How Non-Profits Can Produce Marketing Videos on a Shoestring Budget

Producing quality videos is rarely cheap, but certain measures can be taken to ensure your non-profit organization spends little but still receives high volumes of online traffic and impressions. If your organization is in need of marketing videos to help propel your cause and inspire potential donors, take a look at these tips for creating non-profit marketing videos with little to no budget.

Keep it Short and Sweet

An effective video doesn’t need to be longer than 5 minutes or more. In a world where attention spans are decreasing, keeping your online video content to a minimum length will help keep donors engaged while still getting your point across. If possible, try to keep your video between 2-3 minutes. If you absolutely need to go over, that’s fine, but keeping your content concise will make your production costs go down while maintaining the attention spans of consumers.

Channel Your Comedic Side

In the case of online video content, comedy rules. A good video channels either the head, the heart, or the funny bone, and in this case, the latter usually wins. While many non-profits stick to the routine of creating moving, emotional films to inspire their viewers, a comedic film from a non-profit will certainly stand out. While this tactic may not work for all nonprofit organizations, specifically those dedicated to helping a very serious cause, you might be surprised how effective it can be for yours.

Spend Time Developing the Story

Every non-profit has a beautiful story to share, so make sure that comes across in your video. Even if your video is low-budget and bare-boned, a solid storyline will ensure your message gets across. Whether you’re telling the story of how your organization came to be or you’re sharing important stories you’ve experienced through your work in the last few weeks, spend the time needed with your team to hammer out the important details and determine the most effective way to tell your story. According to statisticbrain.com, over 300 hours of video is uploaded to Youtube every second. To stand out from the clutter and make your organization shine, tell the story that no one else is telling, the story that is unique to your organization.

Capture the Candid

While planned videos can be very effective, some of the best non-profit videos are coincidental. Much of this involves being at the right place at the right time, but if you make sure a production team is present at one of your non-profits’ events or at your location during the work day, they’ll be able to capture these candid moments that can make marketing videos so special. Even if you are unable to hire a film team to be present, being ready with an iPhone or video camera will help you capture unscripted moments that portray the heart of your organization. Make sure the members of your organization know to keep an eye on these special moments too so they can be ready to help you film.

Learn to Love Live Video

Another way to capture candid content? Utilizing live video services on platforms like Instagram and Facebook. If a solid amount of your donor base follows you on social media, keep them updated by regularly posting stories on your non-profits’ social media profiles or starting live videos. Even if it’s for just a few minutes a day or week, continuously uploading content will show potential and current donors how your organization is encouraging good in the world. Live video and social media stories are two of the cheapest ways to create marketing videos that communicate your non-profits’ story with your audience.

Hiring a production team to create marketing videos for your non-profit organization isn’t always the cheapest, but sometimes, it’s the most effective. For more information about working with a video production team, check out our page to learn how we help local non-profits communicate their individual stories! If you know it isn’t in your budget to hire a crew, however, consider using some of these tips to produce marketing videos on your own and communicate your organization’s mission to potential and current customers. For any questions regarding video marketing in 2018, visit our blog or give us a call today!

Launch Your Spring Transactions With These Real Estate Video Tips

As luxury real estate agents and brokers, one of the most important things you can do for your future listings is invest in the power of real estate video. Statistic after statistic proves the effectiveness of real estate videos in a buyer’s home search. From getting the video produced to sharing the final product with potential buyers, take a look at these 7 tips to help you launch your spring transactions by using real estate videos.

Tip #1: A picture slideshow and a real estate video are not one and the same.

A “moving slideshow” of pictures truly does not have the same effect as a complex video, filled with moving shots and compelling imagery. A picture slideshow can’t portray the interior of a home properly, but an effective real estate video will show the exact layout of a room, it’s true size, and how it connects to the other rooms of the house. If you want potential buyers to grasp what it would be like to live in the home, invest in a proper real estate video and give up those picture slideshows for good.

Tip #2: Focus on the features

Does the house you’re selling have newly upgraded, stainless-steel appliances? Or maybe a stunning, freestanding tub in the master bathroom? Instead of telling the viewer what makes this house unique, show them. Make sure you and the videography team are on the same page about which features you’d like to emphasize. The videographers will then make it a priority to capture stunning shots of those features and work them into the final film. Focusing on certain features gives your video a leg-up to competitors who may share the same generic shots of each house they’re listing.

