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10 Simple Video Blog Ideas

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Whether you want to take a stab at being the next big video blogger or just want to supplement your current content with some video, you don’t need fancy hardware or software. What you do need, though, are some ideas. Well, here are ten easy-to-shoot and easy-to-edit video blogging ideas to help inspire you to realize your video blogging dreams, no matter how grand or modest they are.

The Video Rant

Just because the rant is the easiest and most common video blog format, that doesn’t mean that it’s an instant success. Rather, a video rant should be (1) timely, (2) topical, and (3) between 30 and 90 seconds in length. You can go as high as 120 seconds, but the most successful online video rants are about 30 seconds long.

Here’s a good example of a video rant from Loren Feldman. It was cut around the time Facebook was really gaining popularity, is about how Loren doesn’t get why it’s so popular, and is 58 seconds long. And as you can see, the only editing is inserting a pre- and post-roll.

The How To Video

Videos that show audience members how to do something are great for both helping your audience achieve some goal, as well as generating more search engine traffic. When shooting how-to videos, you should include step-by-step shots of what you’re showing.

This video on how to escape from handcuffs is a great example of a how-to video. It’s short (1 minute, 12 seconds), and it features plenty of close-up shots of how the host escapes from the handcuffs. This helps viewers easily understand a mimic the video’s instructions.

The Screencast

Another variant of the how-to video, a screencast is super simple to pull off and is great for either showing your audience how to do something technical or for marketing a service or piece of software. Also, screencasts can be as long as you like, but you should really try to stick to the basic steps of what you’re trying to demonstrate. A good way to do this is to break your demonstration down into steps in advance, and maybe rehearse it a few times before recording your final product.

And when it comes to screencast software, there are many options. You can find a list of 10 frees screencast software choices here, but I personally recommend CamStudio

Here’s one excellent example of a screencast from the Google Analytics YouTube channel. In less than 60 seconds, it shows you how to grant other users access to your Google Analytics account.

Video Event Coverage

Covering events that are relevant to your audience can also be a great way to engage viewers. It allows you to (1) appeal to those who couldn’t be there, and (2) connect with those who were.

The easiest way to cover and event is to take footage throughout the event and then cut it into a montage of the event’s highlights. And an easy and fun way to get a lot of great event footage without missing out on the event itself is to pass your camera around to people you trust. This way, you’ll get a lot of different perspectives of the event, and even get to be in the video yourself.

Here’s an example of just such a video. It’s montage of the opening party of the first ever Podcamp Montreal. The inaugural Podcamp featured attendees that ranged from super-geek execs from Seesmic to rock star David Usher, so it was fun to (1) share the opening party with those who couldn’t make it and (2)document it for those who were there.

The Video Interview

Conducting video interviews on topics relevant to your audience is not only a great way to produce easy-to-edit video content, but also to attract links from both the interviewee and others who watch and share the video. It’s important, however, to make sure that both the interviewee and the what you discuss with them stays relevant to your audience.

This is an interview with Marc Poirier, founder of Acquisio, a company that develops PPC software and bid management tools. In it, Marc discusses PPC trends in 2009, and we shot if for the NVI search marketing blog, so it it was specifically tailored for it’s audience — i.e. we’re two search marketers discussing search engine marketing. Because it was also shot at SMX East 2009, a search marketing conference, it also doubles as even coverage.

The 5×5 Video

A video blog genre also known as the 5×5 Vignette, it consists in stringing together 5 shots that are 5 seconds long (hence the “5×5” ). There’s often some underlying theme that ties the five shots together, like a particularly day in the video bloggers life, and this makes them great for creating supplemental content for you blog.

This is a 5×5 of a cooperative exercise between the Dutch, German and Belgian police forces, but you can find all kinds of 5x5s to inspire you on the 5×5 Vimeo Channel.

The Lip Dub Video

There are some pretty darn famous lip dubs out there, and I don’t mean Milli Vanilli. The Harvey Danger Flagpole Sitta lip dub is just one that comes to mind. Produced by the staff of Vimeo to market the video sharing site, it was a viral success and launched the site into the main stream.

