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Three Characteristics of Amazing Culture Videos

Three Characteristics of Amazing Culture Videos

Company culture videos can serve many different purposes. These videos can be an effective way to recruit new employees, showcase company perks and benefits and give an overall sense of what your company is about. If your company wants to use culture videos to help attract top talent or connect more with clients, here are a few key components of what makes an ordinary video a great one.

Great Culture Videos Tell A Story

No two companies are alike, regardless of how close they are in a market position or their service offerings. That’s why a company’s story is so vital to its identity. Sharing its origin and foundation, its early years in business, as well as how it currently functions, gives the audience a true sense of how that company has evolved throughout its history. Milestones, successes, and challenges are the chapters within the story, illustrating how a company has grown and adapted.

Through watching a video, your viewer has indicated they want to know more about your company. They want to see how your business operates, its principles and how it has evolved. In short, they want to know your story. With this information, your audience begins to form an opinion about your company on whether it’s trustworthy. This trust is a key component in your business, and one that will go a long way in making your company stand out when it’s time to make a purchase or submit an application for possible employment.

It Showcases Its People (And Not Just The CEO)

We’ve all seen the traditional corporate company culture videos with the dim lighting and the generic, neutral-colored wall as a backdrop. They consist mostly of the CEO or president detailing the vision for the future and how every company employee is a part of making that vision a reality. Yet, none of those employees they speak of are ever shown. The viewer might get a few moments of another member of the C-suite or even a senior VP. However, the frontline employees, the ones who may hold the position a possible viewer is applying for are nowhere to be seen in the video. This is an enormous missed opportunity.

Yes, it’s essential to hear where a company is headed in the next five years from the perspective of its leadership. But what strikes a chord with potential employees is hearing someone in their position explain how the company’s flexible work-from-home policy has made their quality of life exponentially better. Or to see someone who works in the middle department express how the company health benefits have been able to get their family the medical care they need.

It Clearly Communicates The Company’s Beliefs

What is it all for? What is the measuring stick to which a company holds itself? A company’s beliefs or values are the foundation on which a company culture is built. These beliefs and values are used to make staffing decisions, identify successes and evaluate areas for improvement. They are the glue that binds together every employee from the president to the intern who just completed orientation. In short, they are at the very core of what makes a company what it is, and are essential to a culture video.

Because of their importance, your company’s beliefs should be a cornerstone in your video. Use them to thread your company’s story and its people together from scene to scene. Or, segment the script to focus on each core belief, and let your employees articulate what specific beliefs mean to them and their job as this authenticity is what creates true culture.  

Hire The Pros

There are numerous creative methods to tell a company’s story and illustrate its core beliefs. Whether it’s through scriptwriting, editing, graphics, or a combination of multiple methods, it takes skill to make the whole video come together seamlessly.

With more than 10 years of experience in video production, our team at Frost Media Group creates culture videos for companies of all sizes. Our goal is not only to tell your company’s story, but to highlight and focus on the best aspects of it. We invest the time necessary with each client in order to fully understand what makes their company unique, and how to best translate that through the medium of video. The result is a culture video that is truly representative of your company, and a powerful tool for employee recruitment and client relations.

Contact us today to learn more.

How Video Can Increase a Nonprofit’s Donations

When you run a nonprofit, you know the importance of fundraising and donations. They’re paramount to your organization’s success, allowing it to continue all the great work it does. But fundraising isn’t always a cake walk. In fact, if you’re like most nonprofits, reaching your audience and persuading them to support your nonprofit’s mission is often an ongoing challenge.

Whether within a campaign or as the centerpiece of a digital strategy, a targeted video can help you reach your fundraising goals. By cutting through the noise and helping to form a connection with your audience, using video for fundraising is proven to increase donations while expanding an organizations market reach.

The Human Connection

After years of working with nonprofits, we’re repeatedly reminded that one of the best ways to compel donors is to form an emotional connection. No other medium, aside from in-person interaction, can make the emotional bond with an audience as effectively as video.

