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Instagram-Reels

If you still haven’t heard about Instagram’s Reels, a new feature that uses the concept of TikTok videos. This new content format allows you to create and share 15 second videos with an audience on the “Explore” page in a space dedicated to these new videos that will soon take over your feed. Since the launch of “Reels”, many content creators and influencers have announced that they plan to experiment with this feature of Instagram, while maintaining their presence on TikTok. Brands such as Sephora, Walmart and Beardbrand are already using Reels to promote their brand and create a real online community.

Brands could seize the opportunity to be the first creators on Instagram Reels and reach a new audience – people who prefer short, easily digestible content. Brands can also work with new artistic talent to play with the material they produce on Reels. Keep in mind, however, that Reels videos can be shared on the Explorer page, which gets 50% of Instagram’s overall traffic. 

Here are our marketing tips to grow your brand using IG Reels:

  • Create educational content: as you can see, tutorials are very popular with all generations. Whether it’s cooking recipes, beauty or skincare tutorials, or DIY’s to share everyday tips, your followers will love it. 

For successful tutorial reels, consider making short, simple videos with subtitles, and don’t forget a good list of hashtags!

  • Showcase your products: As mentioned above, IG Reels are on the Explore page, which means that Instagram users who are not following you will still see your content. This is most certainly a very effective way to gain visibility for your brand! It is also possible to partner with influencers to present some of your branded products through Reels videos.
  • Differentiate yourself from other brands: Behind the scenes content helps your Instagram followers understand who you are as a brand and why you sell those products. It’s a tool that helps them to gain awareness, trust and build a relationship with you.

Some ideas from behind the scenes that you can try:

  • Share the process of making products
  • Share the daily life of your team
  • Share your brand story – how you got your business idea. 
  • Promote your events: How about using Reels to announce your sales and exclusive offers? IT Cosmetics US and Tarte Cosmetics have successfully applied this tip, and have received great commitment from Instagram users.

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Youtube video live

Live videos have taken a big place in the world of content creation in recent years. They bring a fresh air to Digital Marketing, making this type of content more “real” and less overplayed: viewers can see what is happening in the present moment and be closer to you. These videos are present on different platforms, such as Facebook, or even Instagram, where we see a good number of influencers and companies using this tool to make people talk about them, and sometimes even operate a moment of intimacy with their followers, since they can answer some questions while the video is streaming.

Let’s take a look at how to take your pre-recorded content to live videos on Youtube in four steps:

1- Use the right equipment

There are a couple of things to remember before you press the live go button. First, you should know that if you are using your laptop to go live, the  built-in camera could work perfectly. However, if you want to ensure that your stream is high quality, with decent auto-focus and auto-exposure features, an external camera made for streaming may be worth looking into. The same is true of recording. There are high-quality microphones recording professional-grade audio, which are easy to set up and not so expensive.

2- Have a script ready before going live

Of course you need to get an idea about what will be the topic of your live video and how long you’re planning to talk, if you will be having guests over or also if you are planning on doing a tour or Q/A. Before you ever start rolling you have to map this idea out. Know when you’re going online, you don’t have many takes anymore. Create as much description as you can for the story you are trying to tell and for the script you’re writing. The other  critical thing to remember is a thumbnail formation. YouTube grants producers and content creators the opportunity to make their show “premiere.” As you intend on streaming you can let your viewers know in advance. To do this, create a thumbnail that will appeal to viewers. 

3- Prepare for the right settings 

If you hit the “Go Live” button on the top right corner, here is what happens next:

From the above image, you can see that you have the option “create a title,” but also an option for when to make it public/schedule it, then you will have to choose the usual back-end info for YouTube. You may add a synopsis, then pick your camera and microphone input to start  streaming.

