2017 was the celebration of the 5th anniversary of First Impressions Video, as a full-time venture. Each year was more gratifying than the one it followed and 2018 is already looking to be the best yet! There are many to thank for this prosperity as it is my wonderful clients that made it happen! And in no particular order, shout-outs and sincere thanks to the following:
- Media Distribution Solutions
- Fox Sports/Rush Media
- ESI Video
- Mariners Church
- STAUBER Products
- Yardi Systems, Inc.
- M-Cross Intl, Inc.
- The Jemelian Family
- John Stevenson Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning
- Wright-On Communications
- Optical Display Engineering
- Profitable Roofer
- The White Family
- Peacock Hill Equestrian Center
And as we begin 2018, there are several trends worth noting, for those thinking about video in your business plans.
- Video is becoming a must for any content strategy. This goes without saying and if you don’t have video on your website, do it. This year! All by itself, Facebook generates about 8 billion (with a “B”) views on a daily basis (with a “D”)! That should tell you all you need to know.
- Video is successful. A dentist I’ve done work for continues to sing my praise for convincing him to do his first video. He has now done several and tells me repeatedly how many calls he gets from people who did so because they saw his video!
- Video is versatile. So we spend a day shooting several “episodes” for you. That’s great, but aside from the initial deployment, these videos can be repurposed for other locations. What a great way to maximize the investment!
- Video marketing will become a must-have job skill! What if you don’t have that talent in-house? Hire me to do it for you! Aside from my years producing video, I spent the preceding ten years in digital marketing. It is far less cost to bring me alongside as a consultant than to hire a dedicated employee, so give that idea serious consideration! You need a competitive edge? Let me help give it to you!
There are so many trends to address that it would take three times the size of this blog to share them all, but it’s December 22nd and I’ve got things to do before Christmas! Plus, I’ll be in my normal place behind Camera 1 at Mariners Church for the Christmas services! Perhaps I’ll see you there, but in the event I don’t, please allow me to wish you and yours the most wonderful Christmas and Holiday season, and a very prosperous 2018!
I’ve shot a lot of weddings since starting First Impressions Video. They are gratifying, for sure, but a challenge because of the emotion associated with them–and the desire to get it right. As it is in most event videography, there are no “second takes.” Between bride and groom prep, through the ceremony and reception, there are many aspects to capture and as a result, several places where things can go sideways–especially during the ceremony.
The still photographer has a pivotal role in a wedding and I’ve worked with many outstanding ones. A crucial element that constitutes an “outstanding” photographer is an inherent sense to “share the space” with videographers. This is extremely vital as both photographer and videographer have key “money shots” that are essential components of the photographer’s album and the videographer’s DVD (or other delivery medium). In a wedding I recently recorded for a very special family, I found myself working with one of the most difficult and selfish photographers I’ve ever encountered. Not only that, he brought his son as a 2nd camera, and together, they seemed to go out of their way to crowd me out of all the aforementioned “money shots.” I was able to get them, despite their obliviousness to my presence, as if I wasn’t entitled to the same space they occupied. As we reached the “I now pronounce you” moment, I actually had to physically move one of them so that I could capture “you may now kiss your bride!” The guy seemed stunned that I pulled him out of the way and I can assure you that as a 240-pound former Marine, I was no longer in the mood for these antics, as this had gone on throughout the ceremony.
This behavior wasn’t missed by the family who were equally displeased, and said so to me. The disappointing part is that I go out of my way to befriend not only the photographers assigned to a wedding, but all of the vendors. I’m also pleased to say, that this is a rare occurrence. We all have important jobs to do to make the day super special for the bride and groom, and their families and friends. In order for that to happen and for us to do our jobs in ways that exceed expectations, we have to…wait for it…share the space!
As we close out the crazy year known as 2016, I would be remiss if I didn’t say a sincere THANK YOU to all the clients I served. And as we head into 2017, there is only one question: GOT VIDEO?
Let’s do something together in this next year and you can see what other clients have learned: Great video does NOT have to break the bank!
First, my sincere thanks to all my clients who entrusted their video work to First Impressions Video! Whether a direct production or as a freelance contributor, 2016 was a very special year, and I am truly grateful! And as we head into 2017, just remember this important axiom: Rule #1…don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule #2…it’s ALL small stuff!
May we all be wildly successful in our respective endeavors in the coming year!
I refer to Vidyard several times on this blog and in other media outlets where I post regularly. They generate tons of relevant content that tie the importance of video to any business’ marketing strategy–regardless of size. A recent article outlines their “top 10 reasons” why video should be the “lead actor” in such a strategy:
- Improved SEO
- Stronger Consumer Attention
- Higher Engagement
- More Video Flavored Technology
- Greater Optimization Opportunities
- Higher Retention Rates
- Better Email Click-throughs
- Rise in Accessibility
- Stronger Emotional Connections
- Increased Customer Conversions
Because I have a 30+ year background in marketing, advertising and sales (even before launching the video biz) I take these thoughts a step further. Video, when used properly, is essential in moving customers through the sales funnel, and it’s interesting to note how the entire process–arguably–has changed over the years. A more contemporary version of this funnel indicates a greater percentage of marketing effort is involved, with the corresponding sales element considerably shorter.
Think about that when producing your next video and if you need guidance, either from a production perspective or a marketing perspective, give me a call!
P.S. If you want to read the entire Vidyard report, click here.
Start off 2016 with a new or updated video! According to the recently conducted Vidyard/Ascend2 survey, reported by ReelSEO, there are several types of video that provide the most effective content for your business! First Impressions Video has the experience to produce any or all of these, and as I’ve said many times, great video does NOT have to break the bank!
What are you waiting for? Call, drop me a note, or request a quote!
I am extremely gratified to be acknowledged as one of Thumbtack’s “Best of 2015” award recipients in my category! Thanks to my loyal customers for your continued support. #TTBestOf2015
Got Video? Give me a call or drop me a line…great video doesn’t have to break the bank!
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I just returned from Palm Springs, where I went to shoot a wedding. It was a really cool occasion (though HOT out in the Desert!)–even in spite of it being a holiday weekend. I normally wouldn’t work a holiday, but the groom was an Air Force pilot, and he chose the Palm Springs Air Museum for his wedding venue!
Lots of people were efficiently scurrying around–all working their butts off to make it a memorable occasion, and it occurred to me that it is important to acknowledge the teams that make weddings happen as smoothly as possible. We’re talking about the wedding planners, venue planners, officiants & clergy, food and beverage providers, florists, cake makers, DJs, bands and other music providers, and, of course, photographers and videographers. We all have our respective tasks, but our goals are mutual: to make an extraordinary day for the bride and groom! And I don’t really like the term ‘vendors’ because it often diminishes the role we all play…I prefer the term ‘partner’ because that’s who we are in making the event special!
Thank you all for what you do!
Ahhh…Spring isn’t far away! In fact, we just shifted to Daylight Savings Time* this past weekend. And with Spring, it’s often time to freshen things up. When I started First Impressions Video, I used a graphic image as the company logo that was OK at the beginning, but in need of upgrading for better application in print, online, photos, wearing apparel, and, of course, video. With that in mind, I am pleased to introduce the new logo for First Impressions Video!
The designer provided me with three distinct looks and an additional set with fully transparent backgrounds to further extend the use into video and photography. I am pleased with his work and even my apparel embroiderer gave the new look a “thumbs up.”
I will be applying the new logo over the next few weeks, so watch for the change!
*Note: For my grammar conscious friends who would be quick to correct my reference to ‘daylight savings time,’ I have accepted the more commonly used term, though the proper spelling is to not use the second “s” in the word ‘savings.’