Video Production: 5 Ideas To Get Started

5 Video Production Ideas

Not sure where to get started with video?


When it comes to video production / videography, getting started can feel daunting, and understanding the purpose behind it is key. Some view video as a daunting and unpredictable endeavour, while others consider it merely a box to tick on their marketing checklist. Then there are those who see it as the cornerstone of their marketing strategy, capturing attention and earning the trust of their target audience. While video is often seen as a one-time, impactful piece of temporary content for a specific project or campaign, it may not always be the ideal starting point for building a long-term audience.

Video is more than just a fleeting form of content; it's about forging connections, evoking emotions, building trust, showcasing humanity and personality, and standing out in a sea of content to combat diminishing attention spans. Taking a short-term approach to video production can often overlook its potential for long-term success. From a practical standpoint, video engages both the visual and auditory senses, offering a more immersive and personal experience compared to text or audio alone. This engagement often leads to a deeper emotional connection with the content, as videos have a unique ability to convey stories and evoke feelings.

Moreover, videos excel at demonstrating and explaining complex concepts, making information easier to grasp and remember. Additionally, videos are highly accessible and shareable, allowing them to reach a broad audience across various platforms. In essence, the combination of visual engagement, emotional impact, demonstration capabilities, accessibility, and shareability makes video a potent tool for communication.

Promotional Video

When it comes to introducing video to a business, whether it's their first time or they're seasoned veterans, the topic of promotional videos usually takes center stage. That's because, in our view, a promotional video serves as the quintessential digital portrayal of a business or brand. It addresses crucial questions: Who is this business? What do they offer? Why should I choose them over competitors? What sets them apart? What values do they uphold? Potential customers have these inquiries, and they prefer not to scour the internet for answers. Ideally, a compelling and concise promotional video can seize their attention, spur action, and leave a lasting impression on their minds and hearts.

However, a promotional video doesn't entail a stiff individual in a suit speaking directly (or indirectly) to the camera, inundated with industry jargon. It can be vibrant, emotive, relatable, and narrative-driven, or it can adopt a more formal and direct approach, all while avoiding the off-putting feel of a traditional sales pitch. These videos aid businesses and organizations in effectively conveying their value, piquing interest, and boosting conversions, rendering them vital tools for marketing and promotion. Their duration can vary from 30 seconds to 2 minutes or more, dependant upon the target audience and message.

Typically, promotional videos are the pillar of corporate video production, and find a home on a company's homepage, are shared across social media platforms, showcased at events, and the like. To witness visual examples, you can click here to our video production page and filter by 'promotional.' Additionally, here are three past examples of promotional videos we've crafted: one for a law firm (University Law Solicitors), another for a luxury getaway (Tanylan Farm), and a third for event promotion (The Success Seminar).

Company Culture Videos / Recruitment Videos / Meet The Team Videos

In recent years, highlighting company culture has emerged as a significant trend, extending beyond recruitment efforts to encompass the portrayal of a brand's values and ethos in marketing endeavours. While the adage “people buy from people" holds true, its implications run deeper, particularly for large brands where the human element may become obscured. It's a stark reality: if a business claims certain values while its employees appear unhappy, consumers will quickly pick up on the insincerity behind such attempts to earn their trust. Few individuals aspire to work for a business rife with unhappy and unproductive staff; they gravitate toward environments characterized by positivity and productivity.

Enter “meet the team" videos, offering multifaceted benefits for businesses. These videos inject a personal touch into a company's online presence, humanizing the brand and fostering trust with customers. Moreover, they serve as a platform to showcase the team's expertise, diversity, and professionalism, thereby bolstering the company's reputation and nurturing customer relationships.

Similarly, in the realm of recruitment, prospective employees seek more than just salary and perks like gym memberships. They aspire to join organizations where they can forge meaningful connections, create lasting memories, evade workplace toxicity, pursue career advancement, and fulfil other fundamental human needs. Here are two examples of recruitment videos we produced, featuring Aisha and Clare in the legal sector. These videos exemplify the power of storytelling in attracting potential hires, offering insight into the workplace culture and inviting individuals to envision themselves as valued contributors to the team.