4- Live chat options

Another important setting to choose from is whether to allow the chat or not. This allows the viewers to comment while you stream in real time. It is time  to go live now ! Good luck 🙂


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In recent years, technology and digital marketing has changed drastically the way we use our smartphones. New software and new machines have appeared, and we are referring in particular to augmented reality and virtual reality. When we’re talking about the business aspect of integrating AR into your smartphone application; you can discover plenty of opportunities to level up your business. First, let’s take a peek about the differences between the two technologies: 

Virtual reality ( VR) usually refers to digital technologies that use software to produce realistic images, sounds and other stimuli that mimic a real world (or construct an imagined setting) and simulate the actual appearance of a user in this world by encouraging the user to communicate with this space and any objects represented in it using modified display screens or projectors. 

Augmented Reality (AR), is a technology designed to enhance people’s understanding of the natural world through a computer system. This virtual information will then be inserted back into the physical world to complement computer-generated visual objects, images, or device prompts into real-life environments; the effect is an augmented reality.

As you can see, AR is usually an easier solution for any customers, since they don’t need any more material than their phones and an app to have access to augmented reality. The mobile AR provides various possibilities that will drive any company to the height of success. A visually appealing app is enough to attract consumers with your product in such a manner that it creates massive sales for your business.

AR provides a simple way to identify objects, helping users to get the most out of a business inquiry. It could be very useful if you were to develop a solid business model by leveraging the potential of AR-based applications in various sectors such as healthcare, education and information technology.

AR may be used to decorate an interior 

For all those who are still confused about using AR to produce sufficient business income; the best alternative may be the application for interior decoration. There is a strong demand for an application that can help imagine the looks of specific furniture or the perfect way to put the furniture in a household.

AR in Education 

It helps to make the objects that are very difficult to picture, and can be further converted into 3-dimensional models for improved learning. For those who are still expecting a new approach to memorise abstract concepts that is the perfect way to improve comprehension.

AR for the retail industry 

Digital dressing rooms or interactive specs check applications are perfect examples of the most effective forms of the company application to incorporate augmented reality. Besides that, the platform could also be used for ads, which again is a perfect way to advertise the business.


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Choosing the right music for corporate videos should be the priority for video creators. Producing a video is all about telling your story and setting a mood, and this cannot be done without choosing the right track. 

When planning the narrative of the video, the music you choose has a dramatic impact on the feeling that you convey. 

Here are some pro tips to help you choose the perfect track!

1 – Pick the right genre 

In order to pick the right genre for your video, you must ask yourself the right questions first. What is the nature of your video? Is it a corporate video? Is it a dramatic short movie? Or a youtube tutorial? Choosing the appropriate genre of music will immediately help set the mood of your video. 

Luckily, you can easily filter by genre the music library of free online music bank, which is way easier for you to find the right track. You can search for Acoustic, Classical, Electronica, Country, Jazz, Latin, and many more genres.

2 – Match the energy of your video content

It is very important to match the energy of the visual content with the energy of the music. Songs with an upbeat tempo can inject a lot of energy into your video if, let’s say, you are filming a sports competition for example. On the contrary, slower instrumental music without lyrics could fit perfectly for a romantic video. The soundtrack can make a huge difference when it comes to setting the proper mood. You wouldn’t play some Michael Jackson’s songs at a memorial, would you?

3 – Mix it up!

There’s no rule that says you need to use one song for the whole duration of your video. In fact, using distinct songs would be a great way to convey the energy of your work. You could also totally try to mix different music tracks or add some sounds effects to your video. Have some fun! 

4 – Use music libraries 

Music libraries that produce royalty-free music give you the polished feel of the big production houses. You want your work to sound professional, not like a make-up tutorial from Youtube. Personalized tracks are the best way to level up your video!


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When it comes to photo shootings we tend to forget that we could possibly film the entire process to get some insights. The beauty of behind-the-scenes footage is the naturalistic element to the whole thing, you get to capture every moment and every detail of the process. You could be very surprised about the power of behind-the-scenes video, especially if you want to show your clients about how your team is fun to collaborate with. 

If you want to hear about the best ways to get an amazing behind-the-scenes video, keep reading below!

1 – Shoot as much as you can

The whole point of a behind-the-scenes video is to make the viewers feel like they were on the shooting with us. In order to do that, you must turn on your camera as soon as you get on the field, and never stop filming even if you feel like the footage seems unattractive at first: the bigger variety in shots the better chance you’ll have at shooting an effective video! The more footage you give to the editor, the better.

