Tag : video

26 Dec 2017


“About Videos” on a your website, if done well, can be a great way for people to learn about you, your products or your services.

I visit websites because I am curious, I want to know more. That is why I am there. (And I like watching more than I like reading, so a quick video is always welcome!)

Of course it’s a balance to get it just right for your audience. If you are authentic and professional you’ll get the message out and people will enjoy learning more about you and what you are offering. If you over do it, it may seem like too much of a sales pitch or even worse, be boring.

We’ve all grown up seeing plenty of TV commercials, from screaming appliance salesmen to uber-sophisticated, high-tech productions. But a good “about video” isn’t so much a commercial as it’s a nice chance to introduce yourself.

I’ve been doing more and more of these kinds of videos like the one below. It is a lot of fun to see what emerges from the process. The rule of thumb is to keep it short and sweet and real.

03 Aug 2017
Riverfest Vikings


Branding an event is as important as branding your business.  What’s it all about?  How do you get people to attend?  By having fun.

Every year, Frenchtown NJ, a Delaware River town and my home base, has an end of summer event call Riverfest.  It is fun but was never especially distinctive.  Two years ago some guys started dressing up like Vikings and created an event within the event called the Paper Boat Races.  Kids make paper boats, drift them down the river and see which one wins.  Simple and fun.  The Vikings moderate it and all the spectators can see the race from the bridge.

Just by being fun, goofy and original, the Riverfest Vikings became a favorite part of the day for everyone.  I am a big supporter of Frenchtown and thought it would be great to use the love of the Riverfest Vikings to brand the festival, so I got them together for a photoshoot.  First some high school-style headshots in the studio then a group shot by the river.  We used a green screen so we can clip and insert backgrounds later.

Once we got the shot down by the river it seemed like a great time to up the ante and spontaneously do a video.  So I sent them into the river, gave them their lines and let them work their magic. It’s a short clip and the guys are hilarious.  I think we’ve successfully branded the spirit of Riverfest.