About Us Video Made Easy

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My wife reads a bunch of interior design blogs, and one of the bloggers recently wrote about how difficult it was for her to create an About Us video. That doesn’t surprise me.

I’m not going to mention the blogger. I watched her video and while it wasn’t an awful amateur attempt, it was an amateur attempt. Unless I’m pointing out specifics to use as teaching moments, I don’t like to point a figure at sub-par videos. Without purpose, it’s just mean.

Anyway… the point I wanted to touch on is simply involves the About Us video in general. The blogger was right. It is hard to produce, especially when you’re doing it on yourself. Trust me, I’m a veteran video storyteller, and one of the most difficult About Us videos I’ve produced was on T60.

One of the reasons is simply perspective. You know everything there is to know about you or your company. Cutting that down to fit a 1-2 minute video is tough. You want to tell everyone everything, but that just doesn’t work.

How do you do it?

It takes an incredible focus on what your customer wants. Remember, this video might be ABOUT you, but it’s not FOR you. The video is for your audience. Every step of the way you need to be asking yourself, what’s the information they need? What are the issues relevant to them? Questions like those will guide you down the right path.

Don’t produce an About Us video at all

Of course, probably the best way to produce an About Us video is what our clients do. They don’t produce one at all. They have us do it for them.

Self-serving, yes, but it’s true. Bringing in an professional storyteller with a fresh and unbiased perspective usually results in a better video. Not to mention they should be a better and more efficient videographer and editor.

An About Us video is something every business/organization should have, and while it can be a tough task… it doesn’t have to be.

–Tony Gnau

Tony Gnau is a three-time Emmy-winning journalist. He is also the founder and chief storytelling officer at T60 Productions. T60 has won 11 Telly Awards for its work over the last eight years.