Should Brands Bring Video Production In-House?

Should Brands Bring Video Production In-House?

So, what does ‘doing video content in-house’ actually mean? At its simplest, in-housing your video content production is just the same as in-housing any other aspect of your brand’s services. So, if you’re going to in-house video production services, you’ll need to hire video production specialists. Then there’s the consideration of equipment: what to buy and what to hire. How about lights or sound equipment? Quality, Quality, Quality If you are making video content, especially for external purposes, anything you produce will be a direct reflection of your brand. It’s certainly possible that with relatively minimal equipment, the right people and good preparation, you can produce good quality, in-house video content, such as interviews with team members. b) Simply producing too much content: the risk of “creating content for content’s sake” becomes all too real, with the possible outcome that quality will take second place to quantity. Is the kind of content you’re wanting to create best suited to an in-house team? and the rough and ready, more regular, interview-style content for release on social media or for internal purposes (consider creating in-house).

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If you’re currently working in marketing for any large firm then you will no doubt by now have been involved in some way in the production of digital video content for your brand.

For those creating content on a more frequent basis, the question that inevitably arises is: “shouldn’t we be doing some of this video content in-house? Surely there will be cost savings and, hey, doesn’t John from Accounts have the latest iPhone?”

For those considering in-housing the video content production process, here are a few points to think through before taking the leap.

So, what does ‘doing video content in-house’ actually mean?

At its simplest, in-housing your video content production is just the same as in-housing any other aspect of your brand’s services. It will usually involve the allocation of responsibility for delivering that service to an internal team made up of permanent or semi-permanent staff rather than the use of an external third party.

Why doesn’t everyone create their video content in-house?

One of the many tricky areas involved with the in-housing of video production services is the largely specialist nature of a number of the roles associated with making great films.

While many members of the team might consider themselves “very handy with a camera,” there are several reasons why the video production piece should be handled by specialists. So, if you’re going to in-house video production services, you’ll need to hire video production specialists.

That sounds expensive…

It can be. Hiring specialists, of any sort, carries considerable cost implications, not only on a per person basis but also as you decide how many additional staff to take on and exactly what kind of roles to in-house: Creative? Director? Producer? Cameraman? Sound? Lighting? Editor?

Then there’s the consideration of equipment: what to buy and what to hire. Do you need to own your own camera equipment? How about lights or sound equipment? Do you need to set up an edit suite in-house? You’ll need space for that, and what about a studio to film in?

Crucially important is the issue of data handling and storage. How are you managing the recording and processing of all this digital content and where will you store it, back it up and ensure it is easily accessible when you need it?

And we haven’t even touched upon the questions around how to effectively plan for video content before filming has started (strategy) or how the content is going to reach your audience after you’ve finished (distribution).

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