28 08, 2019

Best Practice Guide to Social Media Video Release

By |2019-08-28T14:47:09+00:00August 28th, 2019|Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Social Media Video, Twitter, Video Distribution, Video Production, Video Project Management, Video Strategy, YouTube|0 Comments

At some point, most of our clients will release their video on social media platforms. This might include Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter, but the question is – how do you ensure the best results for your video on social media? It’s not unusual for very little thought to be given to this and the video just gets ‘shoved’ out one way or another. In this blog post, we highlight some valuable tactics that will boost both the reach and impact of your video when you release it on social media. Going Native Broadly [...]

27 07, 2018

So What’s The Deal With Video Captions?

By |2018-08-01T12:58:41+00:00July 27th, 2018|Social Media Video, Video Distribution, Video Strategy|0 Comments

At Blue Sky, we’re frequently asked for advice on the use of captions when releasing video on social media. There are a number of reasons why you might consider captions, but the most widespread issue is that platforms, such as Facebook, automatically launch videos in silence. It’s only when the viewer actively clicks on the video player that the sound is switched on. Obviously, this is a user friendly feature, in that none of us likes to be blasted by sound unwillingly – particularly if it’s also imposed on fellow commuters or office colleagues. Why Captions? [...]

30 04, 2018

How much does a corporate video cost?

By |2018-05-01T14:10:30+00:00April 30th, 2018|Commissioning Video, Video Planning, Video Production, Video Project Management, Video Strategy|Comments Off on How much does a corporate video cost?

What do the figures in the image have in common? Answer...they are all perfectly reasonable price quotations for a 2 minute video. In this blog post we explain why there can be a huge variation in cost for a video of the same length. But How Can That Be? Well… it all depends on the duration of the film, the complexity of the shoot and edit, and the production values. But what are production values? Production Values are all those elements that contribute to the overall quality of your [...]

1 02, 2018

How To Win Trust From Your Video Audience

By |2018-02-13T17:30:57+00:00February 1st, 2018|Commissioning Video, Video Interviews, Video Planning, Video Production, Video Project Management, Video Strategy|Comments Off on How To Win Trust From Your Video Audience

To Script or Not to Script ... That is the Question When building the trust and confidence of your video audience is it better to deliver your message through a carefully crafted script, or go for a more relaxed interview style? In part, this depends on the type of film you are making. There are projects that need precision scripting. For example, an annual report or health & safety induction video require an exacting approach - but ask yourself “Am I choosing to use a script because it’s vital to specify every word or because I’m frightened [...]

20 06, 2016

How to Ensure Success for Your Development Campaign Video

By |2017-05-28T19:47:16+00:00June 20th, 2016|Video Distribution, Video SEO, Video Strategy|Comments Off on How to Ensure Success for Your Development Campaign Video

Video strategy - production & release When it comes to development video, the key to a successful campaign is choosing the right approach to both the production and release of your video. In this post we outline some tips and tactics that will help you make the most of your development campaign video. Staging a video release To get the most from video, it's always worthwhile staging your video release in keeping with the unfolding phases of your campaign. This means you will achieve waves of benefit from your video, rather than dissipating its impact in one [...]

7 01, 2016

How to Write a Really Useful Video Brief

By |2017-05-28T19:42:29+00:00January 7th, 2016|Commissioning Video, Online Video, Video Distribution, Video Planning, Video Project Management, Video Strategy|Comments Off on How to Write a Really Useful Video Brief

Blue Sky Film & Media Blog Post A good video brief will ensure your video project gets off to a positive start. In the long run, it can save you time and money, and help your producers to deliver the video you want as smoothly as possible. 1. Define Your Audience and Purpose This may seem blatantly obvious, but the first thing to be absolutely clear about when commissioning video is the nature of your audience and what you are trying to achieve. Surprisingly, it’s quite common for organisations to have not defined this fully when [...]

