Instagram for Small Businesses

As Instagram looked to highlight small businesses that use their advertising products, they came to HardPin for a production partner that could deliver their message. Instagram identified four small businesses in Berlin, Oxford and London, that would be a good fit for this campaign.  Alongside producers from Instagram  HardPin deployed a team with a light footprint to capture those stories over the course of a week. 

As always, we looked at how the stories of people can drive the narrative around a messaging goal. We wanted to mix narrative storytelling with a piece that accomplished Instagram's business objectives as well. 

The trick here was balance. Too much messaging, and you get a dry piece that people won't watch. Too much narrative, and you won't get the point across. 

Another important part of production, one that's not often talked about, is controlling your production footprint.  At HardPin, we got our start in the campaign world where making the most of scarce resources is the name of the game. We needed to shoot 4 stories in 8 days in 2 countries, which meant we needed to keep the production manageable and nimble enough to travel without driving up travel costs or inviting logistical problems.