A B2B video marketing agency

Umault is a delightfully geeky video marketing agency that helps B2B businesses create captivating content, engage the right people, and drive more sales.

 

Our Chicago-based shop is always abuzz with creative energy as we concept, script, and oversee video campaigns that make complex ideas simple and sexy. We believe our job is to transform ordinary businesses into extraordinary brands.

 
$25,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2010
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 318 W Adams St., Suite 1507
    Chicago, IL 60606
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Dell Technologies, MassMutual, Fresenius Kabi, James Hardie, Nuance

Don’t make a normal, boring “corporate” video

Don't make a normal, boring "corporate" video. Make a video your prospects actually want to watch.

We're Umault – a boutique video marketing agency that helps B2B businesses create captivating content, engage the right people, and drive sales.

We concept, script, and oversee video campaigns that make the complex simple and sexy, transforming ordinary businesses into extraordinary brands.

Deloitte - "Digital Heartbeat"

Only a few months after the video was posted, this video for Deloitte's Digital Heartbeat solution has been viewed 168 times more than the channel's average. With over 420,000 views at the time of this writing, the video is the #1 most viewed video on the Deloitte US YouTube channel.

MassMutual - "Values"

Values helps The MassMutual Trust Company explain what it does to over 9,000 financial advisors across the country, enabling advisors to better sell trust services.

PremiumBeat - "Todd Blaine"

With over 25k highly targeted views, this video has turned what could be perceived as a weakness (their audio watermark), into a calling card and inside joke.

Umault - Videos that simplify complex sales messages

You know you have a great product or service. But you struggle with how to talk about it. You’re not selling cupcakes or sneakers. You’re selling complex products or difficult-to-explain services.

We get it. Umault has solved the messaging puzzle for many hard-to-explain products and services.

We do it by using a proven process that distills your sales message down to its essence. What are you really doing for

your customers?

Your prospects are craving relevant and engaging sales content. And there’s nothing more engaging than a compelling video.

Edward-Elmhurst - “The Veteran”

Edward-Elmhurst Health rolled out a new strategy to 8,500 employees with this video anchoring the campaign. The video helped Edward-Elmhurst gain mass adoption of the initiative among staff spread across 70+ locations.

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Animated Video Production for Management Consulting Firm

“They did a great job sticking to deadlines and turning the project around quickly.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
May 2020 - Jul. 2020
Project summary: 

Umault proposed three different video concepts for a management consulting firm. They storyboarded and wrote the script before animating the video and bringing it together with voiceovers.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Marketing Consultant, Management Consulting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal stakeholders are pleased with the final result. They’re using the video for lead generation and marketing efforts. Umault has a top-notch team. They communicate regularly, resulting in a smooth partnership.

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 work at a large management consulting firm and I am a part of our alliances marketing team, working with our large technology alliance relationships. I’m an alliance marketing consultant, and my job is to promote the work that my management consulting firm does with other tech vendors.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Umault?

The goal was to increase interest in a specific technology solution that we have. It's a government focused solution around Medicaid. And the goal was to provide an overview of the solution and the benefits that it delivers in order to increase pipeline for that solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

 Their scope of involvement and work was acting as a video agency and vendor to create the video itself.

They worked with me, our marketing lead and our client implementation team to strategize the videos. Then they actually went ahead and created the video itself. They did all of the development work for the video camera.

Initially, they provided us with three different concept and we chose an animated concept. First came scripting and then they worked through storyboarding with us. They provided us with two rounds of revisions. Then they did the animation and voiceover and brought it all together.

What is the team composition?

We worked with an account manager, and the CEO & president.  

How did you come to work with Umault?

We’ve worked with them on several engagements before and they’ve done a stellar job. They take complex projects and they’re able to make it appealing in a visual format.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from May–July 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our account team uses the videos to engage and sell to clients. They’re also very familiar with work we’ve done with Umault in the past, and they claimed that this was the best product they’ve seen. Overall, they’re very pleased and are looking forward to integrating it into their lead generation activities. They listened to every direction we gave in terms of project guidelines.

