and the survey says…..

We recently conducted a survey and asked couples why they picked Alliance Video.

The results are in……

 

We met with 2 other video companies and Alliance was by far the most personable and willing to work with us and our budget. We got a complete customized package and you took the time to get to know us as a couple, likes/dislikes, music, etc. It really made a difference to us! Your whole team is excellent!   Mandy McBride

 

We Loved Tom…thought the price was great for what we received!  Kimberly Manara

 

Your price was fair and affordable, but delivered a lot for the value. I felt that Tom really listened to us, to our specific details and desires.  Amy McMahon

 

Did not get in the way while filming and for my budget.  Kimberly Brydges

 

Being able to view sample videos allowed us to feel comfortable with the quality of work. Also, the price was so much more reasonable than other companies.  Sarah Marshall

 

Tom’s personality and his willingness to work with our budget to build a package that met our needs. William Mallone

 

Had seen your final product before and was very pleased!  Vanessa Kropac

 

The Value!  The Service!  We spoke to and researched several companies.  Alliance offered more hours of coverage, and more features for the same or less money than other companies.  We also really liked dealing with Tom!  We spoke with him over the phone to set everything up, never meeting him until the day of the wedding.  Tom was thorough and very nice to deal with.  Joe Efferen

 

Honestly, the price of what you received per package was well within my budget.  Nilette Gloria

 

Well for one we picked alliance purely based upon the quality of the work we had seen while researching. The decision was furthered after talking to Tom numerous times as he was probably the smoothest aspect of wedding planning.  Steven Recht

 

We met Tom at a bridal expo and he was very friendly and not pushy.  Weddings are very expensive and I was not sure if I should get a video package, but after talking to him my decision was easily made and I am very happy that I chose Alliance Video Productions for our beautiful wedding day.  Jennifer Ams

 

Tom’s easy and laid back manner.  Patricia Fewer

 

Highly recommended and very reasonably priced!  Ken Ehrmann

 

Several personal recommendations from friends who have used Tom in the past, as well as out confidence that alliance was the way to go after personally meeting Tom.  Ellie Patoumas

 

After watching highlight videos from other weddings and seeing how much better the quality was than other companies we looked at we knew we had to go with Alliance. Talking to Tom really sealed our decision because he was so nice and so excited about our event.  Stephanie Spitalieri

 

Had been referred by a few friends and their pricing was very reasonable…also after meeting with Tom, my husband and I knew it was the right way to go!  Katie Wilkinson

 

Definitely pleased w the quick response that I recd but esply w the courteousness n helpfulness. This was a gift for our daughter but we were working on a limited budget. But I knew that it was something she would have forever n I wanted to b able to capture that special day for her. I believe it was Tom. He was able to give suggestions that were helpful in making it possible to do this.  Jonathan Capocci

 

I loved having the chance of being able to go to your website and seeing examples of the work you do. And also loved being able to see other churches and venues! It helped with our decision making in picking other vendors as well. Picking Alliance Video was a no brainer!!!  Kara Ayers

 

Thought Tom was nice to work with.  saw previous work that I liked.  Alexandra Hauser

 

You could just tell that alliance enjoyed their job and were very professional but fun at the same time.  John Milkosey

 

Price and Toms kindness via email during our first correspondence.  Stacey Cramer

 

Tom has an amazing personality and feels more like a friend on that day than someone working for you.  Christin Capozzi

 

What set alliance apart for me was the fact that they guarantee the highlight video to be completed before you return from your honey moon, but not only that, they use actual audio from the ceremony in the highlight. This was huge in my book. I watched probably 4 or 5 couples’ highlights on their website and every one was unique in its own way and just as fabulous as the one before. I knew the full video would be beyond amazing after watching the highlights.  Ryann Smith

 

Reviews and affordable.  Richard Nuel

 

Friendly and organized!!  Tammy McCullough

 

Affordability.  Heidi Summers

 

The quick email/phone responses to any questions we had and the personalized care we received during the entire process.  Caroline Beltran

 

Speaking with Tom sealed the deal for me. He was very thorough and great person to talk to. He spent time going through options for me and just overall made me feel comfortable and at ease. Alliance also worked with our photographer in the past so that was assuring as well.  Kristy Lockman

 

cost vs. value of what we were getting. prior working relationship with photographer – Shaun Reilly.  James Warrington

 

How easy Tom was to work with and how genuinely friendly he was. Tom really cares about his clients and it shows in his work.  Amanda Rossiter

 

I booked fairly close to my wedding date and tom was SO helpful! He got back to me right away and really worked with me to get a price I was comfortable with, without missing any important parts of the day.  Christa Dervis

