Aquilah Productions (Digital Artefact Pitch)

My Digital Artefact (DA) Aquilah Productions has become a major part of bachelor and communications degree whether it was a part of an assessment or not, I have been developing it since I was in high school for a way for me to express my creativity and passion for photography and videography while adding to my professional portfolio.

Content is the trigger of customer interaction (Rahal, 2021). 

Daily, photos content to both my Instagram and Facebook feed using relevant hashtags to succeed with the algorithm and achieve growth.

l has also created daily Instagram stories based off the daily photo to promote audience retention and promote engagement and well as gain feedback of my work.

Will have also create video edits of my adventures for YouTube and have promoted sneak peaks on both Instagram and Facebook to drive conversion to watch the entire edit on YouTube. 

I have also been thinking of ways to be creative from home as shooting outside is against covid 19 restrictions. I going have a go at creating Instagram reels based on popular trends that I notice and see where that take the growth of the account.

The target audience of my project includes fans of adventure, travel, photography and videography, typically aged between 18-24. While it’s mainly male dominated (55%), I do consider my content to appeal to both genders.

If you’ve got any questions or want further info you can comment on this post or you can tweet me thank you.

Consider Following

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aquilahproductions/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AquilahProductions/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3m5aHKCCF26DkOR1bKocw

Beta – BCM 325

In response to the feedback from my pitch video I immediately change the direction of my digital artefact to better suit the direction of BCM 325. So, for my digital artefact I decided to write three different blog posts based on what will impact my own personal future in becoming a social media manager and the prospects that Aquilah productions will have.

Check out Aquilah Productions

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3m5aHKCCF26DkOR1bKocw

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aquilahproductions/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AquilahProductions/

Website: https://msha.ke/aquilahproductions/

The future of Aquilah Productions

In this blog post, I will be looking towards the future of Aquilah Productions in terms of attracting more clients and building a personal brand.   

Futuristic content

From the movies that we have been live-tweeting this semester, I have a common theme of the specific colour and general aesthetic that are chosen to convey the future to their audience. I plan to bring this to my platform as it seems to have a substantial niche on Instagram and would an interesting topic to explore in the future of my digital artefact.

Posting schedule

I plan to revamp my posting schedule to future proof my digital online presence, therefore, securing the future for my employment post my university career.

This includes

  • Increased stories and posts with myself in them to create a personalised brand.
  • Hone my creative and craft
  • Increased content that is posted to my accounts
  • To start a Tic Tok

Gary V

Gary V is one of the greats In creating a successful digital social media presence as well as creating a successful online business and has greatly influenced me over this assignment in creating a business plan for the future of Aquilah productions.

The main piece of advice that I take away from Gary is to sell a personality before a product or service. With this in mind, I plan for the rest of the semester to introduce myself to my audience to build a community and appeal to future clients.  

Socials

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aquilahproductions/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AquilahProductions/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3m5aHKCCF26DkOR1bKocw

The Pitch – BCM325

“Business owners must try to adapt strategic choices to match the current internal organisational situation and external market conditions.”

McDowell, Harris and Geho, 2016, p. 1907

Aquilah Productions has become a major part of my Bachelor and Communications degree, whether it be part of an assessment or not have continued developing it since I was in high school for a way for me to express my creativity and my professional portfolio.

‘Brands’ notoriously have difficulty retaining interest over time (Preece et al. 2018, p. 331). And, this is especially true for niche accounts like mine and is integral that I must continue to adapt to the continuous paradigm shifts in modern media in order to stay relevant in the current media climate.

Check out Aquilah Productions

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3m5aHKCCF26DkOR1bKocw

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aquilahproductions/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AquilahProductions/

Website: https://msha.ke/aquilahproductions/

Aquilah Gaming – Final Thoughts

Google Doc Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uyg6Eio9jnwFq8JpOrE97l8otusnBwF9pPlhZJGGd7U/edit?usp=sharing

  • Index
    • Ideation
    • Methodology
    • Background Research
    • Response to Feedback
    • References

Ideation

In the beginning, I wanted to challenge my creative side, for my digital artefact, I want to start an online twitch stream and YouTube channel called Aquilah Gamming dedicated around playing different versions of modded Minecraft and potentially other modded games, with the idea of documenting my experiences and lessons while playing the game with friends and sharing this to a potential community on twitch.

Methodology

My methodology began when I started to research ideas and concepts related to gaming that I wanted to further my knowledge on and build a community. I stumbled upon a game my mates and I were already playing together on a regular bias Minecraft. I aimed to upload YouTube and stream to Twitch on a weekly. However, this idea fell through and I decided to create weekly streams on Twitch in order to succeed with the algorithm, achieve growth and receive feedback from my work. I can also used my other DA, Aquilah Productions to help promote Aquilah Gaming.

Background Research

My analytical framework I have experience throughout the creation of this DA of live streaming modded Minecraft is the “Hats of Affect: A Study of Affect, Achievement and Hats in Team Fortress” (Christopher Moore 2011) relating to both versions of Sky Factory 4.0 and Crazy Craft 4.0 had different achievements and goals in order I made progress in and had a feeling of gaining “players with the accumulation of social capital and occasional in game items”

Another source that helped me with the creation of my DA is the ‘Making the most of MINECRAFT’ (Custom PC, 2014), Which explains how to get the most out  making Minecraft and how it’s a culture phenomenon. I will also use platforms such as Reddit articles as well as word of mouth to find the latest Mods and game modes to play.