For me, it was definitely a win. I’m excited to be able to leverage the video from a marketing perspective. It’s a great example of various teams coming together and we’re excited to engage with it.

How did Umault perform from a project management standpoint?

It’s top-notch. Our account manager is communicative. She is very clear and concise about what she needs from my team. That made it easy for us to set expectations and guidelines for our stakeholders. They did a great job sticking to deadlines and turning the project around quickly.

The process was very smooth. The Umault team is very easy to work with and professional. We were working together during the COVID-19 era, and people needed to take time off. Nevertheless, there were no bumps in the road.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their ability to take complex processes and bring them to life in a  way that’s ways to understand, is engaging, and visually interesting. Marketing our technology can be a challenge, but we like working with Umault because they bring our work to life in a unique way. It highlights how our technology is impactful for clients.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have anything specific to say about this project.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Clients should come prepared with an organized brief and understand what key points they want to get across.

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

Video Production for Brand Agency

"Their eye for film quality aligns well with what clients are looking for."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - Feb. 2020
Project summary: 

A brand agency hired Umault to create a television spot for one of their clients. The team was involved in all aspects of production, from initial storyboarding to filming the 30-second ad. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
SVP, Brand Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The television spot met expectations for all parties. Their creative approach helped execute the project well. The team at Umault is responsive, collaborative, and thorough. Customers can expect a team that works well with their vision. 

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 SVP of a brand agency. I handle all of the creative strategy.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Umault?

We needed to do a 30-second TV spot by bringing a storyboard concept to life.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

It was a TV spot for one of our healthcare clients located on the West Coast. We met with Umault to discuss the storyboards, our vision for the project, background on the client, and objectives we were trying to achieve. We looked to them to provide the director, producer, and the logistics and coordination of the shoot.

The shoot took place over several days in Los Angeles.

What is the team composition?

We pretty much worked with the producer to coordinate the logistics. Guy (Founder & Creative Director) was engaged throughout the entire process from storyboard review to logistics. On the actual shoot days, Guy also served as the director.

How did you come to work with Umault?

One of our colleagues used their services at a different firm. As part of our standard process, we look at who has the best creative capability, technology, likability, and workability. Through that evaluation process, we settled on Umault.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $125,000–$140,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from January–February 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The TV spot was executed the way we hoped it to be. From a creative standpoint, we were pleased with the cinematography and quality. We were pleased with how the logistics went. Some natural surprises came up during the shoot, and those were well-managed. Ultimately, the client was also happy with it.

How did Umault perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very thorough and detailed. We appreciated their responsiveness as well. Guy brought his own vision and ideas, which we appreciated. The team collaborated well, listening to any creative concerns we had. We found a good, happy ground.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was impressed with their storytelling. Their eye for film quality aligns well with what clients are looking for.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They should continue to listen and work to incorporate creative ideas from the clients a bit more.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a solid storyboard upfront. Clearly communicate what you’re looking to get out of the project. Any client insight is helpful to them.

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

Shot Video Production for Digital Agency

“They’ll give you more than what you’re asking for, and they’re a pleasure to work with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Umault provides video production efforts for a digital agency. They handle all shot videos for the partner's clients, offering a different perspective and executing all pre- and post-production stages.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Westborough, Massachusetts
David Kelleher
CEO, CGI Interactive
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The partner is extremely pleased with the deliverables and its direct impact on client retention. The Umault team is punctual and organized. They're masters of their craft and know how to make the filming process comfortable for all parties involved. Trustworthiness is a hallmark of their work.

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 president of CGI Interactive.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Umault?

We build custom presentations and create animated videos for a wide range of clients in the area of interactive communications. In many cases, they want shot videos. This includes a camera and crew that shoots the talent the client may bring to the team. Often times, it’s people who work at their company.

