Discover YOUR Story!

Discover YOUR Story!

That’s today’s message! Discover the story that you want to convey. Discover the emotion that you want to share. Discover the connection that you want to make with your audience.

That was the whole process that I took while creating this video. I wanted to share a story of a discovery. And not just that, I wanted it from a different perspective than my own, and from that of a child. What does a child do when they explore the world around them? The first thoughts that came to mind were playing in dirt, climbing trees, playing with toys, creating art, catching bugs…and BAM! The script came to be, based on those concepts.

Next, I knew the voiceover had to be a child, and the visuals needed to include the child too. So, I enlisted the help of my 5-year-old son, who has a cute voice, and was willing to do some acting as well. He’s adorable. I’m biased.

I wanted his footage to be in this world of bright vibrant creative colors and shapes. So I got to work, and I discovered so much about how to capture those child-like moments. There was also a lot of discovery about how to take the visuals that were in my brain and make them work in an animation.

 

So next time you set down to discover the story that you want to tell, think about a different perspective of your story. Look at ways that you could do things that you haven’t done before. If you’ve always used a very corporate serious tone, look at how you can inject humor! If your colors have been limited, explore how you can infuse more vibrant colors. That’s what I’m discovering, and that’s what we are doing for our clients here at Ydraw.

Lee Wiley
Lead Editor at Ydraw

Your 2018 Video Marketing Budget: Use It Or Lose It!

We’re coming up on the end of the year, folks! It’s time to look back on your company’s marketing expenditures, evaluate your results and begin planning for the year to come.

But wait, not so fast!

Though it’s always important to look ahead don’t forget to follow through with 2018’s marketing campaigns and finish the year out with a video-marketing bang!

Most companies slow their marketing efforts as the year-end approaches. By consciously doing the opposite of this common trend, you can gain a competitive edge to break away from the pack by keeping your marketing push strong right up until the 2019 ball drops.

 

Top 3 reasons to for beefed-up fourth quarter marketing:

  1. Spending Deadlines:It ain’t over, till it’s over.

As the year comes to a close, some departments may locate excess budget floating around. With the “use it or lose it” policy found in most organizations, department managers are looking for opportunities to spend these additional dollars.

Don’t let your department get passed up. Be vocal and visible with your video campaign ideas just in case these other departments are looking for ways to spend their dollars.

Stay on top of your marketing efforts. This includes value-based bullet points that highlight achievable results in the current year and extending into the next year. Being organized and keeping your campaigns rolling forward can help justify last minute marketing purchases.

  1. 2019’s Budget:Spend More Now= Get More Later.

Now is the time when many companies start kicking off their budgeting efforts and mapping out spend for next year.

During this time, department heads are looking for ways to get the biggest bang for their budgeting buck.

This also makes now a good time to use the current year’s budget to get a head start on next year’s campaigns… think ahead by producing next year’s content NOW!

  1. Marketing Momentum:Stay Visible To Your Audience.

Don’t let preparations for a busy first quarter make you invisible to your customers during the Holidays.

This is the most wonderful time of the year, where they are programmed to spend some serious $$$. Keep your products and services in view with some fresh videos.

Ongoing communications is key to creating leads and keeping your target prospective customers engaged.

 

Video and Marketing Are A Match Made In Heaven

If you want your message to find it’s way in front of a set of eyeballs and a pair of ears, the proof of video’s prowess is in the statistical pudding:

  • 75 Million people in the U.S. watch online videos everyday.
  • Merely mentioning the word ‘video’ in an email subject line, the click-through rate increased by 13%.
  • Nearly 50% of all video is watched on a mobile device.
  • By 2019, internet video traffic will account for 80% of all consumer Internet traffic
  • Videos up to 2 minutes long get the most engagement.

 

Create Videos Now

These forgotten fourth quarter months can be the prime time to wrap up 2018 with a video that will create a buzz leading into the new year while also increasing your spend that may lead to more funding for the future!

Creating new content can ensure ongoing communication with your audience while building and maintaining brand recognition. This constant buzz breathes life into your value proposition, year round.

 

2018 Budget: Use It Or Lose It… Create With Ydraw And Market Strong All Year Long

The Business Books Every Business Owner Should Read!

Written by Erica Schmidt Jabali

We’re screeching fast towards the end of the year and we all know what that means: end of the year marketing pushes, the bustle of the holiday season – and before you know it – staring at your New Year’s Resolutions for 2019.

So, before you write down, “Join a gym,” let’s talk about what you can do to build your business and how you can use your YDraw video to achieve your marketing goals.

Luckily, the easiest way to talk about BOTH of those things is to talk about books.

