Employee Motivation with Steve Rizzo

November 1st, 2012

14220539866_fc2c817ce8_nOne of the biggest problems facing companies today is employee motivation. Whether we like it or not, employees bring all of their problems, situations, experiences and personal relationships from home to the office. One of the things that long-time Primeau Productions client Steve Rizzo does as a motivational speaker is to teach people how to look at life from a different perspective. Steve refers to this as “the humor perspective.” Now, this may make some of you reading this blog post angry because you think “yeah, sure, this smart, bald Italian guy from New York is gonna tell me what I need to do to make my life better?” Well, chances are the negative attitude that you have already is what is holding you back most from achieving all the successes that you want out of life. This lack of success is extremely demotivating.

The psychology of motivation began a long time ago with some of the great writers of our time: Norman Vincent Peale, Napoleon Hill and Earl Nightingale. The basic concept here – which isn’t mine, nor is it Rizzo’s – originally came from Earl Nightingale when he created the recording “The Strangest Secret.” That recording is still available today and I highly suggest that you listen to it. The concept behind “The Strangest Secret” is that what you think about comes about. That is one of the building blocks that I’ve used throughout my entire career.

Rizzo shares his experiences and helps the audience learn via stories that are sometimes serious and other times incredibly funny to help the audience learn. It’s a fact that people will learn more when they’re having fun. So not only does Riz create a fun environment when he does his keynote presentations, but he also teaches his audience – once he’s earned their trust and respect – what it takes in order to have a positive attitude and how to use humor to maintain that positive attitude from day to day.

I’ve even seen the result of his message in the forms of letters and emails from audience members as well as people on his staff.

Take a look at the video below and I think you’ll understand the value of a positive mental attitude and the way it can affect employee motivation.

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Internet Video Viewing Analytics Survey Results

October 5th, 2012

2220267854_532f9d35df_nPrimeau Productions conducted a survey during September 2012 to learn more about people’s Internet video viewing behavior. We’re pleased to publish the results and to announce the winner of the Internet Video Viewing Behavior Survey Sweepstakes: Richard Avdoian. As his prize, we will produce a 2-3 minute video production with custom motion graphics and music for him.

Read the results of survey below. Click on the graphs to view them in larger formats.

1. On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 being the most and 5 being the least), how much do you enjoy watching online videos?

11.8% responded 1, 21.3% responded 2, 26.8% responded 3, 27.6% responded 4, 12.6% responded 5.

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Professional Speaker Demo Videos Copyright and Permission Use

October 5th, 2012

file0001646331361Any video recording–including professional speaker demo videos–must maintain integrity on all video footage, music and other prerecorded media that is used to create the demo to avoid copyright infringement. This now includes audience faces as well as music, pictures and video footage.

For the record, I am not a lawyer and my motto when producing demo videos is “when in doubt, leave it out.” In the following post I will share my experience with copyright permissions and video production integrity.

When Primeau Productions produces a demo or promo video, most people know you cannot use a copyrighted song or picture downloaded from the Internet. I know from experience not to take chances using anything that you do not have permission to use and that is not licensed in your demo or promo video.

The above facts and observations are now trumped with another copyright issue that was not an issue until recently: the faces of your audience members.

For years we always used client approved audience shots in our professional speaker demo videos.  Today however, we are more careful than ever before because we have become a litigious society.

I was recently contacted by National Speakers Association member Jolene Brown, CSP for my opinion on video recording a live event and including her client audience in the product videos. Her video supplier in Iowa, Andy Small, had reservations and did not want to film the audience faces. Great job, Andy– professionals must always use caution when recording people without their permission. Audience shots have been a huge dilemma over the years and here is what resulted from our conversations.