The potential of lip dub videos is that they give you a chance to show off your personality, and as a result, really help build a bond with your audience. Here’s one my own favorite lip dubs of Melanie’s “Brand New Key.” Not only does it show how lip dubs don’t need to have the production crew behind them that the Flagpole Sitta one did, but that they are also a great way to help people smile when they’re feeling down in the dumps.

The Karaoke Video

Of course, if you have the pipes to back you up, you might forego the lip dub and strut your stuff, in hi def. To help you along in with your internet karaoke stardom, Online Karaoke Channel offers the largest library of karaoke downloads — some are free, and the rest are pretty reasonably priced. And if you’re not quite sure that you want to invest in a karaoke library yet, their karaoke YouTube channel features a few hundred uploads to help you acquire a taste for digital karaoke.

In addition to entertaining your viewers, doing karaoke will also help you content get found by new users searching for videos of popular songs. And as this rendition of Lady GaGa’s “Poker Face” demonstrates, it doesn’t take much editing at all.

The Parody

For video bloggers who are bit more “in your face,” there’s the parody. Now, with parody, you have to be careful what country you’re in, but the last time I checked, parody is protected by law in the US (where YouTube servers are housed). Now, I am not a lawyer, but from what I understand, this means that unless you say something that’s explicitly untrue and venture into the world of libel and slander, uploading your parodies to YouTube shouldn’t get you into any legal trouble.

When done well, moreover, parody can be a great instigator and piece of linkbait. It is also a genre that Loren Feldman has run with quite a bit. Although known more for his ock-puppet parodies of Shel Israel, he’s also done Dave Winer, Michael Arrington, and as this recent clip demonstrate, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The Video Prank

Finally, there’s the video prankster. This doesn’t require any real editing, but it does take some imagination and planning. You also need an opportune place to hide the camera – somewhere where it (1) won’t be seen, (2) will have a good view of the victim, and (3) will be able to pick up everything being said. And if done right, you can end up with tons of views (like how the one below has over a million).

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CT Moore (@gypsybandito) is the founder of Socialed, a Montreal-based consultancy that specialized in digital startegy, including SEO, content strategy, and inbound marketing. He also heads up Search and Social at Publikit, a boutiqe web dev agency. CT has worked with both start-ups and multinational brands in the tech, entertainment, ecommerce, and travel industries, including Microsoft Canada, WatchMojo, American Apparel and Luxury Retreats. His favorite feature of the Acquisio platform is the Facebook ad tracking module and you can ready his personal blog here.

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5 Ways ClickMeeting is Winning Over the Online Webinar Audience

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Look at any of today’s top bloggers and online marketers who have products or services to sell, and you will likely find that they are using webinars to increase their reach, improve branding, and also bring in more sales and revenue in the process.

The concept of webinars is nothing new, but there is a huge difference in how they are being used today, versus how they were in previous years. It’s not just about the live engagement, it’s also about the email collection, pre-sell, time leading up to the event, and the eventual pitch. It’s all quite beautiful and magical when laid out in its most perfect form.

Just like how sales pages and funnels are used to sell products and services, the same funnel formula is being used by some of the best webinar marketers as well. It’s not just about letting your audience know about an upcoming webinar, it’s also about preparing them and gaining their trust throughout the process.

With all of that being said, one of the best ways to back up such statements is to look at some of the latest industry numbers from ClickMeeting, an online webinar solution that has hosted over 600,000 events with over 17.5 million attendees in 2018 alone.

Webinars are no longer just for selling high-end products or services, but are often used for product demos and employee training, online courses, business meetings and collaborations, and a wide range of other useful methods.

With so much focus on webinars and how they often lead to a much higher ROI, it’s strange how there are still some brands and businesses on the fence about using them.

What’s even more exciting is the huge technological advancements in webinar integrations and how live social video, CRM-based lead scoring, in-webinar interactivity and post-webinar remarketing with ads come into play.

As we continue to learn more about how different businesses and organizations are using webinars to grow their reach and bottom line, it’s also important to take a look at the latest advancements and features of live webinars today.

To make this process easier and more efficient, we recommend that you take a look at ClickMeeting and sign up for their free 30 day trial. There is no credit card required, and you will have access to try out each of the latest features and advancements below.

Let’s now take a look at some of their most recent and advanced webinar features.

We are Now in the Age of Paid Webinars

Traditionally, webinars are used to nurture leads with educational content, which gets your audience ready for you to hit them with a sales pitch towards the end of the presentation.