Because by honing in on the best business books out there, you’ll be on the fast track to creating the viral video of your dreams and then marketing it to perfection.

Let’s start with a book that inspired our name – YDraw:

  1. Start With Why by Simon Sinek

With over 2,000 almost-perfect reviews on Amazon and the 3rd most popular TED talk of all time by the same name, you can see why Sinek’s landmark book is at the top of our list.

Sinek talks about the idea of The Golden Circle as the framework upon which your business should be built and it starts with the question, “WHY?”

By looking at WHY you do what you do and WHY you sell what you do, you are able to find what will help your target consumer buy into your product, your service, or your movement.Sinek’s philosophy works because emotion trumps reasons every time.

So, whether you want to revive a checked out team of employees or market a new product to the masses in your next whiteboard video, take notes from Sinek and Start With Why.2. Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller

This is another powerful read that you won’t want to miss. Miller starts out with a bang by saying, “Customers don’t generally care about your story; they care about their own.”

He goes on to explain how businesses can spend less on marketing if they can focus their message “on the aspects of their offer that will help people survive and thrive.”

This, friends, is what explainer videos and whiteboard animation videos are ALL about!

The goal is to boil down complicated ideas or lengthy messages into short, simple, engaging, movie trailer-style videos that will speak quickly and directly to how what you do will benefit your consumer.

After all, like Miller says – “Your customer should be the hero of the story, not your brand.”3. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

If you’re looking for some inspiration on thinking outside the box – you can’t go further outside of it than Elon Musk. Often called a “real-life Tony Stark”, Musk has dedicated his life to creating technological inventions that are paving the way for future breakthroughs.

He may be a controversial character in his personal life, but we can still be inspired by his ambitious entrepreneurial pursuits.

When embarking on a creative project, such as a whiteboard animation video, you have a fantastic opportunity to push the envelope of reality. So, if you need some encouragement to leave the status quo in your dust, this book may be the one for you.
4.Creativity, Inc. By Ed Catmull

The book that Forbes said, “Just might be the best business book ever written,” has been making waves for years.

Understandably, since Creativity, Inc. is our all-access pass into the inside of Pixar Animation, by our tour guide Catmull, a co-founder.

And, really, who better to learn from about storytelling than the company that changed animation forever?

Chock full of insightful guidance on how to create amazing teams to the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar films beloved all around the world, Creativity, Inc. might be the secret sauce you have been looking for to inspire your next incredible YDraw video.

Honestly, we could keep you here all day talking about the incredible books out there. But, instead, we’ll put the rest on a virtual bookshelf for you.

Browse at your leisure, pick up what interests you, and leave some suggestions of your own in the comments below.

On Our Shelf:

Finding The Perfect Video Style For Your Company

Finding The Perfect Video Style For Your Company

Let’s talk about style…

The style of your video sends a subconscious message to your viewers and lets them know that your company is professional, modern, playful, organized, credible, genuine or any other positive brand qualifier.

If you haven’t already noticed, here at Ydraw we produce many different video styles. Some clients come to us knowing what type of video style they want and others not knowing their options let alone the differences between them.

Rather than shoving you into a box you don’t fit in, we are here to help guide you in the right direction and determine what video style best fits your unique brand, message, audience and budget.

Here is just a quick glimpse of a few of our video styles:

 

WHITEBOARD/BLACKBOARD/CARDBOARD:

Purpose: These videos are hand drawn with marker on the paper of your choice. The purpose is to create simple, relatable and easy to understand stories/concepts to explain your product or service.  By lining up powerful narration and simple artwork we hit both sides of the brain to keep your audience interested and wanting to know more. These videos are our favorite for teaching.

Budget: Range from $ – $$

Features:

  • Traditional artwork
  • See the artists hand draw while narration is happening
  • Small digital effects added in to bring on artwork or pose change a character’s expression etc.
  • Hand drawn
  • Funny and relatable

 

YSWIPE:

Purpose: This video style uses Pattern Interruption to change the viewers thoughts or perception and redirect their attention to what you want to show them. We use the artists hand to slide/snap/wipe/point artwork on/off screen to keep the video upbeat and lower the viewers defenses.

Budget: Range from $-$$$

Features:

  • Traditional or digital artwork.
  • Upbeat and fast moving
  • Uses Pattern Interruption
  • Artists hand slides/snaps/wipes/points artwork on screen.

 

YPAINT:

Purpose: Ypaint videos use full watercolor or pencil sketches and have a more realistic art style. Instead of seeing the artists hand, we digitally reveal the images as if they are being digitally painted or dropped on screen like a water droplet. These videos use slow movements and soft pastel colors to evoke emotion in the viewer. If you want your video to be inspirational, motivational and classy, this may just be the style for you.

