Best-in-class animated explainer video production...since 2011

Gisteo crafts custom marketing videos that explain the gist of what you do, sell or offer. Our animated videos cut through the clutter, engage your audience and inspire them to take action. Watch our 90 second intro now to learn more:

Trusted by 1,200+ organizations

From Silicon Valley start-ups to leading global brands

Welcome to Gisteo

When we launched Gisteo in early 2011, explainer videos weren’t a “thing” yet. So, we just invented our own term to describe what we did by combining the words Gist and Video.  The “gist” is the central idea, the core, the essentials.  It implies a quick summary vs. a long-winded dissertation…which was exactly what our videos did. Gist + Video = Gisteo.  A company name was born and the rest is history.

Almost a decade later, we’re still explaining the gist of what businesses, products or services are all about. In fact, it’s more important today than ever.  Competition is just a click or tap away and your target has countless choices.  They need to get the gist…and fast.  If they do, it’s priceless because understanding the gist of why you matter gives them clarity….and clarity leads to action.

Versatile styles to fit any need

We’re no “one trick pony” and no two Gisteo productions are the same. Below are just six examples of the diverse styles we do, each tailored to your unique goals and preferences.  Check out the Portfolio section for much more.

2D cartoon characters

A versatile animation style to bring any story to life!

Motion Graphics

2D & 3D graphics with a slick look & feel

Kinetic Typography

A beautiful marriage of imagery + animated text

Hand’s on

Whiteboard videos to inform and educate

Cartoon spokesperson

A fun, dynamic approach to delivering your pitch

Live action with visual effects

A combination of real footage + animated graphics

The Gisteo difference

Good luck finding all this in another company.  If you do, contact us and tell us who the other unicorn is. Seriously, we’d like to know!

Fixed prices, no hidden fees

At Gisteo, our fixed pricing is 100% “what you see is what you get”

Quick turnaround times

We work fast & efficiently to finish your project on time, every time!

Lightning-fast communication

Responses with blazing speed before, during and after your project.

US-based with a global perspective

Videos created for organizations in 20+ countries in 10 different languages.

All-included packages

Yep, everything is included from “soup to nuts” – all for one fixed price.

Unlimited revisions 

We make changes within each stage at no charge to you.

Fully customized, versatile styles

No templates. Just diverse styles tailored to your unique needs.

Industry Pioneers Since 2011

Over 1,500 productions for 1,200+ organizations completed to date.

Pick our brain...for free!

We know our stuff…not just about animated explainer videos, but also about marketing/branding in general. We’ll be happy to set up a call and give you our suggestions on approach, style, length etc. for your video as well as any other ideas about your overall marketing strategy. Scout’s honor: there’s no obligation and we won’t bombard you with spammy emails afterwards.

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A pretty explainer video with a sloppy story won't help your business. The right messaging, beautifully executed, on other hand…is magic. At Gisteo, we’re marketers first and foremost. Unlike typical studios, we start by digging deep to understand your business and unique challenges…and then (and only then), we work to bring your story to life with stellar script writing and animation.

Stephen ConleyFounder & Creative Director, Gisteo

Is Gisteo the right fit?

We admit it: Gisteo isn’t for everyone. Here’s how to figure out if we’re the best choice for you.

Who should hire us?

  • You value experience and a track record working with the world’s leading brands.
  • You’re looking for a quality video and will pay a fair rate for a premium product.
  • You want to work with a firm that is fast, efficient and responsive.
  • You prefer US-based companies, available during your work hours.
  • You seek big-agency thinking and skills but you can live without the bloated fees & processes.
  • You want professionals who will listen to your needs while delivering expert guidance.

Who should not hire us?

  • You think experience is over-rated and don’t mind serving as a “guinea pig.”
  • You could care less about quality; you’re just trying to find a dirt-cheap solution.
  • You have time to burn and are fine if it takes months to slog through your production.
  • You want to go offshore & hope that nothing gets lost in translation.
  • You crave the big agency “pomp and circumstance” and embrace paying 5x.
  • You don’t want guidance; just an order-taker…no questions asked!

Why companies love Gisteo

“We had the pleasure to work with Gisteo when we had to bring a story to life for Oracle Retail. They helped us tell our complex story in a clear and concise way. We are very pleased with the final product. I would recommend working with Gisteo. Thanks Gisteo!”

Jessica KottcampDirector of Retail Marketing, Oracle

“Working with the Gisteo team was amazing. Our engineering services business often has good marketing ideas, but we struggle pulling all the creative elements together. Gisteo made this easy. We exchanged our ideas with them, and they ran with it. We are delighted with the results!”

Ted MesserlyPresident, Lumenance

“Gisteo captured the style, mood and emotion we were looking for to promote our latest campaign. The flexibility, professionalism and quick work is much appreciated! We are very happy with the end result and look forward to working with you again in the future!”

Cristina WongConsumer Campaigns Manager, Intel