Tip #3: Spring cleaning counts for vacant homes, too

Nothing looks worse on camera than a messy, cluttered home. This should go without saying, but before filming the video, make sure the home looks as good as it would for an open house (maybe even better). This means no stray belongings, minimal decorations, and absolutely no photos of the current or past homeowners. The furniture should be dusted, the beds made, toilet seats down, and the backyard should be well taken care of. Taking the time to make these changes could drastically impact the number of potential buyers you receive on a listing.

Tip #4: Emphasize both the inside AND the outside

With luxury real estate, odds are, the home is just as incredible on the inside as it is on the outside. While listings videos for median-priced homes often focus on the inside, so much of what makes a home luxurious is the surrounding community. The video should spend almost equal amounts of time showing off the interior of the house, as well as the neighborhood. Never forget that location is key when it comes to marketing luxury real estate properties!

Tip #5: Once the video is ready, share, share, share!

Putting it on your website is not enough to get it out to the world. Share the real estate video on your personal and business Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even LinkedIn pages. You paid to have the video created, and it can’t hurt to share it as much as you can. If your agency has company profiles, make sure the video gets shared with them as well. This will also help your social media profiles look more professional and credible. It’s a win/win!

Tip #6: Spend money & promote the video

Sharing the video with your followers is good, but you’ll miss out on thousands of potential home buyers if you don’t spend a little extra cash. Utilize Facebook and Instagram’s advertising tools to promote the real estate video directly to these consumers. These ad platforms offer the option to promote the posts to users based on location, desired price range, amenities, and more. If your home is located nearby a school and is listed at a moderate price range, you can use these factors to target young families or first time home buyers nearby. Don’t let the high-quality real estate video go to waste – make sure it gets the views it deserves!

Tip #7: Timing is essential

Sharing on your social media platforms is important, but the times you share the videos is equally so. Make sure to promote the listing video the day and night before an open house, as well as the morning of. You’re likely to catch the attention of some last-minute shoppers who decide to add the open house to their schedule. Keep in mind that for these posts, you’ll want to be sharing a quick highlight video made by your videographer so you can entice the viewer and leave them wanting more, ultimately convincing them to visit the open house.

 
Not only can real estate listing videos create buzz about an open listing, it can exponentially increase the interest in the listing and make you and your team appear more credible. From properly preparing the home beforehand to sending the listing out on social media, these real estate video tips will help grow your business and add credibility to your team’s online presence. Don’t want your listing video to look amateurish? Check out our previous listing videos here and contact us for more information!

Best Of: Olympics Commercials

As the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics rev up, so are the sponsored advertisements. Because of the unique nature of the Olympics, advertisers who utilize this global event will likely see as much, if not more, success as they would advertising during the SuperBowl. In this age of digital advertising and savvy consumers, more and more brands are turning to brand videos instead of conversion videos. Here are just a few of the characteristics that make a great brand video:

  • Drives brand awareness without selling a product too hard
  • Convenient, online consumer accessibility
  • Tells a great story
  • Makes a bold statement

Through the past few decades, the Olympics have become one of the prime events for brands to tell their story and broadcast it to the world. So in honor of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, we thought we would take a look back at some of the most successful brand videos that have been broadcast during past games.

 

  • P&G – ‘Thank you, Mom’

 

You’ve likely seen this commercial a handful of times since it was first broadcast during the 2012 Summer Games in London. While P&G has aired dozens of variations of this campaign, the same spirit of the ad rings true throughout them all — Olympic athletes would be nowhere without the love and support of their mothers. This highly successful ad campaign draws on universal themes like the lifelong strive for greatness, as well as the unconditional love we feel for our families. With these commercials, P&G emphasizes their family-first values and succeeds in associating their brand with family, positivity, and acceptance. Here are two examples of this exponentially successful campaign. We dare you not to shed a tear.

2) Hershey’s – ‘Hello from Home’

Hershey’s “Hello from Home” spot is the perfect example of producing a relatively low-cost spot that still associates their brand with an inspiring tale of triumphing against all odds. Featuring the Paralympic swimmer Mallory Weggerman, this spot tells the incredible story of how she turned to swimming after losing the ability to walk, while her family supported alongside every step of the way. While the spot highlights Hershey’s products for a brief moment, the attention is quickly turned back to Weggerman’s story and her family’s undying support.