Budget: $$

Features:

  • Inspirational/Motivational/Classy
  • Slower pace
  • Soft Pastel Colors
  • No hand involved
  • Realistic artwork

 

MOTION GRAPHICS:

Purpose: This video style uses simple digital artwork and kinetic typography to explain complex topics in a literal or abstract manner. Motion Graphic videos are fast moving and can allow a boring topic to be upbeat and easy to understand without telling a story or condensing information. Most of the time they are used to explain a complex product or show a result.

Budget: $$-$$$

Features:

  • Pattern Interruption
  • Lots of movement
  • Simple digital artwork
  • Exact brand colors
  • More sophisticated
  • Fast moving
  • Can be literal or abstract
  • Moveable characters and objects

 

ANIMATION OVERLAY:

Purpose: This style overlays digital artwork on top of live video to make them more interactive and fun. Although we love using real people to evoke real emotion, sometimes it can get boring. If you want to show that your company is trustworthy by using live video as well as relatable and unique by using digital artwork, this style is for you!

Budget: $$-$$$$$ (Depending on price of live video). We are happy to do the live for you, or you can send us the live video and we can animate on top!

Features:

  • Can be endorsed by celebrity in live video
  • Trustworthy
  • Sophisticated
  • Interactive
  • Allows viewers to go back and find a specific spot to rewatch.
  • Combine real people and digital artwork

 

2D ANIMATION:

Purpose: This video style uses engaging narration and compelling characters and backgrounds to tell a story. Characters can range from simple stick figures to more complex and detailed characters. 2D animation allows the characters to move and talk more than you will see in a motion graphic video. Think cartoons like Tom and Jerry or Phineas and Ferb.

Budget:  $$$-$$$$$

Features:

  • Characters that talk and move more realistically
  • Unique artwork that range from simple to complex
  • Interactive and fun

 

3D ANIMATION:

Purpose: These videos use beautiful and complex three-dimensional characters and backgrounds to tell your story without using real people and places. The bigger the budget, the more complex artwork and movement. Think Toy Story or Tangled. The downfall to 3D Animation is that you are competing with companies like Pixar and Disney who have enormous budgets and endless amounts of time.

Budget:  $$$$-$$$$$

Features:

  • More bells and whistles than other video styles
  • More sophisticated and complex
  • Lots of movement
  • Time consuming
  • Characters can talk and move
  • Digitally drawn artwork

 

 So now that you know the basics, what video style is right for you?

What may have worked for one company may not work for yours. Depending on your purpose, audience, brand and budget there is a perfect style for your company and we are here to help you find it.

Confessions from a Project Manager

Here at Ydraw, we work with amazing people every day, from all over the world, to create awesome videos.

Our completely custom videos are perfect for companies, because we can create EXACTLY what they need. From the scripting, to the choice of art style, to your voiceover selection, to our custom music composer, everything is tailored to our customer’s needs.

Since each video is entirely unique, it requires both parties to be equally invested and provide timely feedback. COLLABORATION IS KEY! This can be both a blessing and a curse.

One of the biggest challenges we run into when creating videos is understanding each parties’ roles in the project. We rely on the client to provide the information needed for us to understand their product or service, and in return, ask our clients to trust us when it comes to creating the best content for them.

Sometimes clients will focus in on one minor detail that has little or no impact on the overall messaging of the video, and can eventually lead to an experience or end product that isn’t so spectacular.

For instance, have you ever looked at a word so many times that you convince yourself it’s spelled wrong? The more your stare at it, the weirder it looks… even though it was right from the beginning. This can happen when creating content.

When creating videos, we notice this problem in the artwork phase. For example, a client will get so hung up on the color of “Mary’s shirt”, and before you know it, they’ve convinced themselves that their ENTIRE video is a failure, because absolutely NO ONE is going to understand or even watch the video, if her shirt is red, and NOT blue…

Sounds dramatic… but we see examples like this happen with our clients often.

We completely understand that these projects, these videos, are as important as your first born child! You have a lot of pressure to produce an amazing product, but it’s imperative to remember to step back and focus on the overall message of your video.

So if the color of Mary’s shirt isn’t the most important part to creating a successful video… then what is?

The message!

First, you want to establish your message. Keep it clear and concise! Second, ensure that your content helps to portray that message.

 Don’t know where to start? The good news is that Ydraw can do it all for you!

(and don’t worry.. if you want Mary’s shirt to be blue, we’ll make sure it’s the prettiest blue you’ve ever seen.)