Webinars are key for this model, because they allow you to take a relatively un-nurtured prospect and then demonstrate the value of your product to them – which often takes anywhere from 30-90 minutes, depending on how long your event is.

However, what if there was a a way to just have a webinar and already be profitable before going live?

That’s exactly what you will find with ClickMeeting’s new “Paid Webinars” feature, which allows you to do precisely what it sounds like – setting up webinars that you can charge people to attend.

This could work extremely well for a wide range of opportunities, but some quick ideas include closed community open Q&A sessions, quick lessons and teaching, or even pre-selling a low webinar fee to make sure that your attendants are pre-qualified for high intent. This is what’s known as the “value ladder” sales model, because by making it easy for people to say yes when you start offering them products, you’re making it even easier for them to say yes to your higher-priced subsequent asks.

We’ve already seen a bunch of marketing gurus play around with these types of paid webinars, and they work very well. If you haven’t tested your offer or business model through this new pathway yet, it’s definitely worth a shot.

Webinars Are All About Engagement – Not Getting Lost

If you’ve ever run a webinar by yourself, then you know how overwhelming it can sometimes get. You need to make sure you are talking at the right speed, covering all of your bases and answering any questions that come up in real time – all while you’re a bit distracted by the number of people entering and leaving the event. All of this is normal.

The one thing that gets hurt by all of this, is the lack and attention and engagement with the audience watching your webinar.

ClickMeeting has created the necessary tools and features to make sure the conversion in your next webinar isn’t completely one-sided. Instead, it’s all about the conversation with your audience, and making sure they don’t fall behind if they show up late or have a question.

No one likes a one-sided conversation, and besides, if audience members don’t have a platform to ask questions or get feedback, how are they supposed to have trust in purchasing a higher end product for your webinar? Some of the benefits associated with ClickMeeting Q&A and private chat in your next webinar include:

  • Make your webinars extra interactive and engaging.
  • Allow late attendees to catch up and get clarifications.
  • Manage real-time feedback and reactions.
  • Avoid chaos by deciding whether to accept, reject or edit the comments.
  • Enable private discussions to ensure confidentiality.
  • Store your chat history for future reference when following up with leads.

If you were to run two webinars side by side with the same audience, it would almost be a given that the one with these chat and Q&A features in place would outperform the other one in all ways. This is something every webinar host should try and split test with their audience.

Webinar Integration With Everything

Digital adoption is something every business on the internet strives for. It’s the process of running your business seamlessly while using all of the necessary technology, tools and automation around you.

When it comes to webinars, there are many different ways you can track stats and improve performance. The problem is, most of these needs to be done manually or coded into the system – which is something most business and brand marketers would never want to deal with.

ClickMeeting hasn’t just been adding more features and tools to their platform, they’ve also been working on their integrations with other solutions as well.

With lead tracking and ROI always at the forefront of focuses for businesses, it’s important to be able to track where webinar attendees are signing up for your event, if they are converting and how you can advertise and remarket to such audiences through media buying and social media.

Some of the latest integrations include Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, and Facebook Pixel – which, among other advantages, all unlock your ability to remarket to your webinar attendees through search, social media and on various third-party websites.

With each of these now in place, anyone using ClickMeeting webinars to generate business now has another level of deeper stats and marketing tools at their disposal.

How to Scale Your Business with Efficient Webinars

As you can see, there have been plenty of improvements to the way marketers and brands can use webinars to grow their businesses and generate additional revenue – outside of the traditional methods that many of us know and have used over the years.

Gone are the days of just going live with a webinar and having it be a one-sided, one-to-many conversation. Now it’s all about engagement, all while not being required to pay hefty programming or customization fees to get what you are looking for. Throw a lead generation and sales funnel into the mix, and there is no reason why you couldn’t see a drastic increase in conversions and revenue on a weekly or monthly basis.

If you already have an existing webinar marketing plan in place, now is a great time to start implementing these additional engagement, targeting and performance features as well.

The world of online marketing and authority branding is changing all the time – make sure your content creation and marketing efforts are changing with it.

