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Thankful for Video

Some of the best stories are told around the dinner table. So with Thanksgiving upon us, it’s only fitting that our Team of Storytellers take a moment to reflect on all the ways in which life has been particularly kind to us.

Mad Bear Productions is thankful for so many things: our dynamic clients and their stories, our awesome Team, and ever-evolving technology. But, we are ultimately thankful for video. It might seem a bit abstract – but once you read our reasons why, you might just agree!

Video Boosts Conversions and Sales

First things first. We love using videos to help businesses make some serious money. And who isn’t thankful for that? Research shows that nearly 75% of users who watched an explainer-video about a product ended up buying it. Not only that, but video shows great ROI,  video builds trust, it’s mobile friendly and it’s engaging. So what are you waiting for!  In the video below Mad Bear’s CEO, Glenn Zimmerman, tells us exactly how thankful video can make all of us.

Immersive Experiences

If you’ve experienced virtual reality and/or 360 video then you already know why we are thankful for them. Virtual reality and 360 technology have changed the meaning of experiential.  It’s not just about travel anymore. Virtual reality and 360 video can and have become the tickets to success for businesses and education. Let’s face it. It’s all about the experience and it doesn’t get much better than an immersive one. You can experience our recent VR project with Busch Gardens of Tampa Bay and Visit Tampa Bay. It was recently picked up by VeeR, a Global Virtual Reality platform, and the video earned the most views for the month of October on the entire platform.

Interactivity and Connection

We’re thankful for the emotional and interactive nature of video. It’s not just about consumption. Think about it more often than not, you’re conferencing, FaceTime-ing, or reacting in real-time to a live video feed. We are all so much more connected. Any time you’re able to make a connection that’s a great thing. These trends then amount to converting viewers from passive consumers, to active participants. Videos prompt people to take action.

Emotion

Video has the power to engage and delight viewers like no other medium. It can put a smile on your face, or a tear in your eye. We are thankful for the ability to touch emotions in our viewers. People remember what they feel. Our Team takes pride in that. We know that an emotional response to a video makes you memorable. And when you’re memorable you’re successful. See and just like that- now you are thankful too. We recently produced a longer-form video for Habitat for Humanity that strikes a range of emotions. Check it out below.

Anticipation

What is better than the thrill of the unknown? Video has progressed so far in such a short amount of time. It’s changing at every step of the production process. At Mad Bear Productions we’re thankful for the idea and promise of what might come next as it’s an opportunity to better tell YOUR story. From our Team to yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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About the Author: Roshni Hannon
Contact: roshni@madbearproductions.com

Her name means “light” and that is what she is… high energy, bright and fast. And yes… she does run regularly. While we’re not sure what she is running from (perhaps her two young kids) we know she’s covered a ton of ground. She was the Executive Producer for an award winning and number one rated morning show in Tampa for years. And now, she uses her unique blend of organization, storytelling and curiosity to help Mad Bear clients find their stories. Think of her as an architect, a story architect.


Mad Video Predictions for 2017

The future holds many unknowns. But the world of video is a different story. Gather around as we take a look into our Mad Bear Crystal Ball – which no surprise resembles our new Nokia OZO Virtual Reality camera. Take a minute or two to read Mad Bear’s predictions for the world of video in 2017.

360 Video/Virtual Reality will be THE dominant buzz technology of the Year.

3D video, mobile video and even drones have had their time in the “buzz light,” but for 2017 it will be all about 360 Video/VR.

Predictive statistics are already suggesting this will be the case. Here are just some of the resources pointing in that direction:

▪Revenues from virtual reality products (both hardware and software) are projected to increase from 90 million dollars in 2014 to 5.2 billion dollars in 2018. (Read the full Statista report here)

▪Consumer spending on VR headsets will go from 1.6 billion dollars in 2016 to 7.9 billion dollars by 2020 (CNBC)

▪Dip into CES 2017 for a sense of how dominant VR has become already in the shaping of what the word “immersive” means.(Forbes)

2.  Sorry Snapchat. Instagram It Is.

Instagram will continue to use “video stories” to take marketshare from Snapchat. The meteoric millennial monetization (yes… a three part alliteration) rise of Snapchat has come to an end, as many marketers will move away to Facebook owned Instagram (3 more “m’s”… I’m on fire). There was some writing on the wall several months ago when Instagram copied Snapchat and unveiled stories  (here is one article from AdWeek) but Instagram isn’t done yet. Look for further integration of video in their platform and look for more ways for businesses to utilize the platform to target ads (a la Facebook). There might even be some expiring video content and/or filters added. While I love your new Spectacles Snapchat. It just won’t be enough.

3.  Interactive Video Content Will Move from “Maybe” to “Must Have”

Clickable, shareable, trackable …. it is so nice marketers are ABLE to do these things without ever having to leave a video link. As viewers decreasingly jump between platforms (i.e. “If the content originates on Facebook please don’t send me to a landing page.”), interactive content become the key to keeping people engaged. Interactive in these terms can mean more social media features or even a deeper use of 360 video (see the #1 prediction above).

