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3 Video Marketing Lessons Your Brand can Learn from Coalition’s Failed Election Campaign


What went wrong? That’s the question all political commentators, campaign strategists and journalists are asking these days in the fallout leading from the 2016 elections.

Strategy first! Whether you are talking about video marketing, content marketing, or about a political campaign, it has to start with clear strategy (don’t confuse strategy with tactics, strategy is usually ONE, and tactics can be multiple).

Every single video marketing project starts with strategy session, and key elements are: your AUDIENCE, and your MESSAGE.

Wolf of Wallstreet1. Identify Your Audience

Who is your audience, what are their problems, what keeps them awake at night and how you (your business, your product or service) can solve their problems?

It’s similar with political parties, they have to identify their audiences and their problems and then shape their messages accordingly.

“Many brands make the mistake of producing marketing videos designed to target every audience, thinking that by creating video content that appeals to greater numbers of viewers, thy’ll get greater leads and sales!

Often there are many different audiences and each one of them requires a different approach, different tactics and different messages.
So, identify your audience(s) and develop personas. Without knowing your audiences you won’t be able to identify their problems, so it’d be hard to develop a meaningful message that would resonate with them.


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2. Have a Clear Message – Be Specific!

Lets say you identified your audience(s) and their needs correctly, you’ve got your personas created, now it’s time to communicate your message.


Your message might be fit for your audience, but is it specific enough. Make your message clear and easily understood – and do this quickly.

“Having a video (or other content) that conveys one main message is essential to ensure your viewers have a clear understanding.”

Your message has to resonate with your audience, they need to know from your message that you feel their pain, in business (you might have problem of getting leads, or poor conversion…) in politics (they don’t want to pay more for doctor visits or scans, or they are underemployed…).

What exactly do you want your video campaign to achieve? Does the resulting video aim to increase brand awareness? Increase leads and sales? By how much? What specific numbers? ‘’Grow your audience with social media’’ will get you nowhere, but “Increase the traffic to your website with Facebook Ads” is specific.

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3. Tell a Story –  (vs telling your slogans or a tagline)

“Jobs & Growth”, or “People First” means nothing if there is no story to support it.


Everyone loves a good story. Stories delight, motivate, challenge, anger and touch us.
Voters don’t have time to read through pages of data about your policies. They simply want to get a feel for who you are as a person and know that you can be trusted to do a good job for them. Identifying a few key story points to tell in your campaign is the best way to gain their trust, help them develop a feel for what you’re all about.

Slogans can only be effective if there is a story behind them. They need to know your story, then following up with your slogan won’t be a problem – they now know what you mean.

So, don’t assume that your potential customers know what your tag line stands for or your slogan, they need to know the full story; who you are, what you stand for, tell them a story how your product or service have solved the problem for your existing clients etc…

Have a look at few examples from Video Vault‘s clients’ videos where storytelling was used tot engage their audiences:

Please leave a comment or shoot us a question about your next video project.

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#FakeTradie – 5 Things Your Brand can Learn from #FakeTradie Video Ad

Video’s been huge in recent years, from YouTube’s cats & dogs, branded videos, Facebook’s native videos and of course, no surprise that video is a big weapon used in politics and elections more than ever.

When the government released (obviously rushed) their latest video ad, media both online and offline attacked it as being fake and nicknamed it #FakeTradie Video Ad.

So, if you are a business owner or a marketing / advertising professional, I highlighted a few points, few critical errors that can serve as video marketing lessons to brands, both businesses and organisations, lessons that can be very useful when you approach your next video marketing project.


Trust is crucial when it comes to both politics and business, you’d agree.
It’d be hard to find two areas of life where trust would be more important, yet again and again we are witnesses of both brands and political parties playing with TRUST – a commodity that is so hard to gain and so easily to squander.

Commentators and media have been very critical of a few different points in this video (you can watch the video ad just below); authenticity – ceramic mug, silver bracelet, watch… they all don’t have the place in a workplace and environment this trade is supposedly a part of.

Online videos have a big advantage over other marketing content: the human touch it brings to brands. When real people appear in your video it gains the trust of your users and, with competition growing between brands in almost every online niche, this trust can make all the difference.


“He wears high-vis and sits next to a saw.” – questions asked by many journalists and social media commentators. (This point can also go under the TRUST issue.)

When planing or producing your videos, it’s very important to observe any occupational health and safety issues that might arise.
Your video producer might not be aware of any OH & S requirements in your workplace, but a good one will definitely remind you to observe any potential OH & S requirements during the pre production or planing stage.


“Last thing you want is to complete your video, upload it… and after all this hard work only to realise that your worker should not be sitting next to a saw, for example!


