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Indermaur Media - Visual Narrative Blog by Scott Indermaur

Informational blog about techniques, ideas,industry trends, clients and projects of Indermaur Media. Written by Scott Indermaur, professional corporate photographer.

Posts tagged small business
Introducing Visual Thrive!
 
iPhone photography
 

Some of the best ideas come to us when we aren’t focused on anything particular – like when we’re in the shower or running…

Indermaur Media is fortunate to be able to work with lots of businesses on their professional photography needs and video introductions. I watch many of them struggle to keep up with the fast-paced demands of maintaining a strong social media presence, often posting unplanned photos and quick captions just to stay top of mind with their customers.

Companies have also shared how employees can be distracted from their job responsibilities when they participate in the company’s social media posting. The lack of consistency in the style of each post lends itself to diminishing the company’s brand with no oversight. Companies also spend hundreds of dollars on social media advertising without a focused goal, and without much insight on their return on investment.

I’ve always been passionate about telling the stories of a business, and I’ve had great experiences producing a wide range of corporate media campaigns. How could I take that knowledge and translate it into a workable formula that would serve the smaller companies?

So one day, I was running in preparation of an upcoming 10K race and thinking about my business – as one does…

How could Indermaur Media provide a visual solution to a business’ social media dilemma at a reasonable price point?

If Indermaur Media could extend its production capabilities and expertise while capturing a visual narrative using the world’s most popular camera, an iPhone, we could maintain a simple and streamlined process aligned with what people are used to seeing on social media. The difference would be, using a professional photographer’s eye and editing experience will develop a strong narrative and deepen the customer’s brand.

Adding strategic research and writing to optimize the posts; and providing analytics each month would show the customer their return on the investment.

And then I came up with the name Visual Thrive.

Visual Thrive combines decades of professional experience to deliver a powerful narrative for your business’ social media presence in a simple format. Visual Thrive takes photographs with professional photographers, writes engaging captions, and schedules content to optimize social media engagement.

While attending a three-month business development class, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, my main objective was to work ON my business and not work IN my business – taking time out to plan for growth, and not spending 24/7 in the daily grind. As part of this objective we needed to create and present a Growth Plan. This was perfect because for over a year I held on to the Visual Thrive idea.

I was able to develop and refine this idea; and introduce Visual Thrive publicly. With a national network of photographers, Visual Thrive is available throughout the United States.

The exceptional combination of high-quality visuals, strategic consistent content, and sound analytics will allow you to focus on what your business needs, while it THRIVES!

 
 
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
10K small business ALUMNI - goldman sacs

Owning a multi-media production company isn’t all about taking excellent photos and video, and working with great collaborative teams. There’s always something new to learn.

I recently graduated from the 6th cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI. It’s a no-cost 12-week program that helps small businesses grow through practical business education, increased access to capital, and a support network of advisers and peers.

Initially, I felt both excited and apprehensive about exposing my life’s work and business to other businesses. This cohort consisted of 24 business owners throughout Rhode Island. The curriculum, designed by Babson College (the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship school), focuses on practical skills that can immediately be applied by business owners. Business owners also receive one-on-one mentoring from a dedicated business advisor and develop a growth plan specific to their business.

My challenge after acceptance into this program was to commit to carving time out of my weekly schedule. Most weeks, we met for a full day and often had shorter clinics. Class topics included: Action for Growth, Money and Metrics, Operations and Processes, and Marketing and Selling. In every class, I learned something new.

Photography For Social Media Marketing

The primary objective of the program was to work ON my business and not work IN my business – taking time out to plan for growth, and not spending 24/7 in the daily grind. As part of this objective, we needed to create and present a Growth Plan. This plan was perfect because for over a year I had an idea to expand my company by creating photography for small businesses for their social media use.

I was able to develop and refine this idea; introduce Visual Thrive publicly. Visual Thrive combines the power of photography & communication to drive a company’s social media marketing presence.

I met a wide range of business owners outside of the media industry, as we worked together to support each others’ growth plans. Having expanded my network and my breadth of business knowledge, I now have a great group of peers with which to bounce ideas off. The value of this group, combined with an educational refresher all focused on my business was well worth my time and attention.

If you are a Rhode Island (this is also offered in other states) small business owner with at least two employees (can include owner), have been in operation at least two years, and made at least $100,000 in gross revenue in 2017, you are eligible to apply. See full details and their online application here.

Photographic Portraits Showing Personality

Environmental Portraits Portfolio 

I recently updated my Environmental Portraits Portfolio, and it was a great reminder of the diversity of people I have photographed within their personal and work environments. This form of photography truly captures their personalities. I hope you enjoy the range of characters, professions, locations and art director expectations.

People always ask me what my favorite assignments are and I am still at a loss for words because there are so many that have touched me. Each assignment begins with a blank slate and is created differently.

In this new Environmental Portrait portfolio, I am sharing the projects that captured people in their environments all over Rhode Island, Greater Boston, Massachusetts, Connecticut and beyond.

The portrait of a beekeeper with her hives behind her. My assistant and I wore a beekeeper outfit during the portrait session, and the remaining crew stepped away. Unfortunately, one person did get stung.

I love the photo of a small business owner, casually sitting in front of his Providence Record store. It is an enjoyable moment in time.