2 – Don’t hesitate to interact with people

Filming every moment of the day can be tiring sometimes, and you will probably have extended periods of downtime. However, you need to stay alert to capture every conversation between the cast and the crew, but also capture key moments of the shooting especially the ones that are visually appealing. The more important thing that you should keep in mind is that you should film people in their natural environment as if they were no cameras: the goal is for everyone on set to appear as comfortable as possible.

3 – Know your equipment 

Due to the unpredictable nature of capturing behind-the-scenes footage, working with a camera, you are not familiar with can be very stressful over time. Moving in and out from the different areas can be difficult to capture the footage you need. Knowing your equipment will help you adjust the lights, changing lenses, or switching camera modes more easily!

4 – Stay in movement 

The magic about behind-the-scenes videos is all about the dynamic you put into it. The more you will stay in movement and move around with your camera, the more you will get full of live footage. Especially if you have a camera stabilizer, you are capable of walking, running, and move fast around people. A pro tip for good footage is also to get wide angles which guarantees you a global vision!

How to plan your budget for a corporative video?

Whether you are a big company or a small one, you should always be prepared when it comes to your advertising budget. Especially when it comes to filming a video for your business needs, you should be prepared for all the eventual costs that come along. So let’s take a look at some tips and tricks for building out your video project budget. 

1 – Map a time frame for your shoot

When starting off with your budget, you should start with an exact schedule for the production: it will give you a good idea about the number of days you need for the shooting. Ideally, you will also need to know what you plan on shooting for each of those days. The more you know about the time frame of your project, the more you can establish a precise budget. 

2 – Evaluate your material needs

When you actually start budgeting a video shoot, you must ask yourself to right questions. What kind of material is it going to take? Do we need cameras only? Or are we also audio recording? Do we need to rent a place? Do we need actors? Asking yourself all of these questions before starting your project will save you a lot of time.

You also need to think about who will be in charge of writing the script of your video and take that factor into account for the time management of the project. 

3 – Don’t forget about the post-production costs 

One aspect that clients tend to neglect when budgeting a video project is the number of resources and time they will probably need for editing after producing all the visual content. Editing can take a lot of time depending on the expected outcome. Just to give you an idea of the workload of the editing process: a two-minute video can take up to 2 days of editing and adjusting to give you the expected results.

4 – Consider all the (possible) costs 

After looking at all these elements of pre-production, production, and post-production, you will also have to consider all the costs involved. There are both hard and soft costs everywhere in film and video production — from location fees to production insurance, to meals and craft services, to even your time putting together this budget.

While it may feel kind of unnecessary to get into so many details when it comes to budgeting, the more precise you can get with all the costs involved, the better you will be prepared.


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Filming interviews can be tricky sometimes, especially if you feel more comfortable behind the camera rather than in front of it. Interviews can also be challenging because of all the factors that you have to take into consideration: all the technical aspects of the setup, such as the lighting, the camera angles, and making sure that every second are correctly recorded. Sometimes, we tend to think less about making the person we are interviewing comfortable, which is a key element for a quality tape. 

Here are a few tips to help you through that process:

1 – Start by connecting with your interviewees as soon as they arrive on set. 

You can achieve that by sharing a bit more about yourself, and about the project. Be honest about your expectations and give the maximum details about the shoot, which will help them understand what emotional reactions you are looking for. The more you give details about your project, the more they will be likely to articulate their answers towards what you want. 

2 – Always have your micro recording 

Even if you didn’t start the interview yet, you can start recording the audio before recording the video. While you are connecting with the person in front of you, the off-the-cuff audio can withhold very useful information!

3 – Smile and make jokes 

It is well-known fact that human beings get more comfortable and more relaxed when they smile and laugh. The same goes for you as the interviewer: smile, laugh and relax to put your interviewee at ease. This way, the person in front of you will feel in a safe environment where he or she can be him/herself. 

4 – Make their body language talk as well 

Depending on your interview set-up, the person you are interviewing may be sitting or standing. Both have their advantages when it comes to technical aspects such as lighting, but it may not be the most comfortable position for your interviewee. If you have to keep your interviewee in one spot, encourage them to use their hands as they speak. It helps them convey information and it certainly helps them be more expressive.