Let’s back up and explore the difference between a marketing video and fundraising video. A marketing video, like all types of marketing collateral, is aimed at persuading its target viewer to take an action that leads them further on the buyer’s journey. That action typically centers around learning more about the business’ products and services. The content of the video must be compelling enough to pique the viewer’s interest enough to keep that business top of mind while the viewer is in the decision-making stage.

A fundraising video, however, needs to resonate much differently with the viewer, human to human, on an emotional level. The video must be more than the nonprofit’s cause, goal or mission, but should also show the entire audience why they should care. Not just care a little – but become emotionally invested in the mission. Emotional investment gives the reason necessary to potential donors to become donors and support organizations financially.

Building Trust and Empathy

With a video, the audience can see and hear directly from the people whom work day to day in the organization. Video has the power to give the audience direct contact with the people who are investing their life’s cause towards a passion. Beyond that, they can see and hear the stories of those impacted by the mission. There is nothing more powerful then showing these unique and special moments specific to the cause. Video is the only way to do this.

Frost Media Group Promise

We want to help you take your fundraising strategies to the next level. Our extensive knowledge of video production coupled with our 10 years of experience working with nonprofits gives us the biggest advantage that you won’t find with another video production or marketing company. Let us help tell your story in a way that truly makes an impact and inspires potential donors to act.

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One Over Many: Why Utilizing a Single Agency Is Better for Your Marketing Efforts

For small business owners, it’s tempting to divide marketing projects amongst multiple agencies. After all, why not have a specialist for each objective in your marketing strategy? In theory, this approach would ensure that you have the right agencies to do exactly what they do best – whether it’s copywriting, digital campaigns or video.

But the reality is often much different.

With the help of technology, your audience no longer experiences your marketing channel efforts in silos. The buyer’s journey has become non-linear, with very few, if any, hard stops between stages. Often the challenge small business owners face isn’t the lack of expertise in each marketing discipline, but in providing a consistent, seamless experience for customers regardless of how they enter and move within the funnel.

The Need for Consistency

With that comes the need for a seamless experience and consistent messaging. Too often, the more agencies involved, or “cooks in the kitchen,” the increased likelihood for a company’s voice and message to be tweaked. This can lead to straying too far from the original messaging, which can become confusing, fragmented and inconsistent for the audience. Since consistency is essential for gaining an audience’s trust, too much inconsistency in messaging can have the opposite effect, leaving your company at a severe disadvantage.

There’s also the challenge of creative consistency when working with more than one agency. We’ve seen this time and again while working on video. A brand video, for example, can have a multitude of agency players included in the process – from the ideation phase through post-production editing. It’s essential that every member of the team is in sync through the duration of the project to ensure the nuances of the creative vision are left intact. Too often that enormous responsibility falls solely on the creative brief.

A Customizable Solution

Frost Media Group mitigates these modern challenges by providing a holistic approach to delivering marketing and advertising content. Our Monthly Video Plus program, or MVP, ensures you have custom-tailored content for your business each month from a single source. No risk of fragmentation, no threat of inconsistency.

Here’s how it works: each MVP package consists of a combination of video, creative content and advertising specific to your business goals. For video, you can choose from brand stories, training videos, event recaps and more. The length and production details of your video are dependent on which package you choose and can be completely tailored to your business needs.

Additionally, you’ll receive creative credits for use on different types of marketing each month. Need more website content one month? Let us help. Want to try additional digital advertising for the next few months? We’ve got you covered. This flexibility allows you to stay at the wheel of your strategy while we ensure your message and marketing efforts are as strong as they are seamless.

And just like that, you can focus less on managing a group of vendors and go back to doing what you do best – running your small business.

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Three Fundamentals of Marketing and Flaws in Your Understanding

8K4A5621In my experience working with entrepreneurs, executive directors, and executive teams, “marketing” means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

To some, marketing is a term used to describe advertising efforts. To others, marketing is branding assets including logos, business cards, and promotional materials. For many, marketing is associated primarily with sales related activities. Rather than challenge these descriptions of marketing, I want to clarify my description as a professor of marketing.

