Lush Digital’s senior producer, Ian Bignell, joins James and Nic to dissect the Department of Finance’s “Game Changers” video — which has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. Where did they go wrong? And how do you ensure your corporate video delivers for you and doesn’t turn you into a laughing-stock?
Here are the links you might need:
- Watch the now famous “Game Changers” video, here.
- Here’s a blog post Ian wrote about where the video went wrong.
- And here’s that blog post James mentioned which suggests “not trying to be cooler than you are”.
Here are some key take-outs:
- Don’t try to get real people to act. Get them to tell their story naturally, by interviewing them, instead.
- If there’s any moment in your video that people aren’t going to find believable, the audience is going to turn off.
- If you’re in the process of making a video and it doesn’t feel “right”, stop and start again with a new creative idea.
- Don’t cram your script with obvious key messages.
- The client wants the best product they can get for their budget, but the video production company needs to be honest about what is likely to work.
- Clients should always ask any video production company (or marketing/advertising agency) for examples of their work before engaging them.
- Brief your video production partner about what you want to achieve.
On My Desk
- Nic’s recommendation was Intelligent Editing’s PerfectIt software.
- Ian’s recommendation was Vimeo’s Staff Picks.
- And James foreshadowed next week’s discussion about the bizarre PR disaster that one Australian brewery found itself in.
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