9 09, 2014

Perfecting the Mix: Speech, Music and Imagery

By |2017-05-30T07:50:02+00:00September 9th, 2014|Benefits of Video, Commissioning Video, Video Interviews, Video Planning, Video Production, Video Project Management, Video Strategy|Comments Off on Perfecting the Mix: Speech, Music and Imagery

Next time you are watching TV - and this could be anything from the news to a sitcom, a film or documentary – turn away from the screen and absorb just the sound for a few minutes. OK – so what have you learned? Now face the screen, turn off the audio and watch for a few minutes. Now what have you learned? The chances are you picked a lot more useful information through your ears than your eyes! Communication starts with Sound As a means of communicating ideas, for imparting concepts and creating understanding, audio is often by [...]

5 09, 2014

So What Happened to Video Rich Snippets?

By |2017-05-30T07:56:12+00:00September 5th, 2014|Video Distribution, Video SEO, Video Strategy, Website Video, YouTube|Comments Off on So What Happened to Video Rich Snippets?

... and why video sitemaps are still important? Up until July of this year, if you diligently applied all the principles of good video SEO in managing your online video, it was highly likely that Google  would reward you with lots of eye catching video rich snippets. Video Rich Snippets looked like this: But alas, some time around the middle of July (2014) -  for all but the very biggest players, such as YouTube, The Guardian, Vimeo – those irresistible video rich snippets disappeared. So What? Well, research showed that video rich snippet images are very tempting to users [...]

28 04, 2014

Get the Best Value from Your Video Footage

By |2016-11-29T15:57:49+00:00April 28th, 2014|Benefits of Video, Commissioning Video, Video Planning, Video Project Management, Video Strategy|Comments Off on Get the Best Value from Your Video Footage

Stretching your video budget further We were talking to a new client the other day, who was naturally keen to maximise their investment in video. One of the concerns was - how long the video was going to stay relevant to the organisation. As a relative new comer to video as a medium, their thinking was borne from experience in print. Now we all know of stories where 10,000 copies of print hang around the office because the CEO on the inside cover has since departed, the product range updated – or heaven forbid there’s a typo on page 3... [...]

27 04, 2014

DIY or Professional? The Video Commissioner’s Dilemma

By |2016-11-29T15:57:49+00:00April 27th, 2014|Commissioning Video, Video Planning, Video Production, Video Project Management, Video Strategy|Comments Off on DIY or Professional? The Video Commissioner’s Dilemma

OK - so you need a video - but who is going to make it? Back in the 1990's there was a trend for larger companies to set up their own in-house video production units, but most of these didn't survive.  They weren't cost effective and didn't yield the best results creatively and technically. So if your organization isn’t big enough to sustain its own professional video producers you have two options: You make a DIY video in-house – using amateur or semi-professional staff e.g. a grateful media student, the web guy who dabbles in video on the side You [...]

7 01, 2014

Rethinking Corporate Video – A Fresh Look at Some Key Issues

By |2016-11-29T15:57:51+00:00January 7th, 2014|Commissioning Video, Neuromarketing, Reviews, Video Distribution, Video Planning, Video Production, Video Project Management, Video SEO, Video Strategy, Website Video|Comments Off on Rethinking Corporate Video – A Fresh Look at Some Key Issues

It’s now almost impossible to ignore the growing importance of video in promoting businesses today. YouTube is the second most used search tool after Google and research by CISCO predicts that 69% of all online consumer traffic will be video traffic by 2017. As we saw with websites, video is rapidly becoming an essential part of your marketing mix - and there are numerous reasons why.   Competition for Attention Today we are bombarded with a vast choice of media 24/7 and often on multiple devices at once. With a few taps of a finger we have endless choices of [...]

