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The Holderness Family Comes Full Circle Selling XMAS Jammies

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Not quite a year after becoming a viral sensation on You Tube with their XMAS Jammies video, the Holderness family have come full circle. Penn, Kim and their children, Lola and Penn Charles, will appear live on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) on Friday, November 7th at 7:00 am selling XMAS Jammies.

The journey to this partnership started in early 2014 when conversations started with Chasing Fireflies, the company that makes the jammies the Holderness family made famous in their video, which has received close to 15 million views worldwide. Chasing Fireflies’ parent company is Home Shopping Network (HSN) so this created the perfect venue for collaboration. “It’s hard to believe that a song about our silly family tradition (wearing matching jammies on Christmas morning) has lead to this. We are so proud to partner with Chasing Fireflies and HSN on this,” said Penn Holderness.

Penn and Kim Holderness are former television journalists who left local and network news to start Greenroom Communications with another former TV news anchor, Sharon Delaney McCloud. Their company, based in Raleigh, produces videos and digital strategy for a variety of industries and brands, including HSN, Fox Broadcasting, H&R Block, Lovely Candy, Rex Hospital and more.

In addition to appearing on HSN on November 7th, Greenroom Communications produced a hilarious video for HSN. “How to Shop for the Holidays (Holderness Family Style),” parodies the trials and tribulations of the holiday shopping season. Filmed throughout downtown Raleigh, the video follows the Holderness family as over-the-top holiday carolers follow their every move.   This is not the official Holderness Christmas video for 2014 – that’s still in the works.

Behind the scenes pics of  “How to Shop for the Holidays (Holderness Family Style)”

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GREENROOM’S NEW SIZZLE REEL

We are so thrilled to welcome our new Director of Production, Zak Ciotti, to Greenroom. He’s been here less than a month and really hit the ground running.

Zak is not only an amazing photographer, but he does things with video. Crazy, freaky, brilliant things. First thing he did when he got in the door, he updated our “Sizzle Reel,” which is basically a two minute video showing all the potential of Greenroom Video. Check it out!

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Baby Got Class! A back to school parody

If there was one of those facebook relationship status options for my children, at this point in August, I would choose “needs to see other people.” On both sides — we literally need to see other people.

It’s been an amazing summer but for our children and ourselves — we are ready for the routine the school year brings.
As working parents we had the familiar struggle of “what will the kids do while we work?” issue on a daily basis.

Our kids had a full summer of camps, play dates, fun babysitters, and a few work trips with mom and dad. We’ve spent A LOT of time with them — and we’ve treasured every (almost every) minute.
Just as much as WE are ready to walk them to the classroom door -THEY are ready to go.
Before they head back to school — my final few days of their summer break are spent filling out paperwork (didn’t I fill this out last year?), buying a random list of school supplies (do the erasers have to be pink?), signing up for committees (I swear this year I’m not going to forget any meetings), and trying, so desperately trying to get organized (THIS is going to be the year.. I can FEEL it).
So here’s our ode to the parents, students, and teachers as we start a new school year in the only way we know how.
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HOLDERNOPOLY! Playtime with a Gaming Giant

Since we danced around in our driveway in ill-fitting pajamas, we’ve been lucky enough to get some memorable phone calls: The Las Vegas skydiving company wanting Kim to jump out of a plane in her Christmas Jammies (Kim gets anxiety attacks in turbulence. Jumping OUT of a plane would never happen).

The dozens of families who wanted us to make cameo Sweet 16 parties/Bar Mitzvah appearances (very flattering, but probably not a sustainable business model).

And the food companies wanting us to promote foods our family would never eat (food coloring? As if our kids need to be MORE hyper).
There have been plenty of “Thanks But No Thankses”, but we recently got a call we couldn’t believe.

Monopoly wanted to work with us!

Monopoly, the only game we have played every decade of our lives.  The game that honed our understanding of capitalism.  The game that led to more than one dorm lobby all-nighter in college.  The game our suddenly opportunistic 7-year-old lemonade salesman daughter can relate to. Honestly and truly, it’s one of the games our family has in rotation for our “Friday Family Game Nights.”

They told us they had something new, and they wanted our family to be a part of it.  They wanted us to write something for them, perform it, shoot it, and edit it.  They trusted us to have as much fun as possible, and mention the game, you know, if we had time. Here’s the final result.

 

Pretty cool concept, right? You get to put your family’s photos all over the board, which got us all digging for embarrassing photos of each other (I mean, that’s half the fun.  Or maybe more than half.  Maybe 67%).

Four things we will never forget about this project:

1. Like #XMasJammies, the time we spent shooting this with the family was invaluable.  The TV was off, the kids were incredibly engaged and creative, and the payoff was this great video we will have forever. It makes us want to suggest that everyone shoots a family video every once in a while.