5 – Get them in a conversation 

Asking question after question is the typical interview process, but not always the best one. Instead, try to work from questions into conversations, because people respond best when they are in a conversation with another human being. It’s much more natural to explain ideas or processes to another person than it is to simply speak to a camera or a light.


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Given how every phone now comes equipped with a quality camera and the prevalence of video editing software, it is easy for anyone to make any kind of video online. A sales video is a more specific type of assignment as the videographer has one goal in mind: convincing viewers to become buyers.

Having that objective in mind makes the planning of the video easier, but videographers should also know what kind of sales videos they want to make. A different type of video will fit a different goal and fit at different points in the sales cycle.

Let’s have a look at the kinds of professional sales videos marketers can use and their effectiveness. 

Screen Share Videos

These types of videos are ideal for explanations. Sales representatives often use screen share videos to review a prospect’s LinkedIn profile and explain why they would be an ideal customer. They can also record demo videos to walk prospective customers through a certain feature or benefit.

Screen share videos are recorded on webcams with the face of the salesperson in the corner of the screen. This gives space to convey complex information such as pricing proposals or demos, while letting the potential customers see the face of the person doing the sale pitch.

Webcam Videos

Webcam videos are great for a salesperson to introduce herself, perform some email prospecting, and build relationships. For these videos, the salesperson speaks directly to the camera, creating a sense of familiarity between them and the prospective customers. Props could also help capture viewers’ attention and personalize the video.

The salesperson should also intrigue viewers into clicking the video by choosing an interesting thumbnail that is personalized, such as the salesperson showcasing a company product. 

Marketing-Personalized Videos

These videos help salespersons achieve personalized outreach on a huge scale. With marketing-personalized videos, personalized information such as the potential customer’s name, are inserted in a pre-recorded video as well as a link to the salesperson’s calendar. This way the video feels like it was created for that one customer and hopefully leads them to make a call. Several elements can be personalized quickly for any individual recipient.

Video Playlists

Video playlists make pre-recorded videos feel personal while also saving time. To make them salespersons record personalized introductions to explainer videos that have already been recorded. They can also record introductions to marketing videos and lay out why they are relevant for viewers.

Salespersons then incorporate all these videos into a playlist, which gives them a wide selection of material to use for their prospective customers.


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Video has a huge potential for lead generation. If you are an experienced salesperson, you know leads are people who can become your future clients, or it can be the data that identifies your potential buyers. You access this information through advertising, emailing, third parties, or other marketing efforts.

Even if today is somehow your first time going online, you probably know videos are one of the most used features on the Internet. It then makes sense advertisers would use it to advertise their products or services and generate leads.

There are two main ways to use videos and generate leads: by adding a video to a landing page with a form, and by collecting leads in the video player.

Let’s take a closer look.

Choose the right video

No matter which method of generating leads with video you use, choosing the right video can be tricky. One way to help you determine this is by categorizing the video according to each step in the marketing funnel. The marketing funnel is not a cooking instrument, but a way of describing a buyer’s journey with a business.

At the top of the funnel knows nothing about a business and the goal is to change that. You should make videos whose goal is to create awareness about your business and explain your products or services. These videos are usually informational or educational videos designed to appeal to a wide audience. They can be placed on the blog or other informational places of the website. Most visitors spend more time on a website that has a video and one of the best places to install one is on the landing page.

The bottom of the funnel is where you want to have videos that lead to conversion and hopefully customer loyalty. These can be product or purchase related videos and are designed to appeal to users who are deeper in the buying process. They are usually placed on a website’s product or purchase page.

Place the form in the right place in the video

Where to place the form in the video to generate your leads depends on its location on the website, the goals of the video and its content. The form could be a demo request, an e-book, a brochure download, or a contact us form. Once leads have downloaded these types of document, they are thinking more about a company’s product and are closer to the decision stage of the buyer’s journey.

