How Animation Can Help in Video

Clients often forget how useful animation and motion graphics can be in videos.  It can support any type of video from internal comms, training or a promotional video. Whether it be for the full video or part of it there are a number of different ways you can and should incorporate animation in your video.

Top 3 ways to incorporate animation into your video

1. Visualise & Simplify 

2. Save time 

3. Educate & Entertain


Visualise and simplify 

If what you or your organisation offers is complicated, then animation can help your audience to visualise what you are trying to explain. Rather than someone talking through the process (which can sometimes be very boring!) animation can enable you to showcase this in a much more visually pleasing way.



Save time
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Animation and indeed motion graphics can also be used to save time within the actual video – the above still images from one of our client’s videos shows students talking about how to keep safe in the city of their University but the question is there (without needing to be said) resonating with the viewer and the surrounding graphics bring this to life.


Educate and Entertain 

Cartoons by their very nature are entertaining, even if the subject is a little dull or indeed depressing.  Take the Dumb ways to die video as an example, a depressing subject brought to life in an entertaining and educational way.

Here’s a quick example of how we have recently used video for our client.  Enterprise Call is an online platform that provides users with a diagnostic tool to discover their enterprising talents and skills – your personal qualities, what you know, what you do and how motivated you are to improve.  This is useful for both employers, employees, investors and entrepreneurs.  The video explains much better than we can….

How video can help businesses in the fight against coronavirus?

The news is changing on a daily basis with regards to COVID-19. It’s affecting our video production clients in different ways depending on their business. We thought it would be useful to outline some of the ways video and animation can help businesses to deal with the disruption:

Using Video for Important Internal Messages

Many organisations are encouraging their staff to work from home. The beauty of the internet and the many tools and technologies available to businesses means remote working can help.  Remote working can maintain your productivity as well as keeping your workforce healthy.

Communicating properly to remote workers can sometimes be tricky.  Calling employees separately can be time-consuming. Similarly writing lengthy emails that may never be properly read can be detrimental.

75% of employees are more likely to watch a video than read text. (Source: Ragan)

Video can be useful to ensure the same consistent message gets out to everyone in an easily digestible way. There are a number of ways you can achieve this:

  • A recording of your MD giving a motivational message to the staff
  • A simple icon animation explaining your organisations approach to the virus
  • A 2D animation explaining key messages that you want to communicate to staff
  • An animation training video getting across how to do something so all staff are aware instead of attending in-house training sessions.

Using Video Instead of Events

If your event really must stop why not think about recording the content.  This can then be shared with the people who are booked to attend.  It could even be something you employ for future events as an added value option or even a saleable product for those people unable to attend in person.

Using Video to Live Stream Events

People who are booked and can’t attend because of COVID-19 can watch the live stream.  This ensures they are not missing out.  It also means your business is not missing out by having to provide big refunds or rearrange internal events.

If you would like to discuss how video production can help your business please get in touch.

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We’re celebrating the first 12 days of December.  From the 1st to the 12th December you will receive a short video from a member of the Ark team (and their elves) which includes video advice, offers or inspiration.   Sign up here to get yours:


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Benefits of Explainer Videos For Internal Communications

explainer videos for your internal communications

There’s no doubt amongst internal communication professionals that video is a fantastic way to communicate messages.  Whether you have a remote workforce, offices scattered across the globe or a staff team in one country video can really help to improve your internal communications.  But how can explainer videos benefit your internal communications?

Video production company, Ark Media explains:

Firstly let’s look at what an explainer video is. Well,  putting it simply it’s something that explains what something is.  It’s not promoting something, not a full on training video but a short video explaining why, how or what your employees need to know about whatever ‘thing’ you are needing to communicate.  How can explainer videos benefit your internal communications efforts?

  1. Video Distribution

The beauty of video is in the versatility of distribution.  As with all videos for internal communications purposes you can use an explainer video across multiple touch points with your staff.  Here are a few examples of how you can distribute but your video production company should be able to advise you:

  • Embedded within staff emails
  • Hosted on your intranet site
  • Sent within a staff what’s app group
  • Used at presentations, meetings and other in-house events
  • Viewed across any device including phones, tablets, phablets & desktops
  1. Communicate a message in seconds

Messages can get lost in paragraphs of copy.  The saying goes that a picture speaks a thousand words well a video communicates way more than a thousand.  In fact Forrester Research estimates one minute of online video equates to approximately 1.8 million written words!