Marketing is simply a way to connect prospects with products and services. That’s it.

But while we’re at it …

Sales is simply a way to exchange value between a buyer and a seller. And branding is simply establishing perceptions people have of products, services, and other people or organizations. To further clarify and simplify: marketing is connecting, sales is exchanging value, and branding is establishing perceptions.

At this point in the blog you might be thinking that connecting, exchanging value, and establishing perceptions are the three fundamentals of marketing – you would be wrong.

The three fundamentals of marketing are strategy, content, and traffic.

Strategy is your plan to win. Content is your story. Traffic is your audience.

Marketing must be thought of in terms of wins and losses– connections made and connections lost. If you’re like the vast majority of people I work with, this is the first flaw in your understanding of marketing. It’s unbelievable how many people are spending thousands on “marketing” without a strategy and worse without measuring success at all. Unfathomable, unbelievable, but unfortunately true.

[quote]You must have a strategy first and foremost for your marketing efforts to be successful![/quote]

Content is king. Yes, that is true but it’s not marketing unless it’s YOUR content. I am so sick of the aimless, mindless, and pointless content that I see supposed professionals in marketing create for their clients. It’s a waste of time, money, and resources and it’s not marketing. This is the next biggest flaw in your understanding of marketing. Content alone is not marketing and will not connect with your prospects.

[quote]Your story is the only content that will connect prospects to your product or service. [/quote]

If content is king, traffic is your realm of possibilities. In marketing terms, it’s potential prospects (in kingly terms: unworthy peasants). This is the last flaw in your understanding of marketing. Traffic does not equal prospects. No matter how many google leads you buy, SEO positions you own, or likes you have on facebook; it doesn’t matter if the wrong people show up. But, when is the last time you even defined the right people? Who do you want in your realm? What are their demographics, psychographics; wants and needs; and desire to connect with you?

[quote]You must know who your target prospect is before building valuable traffic to connect.[/quote]

I write this blog in hopes your understanding of marketing will be improved and you’ll want to connect with me. If you’re interested in discussing how Frost Media Group can assist you in connecting more with prospects using our video solutions and creative strategies, please contact me at joseph@frostmediagroup.com.

Now, go find your prospects, share your story, and plan to win!

New Media Habits

Revisiting the New Media Habits

2013-05-04 12.43.44A few years ago when I began writing the book, New Media Habits, I wanted to share the fundamentals of social media; fundamentals I had learned while exploring the new media. I wanted to teach people the difference between new media and traditional media, share some of the new media tools I found valuable, and give readers a simple template to build their own strategy for success. In my book, I clearly define what new media success is (GripItROI), and provide a method to achieve it (Mastering the 13 Habits).

Today as I look at the contents of the book, I am more convinced than ever that it is truly a Fundamental Guide to Social Media. The 3 Pillars of new media are still Strategy, Content, and Traffic. The habits contained in each pillar still need mastered in order to achieve success. The 3 orders of ROI are more relevant than ever.

Engagement is still a false indicator of success; it’s the reactions of interest that are the real ROI, and everything else is just hype.

Yet, I feel the need to revisit aspects of the book that need updating (e.g. tools), enhance the discussion surrounding the 13 habits, and dive deeper into the concept of GripItROI with case studies.

Since I wrote my book, I began teaching entrepreneurship and marketing at Midland University for the Hybrid MBA Program. I have also refocused my company Frost Media Group from an “agency alternative” offering just about anyone creative services to a “video marketing agency” focused squarely on video production and creative strategies for nonprofits and SMB entrepreneurs. Thus, my decision to revisit the book is not to market my Social Media or New Media outsourcing services but rather to continue to teach, share, and give my readers and clients simple templates and strategies to truly achieve new media success.

