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7 Video Marketing tips You can’t Miss

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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Image courtesy of Luke Roberts/Flickr.

Yesterday we posted about how videos can bring a whole new element to your marketing campaign. They give you a new level of creativity and can help you reach your market in a new way. But, to really get the most out of videos, you need to keep a few things in mind.

Right Occasion, Right Message

While videos can work for many situations, they won’t necessarily work for all situations. Look at your business, goals and market and decide where to use videos to get the most return on your investment. Also consider your message and remember that some messages are more conducive to videos than others.

Consider your Current Marketing Plan

Many times, videos can be used to enhance a marketing plan that is already being executed. Videos can breathe new life into social media plans and blogs and can help you emphasise a message and engage with your market.

Don’t Skip Calls to Action

To make your video more valuable and see results, don’t skip calls to action. Each video should have a very clear goal and in most cases, should ask viewers to do something. You may ask people to purchase a product, visit your website, attend an event or take another action that will help you reach your business goals.

Attention Span is Limited

You only have so much time to capture and keep a viewer’s attention and make him want to finish watching your video. In some cases, you may only want to produce a 60-second video. In others, you may have a few minutes to set the scene and share your message. Determine your video’s length after evaluating your purpose, calls to action and distribution channels.

Make it Shareable

Everyone wants people to share their content online. We know how powerful content can be when it goes viral and creates a buzz on social media, widening your audience and helping you get your message to more people.

But, to get these benefits, you need to make your videos shareable. Start by producing videos that have a clear value, are entertaining and are high quality. Then, make it easy for people to share them by posting them on social media and adding sharing buttons to them when you post them on your website.

Distribution Channels are Important

Once you produce a video, it’s important to choose your distribution channels wisely. Depending on your market and goals, you may promote your video on your website, blog, social media site or a third-party website.

Pro Editing Matters

The quality of your video will speak to your brand, level of professionalism and even the quality of the services you provide. Excellent editing will make your video more effective and help you build your brand and reputation.

We offer video marketing services and you can get in touch with us to find out how you can enhance your current video marketing plan or start using videos at your business for the first time.

Video marketing is an excellent way to reach and move your market, and when you keep these tips in mind you can leverage each video for best results.

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What Videos can do that no Other Kind of Content Can

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Image courtesy of David King/Flickr.

Videos can bring something new, fresh and powerful to your Internet and content marketing plan. There are some things videos can do that no other kind of content can and marketing videos can bring a lot of perks you can’t get any other way.

Draw on Emotion

There’s something about a combination of images, music and video that makes it easier to draw on people’s emotions. The right kind of video can make your market feel excited, happy, inspired or touched, which can help you send your message.

Inspiring emotion in people can lead to all kinds of results, from increased sales to better brand recognition. Videos are one of the most powerful ways to play on emotion in any online marketing campaign.

Tell a Story Quickly

Videos can also help you tell a story in a quick, effective way. Blog posts, online articles, pictures and infographics can also help you tell a story, but these tactics don’t allow for much visual depth and can’t convey information as quickly as a video can.

Use videos to tell your brand’s story, highlight success stories, illustrate case studies or convey any other narrative that will bolster your marketing efforts.

Make more Sales

According to DigitalSherpa, people who visit a retail website are 64 percent more likely to buy a product. This may be due to the fact that videos let people see products in action, let businesses explain features in a simple way and make their content more engaging.

If you sell products on your website, using videos is essential. Simply posting videos about your popular products, products people often ask questions about or new products you want to promote can help you encourage customers and make more sales.

Stand out on Social Media

Social media is full of links, status updates and a seemingly endless stream of photos. Break through all the noise with a video. Videos on social media stand out and are a refreshing break. They can capture people’s attention so they will stop scrolling through their news feed and see what you have to say.

Some videos can be so creative and so effective that they get shared across social media, helping you reach a wider audience and establishing your voice and brand on social media.

Give your Market a New View

In many cases, videos give you a whole new level of creativity. Use sound, images, action shots, demonstrations and editing to tell a story and give your market a new view.

Using creative videos to launch a product, let people participate in a conference via the Internet, show people your new headquarters or hear from your employees gives you more leverage when it comes to marketing strategies.

Creating videos gives you access to creative tools that no other kind of content creation does. You can use these techniques to help you reach your market and give people a new view of your business or products.

Video marketing is always growing and if your business wants to stay up to date with current Internet and marketing trends, you need to use videos to creatively reach your market. As you start adding them to your strategies, you’ll find that you can do more and could even experience benefits you can’t get from other kinds of content.

