of the ways we keep our enthusiasm for video production is that our clients are so diverse that we always get involved with a wide variety of industries and locations.

Repeat business is the key.

Although we’re constantly on the prowl for new business, bringing customers BACK to Penrose Productions has been the key to a long career in Northern California video production. The technology has hanged dramatically since 1981 (can you say VHS and Betamax?) but two things remain constant: offering quality video work and backing it with dedicated customer service.  As a result we have a long list of Northern California video production testimonials for your review.

Our guarantee is unique among Northern California video production companies.

You can search far and wide and you won’t be able to find any other guaranteed Northern California video production. We offers a complete 100% money-back guarantee. But we’ve never had to refund anyone’s money under this policy. Why? Because it forces us to work closely with our clients to be sure that they are happy with the progress of the project every step of the way.

Customers have trusted us to take our Northern California video production skills across the US and around the globe.

On many occasions customers have used us to shoot not just Northern California video productions. They’ve also hired us to shoot at locations throughout the country and even globally. We’ve shot in 25 states and D.C., as well as numerous foreign countries. These customers know that the video footage we capture will be consistent with the overall theme and look of the video project we are doing for them.

 We offer all video production services, from concept to delivery.

We’ve had to change with technology over the years, but as the dean of Northern California video production companies we’ve added a variety of services to our offerings over the years, What was once recording to video cassettes and editing from tape to tape is now done digitally. And while viewers once had to load up the VCR to watch a video, they now just pop in a DVD, or click a mouse to watch on the internet or a company intranet.

We’re offering a 32% discount for new business, good until Thanksgiving 2013.

In honor of our 32nd anniversary as the premier Northern California video production company for BtoB videos, we’re offering a 32% discount to new clients on all work booked by November 27, 2013. We’d love to make some new friends that will call on us for the next 32 years!

After all, we are the “Best Silicon Valley video production company.” Ask Google!

Video Marketing Software Leverages YouTube

Video Marketing Can Use Extra Tools to Help Leverage the Power of YouTube Videos.

Video marketing with YouTube can be a great way for companies and organizations to use a free server to store their videos. It’s easy to use, but there are some serious limitations when it comes to your video marketing.

When relying solely on YouTube, video marketing methods are constrained when using the annotations feature. This is a great feature but is completely self-serving for YouTube, as they want us to stay on their site. Thus the links that you can embed in annotations section of your YouTube video will only link within YouTube. They will allow you viewers to go to another YouTube video for example, but you can not use annotations to send your viewers to your order page or your website, for example.

There are now video marketing software tools to send your viewer wherever you would like them to go, and one is even free.

You can use the site at LinkedTube to send your viewers to any url you would like. But you can not do this within YouTube — it works for embedded videos only.

 

So, if you want to use a YouTube video as a video marketing tool, you can go to their site and input the relevant information to get a free embed code for placing you video within your site. The tool does not offer too much flexibility but you can create the basic embedded links with the tool, and with a little knowledge of html, edit some of the parameters in the code.

An example is below, where we have used the LinkedTube tool to put a link on our short video marketing doodle video to lead viewers to our portfolio (again, you can’t do this within YouTube). The link shows on the video at the top when you hover your mouse on it.

In the rush to aid us in our video marketing efforts, several companies have developed advanced embedding solutions in your videos on a paid basis. These platforms give a wide variety of features that allow entrepreneurs and video marketing experts the ability to embed links to apps, pictures, other videos, calls to action, etc.

 

BtoB Video Marketing is Here to Stay

Video Marketing Belongs in the BtoB Space Every Bit as Much as the Consumer Marketplace.

With over 31 years of helping companies with their video marketing it comes as no surprise to us that surveys now confirm the popularity and use of BtoB video marketing. Web videos have truly helped firmly entrench video marketing productions in this way, but we’ve seen this since the early 1980s.

Our thoughts and recollections of this video marketing history were stirred by the reading of an interesting BtoB marketing survey conducted by Software Advice in January of this year.

In it we see that in a survey of BtoB marketers, over 90% of the respondents said they used videos in their BtoB marketing efforts. And listed as a separate category, “video demos” came in with 70% of the people using them. Presumably this is a subset of the 90% “videos” number.

BtoB video marketing

As we mentioned, this comes as no surprise, as video marketing productions for our clients are the backbone of our business model. We’ve always tried to sell potential clients on the advantages of video:

  • it’s cheaper than having to send a sales rep
  • the consistency of the sales pitch — same story every time
  • video shows every feature and benefit the client thinks is important

We have won national video production awards for our training and communications videos as well, but video marketing programs are our bread and butter.

From the beginning we’ve been producing video marketing tapes, then video marketing DVDs, and now web video marketing programs.

Although some of these are directed to consumers, most are in the BtoB space. In fact we’ve done worldwide video production work for companies that wanted their products or services explained or demonstrated to their clients.

If history holds, in another 10 or 20 years we’ll be looking at a whole new technology for sharing video marketing messages. But regardless of the delivery platform, there will always be the need for professionals to tell a compelling and effective video marketing story.

We hope to be there to share our insights then. Maybe we’ll just publish this blog post with an added paragraph about that new deliver platform…

 

Small Business YouTube Video Scripting for Search Engine Power

Small Business YouTube Videos Can Boost Your Search Engine Rankings Tremendously, But It all Starts With The Scripting.

We’ve shared how small business YouTube videos can boost your search engine ranking, due largely to the love that these small business YouTube videos get from Google. After all, the latter owns this online video hosting company.

And Google even admits this themselves as they coach us how to make your YouTube videos more visible in the search engines.

When we post small business YouTube videos to help our quest for greater visibility to potential clients, we want to exploit every factor that we can to improve our odds of being found.

This starts right at the beginning, during pre-production of the small business YouTube video.

Google can not tell the content of our small business YouTube videos from the visual aspects; only through the audio. That is why the audio becomes so important. Theoretically, we could have ugly video throughout the production and Google wouldn’t know the difference. (More about this later.)

Remember that when optimizing your small business YouTube video on the YouTube site, the audio should be included in two areas of your small business YouTube video page:

  • captions
  • description

YouTube and Google search these areas to learn about their content and relevance. So we want to script our audio so that it maximizes our search engine results.

This means using your well-chosen keyword phrase properly in the audio portion of the small business YouTube video script.

This can be done in any way that is audible:

  • voice-over narration
  • on camera narration
  • singing the words

Having a nice scenic video with just music and now words will not get you any search engine power from the audio portion of the video small business YouTube production, so you want to include spoken words.

We’ve written before about how to make sure your audio is included in the captions and description of your small business YouTube video. Follow those steps after the video is completed to be sure you get maximum search engine leverage.

Now what about ugly video? If the search engines don’t care, should we?

ugly videoThe answer is of course, because getting found more easily in the search engines is only one part of the customer acquisition equation. If we manage to get our small business YouTube video ranked on page one of Google, but it looks bad, customers aren’t going to be interested in giving us a chance at their business.

So quality images are key for your small business YouTube video, but make sure that the audio script follows the rules above.