Response to Feedback

I had good feedback in regard to the pitch and beta blog posts! Firstly I had a few people say that modded Minecraft would be a lot of fun to play together and stream it to the internet the main point from Chris was my lack of framework to analyse my specific experience.

References:

‘Hats of affect : a study of affect, achievements and hats in Team Fortress 2’ (2011) C Moore, pp.341-364. Available at: http://dro.deakin.edu.au/eserv/DU:30050376/moore-invigoratingplay-2012.pdf (Accessed 11 November)

‘Making the most of MINECRAFT’ (2014) Custom PC, (134), pp. 96–100. Available at: https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=98427491 (Accessed: 10 September 2020).

Aquilah Productions – Digital Artefact

My digital artefact is a discovery/exploration series made up of photo and short 1-2 minute videos with the key subjects of people interacting with nature and man-made features as well as them alone. I developed this project through my passion for content creation, adventure and capturing visuals. For my digital artefact, I plan on continuing my hobby social media account Aquilah Productions which I have run for the past two years during school. Through documenting and creating content of my adventures and explorations and posting to Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

Starter Pack

I achieved this through uploading daily, high quality photo content to both my Instagram and Facebook feed in order to succeed with the algorithm and achieve growth l have also created daily Instagram stories based off the daily photo to promote audience retention and promote engagement and well as gain feedback of my work. I have also created fortnightly video edits of my adventures for YouTube and have promoted sneak peaks on both Instagram and Facebook to drive conversion to watch the entire edit on YouTube.

Through creating and uploading this adventure content daily for the last two months, l have notice a gradual increase of audience retention and engagement through an increase of likes, total impressions as well as a slow increase in followers on all three media outlets, for Instagram I have gained 80 followers since the beginning of the project, As for Facebook I have mange to gain 40 new page likes and for YouTube 10 new subscribers. I found most of my inspiration for content creation and style through YouTube tutorials for both photo and video editing. I also found inspiration through travel/adventure Instagram pages.

Follow for Follow

l also gained followers through usingGary V’s success video for social media growth, through this source l followed his $1.30 strategy to gain followers and build my community.   By searching location and similar hashtags to find content to interact with. Through this DA I also received a Dm from a new company called Moori Drinks which has ended up in paid work for them in December shooting a Kickstarter video for them with long term work potentially available to

Paid Advertisement

I have also experimented with the use of paid advertisement on both Facebook and Instagram to target specific ages, locations and specific personality and interests in order to convert accounts to engage in my piece of content or convert into followers.

Ads:

My first video edit I made for my DA was from my adventure to Exploring Sydney’s Royal National Park – Wedding Cake Rock and was uploaded to YouTube channel as well as a sperate edit as a preview was uploaded to both my Facebook and Instagram to promote conversion from those social media’s to the full video on YouTube and to subscribe for more content.

YouTube:

Facebook:

Instagram:

I received a lot of positive feedback on both Facebook and Instagram due to the high impressions and total views, As for my YouTube channel struggled to get traction due to being the first post in a 4 month break as for the medium does not allow photo uploads like Instagram and Facebook, thus starting with the algorithm again as an active user, this can be seen in my fortnightly uploads after this original videos.

As for a technical point these videos were easily made due to already gained style and knowledge of final cut pro, for future content would to upload a vlog every other week to maintain a weekly upload schedule and challenge myself due to never vloging before.

Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHoeFaKzuSc&list=WL&index=6&t=0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UI8kjqt09A

https://www.instagram.com/samkolder/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcEvDpYhM3U&list=WL&index=30&t=0s

https://www.instagram.com/mooridrinks/

Aquilah Productions – Beta

To recap, my digital artefact is reflected around my desire for exploring the outdoors the vastness and scale of natural world and my passion in creating visual content such as photography, videography, and graphic design l have chosen to centre my digital artefact around this hobby that l have done with mates for the past 2 years, and hopefully continue to build my portfolio.

Over the past two month my digital artefact has dramatically changed due to daily posting of high quality photos which have been posted at optimal times on both Facebook and Instagram and have achieved my goals of creating a central hub for nature adventure content.

Gained Followers/Follow for Follow

I have seen a gradual increase of followers across all three media channels, With instagram with the highest with 60 followers gained with Facebook in second place with 10 page likes and YouTube in third with 5 subscribers gained. l also gained followers through using Gary V’s success video for social media growth, through this source l DMed on instagram using the search location feature in the look out for local content creators with a similar page to myself. I managed to connect with Adam Rozmus which caused a follow for follow situation and potentially working together on a project.

Hashtags/Tags

Hash tagging on new posts gained followers and heaps more engagement on the post. I used a mix of popular Instagram tags and tags and related to the actual photo I was posting in. Hash tagging caused an influx of engagement on a post and lead to actual followers.

Business Instagram Insights

I used Instagram business tools to see the progress of my DA and to figure out the main audience l was attracting towards my page and the total impressions of each post. I focused on impressions. The 2 photos below show the difference between the start of the project (Left) and the result now (Right).

Paid Advertisement

I have also experimented with the use of paid advertisement on both Facebook and Instagram to target specific ages, locations and specific personality and interests in order to convert accounts to engage in my piece of content or convert into followers.

Facebook Ads

Where Now?

From here my plan is to create a website using square space to create an offical portfolio. I also plan to be a more active user on Instagram with more commenting on other’s posts.

Check out Aquilah Productions 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3m5aHKCCF26DkOR1bKocw?

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aquilahproductions/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AquilahProductions/

Website: https://msha.ke/aquilahproductions/