2.  Credit to Monopoly, and their marketing team.  They get it.  If you want to advertise a family product, don’t cram it in our faces – have fun with it!  That’s what they let us do here. They sent us a sample of the product and let us have fun with it.

3.  Kim’s 8th grade perm.  I mean, it was just so hot…

and most importantly,

4. I played enough Monopoly during this to learn that the properties at the end of each row are a way better R.O.I than the properties at the start of the row! Who knew??  The powder blue, orange, yellow, and dark blue props have hotel and housing costs similar to their neighbors, but they charge way higher rent!! Are we the only people who didn’t know this?

Hope you enjoy the video and the new game.
Please share! Especially if you know someone with bad perm photos you can use in your game.
To get more information, visit www.MyMonopoly.com

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The Perfect Father’s Day?

Coming up on the celebration of my 8th one of these, I ask this question – what is the perfect Father’s Day?  We all have our different answers, and our answers have probably changed over time.  For me, five years ago, all I wanted was golf and sleep.  But as the kids get older, sleep later and scream less, they become part of that utopia.

For me, the dream day has become this: plan nothing.  Do nothing.  Eat everything.  That’s probably because the other 364 days of the year have become so hectic, I crave sitting still.  Here’s a video about my ideal Father’s Day for 2014.  How do you celebrate the day?

 

 

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Casting Call – May 14, 2014

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Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill casting call: We need to interview dads with their young kids (age 4-12) for a social media campaign about a science-based network show. NO science knowledge is necessary. Must be available to shoot next Tuesday afternoon (May 20th) in Raleigh. We need big personalities! Email us if you’re interested. Thank you!

 

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Can a FROZEN song get my kid to eat veggies?

 

Do you want to eat some broccoli?

We try.  Really hard.  And we are failing. Hard.

We’ve read books, watched documentaries, asked all of our friends, even befriended someone called the Food Babe, in our quest to eat healthy.
We’ve learned we live in a world where food is rarely real food anymore.  Something as harmful as Macaroni and Cheese has PETROLEUM in it, a lot of supermarket cheese has cellulose (wood pulp), bread frequently has an additive used in yoga mats, and vanilla ice cream is often sweetened by Castoreum.
Castoreum is a Beaver’s Anal Glands.
Armed with all this information for over a year, we should be telling you a grand success story: That our family is eating nothing but real food, and that our children are super healthy.
The truth is, this is a lot harder than we thought it would be.  Why? because our 4-year old’s favorite foods are the ones we just mentioned. Mac and cheese, pizza, bread and ice cream.
If you’re scoring at home that’s petroleum, wood pulp, yoga mat and beaver anus.
Those organic apples, peas, and sprouted grain breads? We put them on his plate every night. He sniffs them out like a hound dog and turns up his nose.
Don’t get us wrong, Penn Charles is a great kid… good-natured, happy,  but maddeningly picky.  His occasional tantrums, we fear, are made worse by a diet that’s about as wholesome as Cinemax after midnight.

As a family that has watched Frozen 100 times and listened to the soundtrack another 12,596 times, we now equate our nightly plight to get him to eat to Anna, knocking on that door, ever so sweetly trying to coax her sister to break out of the rut and join her in a better, healthier life.
And that’s why we had to make this song.. Who knows? He’s such a Frozen addict, maybe this’ll get him to eat Broccoli.
Click here to watch the video.

 

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CASTING CALL FOR PET LOVERS

CASTING CALL FOR PET LOVERS: Looking for smart phone video of your pet doing funny, touching, memorable, crazy things.  We need everything from pets doing funny pee pee dances, chewing shoes, to licking their butts. And, of course, those cute cuddly pics too.
IMPORTANT:  Must be shot horizontally, not vertically. See image below for examples. Email us your You Tube link or email us directly at info@visitthegreenroom.com. It may be used in a national video campaign Greenroom Communications LLC is creating.  THANKS!

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Survey: Video Helps Persuade 73% of People to Buy a Product or Service

Courtesy of Search Engine Watch

This morning, Animoto reported new survey results that show video has a positive impact on purchase decisions and drives brand engagement. The new Animoto Online and Mobile Video Study surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers and revealed that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of respondents are more likely to purchase a product or service if they can watch a video explaining it beforehand.

“The business benefits of using video to increase discovery, traffic, engagement and conversion are widely documented, but we were curious about whether consumers actually find business videos helpful,” said Brad Jefferson, CEO of Animoto. “The data shows that there’s a real power in business videos to help people make confident shopping decisions. Further, consumers develop a more positive impression of companies that use video and even find such companies to be more trustworthy. Businesses that don’t embrace video are overlooking a valuable way to reach their customers and will struggle to keep up with the competition.”

