Did you know… 92% of consumers trust online content from friends and family, rather than brand messages?
Did you know… 85% of the U.S. internet audience watches video online?

What do you get when you put these two whopping figures together? Employee-generated videos! The job seeker audience craves authenticity and transparency. They want to hear from real people. As an employer, you want to reach these job seekers. Employee-generated video is the way to do it and make your message stick.
Here is everything you need to know about employee-generated video and how you can try it.

WHAT IS IT?

Employee-generated video is exactly what it sounds like – video content created by your very own employees. (There are several ways to go about creating and collecting these videos, but we’ll save that for the “how-to” section!)
For talent acquisition, employee-generated video contributes to your recruitment marketing efforts by allowing your employees to share about company culture and what it’s like to work at your company. For content marketing, it will help you curate content that can be repurposed on social media, your career site, recruitment communications, job postings, and more!

In addition, it’s a given that a lot of your employees are on social media, and they are likely already talking about you, whether you ask them to or not. Having an employee-generated video strategy will help you empower and guide your team to share their stories while reinforcing your employer brand.

CONCERNS?

Understandably, you might be concerned about handing the wheel (or camera, in this case) to your employees. Any employee-generated video strategy should address potential concerns like staying on message, resources, and legal compliance.

You should also keep in mind that not every employee is going to be camera-savvy, or they may be camera shy. If you’re having a hard time drumming up participation, start small. Identify employees who are top performers or who you know are socially active and would be great on camera. Don’t hesitate to ask around – department managers will likely be able to point you in the right direction.

HOW TO EXECUTE

As I mentioned, there are a lot of different ways you can go about setting up an employee-generated video strategy. Your strategy will depend on a few factors: company size, culture, industry, and existing policies. With the help of Altru Labs, here is how you should do it:
First, you need to establish some goals:

  • Generate a high volume of video content from a variety of departments and functions, within a short period of time
  • Use employee-generated videos for the career site, social media, and other recruitment assets

Then you should consider the talking points you want to hit and come up with a list of prompts, such as:

  • What makes the company culture unique?
  • What’s a day in the life look like for you?
  • What advice would you give to a candidate to be successful on the job?
  • How do remote teams collaborate?
  • How do benefits compare to industry standards?
  • How would you describe the company’s vision?

These were just a few!
Next, a little bit about how implementation with Altru worked…
NOTE: This is a real project that myself and my team ran.

  • Administrative UX: The designated admin from our team, Jillian, loaded questions and prompts into the platform for employees to answer. She also created individual accounts for everyone on the team.
  • Employee UX: Our employees downloaded the Altru mobile app and logged in using their credentials provided by Jillian. Once in the app, they saw the prompts available to them and could select which ones they wanted to respond to. When they picked a prompt, they were then guided through the process of filming or uploading a video within the Altru app – a seamless process! Users are also given the option to record responses using the cameras on their phones or computers and then upload those video files via the app.

Because we wanted to see just how many videos we could collect in a short period of time (four weeks), we gave the team a little incentive. We love some healthy competition, so what would be better than a contest?! We came up with a prize and awarded the team members for the number of videos they submitted within the four weeks. Extra points were given for videos submitted in the first two weeks of the contest (“early bird” incentive!).
In four weeks, here are the results we saw…

  • Participation from 35% of employees
  • 97 total videos submitted, 80 of which were approved and published
  • The prompt, “What are some unique perks offered to employees?” garnered the most responses (11) out of all the other prompts.

The approved videos were featured on our careers site in the Altru widget.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY EMPLOYEE-GENERATED VIDEO- Altru

NOTE: Images are not updated and were part of my company’s project.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY EMPLOYEE-GENERATED VIDEO- Gallo
Another example is the image above, which is from E&J Gallo Winery that uses Altru widget on their homepage. As you can see in the bottom right corner there are three different videos that are discussing different things. This is a great way for Gallo to get information across to potential applicants in a short 30-second video.

BONUS: SPECIAL EVENTS

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to employee-generated video! Content about company culture and benefits are great, but you can try taking it to the next step for special campaigns.
For International Women’s Day, we used Altru to empower our team to create videos.

Through Altru, our female team members were given this prompt: “Share your experience as a woman in the professional world and how it relates to your goals and career development.” Men received this one: “Tell us about a woman/women who inspire you.”

Almost half of the team participated! We got a lot of great content out of this campaign, which we used in several ways, examples below. Since we used Altru, the team was also able to share their content to their personal social media – win/win!

International Women’s Day Compilation Video

Special Campaign Landing Page

employee generated video

Additional Landing Page Examples
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY EMPLOYEE-GENERATED VIDEO- Target
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY EMPLOYEE-GENERATED VIDEO- Dicks

Social Media

We shared the video compilation on social media, plus an individual video to round out Women’s History Month. The post below garnered 1,200 video views and a 3.08% engagement rate.
employee-generated video

Are you ready to try employee-generated videos? Let us know – we’d love to hear more about your goals!