We do animated videos in-house, but we don’t do shot videos. If our client wants a shot video, we subcontract that out to Umault because that's their expertise.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Guy (Founder and Creative Director) and his team come with a brain, and that’s why our clients hire us. Our clients have a good idea of what they want to say and get across. But they’re looking to do it in a different way. They bring us on to get it done but do so from a different perspective from their internal thoughts. Umault comes prepared to do something different. Many of the shot videos are product videos for our tech clients. One is a large data storage company.

What is the team composition?

We work with an executive creative director, assistant creative director, and an assortment of supporting crew members.

How did you come to work with Umault?

One of my account managers was tasked to find a vendor. I left it up to her to look for three or four different vendors, and Umault was one of them. We held video and phone calls with them. Although they’re in Chicago and we’re in Boston, trust came through the telephone sessions when we spoke to Guy. We were also impressed with the samples of his work. His work is different and unique. There were many small details that made big differences.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested between $250,000–$500,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing engagement started in January 2012.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The biggest metric for success is that our clients come back to us. They love the work that we’re doing. What's more, Guy has been so trustworthy. Trust, to me, is the utmost importance in a partnership. There are small projects that have required travel.

We allow Guy to run a project without us being there, and he represents our company when we’re not even on-site. I trust that he’s going to do a professional job. He successfully implements the ideas we need to be done without us being present.

Guy has a wonderful way of interviewing; he helps the interviewee loosen up and get comfortable. He has a great way of getting the conversation started as well as a gift for getting answers without making people feel as if they’re reading from a script or memorization.

How did Umault perform from a project management standpoint?

They do a phenomenal job with project management. Every time there’s a new edit or something out of the scope that the client requests, we immediately get pricing from their team. They always stick to the budget.

Umault does their homework ahead of time as well as is always prepared for meetings and shoots. From the moment they pull up, they know exactly where they’re going in the building. Their team follows a tight schedule and carefully laid-out plan. Guy’s a master of making people feel comfortable, and he respects their time as well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They just get it. They understand technology. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel for every single client. Their team understands all sorts of tech solutions as well as the best ways of getting that on video.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t think of anything. I’m very happy with the way they perform for us.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Do your homework. Be clear and honest about what you’re after as well as your budget. And then trust them. They’re a creative agency, not just five people with a camera. They’ll give you more than what you’re asking for, and they’re a pleasure to work with.

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 Data Analytics Company

"Working with Umault has been one of the best professional partnerships that I’ve had in my career."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Umault produced 74 videos over 11 shoots, each three minutes or less, to explain data to a data company’s clientele. The videos use blank backgrounds, live shoots, and professional illustrations.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Colleen D.
Chief Market Engagement Officer, IMPACTS Experience
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The videos garnered widespread praise for the client, becoming an integral part of their brand. Umault has added value since the RFP process, collaborating alongside the client to shape each shoot and project. Professionalism, timeliness, and proactive thinking make for a seamless partnership.

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 chief marketing engagement officer at IMPACTS Experience. We’re a data company that works with cultural organizations: zoos, aquariums, museums, and performing arts groups.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Umault?

We have a platform that functions as a blog. Its following was growing, and we received requests for videos that our clients and entities could watch and share at staff and board meetings

We were looking for a video production company to create engaging, easily understandable videos for a sophisticated, executive leadership audience.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Umault produced 74 videos over 11 rounds of shoots. Each video is up to three minutes long. We did the filming at a studio in Chicago. Using a blank background, Umault created engaging illustrations to make our data make sense and tell its story. The videos are embedded in our website where executive leadership teams can access it.

What is the team composition?

The team has changed over time. At any given shoot, we work closely with a producer and a revolving team of five people who work as directors, sound editors, editors, and more.

What’s been really important to me from the beginning is that Guy (Founder / Creative Director) is very involved in every round of videos. He’s not always there in person, but we still feel like we have his support and he cares about the outcome. When we have creative conversations, he’s on the line or informed afterward. Even as the team changed for each shoot, Guy and the company values have remained consistent.