3) Coca-Cola – “Taste the Feeling”

Does this title ring a bell? If so, it’s probably because you tuned in to the Rio 2016 games and witnessed Coke’s new spots featuring a contagious jingle of the same name. Coca-Cola spent over $100m to be considered a “Worldwide Olympic Partner”, meaning they were direct advertisers with the Olympics. This doesn’t include the actual cost to produce and air the ad on prime time television. While not many companies can afford this exorbitant advertising cost, we can give it up to Coca-Cola for creating a successful ad that left a happy, carefree jingle stuck in the minds of millions of viewers. Note the use of golden hues and smile-inducing visuals featured along with the iconic soundtrack. Once again, Coca-Cola makes it difficult not to grin while watching one of their videos.

4) Apple – “The Human Spirit”

We dare you to find one Apple commercial that doesn’t draw you in, whether it’s visually or emotionally. Apple’s ‘The Human Spirit’ ad made waves during the Rio 2016 Olympics for its striking visuals, all shot on an iPhone, against the compelling narration of Maya Angelou’s famous poem. This ad is a beautiful example that less can often be more when it comes to striking ad campaigns. What is even more intriguing is that an actual iPhone is not shown even once throughout the entire video. With “The Human Spirit”, Apple perfectly nailed the characteristics of a great brand video: bold and brand-focused while telling an incredible story.

5) United Airlines – “One Journey Two Teams”

This ad is one of our favorites. Even though this spot is much more technically sophisticated than the others, it tells a similar story of the USA athletes’ journeys to Rio in a more eye-catching way. While not quite as subtle with their use of product placement, this ad from United still puts the focus on the journey of the USA Olympic team. There’s no doubt that this bold, exciting ad drew the attention of millions of viewers during the Rio 2016 Olympics. While being a successful brand video, this ad is also just fun to watch.

Commercials aired during the Olympic games are some of our favorites, and it’s not hard to see why so many consumers respond positively. It has been said that the perfect TV commercial touches the head, the heart, and the funny bone.  These brand videos certainly connect at least one, if not all,  of these emotions.  If you’re hoping to reach similar levels of success, gathering inspiration from these Olympic brand videos is the perfect place to start. For more information about creating iconic and compelling brand videos, view some of our past corporate videos here and give us a call today!

6 Resolutions Every Business Owner Should Make for 2018

Who needs healthy and fit? 2018 is the year of being productive and successful! We love New Year’s Resolutions because they remind us to continuously strive to grow and better ourselves and our business. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to create resolutions that you, a business owner, can strive for every day throughout 2018. Make 2018 the most successful year yet with these 6 effective resolutions:

Resolution #1: I will get focused on my goals.

At the end of the daty, ever feel like little to no progress was made toward your goals than when you started the day? We get it. With so many distractions in the world – emails, staffing, purchases, politics, money, etc. – it’s so easy to get off track and spend valuable time worrying about things that may not positively impact your business in the long haul. In 2018, set aside a pocket of time (doesn’t have to be more than 15- 20 minutes) each day/week to focus on taking intentional action that propels your business forward.

Resolution #2: I will commit to social sharing (and stick with it!)

Let’s face it — if your business is not regularly posting on social media, you’re behind. There’s a world of competitors, most of whom are active online, so it’s time to get in the game. And fortunately, it’s never too late. Whether it’s by creating social profiles for your business or improving your current ones, there is always progress to be made for your business’s online presence. Your friends and family know why your business is the best, but it’s time for the world to know it too.

Resolution #3: I will admit that video marketing is key.

Aww… We knew you’d come around! In all seriousness, it’s been proven time and time again that videos draw in consumers in droves. From customer support videos that answer FAQs to intriguing brand videos that help your business appear in the top Google search rankings, there’s truly no reason not to commit to video marketing.

Resolution #4: I will bring in help so I can do my job.

In small business settings, it’s incredibly common for the owner to wear all of the hats in the business. Once your business reaches a certain size, this can rapidly become an impossible feat. In 2018, allow yourself the opportunity to do the actual job you intended to do: run a business. Don’t consider yourself social media savvy? Hire someone part-time to take the reins on your social and video marketing content. Don’t feel like you have enough time to run the in-store operations? Hire an in-store manager so you can go out to network and bring in more business. It can seem impossible to give up the reins (especially to people you don’t know!) but in the long run, it will allow you the time to grow your business.

Resolution #5: I will continuously re-evaluate how I can improve my business.

