More Free Stock Content Available on VidMob. We <3 Unsplash!

Thanks to resources like Unsplash, finding beautiful and authentic stock content is as easy as a quick keyword search. For brands in a pinch, good stock can help bring to life stunning creative ideas without the hassle, time, and cost of traditional production. It’s why brands as big as Apple and artists as small indie filmmakers consistently rely on it—utilizing stock is super efficient and the possibilities are endless (see below for ideas!).

Which is why we’re thrilled to expand our VidMob Stock Library offering with our new content partner, Unsplash. We are big fans of Unsplash, their talented community of professional photographers, and their artfully curated collections of emotive and powerful imagery. The best part? All Unsplash content is free to use in any of your VidMob projects.

IDEAS FOR USING UNSPLASH IN YOUR VIDMOB PROJECTS:

There are so many ways to bring motion to still imagery—with a little graphic massaging from a talented VidMob Creator, any asset can become compelling video content. Here are a few of our favorite ways to transform beautiful photos into even better video:

1. Cinemagraphs
Isolating movement to a specific element in the visual, i.e. a steaming coffee cup, a running waterfall, or passing traffic. In a cinemagraph, the rest of the visual is still while the isolated element repeats movement on a loop, similar to a GIF.

2. Animations
Adding an animated effect, like writing in script or a butterfly that floats into and off the frame, allows for the still to feel like a backdrop to whatever animation you add on top.

3. Parallax Effect
Separating the foreground and the background of an image gives it a three-dimensional feel, adding depth. Combined with a zoom or pan effect, it makes the still come alive.

HOW TO ACCESS UNSPLASH IN VIDMOB’S STOCK LIBRARY:

  • Click the “More” button at Media Selection to reveal the drop-down menu.
  • Select “Stock Content” to see our library’s home page.
  • Enter a keyword that represents what you’re looking for.
  • Filter results by “Client Cost” to preview our complimentary media selections, like those from Unsplash.

FOR A MORE IN-DEPTH REFRESHER ON OUR STOCK LIBRARY AND HOW TO ACCESS ALL THE EXCITING CONTENT FROM OUR PARTNERS, CLICK HERE.

Have questions? Reach out to us at support@vidmob.com. We’re always here for you!

VidMob Teams Up with Slack for Better Communication

When it comes to creating great video, there’s no shortage of moving parts. You have drafts to review, feedback to send, teams to manage—there’s a lot to juggle.

As a default to help you stay on top of active projects, we send email alerts for every new update. Unfortunately, that can add up to quite a few emails!

Introducing VidMob for Slack

Work simply while keeping your team nimble. Make VidMob a part of your daily routine by funneling real-time project notifications to the platform where you and your team communicate most—on Slack, of course.

Never Miss a Beat: All Your Updates in One Place

Gone are the days of missing messages in the shuffle of email. Create custom channels to get real-time notifications on draft uploads, messages, or when new collaborators join projects—all from the convenience of your Slack workspace.

Stay In-The-Know: Easily Oversee Company Activity

Curious if a project has kicked off or if a new team member has joined the company account? Admins can create activity channels to stay up-to-date on their team’s status.

Stay Focused: Customize Your Notification Preferences

Specify which notifications you’d like to receive in order to avoid distraction and keep focused on only those updates that matter to you.

Jump To It: Access Projects from Slack

Click on your channel notifications to drop directly into VidMob and respond to feedback or review drafts.

We think VidMob and Slack are the perfect match. We’re sure you’ll agree. Start working smarter by syncing your Slack workspace to VidMob today.

Demonstrated Motivation

Adding engineers to a team can be a challenge, particularly for small teams who currently work well together.  The notion of hiring more engineers simply to move quickly rarely produces the desired outcome. A great team can be can quickly grind to a halt by just throwing more “coders” at the problem. Not because they aren’t experienced or talented, but because working with a team is hard and requires investing yourself in understanding how products are built.

Here at VidMob, we’ve challenged ourselves to find the balance between rapidly creating and deploying products that drive immediate value for the company with building a quality and stable platform. As we grew our engineering team more than 3x in since 2015 and look to double that count this year, the key trait that we’ve identified when evaluating talent is a demonstrated motivation. The motivation to understand why or how a solution was achieved.

This rarely is discovered through a candidates work experience but appears from the passion they have when talking about their other technology interests. Building quadcopters, robots, gaming platforms, or working with APIs when there might already be well-crafted solutions available, are examples of how VidMob candidates (and eventual hires) have demonstrated their motivation to learn. It reflects the importance that is placed on the journey to learn and not necessarily the end result. Candidates who exhibit this trait typically are strong problem-solvers and become invested in the success of the product. Often, they will go out of their way to refactor code to make their job easier, the product more maintainable, and leave the codebase better than they found it.

We are looking for great candidates to join our team today. Head over to vidmob.com/careers for more information.

No-Cost Media Now Available in VidMob’s Stock Library

Did you know that VidMob has a Stock Library you can seamlessly access as you create your VidMob projects? Bring your best ideas to life by adding or removing your pick of video clips, images, audio files, or motion graphics in just a click. Because no great idea should go unrealized for lack of compelling content!

Previously, you could preview stock selections from our library at no cost and purchase only the content you thought worked best. Plus, all costs would be pass-through from our third party partners, which meant no markup by VidMob. Pretty nice, right?