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Detropia : A Film About Detroit, Michigan

October 2nd, 2012

By Lauren Primeau

file3171282780335For what has seemed like forever, the city of Detroit has acquired the unfortunate reputation of a city fallen from grace. Yet a recently released film titled “Detropia” has taken a stance against challenging this notion. Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of Loki Films take an in-depth look at the history of Detroit starting from its golden days of being known as the city responsible for putting the world on wheels to its slow but steady decline well into today. As depressing as this may sound, the film does take a look at just what needs to be done not only in Detroit, but in other cities as well in order to revive our great nation. Far from giving up hope, a number of citizens within this film express their determination and dedication to reviving this city via its strong artistic community–specifically with the Detroit Opera House.

The film starts off with a shot of a farm house being demolished in order to comply with plans to downsize the city. Perhaps its because I am a native to this city, but to see homes such as these, that have been abandoned as part of an urban plight, disapear from the landscape is truly heartbreaking. It’s shots such as these that truly act as a wakeup call not just for the citizens of Detroit but for our nation as well. While this film does focus on the slow desolation of Detroit, it is simultaneously speaking to the citizens of these here United States. As one domino falls, it is unquestionably dire to prevent all others from following suit. Though the city has faltered, and downsizing seems to be the only option according to city officials, the spirit of the city is far too determined to give way to downsizing Detroit until it disapears all together.
More information about the film can be viewed via the following website:
http://detropiathefilm.com/video_trailer.html

View the movie trailer below.

 

Employee Motivation through Leadership and Respect

September 24th, 2012

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By Ed Primeau

Primeau Productions is a company that has worked with professional speakers and the meetings industry since 1984. One of the most remarkable phenomenon that I have experienced over the years while working with professional speakers is the effect that motivation and inspiration have on attitude and performance in the workplace. PrimeauTV is a video delivery system that is rich in video content that is both motivating and inspiring.

Before I begin my message on employee motivation I’d like to comment that de-motivation is probably the biggest killer of productivity in the workplace. Managers that lead through fear and lack of respect will take a company down faster than lack of sales, although I suppose that could be debated. One of the tips that I learned from Floyd Wickman years ago is ‘praise in public and criticize in private’. Whenever an employee has done something that you are proud of make sure you compliment them in front of fellow employees. Conversely, whenever you have something you need to criticize an employee about, bring them into your office and close your door because you don’t want to criticize anybody in front of other people. It’s not a good employee motivator.

The late Stephen Covey, his first habit from ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders’ is “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Once I became familiar with this concept it became a habit in my life as a leader at Primeau Productions. Too often people come into the office and talk about all of the things in their life before asking the fellow employee and showing concern for them and their lives. It’s best to seek first to understand, then to be understood – “How are you doing?”, “How was your weekend?” “What’s going on in your life?” This even works when you’re having a disagreement in the workplace. Listen to the other person. It allows the person to express themselves about their discontent or concern before you jump in and step on their words with your opinion and your feeling. It’s always best to seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Teddy Roosevelt had a great quote that applies to this concept as well. “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” You can be a big know-it-all and go around your organization talking about all the things that you know, bragging about your life,  your sales, your successes, but that has no benefit to you, the other employees or the organization unless you show that you care and you display the fact that you care effortlessly.

These three quotes from these three great people are an excellent focus for employee motivation. One of the things you might want to consider is to have your employees send you their favorite quote so that you can frame it and hang it on the wall in your workplace so the employees will see that positive message throughout the work day. Another activity that you can have to motivate your employees is to give them their goals for the day in the morning and not micro-manage their activities throughout the day. Today with social media the way that it is, and texting, it’s best to let your employees live their life the way they need to throughout the work day, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the goals they have been given by you that morning. That is much more motivating to an employee than having the fear that somebody’s watching them and that they’re not allowed to text their spouse throughout the day. Encourage time for your employees to watch motivational videos during the workday as well. You might even find a motivational video that you feel is appropriate to your company’s situation or to your employee’s life and email the link to that employee. That’ll demonstrate that you care because you’re sharing something with them that may help their attitude. And employee motivation is all about attitude. When your employees come to work and you have created a good work environment they will perform so much better for you and your company than they would in an environment that is not conducive to that kind of learning experience and harmony.

