Success Stories

2nd Wind Exercise Launches Product Review Contest, Utilizes The Bravo Facebook App

2nd Wind Exercise is the nation’s largest specialty fitness retailer. Providing their customers with great products and excellent service for over 20 years, they carry the latest in fitness equipment – from home gyms to ellipticals to fitness accessories. Last week, 2nd Wind Exercise launched a video contest, centered around product reviews: 2nd Wind Exercise The Bravo Facebook App With the introduction of the new Bravo Facebook app, customers now have the opportunity to submit their videos right from 2nd Wind’s Facebook page. By utilizing this app, 2nd Wind Exercise expects to see an increase in submissions, and they also hope to create a stronger social media presence. 2nd Wind benefits from this contest in other ways as well...
  • It's a fun and creative way to gain exposure
  • It's a great way to invite the public to learn more about 2nd Wind’s business AND promote it
  • It brings more traffic and awareness to their website and Facebook Fan page
  • It'll create more brand loyalty as their customers view the videos and participate
We wish 2nd Wind Exercise the best and can't wait to hear about the results!

Milwaukee Social Media

Phil Gerbyshak, Milwaukee Social Media

Every so often we invite our customers to tell their stories. Today's spotlight is on Milwaukee Social Media, a social media training, speaking and strategy agency guessed it...Milwaukee! Click here if you're interested in getting your story published...

Tell us a little about your company. Need to know how to use the latest social media tools to connect to your prospects and convert them to customers? We can do that! What makes your company different from other companies in the market? We've been on the Internet since before Al Gore invented it. Our founder used to deliver e-mail, by hand, in the 90s. We focus on straight forward, no fluff ways you can use social media to grow your business. We are really interested in the way marketing has changed in the last few years. What has changed for you as far as your marketing efforts are concerned? Video is so much more important than it was even 12 months ago, and we've had to adapt to that. Podcasts are also important, and we're pushing resources into both channels this year. Any channel that you just broadcast and pretend to be personal works even less than effectively than it used to. How long have you been using Bravo, and how are you integrating the user-generated video platform into your marketing efforts? I've been using Bravo for 12-15 months. I use the platform to capture and give testimonial videos. I've embedded the testimonials on my website, on my LinkedIn profile, and use them in my corporate newsletters. Any final thoughts? The Bravo platform is affordable and extremely easy to use. The videos are portable and can be put on my YouTube channel. Any support I've needed (which admittedly was because of something I overlooked) has been done quickly, effectively, and with a smile. Simply put - Bravo does the hard work for me so I don't have to.

Jet Hockey Arena Asks Their Website Visitors to Record and Send Videos

Jet Hockey Arena Anytime we notice a customer doing great things with Bravo, we simply have to show it off. Jet Hockey is currently asking their visitors what they like best about the arena. Their call-to-action sits at the top of their website, remaining visible to their audience on all pages. We hope this brings in many, many happy customer videos for them to proudly publish in the near future!

Mario Tricoci Lauches a Video Contest for Facebook Fans

In a recent effort to increase engagement with Facebook fans, Mario Tricoci launched a social contest using Bravo Video. In 30 seconds or less, fans will have the opportunity to answer the question "What's your beauty essential?". The most creative videos will receive prizes and gift cards from Mario Tricoci, Akira Chicago, Jameson's Charhouse and Elate Restaurant. Mario Tricoci Video ContestWe welcome Mario Tricoci and wish them best of luck with their latest Facebook fan-driven video contest.

Monthlys Offers Rewards To Their Members For Video Reviews

Monthlys offers a new way to explore local, curated product clubs. Members can subscribe to what they like, and receive products in the mail on a monthly or quarterly basis. We're thrilled that they integrated our platform, and are now able to generate real-life video reviews from their members. They decided to use our iFrame embed tool which allows their members to record, review and submit videos directly from the Monthlys website: Monthlys Video Reviews When a member submits a video review, they automatically receive 100 reward points they can then use towards other products and services on the site. These videos will certainly an authentic style of credibility which brings a deep experiential value to the Monthlys brand. After all, what’s more convincing than someone sharing their regular delivery of micro-brew beers from all over the world with their friends and neighbors?

Pronto Heat - Not Your Average Service Company

How does a service company in a local area separate their business from the rest of the crowd while boosting their online credibility? Easy. Just ask one of our customers from Minneapolis, Pronto Heating & Air Conditioning: Pronto Heat They proudly display their recent video testimonials on their website, inviting new prospects to have a look. We also noticed that they've strategically displayed quite a few call-to-actions on their pages to get current customers to participate. Just think about the credibility this brings to their company. When you're surfing the web and looking for a professional service, how often do you find actual video testimonials from real customers? Not often enough! They're reaping the benefits of true, digital word-of-mouth advertising. Kudos Pronto!