How did you come to work with Umault?

We put out an RFP to six video production companies. We were looking for longer videos at the time. Umault was the only one who responded back saying, “We have a better idea than what you’re requesting.” It was a risk that they took, but a smart one. The minute we read their strategy, we knew it was going to be more successful than. Their ability to think creatively while keeping in mind what we originally asked for is interwoven in their work, and so is their expertise to execute on their solutions.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $170,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in 2015. Our first video went up in August, so we likely started working together in early summer. We work with them round by round. We film 5–8 videos at a time; the number grew as we became more efficient. When we reach out to them for a new round, we’ll have a call to talk about our creative decisions, the number of videos we needed, and any changes we want to make from the previous round.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We get incredible feedback from the videos. When I’d go to keynotes and speaking engagements, people will more often compliment our videos even though that’s not the majority of our content — which is charts, graphs, and other documents. It’s one thing to speak about data, and another thing to have the data illustrated and the charts come to life. The videos created by Umault have become an important part of our brand that people closely identify with.

How did Umault perform from a project management standpoint?

I’m not exaggerating when I say that working with Umault has been one of the best professional partnerships that I’ve had in my career. Organized and friendly, they help you think of ideas better than your own, and they aren’t afraid to tell you. They hold to deadlines very well and remain conscientious of our goals. That’s been in clear in the whole process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

First, Umault’s attention to helping us achieve our goals has really blown me away. They will change the background and make things more professional as things evolve. If I have any technical issues, they will help me even if it’s not part of their engagement. They do the details that help us make sure that things are a success.

Second, Umault is incredibly easy and professional to work with. They get back to us, use timelines, and have a level of expertise that they deploy and stand by.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing comes to my head immediately. We’ve been very pleased with our partnership with Umault.

Any advice for potential customers?

Be open to their expertise; they’re helpful in providing an outside perspective. They keep me from lapsing into jargon that’s unnecessary or inaccessible. They also have ideas that are better than mine at communicating things. That’s been very valuable.

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 Promo Production for AI Solutions Company

"The piece they created was powerful and well-done."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. - Dec. 2019
Project summary: 

Umault produced a three-minute video testimonial for the client to promote one of their new products. They consulted on the concept and stylistic choices, in addition to providing production services. 

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
VP, Emerging Tech Solutions Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team at Umault produced a video that impressed the client’s employees and customers. They were organized, yet flexible throughout the process. They’re a pleasure to work with and foster strong relationships with their clients. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We work in the technology sector, providing AI solutions for thousands of organizations globally across healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, government, and retail – to create stronger relationships and better experiences for their customers and workforce.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Umault?

They produced a marketing video to promote one of our newest solutions for the healthcare industry. The product is an AI-powered voice-enabled technology that uses ambient sensing technology to securely listen to clinician-patient encounter conversations and automatically writes medical documentation.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They made a three-minute video showcasing testimonials from several satisfied customers. We didn’t want it to feel like a traditional corporate product advertisement or testimonial video. They used a unique style that felt more natural, raw, and in-depth. This piece was a flagship of our product launch and we included this video as part of our press release and distributed it through our web assets and various social channels.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a team of three people who came to all of the shoots. 

How did you come to work with Umault?

We worked with them previously on another project. We were happy with their work and wanted to partner with them again. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them on this project in October 2019, and we released the video this February. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The piece they created was powerful and well-done. Multiple in-house employees have reached out and told me that it makes them proud to be a part of our company. The video really got to the core of why we developed this product– to reinvent the relationship between the physician and patient. It has an emotional impact on the viewer. 

Physicians and hospital administrators have also given us great feedback about the video and said that it resonates with them. This is the proudest I’ve ever been of a video we’ve produced. 

How did Umault perform from a project management standpoint?