 

 

 

#HoneymoonHero Contest

Win a GoPro Hero 4 Silver Action Camera for your Honeymoon. $400 Value

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CONTEST RULES

  • Contest runs until Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015
  • To submit a photo and qualify to win, you must be getting married in the next 2 years
  • You can upload a photo through Instagram or from your phone or computer.
  • Follow @alliancevideo on Instagram
  • If you are uploading through Instagram, post a photo on Instagram of yourself along with someone or something you are thankful for.
  • On that post, tag @alliancevideo and hashtag #HoneymoonHero. 
  • Booking with Alliance Video is not necessary.
  • A winner will be randomly selected at the conclusion of the contest.
  • One entry per person.
  • Tell all of your friends and family to improve your chances of winning.
  • Odds on winning are determined by the total number of contest votes.
  • Winner will receive the GoPro Hero4 Silver valued at $400

ENTER NOW

Remember When Photo Contest

GoPro Hero 4 Session                                         AVP2

Enter to win a GoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera valued at $400!

ENTER HERE

Submit a photo of one of your favorite memories and the photo with the most votes wins the grand prize. Be creative and have fun. Pick a photo that takes you back to a great time and place, with a special person or people in your life.  It can be old or recent.

As a bonus, anyone who gets 100 votes or more on their picture, will win a $100 Gift Certificate. Hundred for Hundred. Get in the Ben Franklin Club.

Additionally, the grand prize winner will also receive a $200 Gift Certificate from Jeff Anderson Photography.  Can be used for free family portrait session or free engagement session.

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 Alliance Video is happy to offer this photo contest to help you pause and remember a special time in your life.

Contest Rules

  • You must be under 100 years old and live in NJ to submit a photo.
  • Only 1 photo per person will be accepted.
  • Anyone can vote.
  • You can vote once per day per entry.
  • If a photo gets 100 votes or more, as a bonus you receive a $100 Alliance Video Gift Certificate. Can be used on future products or services. Can also be used on open balances for services to be rendered after 10/1/15.  Cannot be combined with any other offer.  Only one Gift Certificate can be applied to the same order.  Gift Certificates must be used within 1 year.
  • Must Like Alliance Video Facebook page to enter and to vote.
  • We will remove any photo we feel is inappropriate and disqualify that participant.
  • Gift Certificates are non-transferable.
How to Enter:
  • Upload an image
  • Write a brief description
  • Enter your name
  • Enter your email
  • Enter the photo contest

Return to this blog post and/or our Facebook Page on September 1st to begin playing.

The contest runs for the month of September 2015. The winner will be chosen on October 1, 2015. We will contact the winner via email and display it on the contest. 

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PICK A GREAT MEMORY…..GET EVERYONE TO VOTE FOR YOUR PHOTO……and, GOOD LUCK!

GoPro Winners

We held a contest called, “Who Wants a GoPro” and the winners are Erin O’Brien & Mark Welker, along with their friend Brandy Simmons.  CONGRATULATIONS to a great couple!

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These were the contest details:

CONTEST RULES

  • Contest runs from Thursday, April 30, 2015 – May 21, 2015.
  • To qualify you must be getting married, or know someone getting married in the next 2 years (between 5/22/15 – 5/21/17) .
  • Must like our Facebook page and live in the USA.
  • Booking with Alliance Video is not necessary.
  • Winner will randomly drawn at the conclusion of the contest.
  • One entry per person.
  • Tell all of your friends and family to improve your chances.
  • Odds on winning are determined by the number of votes.
  • Winner will receive the GoPro Hero4 Silver valued at $400, plus a $100 cash prize.
  • If the winner hires Alliance Video, we will film portions of your day with the GoPro.  You can then take your new camera on your honeymoon and watch the footage we captured from your wedding.
There will be 2 winners.  
(1) The Bride and Groom, (1) The Helpful Friend
Only 1 entry will be picked. Share with friends and family to increase the chance of your favorite bride and groom winning the contest.
We suggest that the bride and groom be given the GoPro, while the winning name that was drawn receives the $100 cash prize.
It is entirely up to you, as there will only be 1 winning entry drawn at the conclusion of the contest.
Help your friend or family member win this great prize for their wedding and honeymoon! 

Who wants a GoPro?

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Enter now for your chance to win!

You’re smarter than that!

BIG words,  many times,  are meant to impress… but,  you’re smarter than that.

Business woman with arrows and questions sign above isolated onIf you follow local sports,  and listen to 94WIP, recently there has been some interesting examples.  Even if you don’t pay attention to sports radio,  continue to read on.