Here is a good overview article on interactive video from the co-founder of an interactive video company Rapt Media.

So there you have it… three predictions for 2017 … in a way all three say the same thing. Video will move deeper in the direction of consumer initiated engagement. In other words, the video creator will no longer fully control what people experience and how they experience it. Now, the creator is empowered to tell the story so that the viewer can control the experience. So give your viewer the keys, invite them into the driver seat and see where they go. If the ride is good enough, they will come back for more.


About the Author: Glenn Zimmerman

Glenn has what is best described as “Superhero Syndrome.”
His affliction began as a child and has progressed with age.
He got into extreme skiing and extreme sports before they were a thing because every superhero should try flying at least once.

While at Boston University, it was his desire to save the day that brought him to Post- Soviet Russia where he explored the emerging homeless population.

His Syndrome brought him to journalism school at Syracuse University to get his MS in Mass Communications.

He later became an award winning reporter with the number one station in Detroit (WXYZ-TV) and with NBC’s flagship station in New York (WNBC- TV). And, it was the reason he formed the video agency Mad Bear Productions.

With Mad Bear, he harnesses the power of story to help business, non-profits and events engage with their target audience. Video is his tool and he wields it mightily.

Glenn is a sought after speaker on video engagement and mass media. It is all part of his quest to help save the day, one story at a time.

 

The Joy of TEDx

Every day I find myself in the midst of a juggle between running a business and trying to be the best father/husband I can be. It is safe to assume many of you have a similar juggling act.

I am not complaining. Simply stating facts. There is simply not enough time in a day.

So that’s what makes life funny. When something comes up that hits a nerve, suddenly you find time.

Months ago, a very interesting man named Richie Etwaru asked me a question: “Would you like to be the Chief Storyteller for a TEDx event I am organizing in Bedminster, NJ?”

Despite the life juggle I mentioned above, I did not hesitate. “Yes, it would be an honor” was my answer. No money. Though a feather in my cap there was no clear business upside. I did not initially even know what he meant by “Chief Storyteller.

So why was “yes” the gut reaction?

Mental candy. That is what immediately occurred to me. This event represented something to stimulate a part of my mind I have not stimulated enough recently. The part that explores the question “what if” without the need to answer that question. It is a mental exercise I used to enjoy so much back in my college days. When the ethereal trumped the practical. You get the picture.

I had not realized until that very moment how much I craved it. There is true value in pushing your mind past the practical. It is more than an exercise. It is where truly great ideas can be born. So “yes” was the only answer.

Months have passed since that conversation with Richie and the event is upon us. It is happening today.

I have put hours of work into helping the speakers shape their storylines into effective 15 minutes of thought-provoking wonder and awe. And I am better for it.

Mad Bear Productions, my company is now producing the videos for the event so there is new fun exercise involved in the process but none of this has to do directly with profit or business.

Richie has called it a labor of love. While that is true, I am more overcome by the mirror image. It has been a gift of indulgence. The permission to indulge in a larger picture mental exercise that is about to really happen. I’ll let you know how it goes and what comes of this extraordinary experience.


About Glenn Zimmerman:
glenn@madbearproductions.com

Glenn has what is best described as “Superhero Syndrome.”

His affliction began as a child and has progressed with age.

He got into extreme skiing and extreme sports before they were a thing because every
superhero should try flying at least once.

While at Boston University, it was his desire to save the day that brought him to Post-
Soviet Russia where he explored the emerging homeless population.

His Syndrome brought him to journalism school at Syracuse University to get his MS in
Mass Communications. He later became an award winning reporter with the number
one station in Detroit (WXYZ-TV) and with NBC’s flagship station in New York (WNBC-
TV).

And, it was the reason he formed the video agency Mad Bear Productions.
With Mad Bear, he harnesses the power of story to help business, non-profits and
events engage with their target audience. Video is his tool and he wields it mightily.

Glenn is a sought after speaker on video engagement and mass media.

It is all part of his quest to help save the day, one story at a time.

Mad Bear Productions Wins Another Telly

The Mad Bear team is extremely proud to announce another trophy for our collective mantlepiece.

We won a 2013 Telly Award for a video entitled “Chess and Insurance.”

We produced the video for our client First Fidelity Brokerage, an insurance brokerage firm specializing in business needs.

After hearing about the award, First Fidelity CEO Eugene B. Podokshik said,

“The Mad Bear team googled me and saw that I was once a chess champion. This was unique so they built a whole theme around it and successfully portrayed me and my firm as strategic and forward thinking.”

Mad Bear President Glenn Zimmerman said,

“Themes are an important part of any story. So, given First Fidelity’s approach to insurance from a strategic standpoint, chess just made sense as a way to visualize insurance.”

Podokshik added,

“Don’t let the growl fool you. The Mad Bear is very thoughtful, creative and actually pretty nice, I must admit. “

This is Mad Bear’s 2nd Telly Award in as many years.

Last year we won the award for The Story of PeriClean: A Brushless Toothbrush.

