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Instagram seems like a simple social media tool that teenagers use but it is turning out to be much more. Instagram is the newest component you should be taking advantage of for your corporate marketing strategy. If you are using it right, it can help you capture new customers and attract brand-building influencers. Video on Instagram has become one of the hottest trends across the generations. This social media platform works well for any age group.

How can you incorporate video into your corporate marketing strategy, though?

Count the Ways Instagram Works for You

There are numerous ways you can allow Instagram’s short, beautiful videos to work well for your marketing strategy. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Use time-lapse videos to capture attention. People love being able to watch things change over a period of time. Is there something within your business that takes days or even weeks to happen? Create a video showing that. It’s an excellent behind the scenes view, too. If you don’t have any content just yet, host a contest to encourage people to submit it. Then, use those real-life high-quality videos to create your next campaign.
  • Use your user’s content. User-generated content is an excellent resource. Not only is it authentic in the best way, but it instantly creates a sense of connection with your reader and works well on the platform itself.
  • Add a bit of stop-motion to your next campaign. This is a fun and pretty simple way to create videos that get watched. These videos are a series of photos played in rapid succession. This helps them look like they are moving.

If you have not done so yet, consider the ways Instagram can work for your next corporate video campaign. You may find this is one of the best ways to capture the attention of your most likely customer. Millennials and younger generations are finding Instagram is one of the best ways to connect.

Don’t overlook this simple but important tool for your next marketing campaign. It could be exactly what you need to capture a new audience of customers. What’s more, Instagram videos can be anything you want them to be – from short glimpses into your brand or playful, fun videos that lack a lot of complexity.


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YouTube is currently one of the biggest social media sites in the world. Over a billion hours of video are watched every single day by millions of viewers. If you are capable of making compelling videos that interestingly feature your brand, it is the ideal site for building a following.

The challenge to building that following is that YouTube marketing differs rather sharply from most other forms of marketing. Both technical considerations and marketing strategy require unique approaches. The following tips will help your brand take full advantage of YouTube marketing.

Create a Compelling Custom Video Thumbnail

One of the main keys to getting views is creating a custom video thumbnail that attracts the interest of potential viewers. With over 5 billion videos on the platform, there is almost no topic that hasn’t been covered by multiple videos. Thus, you need a way to differentiate your video from the dozens, or maybe hundreds, of similar videos.

Data shows that almost 90% of the most successful videos on YouTube have a custom video thumbnail and that a compelling video thumbnail can increase engagement by up to 154%. Many viewers make the final decision of what video to watch almost entirely based on the thumbnail. Exactly what you should include in the thumbnail will depend on your video. In general, however, the best thumbnails have bright colors, high contrast, facial close-ups, capture the essence of the video in a single image, and are at a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Use Brief Intros

The average person watching YouTube has an attention span that is under 10 seconds. That means you need an intro that captures their attention and then quickly shifts to the main video. The most successful YouTubers use something short, snappy, and fun. Your intro should set the mood and be consistent with your brand. Once your YouTube channel has become successful, you can occasionally stretch your intro into something longer, but this should be done sparingly and only when it adds value to a particular video.

Make the End of Video Experience Powerful

The end of video experience shares a lot of similarities with the intro. You want it to be consistent with your brand and you want it to be a powerful experience that captures the attention of the audience. However, the purpose of capturing the audiences attention is different in the end of video experience. You aren’t trying to get the viewer to watch a video, but rather you are trying to either generate sales or create customer loyalty.

The end screen should do four things: promote other on-brand videos, encourage users to subscribe, create a memorable conclusion, and direct users to non-YouTube websites associated with your brand. You have a little more time to work with than you did for the intro, but you should still avoid making your end of video overly long. About 20 – 25 seconds is roughly the longest it should be.

Use Video Embedding

You can embed videos almost anywhere. Some of the best places are on your website, in your e-mail signature, on your blog, or on your website. By embedding videos you increase views and viewing time, which results in better rankings on both YouTube and Google searches.

Get the Most Benefit From Your Great Videos

Just like with other types of marketing, great content is essential to customer engagement, but only when supported by effective marketing techniques. For YouTube marketing, your great videos will only be viewed if users can find your links and you can convince them to click those links. By engaging in smart YouTube marketing techniques, you will build an audience and increase customer loyalty, which should result in videos that are recommended by the YouTube search engine.


