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With all five of these components accounted for, it’s pretty hard to go wrong. The beauty of B2B video is in its almost limitless possibilities for creative and unique content. Enjoy the flexibility, but make sure you adhere to the principles of simplicity, technical quality, script clarity, concise length, and actionable next steps... Read the full article »
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Video is evolving in its form, with live video, 360-degree video, and virtual reality creating new and immersive ways to consume video. But the platforms and framework for these experiences are undergoing rapid change, and enterprise brands need to adapt. It’s no longer enough to be a video creator. Brands have a chance to take control of the data science and distribution behind their video content, creating a more comprehensive experience that offers more value to businesses and their customers... Read the full article »
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Live streaming is the current trend in the market as far as video marketing is concerned. With simple equipment like a smart phone, a considerably strong internet connection and live streaming software, it is now possible for any business or individual to start streaming live from anywhere and at any time. Nevertheless, if one is aiming for streaming high quality content, it’s necessary to make use of a high-definition camera, software or hardware encoder, capturing device and a host to stream the video... Read the full article »
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When it comes to content marketing, videos play a bigger role than most other types of content. Video marketing grew rapidly over the past couple of years. Will it be able to keep up the pace in 2018? There’s no doubt about the effectiveness of video marketing. In fact, it’s one of the most powerful content marketing strategies and most marketers are investing in it without hesitation. Neil Patel is one of those marketers who plans to spend $144,000 on video marketing in 2018... Read the full article »
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When it comes to video content, the playing field is already too crowded. Considering the tight competition and the high costs associated with producing quality video, it’s essential to head into the landscape with a solid strategy in place if you want to see returns on your investment. Start by determining what you want your video content to do. Do you want it to educate, inspire, or entertain your audience? Video that hits these sweet spots is the content that gets etched into the minds of... Read the full article »
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Since mobile video is still new to B-to-B marketing, getting in at ground zero will mean overcoming challenges building an actionable mindset within organizations resistant to change. Does it seem daunting? Sure, but by now, you already know it’s worth it... Read the full article »
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Visual information is easy to digest, less time consuming to comprehend, and leaves a lasting impression. Video content is dynamic and stands out more than text content, hence it grabs more attention than a simple text-based email or pdf. Since B2B customers form a relatively smaller target segment than B2C, it’s easier to create more personalized content that makes them feel more connected to a brand... Read the full article »
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Online video for business has the power to attract new clients, drive revenue, and bolster brand awareness when combined with platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. The jury is back! Attention spans are down and forcing potential customers to scroll through lines of tiny text on mobile devices through squinting eyes isn’t going to cut it anymore for businesses. Costs for online video production and editing have fallen significantly in recent years, and according to The Guardian, “you no longer need to be a... Read the full article »
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Video has a proven track record of being the most efficient way to capture an audience’s attention on social media. LinkedIn made its first move a few months back, allowing users to share organic, native, or uploaded videos on its platform. Individual creators have found video to be a great way to share knowledge and to express themselves on a platform that had often been seen as, “a little boring.”... Read the full article »
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\"Do not try this at home. Especially if you like to see, smell, hear, touch, talk and breathe." That's the warning viewers get before seeing a little more than a minute of burning foil, an exploding egg, juice-spewing fruit, bubbling soap, a shattering champagne bottle, and other mayhem, all caused by a microwave in a YouTube video from Moe's Southwest Grill.
The message? "Microwaves ruin everything," and Moe's doesn't use them.
As of Tuesday, the video had more than 1 million views. Not bad for a video pulled together on a shoestring budget and promoted in-house.
"It really was a grass-roots effort," says Lauren Barash, director of PR and corporate communications for Moe's.
Lighting the fuse
Last spring, Moe's was preparing an advertising campaign based on its mission to use fresh ingredients. It primarily targeted women and families, so the company's creative team started thinking of ways to include the dudes.
"One of the things that popped into our heads was, guys love to blow stuff up," says Brandon Friedman, senior copywriter at Moe's. Friedman and his team searched YouTube for videos of stuff being destroyed in microwaves, but "it all felt pretty amateurish."
Management liked the simplicity and the fun of the idea but wondered whether it could be done with virtually no money. "We have a budget, and this wasn't in it," Barash says.
So Friedman started calling in favors. Eventually, his team happened upon a local Atlanta director willing to work within the monetary constraints. "Once we got him, we were able to open some doors," Friedman says. The team contacted Jam Edit, a company it had worked with on some previous videos, and started firing up the microwaves.
Shooting and splattering
The crew shot the video all in one day in late May using a high-speed Weisscam.
"It was definitely the most fun we've had on set," Friedman says. "We felt like we were 8-year-olds, going, 'Try this! Try this!'" Not everything the crew tried worked. Trying to nuke a tennis ball didn't result in many interesting visuals, but it did leave a burnt rubber smell in everyone's clothes.
Safety was a huge consideration on the set. Everyone wore ski goggles and had respirators on hand, just in case of an accident. Luckily, the only damage was to the three microwaves the crew used.
The camera, the rental of which Friedman says was the most expensive part of the production, could shoot in extremely slow motion, from 500 frames per second all the way up to 2,000.
"We were able to catch things that otherwise wouldn't have been that cool. It became kind of art."
The 2,000-frame-per-second camera helped catch the champagne bottle explosion, which took about nine minutes to happen, but was really fast once it did. "It was like a bomb went off," Friedman says.
Editing the video took about two months—the editor had "a very tough task," Friedman says. It was finished around August. Even though the team was anxious to get the video out there, Moe's held onto it until the release of its new TV ad campaign, which debuted in January.
Getting the word out about the video started internally, Barash says. "We sent an email out to everybody that works for the company and said, 'Hey, we just posted this video on YouTube. Send it to all your friends, and friends of friends.'"
As Moe's employees shared the video on Facebook and elsewhere, Barash, Friedman, and others were reaching out to blogs such as Scary Ideas and Copyranter through email and Twitter. Soon, it was on Geekologie, Buzzfeed, and the CBS News blog. Wired magazine even tweeted about it.
"It's getting picked up where we never thought we would," Friedman says. "Blogs feed off blogs."
Most of the online response to the video doesn't necessarily mention the lack of microwaves at Moe's—it largely echoes one user's comment, which succinctly opines, "Awesome." But Barash says it's keeping the brand top of mind, and it's reaching out to a new audience.
Friedman says his team is planning the next video and trying to live up to the hype this one created. "We'll just have to be more forward-thinking about it," he says.
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