Or the Hispanic couple with so much vibrancy that we decided to ask them to dance! It turned into a magical photographic moment. 

Corporate Photography Portraits In Boston MA

Then there are the Boston corporate photography portraits including executives in front of a well known Boston landmark, the Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. This corporate portrait focuses on their personalities and their deep connection in the Boston area. 

Check out the candid portrait of the couple working on an iPad in the Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenwich. The concept of having a bridge and an arch was essential to the vision of the marketing materials. This photographic advertising project included many different scenes.

The picture of a man with his dog, playing frisbee in a Boston park for an advertising campaign. A company in the finance industry wanted to portray a fun and enjoyable connection of living life fully for their new financial product. 

Much of my photography work today expands throughout the United States as well. I embrace the diversity of so many portraits and personalities that I encounter through my photography assignments.

Like the couple who owns an animal hospital in Nebraska and were very open hearted people and gave us a wonderful tour of their facility. 

And look for the couple enjoying a round of croquet in Georgia for a lifestyle marketing piece.

Or the husband and wife dairy farmers hugging each other at their farm in Northern Colorado. These quick unguarded photojournalistic portraits captures the spirit of individuals and their community.

Photographic Visuals That Convey Feeling

I especially love the challenge of creating photographic visuals when a company calls on me to demonstrate their goods and services, and portay (and convey) a particular feeling. The portraits show the personality of the subjects and tell a story about their self and their community.

Mobile Phone Photography & Its impact on brands
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I was a guest on 1540 AM WADK's Interactive Marketing Insights hosted by Suzanne McDonald. We spoke about mobile phone photography and how it impacts businesses and brands large and small in today's world. Here are a few highlights from the show

I find the biggest challenge of social media today is time, commitment and creativity. With the phone, it can be effortlessly, making an average photo excellent.

I am a big fan of the square image because on Instagram it feeds so nicely through the phone. I find the horizontal and vertical photographs a bit jarring when displayed on a format designed for square images.

Tighter shots are always better for viewing on the phone. For example, when a company promotes a fair booth with a large group of people that are taken head to toe, the image is not very dynamic. Instead, shoot a tighter photograph, possibly at a different angle instead of straight on. Experimenting with angles and getting in tighter may simplify the image, making it more exciting and creative to catch a viewer's eyes.

Consistency is necessary with the same type of filter and color pallet. There are 3-4 filters I prefer because the style ties closely to my brand and allow my photographs to be more aligned with my vision.

Keep your phone photography simple and focused on humanizing your brand. For example, a restaurant should take more than photographs of the food. Take pictures of your staff, or a chef cooking is a beautiful photograph that humanizes your restaurant and allows your customers to connect with the "behind the scenes" activities.

Anticipate taking lots of pictures, and you will still only use less than 10%. Don't hold yourself back. Shoot more than you need. Having an inventory of photographs and then choose the best images that allow you to be more creative and have fun with experimenting with your brand.

The Interactive Marketing Insights radio show includes several other tips from myself and Suzanne McDonald from Angles and Insights. A few days later I was a speaker at NIM (Newport Interactive Marketers) - Get Seen! Video and Visuals: Pro's tips at your fingertips.

I also want to mention this fantastic article, “Finding Your Inner Photographer: Making the Most of Your Camera.” The website, Groom + Style, created a fun and simple piece that is full of excellent tips to become a better photographer with your camera and your smartphone (iPhone or Android).

Multimedia Video for A Small Business in Rhode Island
Commercial multimedia videographer for small business in RI

I thoroughly enjoy projects where we mix still photography and video to create a multimedia video and imagery for a multitude of marketing pieces.  This approach allows us to fulfill the client's video and still photography needs for their website, social media and printed marketing pieces during one assignment. Depending on the vision and budget, I approach these projects with a single crew of 2 up to a team with dozens of people.
 
The Savory Grape is located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island where they have carved out a very successful local business based on their friendliness, knowledge and customer service. Most importantly, by creating a pleasurable shopping experience for their customers in their store, that also supports other local businesses.
 
I am a big fan of small businesses, and I was super excited when The Savory Grape approached me to create a video to showcase their local RI business. During the creative processes, we decided to create a video as a narrative story told by their customers, employees, another business owner, and The Savory Grape's Founder on why it is an experience and not just a store.
 
This multimedia approach project worked best with a crew of 2 to keep costs down and a “from the hip” type of approach to matching a more "real life" and “heartfelt” style of storytelling. We completed the shooting in one day with a mix of conversations from customers and employees at the store, another business, and in a home wine cellar.
 
I chose not to use scripts because I wanted all the people featured in this video to speak from the heart. We had a theme and questions to ask, and I approached it with me having a conversation with the subjects. As a commercial videographer, I find this approach makes it more natural and human to speak from the heart versus a formal interview.
 
The still images are in the video, published on their website and printed in their marketing materials. We used some photographs from their past winery travels to help tell the video story. Also, we created three shorter video stories for Instagram, Facebook, and other social media outlets.
 
This video project was a fantastic way to celebrate The Savory Grape's 10-year anniversary. This project is also an example of how Indermaur Media focuses on creating a team to work with budgets and visions to create a product to be used in a multitude of different marketing outlets.

Shorter Videos created for Social Media outlets