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YouTube makes More Sales than other Networks: How to Start Using this Power

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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Image courtesy of Rego Korosi/Flickr.

New research by Aol Platforms shows that YouTube brings more customer conversions than Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. The report shows that YouTube is a powerful social media tool that brands shouldn’t ignore as they strategize to build their customer base.

The Study

The research used information from 500 million clicks and 15 million conversions. It also tracked social purchase interactions to see which networks swayed people to make purchases and at what point in the decision making process they were the most influential.

After all the data was analysed and all the numbers were crunched, YouTube was revealed as the social network that was the most influential when it comes to introducing new products to consumers and helping people make a decision to buy a product.

Why YouTube Converts

So what is it about YouTube that makes it one of the best networks when it comes to making sales? First, YouTube is highly popular with more than 1 billion unique visitors a month and 100 hours of video being added every minute. But, that’s not all. YouTube reports that 80 percent of its traffic comes from outside the United States and that more than 6 billion hours of video are watched on its site every month!

Combined with a huge user base, YouTube’s ability to help businesses show instead of tell and evoke emotion like few other mediums can, it’s no wonder it’s a powerful marketing tool.

How to Use YouTube to Increase Sales

Now that you’re convinced that YouTube can help you make more sales in a way no other social media network can, how do you use it effectively?

Choose the Right Message and Goal

Video lets you accomplish things images, social media posts and written content can’t. It lets you incorporate movement, sound, audio and lighting to portray feelings and send messages in a unique way. Choose the right messaging and goals for your YouTube videos and use them to complement your social media campaign in ways other networks can’t.

Make Each Video Shine

Each of your videos should reflect your brand and be professionally made. Don’t skimp on things like sound or editing quality. Your videos will tell your market how to think of your business and if they are exceptionally made and high quality, they will be more successful.

Include Appropriate Calls to Action

Just like all of your other marketing materials, your YouTube videos should include a call to action. If your goal is to increase sales, your call to action should encourage viewers to buy a product, visit your store or download a free sample.

All of your YouTube videos should include the right message, be well made and include the right calls to action if you want them to help you meet your goals.

This newest research that illustrates how beneficial YouTube can be for your business gives us some insight into how to use it effectively. Since it is influential as people learn about new products and make buying decisions, you can use your account to promote your products and encourage people to become customers.

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What makes People want to Watch a YouTube Video?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Image courtesy of Esther Vargas/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Esther Vargas/Flickr.

Videos are an excellent way to convey a message and can help you use emotion, images and audio to reach your market in a way few other tools can. The most successful YouTube videos get hundreds of thousands or even millions of views and go viral, creating a buzz about a product or business.

In fact, according to DigitalSherpa, 50 percent of Internet users watch business related videos on YouTube once a week. This means you have a huge opportunity to reach your market.

But, the first step is getting people interested enough in your video to watch it. Then, you can draw people in with content that is so good people will want to share it on social media and on their own websites and blogs.

An Eye-Catching Title

Just like blog posts, articles and emails, YouTube videos require a catchy title that will make people want to watch it. Use the same techniques you use for other content by promising value, keeping it concise and piquing interest without giving everything away.

Keep in mind that your title should use keywords naturally whenever possible so it will appear in search results. You can also optimise your description to make the video more findable.

The Length and Content Keep their Attention

Most people don’t have time to watch videos that are more than a few minutes long or that lose their attention within the first few seconds. Keep your videos to the point and draw your audience along as you tell a story or convey useful information.

Of course, professional videos are also more likely to get people’s attention, so use a good script, lighting, set and editing software so your video reflects your brand and tells people you are an industry expert.

Decision-Making Information

DigitalSherpa also reports that 90 percent of Internet users say that watching a video about a product is helpful when it comes to making a decision about buying something. Use this piece of information to create videos that are designed to give people the information they need to be persuaded to buy your products.

Entertainment Value

YouTube will always be a source of entertainment and you shouldn’t underestimate the value of entertaining your market. Use humour, interesting facts, awe-inspiring footage and other types of entertainment to get people’s attention and get people talking about your brand.

Find a way to tie the entertainment back to your business and goals so that you can raise brand awareness while still making sales or increasing your fan base.

A Social Reaction

As your video starts to get more views and some traction on social media, people will want to watch it just out of curiosity. If all their friends are watching it, there are lots of comments about it and they see it all over social media, they will want to watch it too.

To get to this point you’ll need to start with an excellent video that incorporates the other elements discussed here and then promote it through your own social media accounts.

