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The Fresh Start Program in Baltimore inspired Elena and I to found Skill Scout.
This year, we made a donation on behalf of our team and clients. Thank you for being a part of our story in 2019.
Elena: I remember it was April of 2011. My life was markedly changed. Walking into that workshop.
Abby: We are a media company that helps bring to life stories of the workplace on video. The very first project
that I worked with Elena we were able to go to an organization in Baltimore. We visited a program called Fresh Start that was helping young people who had just come out of incarceration to get that next fresh start into their career.
Elena: Marianne Williamson has a quote, that you cannot be what you cannot see. Being at Fresh Start, we were
exposed to this in action.
Abby: One thing that we learned through our work at Fresh Start, was to keep it real and keep it simple. That's something that we still aspire to do in our work today. To celebrate the end of the year, and what's been a pretty fantastic decade, Skill Scout is making a financial donation to Fresh Start.
Elena: We're doing this in honor of our team, of our clients, and in honor of the mission that we formed at Fresh Start, that continues to drive us today.
Abby: So thank you for making this possible. Thank you to our team, thank you to our clients, thank you to our friends and family that have helped support us over the year.
One question we get a lot...
"Can you guys make videos to show potential customers what we do?"
Yep, we can do that. Customers, like prospective employees, are interested in a peek behind the curtain of your company operations. They want to get a feel for what things are like and what they can expect as a customer. BTS (behind-the-scenes) video is all the rage these days.
While you could easily spend $100k on a commercial ad video, customers are often more interested in hearing a message directly from your employees and other customers. That's why we take an ethnographic approach to discovering stories from your customers and employees alike. Talk to people who experience your company, and you'll uncover stories to share!
Here are 4 examples of videos that speak to customers and prospective employees.
Want to make your own video?
Brighton Eggert Animal Clinic
As a small business, Brighton Eggert didn't need to be convinced about the virtues of video to show off their sparkling clean facility, happy pets and caring veterinary staff. They chose to create a video that would get the most bang for their buck: an overview showcasing what they offer to their clients and employees.
Purple Bloom School
Lisa, Katie and the team at Purple Bloom School wanted to share their approach to early childhood education -- something that potential families and teachers were interested in! So they used the Skill Scout DIY Starter Kit to create this video.
SSM Health at Home
The team at SSM Health in St. Louis had just created a recruiting video. In the interview with this fantastic nurse, there was way more content than could fit. We created this video about their Health At Home Program for them to share with families who wanted to learn more about enrolling in the program.
Skill Scout Client Experience
We believe in video (obviously!). So sometimes we ask our DIY video clients to send us a few clips sharing their experience. This video from the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Grand Rapids tells prospective partners and friends what it's like to film a video with our DIY Video Kit. Even better -- they filmed this on their own with our kit.
Download the recipe to make your own video!
That phone in your pocket has the potential to be a powerful tool to capture and share video. With a few pieces of equipment, you can go from amateur cat videos to high quality workplace videos before you can say "action!" Here's the list of our team's favorites. You can get them all, along with an edited video in our DIY Video Starter Kit.
Need a hand with any of this? We've got you covered.
As a video client, you get everything you need to discover, film and share stories on video. We assign a Story Guide to lead you through pre-production planning and do the editing for you!
You also get a DIY Video Kit shipped directly to you. It includes everything above, plus a Video Recipe Book to know exactly what to capture, a sassy t-shirt and tote bag.
Continuing our month of gratitude this November, hear from Erin, Jason, Elena, Zoei and Abby share the people they're thankful for. Video is a human-centered way to send a message to your team, work besties and customers.
What are you most thankful for this year?
Thank YOU for following along with us. As a token of our appreciation, we've put all types of video on sale through the end of the year. Click the button below for details, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Join me and my amazing team at Skill Scout in a month of gratitude, celebrated through video.
p.s. If video is in your plan for 2020 check out our End of Year Sale!
p.p.s If you know Elena, you know she's hyperventilating right now, because The Office is her favorite show (she's watched 4 times all the way through).
Elena and Abby bring you innovative stories from the workplace.