Posted in: Online Videos, Video Marketing, Video Production Tips

 

Cold leads are an unfortunate reality in the business world. Leads can grow cold because the potential client or customer is losing interest, because they are busy, because they are considering the competition, or for any of a number of other reasons. There are a number of ways to reignite cold leads. One innovative and effective means of reigniting a cold lead is through video messaging.

Video Messages Save Time for Customers

Your potential customers likely do not have a lot of free time on their hands and having to spend more of that time than necessary isn’t likely to turn a cold lead hot. This is one of the ways that video messages can help.

Most people read at a slower rate than they speak. Thus, as long as the accompanying video is short, a video e-mail can present your message in much less time than it would take your lead to read the same message. Furthermore, because the message is attached to an e-mail, it allows your lead to take in your message at their leisure. This is a lot more convenient than if you were to make a phone call.

Video Messages Increase Engagement

Research shows that people are more likely to respond positively to a video message than they are to either a written e-mail or a phone call. Video messages create the same sense that a face-to-face meeting does, increasing engagement in the person watching the video. This is particularly true if the video message is customized to the person intended to watch the video.

How to Make Your Video Message

There are a few key points to making an engaging video message that can warm up a cold lead. The first point is to keep the message short. You want your video to hit on all of the important points in just about a minute. You aren’t delivering a lecture. You are just trying to shore up a relationship to encourage more interactions in the future.

The second key point is to engage your audience. That means greet your lead by name with a friendly smile and a warm customized greeting. Be brief and get to your point, but try not to seem like you are rushing it.

The third key point is to hit all of the important conversational touch points in your message. What those touch points are will differ for each potential lead. Make sure you aren’t wasting your time with unimportant points or missing any important ones.

Finally, make sure to clear up any confusion that your potential lead may have. Whether it is confusion about what you are offering, how much it will cost, what time frame you are working on, or something else, confusion is one of the main reasons that leads grow cold. By ensuring that your lead fully understands your business and what it offers, you increase the chances of the lead heating up.

Reignited and Ready to Go

With any luck, all it should take is a single video message to reignite your cold leads. No matter how effective your video has been, keep in mind that it is only a first step. If you ignore the lead or don’t respond in a timely fashion, it will grow cold again, possibly permanently. Let the video get you back on track and then don’t let opportunity pass you by.


Posted in: Video Marketing

 

You have seen people “going live” on social media before. It looks interesting and you like to find out what they have to say. However, you may be unsure how this type of service can actually help your business. Livestreaming is an important tool for companies who want to capture business in one of the fastest growing methods possible. Yet, there are a few rules to keep in mind as you do so.

#1: Make Sure You Have a Point

The most important first step is to always have a well-defined point. You do not have to script out your livestreaming (that’s why it is so personal after all). However, you do want to have a clear path to go from thought to thought. You want to have a specific message to provide within the event. Do this before you log on.

#2: Choose the Right Medium

Many of the social media websites offer livestreaming now. Which one is right for you? The easy answer is that the best one is the location with the highest percentage of your most likely buyers. Facebook Live is perhaps the easiest one to use with built-in analytics that help make it ideal. Instagram Stories and YouTube Live are also ideal if this is where your customers are.

#3: Be Professional with Your Tech and Setup

While livestreaming can happen from any location, when doing this as a part of your business, you really need to be sure it looks and feels professional. To do that, be sure you have considered the location carefully. Do a test run to ensure the visuals and the sound are good. You also want to ensure you have a strong, steady internet connection. Live video does not work without it. Then, set the stage to be impressive. Be sure you look good and are a clear representation of your brand.

#4: Practice Makes Perfect

If you have never used livestreaming before, test it out before you try to go live for the first time. Set up something on your personal social media page to give yourself an opportunity to try out the medium, adjust the cameras, and to get comfortable with the methods. Keep in mind – it is all you. Be sure you can properly represent your company.

#5: Don’t Forget to Promote It

Once you are ready to go, you’ll want to have a big audience. Yet, if you haven’t marketed your event any prior to going live, you may not have much of an audience. Instead, be sure to do some marketing before and during your event. Encourage viewers to share your page, too.

Livestreaming can be a lot of fun and very effective if you work at making the pieces come together. Why not give it a shot?


