xPQ-Nikj.jpeg

Marketing evolves down funnel
In the Customer Experience era, there is a growing need for content at the later stages of the funnel, including Customer Success, retention and sales enablement. The data shows the post-sales interaction impacts LTCV and marketers need to be included to generate high quality and brand coordinated content.

The Revenue Org
The great divide between Marketing and Sales is finally coming to an end—aligning in the “revenue” org. Carpe Diem!

Video
Video is the king of content, but other formats like eBooks, blogs, customer content, are just as relevant. Video is also a good format to try some new things. What’s in your content maps?

One to one
One to one Marketing is the new normal. ABM is what got us here. You ought to be targeting down to the contact level in your marketing. If you’re not tackling precision, personalized marketing, you’re still in the billboard era.

Media
Let the “marks” pay the price in social media. Savvy marketers’ arbitrage against the newbies by triangulating first party data, contextual targeting and firmographics. Don’t ignore the “legacy” online publishers. Publishers are hurting in the “brave new” social media world, where there are deals and audiences to be discovered.

Personalization
All our campaign data shows personalization generates better results. Personalization can occur at many different levels, including industry or firmographic segmentation.

Customer Videos
Viewstream has invented a new way to capture customer content using Facebook portals. It’s very high quality, and best of all significantly reduces the costs of video testimonials.

Challenge Everything
Viewstream has a new core value: Challenge Everything! This is the year to challenge the way things have always been done. Try new things. Iterate. Experiment. Exercise your marketing muscle! Let’s work on some new and innovative programs. Together.

Viewstream had a successful night at the 39th Annual Telly Awards garnered us seven statues, including two Silver Tellys. Take a look below for three ways that Viewstream manages to achieve the award-winning quality of our work.

Telly_Awards_t750x550

1. Focus on your KPIs

Viewstream works flatter than other marketing agencies. What that means is that we cut down on the number of layers between you and the creative team. Every team member is fully aware of your goals and is able to gain a unique understanding that you can only get through direct communication. It’s with that understanding that Viewstream is able to create the highest quality tailored content, starting with your specific KPIs and building out from there. At Viewstream we take a customized, integrated approach to the way the team interacts.

2018-09-17_11-34-53

2. Superior Storytelling

It’s not just telling a story about your product, it’s finding the story that your product tells. At Viewstream we’re not looking to fit your product into a preconceived narrative. By taking a step back first and looking at all the facts and research, we can gain a deeper understanding of what you’re trying to market, to whom, and the benefits it can bring them. Once the structure of the narrative begins to come into focus you can be sure it’s based on qualities that are inherent to your product, vision, and company.

2018-09-17_12-19-27

3. Modern Approach to Design

The truth is a lot of videos are created by traditional video production teams. This may work for traditional video, but in marketing, it can lead to a lot of outdated looks. At Viewstream, our creative team works on more than just videos, producing award-winning content across mediums. This gets you a more sophisticated design look and modern visuals, thanks to creatives who pull their skills from multiple different disciplines rather than just video.

iStock_89647545_Facebook

Award Spotlight—UPS: Where Business Takes Shape

Project Summary:

Viewstream worked with UPS to create a video showcasing the services offered by their Logistics and Distribution division.

“The motion design aspect of this, and most projects was essentially a two-part process. Once we had a basic concept and specific language that went along with it, we translated that into potential visuals -simplified stills and rough animations. This helped the team validate the new creative before going on to the next step, which is execution. In this step, the color palette, backgrounds, timing, and content was refined and inserted into the main timeline. Because we had an existing “blueprint”, this process was replicated much more quickly.”

-Joel Yabrudy, Creative Manager

We would love to discuss what Viewstream can do for you. Let’s talk!

Viewstream videos won big at the 39th Annual Telly Awards. We’ll be adding seven Telly Awards to our collection!

Telly_Awards_t750x550

The Telly Awards are like the Academy Awards for business video. Of the nearly 12,000 entries, Viewstream was recognized for its creative work supporting the products and brands of some of the largest companies in the world.

Viewstream was presented with two Silver Telly Awards for our work with UPS and Adobe in Promotional Video.

In addition, Viewstream was honored with five Bronze Awards for our work with  Workfront, Isobar, Wipro, Autodesk AutoCAD, and UPS in  Promotional Videos and Online Commercials.

“Our primary focus has always been to exceed our clients’ expectations with exceptional creative work,” says John Assalian, CEO of Viewstream. “Winning more awards demonstrates the high caliber of our creative work. We have an amazing team and visionary clients.”

If you want award-winning video, Viewstream would love to discuss what we can do for you.  Let’s talk!

Video Brochures for Fun and Profit

on

Bring your sales and marketing into the modern age with a Video Brochure, a stylish way to get your audiences to go “Aha!”.

