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Commotion Engine is a boutique marketing agency that helps clients communicate key messages through dynamic videos and animations. We work with every client to understand their marketing goals, and then craft strategic messages that are custom designed to engage their target audiences. 

Whether you need an overview video for your landing page, a conversation starter for your sales team, or a powerful promo for social media, our team can bring your ideas to life in a style that fits your brand. Find more information and case studies on our website: www.CommotionEngine.com

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2013
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Atlanta, GA
headquarters
  • 5238 Peachtree Road
    Atlanta, GA 30341
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Amazon
LinkedIn
Leidos
Payscape
AutoTrader
Kahua
MoveGuides
The Princeton Review

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Explainer Video for Voice Tech Startup

They were responsive throughout production, and were always clear and transparent with our team.

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Feb. - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine delivered an explainer video for a voice-based software solution. They managed the entire production process, including script writing, storyboarding, narration recording, and animation.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Dominic Sutter
Product Manager, OTO Systems
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The video has received positive feedback from viewers. The Commotion Engine team took a collaborative approach, emphasizing frequent communication during all phases of the project. Their flexibility and commitment to delivering high-quality animations make them a desirable partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m a product manager at OTO Systems, a venture-backed startup working on the next generation of voice intelligence software. I manage our product development and product marketing.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Commotion Engine?

Because we offer a voice-based software solution, we’ve struggled to identify how to showcase our capabilities visually. We hired Commotion Engine to create a high-quality explainer video that could tell our story.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed an explainer video that paints a clear picture of what we do and what our products are. Our goal was to have a video that we could post on our website and use for sales related outreach.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We reviewed and received quotes from multiple explainer video production companies based in the US and Asia. We ultimately picked Commotion Engine because we wanted to have a US-based partner, and we felt that the quality of their work was above others within their price range.

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

The process was structured in a very straightforward manner. It included scripting, storyboarding, voice recording, and 2D animation production.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

For each step, we had two or three feedback rounds before they continued to the next phase of production. They used project management tools to collect feedback.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The video is now live on our website, and we’ve been able to use it for sales related outreach. Though we don’t have any measurable outcomes, we’ve witnessed the reactions of viewers who can now quickly grasp what our company does.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Their team managed the entire process well. They were responsive throughout production, and were always clear and transparent with our team. The project moved relatively quickly, and our feedback was continually incorporated into their work. We were very hands-on, especially during the scripting stage. Also, their team was quick to adjust their schedule when necessary.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The 2D animations they created are superb. All of their work is clean and professional while still retaining a playful element. We were also very impressed by the logo animation that they made.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We had to be significantly involved in the beginning, which we didn’t expect. This ended up being a valuable experience, and we became less involved as production continued.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their prices were fair for the quality of their work.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would highly recommend them to others.

Explainer Videos for Registration Product Offering

“They were patient, willing to listen, and very flexible throughout the whole production process.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Dec. 2018 - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine produced three explainer videos to promote a digital registration solution.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Atlanta, Georgia
Matt Barudin
Product Marketing Specialist, Payscape
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal stakeholders are now circulating the videos through digital marketing channels and are confident that they will drive conversions. Commotion Engine was communicative and led an effortless collaboration.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the product marketing specialist at Payscape, a financial technology company specializing in payment and processing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Commotion Engine?

We launched a new product, Payscape Registration, early this year and needed professionally designed marketing videos to explain its features and solutions. 

What were your goals for this project? 

We wanted to develop three explainer videos to use for social media, email marketing, and other internal purposes. The videos would help promote our new product.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

An internal employee referred us to Commotion Engine, and we selected their services after speaking with a few agencies. 

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

Commotion Engine produced three explainer videos to promote our new registration product. Each video begins by outlining the pain points of manual registration that schools, camps, and other organizations experience. Then, they dive into an outline of Payscape Registration and its features, benefits, and solutions as well as the target audience.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process? 

