September 1, 2016

3 Creative Video Marketing Ideas That Work Like Magic

3 Creative Video Marketing Ideas That Work Like MagicNowadays, it seems everyone is integrating video into their marketing efforts.

But sometimes it can be difficult to continue to come up with creative ideas for your videos or overall strategy. Plus, you want to actually create videos that are impactful for your not just your business, but your audience(s) as well.

To help boost awareness and sales for your business, here are a few creative video marketing ideas that work like magic:

1. Create video lead magnets

Every business is offering ebooks or guides as free lead magnets to gain email subscribers and generate leads. A twist on this is to create video lead magnets where you utilize these clips to hook potential new clients.
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August 26, 2016

3 Video Testimonial Campaign Ideas for Restaurants

3 Video Testimonial Campaign Ideas for RestaurantsVideo testimonials are highly effective marketing tools, especially for restaurants. Most people choose restaurants based on recommendations. What better way to offer a recommendation than through video testimonials that let people hear about your customers’ experiences first-hand.

Here are some video testimonial campaign ideas for restaurants to build brand awareness and drum up business:
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August 18, 2016

Video Marketing Conferences to Attend: INBOUND 2016

Video Marketing Conferences to Attend: INBOUND 2016INBOUND is perhaps the largest and best conference for marketers to hone their skills, be inspired and build connections that lead to business transformation.

This November, Hubspot will host its annual event in Boston, Massachusetts that attracted over 14,000+ marketing and sales professions in 2015. Although not exclusively a video marketing event, INBOUND 2016 will offer several breakout sessions that discuss in-depth techniques for what’s working today in video marketing, so it definitely should make your list of must-attend video marketing conferences.
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August 11, 2016

3 Video Marketing Experts Every Marketer Should Follow

3 Video Marketing Experts Every Marketer Should FollowIf you’re a blogger or a digital marketer, you’re well aware of the growing trend of video marketing. It is becoming quite essential for online business owners to become proficient in video marketing.

Customers and followers are demanding a more personalized type of content which includes seeing business owners face-to-face. Customers want to build a “like, know, and trust” factor with the person they’re buying from and the best way to do this is with video marketing. Hence the importance of learning from several well-known experts.

If you want to learn even more about this tactic, be sure to follow these other video marketing experts who have already paved the way:
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August 4, 2016

3 Ideas for Generating Stronger Video Testimonials

3 Ideas for Generating Stronger Video TestimonialsMarketers agree: Customer testimonials are the most effective type of video content.

A survey by Ascend2 found that over half of marketers list customer testimonials as the most successful type of video they produce, just ahead of explainer videos and product demos.

Why? They provide the first-hand feedback about products and services that skeptical buyers demand. Today’s customers are savvy, and they can smell a sales  pitch from a mile away. What they want are honest reviews from consumers like them.

However, producing a good customer testimonial isn’t easy. While they’re considered the most effective marketing tool, they’re also the most difficult type of video to produce. Here are three video marketing ideas to help you produce stronger video testimonials that will influence customers and drive sales:
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July 28, 2016

4 Video Marketing Ideas Using Live-Stream Video Platforms

4 Video Marketing Ideas Using Live-Stream Video PlatformsLive-stream video platforms like Periscope and Facebook Live offer incredible opportunities for marketers and brands to deeply connect with their audience, share valuable content, and increase exposure—all using their mobile devices.

Successful brands are leveraging these tools to execute their video marketing ideas in ways that create authentic experiences and boosts follower engagement. It’s one of the best video trends on social media and should be included in your overall digital marketing plan.

Some of the benefits to using live stream video include driving free traffic to your site by promoting it live, quickly building trust with followers, gaining immediate feedback from customers for further insights, and growing your subscriber list. The following are a few video marketing ideas specifically for live-stream video platforms to help generate these results in your business:
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July 21, 2016

Video Marketing Trends: Why They Trend (as Recounted by One Anthropologist)

Video Marketing Trends: Why They Trend (as Recounted by One Anthropologist)No doubt we were once smell-centric hominids, largely due to our brain’s amygdala. And the part of the amygdala in which we process scent is among the most primitive parts of our brain, and has led evolutionary psychologists and smell scientists (no, really, they exist) to conclude that we were once far better smellers and far poorer see-ers.

We know you’re probably thinking, “how does this relate to video marketing trends?” Well, as marketers, it’s important to understand how your customers think and perceive the content you present to them.
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July 14, 2016

Video Testimonial Best Practices: Quality Is Key

Video Testimonial Best Practices: Quality Is KeyWhen selling a product, service, or brand, nothing goes farther or speaks louder than a genuine video testimonial to help promote what you’re offering.

However, a quality video testimonial is the key to producing the best results.

We may have discussed some best practices in the past, but there are several other important ones to keep in mind as well. To that end, there are a few additional video testimonial best practices you should always follow to ensure you receive quality results:
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July 7, 2016

3 More Video Marketing Experts to Follow on Twitter

3 More Video Marketing Experts to Follow on TwitterAs most companies are keenly aware, video and digital marketing is an ever-changing world.

Social media is a fine way to assess the current pulse of various ongoing trends, particularly in the use of video marketing experts. Very often, sites like Twitter can provide a clear insight into cutting-edge innovators who are also leading influencers.

While we brought you a few of these industry savants recently, there are still plenty of other video marketing experts out there worth following:
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June 24, 2016

3 Video Testimonial Campaign Ideas for Nonprofits

3 Video Testimonial Campaign Ideas for NonprofitsWhen it comes to fundraising, video is a great tool for connecting with donors and potential donors, and for driving behavior changes.

Video can be a powerful tool for raising awareness and inspiring people to take specific actions. Testimonials for clients, executives at partner nonprofits, community leaders or families the organization helped are powerful fundraising tools. The logic is clear then – testimonial videos are a must-have for any nonprofit that can secure the resources to make and edit videos.

So what are some video testimonial campaign ideas for nonprofits? Testimonial videos can include many other types of content and can present one or more testimonials in many ways:
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June 16, 2016

Video Marketing Trends: Facebook Over YouTube?

Video Marketing Trends: Facebook Over YouTube?Could it be that the number one video sharing site is actually lagging behind another social media platform in terms of video output, reach and market value?

As a matter of fact, it not only could be, it is! Video marketing trends indicate that Facebook has actually become a better medium to house video content than YouTube.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of Facebook vs. YouTube when it comes to video marketing:

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June 9, 2016

Video Testimonial Best Practices: Capture the Story

Video Testimonial Best Practices: Capture the StorySure, it’s great to hear how an expert endorses a product or service.

However, when it comes from a satisfied client, it makes an impact at an even greater level. Securing a video testimonial to use in your advertising campaign or to display on your website will provide great value to your marketing efforts. Not everyone is comfortable talking on camera. Do everything you can to help your client relax and have fun with the process. Communicating video testimonial best practices will help in the long run.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
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June 2, 2016

Video Marketing Best Practices: Incorporating the Sales Message

Video Marketing Best Practices: Incorporating the Sales MessageSelling products to the modern consumer is an exercise in reverse psychology. Here are some of the video marketing best practices for getting your message across in a way that will actually help your revenues.

The Emotional Ping

Informing the audience must coincide with an effort to entertain the audience. However, entertainment does not necessarily mean a positive emotion. Although marketing pros agree that the first emotional ping should happen within the first five seconds of an ad, the positive or negative nature of the ping is unimportant.

What is important is to move your audience emotionally before trying to sell.

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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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