Video Brochures offer an exciting and innovative way to present videos using a format most people haven’t seen. When the Video Brochure is opened your brand or product video will be displayed in high definition with superb sound quality. Featuring a wide variety of customization options and designed in-house with your brand in mind, Video Brochures excite the viewer while promoting and enriching your message.

If your usual techniques just aren’t getting the job done anymore then Video Brochures can be just what you need to ensure that you are engaging with your audience in the best way possible. Clients like NVIDIA, Adobe, Autodesk and more have used for field marketing, sales, events and product launches.

For more information and pricing, visit:

https://spark.adobe.com/page/rAeynoUmmTU5b/

Make A Human Connection

on

Greetings Fellow Video Marketers!

When it comes down to it, if we like someone, we become engaged and we are more likely to listen to what they have to say. An old sales executive friend of mine always said “People buy from people they like.” I believe this to be true.

When Viewstream was preparing to shoot a video to show off Cray Supercomputer’s manufacturing facilities, we were working from a script. We were planning on conducting a couple of interviews to provide clips to support a voice over artist in the final video. However, as soon as I spoke to the factory staff I knew we had to have them tell the story. They pour their heart and soul into their work. I think you’ll agree, they tell the story better than anyone, and you can tell they really care about their work.

If you are interested in seeing how to market to beings and not bots – send me an email! I would love to discuss what Viewstream can do for you.

How to Get Better Marketing Results with Video Testimonials

What matters to most potential customers is not what you say about your business, but what your existing customers have to say.

Video Testimonials are an effective marketing solution that communicates your value by demonstrating your offer in the real world. With strong Video Testimonials you can secure credibility, invigorate your sales cycle and span across multiple communications channels, all while you tell the success stories of your most valuable asset—your customer.

If you would like to know more about how Video Testimonials can help you drive home your marketing message, visit our Video Testimonials Resource Center linked below, which features eight example videos and case studies.

GAIN INSTANT ACCESS

 

 

Watch-Ability

on

Greetings Fellow Video Marketers!

You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t realize the effectiveness of video in your campaigns and sales numbers, but what makes a good marketing video? We’re all constantly bombarded with requests to watch a product demo, pitch or overview, sometimes it can be overwhelming to know what type of video would be effective for your own particular needs. At Viewstream, while we see and deliver the benefits of marketing automation, we also realize you are selling to beings, not bots. Bots just do math, which can be interesting to a nerd such as myself, but human beings need more than numbers to make an intelligent purchase decision.

Really there are only a few essential considerations, the most important of which, I believe, is watch-ability. Obviously, your video cannot be effective if no one watches it, or “tunes out” even if your metrics show the video was played from beginning to end.

The biggest mistake you can make is to believe that someone will watch your video just because you made it, or worse, paid a lot for it. With so many ways for our potential customers to distract themselves these days we need people to WANT to watch our video, or even leave them wanting to see more similar videos.

Sure, a potential customer may need to decide on a product or service to complete their project, but that doesn’t mean when you show your product features it has to be in a boring sales guy webex, or worse, an edited on demand webex. Check out what we did for a Microsoft / Toshiba joint project. You’ll get to see the features our clients wanted to share with potential customers, and the videos high level of watch-ability might keep you watching all five of the series:

The original series of five was so successful, they inspired Microsoft and Toshiba to bring back Kyle for another series!

If you are interested in seeing how to market to beings and not bots – send me an email! I would love to discuss what Viewstream can do for you.

Viewstream Marketing: Do Images with People Get More Clicks?

Studies have shown that consumers are visually drawn to human faces, but does this maxim hold true for a digital advertising campaign for high-tech software? After conducting a thorough A/B test, we were surprised by what the results showed.

Viewstream Marketing: Do Images with People Get More Clicks?

Were you surprised that the results showed that online advertising with people can negatively impact the success of digital campaigns across multiple channels including Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and retargeted ads?

Here at Viewstream, we believe marketing is built on the fusion of story and data. Accordingly, we follow the code of “Keep Testing!” and utilize A/B and multi-variate tests to determine most successful digital trends for your story.

The Magic Bullet is Not Magic

on

8no1ANo matter how great your product is, if you are marketing to the wrong person and/or industry, you will have challenges. Identifying the right target audience is the most important thing you can do for your business and marketing. This market/customer fit, and the continual process to discover and rediscover the fit as times change, is the eternal task of business.

Some businesses have tight fits that make marketing relatively easy. For other businesses, we need to perform more trial and error between offers, content and targets, using various media, like 3rd party publishers, 1st party data, social media, email lists and others.

Don’t assume the marketplace cares about you (they don’t). Put in the time and effort to identify the right targets, reach them with creative, put them through a funnel and then sell.

The only thing you can count on is that the magic bullet is not magic. The latest algorithm, creative trick or marketing automation tech won’t solve your marketing problems. You need a human touch.