Dream Engine has been producing corporate videos in Melbourne for over fifteen years. And in this article, we’re going to give you an overview of where we think the future of corporate video is going, along with some ideas and examples that you can use in your business.
The “Now” of Corporate Video
First, we’ll explain what the current landscape of corporate video production looks like.
During our time as a video production company in Melbourne, all the technical aspects of corporate video have improved exponentially. Our cameras are recording at jaw-dropping resolutions, our lights are far more filmic and beautiful than they were, and our current audio gear enables us to record crystal-clear audio no matter where we’re working – come rain, hail, or gale-force wind!
Added to this are the increasing availability of high-end camera gear such as sliders, jibs, and dollies for movement, and new lenses, external recorders, and filters to ensure that our footage looks better than ever. 2015 is a vibrant age of corporate video production, filled with movement.
But the technical capabilities aren’t the only things that have changed. The work we do has changed as the businesses we work with have changed themselves; not only in how they operate (with companies increasingly operating online, and internationally), but also their mindset and approach to video. We’ll go in to more detail about this below, and give you some ideas that you can take on-board, whether your business is digital, international, or bricks-and-mortar.
In the early noughties, businesses would find room in their budget to produce one large-scale corporate video, and distribute it either on the web, online, or both. Companies knew that they needed a video, but they may not have understood why. And even when they had produced their video – there was no guarantee it was reaching the right audience.
All this has changed. Here’s how the future of corporate video will look.
The Future of Corporate Video
Giving away free information to get a return on investment
In the future, more companies will understand that in order to increase their sales, or attract new clients, they will need to underline exactly how knowledgeable they are in order to stand out online. One great way to do this is to demonstrate their expert knowledge with video.
SACS Consulting are a recruiting firm based in Melbourne. They have developed their own approaches to recruiting and employee management, and are thought leaders in their field. They hired us to produce a series of regular, bite-sized videos for almost every page of their website, in which their staff explain key principles of recruitment in easy-to-understand language.
Here’s an example of one of their videos:
In their, the SACS Consulting team give away free information, with only a soft call-to-action at the end. But these videos work because potential clients become familiar with the faces who work there, their products, and their expertise. Sometimes you’ve give something away to get something back!
But the videos we produce for SACS Consulting aren’t gambles. They’re part of a carefully-executed video plan. And this brings me to my next point:
Companies are getting a better understanding of what works… and what doesn’t
Gone are the days of creating a video, sending it off into the ether, and not measuring what it’s doing for you. These days, when companies produce a video, they want to know exactly how well it’s working – so that they can build on this in the future. This is allowing companies to discover what works for them, and their audience.
Lonsec are a financial service company based in Melbourne. They create regular, free, news videos to demonstrate their expertise. They also innovate and try new things with their video productions, and then review the results of what they’ve done to decide if it works.
Here’s an example of one of their regular monthly videos:
Lonsec have commissioned us to cut shorter “teaser” versions of their videos, and edit separate, specialised versions of their videos for individual clients. They analyse the hard stats for these videos, in order to ensure that their videos are working effectively and that their audience are ingesting them. They find what works for their audience – to ensure they’re making the right videos for them.
On the whole, these super-accurate stats are leading to two things…
More, shorter videos
There are plenty of times that long videos are appropriate, such as when you’re producing a case study or testimonial video. But in the future, in order to grab and hold people’s attention, you need to create shorter videos that serve one key purpose.
We have produced over forty videos for TXM Lean Consultants, based in Collingwood. Out of these forty-plus videos, only three have a running time of over five minutes. The remainder are all between one and three minutes in duration. This has allowed us to create a set of videos that focus on one key learning, or area of expertise, and then drive customers to those videos.
The intention is to identify what potential TXM clients are looking for online, and then create a specialised video that will answer that question, in order to deliver traffic to their website via targeted SEO.
From the beginning of our work with TXM, we have been tracking the results of their videos. We know that the shorter videos are effective at getting good information to potential new customers, without them losing interest… or being distracted by what’s around them.
Because we’re watching videos everywhere
The NBN will be rolled out around Melbourne, and across Australia, bringing super-fast broadband speeds to the country. And once that happens, it’ll become even easier to access video content, wherever you are – at the park, or on public transport. We don’t only ingest video at home or in the cinema anymore!
In this article, we’re looking towards the future, but it’s also good to remember that the future is now. With the prevalence of YouTube and Vimeo, iPhones and Androids, new tablets and 4K TVs – there has never been more video consumed across the world. Which is why it’s so important to ensure that your videos are synonymous with your marketing strategy.
Videos and marketing will be linked
When we began producing videos in Melbourne, we followed the typical path of a video production experts, focusing on expensive cameras, and prime lenses, and cutting edge lights. But over the last decade, we’ve developed an understanding of best marketing practices, and how to ensure that our client’s videos integrate with their marketing strategy.
This has been absolutely crucial. As a skill, it is as invaluable to us as our ability to light, stage, and frame interviews correctly, or record crisp sound. These days, companies who are commissioning corporate videos need their corporate video production companies to be up to speed with the latest in video marketing – and we expect this need to grow over the next five to ten years.
Where to from here?
We hope this article has given you some food for thought about where the future of corporate video production lies. If you’d like to discuss what your business can start doing to come along for the ride, contact Dream Engine today.
Ryan Spanger is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought-after video production professionals. Ryan founded Dream Engine in 2002, and specialises in helping medium to large corporates, government departments, and the non-proﬁt sector to connect with their audience more effectively by using video.