Before Starting Your Next Video Project, Consider the 4 Ps.


The 4 Ps of Video Will Help Ensure Your Next Production Stays On Track, On Message, and On Budget.

You've undoubtedly heard of the 4 Ps of Marketing. They're the four foundational elements that most of us learned in business school—product, price, place, and promotion.

Those four elements are just as relevant today as they were back then. In fact, some of my clients have expanded the list, to form the 7Ps or the 8 Ps.

This checklist approach is so simple and memorable, I figured why not apply the same idea to video?

87% of businesses are using video marketingThe 4 Ps of Video

Why does video need its own list? Because so many business owners are using video today.

According to one study, 87% of businesses were using video marketing in 2019, up from 63% in 2017.

So it's more important than ever that you understand video—how it's produced and how you can ensure that it achieves the objectives you want it to achieve.

The First P: Purpose

The first step to developing a video strategy is understanding the video's purpose. Why are you producing a video? What are you hoping to achieve? What do you want the viewer to do after watching?

Are you building awareness for a product? Driving traffic to a website? Creating social media content to help generate leads?

Once a video's purpose is clearly defined, it will help other important elements fall into place. For example, the call to action, or CTA.

Budget is an important first step to creating a production plan.The Second P: Price

The next important step to producing a video is determining its price.

Many clients call and ask for an estimate, but don't want to tell me what they're willing to spend.

It's a little frustrating, because productions can be tailored to fit different budgets. As you can imagine, there's a big difference between a $500 video, and a $5,000 video.

Knowing the ballpark price up front enables me to tailor the creative approach, and work within those parameters. 

The Third P: Planning

Planning is about the details. How many cameras do we need? How many hours of shooting? Are we building props? Scouting for locations? Casting talent? Is there room in the budget for a makeup person?

Are we writing a script or taking a documentary approach? Do we need a storyboard?

What's the weather going to be like? If we're shooting outdoors, what time of day is best? Does the sun light the background better in the morning or the afternoon? 

It's always smarter to plan ahead, and not make things up as we go. A little planning goes a long way.

The Fourth P: Production

And finally, the last P is Production—what are we shooting, and in what order? Where do we need to be? When the actual shooting is complete, there's still plenty of production to go—editing, audio mixing, color correction, music searches and more.

Bottom line, if you understand and discuss the 4 Ps at the beginning of a project, you'll ensure that things go smoothly throughout the production process.

Once you've agreed on the purpose of the video, the price, etc., there's not much room left for mistakes or miscommunication.

You'll most likely end up with the exact video you were hoping for.


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