Use YouTube videos to entertain, educate, inspire and excite your market so you can reach people in a whole new way. Always use content and a call to action that help you meet your goals so your videos will become a valuable part of your Internet marketing strategy.

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Sure Signs Your Social Media needs a Boost

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Image courtesy of Fredrik Rubensson/Flickr.

If you’ve been using social media for a while, you are at risk of falling into one of a few common pitfalls. Many businesses find that they start posting the same kind of content over and over, stop attracting new followers and even that their posts are being ignored.

So how do you avoid these problems? By making sure your social media strategy and accounts stay fresh and current. There are some sure signs that your social media strategy needs a boost and that it’s time to make some changes to keep getting great results.

Your Growth is Flat Lining

One of the first sure signs that your social media strategy needs an update is that your accounts aren’t growing anymore. If you aren’t gaining new followers, something isn’t right when it comes to the content you are sharing or the way you are reaching out to your market.

It’s important to track what tactics work when it comes to growing your social media accounts. If you can, look back to when your account was growing and what you were doing to get those results. Also look for new ways to attract more people to your accounts and encourage them to connect with you.

Interaction has Decreased

Social media accounts that spur comments, shares, interaction and website traffic bring the best results. If you have noticed a decrease in engagement, it’s time to give your social media accounts a boost.

Experiment with different types of posts, reach out to others, join groups, start conversations and work to make social media a two-way conversation between you and your market.

Your Accounts don’t Reflect your Current Brand

Another sure sign that it’s time to update your social media accounts is if they no longer reflect your brand. Businesses, products, brands, areas of focus and markets all evolve over time, and your accounts should keep up with these changes.

Make sure your pages are branded with your current look, logos and colours and then assess the content you are sharing and the types of posts you are publishing to make sure they are consistent with your branding strategy.

You are Behind on Social Media Trends

How closely do you follow social media trends? It’s not always wise to jump on the latest trend just because everyone else is doing it, but it is important to keep up with things so you can take opportunities that will help your social media marketing, and entire business, grow.

Watch what new social media networks become popular, how people (especially in your market) use different sites, what kinds of new features are added, what kinds of advertising options are offered and other trends so you can find ways to make sure your accounts are up to date and you are taking advantage of every opportunity to reach your market.

It’s important to make sure your social media accounts and strategies are current and are helping you be as successful as possible. If you recognise any of these signs, it’s time to give your accounts a boost.

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Simple ways to make your Posts stand out on Social Media

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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Image courtesy of Flazingo Photos/Flickr.

It’s hard to stand out on social media these days. With so many people using it and so many posts being shared, social media is full of content and some businesses find that their posts are being skimmed over or even ignored.

Social media can be a powerful marketing tool if you can stand out and capture your market’s attention. All good social media strategies start with quality content. From there, there are some simple things you can do to stand out on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Remember that Less can be More

Use short, to-the-point posts to get people to stop scrolling through their news feeds and read your posts. In some cases, less can be more. Instead of posting long, wordy status updates, stick to just a few sentences.

This is especially easy to do when you post a picture or a link to content. Use just enough text to lure people in and get them interested enough to click the link.

Use Bold and Interesting Images

Pictures can help you accomplish things and convey messages in ways words can’t. They can also help you get people’s attention and make them curious enough to read your post or the content you link to.

Use images that are bold, interesting, funny, entertaining or that give your audience a new look at your business or products. These kinds of pictures can help your content stand out among all the other social media posts.

Offer Quick, Valuable Posts

Offering value is a great way to get your market’s attention, but on social media you need to do it quickly. Creating posts that provide instant value will help you reach more people and could even help you gain more followers and get more social media shares.

Some simple ways to do this include offering a coupon, announcing sale dates, linking to a how-to video or otherwise providing value in just a few words or one sentence. This tip is similar to the idea that less is more, but takes things a little further by introducing real value to a short post.

Incorporate Two-Way Communication

Don’t just use social media to talk about yourself and at your market. Instead, talk about others and talk with your audience. Do this by commenting on posts, joining conversations and even mentioning and tagging others in your posts.

These kinds of social media posts are more dynamic and interesting because they aren’t fully self-promotional and they make it easy for others to get involved.

Don’t Over Post

Lots of businesses are tempted to post to social media accounts too often. Yes, you do need to post frequently and stay consistent, but don’t spam your followers. If you over post, you could lose followers and people may start to ignore your posts because they are so frequent.

On the other hand, when you post regularly but not too often, your posts will stand out on news feeds and people will be more likely to pause and read what you have to say.

