No Idea is a bad idea

We are Bearded Fellows, an award winning animation and video agency for brands, agencies and organisations. We bring together the expertise and unique perspectives needed to realise great ideas and produce stunning and exciting campaigns. 

 

 
$10,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • Bridgeworks 67-69 bridgeworks Bridge Street
    Manchester, GTM M3 3BQ
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Remington, Zen Internet, Royal Mail, Princes, British Council, Kaplan, Ladbible, Mettler Toledo, Adelphi, 

The LADbible app launch

Video of the year - Prolific North Awards 2016

Our video campaign for the Ladbible saw us shaping content for a brand that is known as a hub for content, none of which was their own.

They came to us asking to help them find their own voice online. The target audience was 16-25 year olds who use their social media platforms.

As they wanted to make a statement, we decided to make something ‘out of

this world’ which lead to sending their app into space. 

We decided to use a face of Ladbible, Johno, to go on the journey and guide the viewers for the first time. 

The pre-production of this project took precedent as we had to make sure everything was ready for our one shot one take chance to get it right. We used a Go Pro to put on the balloon and used GPS to follow the flight path. 

We use the Ladbibe channels, Vine, Instagram and Facebook to release the video, drip feeding clips to create a buzz for the app and added a call to action at the end of the video to download the app. 

This content received over one million views in 24 hours and allowed the visitors to engage with the launch of the app instead of just seeing a sponsored advert and ignoring it.

By making engaging content we were able to get a conversation started on their channels and make a buzz around the launch. 

The app went to number one in the Itunes app store within 24 hours and helped to shape the future content style for the Ladbible.

Google Retail

Bearded Fellows were commissioned to produce three animations to introduce retailers to the three new interactive resources at their disposal.

Google’s solution was to build three interactive resources, one on attracting local shoppers to stores (Google My Business), a second to improve your mobile sites (Speed Scorecard) and a third using insights to make smarter decisions (Google Analytics).

 

Whilst

Google is one huge brand, each produce or site within its umbrella has its own little characteristics and it was left to us to define this for Google.

 

We were given an initial style direction by Google but had to wade through a very large asset bank to hone down the look and feel to match with the retail webpages.

 

Each animation had a different character to try to capture a wide demographic. We produced three 10 second sample animations bring to life the character and their retail environment to give Google a clear look and feel for each animation.

 

We produced a music track that was designed to feel more like a soundscape with SFX that brought to life the animations in a subtle, but engaging way.

 

We liaised with the marketing team through our interactive review process and we were able to create three animations that showcased the benefits of Google Retailer for retailers.

Our client wanted to mix grooming and sport. We were challenged to mix the two and decided to attempt to incorporate humour. The result was a 6-month campaign across various sports and scenarios synonymous with male grooming and specific sporting moments. 

With each of these visuals used to advertise during major sporting events of 2018 (Anthony Joshua vs Parker, Wimbledon, Grand national, Champions League/world

cup) we utilised the benefits of using a Remington grooming product with successful sporting moments

Inspiration Everywhere - Show Business Interiors

Showbusiness Interiors are an interior design collective and they wanted to showcase visually how their designers go about creating and how they find inspiration. We created and designed a campaign following various designers and their journey for inspiration

Reviews

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Performance Review Video Prod for Digital Learning Company

"Their flexibility, creativity, and quality are impressive. The Bearded Fellows are a joy to work with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. - June 2020
Project summary: 

Bearded Fellows was hired to work on a video production featuring the performance review process and its benefits. The company wants to utilize animation to motivate its employees.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Ross Garner
Head of Learning Experience, Emerald Works
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The results of the work of Bearded Fellows have yet to be determined. However, the client praised the quality of the animation and proposed a new larger project with the agency. The team has exceeded the expectations of the company.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

As Head of Learning Design for Emerald Works, I'm responsible for managing the production of digital learning content for our custom clients.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bearded Fellows?

Bearded Fellows support us with their animation expertise, their creative design and their ability to convey complex messaging with clear visuals.

What were your goals for this project?

To encourage colleagues to engage with the performance review process.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Bearded Fellows are one of our top 'go to' animation studios for projects like this. We know the quality they can produce, and their collaborative approach to development, so we check in regularly.

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

The video made use of existing branding, combined with a 'colleague story', to demonstrate the performance review process and highlight the benefits. My team led on the scripting, in consultation with our client, while Bearded Fellows managed the illustrations, storyboarding and animation.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

I was provided with a clear schedule, with regular check-in points, and provided with opportunity to flex where necessary. Deliverables arrived on time, every time, and were to an incredibly high standard with very little feedback from us.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Project results are TBC, but the quality of the animation was such that we've already engaged Bearded Fellows again on another, larger, project.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow was incredibly effective. The team has joined our Slack workspace and has since become an extension of our internal team.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their flexibility, creativity, and quality are impressive. The Bearded Fellows are a joy to work with.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Can't fault them!

5.0
Overall Score Top marks!
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Clearly presented and stuck to, but flexible when we needed it to be.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Bearded Fellows are one of our more expensive animation partners, but that's reflected in the quality of what they produce.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Always great quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend Bearded Fellows to anyone looking for animation.

Promotion Video Material for Marketing Company

"They are professional, friendly, great to work with and the quality of their work is superb."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Mar. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Bearded Fellows produced videography content for both internal stakeholders and third-party clients. This involved creating a storyboard and consulting on project requirements.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Manchester, United Kingdom
Laura Murphy
Managing Director, NBE Digital
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

As a result of the new content, third-party clients have seen marked increases in ROI. The team has maintained a smooth workflow throughout the engagement.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Managing Director at NBE Digital. NBE Digital is a search engine marketing agency based in the heart of Manchester. NBE Digital gathers a deep understanding of your core values to deliver a bespoke marketing campaign with maximum ROI.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bearded Fellows?

Bearded Fellows have created a bank of videography assets for ourselves and our many clients. One of the key features of clients success is having good quality visual content for their business for us to be able to promote the quality of their product or service. It is imperative to our strategy that the visualisation is of the highest quality.

What were your goals for this project?

To ensure that the visual presentation of the products and services are professional and representative of the quality of the clients business.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was introduced to Bearded Fellows from a colleague who had worked with them previously and highly recommended them.

Describe the video(s) and the process in detail.

We provide a brief of the project a combination of the clients and our requirements. Beared Fellows

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

Once we have provided our brief Bearded Fellows provide us with a proposed storyboard and project specification to deliver. They offer insightful recommendations to enhance the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The clients have seen significant increases in ROI

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Great guys and very easy to work with

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I have full confidence when recommending Bearded Fellows that Joe and Matthew are people who I am more than happy to recommend to our own client base. They are professional, friendly, great to work with and the quality of their work is superb.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer