Getting Traction for Your Video

Two Guest Experts:

Peggy Dau is the founder of MAD Perspectives (Yes… another “Mad” company). Her company guides businesses on how to use social media to create an audience and generate leads.

Zach Smith is the founder of Analog Method. His company designs and programs web applications to generate business success.

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Ladies first …. so here is Peggy talking about using video in social media:

Social Media is about engagement. It doesn’t always work and for many companies has turned into an alternative “push” marketing channel. However, the opportunity for engagement does exist. What does that mean? It means an interaction between 2 or more people, sharing thoughts and responding to comments.

Video is the best way to share content as it’s more memorable. But at its core it is not social. It’s one way, unless of course you are video conferencing. The challenge is to create engagement around the video. Social media replaces the water cooler as the forum for that engagement. Viewers of the video can post comments, debate the topics shared in the video. This is working very well at the consumer level if you consider the volume of conversation that surrounds content posted by TV series on Facebook. For example, I “like” Mad Men. Every week, AMC posts excerpts from that weeks episode inviting comments on the topic highlighted. Engagement is occurring between viewers (not so much between viewers and producers). AMC also posts incremental “behind the scenes” content to further engage the viewer.

So, how does this translate for business? It comes back to the same old questions. Which social platforms are business customers using to consume content? How interactive are those platforms? Will the company monitor the channel to actually engage with the viewer? Will they probe for thoughts or prompt & invite debate? I actually think this could be a great idea for the right type of business – invite followers to view a video as they like, but then invite them to tweet up to debate the topic. Could be about the technology, relative benefits of the product/service, trends to drive further product development, whatever. Tools to simplify sharing are great (click here for some options). I’ve also checked out Unruly (love those brits!). Bottom line…. Ask how and why do you want your potential customers to engage and then ask how do you drive and support the engagement.

If you have any questions for Peggy, please feel free to contact her at:

info@madperspectives.com
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Zach gives some tips for placing a video on an actionable landing page:

· Set a primary goal and maybe one (1) secondary one with a lower commitment. What is the call to action (CTA)? Perhaps the main CTA is to purchase a widget, so the secondary one could be to subscribe to get valuable information through the newsletter. The temptation of putting everything on your landing or home page will reduce its impact, so keep the content and design simple and focused.

· Stay consistent. The same message that brings the user to the page should be used on the page itself to keep continuity.

· Measure, test and refine. Make sure you have metrics and conversion tracking in place to know how people are responding to your landing page. Ideally, you’ll want to pit several versions of the page against each other to see which messages and designs elicit the best response.

If you have any questions for Zach, please feel free to contact him at:

info@analogmethod.com

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Improving Video Management and Distribution

The team at Mad Bear Productions is constantly searching for and testing tools to enhance the engagement and management of our videos. So, here are three new options to consider:

Givit – ever want to send video in an email but were stymied by the 25 megabyte limit? That is where Givit comes in… you can upload files to the Givit server and then deliver/share the files by using a secure email. As you will see in their video It is an effective method to share family videos without sharing them with the world. However, t is also a cool way to privately share and collaborate on business related content as well. Their intro video is below.

Viewbix – a platform that can lay on top of a YouTube video (for example) in order to make the video more actionable. These engagement buttons are customizable so a viewer will be able to interact with the video. You can embed the video anywhere so please check it out. Did the features help you engage with the video? Love to hear your thoughts.


uStudio – many of you know TubeMogul. If you don’t it is basically a tool to distribute video onto multiple platforms (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, etc) with the click of a button. And many of you have heard of or used Brightcove. It is a video platform with built in analytics so you can track how long a video was viewed, measure conversions and determine where the person came from before viewing your video. uStudio combines these two concepts and does it in a way that allows you to manage all of your video content on all of your different platforms from one hub. I have included their intro video below and yes … I posted it using their platform. Please let me know if you would like me to send you an invitation.