Simple Quality Ingredients

“Simple Quality Ingredients” was the title of a slide I prepared for a recent presentation about Online Video Marketing… so here is the backstory.

Several years ago, I went to a restaurant that promised at most 5 ingredients in every dish. The promise came with an important caveat …. each ingredient was quality. Fresh hand picked basil, fresh homemade mozzarella imported from Italy… you get the point. Simple quality ingredients combined in a thoughtful way made a very unique meal.

The same concept can apply to a video. We finished a piece for an attorney that combined just three ingredients: a quality image (shot in full HD with a broadcast quality P2 camera), some thoughtful supporting graphics that tied the sound bites together and a bed of music to help establish tone.

When we first sat down with the attorney his story was not clearly different, he did what a lot of lawyers do. However, the more he talked the more his voice started sounding unique because he was talking about what being a lawyer meant to him. This became his definition. So we took it literally and decided to graphically rip a page out of the dictionary. “How To Choose a Lawyer” became the title once we realized his definition was much more personal than anything you can find in the dictionary. As for the music, well I don’t know about you… but if I were a lawyer redefining what a lawyer did… I would want some light funk to follow me wherever I went.

Through a Child’s Eye

“You’re a kid. What do you know?” Maybe you haven’t said it, but you’ve thought it. The other afternoon I was walking the dog with my 4 year old daughter. As we tried to make our way down the sidewalk I kicked a piece of plastic that was sure to go in my French bulldog’s mouth, to the side. My 4 year old scolded me. “Mommy! What are you doing?!” I gave her that confused, startled but annoyed look you would give any child who yells at you. I told her why I kicked this precious piece of plastic into the grass as I watched her wander over to it and to my horror pick it up. She explained to me, hands akimbo, that this disgusting, germ-infested neon green piece of plastic was NOT garbage. This was in fact a piece of a Ninja Turtle spaceship that had broken off.

She insisted on bringing this thing home so we could wash it off and assemble it into a vessel for 4 large, talking, karate-kicking turtles. I’ve learned to pick my battles. The plastic came home. It was washed and after hours of assembling, gluing, complaining and cursing it turned into TMNT Spaceship.

It has become her favorite toy. Something so small, dirty and insignificant became the source of complete awesomeness to a 4 year old. Don’t discredit the mundane. The rarest gems are the ones that just need a little dusting off.

About the Author: Roshni Hannon

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.

Branded Online Video Content — The New King?

Advertisers are trending in the direction of branded content. Meaning an online video series is sponsored by or supported by a certain brand. This can range from shows designed for TV that for some reason never made it to news programs.

In large part, Hulu’s success is based upon this content model and recently even YouTube had to admit that they have missed the boat and are focusing on exploring ways of capitalizing on high-quality branded video content by creating specific channels to be more niche oriented and targeted (e.g. Motor Trend).

Here is a panel discussion about an aspect of the branded content conversation that I came across from Streaming Media. It is unfortunately long and not particularly well produced (i.e. mediocre shooting and only one channel of audio) but has some very interesting perspectives about the future of branded content online.


Online Video Marketing Event (Video)

As promised, here is the highlight video of the February 6th event hosted by Analog Method.

This video shows some key takeaways from the seminar I presented about online video marketing.

Special thanks again to Noble Desktop for allowing us to use their office in NYC. The event was part of Analog Method’s Marketing Technology Seminar Series.

To see the full half-hour presentation (ok… more like 33 minutes) please send a request to or post a comment below with your request — don’t worry we made the longer version web friendly as well!

Great Crowd…

Thank you to everyone who came to the seminar about Online Video Marketing on Monday night and thank you also for the kind words. I am glad you got so much out of it!

For those who did not get a chance to attend, no worries…

We had a camera there recording the event and will have a webinar version of the presentation available for you to watch online shortly.

Finally, I wanted to give a big thank you to both Analog Method for organizing the event and Noble Desktop for allowing us to use their space. These are two very well run and impressive organizations and certainly should be on your list to check out if you need website design/development (Analog Method) and/or computer graphics training (Noble Desktop)… Thanks again to both!

Seminar — Online Video Marketing: Everything you didn’t know!

Ok admittedly… a bold title but I do hope to accomplish a lot at this Seminar.

It is being hosted by the good folks over at Analog Method so it is free to attend but there is limited seating.

Because this is part of a marketing series, the focus will be mainly for marketing professionals, however, even if you aren’t a marketing pro you won’t be shunned.

Click here to sign up!

Hope to see you on February 6th!

What is the Mad Bear Cave?

Yes… most bears have dens but a truly “Mad Bear” has to be a little different.

He has to stand out! Watch this video to get a sense of what I mean:

This is what you will find here:

-Stuff we find interesting that has to do with video: trends, techniques and tools (yes I went with the standby “t” theme … good ole “t”). This will include storytelling concepts as well as tips for video optimization because even if you create the most compelling video in the world, the right people have to see it to make it work for you.

-Stuff we find interesting that does not have to do with video: everything from good wine to a good place to see lava to the coolest car to get you there.

This is what you will NOT find here:

-A sales pitch or any diatribe about why we are the best. We assume that since you are reading our blog, you already know this to be true.

-Narcissistic “look at me” images of us about town. We know you don’t want to see us tackling the biggest hamburger in New York City… or do you????

This is what you can do:

-Submit videos for critique and discussion — this is a safe place to test your videos out on the world.

-Tell us when you think our point of view is brilliant — we love discussion!

-Tell us when you think we are full of it — we love discussion even when you think we are wrong!


Do Nothing… just read, watch and hopefully enjoy!