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Improving Video Management and Distribution

The team at Mad Bear Productions is constantly searching for and testing tools to enhance the engagement and management of our videos. So, here are three new options to consider:

Givit – ever want to send video in an email but were stymied by the 25 megabyte limit? That is where Givit comes in… you can upload files to the Givit server and then deliver/share the files by using a secure email. As you will see in their video It is an effective method to share family videos without sharing them with the world. However, t is also a cool way to privately share and collaborate on business related content as well. Their intro video is below.


Viewbix – a platform that can lay on top of a YouTube video (for example) in order to make the video more actionable. These engagement buttons are customizable so a viewer will be able to interact with the video. You can embed the video anywhere so please check it out. Did the features help you engage with the video? Love to hear your thoughts.


uStudio – many of you know TubeMogul. If you don’t it is basically a tool to distribute video onto multiple platforms (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, etc) with the click of a button. And many of you have heard of or used Brightcove. It is a video platform with built in analytics so you can track how long a video was viewed, measure conversions and determine where the person came from before viewing your video. uStudio combines these two concepts and does it in a way that allows you to manage all of your video content on all of your different platforms from one hub. I have included their intro video below and yes … I posted it using their platform. Please let me know if you would like me to send you an invitation.


The Kony 2012 Phenomenon

For those of you who haven’t heard about it or had a chance to watch all 30 minutes… Kony 2012 is a campaign to bring a man (Joseph Kony) to justice. Within a week, this video got more than 75 million YouTube hits and millions more on Vimeo. More exposure than years of conventional news coverage combined.


There are so many fascinating discussion points but here are five:
1) production value and storytelling — how was the organization that produced the piece able to get so many people to watch a 30 minute video online?
2) ethics — many questions including the narrator’s use of his young son as a key component of the storyline
3) accuracy — from the transparency of the organization itself to the accuracy of their facts
4) cost — any guesses how much the video cost to produce?
5) leveraging celebrity — ahhh the power of celebrity shows its social media muscle as a driving force

Then of course there is the response video from Invisible Children (the organization that produced the piece). Did it answer concerns, add new ones or did it do nothing (was it a waste)?

I will definitely jump in with some thoughts but I want you guys to lead the conversation… what is/was your reaction?

What is the Mad Bear Experience?

The title is “A Conversation about Better Video for Business” and that is what we will deliver every month in this newsletter.

It makes sense that video will be the theme of what is found here but we will explore video innovations in a thoughtful way. We will not dumb it down because we are writing and shooting for an informed audience.

Many of our subscribers have the words marketing, advertising, sales and/or public relations in their tittles. These are people who have worked with video before but are perhaps looking for new approaches and technologies to better engage an audience. Other subscribers are business owners who are rethinking their current marketing budgets and considering how video might play a role. There are also hundreds of other people who just want to see what a bunch of video geeks will come up on a monthly basis.
Each issue will have a theme that we will explore in a thoughtful way. This theme will be expanded to our network of experts in supporting areas like SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Social Media and Web Development/Design. These experts will be given a platform to add their 2 cents on the theme to help make this newsletter even more robust.

Ok… so you will also get a simple overview of the past month in the world of Mad Bear Productions — complete with news and snippets from our blog.

In future issues, we will perform product tests that will range from cameras to codecs to delivery platforms. The “Experience” will always be a mix of video and text but the content in the video and text will never be the same because while video and text support each other they serve different purposes.

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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.