They provide exactly what you would expect from an agency. We laid out a timeline, and they were able to stick to it. They were also flexible with shoots. One of the physicians we were featuring had limited availability, but they were very accommodating. They helped us set realistic expectations and had excellent project management skills. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

It feels like I’m working with friends. The experience was is so enjoyable, it didn’t feel like I was at work when we were doing shoots together. They also did an excellent job explaining their process and technique. Everything went smoothly. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not really. I’ve yet to be disappointed with any of their work.

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

Video Production for Management Consulting Firm

"The team has been phenomenal at helping us format and deliver a message that’s very powerful for people to receive."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Using provided research, Umault created an eight-part video series. They covered pre-and-post production, which included the creation of teaser trailers for the series.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Research Director, Management Consulting Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The media garnered hundreds of thousands of views, sparking substantial engagement and inquiries. Umault goes beyond traditional storytelling to deliver rich, experiential content with a focus on cinematography. They are highly attentive, personable, and communicative.

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 executive director of the center for integrated research at one of the largest professional services firms in the world. We have leading positions in consulting, audit, tax, risk and financial advisory. We serve most of the largest and most important firms in the world.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Umault?

We conduct research in a wide variety of domains. These areas include technology, like the cloud and artificial intelligence, along with more conceptual areas like the future of work and industry 4.0. When we do this, we need to adopt a multi-channel strategy for getting those ideas out into the world. 

The Umault team was brought on to produce high-quality video and educational content that we use to reach our clients and the public sector.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

One project was for a collaboration with a manufacturing innovation institute. It was focused on “digital thread,” defined as the seamless strand of data and computing that stretches from the initial conception of a new product through to the end of its life. 

We did all the research, and Guy helped us turn that message into a rich, eight-part video series that tells the story of digital thread through a specific use case (a single component of an airplane).

The Umault team focused on the cinematic quality, trying to create a very experiential vibe for when we visited the site and interviewed people.

I’m not an actor, but they were able to make me the central figure of the video and help me understand how to succeed. They helped me tell the story, edited the raw footage, and turned it into the final product.

What is the team composition?

There were about a dozen people on his team that we interfaced with at different times. We worked with a producer, a number of videographers, sound specialists, and a backup artist. There was an editorial team back at their office. Guy did a great job of introducing me to the team and helping me understand each of their roles. 

How did you come to work with Umault?

Guy was recommended to me by someone on our staff who had worked with him in the past. She was aware of his team’s talents, and she introduced us for our first project (a 25-part online course on additive manufacturing).

By the time we got to this project, we had a track record with his team that gave us high confidence in their abilities. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2013, and Umault continues to do ongoing work for our firm in other areas.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The team has been phenomenal at helping us format and deliver a message that’s very powerful for people to receive.

They created a masterpiece that I’m personally proud of. More importantly, it’s had a dramatic impact on our audiences, substantially more views than the platform we launched it on usually sees. There were hundreds of thousands of visitors on the site and inquiries. 

People have stopped me at trade shows and congratulated us on the content we created. It’s being used by academic programs and by governments. It was a tremendous outcome — but it was easy to achieve because Umault has it together.

How did Umault perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management is a non-issue, and that’s the biggest compliment that I can offer.

It was a terrific experience. They walked us through the storyboard process and helped us block out episodes. They were great collaborators. They did a masterful job of editing the video and directing it. 

They are very organized on-site, and they do a great job of laying things out in advance. Guy seems to treat his people extremely well. They appear very happy working with him.

The communication is excellent, and they always tell us what they need. They deliver on the deadlines they’ve set, even if we have to put a rush on things.  

What did you find most impressive about them?

I would endorse working with them without hesitation. They’re worth the cost. They turnaround results quickly, they’re respectful of our time, and they deliver a great product.

Over the years, I’ve learned that if Guy tells me to do something, I do it. I always make the joke that “I was there when it was filmed, so I know how bad I was.” But, he is not going to let me look bad.

Guy has a soft touch as a director, so he helped me feel better when I was frustrated or not communicating clearly. Somehow, the team always turns the footage into work that I’m personally, really proud of.