Standing out on social media so your market will see and interact with your posts is important if you want to use your accounts to promote your business. These simple tips are things you can start implementing right away to see better results.

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Go Beyond Simple Link Sharing for more Social Media Referrals

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
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Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Most businesses use social media to promote their blog and website. Sharing content here will help you drive traffic to your site where you can convert visitors to customers and even increase your search rankings.

But, simply copying and pasting links from your website to social media can get stale. It’s okay to post links, which on some sites let you automatically show a preview of your content, but when this is the only way you share your content, you aren’t using social media to its fullest potential.

With some creativity and by using some different approaches, you can update your social media marketing strategy to get your market’s attention and see even more social media referrals.

Post a Teaser

One of the most basic ways to generate interest in a link is to post a teaser. Copy and paste a sentence or two from the post itself or write a short blurb that gets people interested enough to want to click through to the content.

An example of a good teaser for an article about how to choose the right laptop would be: “We compared the top five selling laptops to help you decide which is right for you!”

Promise a Benefit

With so much content out there and with so many things to look at and do on social media, people need a good reason to click on your link. If social media users don’t see value in what you are offering, they won’t visit your site.

A post that says something like, “Don’t waste your money on the wrong laptop! Our comparison chart will help you find the perfect fit for you,” tells people what benefit your content provides: advice on how to save money.

Ask a Question about the Content

People like to give their opinion, so ask for it! When you post a link to your content, ask people a question about it. This makes them curious about what is in your content while also encouraging engagement and comments.

When you post a link, ask a question like “Have you tried any of the laptops on our value comparison chart? What do you think? Did we get it right?” This does two things. First, it makes people want to look at your blog post and chart and also encourages them to leave a comment on your social media post or blog post.

Give a Hint

Giving a hint is similar to posting a teaser, but it provides less information and tempts people to click on your link to find out what it’s all about. For example, write a post that reads something like “You will never guess which laptop came out on top in our comparison of the most popular models!” This hints at what your content is all about but doesn’t give too much away so people will still want to visit your site.

Sharing content on social media is a great way to drive traffic to your site and interact with your market. When you use more creative ways to post and share, you will stand out on social media and see even better results.

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7 Easy ways to get More Social Media Engagement Today

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
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Image courtesy of Goldy/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Getting more engagement on your social media accounts can increase brand awareness, boost sales, drive traffic and encourage customer loyalty. Many businesses are constantly looking for ways to get more “likes,” comments and shares on social media.

To get the best engagement and see long-term benefits you will need to use some strategic social media marketing plans. But, here are seven quick and easy ways you can start getting more engagement today to jumpstart your accounts.

Start Asking Questions

One of the quickest and easiest ways to start getting some engagement is to ask questions. Ask for product feedback, opinions, reactions to events or responses on anything that will interest your market. People love to talk, especially about themselves, so use this to generate some responses and conversation.

Participate in a Group or Community

Groups and communities are the perfect place for conversation and interaction and can even help you gain more followers. Find groups that are related to your industry or community and that are likely to attract people who would also be interested in your business. Join existing communities or set up your own groups and start inviting people to join them.

Mention and Tag other Users

Generate responses and conversations by mentioning and tagging other users. Do this with a status update or by sharing content from another business and giving it credit. When you mention others in your posts, they will be more likely to respond, starting a conversation, or even share your post with their followers, helping you reach a larger audience.

Start a Conversation

Start a conversation by asking another user a question or commenting on someone’s post. As you start a conversation with someone else, other users may also join in and before you know it, you will be involved in a conversation with a group of people and eliciting all kinds of engagement.

Post Something Different

If your followers are used to the types of things you post and are no longer interested in interacting with them, change things up. You may want to make some permanent changes to your overall social media strategy, but you can test some different tactics by posting something new.

Post something that is different from what you normally post and go with something funny, entertaining, touching, amazing, awe-inspiring or even controversial. Sometimes all it takes to start generating more comments and interaction is a small change in what you post.

Crowdsource Something Simple

Crowdsourcing something simple, like a photo caption, is a great way to get people talking and involved with your brand. Other ways to do this include asking people to vote on a new blog design, asking people to comment on which of your products they like best, using fill-in-the-blank posts or asking for photo submissions. This tactic is similar to asking questions, but it involves more creative interaction.

Do a Giveaway

Giveaways are popular on social media and they are an excellent way to gain new followers, get comments and encourage people to share your posts. Make sure the giveaway is for something your market values and that it requires people to somehow interact with your brand on social media.

All of these tactics can help you generate more interaction on your account right away. Start using these tips and then when you find what works for your market, consider changing your social media marketing strategy so it will be more effective.

