May 26, 2016

Choosing Great Testimonial Videos: What You Should Keep In Mind

Choosing Great Testimonial Videos: What You Should Keep In MindTestimonials are, perhaps, the best way to convey to your potential clients the true value and quality of your product. More often than not, a user-generated video can seem far more trustworthy to prospects than anything your sales or marketing team can create, because testimonial videos create an authentic connection between a prospect and the person giving it.

However, not all testimonial videos are created equal. Some will be more effective than others in driving results, i.e. new customers or clients.

We’ve discussed in the past different ways you can coax and lead your clients to provide you with the highest quality testimonials. But once you’ve gathered a number of testimonial videos, you’re going to have a choose which ones to feature most prominently on your website. You could select a few at random, but an informed decision will be much more prudent and will likely have better results, right?

A great testimonial video will have a number of factors which set it apart from the rest:
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May 20, 2016

3 Video Marketing Experts to Follow on Twitter

3 Video Marketing Experts to Follow on TwitterVideo marketing is the small business outreach of the present and future, and you need to know how to take full advantage of the medium.

Not surprisingly, many key influencers in the video marketing arena can be found on popular social networks, including Twitter and Facebook.

To leverage their expertise, here are three established and fun video marketing experts to follow, take advice from and communicate with on Twitter.
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May 12, 2016

3 More Video Editing Tools to Enhance Your Testimonial Footage (Part 2)

3 More Video Editing Tools to Enhance Your Testimonial Footage (Part 2)Video testimonials are an important way of showcasing your business, since they show examples of real, satisfied customers enjoying your product or service. Because they show real people talking about your products in their own words, video testimonials are typically more credible than many other types of advertisements.

While it’s important your video testimonials maintain that authentic feel, occasionally a few light edits to your testimonial footage may be needed. We recently posted some great options for video editing software, but those aren’t the only ones out there. Here are a few more video editing tools worth considering:
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May 6, 2016

Qualities of the Best Video Testimonials

Qualities of the Best Video TestimonialsAccording to a survey of consumer preferences, 92% of people now read online reviews about products and services before purchasing.

Furthermore, the degree of trust in online recommendations is fast-growing as more and more consumers use the internet to do their research. In fact, more than three-quarters of them trust online reviews more than personal recommendations. So it’s a no-brainer that you should place your best testimonial videos front and center on your website.

What the best customer testimonial videos have in common is that they’re believable stories about the usefulness of your product or service.
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April 28, 2016

Video Marketing Analytics: The Key Metrics You Should Always Track

Video Marketing Analytics: The Key Metrics You Should Always TrackOne of the most important steps in a video marketing campaign is the timely analysis and evaluation of the results. After all, pouring over your video marketing analytics is how you determine whether your campaign was truly a success, and what changes you need to make for future campaigns.

While video marketing can provide huge amounts of data, too much data can be a problem for marketers when that data can’t be easily used to improve your company’s bottom line. That’s why it’s necessary to identify the correct metrics before you launch your video marketing campaign and get lost in the data abyss later on.
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April 21, 2016

3 Must-Follow Video Testimonial Guidelines for Your Upcoming Campaign

3 Must-Follow Video Testimonial Guidelines for Your Upcoming CampaignThe impact of a video testimonial cannot be underestimated. For one thing, a whopping 65% of those who make up the viewing audience are visual learners, according to a Purdue University study.

But not all testimonials are created equal. Some video testimonials are more believable, and therefore are more valuable to the marketer who leverage them to help generate business.

So, just what makes the difference between a good or not so good testimonial? Here are 3 video testimonial guidelines you should reference when planning your next campaign.
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April 14, 2016

3 Video Editing Tools to Help Enhance Your Testimonial Footage

3 Video Editing Tools to Help Enhance Your Testimonial FootageSo you have hours upon hours of footage detailing all of the wonderful things your product or service does in the form of customer testimonials.

However, you can’t always just throw all that unedited video up on your website and call it a day. And while unedited video testimonials can appear more authentic, sometimes a few minor tweaks are needed before uploading or promoting your content.

That said, here are three video editing tools that can help you create your finished product.
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April 7, 2016

Must-Read Video Marketing Ideas to Generate New Sales

Must-Read Video Marketing Ideas to Generate New SalesVideo testimonials are great sales tools that provide a good return on investment for the amount of time and money necessary to create them.

But, like most things, not all video testimonials are created equal. Below are some video marketing ideas that will help you generate better video testimonials and, ultimately, new sales.
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March 31, 2016

The Power of the Consumer: 2 Benefits of Using Customer Testimonials

The Power of the Consumer: 2 Benefits of Using Customer TestimonialsWe all know that when consumers consider a new company or product, they turn overwhelmingly to customer testimonials.

Not only are current customers more trustworthy in the eyes of the consumer than the corporate marketing team, but they have the best true stories about your products.

So what exactly are the benefits of customer testimonials, and why should you use these testimonials to tell your company’s story?
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March 24, 2016

3 More Powerful Ideas For Engaging Video Testimonial Contests

3 More Powerful Ideas For Engaging Video Testimonial ContestsNot too long ago, we offered up some pretty great ideas for how to create the most effective contests for video testimonials.  While your competitors may be spending money in bringing real customers or hired actors to a studio, your customers will be practically tripping over themselves to give you free, honest, powerful testimonials!