Primeau TV is dedicated to creating video content that is both motivating and inspiring on demand. Coming to Primeau TV in the future will be the Napoleon Hill “Master Key to Success” video series, in both English and Spanish, as well as some never before seen 16mm film video of Napoleon Hill lectures from the late 1950s and early 60s. Subscribe to this blog so that you will receive future updates about Napoleon Hill and other Primeau TV motivation.

Video Resume Services: A Solution to Unemployment

September 19th, 2012

As a video production company operating in Detroit, Michigan (one of the cities with the highest unemployment in the United States), Primeau Productions has discovered the power of video in the recruiting and employment industry. We have experienced firsthand the power of video for our clients on the Internet and now we have applied our video production expertise to creating video resumes.

Video resumes are attention-getters for recruiters and human resource personnel. When a typical resume is sitting in a pile on a desk, it looks the same as all the other resumes, regardless of how well it’s written and how great your credentials are. A video resume, however, adds a sight and sound aspect to your job qualification. First of all, a video resume can include video testimonials from people who know firsthand your expertise and talent. Second, your speaking directly to the camera in a video resume allows you to use the most important parts of communication: facial expression and body language, as well as voice inflection. Simple printed words and text on a resume, regardless of the color and the font and the pictures, cannot compare to video. In addition to testimonials and video of yourself, the video resume can include music, sound effects, logos and graphics that create a newsreel type of presentation.

Now, of course, a video resume is not appropriate for everyone who is looking for employment. There’s an investment in order to produce a video resume. That investment will pay itself off immediately once the candidate has been hired. We find that people looking to climb the corporate ladder or CEOs looking to move to a better paying position will use a video resume in order to stand out from the competition. If you’re a CEO and you’re looking to change positions in order to increase your salary, or if you’ve completed your task at your current place of employment and you’re looking to move on to another company where you can apply your talent, skill and ability, there’s nothing better than a video resume to help you get noticed.

The best part of a video resume is that it can be used on external media, like a DVD or a thumb drive, as well as on the Internet on your social media profiles or website. Once the video resume is complete, it could be uploaded to YouTube and embedded in your website or posted as a link shared in your social media activity.

Video resumes are the solution for many people who are either unemployed or seeking advancement in their careers.

Primeau Productions, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, is available for questions about video resumes. Call 800-647-4281 and ask to speak to someone about creating your video resume.

*Video resumes start at $400.

The Keys to Success in A Detroit Video Production Studio

September 19th, 2012

9136683422_d5a32e2c23_nPrimeau Productions has been in business in Detroit since 1984. The following post contains some business activity, lessons we’ve learned and observations we’ve made that helped us succeed in Detroit video production.

First, we found you have to offer a wide range of products. You can’t just be a “hired gun.” You have to position your business as being creative. You have to offer other services beyond video recording and video editing. You need to have motion graphics, color correction, format transfer, video restoration and a VHS to DVD copying service. These are all activities that will help to bring money into your business. The idea is that when one activity slows down, the others pick up.

The second thing to consider for operating a successful Detroit video production company is to expand your business across the state of Michigan, instead of limiting your work to the Metro Detroit area. If you were to get a job in Grand Rapids, for example, quote the job make sure to include some of the budget to cover your travel expenses. The observation I’ve made over the years is that there are not professional video production companies in all parts of the state of Michigan. Traverse City, for instance, is not an area that is populated with professional video production companies. Primeau Productions has traveled all over Michigan for clients like L’Oreal, Bob Seger and Floyd Wickman.

Next, you have to provide the best customer service in the industry. Offer to meet with your clients face-to-face on Skype video or in person, if at all possible. There’s nothing like being able to be eyeball-to-eyeball with your prospects and customers to build rapport. And when you provide your proposals to your customers, always provide three options for their choice. Of course, option one is as low of a proposal as you can do while still maintaining a profitable relationship. Option two would be the next level above that, which is whatever you can do to increase the value of your services from option one. Option three would be the “full monty.” In option three offer anything else that will not only raise your profit margin, but also add perceived value to your services and your offerings.