The Sixers GM,  Sam Hinkie,  has been criticized for using BIG words,  in an attempt to sound intelligent and having everything under control….. but,  you’re smarter than that. One of his BIG words used, for what many believe,  are ridiculous trade decisions, is “optionality”.

BIG titles,  along with BIG words are also sometimes meant to impress……but,  you’re smarter than that.  The Eagles Howie Roseman was promoted or demoted,  however  you look at it,  from GM to Executive Vice President of Football Operations. This decision clearly gives Head Coach, Chip Kelly more control of personnel decisions.  Eagles fans have been waiting to hear from the front office bigwigs and finally after 2 months, Roseman finally broke his silence this weekend and also used some BIG words to impress or explain his position on player evaluation.  Roseman stated that, “decision-makers must fight the.. ‘recency bias’…and not just go off what the player did in the past season.”  Sounds impressive,  huh?

So what’s the point?  Stay with me, it gets better.

No one is really all that impressed with BIG words.  We can use simpler vocabulary that means the exact same thing.  As for fancy titles,  well, generally they mean the same things too, and the jobs usually don’t pay any more when the job title changes. Let me give you some examples.

Before establishing Alliance Video,  I had a few other occupations.  I was once hired to take over as the Personnel Manager for a local retail company back in the 90’s. Shortly after starting this new position I joined an organization for personnel directors.  During my first meeting,  the organization was discussing the need to change their name, since the new trendy word for Personnel Mangers would now be Human Resources Managers. Wow,  big deal….same job description,  same pay,  new fancy title.

Consider how the following examples also mean the same thing.  Garbage Man vs. Sanitation Engineer,  Secretary vs.  Administrative Assistant,  Janitor vs. Custodian,  Housewife vs. Domestic Engineer, Customers vs. Guests.  And the list goes on and on.  We even make “fat” sound better by saying someone is overweight.  We would all agree,  it does sound nicer,  but in reality,  it’s the exact same thing.

In the wedding industry,  we are beginning to hear videographers refer to themselves as cinematographers.  Apparently this new title is to impress people….. but,  you’re smarter than that.  Sure, new cameras have been designed to create more visually appealing images with narrower depth of field.  Those who continue to call themselves videographers have been using “cinema-type cameras”  for years.  As skilled professionals, it’s our job to master the cameras and I’d venture to guess, most use their equipment to the best of their ability.

Don’t be fooled by this trendy title,  “cinematographer” when selecting a video producer for your wedding.   Dig a little deeper and ignore the fancy name, when making such an important decision on your special day.

Let me make a few suggestions.  Look closely at the story being told. Does it flow nicely or jump around?  Does the music compliment the visuals? Are you captivated?  Does it hold your interest, or are you watching the timer to see how much longer you need to watch? Can you notice the keen attention to detail,  or does it feel rushed and unplanned?  Do the dialogues match the scenes,  or does it seem out of place?  Are you emotionally caught up in the moment, or is it like a lot of other wedding videos you’ve watched?  Are the shots steady,  are the colors vibrant,  is sound crisp and clean?  There is much more to consider when making such an important decision.  You’re smarter than that.

 

The following appears in the FAQ section of our website.

Does your company specialize in Cinematography, or does it specialize in Videography?

The answer to that question is six for one, half dozen for the other.  Apple Dictionary defines Cinematography as: “The art of making motion pictures.”  And it defines Videography as: “The process or art of making video films.”  What it boils down to is the media format involved.  Cinematography, which is more related to major motion pictures, deals with all of the creative camera techniques when using film.  Videography uses those same techniques for video.  We work very hard to carefully craft a unique and creative representation of your wedding day using video cameras.  Luckily, we use state-of-the-art cameras which have a very film like look to their images.  Whether you would like to call us cinematographers or videographers is your preference, we won’t be offended either way. 

Change is Good

If you are searching for a video and don’t see it, that’s because we are cleaning up the older videos on our site to make room for the new.  I’m sure you will enjoy the changes as we go forward.  Thank you for allowing us to create a special memory and lifelong heirloom for you!

so, what’s our point

If you’re reading this, you know that Alliance Video has a new game that coincides with the 2014 Monday Night Football season.  If you hired us to produce your wedding video in 2015 or 2016, you qualify to play and win.  The contest begins on Monday, September 8, 2014 and runs thru Monday, December 22, 2014.  See all the rules and details here.

Over the next 16 weeks, we will be playing along.  As we ask, “So, what’s your point”, we will be telling you, “what’s our point.”  There are many reasons why we do what we do, coming up with 16 should be easy. Follow this Blog and Facebook to see our points.