Commotion Engine used a helpful storyboard feedback process where we could write in comments for specific elements in the videos. They were very responsive and followed up with questions and clarification.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are only just beginning to use the videos but are confident that they will drive conversions and engagement across our marketing channels. 

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs? 

The workflow was very effective because we maintained consistent communication to ensure that they understood our goals.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

It was a great experience working with their team. They were patient, willing to listen, and very flexible throughout the whole production process. 

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, nothing comes to mind.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Explainer Video for Education Nonprofit

"Working with their team was incredibly easy." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Jan. - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine produced 90-second explainer video. Based on a messaging document, they developed a script, voice-over, and storyboard. After producing a demo, they integrated feedback into a final cut.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sandpoint, Idaho
Lisa Gerber
Communication Consultant, Big Leap Creative
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The video has reached a significant audience on Facebook, nearly all of which reacted positively to it. Commotion Engine was open-minded and easy to work with throughout the project. Their problem-solving abilities are particularly noteworthy.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of Big Leap Creative. We’re a non-profit foundation whose mission is to promote excellence in education and broad-based community support.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Commotion Engine?

We wanted to create a video to explain how Idaho schools are funded.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to educate the voting public in our county as to why we have school levies. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We greatly enjoyed a video they did for an education alliance in New York.

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

To start, they created a draft script based on our messaging brief, which we revised into a final version. Then, they developed a storyboard and style sheets and provided us with voice-over options. One day ahead of schedule, they delivered a draft video. After incorporating our feedback, they handed over the final 90-second product.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

They were highly collaborative every step of the way and fixed whatever problems arose.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It's too soon to tell its true impact, but we’ve already had over 1,800 organic views on Facebook. Viewer feedback has been almost unanimously positive.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Working with their team was incredibly easy. We used a storyboarding app and Dropbox.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were open to feedback and resolved any issues in the drafts. They exceeded our expectations.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I can't think of any.

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

Explainer Video for On-Demand Medical Transport Company

"Commotion Engine turned around a high-quality video ahead of schedule and under budget."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Nov. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine made an explainer video for a healthcare transport platform. The team oversaw the entire production process, from script and storyboards to frames to music and narration.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Ghermayn Baker
Marketing Manager, SafeRide Health
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The video has yet to launch, but it has received positive feedback internally. Commotion Engine met all requirements and delivered rapidly and at excellent value. They conducted multiple rounds of feedback, kept in constant contact, and offered valuable insights, making collaboration effortless.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the marketing manager for SafeRide Health. We provide a healthcare logistics platform to manage non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Commotion Engine?

We engaged Commotion Engine to create a 90-second explainer video to help prospective customers understand our offerings.

What were your goals for this project?

The video needed to explain our services and their value to customers in an easily digestible format. It had to reflect the future of our product while enticing viewers to learn more.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I searched for vendors who created explainer videos in the healthcare sphere. I compiled a list of four agencies and two freelancers who I then made introductory calls with. Commotion Engine, as an agency, could manage the whole project end-to-end. Their portfolio also matched the type of video that we wanted to bring to life, and they accommodated our budget concerns easily.

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

During our intro call, we described our company goals and vision for the video in greater detail and provided a draft script. Commotion Engine conducted several rounds of revision on scripts, storyboards, and style frames. The team then oversaw the entire video production process from start to finish. We had a specific style and set requirements that the video needed to meet; they accommodated us easily and ensured that we had final say in any decisions. They gave us options for narrators and music. They also suggested specific steps based on their experience making similar videos, which we appreciated.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

Micah (Content Strategist and Digital Marketing Director, Commotion Engine) was our main point of contact. He led a larger team behind the scenes. Commotion Engine responded to feedback promptly and provided several rounds of revisions at every stage.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have yet to launch the finished video, but it has garnered positive feedback from internal stakeholders. Our leadership team especially likes how the video conveys our message. The production style also matches our voice exceptionally well.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Commotion Engine communicated effectively throughout the entire process. We collaborated via email and found it extremely helpful to have a single point of contact from start to finish. Micah centralized feedback and presented it in a comprehensive way to both our team and his. The Commotion Engine team used Boords to make storyboards and Frame.io for video collaboration. Both tools have built-in feedback mechanisms that made each revision process more straightforward.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Commotion Engine turned around a high-quality video ahead of schedule and under budget.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, we’re highly satisfied with the quality, speed, and value of Commotion Engine’s work.