I plan to release a new e-book that will serve as a companion piece to my original book, New Media Habits. The e-book will be interactive, thus allowing for ongoing updates to it from updates to the NewMediaHabits.com website. In addition, the website will include a complete digital archive of hundreds of how to action plans for Mastering the 13 New Media Habits. Over the next several weeks I will be releasing portions of the e-book on my Frost Media Group blog. These blogs will focus on marketing fundamentals and their relationship to the 13 New Media Habits.

Stay tuned, there may even be a few One Minute Videos!

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Lead Generation | One Minute Videos

We wanted to generate leads from the Buy the Big O Show so we devised a Video Solution and Creative Sprint to do just that.

We filmed a One Minute Video discussing lead generation to get our message in front of exhibitors of the show. We got 36% of our audience to view our video and achieved a 176% ROI.

It’s just another example of how simple and effective messages can be delivered to any audience using video and creative sprints.

 

Frost Media Group is an Omaha video production company. In our content-saturated, short-attention-span world, breaking through and resonating with your audience is not easy.

However, when it comes to telling your story and sharing it with your audience, there is no tool like video. Through video, you can convey a compelling account of who you are, what you do, what you stand for, and why your audience should care. Through video, you can create an emotional connection to your business, brand, or nonprofit. And emotional connections inspire action.

We are Frost Media Group. We are a video production and video marketing company that produces and distributes video that breaks through. Video that resonates. Video with a purpose. Whatever your story, whatever your message, we will find a strategic, creative way to express it to the world.

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6 Ways to Use 6 Videos | Video CRM 6-Pack

A lot of questions about our 6 video package center around how would I use 6 videos? Here’s 6 ideas from us based on what our clients are already using their videos for.

Generate Leads for your Small Business

Generate New Interesting in your Nonprofit

Stay Top of Mind to your Target Market

Produce FAQ or Profile Videos for your Website

Produce Testimonial Case Studies that Value your Organization

Create a Conversion Campaign to Drive New Business

 

In our content-saturated, short-attention-span world, breaking through and resonating with your audience is not easy.

However, when it comes to telling your story and sharing it with your audience, there is no tool like video. Through video, you can convey a compelling account of who you are, what you do, what you stand for, and why your audience should care. Through video, you can create an emotional connection to your business, brand, or nonprofit. And emotional connections inspire action.

We are Frost Media Group. We are a video production and video marketing company that produces and distributes video that breaks through. Video that resonates. Video with a purpose. Whatever your story, whatever your message, we will find a strategic, creative way to express it to the world.

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Frost Media Group Facilitates Crowd Editing for NAM Summit

Each of the last few years, Frost Media Group has had the honor and privilege to produce and edit a video of the Nonprofit Association of the Midland’s (NAM) Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands.

This year we’re doing something different, crowd editing – engaging NAM members on social media to assist in the editing of the video. It ties in well with the message one of the summit’s keynote speakers Grace-Anne Alfiero talked about – the importance of digital storytelling.

We hope that getting members involved in this process will encourage them to explore their own stories and find new ways to connect to the people they serve using video.

RAW VIDEO PLAYLIST

Starting this week, we’re releasing one raw, or unedited interview every day on the Nonprofit Association’s Facebook page, and we’ll take suggestions about what should be in the final video. We interviewed 14 people at the summit, so we’ll spend three weeks getting input. We’ll put the highlights into a first draft, and ask for more help cutting it down to a couple minutes. We know people have short attention spans (you lose half your video viewers after 1 minute online), so we only have room for the best statements.

RAW VIDEO PLAYLIST

When we get a final rough draft, we’ll release that to members too with a few options for music. Once that’s reviewed, commented on and the music decided, we’ll get more input on titles and graphics, before we get to our final product. Of course there is a lot that goes on in editing that we won’t be able to capture this way, but we will try our best.

We hope this new crowd editing approach gets NAM members excited, engaged and producing more of their own videos.

And, we should also mention that by design this is a great source of social media content for NAM over the next several weeks.