After hearing about the award, First Fidelity CEO Eugene B. Podokshik said,

“The Mad Bear team googled me and saw that I was once a chess champion. This was unique so they built a whole theme around it and successfully portrayed me and my firm as strategic and forward thinking.”

Mad Bear President Glenn Zimmerman said,

“Themes are an important part of any story. So, given First Fidelity’s approach to insurance from a strategic standpoint, chess just made sense as a way to visualize insurance.”

Podokshik added,

“Don’t let the growl fool you. The Mad Bear is very thoughtful, creative and actually pretty nice, I must admit. “

This is Mad Bear’s 2nd Telly Award in as many years.

Last year we won the award for The Story of PeriClean: A Brushless Toothbrush.


Please check out our Telly Award winning videos and feel free to leave your reactions to what you see.

Looking forward to hearing from you…

Where Did the Name “Mad Bear” Come From?

Mad Bear Productions President Glenn Zimmerman answers the most commonly asked question we get about our brand.

LinkedIn Video Ads: Pros and Cons

The Mad Bear team recently did a test.

We wanted to see if LinkedIn‘s new Video Ads platform would outperform LinkedIn’s standard ads (i.e. the ones that use a combination of an image and a little text).

Both versions in our test used the same subject matter and were targeted to the same audience (i.e. geography, job title, etc).

We actually did multiple versions of the non-video ad with various adjustments to the headline and the image associated with each campaign.

We only did one version of the video ad…. yet the results were clear.

Video had a noticeably higher level of engagement per ad impression. In fact, the video ad scored the same number of clicks as the standard ad in nearly a quarter of the impressions.

What does that mean?

It means the video ad was nearly 4 times more likely to inspire action than the standard ad… pretty cool!

Now here comes a different question:

Are LinkedIn Video Ads worth it?

Well the obvious answer would seem to be yes… but the truth is we are not convinced.

Here’s why:

1) Cost Per Click.

LinkedIn clearly recognizes the power of video because video ads are nearly twice as expensive per click:

Standard Ad- $2.07/click

Video Ad- $4.02/click

2) Overall Cost.

While the inspired action to click was far higher on the video end (as shown above), we actually paid nearly half as much for the standard ad for nearly the same number of views. Granted the standard ad had far more impressions, again proving video’s vastly superior power to engage, but as far as ROI — the standard ad proved to be a better deal.

Parting Thought
We structured these campaigns on a pay per click basis — based upon our results it would appear the better strategy would be to pay by the number of impressions instead. LinkedIn does allow for that … That is unless LinkedIn jacks up the cost on impressions of its Video Ad format just like it jacked up the cost of video clicks.

We love to get your impression… so if you have any questions or thoughts please feel free to share by commenting below.

How Businesses Can Use Their Video Stories for Marketing

Glenn Zimmerman, the president of video agency Mad Bear Productions, talks about the different ways a business can use its video stories to accomplish its marketing goals.

Speak to Your Audience with the Right Tone

A client recently asked us to produce a viral video that is funny. The only other direction was the video also had to tell the viewer how the client’s service works. Now this was a tall order and a fun challenge.

Our leading concept involved turning the company’s logo into a mascot (i.e. a person in an animal costume), doing ridiculous things and than recording the real reactions of people around the silliness. As a result the feeling one gets from the client’s video would be closer to Dollar Shave Club then it would be to one of the new videos we created for Single Throw Internet Marketing…. and that is the simple choice of tone.


 

One of the first questions I ask a new client is how would you like to be perceived by your audience?

Simply put, do you want to be perceived as whimsical and fun or do you want to come off as serious and buttoned-up?

So here are some things to think about to help you shape the tone of your video:

Is your audience looking to be informed or entertained? And does the audience want to interact with your brand in the process? Now the end video can easily be a combination of all of the above but one of these will be the priority. Their (the audience’s) priority should influence the tone of the engagement.

What is the current perception of the brand? And are you happy with that perception? Changes can inspire a new tone. This is really about following through on your brand. Think of the conservative JC Penney from 10 years ago vs. the current hipper JCP.

Think of the tools you have at your disposal By tools I am talking about music (i.e. classical music vs. hip hop), animation (i.e. cartoons vs. complex renderings), the pace of editing, even the particular environment that you record the video in can help shape tone (i.e. If you are an event company a video shoot at a bar could work. If you are a medical group that might not be the right tone for your image).

I will be posting a “video article” for Streaming Media Producer shortly on this subject. The focus will be to help content producers use the tools at their disposal to shape the tone of the piece.

Please reach out to us at info@madbearproductions.com if you would like a link to that video when it is completed or if you have any questions about tone in general we would love to hear from you.

Online Video Return on Investment (ROI)

Online video is a proven way to draw more eyeballs to a business.

More and more studies are showing the proof is in the numbers: higher website click through rates, longer amount of time engaged with a brand on a webpage and all age groups are watching.

Glenn Zimmerman, the President of Video Agency Mad Bear Productions, talks about some of the tangible benefits of online video.

Video Storytelling Tip #1: People Remember What They Feel

Glenn Zimmerman, President of Mad Bear Productions, provides insight on how to make a message memorable using video.

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