A well-produced explainer video by a quality video production company can easily communicate a complicated message in an easily digestible format with the right tone of voice in a matter of seconds and hence why many internal communications professionals are increasingly using video.

For those who prefer to watch videos silently sub titles will help and for those who really do prefer reading then a script of the explainer video is easily supplied.  Forrester Research also revealed that

90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. This indicates visual education aids like video can improve learning styles and increase the rate at which we retain information”.


  1. Personalisation 

Whilst you can easily personalise written copy and emails, did you know you can also personalise videos?   With a personalised explainer video, you can really make the viewer feel like you are talking to them on a 1-2-1 basis, engaging them even more.   Personalisation in both external and internal communications has been around for a while but personalisation in video is new and certainly personalised internal communications videos are very new and thus a great way of engaging your employees.

Such videos can be personalised in a myriad of ways. Here are just a few examples:

  • Voice over which includes their name to ensure their attention is gained from the start
  • Animated character based on their gender
  • Visually with their name, job title, department and such like displayed in motion graphics as part of the video.

If your video production company doesn’t offer personalised videos you can order your own personalised video here to see an example.

  1. Live-Action, Animation & Motion Graphics

Sometimes staff just don’t want to be front of the camera and that’s fine we don’t all have an inner Hollywood star waiting to get out and for this reason, live-action video doesn’t always work for every organisation.  That’s where motion graphics and animation videos can really help.  If you have something complicated to explain an animation may actually be a preferred way of communicating your message.  A good video production company would suggest utilising characters to bring your message to life and really drive home a point.   Alternatively, you may like to use mixed media with reportage style live-action shots and motion graphics included to bring the story to life.   As an award-winning video production company, we have a really clear briefing process that we work to with every client to ensure our videos are hitting the mark and really engaging with who they are supposed to.

  1. Measuring success

The clients we work with tell us that they value the ability to be able to measure the results from explainer videos.  You can set targets from the outset based on how many people and who you want the video to be seen by, you can measure engagement rates.  And obviously you can also track employee participation to really ensure that your videos are cutting through. It is important to set the objectives for your video at the start of a project with your video production company to ensure that your company is really benefiting from the use of explainer videos for internal communications.


Get In Touch With A Video Production Company Today

If you feel intimidated by the notion of creating an explainer video, there’s no need to be – they just represent another excellent way to get your content out to your target audience.

As with all types of video content, it’s vital that you thoroughly understand your target audience and core messaging before creating an explainer video or animation. This is exactly why you need the support of a professional video production agency like Ark Media, with years of experience in producing the highest quality explainer videos for internal communications. Get in touch today with our friendly team and see how we can support your business.

Who won our competition at the Greater Birmingham Chamber Business Expo?

We are pleased to announce that the insurance people, Madoc and Rhodes, were the winners of our competition at the Greater Birmingham Chamber Business Expo. They won a professionally filmed and produced video.


Watch the Madoc & Rhodes video below:

Who are Madoc & Rhodes?

Madoc and Rhodes are not just your average insurance brokers.  They have been operating throughout the Midlands for over 50 years and offer all types of insurances from motor and home through to business.   They pride themselves on the fact they offer a personalised service to clients and not just an online faceless service.  Unlike many other insurance brokers Madoc and Rhodes have a shop front as well as telephone and online portals. They welcome thousands of customers into their office on an annual basis proving that not everyone wants to buy online and many people still like a broker where they can really build a rapport and get a truly personal service.

This was Madoc and Rhodes’ first foray into video marketing.  They plan to use their new video on their website,  within new client quotes, at seminar presentations and across their social channels.

Here’s what Paul McGrory, star of the video and MD at Madoc and Rhodes thought about working with Ark Media:

“The team at Ark were great and managed the process 100%  they made myself and the staff team feel at ease. We are looking forward to using the video to help raise the profile of Madoc and Rhodes across the Midlands even further. Thank you Team Ark!”