When you talk to your clients before you create the proposal, ask a lot of questions so that you can learn and understand their expectations. It’s one thing to know where you’re coming from – which, of course, is to be profitable in the Detroit video production market – however, you need to understand and meet your client’s expectations.

And last, there are some good video production companies throughout the state of Michigan. Primeau Productions works with a couple in the Lansing market. There are a couple reputable video production companies in the Grand Rapids market. And there is one video production company that Primeau Productions has worked with up in Gaylord, which would service the Northern part of the state. Get to know all of the best video sub-contractors. If your company cannot travel, these sub-contractors can become representatives of your company and help you get the job done for your client outside of the metro Detroit area. And of course, post content on your website to reflect the fact that you are not just a Detroit video production company; you also offer video production services throughout the state of Michigan.

These are just a few ideas to help get your thinking moving in the right direction. If you’re just going to survive and thrive as a Detroit video production company, your business is going to go up and down. Start to think about the other cities that you could service and keywords and descriptions you can include on your website to help the search engine optimization process so that the search engines find you for these additional services. Expanding your service will help you and your business grow and thrive, regardless of the economy.

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The Three-Prong Approach To Internet Video Marketing

September 14th, 2012

5012102048_80bf474312_nHaving a video presence on the Internet is more important for your video marketing campaign today than ever before, but there are many other reasons for having video on the Internet.

Creating video content doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, creating video content should be effortless. First, you and your company need to develop a relationship with a reliable, cost-effective video production company. If you try to produce video yourself, more than likely you will never get to it. Your job as the business owner is to create content that shows your company’s expertise that can be used for short videos about specific topics that will entice people to want to do business with your company. Put these videos on YouTube because YouTube is the number one search engine in the world—your company should have a YouTube channel. And just about any graphic artist can create a custom background—some people call it a skin—that you can upload for your YouTube channel. Optimize all your videos on YouTube with keywords that will help your SEO campaign. There’s now another feature on YouTube that enables you to transcribe the words that are spoken in your video and upload the entire script to help SEO even more.

The second thing that you want to do is open a Vimeo PRO account. Vimeo, in my opinion, is a better provider for embedding video content on your website than YouTube is. Plus, there are a lot of other features that I’ve written about previously that Vimeo has and YouTube does not. For example, you can pick the exact frame from your video that you want to use as your thumbnail or as the static image on your video player for your website, which helps dramatically increase the aesthetic design of that webpage. That alone is worth the sixty bucks a year to have a Vimeo PRO account.

Third, you want to have an iTunes podcast or vodcast present with your video content because iTunes has become the number one video podcasting and vodcasting community on the Internet.

Even if you get no direct business from using this three-prong approach for your Internet video presence, it can still be helpful when you get a referral from a client or a friend. That referral will go on the Internet to do a little investigative research about your company. Your video presence on the Internet now adds a dramatic element of professionalism to your Internet presence. That’s not to mention the social media aspect, which is really an electronic networking process. Social media has become a huge personal advantage, but it’s also still a professional element in your Internet marketing. One of its benefits is that it allows prospects that you meet through word of mouth or other referral systems to take a look at your company and your services on the Internet.

Nothing comes close to effectively sharing more about your organization than a video does. First, people can watch the video very quickly and get an essence of what it is that your company does and how it does it. Secondly, unlike text and pictures, video brings to life the emotion through the thought, the words, the music and the graphics all coming together to show the element of professionalism that you want your company to have.

So there’s much more to posting video on the Internet than just the obvious video marketing campaign. I would be surprised if you don’t get some interested prospects contacting your organization as a result of posting video. But even more importantly, it allows your “ripe fruit”—the number one referrals that clients and friends refer to you—the opportunity to get to know you and your company better than with just text and pictures.