Good Luck playing our game! Remember to email your point in by 7PM each Monday night. Double your chances with you and your fiancé both playing. Let’s have some fun!

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SO WHAT’S OUR POINT?  16 reasons why we do, what we do…and why you should care…..

POINT #1 – Each week we have a new boss.  The Bride Boss!  ok, the grooms are too, but we know who is most important, don’t we men?  Plus, Bride Boss sounds cooler.  Seriously, it’s great getting to know each of you.  Every wedding we have an opportunity to create something especially unique to you.  It’s our goal to always make the boss happy.

We’ll also play along with the games.  Tonight there are 2 games.

N.Y. Giants at Detroit – 38

San Diego at Arizona – 42

 

POINT #2 – To us, making a difference is more important than making money.   When factoring in the cost of our high-end equipment, our time filming and editing, customer service, continuous education, along with our years of experience in understanding what is important to you,  our price is low and value very high.  For example, tomorrow our company is investing time and money for a full day of education on advanced editing techniques in Philadelphia.  Maybe we’ll even take some time to celebrate an Eagles win.  Ultimately, we value making a deference on your wedding day and strive to create the most amazing video of the best day of your life!

Eagles at Colts – 58

 

POINT #3We’re all a little crazy and who doesn’t like having fun.  Obviously, we beautifully capture your day and produce a wonderful keepsake of the love you share.  In addition, on your wedding day and while editing, we look for ways to make your video even more fun.  In fact, often times we suggest and not only capture, but help create these “out-of-the-ordinary” fun moments.  We have plenty of ideas and examples to share.

Bears at Jets – 38

 

POINT #4 – Everyone loves the weekend!  We agree!  To spend a weekend joining a celebration and party…..are you kidding me?  Who could ask for a better job?  Gotta love it!  We are always looking for enthusiastic and artistic people to join our team.  If you or someone you know is interested in this field,  we are happy to train the right person.

Patriots at Chiefs – 47

There were more points scored last night then most thought. Hate to say it, but kudos to Andy Reid. Here is the leader board: Tied for 1st place with 18 points are Courtney M. and Jim W., Tied for 2nd are Natalie R. and Bill W. with 16 and there are 6 tied for 3rd with 14 points. It’s been great competition so far. Keep voting every Monday.

 

POINT #5 – We believe in living in the moment and love creating memories!  People sometimes ask if we create a “same-day edit.”  The answer has always been NO. For those who don’t know what that is, some video companies will stop the momentum of your reception to show video footage of things that took place only hours before.  I’m sure some companies may do a very nice job of putting it together.  But, THAT’S NOT OUR POINT.  It can wait, enjoy your reception!  While you are relaxing on your honeymoon,  living in the moment, some time has passed and you’re more anxious to relive your day privately.  Than share your video, that has been more carefully created (not rushed) to show family and friends on our blog and thru Facebook.

Seahawks at Redskins – 51

 

POINT #6 – People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people won’t forget how you made them feel.  We plan to have you remember how we made you feel on your wedding day.

49ers at Rams – 40

 

POINT #7 – We love having fun!    Not many companies in our industry run contests and games.  Each year we create several games to participate in and win.  We give away grand prizes at bridal shows, football challenges, and our annual “Crazy Into Contest” to name a few.

Texans at Steelers –   41

 

POINT #8 – People are important to us…here’s why.  Let’s face it, each of us are very interesting and unique.  We have an opportunity during your wedding planning process to get to know you.  That is very exciting to us!  Seriously, we learn how you’re wired so we can create something incredibly special to you on the best day of your life.  That is very fulfilling and drives us to go beyond your wildest expectations!

Redskins at Cowboys – 53

 

POINT #9 – Change is good.  We love to stay fresh and keep things exciting.  A famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson sits on my desk, “Do not go where the path may lead,  go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  You have our promise, that we will always look to leave a trail with new techniques and on top of “forever changing” technologies.

Colts at Giants – 50

 

POINT #10 – Doesn’t it feel good to help others?  It not only feels great, in fact, I believe it is vital…yes absolutely necessary in life!  This business is all about giving back.  We offer assistance to you before, during and after your wedding, in helping recreate the memories of your special day.  The moment is so big, and incredibly important, that we want to get it right for you.  We’re here to help!

Panthers at Eagles – 48

 

POINT #11 – We attend about a dozen bridal shows each year.  This gives us an opportunity to share in the excitement with newly engaged couples and those eager to secure vendors for their day.  Everyone is happy, food is served,  prizes are awarded and those attending can enjoy fashion shows and presentations. We love what we do!

