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Behind The Wounded By War Documentary

In December of 2017, we received an opportunity to interview Kevin Flike. Kevin, a quiet and humble guy from Weymouth, Massachusetts, is a former Staff Sargent in the US Army Green Berets.

On September 25, 2011, Kevin’s life changed forever. He was 7 months into his second deployment, based out of Kunduz, Afghanistan. During a routine valley clearing operation, he encountered and engaged in a firefight against the Taliban with his 11 other teammates and the Afghan Commandos they had been training for over 2 years. After being pinned down for 11 hours, Kevin was seriously wounded from a gunshot wound to the stomach and it was uncertain if he would even make it out alive.

However, without missing a beat, his team risked their lives carrying him throughout the warzone and eventually getting him to a spot where he was able to be safely medevac. It just so happened that one of Flike's teammates had a bodycam on and captured all of the events from that day. 

After almost a year of editing and gathering old photos and videos, we were able to assemble our short documentary, Wounded By War: The Story of Kevin Flike. The documentary takes you along Kevin's journey from the live footage of his rescue, to the major obstacles and hurdles he needed to overcome in order to recover. From questioning whether he will live, life changing medical procedures, PTSD, drinking and addiction to painkillers, Kevin brings us along his entire journey of recovery.

In November of 2018, we had the honor to stand alongside Kevin and the Green Beret Foundation in order to premiere the documentary to over 200 people at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston, MA. All of the proceeds from the ticket sales went directly to The Green Beret Foundation. Originally, we had our goal of $10,000 for the night. Due to the generosity and support of the sponsors, everyone who attended, as well as donations from those who could not make it, almost $35,000 was raised for the foundation. We were blown away by the final number and cannot thank everyone enough. 

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The Green Beret Foundation focuses on Green Berets who have been wounded, their families, and the families of our fallen. They have a strong focus on addressing the needs of Green Berets as they transition back into civilian life. 

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We plan on continuing to premiere the documentary across the country but if you cannot wait for us to come to your town, it is available for purchase off of Vimeo on Demand. Just simply click this link: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wbw and you are able to buy the documentary instantly. All of the proceeds will go towards benefiting The Green Beret Foundation.

As a company, this was a story we felt the public needed to hear. Not everyone is aware of what the men and women of our armed forces go through both abroad and while they are home. We felt putting out Kevin’s story would help further that understanding, while also raising money for a great cause. We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us at the premiere, bought the documentary and/or donated their hard earned money. Men and women like Kevin put their life on the line everyday so we can live free and while they will never ask for anything in return, it is always amazing to see the public come out in support. 

Also, make sure to check out the video we made for The Green Beret Foundation’s fundraiser at The Sig Sauer’s Shooting Academy. This was the first annual event put on by Kevin Flike, now a Green Beret ambassador. Donors were able to be trained by Green Berets and Former Green Berets while they showed them how to handle firearms. The day was full of fun, stories and just an overall good time. The next event will be on June 1, 2019 – every ticket sold is a donation straight to the Green Beret Foundation.

Thank you for reading! If you enjoyed this, pass it on to friends and family! As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to shoot us an email at hi@focusforwardmedia.com

3 Ways Video Can Help Your Business

Read time: 5 minutes
Video examples: 12-14 minutes

If you've ever wondered how video can help your business, hopefully this will help you answer that question. There's no doubt that video can be extremely beneficial; just consider the following facts to start:

  • 81% of businesses use video in their marketing, up from 63% in a 2017 survey

  • 97% of marketers say that video has helped their consumer better understand their product or service

  • 76% say that video has helped increase sales

  • 81% of people have been convinced to buy a product or service after watching a video
    Stats provided by Wyzowl on Hubspot.

Those are just a few facts! The link above has several more. But let's get into this article! 

1. Product or Service

If your business sells a product or service, a video is one of the best ways to market it. 

Think about it, what better way to show someone how to use your team communication app than a video? For example, a video made for Slack, the team communication app.

Or, it could simply be a video to show off your mobile charger in someone's daily life. Example below of a video we made. 

Think about your own daily life, if you had a question about how to use a product you just bought and when you googled your question, 1 result is a video and 1 is an article, which would you choose? Probably a video. *72% of people would rather watch a video than read text to learn about a product or service*

2. Event Video

Whether you stream it live or not, and whether you use video before or after the event, it can be very powerful to add to your event marketing strategy. 

For example, if you have a conference coming up in a few months and you want more attendees, creating a video to increase excitement can do that! Those that are already registered will probably share the video with friends, and anyone not going might now be interested in going! Flip the perspective, if you saw a video for an event that got you really pumped up, really made you more interested and you were free that day, would you think about buying tickets/going to the event? I know I would. For example, below is a video for INBOUND, one of the biggest digital marketing conferences that happens in Boston every year.

If you're a marketer and have not been to INBOUND before, you probably will want to go after seeing this video. Now put that strategy to use for your business. 

Maybe you have an event that could create some buzz about your business? That's cool too! Our client Gallifords restaurant recently had a 1 Year Anniversary party and we produced a short recap video of it! See below. 

Gallifords distributed this video on their Facebook page and it created lots of buzz! People who had attended were commenting on it and sharing it with their friends. Now those people are learning about a new restaurant and might visit Gallifords. Or the people who know Gallifords but didn't go might want to go to the next event because they saw what they missed.

Now if they want to have another party on their 2nd Anniversary, they can use this video to entice more visitors for that as well!

3. Fundraising

If you are a non-profit or your business needs fundraising, video can make a HUGE impact. It's all about emotion.

I know it sounds like a broken record, but think about yourself personally. If you watched a video about money being raised to help a foundation or a cause and it truly hit your emotion and made you feel like you could make a difference, would you donate? For example, watch this commercial made for Water.org and Stella Artois. 

Could you imagine waiting up to 6 hours to get water? This is a truly powerful video made by Stella to show people an insane reality and hopefully generate more fundraising for Water.org.

We recently finished a project with one of our clients, Find The Cause, where we interviewed 4 doctors about the current research they are doing to find certain causes of breast cancer. The goal was to show people where the money goes and to try to raise more money to continue this incredible research. Check out the video below. 

We were told that after watching this video, one of their donors doubled their donation. This goes to show that using video can truly be effective in this area of business. 

We are also currently working on a few videos with Lahey Health to help raise money for their Annual Cancer 5K. Again, whether your business is a non-profit and raising money for a cause, or you are fundraising for another reason, video can be very effective if done right. 
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After reading this, we hope you can see the big impact that video can have regardless of what type of business you are. If you do it right, creating video(s) for your business can have a significant upside.

To learn how we can help your business with video, or if you just have a few questions, please feel free to email us at hi@focusforwardmedia.com! Thank you for reading and have a great day!