13 12, 2013

Don’t Let Your Audience Leak Away on YouTube

By |2016-11-29T15:57:52+00:00December 13th, 2013|Online Video, Video Distribution, Video Hosting, Video Strategy, Website Video, YouTube|Comments Off on Don’t Let Your Audience Leak Away on YouTube

  When you hand your business card to a prospective customer, do you also hand them a handful of your competitors’ cards too? Of course not  - but we frequently see the equivalent with website video. You may choose to pull your video in from YouTube. This works fine in many respects, but we’ve all seen it – watch the video to the end and up pops a grid of 12 further videos to choose from – often including those of your competitors. And in an instant you've lost your audiences. They will be off exploring lots of alternative videos on [...]

1 12, 2013

Video Distribution Goals – What are Yours and do They Matter?

By |2016-11-29T15:57:52+00:00December 1st, 2013|Benefits of Video, Online Video, Video Distribution, Video Hosting, Video Planning, Video Project Management, Video SEO, Video Strategy, Website Video, YouTube|0 Comments

  Although a lot of energy, creativity, skill and collaboration go into producing a great new corporate video, the day of its release is really just the beginning. Just as with the launch of a new website or the birth of a child, we expect you to be thrilled with your new video, but some careful nurturing and wise choices will need to be applied for it to fulfil its maximum potential as it goes out into the world. To make sure your video reaches your audiences and serves your goals, it’s important to think through your video distribution goals. [...]

13 11, 2013

Review – Vimeo Video Hosting

By |2016-11-29T15:57:53+00:00November 13th, 2013|Online Video, Reviews, Video Distribution, Video Hosting, Video Planning, Video Project Management, Video SEO, Video Strategy, Website Video|0 Comments

The Early Days – Vimeo Standard To really understand Vimeo you need to understand its history. In the early days, Vimeo was primarily a showcasing site for creative folk who wanted to share their Indie film making with the world. This was in contrast to the highly commercial and badly shot amateur video culture of YouTube. Beloved of break through and wannabe film makers, Vimeo was the place to be seen. Vimeo was for true artists. This original Vimeo account model still exists - is free - and is known as Vimeo Standard. Storage limits are modest, but practical enough [...]

4 11, 2013

3 Good Reasons for Short Form Video

By |2017-08-16T15:44:24+00:00November 4th, 2013|Benefits of Video, Commissioning Video, Online Video, Video Distribution, Video Planning, Video Production, Video Project Management, Video SEO, Video Strategy, Website Video|0 Comments

Short Form Video Example - Foster carer recruitment video for Foster Care Associates I guess it’s a basic instinct in us all to go for more of something rather than less, when given a choice. After all, we humans have survived from securing extra resources for what lies ahead. More food, more water, more wood for the fire – we are more frightened of not having enough, than we are of having too much. But is it OK to let this instinct rule us when producing a video. Is a two minute video always better than a [...]

29 09, 2013

Ambient Video – Exhibitions, Shows, Gatherings and Celebrations

By |2019-09-11T10:29:23+00:00September 29th, 2013|Benefits of Video, Commissioning Video, Event Video, Exhibition Video, Video Distribution, Video Planning, Video Project Management, Video Strategy|0 Comments

We’ve all been on the receiving end of an over- enthusiastic sales person who can’t see that it’s time to stop talking – or for that matter, a video which is simply packed with too much information. At such times it’s best to forget about all the detail and consider ambient video instead. Video that uses the power of images and music alone - it could be just what your audience needs most.Less is more We are, I’m told, bashed about the head with as many as 1000 marketing messages everyday. Now I can’t [...]

28 09, 2013

7 Essential Questions to Ask Before Commissioning Video

By |2019-04-05T13:05:34+00:00September 28th, 2013|Commissioning Video, Video Planning, Video Production, Video Project Management, Video Strategy|0 Comments

What else can you show me apart from your showreel? Don’t make any decisions based on a showreel – ask to see real world examples of finished production pieces for real clients. A showreel is made of nothing more than numerous selected bits of video stitched together to an emotionally charged soundtrack. A showreel is purely designed to look great, (It may even include bought in stock video footage that the company didn't even shoot themselves) but it doesn't tell you a thing about the production company’s ability to make a complete, coherent video that presents a meaningful narrative and truly [...]