Videos Play a Pivotal Role in Decision-Making During All Stages of the Customer Experience

Nearly all the respondents (96 percent) find videos helpful when making purchase decisions online – creating a significant opportunity for small businesses to capitalize by offering more video. The findings also show that videos hold tremendous value for driving brand awareness throughout the purchase process as well as post-purchase engagement:

  • 93 percent of respondents find video helpful in comparison shopping.
  • 87 percent of respondents find video helpful for researching additional items from the same brand.
  • 93 percent of respondents find video helpful for instructions post-purchase.

Video Drives Brand Engagement, Leaves Consumers With Positive Impression

According to the study, video helps businesses connect with their customers and leaves consumers with a positive impression of their brand:

  • 71 percent of respondents agree that watching video content produced by businesses leaves them with a positive impression of a brand/service/company.
  • Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents find it helpful to watch videos to learn more about the company they will purchase from.
  • 58 percent of respondents consider companies that produce video content to be more trustworthy.

Consumers Speak Out About Video Preferences

Longer videos aren’t necessarily more effective, with 83 percent of respondents citing the ideal length of a video to inform a purchase decision is five minutes or less.

Respondents also had interesting views on what types of video they would like to see more. From a tour of a restaurant’s ocean view to an interview with a conference speaker, people want to watch more video across industries, products, and services:

  • 42 percent of all respondents would like to see more product description or service demonstration videos, such as a 360 view of a product, how to play a game, or use a phone.
  • People would like to see more video content about electronics (57 percent), restaurants (39 percent), travel (34 percent), and exercise/fitness (33 percent).

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THE VIDEO WAR ROOM — HOW TO MAKE A “SMASH” VIDEO

March 10, 2014 – Penn Holderness

We’ve gotten a ton of emails, and interest, after the release of our most recent “Next Day Video” about Oscar Night. The majority of the emails asked the simple question : How did you turn that video around so quickly?

The Oscars ended after midnight, and the video, which included original music, and a bunch of Oscar moments. went live on youtube at 4:30 AM, or a couple hours before people started logging on the next morning.

We did this to make a point to prospective clients – a good video does not always need a storyboard, a DP, three rounds of edits and a month of post production work.  In fact, in this new social media-driven world, a lot of times ads, and campaigns can grow stale if they take too much time to post them.

Oreo set an amazing example at last year’s Super Bowl.  They put a “marketing war room” together the night of the Super Bowl. When a “water-cooler event” happened, they got to work.  The power went out, and they put the now-famous “you can still dunk in the dark” pic on social media.  It blew up.  In fact, it became the biggest advertising success of the night, at an infinitesimal fraction of the cost to run a TV ad.
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That motivated us to try the first-ever “Video War Room” the night of the Oscars.  Here were the rules:

1. Come into it with the framework of something good.  For us, it was the theme that as parents we didn’t see any of these movies.  We had already written the “hook” (the chorus), and several verses as well, knowing many of them would get cut for the sake of more current events.

2. Be patient.  This is something you learn as a news reporter.  Don’t take the first good thing you hear and skedaddle to the editing room.  Sit back, and digest what is going on.  Ellen had a great opening monologue (especially the Liza Minelli bit), but if we had taken that and gotten to work, we would’ve missed the water-cooler event of the night (Paging Mr. Travolta…)

3. Listen to your friends. If possible, watch the event with buddies, people who don’t have a vested interest in creating the video. They will give you an honest reaction to everything that is going on.

4. Scour Twitter.  That is honestly 99% of what my wife did that night.  We were actually downstairs making some changes when Adele Dazeem happened.  Twitter blew up, we went upstairs and hit rewind, and we knew we had the water-cooler event.

5. Don’t have too many cooks in the kitchen.  For a War Room, you need the smartest people you know, but one clear voice that will make the final decisions.  If that voice can also be the writer and editor, that is ideal.

6. S.M.A.S.H.  This is a strategy Greenroom adopted on its first day, and it is still working well.  make sure your production includes each of the following:

Speed : explained above – quick turnaround keeps it fresh

Music : Whether its at the forefront, a bed or and open/close, it’s pretty standard for anything that isn’t a vine or gif.

Asymmetry : Look for, or create, moments that are out of balance, things that you don’t normally see.

Spontaneity : in the course of the writing, editing, and shooting, don’t be afraid to take any additional great moments and fit them into the piece.  They may not have been part of your original plan, but they are often the best, and most memorable, moments.

Humor : Not for every video, but unless it’s an incredibly serious subject, you need to find a way to make the viewer smile.  How? That’s worth an entirely different blog post.

Thanks for reading… Agree? Disagree? By all means, let me know.

~ Penn

 

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