One of 3 starting points when embarking on a video marketing journey and creating a video(s) for you brand is your Message (the other two are your video’s Purpose and your Audience).

Some commentators criticised video’s confused message and its inconsistency with the campaign. I’m not going to be a judge on that, I’m not a political commentator, I guess it can be argued that the ad has focussed on a specific, very targeted audience and that the message was delivered in a language that is familiar to that audience.

Still, your video should not attempt to cover more than one main message.
Having a video that conveys ONE main message is essential to ensure your viewers have a clear understanding.

If you’ve got to say more, make another video. In terms of content marketing and also SEO, it makes a perfect sense to produce multiple videos, or video series.


“Having a video that conveys one main message is essential to ensure your viewers have a clear understanding.”




Picture 20-14. TELL YOUR STORY – Don’t READ Your Story!

There were numerous calls about presenter (yes, he is a real tradie) waffling, obviously reading from a teleprompter.

For this type of video, again, where trust and authenticity is crucial, you cannot afford to have narration that is not perfect.
Talking down the barrel, straight to camera, can be challenging for most people and if you are not trained actor or a seasoned presenter, you are going to struggle.

This is one of the most important things to get right if you are attempting to make a video in a “storytelling style” – your talent (whether real or hired) has to be persuasive on camera.

Storytelling is one of the most effective ways to make a video and connect to your audience because people crave the emotional and powerful connection that comes through telling a story.


Planing and Pre-Production stage are very important, alongside the strategy which comes first.
So, once you have set your strategy and you know which type of video you are going to produce, do your homework, plan thoroughly.

Little things like a wrong tea cup, a bracelet on your hand, or big ones like “sitting next to a saw” can ruin all your hard work and of course require a reshoot which may be very costly.

Do your homework, plan meticulously, preview the video before an approval. Some mistakes can be spotted in the editing stage and require a reshoot, but even that can cost you extra, at least you haven’t released a video that will hurt your brand.
That’d be way more costly!


Please leave a comment or shoot us a question about your next video project.

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Why did General Motors Unfriend Facebook? The Whole Story.

GM’s move to cancel their $10 mil advertising package with Facebook was well reported in media and blogosphere around the world, but we rarely heard the whole story.

The real story is that GM is still “friends” with Facebook, they are still investing $30 mil a year by producing content for their Facebook page. Their page is bursting with videos, pictures and stories.

It’s Supposed to be Social

Honestly, I always thought that advertising on Facebook wouldn’t work, and that’s mainly for one big reason – it’s inherently wrong and it’s contravening with the whole idea of social media, especially Facebook – it’s supposed to be social.

When you are at a social gathering, whether on Facebook or in real life, on your child’s basketball game, you are there to socialise – not to sell or being sold on. Social media is a great tool for content marketing, for inbound marketing (pull vs push marketing) so selling there is just not appropriate. They are again interrupting you, you were there to chat with family and friends, exchange the photos, etc, not to buy stuff.

This is the reason why Google ads are working and Facebook ads are not (according to WordStream research), when on Google you are looking for a product or a service and advertising at the moment of buying decision is welcome, it’s actually perfect moment – you are not interrupted.

Content is King

GM released the following statement on the matter:

… we are reassessing our advertising, but remain committed to an aggressive content strategy with all of our products and brands, as it continues to be a very effective tool for engaging with our customers.

Facebook was struggling for years to come up with a monetising format and to prove ROI for facebook ads.

So, it’s only logical move from GM to move their resources where their mouth is. Apart from their Facebook page, GM has also a very vibrant You Tube channel called “gmblogs”. They opened their channel in 2006 and now features over 300 videos, more than 3 mil views and 1,700 subscribers. The YT channel is actually content creation fuel for their group of blogs gmblogs that includes 7 different blogs.

What’s in common for their You Tube channel and their blogs is storytelling, powerful stories told by ordinary people, their staff, their customers and others.

Storytelling is that secret sauce that good video production has compared to average video.

Companies have long emphasized the role of content for providing customers and prospects with useful information and meaningful insight, and the rise of digital distribution and production channels over past years has certainly propelled content marketing to new heights and investments.

With distribution channels (You Tube, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and other networks) now leveling the playing field, by being available to businesses of all shapes and sizes, it is the right time for you to take advantage of this powerful marketing tool.

Storytelling and content is so important and critical to attracting and retaining customers, so every business’ first goal should be how to integrate them into their PR, marketing, social media and overall corporate image.

Please tell us what are your challenges in creating more content for your business.

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Winning Hearts and Minds – my Valentine’s Day [Video]

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

When I received a phone call in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, from APCO’s Director Robert Anderson, the last thing I expected to hear was: “Mio, got anything planned for Valentine’s Day?”