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What’s the Best Place to Host Video? YouTube Vs. Vimeo PRO

September 6th, 2012

8527753874_d9e0a5e28c_nI am often asked which social community I prefer for video marketing campaigns: YouTube or Vimeo. I decided to write a blog post comparing the benefits and drawbacks of both video content delivery networks. Both video content providers have been revising their user interface a lot lately in an attempt to improve their service.

I have to admit that if I had to pick one or the other, I would pick Vimeo PRO for $60 a year.

One of the main reasons I love Vimeo PRO is that it serves as a cloud backup for our master digital video files. Over the past two years, several clients have been asking about cloud backup for their digital video files. Then one day it occurred to me that our digital video files uploaded to Vimeo are true cloud back up (all of which have download capability if the administrator elects to turn on this feature). I thought, duh … Vimeo PRO.

Here is a list of pros and cons for your consideration. Bottom line: you really need both of them. In fact, soon you will also need Apple’s network because they decided not to renew the YouTube app and instead develop their own video content delivery network.

You may have heard that iPhone users won’t see the YouTube app on their i instruments (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices)and will have to go to the YouTube website from the Safari browser. Apple won’t be including the app in iOS 6, as its licensing deal with YouTube is now ending.

 

YouTube is now owned by Google, of course, and this could be Apple’s latest move to reduce the presence of its rival on their i instruments.

To close, I’ll list some of the main features of both video content providers.

Vimeo PRO account

  • Up to 5 GB upload space per file
  • File size does not matter – 20 minute 1081i HD file is 3 GB
  • You can elect thumbnail image from anywhere in the video – nice feature
  • Better quality video
  • No limit on length of digital video
  • Cloud backup of video, any length
  • No music restrictions
  • More professionally produced video
  • More player embed options with PRO account, like removal of Vimeo logo
  • Turn file on and off for downloading
  • Vimeo is said to be strict about not uploading personal video content

YouTube Channel

  • Second largest search engine in the world
  • Google-owned company so it’s excellent for SEO
  • More exposure
  • 2 GB digital video file limit
  • Higher compression so video plays back faster
  • More community, more followers, more social media promotion
  • Video play-lists
  • Media ads yield passive monthly income – monetize your videos for passive income
  • Easier to find similar content because of additional video suggestions at end of video playback
  • Copyright very protective and licensing necessary for all music used
  • Limited thumbnail options for video display
  • 15 minute video length

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How To: Promote Internet Video Content

August 16th, 2012

There are a vast number of resources available today to help you create your own “television station” on the Internet.4242619980_31bbe83df9_n

Thousands of people have stopped watching TV programming on traditional television or cable or satellite-based TV. Instead, they’ve turned to the Internet. Websites like YouTube, Hulu, etc. provide on demand and pay-per-view (similar to Amazon Instant Video).

How can you promote your video content? Make a list of all your product and service offerings. Can you create a 10 minute video about each? There videos will have can serve several purposes: 1) Use for an introduction to your company 2) They’re great for SEO 3) They can provide monetary compensation when you post them in the form of pay-per-view videos, at $.99 each.

What if you provided valuable content in pay-per-view form that nobody else is offering but that is in demand? The effort can pay off. One million views in your lifetime at 99 cents each = $1 million!

Some hot topics for video on demand and pay-per-click:

–         Legal information

–         Forensic advice

–         Destination-based travel information

–         Entertainment

–         How to – your expertise

So what’s keeping you from posting content? On Ustream you can stream live video and also sell pay-per-view. Livestream is another company that provides services for streaming video. You can stream events, seminars, or training.

Don’t worry about not having content that people will want to view. Ask yourself this question: what does your company do better than anyone else? Regardless of your profit margin and P & L statement, you do something better than any of your competitors.

Take the Primeau Companies, for example. The Primeau Companies have 2 forensic divisions: AudioForensicExpert.com and VideoForensicExpert.com. Voice identification is an Audio Forensic Expert service that we do better than anyone else. Accident reconstruction video is a Video Forensic Expert service that we do better than anyone else.

We have created video content both on channels and websites that has not only helped thousands of people worldwide, but also brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars of income from SEO.

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