Video Project Guide
Thinking video? Everything you'd like to know, before you start, is right here...
Video is an exciting and creative communication tool for brand owners and marketers alike to engage, inform and influence their target audience. However, it is also a much more complicated medium to produce. You may be asking; "what type of video is best? Do I need actors, animation or a studio? What should my main message be? And how much does video cost?" To give you more clarity, we've created this Video Project Guide to help answer your burning questions. We've even got some finished client examples, so you can see what your investment could potentially deliver.
Here's some statistics about the power of video...
• 82% of all consumer internet traffic is video
• 72% of customers prefer learning about a product or service via video
• 84% of customers have been convinced to purchase by watching a video
• 86% of businesses use video as a marketing tool
• 88% more time is spent on websites that have videos
• 12x more video shares on social than text and images combined
Before you engage with a creative consultant, it saves time when you come prepared with at least the following 5 key considerations to act as a briefing framework. This helps ensures any solutions provided will more likely fit with what you want to achieve.
Set your project objective. What's the outcome of success?
Be clear on your audience. Who are they? Where will they watch?
What is the value proposition or offer you wish to promote?
What is the action you want them to take?
What's most important for you? Quality, Timing or Costing? You can pick two, not three!
Video is a rich canvas to tell unique stories that can build trust and shift brand reputations. But what style of video will work best?
1. Animation - Good for explaining new, or complex messages in a simple way. Often educational in message. Can suit lower budgets depending on level of animation.
2. Stock (existing footage from a library) - Suited to conveying big ideas. Can be cost effective in expressing a more diverse range of visuals and messaging. Note: other companies may also use the same footage.
3. Interviews - Suited to showcasing genuine brand experiences by real people; customers or employees expressing testimonials or sharing expertise or a leader setting a vision. Usually filmed in a workplace but can be outdoors or in studio.
4. Live action featuring Employees - Suited to expressing authenticity, conveying a real experience, that brings a testimonial to life with action. Usually filmed in the workplace.
5. Live action featuring Actors - Suited to expressing human emotion, conveying a feeling about your product, service or brand. Can be in studio or on location.
6. Hybrid - A mixture of some, or all, of the above styles. You would generally pick the main style and supplement with smaller elements from other styles. This style can be suited to expressing different types of messages in the one video.
These are the three main stages to Video Production. There's a lot of creative and logistic elements that need to align for a successful project.
PRE-PRODUCTION - All the ideas and planning
• Creative Concepts • Scripts • Storyboards • Shoot Schedule • Sourcing Location and Props • Casting
PRODUCTION - The actual video shoot
• Studio • Videographer • Director • Producer • Crew including lighting, sound, hair and make-up • Lighting • Talent (actors or employees) • Catering
POST-PRODUCTION - Bringing all the elements together
• Sourcing or Composing Music • Creating Graphics and or Animations • Editing • Art Direction • Voiceover • Captioning
So what does ‘good video’ look like? Is it high production values, or celebrity faces? Consumer insights from Google reports that “audiences are saying good content is: Relevant to them, intellectually and sensorially stimulating and emotionally resonant.” At the end of the day, if you want content that connects with your audience the most value comes from a story well-told.
There is a lot that goes into producing a video from start to finish. And each step needs to be well considered and 'approved' before we move onto the next step, as changes later in the project can be very costly. Key milestones for our clients are; Concept Approval > Script Approval > Storyboard or Moodboard Approval > Casting/Location Approval > Props/Wardrobe Approval > Schedule Approval > Shot Approval > Music/Graphics/Voiceover Approval > Final Edit Approval including captions.
It's always better to engage with your creative consultant sooner rather than later - especially if you have an event or hard deadline you need to work towards. Having a detailed project plan from the start will help set expectations and keep your project on track.
Below we have included some examples of different types of videos and their indicative price-points and inclusions. It's a great starting point to help you consider what might be the most appropriate type of video and budget to meet your project objectives.
Video Style 1
Animation - starts from $6,500+GST
Script + Storyboard + Animation Graphics + Editing + Professional Voiceover + Music
Video Style 2
Stock - starts from $7,500+GST
Script + Moodboard + Stock/Existing Footage + Editing + Professional Voiceover + Music
Video Style 3
Interviews - starts from $8,500+GST
Interview Questions + Moodboard + Videography + Editing + Music
Video Style 4
Live Action featuring Employees - starts from $24,000+GST
Interview Questions + Moodboard + Videography with B-roll (action shots) + Editing + Music
Video Style 5
Live Action featuring Actors - starts from $40,000+GST
Concepts + Script + Storyboard + Casting + Talent + Location + Videography + Editing + Professional Voiceover + Music
Video Style 6
Hybrid - starts from $15,000+GST
Concept + Script + Videography + Stock + Animation + Editing + Professional Voiceover + Music
Hear what our clients have to say
"Simon and his team consistently deliver top results for us. They thoroughly research every campaign, surprise us with clever creative concepts and execute on time and on budget. Their passion for what they do is truly contagious."
"The team at Belong Creative were professional project partners, collaborating with us to build a robust brief, develop compelling creative concepts, test them with research and then execute the production of a TVC and social videos in a very tight timeframe. I couldn't have been happier with the quality of ideas and delivery."
"Given the number of moving parts and internal logistics, Simon and the team remained calm under pressure and were true partners in helping me to present the best possible options to my stakeholders. Overall, it was great working with consultants who were leaders in their given field and stepped to the fore at different stages of the project to make it all happen!"
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