Set aside time each week and month to look back at past successes and failures. This can help you gain a grasp on the efforts that worked, the ones that didn’t, and the measures you need to take going forward. Whether it’s sitting down with your marketing team to analyze marketing analytics or talking with a manager to brainstorm the best strategies using the sales’ statistics, learning from past failures can help ensure future successes.

Resolution #6: I will set time aside for myself.

No one said the American Dream was an easy one, so it’s important to set aside time for yourself amidst the chaos. It’s tempting to spend all of your waking hours thinking about your business, but some much-needed relaxation and time away can give you a fresh perspective. Hiring help can improve your work-life balance, but if you’re still having trouble committing time away from your business, schedule time throughout the week with friends and loved ones who will encourage you to relax. Remember: investing in your health can be one of the most effective investments of all.

2017 brought a multitude of technological advancements and new business strategies, and there’s no doubt that 2018 will bring even more. To guarantee a successful year for your business, keep these 6 resolutions in mind as you go throughout the year. At Windward Productions, we are more than happy to help take your business’s online marketing to the next level with unparalleled video production services. From our family to yours, happy 2018!

Holiday Marketing 101: Make the Most of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The holidays are debatably the busiest time of the year for American businesses. From shopping for Hanukkah and Christmas gifts to searching for the best discounted deals of the year, it draws millions of shoppers to both online sites and brick-and-mortar stores. If you’re looking to take advantage of this lively season, read our tips for marketing your business during the most wonderful time of the year.

Make a marketing schedule ahead of time, and stick with it.

Don’t head into the holiday season without a detailed plan! Sit down with your marketing team (even if that team is a party of one –  you!) and plan out your goals for the season. Map out the months leading up to the holidays and develop your marketing strategies around the big shopping days. When putting this plan together, make sure to keep your audience in mind. If your business is centered around living a healthy lifestyle, focus your efforts closer to New Year’s when everyone is planning their resolutions. But if your business is focused on technology and electronics, consider marketing primarily before and after Christmas, when everyone is buying their Christmas gifts and spending their gift cards.

Participate in the holiday shopping days.

From Black Friday, to Cyber Monday, to Small Business Saturday, there are huge nation-wide shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas that draw millions of consumers. Take advantage of these major days by offering special promos, discounts, or bundled deals. If offering discounts is not in your business’s budget this year, even extending your business hours during these days can make a big impact on your profits.

Create a holiday offer.

If offering special deals is possible for your business, use this option to draw consumers in. With so much competition from other businesses, it’s important that these deals are enticing enough to convince them to shop with you and not another brand. Do what you can to create incomparable discounts and deals, and don’t forget to share the special promos on all of your business’s social media profiles.  Don’t forget about those special “limited time only” deals either.  You can make a  real positive impact on your bottom line when you create a time sensitive deal that is too good to pass up!

Utilize email and social media to reach your consumers.

Effective holiday marketing and online marketing go hand-in-hand. To engage your current consumers, stay up-to-date with your email newsletter marketing and pay special attention to your social media channels. Email newsletters are great tools for updating your current consumer base, while social media is an effective tool for attracting new business and staying current with popular trends and relevant products/services. These two strategies will be some of the most cost-effective ways to promote your seasonal deals and newest products.

Don’t overwhelm your consumers.

While you should plan to be on top of your marketing efforts this holiday season, be wary of overwhelming your audience. If you’re planning to start marketing for the holidays in the summer, you might want to rethink your strategy. Start small in September and gradually increase each month until you reach November-December. Ease your brand into the holiday season to avoid oversaturating your marketing with holiday-themed posts.

Keep your marketing emotionally-driven.

Debatably, the most effective holiday marketing tugs at consumers’ heartstrings. With the holiday season such a nostalgic and special time for many, consumers are often attracted to marketing that is tailored to their emotions. One brand that consistently outshines the competition when it comes to holiday marketing is the British department store, John Lewis. They blew the world away two years ago with their touching advertisement, Man on the Moon, and they’ve done so every year in the past decade. While you may not be able to produce viral holiday commercials ten years in a row, you can certainly play to your audience’s emotions when developing your holiday marketing strategy.

Don’t let this high-traffic time go to waste. Start developing your holiday marketing strategy now, even if you decide to start small. If you’re curious how video marketing can improve your brand’s online presence this holiday season, read our past blog post How Video Can Maximize Your Brand’s Reach. And for help developing and producing effective videos for your holiday marketing strategy, give our talented team of videographers a call today!