Ark Media ranked in the Top 50 Corporate Video Production Companies in the UK – Again!

We are celebrating being ranked as one of the Top 50 corporate video production companies in the UK for the second year in a row!  Thank you to all our clients for helping us to achieve this.


What is the Top 50 Report and what does it involve?

The Top 50 Report is published by the media industry’s Televisual magazine and as well as the rankings also includes commentary on the state of the corporate video production landscape.

The report highlights several key areas that businesses looking to produce videos are facing.  Organisations are understanding that bolder more creative videos are essential to stand out as more and more businesses are producing video content.   The report goes on to say that brands are wanting authentic content that can be re-purposed across different platforms, thus ensuring budgets are maximised and that content can be utilised to engage audiences in different places.  4k is also something that clients increasingly expect as well as assistance with the strategic planning of a video campaign rather than simply the production.

Phil Arkinstall, Managing Director at Ark Media says

“I am thrilled that Ark have been ranked within the Top 50, this is a testament to the work that the whole team are producing.  Businesses are becoming increasingly video savvy. We have clients who use video for both external and internal communications as it resonates and engages audiences much more than any other medium.   The past 12 months have seen us invest in some significant new kit including the ability to film in 360 as well as provide personalised videos, which means we can produce really innovative and engaging films. It’s great to be acknowledged by a publication such as Televisual”.


The report goes on to say that collaborative working between digital, PR and marketing agencies is essential.

Phil continues

We have developed strong working relationships with a number of digital and marketing agencies, they know that utilising the skills, equipment and experience of specialist camera operators, producers and video campaign planners will increase production values and ultimately get their clients a better result”. 

The Top 50 ranking follows an extremely successful year for Ark Media including a number of Award wins such as the Global Video Trend Awards, Vega Digital Awards, Muse Award and an RTS nomination.

Ark Media Crowned Sutton Coldfield Small Business of The Year.

We are thrilled to have been named Sutton Coldfield’s Small Business of the year by the Chamber of Commerce.

The awards ceremony took place at The Belfry and was attended by members of the Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield and Tamworth Chambers of Commerce.   We were up against stiff competition and were thrilled to be announced as the winners.

The Chamber of Commerce were particularly impressed with Ark’s activity in UK disability cinema.  Ark have produced and overseen a number of schemes aimed at helping young disabled people get into the film industry and help empower them through the use of video production.  Ark have also produced an award winning feature length documentary called The Social Model, about how disability is represented in main stream cinema. The documentary is an empowering piece of film advocating for people with disabilities in the industry.

Phil Arkinstall, Managing Director at Ark Media, explains

I was born and raised in Sutton so to be recognised as the small business of the year is the cherry on the cake for what has been a great few years for us.   We have produced two feature films and won several other accolades for various client projects.  Businesses continue to see video as a great way of getting their messages out to their target audience.” 


Ark Media Team at the Sutton Coldfield Business Awards


Whilst Ark is a small business we are proud to employ local people and give them opportunities they may not otherwise achieve.  One of Ark’s editors, Joe Grayston, is one such example of this.  Joe is from the Falcon Lodge estate in Sutton Coldfield and was taken on by Ark as an apprentice when he was 17.  Fast forward to today and Joe has successfully completed his apprenticeship and is now a full-time employee working on a number of projects for high profile clients.

Phil explains;

“Because we are a small business we are able to get our staff involved in projects they may not have exposure to elsewhere.  2018 saw our editor, Joe Grayston, work on his first feature film which Ark filmed and produced and we can also claim to have trained one of the main editors at the Great British Bake Off”.  

Not a company to rest on our laurels Phil and the Ark team are constantly looking at innovative ways of using video.  Phil explains

“Video production is becoming a crowded marketplace.  We know we have to stand out and that’s why we have recently launched our personalised video offering, TibiVideo, which enables businesses to personalise a video for the individual”. 

Create Personalised Videos With Birmingham Video Production Company

Ark Media are the only Video Production company in Birmingham offering personalised video production, we are changing the way video marketing is done. In order to stand out from the crowd, your business needs to be one step ahead of the game. The growing world of online advertising is becoming more saturated, standing out from the crowd is becoming more difficult.