The team delivers a strong narrative backed by rich video content that moves away from the “talking head” or voiceover PowerPoint I see in many other videos. The content is accessible and interesting to our audience. This differentiates the team from others. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any major criticisms. He is the best outfit I’ve ever worked with. His team does everything they can to deliver a high-quality product. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Potential customers should trust them — they are professionals. Guy’s vision may be more nuanced than yours based on their experience, so make sure to communicate if you’re uncomfortable. If you have a vision of your own, tell them, and they’ll work with you. Also, make sure your work is done because their success depends on your efforts as well.
 

5.0
Overall Score It’s a pleasure to work with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I consistently recommend them.

Video Production for Retail Store

"The project management was exceptional. We were aware of any given day where we were with the process."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Umault produced a minute-long video about customer experienced at a retail store. After creating a storyboard, they began shooting on-site using high-quality footage, actors, voice-overs, and special effects.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Wood Dale, Illinois
Ty Adams
Marketing, OPTO International, Inc. Modular and Custom Retail Displays
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The video was released on different media outlets online and shared at conferences, with positive feedback. Umault’s team was resourceful, taking the lead to help the project run smoothly from start to finish.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

OPTO International is a B2B modular retail fixture manufacturer based in Wood Dale, Illinois. I oversee the Marketing department here. Our primary clients range from small retailers to corporate retailers to design firms and architects.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Umault?

We sought out Umault for a full-scale minute long professional video, complete with high-quality footage, models/actors, voice-overs, special effects and post-production. Umault beat out three other firms to win the bid.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a video that was not necessarily an overt commercial for OPTO. With all the attention placed on online retail and e-commerce these days, we wanted to create a piece that championed brick-and-mortar retail, and reminded people to, once in a while, stop "searching", and start LOOKING. We wanted to capture those magical moments that can happen at your local shops and boutiques. Great retail is everywhere!

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We sent the RFP out to four different companies. We chose Umault for a couple reasons: their RFP response aligned very closely to what we were looking for (along with a very impressive presentation), and they also had done the most work related to the sort of B2B work that we do.

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

The video was a minute long, and features a group of vignettes of customers' various experiences of at local retail stores. Even though the video is short, the viewer develops relationships and empathy with the characters as the film's narrative intermingles the vignettes throughout its sequence. Umault began by sending us some concept choices for the story that the video would tell. Once we agreed on one, they created a treatment and accompanying storyboards for us to review. They then began recruiting actors (for on-screen and voice-overs) as well as setting up filming locations, keeping us informed of the progress, and any problems that came up. We then conducted the shoot at the various locations, with a few representatives of OPTO on-hand for creative consultation. We then went through several rounds of edits until we arrived at a final film that everyone was extremely satisfied with.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

The project management was exceptional. We were aware of any given day where we were with the process. And the pacing of the project was perfectly reasonable. In fact, we needed to hold our own feet to the fire to ensure that we gave them feedback on a timely basis so that we would not hold them up!

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were not looking for direct R.O.I. for this video - again, it wasn't a true commercial advertising OPTO. We just wanted to spread it around as much as we could during the holiday season of 2017. This consisted of adding it to our YouTube and Vimeo channels, boosting the video on Facebook, and sharing it as a trailer at all presentations we were doing at conferences and at clients headquarters at the time.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Very effective. I do not remember any issues at all.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We had never worked with a professional video production company before to this degree. So we were very impressed with the resourcefulness of the company. The ease through which they pulled all the components together (script, storyboard, actors, narrators, settings, props, equipment) into a tangible finished product. It was a true joy to see a project for such a collaborative but complex medium come to life from concept to completion.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No issues that I can recall. I would not hesitate one bit to work with Umault again.