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Do these Two Things to Reach 80% of Internet Users

Monday, July 7th, 2014
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Image courtesy of takomabibelot/Flickr.

When you use Internet marketing to promote your business, you want to reach as many people as possible. Some new research shows that if you include just two things in your marketing strategy, you will reach 8 out of 10 Internet users.

So what are those two things? Social media marketing and blogging.

While these two basic Internet marketing strategies may seem simple, Search Engine Watch reports that businesses that use them reach 80 percent of Internet users.

To widen your audience and make sure you are reaching your target market, you need to use both social media and blogging strategically. If you use these tactics without purpose or direction, they won’t help you achieve results.

Jumpstart your Social Media

When was the last time you reviewed your social media marketing strategy? Reassessing your strategy often will help you make sure you are using each account to its fullest potential and benefiting from your efforts.

Choose your Sites

What social media sites are you using? Look at your accounts and make sure things like your biography, profile picture and contact information are all up to date. If your fans are engaging with you and you are gaining an audience, you are likely using these sites well. Consider if there are other social media sites that lend themselves to your brand and goals.

Share Strategically

The content you create, curate from other sources or even the status updates you post should all help you reach your goals. You can accomplish all kinds of things, from increased brand awareness and sales to more email subscribers through social media. Decide whether the posts you share are helping you be successful.

Take some time to assess your social media accounts and strategies to make sure they are helping you reach your overall marketing goals.

Rethink your Blog

Your blog should also help you achieve your business goals. One of the biggest benefits of your blog is that it is a platform you have full control over. Social media sites come and go, features are always being added and removed and you don’t have complete control over how your page is branded. But, with your blog you know you have a platform that will always be there and will look and function the way you want it to.

Your blog also gives you a unique opportunity to get your own message, facts and information out there, without the risk of it being misconstrued. Media coverage, other blogs and sometimes even social media sites don’t give you full control over your message the way your blog does.

Who is Your Audience?

Think carefully about who your blog audience is. Is it potential customers? Current customers? Other businesses? What demographic information do you have about your audience? When you know who your blog is for, you can leverage it to your advantage. If the kind of content you are sharing isn’t of value to your audience, your blog won’t be very successful.

Social media and blogging are two very important Internet marketing strategies. When you use these two elements effectively, your campaign will be successful and benefit your entire business.

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What to do After your Content Goes Viral

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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Image courtesy of nokhoog_buchachon/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

We hear a lot of tips for making content go viral and lots of businesses put time and effort into making sure their content gets in front of as big of an audience as possible. But, once your video, article or podcast goes viral, what next? What you do after your content goes viral is extremely important.

Whether your content went viral in the truest sense of the word, or just gained quite a lot of popularity in your niche market, taking a few steps after it has spread can help you leverage the opportunity.

Don’t Disappear

After a big hit like a viral video, it’s important that you don’t disappear. Continue your social media push and your Internet marketing strategies. A viral piece will help you get some attention and could lead to a short-term surge in site traffic or sales. But, if you want to maintain your market’s attention and keep getting results, you need to stay visible.

Continue to use the same messaging from your viral piece on social media, your blog and your website. Don’t let your market forget who you are and that your business was the one behind the viral content.

Ride the Wave

Riding the wave means leveraging the extra sales and site traffic for even bigger results. Doing things like offering special promotions, giving away free resources, promoting your email list and making sure your site is optimised to generate sales leads will help you take advantage of the extra attention your viral content produced.

Understand Why it Went Viral

Analyse your content and the results of it to understand why it went viral. Look at the key messages it included, the medium you used, where you published it and how people reacted to it.

There are lots of ways to find out why something went viral, but the best way is to make notes about the messaging and style you used and watch how people interact with it and share it across social media.

When you fully understand what it was that your market loved about the content, you can learn more about your audience and how you can enhance your marketing plan to hold its attention.

Make a Follow-Up Plan

After some time has passed and you have maintained your online presence, leveraged the opportunity and analysed why the content went viral, it’s time to make a follow-up plan. This plan should include ways you can use the same messaging and even some of the same tactics you used to see success with the viral piece.

For example, if a video did well consider producing another with similar messaging, using the same messaging across other pieces of content or boosting your social media involvement in some areas.

The idea is to assess your success and then find ways to use what you learned to enhance your Internet marketing plan.

Getting content to go viral or to be shared throughout your market is a big step and one that can bring a lot of benefits. But, when you do a few things after the content goes viral you can take full advantage of the opportunity and see even bigger benefits.

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