What can you say to your audience that is guaranteed to grab their attention?

Their name.

And the personal message doesn’t stop there. You can personalise your video according to gender, family members, hair colour… the possibilities are endless, it all depends on the type of data you have.

Everyone reacts to adverts in different ways, but seeing something personal to you really captures your attention. With the power of personalised videos, you can make your audience’s eyes spark and their ears perk.

What are personalised videos?

It is self-explanatory; your video marketing campaigns can target the audience with more precise attention-grabbing details.

How does personalised video work?

Personlised video uses personal names, details and dates to make the message more direct. It is an intelligent blend of video marketing, CRM data and modern technology.

It uses data from places such as your CRM system, social platforms or from a simple contact form on a website.   The videos can be personalised depending on the level of data you have.  For example, you could provide female customers with an animated video featuring a female lead character who has the same name as your customer. This video could be to encourage an upsell.

Personalised videos are great for both internal and external communications. Your business may use personalised videos for internal training videos, company announcements and much more. Alternatively, you can use personalised videos to target new prospects, advertise new products and raise profile of your brand.

Benefits of Investing in a Birmingham Video Production Company for Personalised Videos

Ark Media, a professional video production company based in Birmingham, are dedicated to going the extra mile when it comes to dedicated video content marketing and that’s why we’ve developed our new personalised video brand, Tibi Video) . Personalised videos help brands and businesses not only connect with their audience on a much more personal level, but it allows them to develop their existing customer’s relationships.

Step away from confusing online marketing and target your audience where it really matters. At Ark Media, we love video content because consumers love video content. The only problem is, there’s a ton of it; by the time you’ve read this sentence 30 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Thanks to today’s technology and our dedicated team of video producers, you can stand out with personalised video marketing.

Our video production managers have compiled a list of 6 of our favourite reasons as to why your business should invest in personalised video production in Birmingham.

Consumers want more relevancy

Delivering personalised videos means that you’re not simply throwing out video content and hoping that someone will respond, you’re creating targeted strategies for marketing that are based on real data. This allows you to more accurately predict what stage in the sales funnel that audience group is at, and tailor your marketing efforts accordingly. This means that your video content is more relevant to your audience group, with their name, age relevant and content relevant.

Personalisation drives audience impulse and repeat purchases

Have you ever been looking at a website and been later reminded of their services?

No matter who you are targeting with your personalised videos, grabbing your audience’s attention is vital. If you remind your audience at the right time about the right content, they are more likely to convert and carry out the call to action.

Video marketing has more engagement as it is seen as ‘less annoying’

The constant slew of advertisements online today has made most consumers sick and tired of seeing the same old messages across websites and social media platforms. Personalised videos can break your customers out of their ” blindness” and force them to take notice of a message that has been customised to them. If your video marketing efforts are useful and relevant, then your audience will be far less likely to get annoyed or frustrated with your brand – leading to a better long-term relationship.

Personalised content allows you to connect with your audience in a more meaningful way. Some experts suggest that you should be able to claw get back around 84% of your targeted traffic this way. In other words, you can get better result for your money with personalised content.

Longer lasting relationships

That brings us on nicely to our next point, although this is those relationships with existing audience groups. Your personalised video marketing efforts can be targeted at a wide range of different audience groups. Targeting those existing relationships with personalised video content can help improve that existing relationship. It helps your audience feel like you care about them, as you have used their name and are targeting a relevant advert for them.

Personalised videos allows your business to stand out

As we mentioned above, because personalised videos are more relevant to the needs and goals of an audience group, they become more engaging compared to standard video content. This not only helps to promote a good image for your brand, but it can also mean that you’re more likely to stand out from other competitors in your industry that aren’t attempting the same strategies or messages.

No matter what industry you’re in, or what purpose your video marketing strategy has, you’re going to have competitors. Personalising this effort will help you to enhance brand recall, improve your brand image, and keep you in front of the audience that is most meaningful.

Improve Loyalty with Existing Audiences

If you are targeting personalised videos to an existing list of audiences, you can both improve the relationship and improve loyalty.