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

Video Production for Professional Association

"Umault will really dig into your company’s identity, goals, and audience to find the best way to convey your message."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Umault created two videos on tight timelines to raise brand awareness and funding for a professional organization. One comprised stock footage organized by a script while the other involved onsite interviews.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Karen Kazmierczak
Senior Marketing Manager, American Planning Association
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

One of the videos played a key part in a 24-hour campaign that raised over $10,000—a huge success for the client. Umault delivered high-quality videos that conveyed the client’s message and were turned around promptly. Excellent communication and time management contributed to a smooth workflow.

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 am the senior marketing manager for the American Planning Association. We are a professional association for urban planners, regional planners, and community development professionals. We have a certification for professional planners as well as a charitable foundation, which does scholarships and other types of community assistance. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Umault?

We engaged with Umault to create two videos: one for our charitable foundation and one for our certification program.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our foundation had recently been relaunched and was starting from scratch in building brand awareness. Our goal for the foundation video was to emotionally engage potential donors with our mission and vision, encouraging them to support our cause. Umault pieced together stock footage based on a script we developed as a team.

For the second video, we wanted to increase awareness about our planner certification program with the organizations that hire planners—private sector companies, municipalities, and government bodies. That way, this credential will be in higher demand, encouraging more planners to sign up for the program and more employers to hire certified planners. The video involved onsite shoots and interviews led by Guy (CEO / Creative Director, Umault) to speak to the value of the certification.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a handful of people on both projects. I talked and worked mostly with Guy in each case.

How did you come to work with Umault?

Someone from my organization had worked with Guy before, and we had a history of successful partnerships with their team. We did consider other video production companies for this project. However, Umault won our RFP with a really thoughtful proposal that was tailored to our project and brought some great ideas to the table right away. That level of care stood out from the pack, and we ended up going with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $30,000 in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

The first project wrapped in April 2018, while the second one finished in January 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve shared the videos to our website, social media channels, and a few of our email blasts. The foundation video became part of a brand-new 24-hour campaign to push for donations, and we raised over $10,000—more than we’ve ever made in six months, let alone 24 hours. We leveraged that video again for this year’s campaign and raised a good amount of money once more. I do think the video was a pretty critical part of our success. We hope to work with Umault again whenever we have the budget and need for another video project.

How did Umault perform from a project management standpoint?

Umault did an excellent job managing timelines. We had a really tight turnaround for each project, but their team hit every single deadline. They kept us on track, which was an especially hard task given that our organization required lots of people to provide their feedback. Each deadline Umault set for us was realistic and achievable while nudging us enough to get the project done on time. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Umault will really dig into your company’s identity, goals, and audience to find the best way to convey your message. That might be an animated video, a documentary-style video, or a video compiled from stock footage and a compelling script. Their team was excellent at using the tools they had available to find the right fit for our organization and audience.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don't have any suggestions on that front; I absolutely loved working with them. Should my budget ever allow, I would be happy to work with them again. 

Any advice for potential customers?

In your initial conversations, take the time to describe your organization and its identity and values. The more Umault knows about you and your audience, the better their work will ultimately be.

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 Consulting Company

"They used their creativity to convey our message while coming up with clever solutions during production."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr – July 2019
Project summary: 

Umault provided full-scale video production work for a consulting practice. They supported the ideation phase all the way through to the final editing and delivery stages to produce the two-minute video. 

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Chicago Metro Area
Senior Manager, Consulting Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The final video left the internal team completely satisfied. It was met with excitement and high praise. As for Umault’s performance, they were an easy partner to work with and capable of bringing unique ideas to the table. Their expertise and deep involvement were valuable. 

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 a senior manager within the consulting practice at a professional services firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Umault?

We reached out to Umault to create a marketing video for our commercial purposes.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We gave their team some written materials, like white papers and some of our in-house materials like PowerPoint decks. Once Umault was more familiar with what we provide our clients and our vision for the video, they began working on the ideation phase. We went back and forth on different ideas, and they informed us about any limitations we could potentially face. They worked with our marketing and legal teams to make sure all the specific requirements were met. 