5.0
Overall Score We had an excellent experience working with Commotion Engine.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They made scheduling and communication straightforward.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Commotion Engine completed work at competitive rates.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The final product met our needs perfectly.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d recommend their team to anyone looking to create similar explainer videos.

Video Production for Environmental Tech Company

"I was impressed with how fast their team grasped our business and turned it into a compelling visual."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine produced a two-minute explainer video for presentations and marketing purposes to clarify a complicated industry. The team worked from the discovery phase to the final revision process.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Aaron Tartakovsky
Co-Founder and CEO, Epic CleanTec
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The video will be an asset for marketing efforts. Commotion Engine worked effectively and seamlessly. Their collaborative approach spurred the engagement. They were receptive to any feedback and took any scope changes in stride. Customers can expect high-quality products from Commotion Engine.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTec, an environmental technology company that is reinventing sustainable water treatments and sanitation for cities.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Commotion Engine?

We hired Commotion Engine to produce an explainer video for our website, presentations, and general marketing purposes.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to give a detailed explanation of our industry into a short video that is both informational and inspiring.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We researched and talked with many creative agencies. We ended up going with Commotion Engine based on their portfolio and willingness to work with our budget. Their team was persistent.

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

We worked with Commotion Engine from the initial discovery stage, through scripting and storyboarding, and to the final animation and revision process.

What was your vendors’ project management or feedback process?

I worked primarily with David (Director of Operations, Commotion Engine) and Micah (Content Strategist, Commotion Engine). They worked efficiently and responsively. I appreciated how willing they were to take on multiple revisions.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We now have a sleek explainer video that we will use to ramp up our marketing efforts in the new year.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The engagement was seamless. We used work-sharing platforms that made it easy for our teams to communicate and collaborate on each stage of the process.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Commotion Engine worked quickly, internalizing our feedback and producing a high-quality piece of work. I was impressed with how fast their team grasped our business and turned it into a compelling visual.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We would’ve liked an expert writer to beautify the language in the video, but this was minor, and the result is still fantastic.

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

Video Production for SaaS Provider

"We were happy with the level of communication we had with Commotion Engine."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct.- Nov. 2018
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine created an animated explainer video to familiarize a platform to potential customers. Their team used a pre-written script to draft storyboards and compile the video with music and voiceovers.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Marketing Manager, SaaS Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The video is now complete. Commotion Engine was communicative and easy to work with. They were dedicated to creating a flawless product. Their team is full of experts in all levels of video production. Customers can expect a transparent team that encourages feedback.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the marketing manager at a SaaS company that offers software for healthcare providers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Commotion Engine?

We hired Commotion Engine to produce an explainer video that would introduce our complex platform to prospective clients.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a video to send out to potential clients, embed on our site, and use in advertisements to overcome the initial barrier that many people feel when approaching our company. There is confusion over what we do.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I compiled a list of video companies that had previous work in a similar style of what I was going for and narrowed down based on budget and communication when asking for a quote.

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

Once we selected Commotion Engine, we sent them our pre-written script, and then they sent over storyboards for review. They also had us choose a voiceover artist from a compiled list. Then, their team showed us still images that detailed the overall illustration style. From there, they animated the video with music and voiceover. After a final review and giving feedback, we received the completed video.

What was your vendors’ project management or feedback process?