A clear call-to-action (CTA) included in videos will increase the chances of converting visitors into strong leads. It guides them where they want to go, whether by adding it into the video itself, having a “Click Here” button, or a thumbnail leading to another video. With most video platforms it’s possible to insert annotations so the viewers can click on the CTA wherever they want.


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Video thumbnails are small still images that give viewers a preview of your video’s content. Think of it as a poster of coming attractions that gives viewers an idea of what to expect.

Video platforms generate thumbnails automatically, but they are much more effective when they are customized. Viewers will click on images that catch their attention, but they will ignore bland thumbnails.

Let’s look at some of the best ways to inspire viewers to click on your videos with attention-grabbing thumbnails.

Emphasize faces and emotions

If your video features people, the thumbnail should use their facial expressions to give viewers a preview of the video’s emotional content. If your video has comedic content, use a frame of someone laughing or with a big smile on their face. To make sure you have these frames, take pictures while shooting your video.

Use bright and contrasting colours

Viewers will avoid dark images but gravitate towards thumbnails with bright and contrasting colours. Even if your video has neither, you can image editing tools to adjust the background colours and give all your thumbnails a consistent palette.

You should also use high resolution for your thumbnails, so they are visible for viewers who watch them on a large monitor or a TV screen.

Avoid clutter

Your video thumbnail images should be easy to understand, clear, and simple. Place your content following photography’s rule of thirds, which imagines the photos are divided into nine equal parts using two vertical and two horizontal lines. The most important elements should be placed along the gridlines or at the intersections where the lines meet.

The main subject should be off-centre, and you should be able to see their faces or the fine details of an object if you are using a photo of a product. If you add text to the thumbnail, make sure it is concise and with a font that is easy to read.

Animate your thumbnails

If you have browsed YouTube recently you may have noticed that when your cursor is above one of the many videos in the main menu you will get a short preview of the video’s content. These animated GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) help you stand out from the other videos if your content is original and shows some action.

Be honest about your content

Don’t you hate it when you click on image of Nicolas Cage going crazy but instead you get Nicolas Cage in The Weather Man? Thumbnails should be an honest preview of a video’s content and not trick viewers into only watching the first few seconds of your video. You can highlight an eye-catching moment from your video, but don’t manipulate your content to draw in viewers otherwise you will lose them.  


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A few months ago, group meetings would usually take place in a conference room around a table. Now every business has had to learn how to communicate via group video chats. For some industries this is nothing new, but for others it is a completely new way of holding a meeting and there is a learning curve.

Let us look at ways to make sure you make a good impression during business meetings, even if you are sitting at home looking at your screen.

Have proper lighting

You probably have heard the phrase “Lights, camera, action!” “Lights” goes first because a camera can only do so much with bad lighting.

Overhead lighting is the worst kind because it creates shadows under your eyes. Sitting behind a window is also not recommended as the sunlight will cause a bright glare. Instead, sit in front of the window so the light is to your advantage. To look your best, use soft light by placing them behind you on your left and right corners with a white background.

Have a good background

Speaking of backgrounds, you should still make the effort to clean up wherever you are during the call. A cluttered background will prove distracting for the people watching or in some cases may prove embarrassing. No one should see your pile of dirty underwear, and your boss may not be interested in seeing your poster of Baby Yoda.

Position your camera at a correct angle

Although you are not using an expensive camera on a tripod, you should still put some effort into placing it at the right angle to capture your face. Place your camera about an arm’s length away from you while making sure to give a bit of space between the top of your hair and the top of the frame. It should capture the triangle of your forehead to your shoulders in the frame.

Dress for the occasion

Tempting as it may be to stay in your pyjamas while working a home, you should clean up a little for a video call. Wear solid colours, wash your face, and brush your teeth in case you just had lunch and have spinach in your teeth. If the room is warm, don’t wear too many layers so you don’t start sweating.

Check your audio

It’s one thing to look good with the right clothing and lighting, but if no one can hear each other it won’t be much of a meeting. Everyone should keep their microphones muted unless it is their turn to speak, which will reduce the chances of background noises distracting participants during the call. You should also use headphones to make sure you can hear everyone and to block out any noises that might be around you.


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