Increasingly, we are seeing efforts to convince people to spend their video marketing money to create mindlessly similar plain white screen “Thank you for watching this video” videos.
Or worse, they are being persuaded to stand in front of a green screen so that a fake background can be inserted behind them.
In an online world that prizes transparency and authenticity, does it really put your business’s best foot forward for you to appear in a phony setting?
Why can’t you appear in your office, your factory, your facility, or meeting with your best clients? Why are so many people suspending their clear-eyed business judgment because a green-screen video looks so cool, even though it also looks so fake?
News flash, folks. That’s not what your customers and prospects want.
The last thing a video should be is you on a white background just talking about how wonderful you are. Video is a fancy word for television, which is a fancy word for TV. And TV is a VISUAL medium. That means a talking head (you only) is BORING.
You need to follow the four-word formula created by Don Hewitt, the legendary executive producer of “60 Minutes.” He told his reporters this:
TELL ME A STORY.
That’s what you need to do in a website or profile video, you need to tell a story with pictures and voices and scenes that show what it is your firm does and how you do it. This is relatively simple to produce — we do it all the time for our clients — but it does require a higher investment for professional production, and it does require a little more work.
The rewards are in producing a video that people will watch and enjoy, and possibly learn from.
Take a look at the videos we produce for clients. They are not phony environments. They are real professionals in real environments, the ones they work in, with the clients they work with.
We get awards for doing it this way.
We think that means we do know something about doing corporate website videos a little more right than the guys who sell you the green screen approach.
Now you know something about it too.