Customer Success Stories / Video Testimonials

In today's digital landscape, traditional written testimonials are everywhere, all across companies websites and social media feeds. However, their overuse may have led to a saturation point where they no longer stand out or elicit the same level of trust and emotional connection as they once did. Written testimonials, while informative, lack the emotional depth and authenticity that video testimonials inherently offer. Written words can be easily fabricated or manipulated, leaving audiences sceptical of their credibility.

Additionally, without the visual and auditory cues that video production provides, written testimonials often fail to establish a genuine emotional connection with viewers. The sheer volume of written testimonials can be overwhelming, making it difficult for businesses to differentiate themselves and capture the attention of their audience. In contrast, video testimonials offer a more engaging and impactful way to convey customer experiences, allowing viewers to see and hear the genuine enthusiasm and satisfaction of previous customers first-hand. By leveraging video testimonials, businesses can break through the noise, establish credibility, and forge meaningful connections with their audience, ultimately driving increased brand recognition and customer loyalty.

Now, in the context of the examples we've discussed previously—such as videos produced for a business networking group (Zokit), a software development agency (D3 Digital), and a cleaning company (Optimo)—the incorporation of video testimonials elevates their promotional efforts to new heights. These videos not only showcase the unique offerings and achievements of each business but also provide authentic endorsements that resonate with audiences on a deeper level. Through the power of video, these businesses can effectively differentiate themselves in a crowded market, foster trust, and cultivate lasting relationships with their customers.

Brand Films / Branded Content

The videos we've previously discussed—promotional videos, video testimonials, and recruitment videos—are typically grounded in logic and employed for business expansion. They delve into aspects such as a company's offerings, unique selling propositions, and customer achievements, aiming to directly engage potential customers with a clear sales pitch. While this direct approach undoubtedly has its merits, there are instances where a more indirect strategy proves most effective—telling a story rather than delivering a straightforward message.

Enter brand films: narrative-driven, scripted short films that indirectly promote a brand through relatable stories designed to present a spectrum of emotions—be it sadness, joy, rage, laughter, or others. Indifference is not an option; these films must be memorable and prompt immediate action, whether it's rallying support for a brand, purchasing a product line, participating in a campaign, or other forms of engagement. Failure to do so risks losing their impact, given their emphasis on storytelling.

Overall, brand films play a pivotal role in crafting a compelling brand narrative, forging deeper connections with audiences, and setting the brand apart in a competitive market. They foster customer loyalty and enhance brand recognition by resonating with viewers on an emotional level. Take, for instance, the John Lewis TV commercials aired every Christmas—a prime example of brand films designed to tug at heartstrings without overtly selling a product, focusing instead on winning hearts through storytelling. Here's an example of a brand film we produced for a home memorial product, showcasing the power of storytelling in conveying the essence of a brand and leaving a lasting impression on viewers.

Social Media Videos - Educational Content

Educational marketing has witnessed a surge in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. It serves as a foundation for cultivating trust among audiences, elicits reciprocity, and demonstrates expertise. Moreover, the amount of content ensures a continuous flow of insights into specialized subjects, easily disseminated through various mediums such as videos, audio, images, and text. Formats like video podcasts, explainer videos, talking head segments, and others serve as effective channels for educational content delivery.

A notable advantage of educational content through video production lies in its scalability; a single filming session can yield a bundle of material, providing digestible content for months to come. Often showcased via social media platforms, these informative pieces aim to offer valuable insights, impart new skills, or address pertinent topics relevant to the target audience.

Such videos afford businesses the opportunity to exhibit their expertise, position themselves as thought leaders, and foster meaningful engagement with their audience. By sharing knowledge and insights, businesses can fortify trust, enhance credibility, and cultivate loyalty among their followers. Consequently, this facilitates heightened brand awareness, improved customer retention, and potentially augmented conversions or sales. A good example is our video podcasts with Sinclairslaw, gathering them views in the thousands and countless business enquiries and brand trust.

Thanks for reading!

We hope these video tips help spark creative inspiration and get you thinking about how your event could look from a customer perspective. We are always happy to offer a free chat to discuss any potential projects you have in mind and provide a consultation on how videos can elevate your event. This blog was written by Haydn Wakeling, Founder of Black Swan Productions.