At Kaptcha we help companies create more emotional connections with their audiences.
We make films that work. Films that connect with people. Films that stir emotion and inspire action.
Our team is built around award-winning BBC executives, directors and crew. We give a full end-to-end service – creative and strategic thinking, combined with huge editorial experience from the broadcast TV world.
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So now your film is in great shape, how do you make the most of the post?
1. Go native
Linkedin likes it best when you post natively to the platform. This means you take your video file and attach it to your post, rather than putting a link to another platform like YouTube or Vimeo into your link). If you can, then post natively.
2. Start fast
Get momentum on your film in the first hour as Linkedin will then push it to more viewers’ timelines. The Linkedin algorithm does keep changing, but if you can get 10 likes and comments in the first hour after you post then you’ll get a boost. Ask 10 or more people on your team to like and/or comment soon after you post.
3. Tagging and timing
The most popular times to browse Linkedin are the morning and evening commute times, around 7.30 to 8.30am and then 5 to 6pm. If you post around or just before these times then you stand a better chance of more people seeing your post quickly. Don’t forget to allow for the time zone where your audience is based. Use relevant hashtags in the text, it will help people find your films.
4. Go where the audience is
If your company has a following, post on its Linkedin page. To get additional views of your film get some of your people to post the film on their own Linkedin profiles. Make sure they have the original film file so they can post natively.
5. Words count
The text you put in your post can grab people’s attention to make them want to watch the film. Think of your first line of text as an advert for your film. This poststarts: ‘Lynne Hanner is an amazing woman.’ Break text in the post into short lines. It’s easier to read and Linkedin likes the fact that more space is taken up.
So now you’re all set to start filming and get posting! For any questions, contact me on LinkedIn or email@example.com
LinkedIn is a great opportunity to reach a B2B audience with content that helps people solve a business problem. Video has been an option for a while now, but how do you make your video content fly? There are two elements to success with film on LinkedIn:
1. Making your film
2. Promoting your film
Here are the five essentials for making films that work on LinkedIn.
1. Get Emotional
Video is particularly powerful in the awareness phase of your customers buying journey, when you want to tell a story or evoke an emotional response. But for video to do its job properly, the story must be right too. The best brand videos – the ones made by Gillette, Airbnb or Nike, for example – don’t talk about products or services. They talk about how those products and services make you feel.
2. Strong visuals matter
Strong visuals grab attention. There’s a lot of dull video on LinkedIn and corporate filmmakers learned years ago to avoid talking heads where possible. Make yours quirky, dynamic, exciting. If your subject makes this difficult, faces are great for grabbing attention. Close-ups work well, like this hugely popular Nike film.
3. Don’t waste time
For Linkedin get straight into the film and the interesting visuals. Don’t put logos or the film title at the start. A faster cutting pace generally grabs more attention. It depends on the visuals, but generally about one cut per second keeps people watching. Viewing duration is more generous on Linkedin than some other platforms, but 30-90 seconds generally works best for most films. Speeches and strong stories can keep people watching longer.
4. Go vertical
Vertical or square video works well on Linkedin. It takes up more screen space as people scroll down, so they’re likely to see it. More people are watching on their phones, so vertical video takes up their whole screen. This film about Game of Thronesfrom Business Insider got it right.
5. Sound off
LinkedIn defaults to muting a video’s sound on first play and many people will leave it that way while they watch. Sub-titling films is one way to attract your audience, or even better incorporate graphic text into your film so the audience can understand even without sound. This World Economic Forum filmworks just as well with or without sound.
So now you’re all set to start filming. That means we're half way there. But there's still the critical question of posting your video effectively. We'll look at this in Part 2.
Why post-production matters in your recruitment film
Post-production includes editing, graphics, grading and sound mixing. This is where you can get maximum value from your recruitment film. At the filming stage, you should be thinking about the different ways your film will be used so you make sure to shoot all the material you need on your filming day/s.
1. Music to recruit staff
Choosing the right music to go with your story can make a HUGE difference to the feel of the film – and how watchable it is. It also says a lot about your brand. Recruitment films by the tech giant Apple are often a quirky and innovative, Red Bull choose dynamic, energetic music (music that gives you wings), whereas Aviva’s music, like this film we made about their Parental Leave policy, is generally warm and inviting.
Music should be appropriate to the story you are telling, and to your brand and its values. Library music is a lot cheaper than commercial music, where you can spend thousands to clear one commercial track, and with a little searching there are some good library tracks out there. Does the music in your films represent the personality of your brand and suit the story?
2. Subtitles. Always.
Subtitles are now a must for all brand films online, and nowhere is this more true than with your recruitment film. Many videos are viewed on social media without audio – for example 85% of Facebook videos are watched on mute. Subtitles allow the viewer to still see what people are saying even if they can’t hear it. In fact, many people prefer watching videos with subtitles even if they don’t have to.
Subtitles can also give your film and brand a boost in search rankings. Subtitles improve SEO, because Google indexes captions that you’ve added to videos (they don’t index automatically generated captions, like those YouTube can add for you). If you are using the video on social networks, be conscious of the sizing and format, and that subtitles don’t get obscured by set features – such as LinkedIn’s time countdown feature on mobile.
