Outsourcing means you a team of people who specialise in their field, are getting the job done correctly. There are some really good companies out there who will do a great job at sharing your business love. But who do you work with? We’ve come up with a few questions to ask yourselves before you hire an animated explainer video company.
This is number 1 for a reason. Why work with anyone who doesn’t believe in your message, in what and how you are trying to change the world. Work with people who get as excited about your vision as you do. Meet with them. After a few minutes you’ll know if they are just after your money or if they believe in you. Make sure your animated explainer video company are genuinely interested in your success.
Does their previous work look professional, or like the sound has been recorded in a garage? Check out where the video is on the clients website? Does it fit with the companies ethos, style and brand? Does it get the message across clear and simply? How does their previous work make you feel?
Ever heard the saying ‘You get what you pay for?’ Well this can apply to animated explainer videos too. Sometimes mass produced, very cheap videos can harm your brand. They look nasty and your audience will instantly pick up on cut corners. The more money you can spend, the more a good production company can spend time on your video. Like the look of a company but not sure if your budget fits? Approach, explain, suggest and offer what you can. You never know if an animated video production company can offer you a special deal.
What is the point of spending all that money on a gorgeous video if it doesn’t convert? Do your research. You could always phone up the company the video was for to ask if it was worth investing in. We know that when people do a good job for us, we are more than happy to sing their praises. Give it a go!
This depends on who YOU are. If you are creative and like to muck in with the creative process, find a company who include you in the journey. You could write the script, or you could create vector images to be drawn if you are super creative and handy with illustrator. Talk it through with your production company. Some might not allow your input, some might encourage it.
To sum up, it’s about communication and gut feelings. Make sure you are both a good fit and know what you are looking for. When a company like yours comes together with a company like us, we can speak from experience and say we have never worked a day in years!
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Surely the short answer is ‘Why wouldn’t they?’
With marketing companies it is all about ROI (Return on investment) It is results driven. Clients need to know that it is worth while employing you, the marketing company, to do their marketing, and by worth while, we mean you make much more money for them than if they did it themselves.
So to break down the ‘Why marketing companies need video’ we have a little help from the trusted bullet point list.
With the correct preparation and targeting, PR companies can reach more people quicker than ever before. Electronic word of mouth via social media is now a lovely added bonus and video is a great way to push marketing content.
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YouTube videos have boomed. You are continuously vlogging (video blogging) about your life, your daily routine, how to put on your makeup, today’s feelings or emotions, all publicly. People are letting the general public into their lives in rather an intimate way.
What is wonderful is that these are real people, not actors. You are watching real life, which means with camera equipment on phones, anyone and everyone can do it. It’s so accessible that market is flooded so, naturally, standards go up and expectations are higher, meaning it is not as straightforward as one would think.
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Pace is something that is felt and experienced rather than seen or heard. It’s a combination of elements which need to compliment each other, in order for the pace to be set. So why is pace important when creating video?
Who you want your video to appeal to is just as important to any marketing funnel as where to show your video. Who you are talking to depends on what platform they look at and where they can be reached. Each platform comes with its own restrictions. Hopefully we’ll answer the question – What Social Media Platform Is Best For Your Video?
The script provides the skeleton to all videos. Imagine your body without your skeleton. It was flop around all over, have no structure or substance to it and would take forever to get to the finishing line – rather like a rubbish video. This is why the script is important when creating video…
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Ever heard anyone say “Music as the soul to life”? – well the same thing is true with explainer videos. Where graphics are food for the eyes, music is food for the ears. Both are just as important as the other.
We saw a post on Facebook (Other social networking sites are available 🙂 ) which said “I wish my life had background music so I could understand what the hell is going on” could you imagine playing your favourite video game, or watching a film at your local cinema where there were no music or sound effects? Would you feel as involved and engrossed in what you’re watching? Would you jump at the right moment? Would you realise you’ve picked up extra life points? Watch a film with the mute button on, you quickly lose track of the storyline and you have no idea what’s going on – much like our lives at some point.