From there, their team provided full-scale video creation, including post-production editing and audio tasks. At the end, they delivered a completed video around two minutes in length. 

What is the team composition?

I’m unsure of how many total people worked on the project, but we had two main points of contact. Tory (Head of Client Services & Account Director, Umault) and Guy (CEO & Creative Director, Umault) worked with us directly. On production day, they provided a director, production assistant, and all the actors, as well. 

How did you come to work with Umault?

One of our marketing managers had worked with them on a previous marketing video and had a great experience, so we followed that recommendation to use them. 

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $40,000 on the project. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from roughly April–July 2019. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I was a really big fan of the final product. The video turned out great and Umault understood exactly the message we were trying to convey. Our internal team had nothing but positive remarks about the video. People were very excited about the launch of the final product and viewed it as one of the best videos we’ve ever produced.  We were very happy with the work Umault delivered and our engagement overall. 

How did Umault perform from a project management standpoint?

They were really easy to work with and we enjoyed working together. Umault was receptive to any feedback we gave them and they helped us fully flesh out our idea. Their patience was great, especially when they taught us about the video production process and ensuring we were comfortable. They came up with ideas we hadn’t even thought about and incorporated our feedback into the work. Our communication was really smooth, crisp, and clear between the teams. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

I found their ability to compellingly tell our story to be very impressive. They used their creativity to convey our message while coming up with clever solutions during production. For example, they knew to change the angles or lighting to subtly convey different messages to our viewer, which was really great. Overall, the work they did came out well because of this skill. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I honestly can’t think of any way for them to improve. They were an efficient and effective partner. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Trust the experts to do what they do best. We thought we’d have to come up with the script and storytelling ideas, but it was better for us to focus on the message and allow Umault to do their job. Let them help you come up with even better concepts than you originally had. 

5.0
Overall Score It was an easy engagement and they were very receptive partners.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Most of the time they finished early.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’m impressed with the output for the cost
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them to several internal colleagues.

Video Production for Medical Software Firm

"It was clear that they did their homework, which blew us away and will keep us coming back."

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

Umault created a short film to convey the benefits of a medical finance management software. Utilizing emotional storytelling, they sought to drive awareness amongst finance executives at health organizations.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Creative Director, Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The collaboration with Umault was a pleasure. The agency endeavored to understand the client's business model, and their diligence was evident throughout the engagement. The team leads were involved and responsive, building a robust foundation of trust with the client from the beginning.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am a creative director at a healthcare technology company called Waystar. We provide next-generation, cloud-based technology that simplifies and unifies the healthcare revenue cycle. Our platform removes friction in payment processes, streamlines workflows and improves financials for providers in every care setting.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Umault?

We hired Umault to create a short film taking an emotional look at the impact people in healthcare can have on their patients and business when their RCM is a well-oiled machine. This spot shows what life in revenue preventative care can look like.

What were your goals for this project?

Our target audience and message is complex. We needed a simple and emotional story to tell to help us drive awareness amongst CFOs and other finance executives at hospitals and health systems. We also needed to drive new lead generation for our sales efforts.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We needed a strategic partner that would help us craft our message in a meaningful way. Umault's portfolio showed this kind of thinking. They also had unique B2B clients who's messages resonated with our team. Unlike other video production companies we approached, Umault offered us a SOW just for the strategy of the video.

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

Umault presented us a unique strategy for our video. This included setting objectives, where it fell within our sales funnel, a competitive audit, targeted our segments and stakeholders, developed a creative brief, timeline and schedule for production.

What was your vendors' project management or feedback process?

We worked directly with Guy Bauer and Tory Merrit the entire process. Both were very engaged and responsive to any constructive critique. The trust that our team had built with them was strong from the begining.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It was clear that they truly listened to our feedback and adapted their concepts without losing the authenticity of the original concept.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Very effective. great communication and open candor.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The thoughtfulness of the learning our business from the get go. It was clear that they did their homework, which blew us away and will keep us coming back.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None that we can see thus far.

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