Posted in: Online Video Ads, Online Videos, Video Marketing

Whether it is in advertising, blog posts, or the news, video is increasingly present on the internet. While improvements in technology partially explain this increase, that is far from the whole story. One of the main reasons that videos are increasingly present in the digital world is because they are scientifically more effective than other mediums at expressing a message.

The Science of Vision

Human beings may have five senses, but that doesn’t mean that all of those senses are used equally. Studies show that 83% of our sensory input comes from vision and hearing makes up another 11% of our sensory input. We are literally biologically programmed to see more than we hear, smell, taste, and touch combined.

And when it comes to that visual sense, it is particularly effective when movement is involved. Even the tiniest amount of movement engages the eye, causing it to track that movement. That tracking instinct means that humans focus better on videos than they do on static text. This also means that scrolling text in video, like at the opening of Star Wars, is easier to focus on than static text like subtitles.

Whether or not movement is involved, visual imagery is transmitted to the brain faster than text is converted into a mental image. Humans can recognize the primary conceptual idea of a visual image in about 1/10th of a second. A description of that image takes significantly longer to read and then still requires extra time to fully process.

Visual Memory is Better

Not only do we identify and process moving images better than we do text or audio recordings, we also remember them better. One study shows that 80% of the subjects were able to recall the details of an advertisement they had watched up to one month after watching it. That rate is considerably lower for an advertisement that has been read.

Emotional Response to Video

Finally, while emotional responses are difficult to quantify, we can quantify the presence of emotional responses. Video is much more likely than other forms of media to cause neurons to fire that correlate with emotional responses. This matters greatly in the marketing world where emotional responses, even ones that are not fully positive, correlate with higher conversion rates.

More Than Just an Art

Creating the perfect video is mostly art, but choosing to use video in the first place is scientifically sound. Our knowledge of biology and psychology both prove that video is a more effective means of engaging an audience than any other form of media.


Posted in: Camera and Editing Services, Interactive Videos, Online Videos, Video Marketing, Video Production

Creating a high quality video requires a good script, good equipment, and good actors. However, even with all of these things, your video can end up looking or sounding terrible if you don’t also employ good video editing techniques. Becoming skilled at video editing takes time. You won’t get good at it overnight. Here are 7 common mistakes made by video editors who are still learning the trade.

Poor Framing

This mistake is listed first because it is primarily a mistake of the director, rather than the editor. The director should be ensuring that the framing is consistent and even while making the video. However, if the director fails, then it is up to the editor to notice the mistake and correct it. Usually, if the framing is poor, you can change to a smaller aspect ratio and make adjustments.

Jump Cuts

In specific circumstances, jump cuts can look great. But in most short videos they will simply look jarring. It is usually better to use transitions between scenes to make the video more smooth. If you do want to experiment with jump cuts, start with cuts between different camera angles of the same scene, to get a feel for them in a less jarring situation.

Incomplete Transitions

Speaking of transitions, there is also a common mistake made when using transitions. If the video between clips doesn’t overlap, you will end up with black video between the clips. This is just about as jarring as a jump cut and is something you should look for when using transitions.

Graphical Inconsistency

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. The key word here is “foolish.” Maintaining consistency in your graphical style isn’t foolish. It is critical to creating a good video. Font, color palettes, and line thickness should all remain consistent between graphics.

Poor Audio

Poor audio usually occurs because one of your audio tracks is either too loud or too soft. Fixing this is relatively easy. Adjust the volume of the tracks until it reaches a level that sounds “right.” This is more art than science, but it is easy to screw up if you don’t watch out for it.

Inappropriate Music

Like the first mistake, this is often a problem of bad direction. The difference, however, is that the editor is usually in control of putting in the music track. As such, you should be able to recognize when music simply doesn’t fit a scene and advise the director immediately so they can make a different choice. A poor fit is usually due to music being the wrong tempo for the scene or having inappropriate lyrics.

Leaving in Sensitive Information

Video often catches more than it intends to. Your video might have caught a brand name on an employee shirt that you don’t want visible or maybe an image of proprietary software. It is critical to carefully watch every scene and prune or blur anything that shouldn’t be visible.