What you don’t ask for, you don’t get. A CTA (Call To Action) is what you’d like your clients to do after watching your video. Never end an explainer video without a call to action. If the video is engaging and the viewer is convinced that you can help with their problem, then asking the viewer to take action, shouldn’t be difficult.
But of course, it is not a simple as that.
Have you ever tried to make a video on your own? How did it go? Did you get overwhelmed by the vast amount of work involved? There is so much to think about… the script writing, who makes the storyboard… (why do you even need a storyboard?) The graphics need to be designed and created and then there is the animation. How do you even know what software to use and where do you find the time to learn it? So much to learn, so little time, so many other deadlines.
You could be doing something far more productive.
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Thank you for all you help, flexibility and understanding during a very challenging time … working to launch SORmyCAR.I feel this is a real demarkation point for us and NOW is our time for momentum, growth and presence in the market, the video will go a long way to supporting that endeavour, you have been a true Collaborator throughout.Erkan Ali – Managing Director of SORmyCAR Ltd.www.SORmyCAR.com
It’s rare to find someone in business who has the true instinct to craft something perfectly from someone else’s imagination and requirements…Angela understands her client’s needs intimately and has the ability to turn them in to sales winning productions.
If you are looking for budget film that you hope will get noticed then Angela Makepeace is not for you.
If however you are looking for a film or animation that will attract your target market, truly translate your business message and add huge value to your business then Angela Makepeace Motion Graphics Studio is the only one to truly engage with.
Paul Wearmouth – “The Go to Sales Guy” – Speaker, Coach & Author www.paulwearmouth.com
From the word go, Angela has been completely on board with our project and we absolutely love what she has delivered.
She’s passionate, professional and just wonderful to work with. Most importantly each modification and adjustments we required were taken care of without any hesitation to deliver 3 superb children’s educational animations.
Excellent communication, a great attitude and delivered on time, what more could a client want!
Early Bird Kids Club
Thank you for your fantastic work – creating a film about access control and the complex integration was not an easy task but you gave us confidence that it was possible and we have ended up with a great, easy to understand, fun yet informative film (just as requested). Thank you.
Stacy Cronly-Dillon – Content Marketing Executive
Grosvenor Technology – www.grosvenortechnology.com
Angela has been a complete delight to work with, she is happy to listen and understand. As well as stepping up and taking the lead, she knows what is appropriate. This is a skill very rarely found anywhere.
Thank you Angela for all your hard work, having challenging questions and the commitment to see the job through to the end while maintaining high standards.
Erkan Ali – CEOBeCollaboration Ltd www.becollaboration.com
You have been a delight to work with, the Sale or Return motion graphic video you produced has far exceeding our expectations.The results have simply been record breaking,In the first 3 months of using the video over £2,500,000 of cars have come into stock, this has also resulted in the most Sale or Return cars ever sold in one month and the highest priced car we have ever sold, a £200,000 Lamborghini.We can whole heartedly recommend you and your Motion Graphic Video solution to marketing and educating clients on services and productsThank you for all the hard work you have done.Graham Ewing – CEOGP Cars www.gpcars.co.uk
Angela has helped LEAP put over its message in a clear and innovative way. It is an incredible explainer animation. From the off Angela showed creativity and thoughtfulness to want we wanted as a company…From the first moment of contact with Angela communication was clear, we were on a short deadline for an event and Angela kept this in mind and delivered…A real personal service. Angela was flexible, efficient and professional and really cared about getting the right result for us.
As a producer and director I’ve worked with Angela across a number of film projects. She tackles each role conscientiously and is a pleasure to work with, be it a location shoot or after effects work in the studio.
Simon J Frith, Producer / Director,
We have used Angela’s services to help us produce some motion graphics videos for a number or our corporate clients. Angela always understands the brief and what we are trying to achieve and is able to take our content and produce excellent work. She integrates well into our team and always delivers work on time and on spec.
Take 1 www.take1.co.uk