Their team asked for feedback every step of the way. We were happy with the level of communication we had with Commotion Engine.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The video is finished, and I know it will be a valuable asset to the company.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It was perfect, and it was incredibly easy to work with Commotion Engine. I felt included in the process, but at the same time, didn’t worry that their team wouldn’t get the job done. We communicated through email only, which works perfectly with my schedule.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The entire process was seamless and led to an amazing final product.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I can’t think of anything. Commotion Engine gave us excellent work.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had a pretty flexible schedule, but they worked quickly.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They provided excellent work at a reasonable cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their quality of work was amazing. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Video Production for a GPS Production Company

“They've helped us effectively explain highly complex products to our customers...”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2017 - Oct. 2018
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine created three short animated explainer videos, providing script editing, storyboarding, production, and voiceover services in the process.

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Jonathan Ogan
Portfolio Marketing Specialist, Trimble
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Commotion Engine created high-quality video content that effectively communicates complex information to the company's customer base. In addition to the quality of their work, they also delivered it quickly for an affordable rate. They were a great team to work with overall.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the portfolio marketing specialist at Trimble, a global technology company primarily focused on developing GPS applications for industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Commotion Engine?

We engaged Commotion Engine to help us create some educational videos for a few of our different product lines to help our customers understand how different products work together, so they could better use them in the field.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Commotion Engine produced three animated explainer videos, ranging from two to three minutes each. We provided the scripts, and their team rewrote some of the content to make it flow well with the storyboards they created. After we approved the final script, they provided full production and voiceover services.

What is the team composition?

I primarily worked with Micah (Content Strategist and Digital Marketing Director, Commotion Engine), as well as a few others on the production and the animation of the videos.

How did you come to work with Commotion Engine?

Another member of my team had worked with them previously and recommended them. After our first project went well with them, we decided to keep working with them on other videos as needed.

How much have you invested with them?

The three most recent videos they've worked on amounted to about $25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We work with them on an ad hoc basis. Our first project took place in April 2017 and our most recent video wrapped up in October 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The feedback we've received on the videos Commotion Engine produced has been very positive. Their work has been invaluable to our entire sales and product team. They've helped us effectively explain highly complex products to our customers and done an excellent job of translating our ideas into concise, digestible storylines.

How did Commotion Engine perform from a project management standpoint?

Micah was extremely responsive and their team completed the videos in a relatively short timeframe. Any delays were generally on our side.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Commotion Engine produces high quality work at an excellent price point. Other videos we've done with other agencies have been much more expensive.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything; they met all of our expectations.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take the time to thoroughly explain the goal of the video you're trying to produce and collaborate closely with them on the storyboarding process. I'm confident they'll knock any project out of the park, because the videos they produced for us required minimal iterations.

5.0
Overall Score They've been absolutely fantastic to work with–very responsive and thorough.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Informational Videos for Advisory Board Website

“I never had to go asking for updates, and that’s rare in my experience with other vendors.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine produced two informational videos for a business owner advisory board with international offices. They edited scripts and handled all elements of storyboarding, production, and translation.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Jodie Shaw
Chief of Marketing, The Alternative Board
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Project management was excellent and Commotion Engine was always willing to accommodate communication needs. They handled the translation demands admirably and were always proactive. The final videos were well-made and increased web traffic and engagement.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the chief marketing officer for The Alternative Board (TAB). We’re a global company that helps and advises privately-held business owners through coaching and business owner advisory boards.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Commotion Engine?

We hired them to create explanation videos for our products and services.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a short, high-quality, engaging video that would give prospective clients an understanding of TAB’s products and services.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I solicited quotes from vendors online and narrowed it down to three choices based on experience, client testimonials and price. During the interview process, Commotion Engine gave me the confidence that they not only knew what I needed, but could also handle multiple language iterations of the video.