Learn from Your Mistakes

Video editing takes time to master. You won’t become an expert overnight. If you want to best avoid making mistakes like these and other less common mistakes, hire the services of an experienced video company. Working with people who are more experienced will help you avoid mistakes and teach you advanced techniques that will help future projects.


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How to Incorporate Your Corporate Video into Instagram

Instagram and marketing: it’s a match made in user-engagement heaven, giving businesses the ideal platform for their “show, don’t tell” strategy. Social media platforms like Instagram provide businesses with the opportunity to connect with a receptive target audience right where they enjoy spending time, an opportunity that marketers of yesteryear could only dream of.

For this reason, Instagram is a great place to share your corporate video. You just have to be strategic to ensure that you’re posting something that viewers will take the time to watch. Here are a few types of videos that perform well on this platform.

User-Generated Content

Customers rely heavily on word-of-mouth advertising, making user-generated content a great resource for businesses. UGC is especially prevalent on Instagram, as it’s easy for brands to repost and regram content right from a user’s account. While this isn’t a replacement for original content, it can be an effective tool in encouraging engagement among your followers.

Marketers can use UGC to educate viewers on an unexpected or unique aspect of their brand. The UPS Store does this particularly well, sharing content from small business owners with the hashtag #TheUPSStoreCustomer to their own account.

Timelapse Videos

Timelapse videos cater to two specific demands from viewers: first, to get new information, and second, to receive that information as quickly as possible. Not only are timelapse videos a lot of fun to watch, but they’re particularly successful in keeping viewers engaged from start to finish. Timelapse videos are especially effective in helping viewers visualize an experience, such as is the case with Denmark’s Instagram video of Copenhagen.

Stop-Motion Videos

Stop-motion videos are relatively easy to produce and provide a clean, charming effect that grabs viewers’ attention. As an added bonus, the narrative is visual and therefore doesn’t rely on audio. When you consider the fact that the vast majority of viewers don’t listen to audio on social media videos, this type of format makes a lot of sense. Starbucks is a great example of a brand that has mastered the stop-motion video game, providing fun, engaging content that reflects their brand’s personality.

Instagram is the ideal platform for eye-catching, original content. By incorporating your corporate video to Instagram, you can engage users and build brand recognition.


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Recent studies predict that worldwide internet traffic from videos will account for 80 percent of all internet traffic by 2019. According to Youtube’s own stats, there are roughly 1.5 billion users every month, and mobile users typically spend over an hour a day watching YouTube videos.

Engaging your audience on YouTube is a great way to improve marketing results. Follow these 10 tips to make the most of your internet videos.

1. Use Your Videos to Tell a Story

Stories are engaging and relatable, providing key information to your viewers that doesn’t sound like a sales pitch. Use your videos to tell a story that demonstrates why your product or services are the best.

2. Keep Your Videos Short

As of 2017, there were roughly 300 videos uploaded to YouTube every minute. There is a ton of competition for your viewers’ attention, so keep them engaged by minimizing lengthy introductions, providing pertinent information quickly and reducing the overall length of your videos.

3. Make Your Videos Easy to Find

Conduct keyword research to determine which relevant keywords are most often searched. This will make it easier for your customers to find the videos that they want to watch.

4. Choose Your Thumbnail Wisely

A great custom thumbnail provides a valuable first impression that can determine whether or not a viewer clicks through to your video, driving as much as 154 percent more clicks.

5. Make a Banner that Reflects Your Brand

YouTube channel art, which is the image that appears at the top of your YouTube channel, can be used to give your page a unique look that stands out and increase your brand identity.

6. Grow Your YouTube Channel

As with most other social media platforms, YouTube prioritizes content that performs the best. In other words, the more views your videos get, the more visible they will be. Get more views by being strategic when you’re building and organizing your playlists, ensuring that they accurately show what your brand is all about.

7. Use YouTube as Your Embed Tool

If growing your traffic on YouTube is one of your marketing goals, then you may consider using YouTube as your embed tool rather than other using other tools like Vimeo and WordPress.

8. Link Your Website to Your YouTube Page

If you have a website, then associate it to your YouTube page. This can help you engage viewers for longer, increasing their chances of clicking through to your website rather than going to another video.

9. Use Cards to Keep Viewers Engaged

Adding cards to your videos is like adding a call to action; it helps your viewers recognize what action they should take next. Engage your viewers for longer by adding cards right when they are most likely to leave.

