'Video' Category

How about Comedy Videos in Cosmetics Marketing?

Posted by David Murdico on May 15th, 2015 at 4:07 am

My agency / production company Supercool Creative recently produced an animated video for a cool, functional, new product called Swoon - part scoop, part lip gloss applicator. Before that experience, I seldom equated beauty or cosmetics marketing with comedy, but rather pouty lipped stick figures stalking a runway amidst a barrage of camera flashes.
Probably the closest I got to comedy is when one of the models had a heel malfunction and took a topple. I don’t want to see anyone get hurt, but I do love me some physical comedy.
Well here's how you do it:

Set up the consumer problem / what's the challenge?
Create an amusing story to explain it
Deliver a sitcom-like conflict for comedic effect
Get as edgy as you can
Use good natured violence if possible
Let the consumer know how to buy the product! - most important!!
Show two girls kissing awkwardly at the end, with a creepy accountant lurking (optional)

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODu245xgGUk&feature=youtu.be
So, the answer is yes! The typical beauty / cosmetics / fashion spot is about as compelling and original as the typical car spot with the obligatory shots of the car making a hairpin turn against a scenic background, or sitting in a perfect soundstage with perfect lighting. All cars can make... Read more

3D Projection Mapping vs. Augmented Reality: Q&A with Go2's Adrian Scott (Concl)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on May 13th, 2015 at 5:37 pm

"Like magic before your eyes."
That's how Go2 Production's Adrian Scott puts it when comparing 3D projection mapping to most virtual and augmented reality experiences requiring mobile phones, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard or other consumer devices to enjoy.
In the conclusion of my recent conversation with Scott, we talk about a 3D projection experience we developed for Seagate Technology's brand relaunch at CES this January.
Playing off the "data tile" elements of Seagate's new Living Logo (the world's first patent-pending brand identity), the experience (video at top) features the voice talent of William Lyman (narrator of "PBS Frontline"), as well as an original score from from Alain Mayrand, who did orchestrations for the movies "Ender's Game" and "Elysium").
Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video, too (directly above).
And then listen to the finale of our audio interview, where you'll hear about some of the considerable challenges associated with trying to pull off a 3D projection like this in the middle of the day, in a very unconventional space—and about Scott's favorite 3D projection project ever.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: 3D PROJECTION VS. AUGMENTED REALITY - A Q&A WITH GO2'S ADRIAN SCOTT (Conclusion)
(Approx 4:47)
PLUS:
LISTEN TO PART ONE: Move Over 3D Projection, 4D Projection... Read more

5 Things Video Game Execs Need To Know About Marketing Games

Posted by David Murdico on May 13th, 2015 at 3:31 am

I know, video game and app marketers are some of the hardest working people on the planet, and I no doubt have the HIGHEST respect for what they do at all hours of the night - and no I'm not talking about their private lives.
Still, working on the creative, strategy, video, marketing, social media and PR side of game and app promotion, I see important actionables and accountabilities slipping through the cracks.
So, take this as intended - or hate me. Just don't do both at the same time. I confuse easily.
1. Be authentic to your brand, game and fanbase
I don’t care of your game involves stacking cherries on top of ice cream before it melts, or shooting hookers in the street. Own it. I remember running a campaign for Street Fighter X Tekken where we weren’t allowed to use the word “badass” in our social media updates. The game was about kicking people in the face.
There’s a huge disconnect between the desires of the fans and the politically correct spew coming out of the marketing spokesholes. It’s not their fault. It;s the system.
2. Allocate budget for promoting contests, giveaways and commissioning influencers
Players and fans don’t just magically appear - especially... Read more

The Secrets of Success with 3D Projection: Q&A with Go2's Adrian Scott (Pt 3) (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on April 28th, 2015 at 5:37 pm

So how do you do 3D projection mapping right?
Go2 Production's Adrian Scott gets into the secrets of success with 3D projection mapping in part three of my recent conversation with him.
We'll hear about some of the Copperfieldian stagecraft he and his team used to pull off experiences like the one shown above, which was part of a project we worked on together for LoopNet and involved making a 10-story building disappear.
The effort went on to win Best 3D Projection Mapping Content at the 2014 Digital Signage Expo, and was part of an integrated campaign that won Best of Show: B2B Marketing at the Summit International Creative Awards
In addition to the main event, we'll get some insights on how to use video of your 3D projection as a social media lever long after the projector lights have gone dark.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: THE SECRETS OF SUCCESS WITH 3D PROJECTION - A Q&A WITH GO2'S ADRIAN SCOTT (PT 3)
(Approx 4:08)
PLUS:
LISTEN TO PART ONE: Move Over 3D Projection, 4D Projection is Here
LISTEN TO PART TWO: From Here to Holograms

Report: Video Most Shared Content On Facebook

Posted by Doug Schumacher on April 22nd, 2015 at 10:11 am

If brands want to increase their sharing, which most do, then video is a good content type to be publishing.
That’s the repeated findings from our analysis of how users engage with different types of content. Initially, this trend surfaced in a report we published 3 years ago. And according to our latest report, the findings still stand.

What video delivers that other content types don’t likely varies from one industry to the next, and even from one video to the next. But one can surmise it’s multiple factors, including a heightened perceived value of video due to it’s more complicated production, and that video can tell a story more convincingly due to it’s immersive combination of visual and audio stimuli.
Highlights

For the 7 industries analyzed in this report, video was shared at a higher rate than the other Facebook content types in every industry but one. Fast Food.
Industries like Luxury Autos, Energy Drinks and Pet Foods saw video shared at about 2x the rate of any other content type.
For the Pet Foods industry, over 27% of all engagements generated by video were shares.

Here's the published report you can view or download.