The possibilities for this marketing strategy really are endless, and so we’d like to offer a few more helpful tips for creating stellar video testimonial contests.
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March 17, 2016

The All-Too-Common Video Marketing Mistakes You Should Avoid

The All-Too-Common Video Marketing Mistakes You Should AvoidIf you’re a newcomer in the video marketing industry, it’s often easy to make common mistakes that a more experienced individual wouldn’t.

However, that’s not to say there’s anything necessarily wrong with slipping up. After all, not only is it common among most inexperienced individuals, but it’s all about learning from your mistakes and improving upon them. So why not use your slip-ups as a learning experience?

With that said, there are two common video marketing mistakes that newcomers should be aware of and avoid making.
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March 14, 2016

5 Benefits of Video Testimonials That You May Not Know

5 Benefits of Video Testimonials That You May Not KnowAccording to Business 2 Community (B2C), communicating your customers’ successes can be the strongest marketing approach out there. Nothing sells your product, service, or organization better than than promoting the positive experiences of your existing customers or clients. Video testimonials are a prospect’s mental guarantee that they are about to make a good buying decision by investing in your offering.

Think about it. How many times have you been hesitant to make a decision concerning a matter of importance, only to be influenced by the favorable experience of another?

Buying a car, choosing a real estate agency, purchasing an insurance policy, a power tool – you name it. Chances are good that at one time or another, an outside influence helped to push you over the buying decision edge.

But the key to video testimonial success is in how you deliver said testimonials to your prospects. It’s estimated that Americans watch more than 1.3 billion videos online every day. This staggering figure demands that video should be a staple in your marketing arsenal. Therefore, recording your customers’ experiences on video is the way to go.
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March 10, 2016

5 More Video Marketing Trends to Inspire Your Next Campaign

5 More Video Marketing Trends to Inspire Your Next CampaignTrends: hate them or love them, but it’s more than likely that you’ll follow them or pay attention to them, at the very least.

Video marketing is constantly evolving and is still among the most effective ways to advertise for your business, product, or service.

Being a part of such a competitive world, video marketing also falls at the hand of an ever-changing demand to be different and updated. This marketing strategy is subject to follow the current fads of the year, as well.

Here are five of the biggest video marketing trends we’re currently seeing:
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March 7, 2016

Which Video Marketing Strategies Will Work Best For You?

Which Video Marketing Strategies Will Work Best For You?It’s no surprise just how important video marketing is, especially in today’s age of technology.

However, what also needs to be remembered, is that the marketing strategies that work for one business, may or may not be suitable to you. After all, there are numerous video marketing trends, and some work better in certain situations.

For example, let’s say you were trying to market your videos through social media. It would probably be more suitable if you had an online business, instead of an office based one, so to speak. Of course, though, there are exceptions to this, but it’s still something to keep in mind.

Overall, here’s how to decide which video marketing strategies would be most suitable for you.
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March 3, 2016

3 Ways to Ensure You Get Excellent Customer Testimonials

3 Tips for Creating Excellent Customer Testimonial VideosCustomer testimonials are important for sales because prospective customers see them as honest evaluations of a product or service, unlike a sales pitch or an advertisement that’s expected to be biased.

One way to get those excellent customer testimonials that are both useful and meaningful is to provide customers with some questions, generally on the business website that ask them to rate certain characteristic.

Questions, such as, “Were our personal knowledgeable?” or “Was the service fair, great, or outstanding?” get the customer thinking of why they felt as they did. This evaluation will create much better and more “real” testimonials. You can then follow-up with customers who gave thorough and interesting feedback and ask them to expand further — on camera. This will allow you to capture some really valuable video testimonials that don’t seem rehearsed.
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February 29, 2016

Consumer Pain: One of the Most Overlooked Video Marketing Ideas

Consumer Pain: One of the Most Overlooked Video Marketing IdeasWhen brainstorming video marketing ideas, most people think of new ways to showcase their products or explain their services.

They want to create a unique video worthy of their businesses.

Although this is a vital part of the process, the step that most people overlook is the one that can most drastically increase your sales.

It’s simple, yet powerful:

Identify with your customer–and sympathize with their pain.

Instead of jumping right into your product, you should demonstrate that you understand the troubles they face… and that your product is the solution they desperately need.

Not sure how to approach this invaluable technique? Here are 3 key steps.
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February 25, 2016

Triple Your Video Testimonial Conversion Rate with 1 Painless Trick

Triple Your Video Testimonial Conversion Rate with 1 Painless TrickOnce you decide to invest in some video testimonials, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make. How will you go about getting these rave reviews? What will you offer your customers in return? And how exactly are you supposed to pick the best video to put on your home page?

All of these questions aside, there’s one trick that can triple your video testimonial conversion rate, and you don’t have to do any extra work for it, either.

