So you’ve decided to take the plunge and hire a professional. Now what? I’ve compiled a list of questions mainly gathered from the Digital Video Summit at Inman Connect in NY to help you find the right crew for your needs.
1.) Ask to see their work. This is their resume in video form. See if they have the skills you are looking to hire.
2.) Ask for references and CHECK THEM! Would you believe most companies that ask for references never check them? If you are going to make the investment make sure you know you’re dealing with the right people.
3.) Shop around. Once you know what you are looking for, get bids from several video companies. You may be surprised at what you find some in your own backyard are more expensive than ones across country!
4.) Ask “what is included with that price?” Many companies don’t include post editing fees and this can KILL you in the end.
5.) Find out if you own the video or if the company owns the final product. If the company owns the footage this could become tricky when trying to distribute your video to the masses.
6.) Make sure any music that is used is licensed or copyright free!!!! This is important even if you're doing the video yourself.
7.) Ask about their turn-around time. How long will it take to get your video shot, edited and delivered to you?
Good luck...your videos are going to look great :-)