Well, while all of that is still true today, we recently partnered with stock content provider, Storyblocks, to make the VidMob Stock Library even better. Now, you can access Storyblock’s professional quality, royalty-free media at absolutely no charge. Gone are the days of impossible ideas—so you can keep building, telling, and sharing all your great stories.

Here’s how to filter your search for our complimentary stock content:

 

 

  • Click the “More” button at Media Selection to reveal the drop-down menu.
  • Select “Stock Content” to see our library’s home page.
  • Enter a keyword that represents what you’re looking for.
  • Filter results by “Client Cost” to preview our complimentary media selections.

For a more in-depth refresher on our Stock Library and how to access all the exciting content from our partners, click here.

Have questions? Reach out to us at support@vidmob.com. We’re always here for you!

Store, Share, and Secure Files with Asset Locker

With today’s advancements in technology, you’d think locating a brand logo or product shot would be as easy as, say, asking Siri. Instead, the reality is that keeping track of and locating files like a never-ending scavenger hunt (and who has time for games?).

In fact, it’s this game of file “hide-and-seek” that marketers report amongst their top pain points in the content production process. Also in that mix, a lack of communication and understanding between teams when they need something from one another. Together, these pain points affect digital video’s activation process with delays that tally in weeks.

We heard the message loud and clear: it’s high time someone came up with a way to organize assets built specifically for digital and social video. So, if you’re ready for creative asset management to catch up to this century, read on. This update is for you.

Introducing Asset Locker

A sleek, new tool for marketing and creative teams to easily organize and manage creative assets—from logos to audio files to brand guidelines—directly on the VidMob platform.

How Asset Locker makes your life easier:

   Store any file type (logos, photos, videos, vectors, PDFs, Word docs, or GIFs…to name a few!) in VidMob’s cloud-based locker and spare your precious hard drive space.

–    Create naming conventions for your files, so your team can quickly search for and find any asset within seconds.

   Speed up the time it takes to collect important brand assets. Mark a folder as “Included” to auto-add it to all future projects.

    Streamline A/B content creation by copying existing projects in one click.

–    Secure your media files. Your locker is only visible to you, your team, and the creators you choose to hire.

 

Your Files Organized Your Way

We built the locker to be flexible. Fully customize folder structures according to your team’s existing workflow and naming conventions.

Want tips on how to best organize your locker? We’re here to help, so drop us a line at support@vidmob.com.

Ready to See Asset Locker in Action?

Log in to VidMob and start populating your Asset Locker today, or lead the charge and share this with your team’s admin(s) to get the ball rolling.

VidMob Selected for Launch of Snap Lens Studio!

For Snapchatters, 2017 was arguably the year of the dancing hotdog. This quirky, fun hotdog quickly won the hearts of users, appearing alongside or as the starring role in hundreds of thousands of snaps.

Between these World Lenses (like the hotdog) and Snap’s Face Lenses (like the fan-favorite puppy dog), Snapchat offers an incredibly unique opportunity for brands to both enter into and interact with their audience in real time. Notably, this ability to seamlessly immerse a brand into a user’s day-to-day communications has a serious impact on brand favorability and affinity—some brands boasting a boost of 19+ and 6+ points respectively.

Which is why, today, we’re so thrilled to announce that VidMob has been selected by Snap to be an expert lens creator as part of the Snap Lens Studio! Only a small handful of agencies and creative platforms were given the distinction, and we are honored to be among them. As an official Snapchat Creative Partner, we’re excited to be at the forefront of this amazing product. Our pool of specially trained AR and 3D specialists are eager to begin creating your brand’s version of the dancing hotdog superstar.

Create & Run Audience Filters on Snapchat

You’re likely familiar with the fun, captivating filters Snapchatters love to overlay on their selfies and snaps. These filters vary daily—most prolifically with the changing seasons, big holidays, or by city and location. They’re part of what makes Snapchat a standout social media platform and are iconic of the Snap experience, allowing users an additional layer of personalization and play in their day-to-day communications.

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Previously, brands could tap into this play by creating Geofilters, accessible by Snapchatters in a fenced location. Now, Snapchat has expanded their targeting capabilities, allowing brands to create filters tailored to a specific audience no matter their location—which is huge. Now, brands can guarantee their message is seen only by their intended audience. Win!

So how do you get your Snapchat audience to start snapping with your filter? Well, first you’ll need to create one. (If you have something designed and ready to rock, skip ahead to the “Deploy Your Filter on Snapchat with VidMob”)

Connect with One of VidMob’s Snapchat Specialists

Snapchat named us a Creative Partner because they trust in the quality of work our creators consistently produce. Our Snapchat specialists can design your custom filter in a matter of days—or even hours if you’ve got a particularly tight deadline.

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Already have a few assets you think could work? Send it to one of our creators for the finishing touches so it’s approve-ready in a flash.

Deploy Your Filter on Snapchat with VidMob

Ready for Snapchatters to start playing with your filter? Head over to our Snapchat Manager to launch your new filter into the Snapchat ether. From there, you can track your filter’s performance and compare it to others within your larger media strategy—making adjustments to budget as necessary.

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It’s that simple. Let VidMob be your one-stop shop for creating and running timely, magnetic filters your fans will love to snap.