Of course, there are a lot of things you can’t control, like what kind of submissions you might receive from your customers, but there is one thing you can do to narrow down the most likely successes — even if it’s a little uncomfortable to talk about.
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February 22, 2016

2 Quick Video Marketing Tips to Boost Engagement

2 Quick Video Marketing Tips to Boost EngagementWe are a visual society and as a marketer that means finding ways to catch people’s eye and keep their attention.

One of the best ways to do that is with video. Not only does the movement on an otherwise static page attract the eye, but it’s a platform that allows you to impart a large amount of information with the least amount of effort on the part of the consumer.

But as you create your strategy, be sure to keep these two quick video marketing tips in mind:
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February 18, 2016

What Makes the Best Customer Testimonial Videos?

What Makes the Best Customer Testimonial Videos?With all the video marketing available on the web, what makes the very best customer testimonial videos, i.e. the ones that will really stand out and get your brand the attention it deserves?

An attention-grabbing customer testimonial is one with the “wow” factor in three key areas: testimonials from people consumers can relate to, great value demonstrated for the money, and inspiration for how to use your product or service.
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February 15, 2016

3 Steps to the Perfect Video Testimonial Length

3 Steps to the Perfect Video Testimonial LengthVideo testimonials have long been an effective video marketing tool for a variety of reasons.

And sure, shooting video testimonials can be as easy as paying a stranger $5 to read a script and pretend to like a product, but by now we know that the best testimonials are authentic, genuine, and come from real customers.

In any case, it’s nowhere near that simple, especially when you’re trying to determine the perfect video testimonial length.

The average consumers attention span is becoming increasingly shorter, and while you already know your video testimonials should be no longer than they absolutely need to be, it’s a great idea to find that video length sweet spot that will entice viewers to take action right away.

Here’s a quick overview of how long each section of a video testimonial should be.
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February 11, 2016

Video Marketing Trends for 2016: Periscope

Video Marketing Trends for 2016: PeriscopeLaunched in 2015, Periscope quickly rose in popularity and numerous marketers consider it one of the video marketing trends for 2016. Numerous entrepreneurs, speakers, celebrities, and marketers have dipped their feet in the water. Ellen DeGeneres is just one example of a famous talk show host who has tried Periscope.

What exactly is Periscope? It’s a live video streaming app owned by Twitter that enables audience engagement during the broadcast via giving hearts and sending comments that show up on the stream. A completed broadcast on Periscope can be replayed for 24 hours before it disappears. This creates a sense of urgency in followers to watch the video within 24 hours because there’s no guarantee the broadcaster will upload the video to another site like YouTube.
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February 1, 2016

3 Great Ideas for Video Testimonial Contests

3 Great Ideas for Video Testimonial ContestsGetting the best testimonial for your business doesn’t require paying for those videos. Effective video testimonial contests can bring you a wide range of options to choose from, many of them even exceeding your expectations.

Running one of these contests is as simple as sharing it with your followers on social media and previous customers via email, but knowing just what type of contest to run can be more difficult.

Here are a few ideas for creating more powerful video testimonial contests.
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January 28, 2016

Good Customer Testimonial Videos Make A Difference

Good Customer Testimonial Videos Make A DifferenceMarketing is the primary way companies are able to make a profit. And since society progresses as technology progresses, if companies can’t keep up with evolving marketing methods, they’re more likely to lose out on potential business.

One of the most popular ways technology has progressed is with videos such as video blogs, or videos containing customer testimonials. In the past, it was common to see text-based customer testimonials featured on their websites. Due to the progression of technology, video testimonials are becoming a more popular and engaging alternative.

There are so many products on the market that are just placebos, so people tend to be skeptical before purchasing a product or service. One of the many things people consider before taking the plunge are reviews and feedback from actual customers. Some good customer testimonial examples should include the following:
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January 25, 2016

Coaching By Claudia: An Essential Resource for Growth-Driven Designers & Creatives

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Coaching By Claudia: An Essential Resource for Growth-Driven Designers & CreativesClaudia Mayer is a leading business coach and the founder of Coaching by Claudia, a business and career coaching website for Designers and Creatives.

With over eight years of experience in the international creative industry in five European and Asian countries, Claudia is well attuned with the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds and how to help those looking to grow professionally.

Recognizing that not all designers and creative professionals have a commercial sense for growing their entrepreneurial courage, Coaching by Claudia was born.

What motivated you to start your own company?

I started Coaching by Claudia in July 2015 to launch my mission: bringing more fun and focus into the business side of Designers and Creatives. They’re talented, work passionately and create unique value for their clients, but not all of them have a commercial sense.

What’s so special about your business?

I help Designers and Creatives succeed in business and their careers by growing their entrepreneurial courage. My unique approach blends coaching for personal development and consulting for business development. I work virtually with clients around the world.
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January 21, 2016

The Top Video Marketing Conferences of 2016

The Top Video Marketing Conferences of 2016Looking to harness the power of video marketing in the connected age of the internet? It’s probably time to begin attending video marketing conferences and share in the kind of knowledge exchange that keeps video marketing best practices on the cutting edge.

However, with so many different marketing conferences already planned for 2016, how will you know which to attend?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
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