Following is a list of 5 ways that online video can help you to increase your business.
Welcome Guest Blogger, Jules Watkins, Pocket Video Power
When I decided to create a Pocket Video Marketing course some people said to me “What is there to learn? You just hit the record button, it’s simple!” Wrong! A Pocket Video Camera is a powerful communications tool, it’s more than just hitting the record button and shooting yourself against a white wall in your box room.
You can easily make bad Videos that look and sound bad or drag on to long or are devoid of creativity. But making good Videos is a skill that I think every Marketer should have as part of their Marketing toolbox.
A quote I love is this: “It’s not about the Bow and Arrow, it’s about the archer” (Andy Jenkins – The Video Boss). It doesn’t matter what camera you’ve got if you have great ideas and some technical skills, you can make better Videos than 99% of the planet and good Videos will get your products noticed.
So with that in mind here are 3 ways I think you could use your Flip, Kodak, Iphone4 etc. to boost your Marketing efforts.
1. Come out from behind the powerpoint.
If you’ve watched any of the recent Big Internet launches the common thread is you see the Marketer on screen. People connect with people and Video does a brilliant job at
building a bond with your prospects.
I’ve just viewed a new Jeff Walker launch Video. If you follow Internet Marketing you’ll know Jeff’s multi-million dollar earner Product Launch Formula. The first Video was almost entirely real world footage. What I mean by that is you saw him at a whiteboard and then it cut to an on camera interview where he was sat next to one of his successful students talking about how much he had earned from his own launches.
There was nothing in the Video that couldn’t have been done on a Pocket Video Camera and it was much more engaging than a back to back Camtasia presentation.
Don’t get me wrong I think screencasting is very powerful I just think that breaking it up with real world footage is a great way to engage your buyers even more. Put it this way the Big Marketers test like crazy and they wouldn’t go for the ‘on camera’ route if it didn’t work for them.
You don’t need a lot of gear to make these Videos look great, in fact over on my training course page you can see footage that I shot with a Flip camera in a tiny room in my house with lights that cost around £100 a pair!
2. Be a Pocket Video Paparazzi!
Take your Pocket Video Camera everywhere. You never know when you will spot something extraordinary. If you do then it could prove a hit on YouTube and you can link it back to your most relevant product. I also advise people to get into the habit of filming their business and personal life. So if you give talks stick the camera on a tripod and get some shots of your presentation to an audience. If you are making good money on the Internet and spend your weekends on your shiny new sailing boat (!) film that.
Build up a library of clips and you can use these to make a Video where you show your prospects proof of what you do and how your success effects your lifestyle.
If you go to events in your niche, shoot on the fly interviews with participants, upload to facebook, friend your interviewee and use the Video ‘tag’ function to highlight that they feature in the Video. This means the Video will also appear on their wall and get seen by their friends which exposes your brand to new eyeballs.
If you target an interviewee that runs a blog even better. You’ll often find that they will embed the Video in their blog too, as it’s so quick and easy for them to do so and beats writing a long post.
3. Get creative with customer testimonials.
We all know the power of Customer testimonials, but if you want to take them to the next level offer you audience alternative angles. So say you have a customer, Jane who bought your Marketing product and is happy to record a Video testimonial for you, break it into shorter clips.
For example Jane on: “How the product helped me get organised”, “How the product or service made boosted my buisness”, “Why the Webinars were so valuable”. That way you get extra Videos for your YouTube channel and you give visitors to your site a sense of control over the content. Another plus is you avoid making an overlong 10 minute video where you try to pack everything into a single clip.
Even better, go the extra mile and show footage of how Jane has benefited from your product on camera to edit over the interview clips. If we get to know Jane more through Video we’ll trust her judgement even more.
So let’s see Jane working away at home whilst being able to keep her eye on her baby and winning extra clients all at the same time. That way your Video will stand out from the average customer testimonial and your viewers will stick with the clip right to the end.
These are just 3 tips but I hope you can see how powerful your Pocket Video Camera can be. I’ve no doubt, if used well, you can repay the cost if buying it many times over.
Comparing Low-Cost Video Cameras for Online Video Publishing: FlipHD vs. Kodak Zi8 vs. Smart Phones
- Probably the easiest video camera to use out of the box
- No external microphone input, so sound gets muddy if you’re shooting from a distance
- Fixed memory allotment
- Requires computer with internet connection to transmit
- Expandable memory using SDHC card
- External microphone jack
- Requires computer with internet connection to transmit
- No need to carry an extra piece of equipment
- Limited editing and transmission on the go
- Limited memory
- Requires generous (and often expensive) monthly data plan
- Shooting can drain your battery quickly
- Invest in a tripod. Getting the tilt and wobble out of your video is key to keeping a viewer’s attention on your story.
- Go toward the light. Shoot outside or in well-lighted rooms. None of these cheaper camera options perform particularly well in low light situations.
- Focus on audio. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, good sound is essential to good video. Even if you’re shooting a simple interview, making sure people can hear the questions and answers clearly should be a primary concern.
Loren Feldman of 1938media on Creating Compelling Web Video
Loren Feldman says there’s no secret sauce for video blogging and that practice makes perfect. As the President of 1938media he’s no stranger to controversy and confrontation. He’s produced thousands of videos and some which have ignited debate that he’s both racist Where Are The Black Tech Bloggers? and a bully Open Letter To Shel Israel – It’s Over but one thing’s for sure he knows online video and he shared his personal experience and knowledge on the subject at IzeaFest in Orlando Florida for a session on Compelling Video.
Feldman says be natural, don’t act and make videos that interest you. Be honest, look them in the eye and practice being real. Practice in front of a mirror to see how your face looks. Don’t fall in love with your material, you have to be ruthless when you edit and keep it short under 4 minutes. He says don’t ever listen to the critics, it doesn’t matter because you can’t please everyone.
For syndicating your videos he recommends Tubmogul and have titles, tags and description to your video for better SEO in those spaces. The most sincere way to build your own audience is to stick to you niche and build your brand on your own merit. He gives good advise for creating compelling video for personal video bloggers and corporate web video.
Video Length: 50:37
Description: “With a face as pretty as his, why wouldn’t Loren be one of the most noticeable vloggers around? Let him show you how to create videos people want to actually watch.”