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

They initially created an introductory “about us” video and later made another video that explained a specific tool we offer. In both cases, we furnished their team with a script outline that they edited into final form. They created the storyboard, shared it with us for approval, and then produced each video. Once the video was ready, we were able to make tweaks and edits before the final version was produced. After finalizing the English version of each video, each one was subsequently translated and given a new voiceover. Commotion Engine handled this process and sourced voiceovers for us to approve.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

We initially went back and forth by phone, but I gained so much confidence in their team that we moved entirely to email. This system is more efficient for my scheduling needs and I appreciate that they’ll accommodate my preference.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Both projects were well-received globally by all of our offices. We now use them as part of our everyday communication with prospective clients. We’ve also seen an increase in visitor retention on our website.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Their project manager was very proactive. I never had to go asking for updates, and that’s rare in my experience with other vendors.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They’ll adapt to your needs and are highly responsive to every request, even via email. They’ve also proven incredibly trustworthy when it comes to managing our international edits. With previous vendors, I’d have to manage the whole translation editing process in order to ensure that we received decent service. Meanwhile, Commotion Engine is so great that I can send our staff directly over to their project manager with only a virtual introduction.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I can’t think of anything.

5.0
Overall Score I can't think of anything they could do to improve.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Anytime I send a request, the work gets done right away.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost is competitive for the quality of the product and service.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They produce high quality videos and add value to the process.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They're the best I've worked with in my 20+ year career.

Marketing Video for Major Health Solutions Firm

“They were patient and thoughtful throughout our collaboration. They felt like an extension of our marketing team.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Mar. 2018
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine created a promotional video that could be displayed online or at live events. They created a rough cut, optimized visual storytelling, and designed a supplemental presentation.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Reston, Virginia
Cristine McCauley Balda
Solutions Marketing Manager, Leidos
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Common Engine’s video delivered strong messaging even when audio was unavailable. The video and presentation were delivered at a professional conference and were well-received.  Their creativity was impressive and the team was trustworthy, responsive, and easy to work with.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the solutions marketing manager for Leidos, which is a Fortune 500® IT, engineering, and science solutions and services firm. We deliver a wide range of customizable, scalable health solutions to the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Commotion Engine?

We were looking for a trustworthy vendor who could quickly deliver an engaging, cutting-edge video at a reasonable cost.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed an eye-catching, concise video to tell the story for our Health Group in multiple environments. Not only would it be on our website, but also during the 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference. Given the live element, we wanted a video that was comprehensible even without narration. We also wanted to use clips from this video for a presentation in our company’s booth at the conference.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We’d worked with them before, so we were confident they understood our brand and our business. Prior to starting this project, we also reviewed work they’d done for other customers in this space. Based on our experience with the Commotion Engine team, we knew they would deliver a professional video, on time and on budget.

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

Once we accepted the proposal, our team held a conference call with the Commotion Engine team to discuss our project goals. We provided a draft script and they collaborated with us to flesh out the details and flow. After that, they created a rough cut for our review and we provided detailed feedback. They also provided voiceover options so we could select the right tone for the audio. Even though there was narration, we also needed to ensure that viewers could digest our video’s message without sound, as it would play in a noisy environment. Common Engine helped us refine the imagery in order to achieve that goal. They ultimately delivered a video that we shared on our website, YouTube channel, and at a live event. In addition, they also developed a presentation for use in our company's booth that included clips from the final video.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

We worked collaboratively through Google Docs, but also exchanged emails and spoke directly whenever needed. It was easy to keep track of the project and provide feedback. Their team was very responsive and advised us on the best options to achieve our goals.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The supporting presentation they developed using our video’s clips was a hit at the event. We also received excellent feedback on our session, as well as on the full video. Our internal stakeholders and external viewers were impressed with the way we developed the Leidos Health story and at the professional look and feel of the video.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It was easy to communicate with our project manager, who was extremely responsive. They thoroughly understood our brand, as well as the style and types of imagery and b-roll that would work best for this project. They allowed us to comment directly on the video as part of the review process and even afforded us a few last minute changes to the story.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We were extremely pleased with Commotion Engine's expertise in video production and the creativity they employed to get our message across in a concise, image-driven story with supporting b-roll footage. They were also very patient and thoughtful throughout our collaboration. It felt like they were an extension of our marketing team. They guided us in the right direction toward a professional end product that worked well both live and on our website.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. We were very satisfied with their work and I’ll definitely use them again in the future.