The Wisdom Link Introduces Their Website Visitors to Bravo

We recently noticed a very clean, clever Bravo Video integration on a customer's website. The Wisdom Link, an intellectual capital development firm in Oak Park IL., created a streamlined call to action for their website visitors to send in their video testimonials - right on their home page. Can you find it? Wisdom Link

TrueNorth Captures Internal Elevator Pitches

In a recent effort to refine their corporate brand identity, TrueNorth recently launched an internal Bravo Video campaign for their executive team. In 30 seconds or less, each of the executives and division leaders were asked to define the company and explain who it is they serve: TrueNorth's Bravo Video Portal We welcome TrueNorth and wish them best of luck with their creative and team-driven video campaign.

Success Stories: One Hour Translation Uses Bravo to Collect Video Profiles From Their Translator Community

Every so often we invite our customers to tell their stories. Today's success story involves Yaron Kaufman, CMO of One Hour Translation. They provide high-quality professional human translation of over 75 languages and over 2500 language pairs.

Who are you and what do you do?

I am the CMO at One Hour Translation, the world's largest online translation agency.

What sets you apart from other companies in your industry?
We provide high-quality professional human translation of over 75 languages. We're able to provide these high-quality translations around the clock, thanks to our community of over 15,000 Professional Translators. We're the only translation agency that let's you build your own team of exclusive translators (called "MyTeam").
Why do you use Bravo?

Using Bravo's simple platform, we're able to easily collect video profiles from our translator community.

What has been your biggest challenge thus far regarding capturing video testimonials from customers?

The biggest challenge thus far has been finding a way to upload longer, lengthier videos in a simple way.

In terms of your video testimonial campaign, what mistakes have you made along the way, and what have you done to overcome them?

At the start of our campaign, we sent personal emails to our translators requesting them to record a profile video. Later, we found that a better, more effective approach was to send our translators designed email templates.

What benefits have you seen from the video testimonials that you’ve captured?

We received some really awesome profile videos from our translators, and we were happy to learn how much they love and appreciate One Hour Translation. We've also uploaded these videos to Youtube, and we're starting to see some excellent results there, too.

Do you have any suggestions for how we could improve our product, or featured that you’d love to see?

Bravo is really a great platform for capturing videos. The only recommendation I have would be to expand the design and editing features to make it even that much better.


Thanks for sharing your success story with us, Yaron!

Success Stories: Time to Hire Uses Bravo to Disarm the Skeptics

Every so often we invite our customers to tell their stories. Today's success story involves Chad Bronstein, founder of Time to Hire. His company connects thousands of qualified commission sales people with businesses who are looking to hire positions in direct sales, in-home sales, outside sales, inside sales, and sales management.

Chad Bronstein
What exactly does your company do?

Time To Hire helps companies of all types find US-based commission only sales reps quickly and cost effectively.

What sets you apart from other companies in your industry?
  1. Time to Hire is active vs passive recruiting. The current standard for recruiting is the job posting, however candidates typically won't respond to commission-only job postings. Time To Hire actively searches through 130 million resumes to find potential matches and then contacts them on behalf of their customer. Candidates who are interested will call the client directly where they can book them into individual or group interviews.
  2. While it can take several weeks to get responses to a job posting, our service works in just a day or two.
  3. More qualified candidates. Anyone can submit their resume to a job posting. Time To Hire searches for candidates and only interested or curious candidates respond, which leads to a more qualified candidate.
  4. Cost effective. Our service starts at $399.
Why do you use Bravo?

When we started the company we ran into a lot of skeptical people. Video testimonials help us overcome this objection for the majority of prospective clients. We use Bravo because it simplifies the video creation process for our customer and reduces the amount of editing time on our end.

What has been your biggest challenge thus far regarding capturing video testimonials from customers?

Even though Bravo makes the process painless, most people won't do a video without some incentive. We offer clients a small discount off their next campaign in exchange for a video testimonial.

In terms of your video testimonial campaign, what mistakes have you made along the way, and what have you done to overcome them?

We were still receiving a lot of vertical videos and adding some additional instructions to our Bravo page solved it for the most part. We also found that using Bravo's instructional page to coach the customer on the proper format was very helpful.

What benefits have you seen from the video testimonials that you’ve captured?

In our experience, text testimonials don't do much to enhance your online credibility. When we started doing videos, this problem was reduced by a factor of 80% or more. Another issue we had was people asking for references and bothering our existing clients. The video testimonials have made this issue nearly non-existent.

Do you have any suggestions for how we could improve our product, or featured that you’d love to see?

We'd like to see higher definition videos and the option to automatically upload to YouTube or Vimeo (both please).


Thanks for sharing your success story with us, Chad! You'll be happy to know that higher resolution videos, as well as YouTube and Vimeo integrations, are features we're planning on releasing this summer.

Stay tuned-in to the Feature Updates section of our blog for more details in the coming weeks!