Your audience will feel more engaged with your brand if you are targeting them personally. This will not only make them feel more ‘loved’ as a customer, but it can help make them more loyal. They begin to ignore other forms of direct advertising form competitors as it is too generic and not very personal.

How Your Birmingham Video Production Company Can Help

Personalised videos are a powerful marketing tool that helps businesses cut their way through a cluttered online environment and connect with current and new audiences.

There are a few things to remember, personalised videos aren’t for everyone and the returns cannot be guaranteed. Your business should use personalised video as part of an integrated plan rather than as a stand-alone item, especially if you are targeting customer acquisition.

Do you need help with your video for the Chamber Awards Entry?

The Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield & Tamworth Chambers are celebrating the success of local businesses in the region at the annual business awards on 25th January 2019 at The Belfry Hotel.

This year businesses entering the chamber awards can supply a video to support their application and Ark Media, Birmingham Video Production company, are here to help.  We are offering to support local businesses applying for an award by helping them create memorable video applications.

Help with your video for the awards


MD of Ark, Phil Arkinstall, explains

Including videos in the awards application is a great way of getting your messages across to the judging panel. Your video can be used in other ways too to maximize the content you create”.

What does the video include?

The video produced by Ark will be of cinematic quality and used to support the awards application, across social channels of the company and the chamber.   Ark will edit the video to be a piece of content that can be used by the company long after the awards.

The team at Ark Media have worked with clients from all over the country producing promotional videos for social media through to feature films and adverts for television.  They are offering chamber members the opportunity to gain a half-day shoot, 1 day edit with music and graphics for the price of £599 rather than £799.  In addition, the team from Ark will be on hand to provide ideas for the actual shoot.

To learn more and to book your awards video contact Phil Arkinstall – or call 0845 519 3904

Enter the chamber awards here.


How to film good videos with your phone

At Ark we are obviously big advocates of video marketing in all its various forms.  Whilst we help our clients with the more glossy films with high production values  we also believe there is space for vlogs and other promotional films that you can record on your iPhone and use as part of your video marketing strategies.

Video is how people are consuming content.  Providing your videos are on brand then there is no reason why you can’t consider bringing a home made option into your video mix.

We’ve put together our top tips for filming from your phone or your iPad:

  1. Record in landscape not portrait (unless you want the black strips down the side when you upload to social channels)

  2. You need a decent phone with a decent camera. Even the older smart phones don’t have a great quality camera. If this is something you are serious about. Upgrade.

  3. Don’t film with the light behind you. It will cause too many shadows and you wont be able to see the subjects face properly.  If you are filming outdoors, an overcast day is better than a really sunny day.   Sunny days cause lots of shadows.  If you have to film when it’s sunny keep the sun to the side, not behind or in front of the subject.

  4. Sound – there is often lots of background noise, even if its just a general hum of activity. You can buy microphones to clip to your lapel for better quality sound. There are loads on the market and many are under £50

  5. Think about your message – what message do you want to get across to your audience? Do you have a call to action?  Who is it you are talking to?

  6. Practice – Get used to talking to the camera. Pretend you are recording live even though you’re not.  If you manage to get through a first take it often becomes easier than stopping halfway through and starting from scratch.   The more video you do – the easier it gets.

  7. Put your phone in air plane mode so that you aren’t disturbed by incoming calls

  8. Check you have sufficient battery power

  9. Hold the phone still and if you are moving the phone to look at different things hold it in place for at least 5 seconds rather than whizzing the camera around and making your viewer feel sick! You could consider a stand or a stabiliser to help with this.  E.g The Arkon Tripod Holder or the Osmo Mobile Device.  Others are available!

  1. Frame your subject – think of the your screen with a grid over it. You are aiming to have your subjects eyes (even if this is you) 2/3rds of the way up the screen.   If they are talking to someone off camera in interview style you need to leave enough space in the shot for the area they are talking to.

  2. Recycle your videos – think about all the different places and ways you can use the same piece of content.  Your video could go on your social channels, your website, your newsletter and when you have a few could you edit into a mashup or a greatest hits post, for example, and use them again across your various platforms.