10. Incorporate End Screens for a Lasting Impression

To create an end-of-video experience that leaves a lasting impression, incorporate end screens. These can last between five and 20 seconds and can direct viewers to other videos, websites, and playlists.

Implementing these fail-proof YouTube marketing tips can benefit your business and engage your customers.


Posted in: Video Marketing

One of the most common questions asked about promo videos is about the cost. Many times, businesses don’t fully grasp what goes into the process and other times, they believe the cost of video production is outside of their budget. Yet, putting a price on promo video development isn’t that easy to do. There are many factors that contribute to the cost.

What’s a Starting Point, Then?

How much does it cost to produce a business video? You can budget between $3,000 to $50,000 on a professional quality video for your promo. However, prices can rise significantly higher – even crossing the $200,000 market in some cases. Again, this depends on what you need, the length, the complexity, and the overall design. That’s a pretty impressive range. And, it can vary even more for some types of productions.

What Factors Contribute to the Price of a Promo Video?

What goes into creating a budget for a promotional video, then? Many factors. Here are just a few things to take into consideration.

  • Who is involved and who needs to be paid? If you are bringing in people to act, it costs more than having your company’s management discuss a product.
  • Which professionals need to be on set? This includes a director, crew members, as well as the team to manage lights and sound. You also need to consider the pre-work that goes into this setup.
  • Production process costs? From the development of the script to the completion of the editing, there are many factors that go into the actual production process. You may need graphics created or you may need very few edits.

This is, of course, just a basic outline. A variety of additional costs play a role in the actual production of your video.

What Is Really Going to Define Your Costs?

The most important factors to determine the cost of video production have to do with what you are creating. An animated video is going to cost much differently than a full on short story. The concept, the script, and the location are a good starting point. Then, there is the need to develop a plan based on the type of cameras and design necessary. Do you need props?

How do you know what to expect when it comes to creating a video budget? Work with a video production company to get an idea of what to expect. Discuss your ideas (if you have them) along with your end goal. Then, you and the team can work out a plan to address every facet of the process. You can end up with a high-quality production without overspending on your budget. The key is to learn what you need based on your business, product, or service.


Posted in: Video Marketing

When it comes to capturing your audience, focus on video. It should be a key component of your content marketing. It makes sense to do so since YouTube is the second largest search engine online. And, it’s highly effective at converting leads into buyers. But, take a closer look at a few key reasons you should be including video as a component of your content marketing efforts right now.

#1: People Are Using Video at Increasing Rates

This is really the bottom line. People like video. Across nearly all types of generations, video has become one of the most important tools for marketers because people are watching videos at an increasing rate. More so, experts believe that 71 percent of Millennials actually prefer video (with 58 percent of Generation X and 54 percent of Baby Boomers doing so).

#2: Video Converts Leads

One of the most important considerations here is what your video can do for your bottom line. Research indicates that video actually converts leads at a higher rate. In other words, video can pull in more people than your other forms of content marketing can.

#3: Video Can Boost Google Rankings, Too

Another key area of focus should be in how video can help you with search engine rankings. Video itself is helping with ranking well in the search engines – search engines rank websites with videos and links pointing to them higher than they do websites that do not. Plus, you can convert your video in a transcript, adding keywords to your website.

#4: People React to Video

Let’s say you create a fantastic video packed with information. You place it on your social media pages. It is more likely that your video will be shared before your other form of content is. And, when building a strong marketing campaign, shares are incredibly valuable. In short, if you want to increase your bandwidth to gain more attention from new followers, video can help make it happen.

#5: Video Brands Your Business

Video gives you a unique opportunity to brand your business. Every time you launch a video, you are providing a view into the way your organization does business, who you are, and what you have to offer. While all content marketing can offer some insight here, branding creates an image in the mind of the consumer, increasing his or her impression of you.

#6: You Can Monitor Your Strategies Effectively

Another nice benefit of video is that it provides a way for you to consistently see how your marketing efforts are working. You can see if people are clicking on it, where they go, where they stop watching, and what they tend to react to. All of this creates a better way for you to create successful campaigns down the road.

When it comes down to it, video marketing is an important tool in helping you to grow your business. Are you using it enough?


Posted in: Getting Ideas, Making Decisions, Video Production, Viral Video

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