Steelers at Titans – 44

 

WeddingWire Rated

We just reached 100, 5 star reviews on the WeddingWire.  Although we are proud to have this many positive reviews, it’s our belief that if you do what you love, people will notice.  In many ways it’s very humbling to be acknowledged this many times,  but I suppose people do recognize our efforts in something we love to do.  The truth is, we are so privileged to join you on the best day of your life!  Your words of thanks however, are very much appreciated.  We will always strive to stay current on technology,  listen to what is important to you,  have fun, deliver the highest quality video and customer service, while exceeding your expectations on your wedding day!  We love you all!

 

So, What’s Your Point?

                         win a GoPro

After all the fun we had last year, with our (NO REGRETS) football game, we wanted to create another entertaining contest.  We hope you don’t mind……we love football, weddings and video, so let’s tie it all together, shall we?

Thanks for playing along….here goes…..so, Alliance Video is kicking off a new game that coincides with the 2014 Monday Night Football season.  If you hired us to produce your wedding video in 2015 or 2016, you qualify to play and win.  The contest begins on Monday, September 8, 2014 and runs thru Monday, December 22, 2014.

Here’s how it works; each week, by 7PM before MNF, email, alliancevideo@comcast.net, the total number of points you think will be scored in the game.   In the Subject Line, type; So, What’s Your Point?  If you are within 5 points of the total (either over or under), you score 5 points.  If you are within 6-10 points of the total, you score 2 points.  If you are over 10 points, you still get 1 point for playing.  Points are cumulative from week to week, so the sooner you get in the game, the better your chances of winning.

For example; the first MNF game in week 1 is between the Giants and Lions. Let’s say you think the total points scored in the game is 35.  If the Giants win 17 to 10, for a total of 27 points, the point differential is 8, so you earn 2 points.   There are 2 games in week 1, so you have 2 chances.  See schedule below.

So, what do you win for having some fun with us, and minimal effort?  At the conclusion of the season, the points will be totaled and the champion will win the following; a GoPro Hero3 camera and accessories totaling over $300. PLUS, ….(you’re gonna love this)……have a trusted and techie member of your bridal party video record behind the scenes activity prior to, and on your wedding day.  We will analyze, edit and creatively weave these fun moments into your full wedding video.  Things like; your rehearsal dinner, beauty salon, car rides, limo rides, etc.  Maybe the camera stays in the bag during the bachelor/bachelorette party. Just a thought.  So, remember to email your total score each week before 7PM Monday night to qualify.

So, What’s Your Point?  Our point is to give back to those who trust us to produce the most important day of their lives and have some fun along the way.  We hope you enjoy the game and good luck!

Week Date Time (ET) Match-up
Week 1: 8-Sep 7:00 PM N.Y. Giants (14) at Detroit (35) = 49
Week 1: 8-Sep 10:15 PM San Diego (17) at Arizona (18) = 35
Week 2: 15-Sep 8:30 PM Philadelphia (30) at Indianapolis (27) = 57
Week 3: 22-Sep 8:30 PM Chicago (27) at N.Y. Jets (19) = 46
Week 4: 29-Sep 8:30 PM New England (14) at Kansas City (41) = 55
Week 5: 6-Oct 8:30 PM Seattle (27) at Washington (17) = 44
Week 6: 13-Oct 8:30 PM San Francisco (31) at St. Louis (17) = 48
Week 7: 20-Oct 8:30 PM Houston (23) at Pittsburgh (30) = 53
Week 8: 27-Oct 8:30 PM Washington at Dallas
Week 9: 3-Nov 8:30 PM Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants
Week 10: 10-Nov 8:30 PM Carolina at Philadelphia
Week 11: 17-Nov 8:30 PM Pittsburgh at Tennessee
Week 12: 24-Nov 8:30 PM Baltimore at New Orleans
Week 13: 1-Dec 8:30 PM Miami at N.Y. Jets
Week 14: 8-Dec 8:30 PM Atlanta at Green Bay
Week 15: 15-Dec 8:30 PM New Orleans at Chicago
Week 16: 22-Dec 8:30 PM Denver at Cincinnati

CONTEST RULES

  • Prize is not redeemable for cash value.

  • Must have booked our video services for your 2015 or 2016 wedding to qualify.

  • Will accept 2 entries per week from each couple.  A vote from the bride and a vote from the groom.  Must use the same email addresses listed on your contract to place your weekly score.

  • Weekly email needs to be received before 7PM Monday night.

  • There will only be 1 winner.  If the game ends in a tie, there will be a tie-breaker challenge.

  • Email must contain your name, score and “So What’s Your Point” in the subject box.

  • Email, alliancevideo@comcast.net