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Commission a video for your business and avoid the pitfalls!

During my first commission as a Producer I unexpectedly burnt a house down. Fortunately, the client understood and 30 years on, we're still happily talking.

But how can you avoid less dramatic pitfalls? The furrowed response of your team, the 7 out of 10's from the MD, or the middling results from all your efforts?

There's no excuse, but it does happen – we take a look at why that can happen and how to avoid it.

Business videos with a purpose

Unless you're doing something quick and simple for your social media producing a film or video in your company’s name shouldn't be taken lightly.

And whatever your ambitions, it's likely that you're creating it to solve a specific business issue or to promote an opportunity, so it's important not to lose sight of that along the way:

1) Be clear

About what you want the video to achieve and who your audience is. This will help you to not only determine its content, but also how your will distribute it or where it will be shown.

2) Create a brief

And write it in such a way your Production Company can add their own ideas. While they’re not experts in your field, they should have relevant experience and be willing  to add ideas and value you may not have considered.

Commission a video

Commissioning a video - use tools like MatBoard to share examples

3) Provide examples

If you can share relevant creatives of what you like - it can be really helpful in agreeing the look, feel and sound that you feel is best for you. Resources like The Matboard and Canva can be handy for ideas.

4) Simplify your messaging

People learn in different ways and have limited attention spans. So don’t cram in more than one main and two secondary messages – it's better to break down topics into bite size chunks.

5) Plan everything

Even with the simplest video the output is only as good as the plan. Success will rest in the detail - so whether you're commissioning a 30 second sound-bite or 30 minute webinar, approach your production with the same level of planning each time.

6) Manage time

If filming at your business, allow the crew enough time to do a good job. They’ll need enough time to get set up, and do multiple takes of whatever it is they’re shooting. Oh - and get them somewhere to park and a place to put their ‘stuff’ (normally thousands of pounds of advanced technical equipment) securely.

Commission a video - make it a positive experience

Commissioning a video - make it a positive experience

7) Make it a positive experience for all

Never make colleagues take part – even in a 'walk on' role. Involve them in what’s going on and explain what it is you are trying to achieve and why, it should always be a really positive experience. And ensure they get to see it when it's complete.

8) Presentation matters

Choose any speaking contributors carefully. A nervous interviewee or presenter will undoubtedly feel awkward which can translate into looking slightly 'shifty' - giving the impression that s/he is not to be trusted. Not ideal! So if there’s a script, get it agreed beforehand and ensure your presenter is familiar with it. And tell them to avoid bright reds, stripes and checks in any wardrobe - they don't look great on camera.

9) Peace & quiet

Bad sound jars as much as compromised images. So when recording audio, think about the environment – could you arrange to put the phones through elsewhere and turn down that noisy air conditioner? You'd be amazed at what ambient sounds the mics can pick up.

10) The sweet sound of music

Push your production team for their ideas on music – don’t fall into the trap of using the cheapest 'plinkety-plonk' tracks. Today there is such a fantastic choice, and it pays to pay for it.

With a good brief, a clear plan and great content, what you’ve commissioned should be even better than what you originally looked for. If you’d like any more advice just give us a call or drop us a line here.

Green King
They are good at working around issues, and attention to detail – getting under the skin and thinking of everything.
Greene King
They listen to our needs and tailor their service to us making it a very personal experience. Nothing has been too much trouble as they prove very flexible in all situations to find the right solution for us.
Sunny ChavdaSunny Chavda
16:15 17 Jan 22
Our business required a series of 8 videos to help market our Automotive Video Apps. Being a young business, we needed good quality videos at an affordable price. Many people can create videos but I was particularly impressed with the planning that went into the pre-shooting process. He listened to our needs, created scripts, found the perfect presenter and created amazing videos! Simon communicated clearly to ensure we were on the same page throughout the journey and his enthusiasm in helping me and my business is appreciated. If you want a personable, warm, professional company to showcase your products/services then please consider Simon and his team. It was an absolute pleasure working with you!
Rob GlenRob Glen
09:17 20 Jan 21
We needed to put together a 10 min video for a conference presentation at short notice. Simon was extremely helpful with lots of advice and tips to make it interesting and good quality. There was lots of back and forward discussion as we worked out the best approach, but everything was done to plan and I was very pleased with the final result.
Katrin HulmeKatrin Hulme
20:31 19 Jan 21
We worked with SGA to create an information and testimonial video for our digital health product. Really professional, responsive and helpful, which was very much appreciated on a tight deadline. Would thoroughly recommend.
Becky PaulBecky Paul
13:48 09 Jun 19
Would highly recommend SGA after they produced a highlight-reel video of a conference I co-ordinated. Great to work with and great video content.
09:47 29 Mar 19
Simon and his team were absolutely fantastic when the filmed some promo footage of my bands live music show. They were efficient, professional and the final product looked incredible. Would HIGHLY recommend.
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