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Whiteboard Animation Video for North Shore Business Network

This is a video for a networking group I belong to in North Vancouver called North Shore Business Network. I made this video because I felt bad that I couldn't go in to set up the projector and slides, especially since I was the backup as the normal tech guy, Nick, was away on holiday.

Anyway, this video is a demonstration of how whiteboard animation videos are a great way to explain things in an engaging way.

I'll be the first to admit that the drawings aren't that great…

But it's not about the art, it's about the message or idea. I heard that from Doug Neill, the guy with the YouTube Channel about Sketchnoting.

How the video was made

  1. Plan out idea/story… What problem was I trying to solve?

  2. Sketch out rough draft on paper with visuals I need… What was the story/progression?

  3. Draw all the visual elements following my rough draft… How do I represent things visually?

  4. Import visuals into whiteboard software

  5. Record and edit voiceover

  6. Edit the length of the visuals to match the voiceover

Hope this helps with the tech set up and let me know if you would like your own custom whiteboard animation video.

The Training Institute of March of Dimes Canada Explainer Video

What does a non-profit organization with over 65 years of experience helping people with disabilities need with an explainer video? That's the story with March of Dimes Canada and the video they asked me to make for them. Here's the video. Below the video is a bit of talking about why these explainer videos work well for introducing products/services and why March of Dimes chose this type of video, too.

https://youtu.be/S20HcACbADk

They know their stuff

Turns out that when you've been successfully running an organization that helps disabled Canadians lead independent lives, you learn a thing or two about training your team. And those valuable lessons are now available to other organizations with the Training Institute of March of Dimes Canada.

Now to promote the training

But like many organizations, it's not always easy to explain a product or service, especially when people visit your website to learn about your product or service.

March of Dimes Canada recognized this issue and knew that an explainer video would be a great way to introduce the Training Institute to potential clients. It's important that people easily understand what you're offering; otherwise, they can quickly click away.

Your turn

Don't let customers slip away without letting them get to know what you have to offer. A video is like a salesperson who works 24/7 and is more powerful than your website alone.

Get in touch and let's talk about how we can make video work for you.

AUTOPROP Real Estate Marketing Explainer Video

AUTOPROP provides realtors with tons of information to help them stand out from their competition to win more business. This whiteboard style video is great for helping to explain concepts or services, so let me know if this is something you'd like for your business. https://youtu.be/ulkxGiyXIrk

What is a Screen Capture Video [VIDEO]

I was asked recently about screen capture videos and so I thought the best way to talk about a screen capture video would be to make one. So here it is, along with some information about why you would want to make one. https://youtu.be/fnMUe4dxQKI

WiseWage Prepaid Debit Card Service Explainer Video

This is an explainer video for WiseWage.org, a service that helps people get a prepaid debit card so they can stop paying check cashing fees and have a debit card they can use for their day-to-day purchases. Very cool!

https://youtu.be/5OR1VnfmnN0

To get an explainer video like this for your business, check out: http://www.carlkwan.com/get-a-video/

How Video Can Help Market Your Brand - My VW Westfalia Campervan

I often talk to people about how video should be used to establish your personal brand; in other words, using video to add a human element and emotional connection to your company. And I guess I wasn't just blowing smoke because Mark Schaefer just published an article about making business more personal that you should check out. And that was one of the reasons behind me making a video about the issues I was having with my 1994 VW Eurovan Westfalia camper. https://youtu.be/rGRxcYfvs3g

If they like you, they're more likely to buy

People will always choose to do business with someone they know, like and trust and video is such a powerful tool for demonstrating those characteristics. Until a business realizes that universal truth, or at least acknowledges how powerful that can be, the business will be stuck competing on things such as price and features.

Videos should relate to your viewers

One thing that I'm not a big fan of is simply making pretty videos with little substance. Yes, we want the videos to have that human element to them, but they should also bring some value to your viewers, too. A good strategy is to mix the pretty videos with ones that are actually useful, that educate and establish your authority.

What to do

Start by ensuring you're using a mix of video content that both educates and shows people that you're human just like them. That sounds way too simplistic but what I'm saying is you need to look at what will bring the most value to your customers, what will help them trust you, establish your authority and make them feel comfortable about working with you.

So what are your thoughts on using video to bring a more human element to your marketing and communications? Is this something you're already doing, and if so, how is it working out for you? Be great to hear your thoughts. And be sure to check out Mark's article.

SRNK Biomass Disposal Explainer Video

The SRNK (pronounced shrink) biomass disposal video was an interesting project to work on because it's a topic I didn't know much about. But I quickly understood the importance of presenting the message they wanted to get out since this video was going to used as a hook for a potentially years long contract. https://youtu.be/eQ5P1t4ZFdU

That's the great thing about explainer videos... They make it easy to explain complicated or hard to understand topics in a simple and engaging way. Well, at least that's what a good video should do. So if you want a good explainer video to help explain something that's difficult to explain, click here and let's talk.

By the way, this is another project where I wrote the script, did the voiceover and produced the final video. Whew! But it was fun and always great meeting the people behind these products and services.

Video Marketing - Why Audio is So Critical to Your Videos

When making marketing videos you have to ensure that your audio quality is up to snuff because if the audio sucks, people will get a bad impression of you and your brand, and they may not even know why. Audio quality is even more critical than video quality, as you'll hear in the video about a recent experience I had while checking out someone else's video content. https://youtu.be/VfvL_7kTa3c

What do you think? Would audio quality turn you off from working with someone or give you a bad impression?

Let me know if you have questions about making videos or if you want to get some videos made to enhance your marketing efforts.

Video Marketing - Why You Shouldn't Make Videos?

With the rising popularity and need for video to support marketing efforts, business owners are facing a dilemma of whether they should make the videos themselves or hire a videographer. I say, don’t do either and I explain why in this week’s video. https://youtu.be/0SEAljwCiso

Understanding Your Target Audience is Critical - Canada Place English Explainer Video

Canada Place English is an English language school based in Spain, just outside of Barcelona. They are in a highly competitive industry where schools are vying for the attention of customers looking for roughly the same thing. Therefore, the goal for this video was to quickly demonstrate the primary benefits of Canada Place English and why they are a better choice. https://youtu.be/1dsebVnMS_k

We also had a goal to make this a one minute long video, instead of my usual 1:30. This was a challenge but it meant really zeroing in on the core issues faced by the audience and how Canada Place English relieves those issues.

Here is what Ruben Herrera from Canada Place English had to say about the video and production process:

“We are in the highly competitive private education industry and wanted to add video to our marketing mix to help differentiate our school and get our message out. We hired Carl to produce the video because of the quality of his work. Carl was able to skillfully reshape our initial idea into a one minute long script and he also provided a professional voiceover that brought the script to life. The video itself was exactly what we had hoped for. It was very easy working with Carl, as he was quick in responding to emails and listened to feedback, while also adding his own touches to the video. Overall, it was an exceptional experience working with Carl and we are extremely pleased with the resulting video. We would be more than happy to recommend Carl for any type of video marketing project.”

If you need to communicate your message so that it’s actually heard by your target market, let’s talk about how an explainer video like this can help do the job.