Few good laughs later, he opened his cards and explained that this years APCO Franchisee of the Year Awards Night is under the theme – “Winning Hearts and Minds”.

This is the 4th year in a row that Digital Video Vault was in charge of covering their biggest night (and day) of the year, filming the event, producing the DVD, an online video for You Tube and a dedicated microsite live within 24 hrs with images they can share with their franchisees, suppliers and guests.

The day starts with Suppliers’ Session seminars and keynotes from various figures with background in economics and business analytics.

Night is always reserved for gala dinner with Awards Ceremony and topped of with an inspirational guest speaker.

What I really wanted to share with you is the feeling you carry after an APCO event. Top companies are expected to organise outstanding events; great locations (last 2 years it was Park Hyatt, before that Grand Hyatt), well known keynote speakers and celebrity inspirational guest speakers.

But what is fascinating is that family feeling; you can expect to see the same APCO team, same event organiser, same businesses partnering to deliver another perfect event. They soon make you feel as part of the family.

So, with naming this year event “Winning Hearts & Minds” APCO management wanted to pay special tribute to their customers and those serving on the front lines of customer service.

In an atmosphere like that it’s really not hard to give that little extra, to exceed their expectations and deliver an outstanding video, so, when it comes to Winning Hearts & Minds, they’ve certainly won mine.

Watch this space, Winning Hearts & Minds trailer coming soon.

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HR and Recruitment flying high with Video – Interview with RedBalloon’s Naomi Simson

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Recently I interviewed Naomi Simson, founder  and CEO (Chief Engagement Officer) of I was attending Technology Enterprenuership Forum in Geelong where Naomi was listed as one of the keynote speakers.

Being already connected on Linkedin, I knew that RedBalloon was already successfully using video in their marketing. If you were interested, for example, in Hot Air Ballooning Over The Yarra Valley you can watch a short video and I have to admit, made me instantly want one for Christmas (any chance… Santa…  :).

Video for Internal Communications

But, what I didn’t know is the fact that RedBalloon uses video for internal communication, induction and team building. As those videos are of course for internal communication, we saw only few sequences for the purpose of her Forum presentation, but it is obvious that people are having fun working there and what could be a better way to show employee satisfaction and entice new staff than with video.

In this interview Naomi tells us about role of  video in both marketing and HR and recruitment.

Please share with us what you are using video for in you company or organisation, or what would you like to use it for.

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Does Your Brand Tell a Powerful Story?

July 20, 2011 3 comments

Promotional Video Image DoCareWhen I was approached by DoCare Geelong and had that first planning meeting with Stuart Müller their Executive Officer, I knew straight away that what is going to make this video project successful – is a powerful story.

All the latest equipment, creative approach, smart effects can help, but everything will be decided on our ability to capture emotions and tell a story in an engaging way.

One of the best ways for an entrepreneur or an organisation to get a leg up in this competitive climate and differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack is to tell your brand story.

Fast forward some dozen or so interviews, numerous locations, couple of previews and we’ve had a final cut – the DVD was ready. Big scene, The National Volunteers Day, large group of volunteers and clients, board members, sponsors and distinguished guests…

“Thursday morning went very well and the DVD was very well received … volunteers and Board Members were most impressed with the result.” I was reading Stuart’s email the following day,

“Everyone asked me how did we get those fantastic stories!”

This is the third in a series of three videos you can watch online, each one covering one of three main services DoCare offers::

When we met next time for the preview of DoCare’s induction video we spoke more about the impact video has had in that short period of time; “Video has brought all team together, both staff and volunteers as many of them were involved in the making of the video. It’s a great story and everyone is proud that they’ve been involved…”

Story is how we connect with each other. Wonder why the emerging social networking sites are so popular? The answer is because people crave the emotional and powerful connection that comes through telling a story.

The best brand stories are irresistible, compelling and provocative in a way that your target audience is going to consume, seamlessly and effortlessly. Telling that kind of brand story will position you and your company as a leader in marketplace.

Take Apple, for example. Its brand story challenges you to “think different”, to join the group and the cause. To adopt an innovative and  pioneering spirit  and to dare to get “The computer for the rest of us.”

Why is storytelling important to your business?

  • An authentic brand story makes you memorable.
  • It differentiates you as desirable.
  • It brings your brand to life.
  • Your target market becomes hugely responsive.
  • It positions you as an expert in your field.

If you’re ready to start shaping your brand story, remember this tip: If you want others to recognise you, the best way is to recognise yourself first. Before you tell your brand story, recognsise the kind of message and meaning you want to embed in your story.

You personality (your image) shapes your brand story and consequently your image (your story) will shape your audience’s perception about your brand.

Please leave a comment or tell us YOUR brand’s story.

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