5.0
Overall Score They were outstanding!
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The team is very flexible and accommodates any scheduling needs.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They'll work with you to meet your budgeting needs.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They always deliver professional, high-quality results.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I highly recommend them and definitely plan to hire them again.

Video Production for Proprietary Trading Firm

"They took a complex and hard-to-understand concept, and displayed it beautifully."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2018 - Sep. 2018
Project summary: 

Commotion Engine provided video production services, working first on refining the script, storyboards, and visual identity plans. They then provided the animation, voiceover, and illustration.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Recruiting Manager, Trading Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished video is excellent, receiving positive feedback from project partners for its attractive, informative display. The team managed the project effectively, working hard to meet the quick deadline and ensure the process was streamlined and smooth.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the recruiting manager for a proprietary trading firm. I’m also in charge of a lot of our marketing material.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Commotion Engine?

We have no customers nor products to sell, so the main purpose of the work was to promote the company itself.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I told them what I was looking for and passed along some examples of work. They quickly got back to me with a quote, and we began work on a script, storyboards, and things like that.

They helped refine the script, then provided storyboards and visual support before the animation was done. They secured a voiceover artist for us and provided the full illustration animation links throughout, once we made progress and got to that stage.

The concept we were trying to explain was quite an in-depth financial matter—hard to understand by people without a finance background. They picked it up and ran with it, and did a great job.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Micah (Content Strategist and Digital Marketing Director, Commotion Engine), who was my point person throughout the project. This made things easy, as I could go to him with anything I needed. I also had a couple of calls with David (Creative Director, Commotion Engine), who was there for support and to streamline the process.

How did you come to work with Commotion Engine?

I found out about them online, either in a blog post or on a ratings platform. I reached out to them with what was an almost impossible task—creating a promotional video for us in a short time frame.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $18,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from August–September 2018. We've received the final product, so our collaboration is complete.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We haven’t shown the video to its intended audience yet, but I will probably have concrete feedback a couple of months down the road. The audience that we have shown it to thus far—an investment bank working with us on this project—was impressed and pleased with the work. They said that it came out phenomenally, as did some internal partners. Commotion absolutely nailed it and exceeded our expectations. We’re really excited to move forward and show this to others.

They really brought the whole thing to life; they took a complex and hard-to-understand concept, and displayed it beautifully. They got it right straight off the bat.

How did Commotion Engine perform from a project management standpoint?

They used a platform called Frame.io, which was really helpful. We were able to watch the video and leave comments throughout, as-needed, rather than emailing our feedback. It was useful and it streamlined the process.

Micah was the one whom I worked with from beginning to end, and we had seamless communication. He was easy to get a hold of, responsive, incredibly thorough, and amazing to work with.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’ve had experience working with similar companies in the past, and they were atrocious. Commotion is definitely the best we’ve worked with so far. They were professional, they stuck to the deadline, and had the ability to understand a complex topic. They adjusted it and put it into an easily understandable format for the viewer, which is priceless.

They were able to execute, the visual design looks incredible, and they really understood who we are as a company.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. They’ve done an amazing job and I hope that they’ll work with us again. We kept coming back with small change requests during the last week of the project, and even though I’m sure they wanted to get it wrapped up, they were super easy to work with.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Our project is probably a little different, in that it was a last-minute addition. I’m sure that other companies working with Commotion have more concrete ideas of what they’re looking for right from the start, and have the work a bit more planned-out.

For anyone looking into different formats for conveying a complex message, an explainer video is a great choice. They gave us the best result and I’m sure that they do even better work when they have more time.

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
Verification

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Verification Level
Gold
VERIFIED
Business Entity
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Georgia
ID
19007202
Date of Formation
Jan 16, 2019
Last Updated
Feb 28, 2019
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last Updated
Jun 19, 2019
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
12
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
April 9, 2019