But it’s not just the stats and SEO that make subtitles a must. The context of watching a recruitment film is likely to be personal and on mobile, and mobile viewing is more likely to be without sound. No-one who is thinking of changing jobs is going to watch a recruitment video on their desktop machine in the open office.
3. Sweat the assets
Users interact with different social platforms in different ways. In short the length and style of your video should be different for different platforms. For Instagram and Twitter where people are scrolling through, 15-30 seconds in duration works best. For LinkedIn around 60 to 90 seconds works well, whereas on YouTube and your own website viewers are more likely to watch for longer, although we’d still recommend keeping films to between 2-3 minutes maximum. Think about where your potential audience are most likely to be watching and make the most of your recruitment films by re-cutting and re-purposing for the different social channels where you’ll be posting.
Once you find and start to share those powerful people stories, you’ll find other people will come forward with stories they want to share. There’s no better way to recruit staff than sharing powerful films about people and your brand values.
Being featured in a film is an honour. Well-made people films make your colleagues, customers and candidates feel proud to be part of your brand story.
As part of our series on the most effective video strategies for business, we have pulled together 10 tips to recruit staff with film – as well as engaging your colleagues. Part One deals with setting up your film for success, while here in Part Two we cover the business end of the process: shooting the film/s. In Part 3 we will look at getting the most from your recruitment films in the post-production stage.
1. Make it authentic
One of the most common errors in corporate film-making is writing the script for interviews in advance. Avoid this unless you are lucky enough to have colleagues who are brilliant actors.
So instead of telling contributors the exact words to say, use an interview setup to ask them questions that lead them to speak naturally.
Research is the key to ensuring that when the cameras roll, the director knows what they want the contributors to say. The director asking questions off-camera is a tried and tested way to interview. This applies to an interview on Graham Norton, to a talking head on Panorama and to your film.
The subject’s performance on camera is key too. The contributor must come across as natural, authentic, genuine. An experienced director will get this, and a really good one will get unexpected nuggets from the interview that will make the film feel really special. They could be moments of warmth, pain or humour that enhance the narrative like this film we made for Carphone Warehouse.
If this sounds complicated, it’s because it is. It’s hard to coax a great interview because most of us are not naturals on camera. Add corporate management structures into the mix, and you’ve got a risky situation where a senior manager might come across badly on camera, reflecting badly on you as the comms manager. You don’t want to go there.
This is why many experienced comms professionals prefer to use an experienced crew and director. The stakes can be too high to get it wrong.
2. Share feelings and emotions
Film is a great medium for connecting emotionally with audiences. It creates emotional bonds between your brand and the audience, and people are more likely to share emotional content.
But to do this you need to get compelling content from your people. Personal stories are a great way of doing this. People remember stories and the way they made them feel longer than they remember facts and figures.
In particular, ask people questions that about their feelings. How did that make you feel? Why is that important to you?
People relate to feelings. Also when people are talking about their feelings they tend to be more animated and expressive on camera – which makes the film not only more powerful, but also more watchable.
3. Location, location, location
We are often asked to film interviews, and are then given a small office room to film the interview, with the obligatory potted plant in the background. They almost always look dull and grey on camera and they won’t help you recruit staff.
Very few broadcast interviews are shot in small office rooms as TV crews know this will look dull. A better option is filming in unexpected office locations, like the office stairwell or the roof. It is less expected for the viewer, so it tends to keep the audience’s attention longer, even if what is being said is exactly the same as in the small dull office.
If must be a room in your building, then generally the bigger the better. Space allows the director to add more depth and perspective to the shot and potentially light and dress the room to be more visually interesting.
Another option is to film away from the office completely. If you can, make it somewhere relevant to the interviewee and the story, like their home or a place that’s relevant to a hobby featured in the film. This film we made for Middlesex University with one of their lecturers is a good example of where taking them away from their office environment added to the story.
4. Use cutaways
Without cutaways you could be relying primarily on talking heads. Pure talking heads can be watchable (more so if you make the background interesting as in point 3), and it is possible to jump cut or use quick dissolves from one sound bite to another. But general interview sequences are helped massively by additional cutaways.
Cutaways add pace and visual interest for the viewer – subliminally keeping them more interested and engaged with the film. They work because in real-life conversations, we don’t stare non-stop at the person who’s speaking. Cutaways mimic that reflex to look away briefly while listening.
Cutaways also enhance the story by giving extra information that isn’t offered by just the talking head interviews. Our brains are hard-wired to blend different sensory inputs simultaneously. Associating images and sound, when done expertly, is hugely powerful.
And, as with the interview, a really good director will spot moments and cutaways that bring something extra and special to the film. The best cutaways might not be the obvious ones because viewers are engaged more by surprising associations than predictable ones.
These are just some of the filming techniques you can use to recruit staff. For the full picture, click here to ask a question or look out for Part 3 of our blog series, which will show you what to do at the edit stage.