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Whiteboard Video Marketing Tips and Stats for 2019

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Whiteboard animation videos can help with your conversion rate on your website. Unbounce estimates that you can expect as much as a 20% increase in page visits and a decrease in page bounce rates. A study by Wistia, a company that follows the demographic trends of video marketing, reports that users spend an average of 2.6 times more time on sites that have a video than ones that have no video.

With the importance of user engagement and viewership on our minds, today we are going to dive deep into the world of white board videos – in reference to their content creation process, user engagement, and how their information is being consumed at much faster rates than other types of online video.

Stats on Video Animation Effects

More stats on how video animation does with potential clients reveals that 87% of businesses are currently using video as an important marketing tool. This fact alone illustrates how important business owners view video content to help them increase their ROI and reach their target audience.

They also released stats on the following:

  • 87% of businesses now use video as a marketing tool. (This figure has seen a sharp rise from 63% in 2017, and 81% in 2018.)
  • 91% of video marketers consider video an important part of their marketing strategy. That’s an increase from 82% in 2017 and 85% in 2018.
  • 83% of marketers say video gives them a good ROI (up from 78% in 2018.)
  • 90% of video marketers feel the level of competition and noise has increased in the past year.
  • But despite this – 99% will continue to use video in 2019, with 88% saying they’ll spend more than they did in previous years.

Why Whiteboard for Explainers?

There’s been a lot of discussion as to why businesses should use whiteboard animations instead of other types of animation videos such as character animation, for example. Whiteboard animations are done in such a way that they command the attention of the viewer from the beginning to the end of the presentation.

These types of videos capture the attention of the viewer by presenting drawings, text, and other objects that appear on the screen in a particular order. This is more inducive to explainer videos because it allows you to present an explainer video in an educational but captivating way.

How to Beat the Competition

Another important reason to use whiteboard videos is the fact that the competition is fierce. It is estimated that competition online has increased by 90% over the past few years. This is because so many companies have gone online, making it harder to compete with similar businesses than before.

When you create a whiteboard video, you are putting your brand in front of your target audience in a way that improves the level of engagement and understanding of your brand more than most other media.

Making sure your audience understands your brand and your brand philosophy is essential. Whiteboard animation videos help you explain this in a way that they can know through visual images. Because whiteboard animation shows the viewer the entire presentation from start to finish, there may be less of a bounce rate and people leaving your page before they are finished watching.

Forbes Magazine makes the point that having whiteboard videos to illustrate your brand, products, or services is a great move for the following reasons:

  • It is simple to do
  • Inexpensive compared to other types of ads
  • Science proves it’s effective
  • It can go viral more easily

“The Draw Shop” researcher, neuroscientist Carla Clark, who specializes in neuropsychology focused on the effects of various types of imagery on the brain. She stated that the more simple an object is the less effort the brain needs to have to process the image. She went on to say that people are more likely to relate to the image on a personal level which would appeal to the limbic aspect of the brain which is responsible for the processes one uses when purchasing many cases.

For example, which of these two signs do you see as being more effective? Results will vary based upon your individual thought process.

As you can see, there is real scientific evidence that whiteboard animation stands out when it comes to appealing to the mind and the way it works in the average viewer’s neurological network system. There is real scientific proof as well as when you see the results that whiteboard animations have toward an effective marketing campaign.

Appeal to Their Child Side

Another reason whiteboard animation works are that it is sort of like a fantasy or cartoon. Many people grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons, and they have a sentimental attachment to them. Who doesn’t remember their favorite cartoon character? They might be reminded of their childhood when they watch a particular animated character or a cartoon animation. For whatever reason, whiteboard animation is more effective than most other kinds of video, so it is worth looking into as an option.

Expense is Low

The whiteboard video animations, when compared to traditional video such as someone would have gotten done at a TV studio years ago, is substantially lower. Someone can make a whiteboard animation themselves in one afternoon or evening with the right software or tools. They’re all so many online sites which allow creators to produce an animated video at a fraction of the cost if I could have done before.

What whiteboard video can do for you

For the small business owner who wants to engage their audience at a higher level, close more sales and explain their processes, products, or services in a simple way that will appeal to even the most critical buyers, whiteboard animation is an excellent solution for you. You can stay within your budget quickly and easily by having a whiteboard animation created, and you can be as creative as you want by adding graphics, motion graphics, character animations, or other objects that can fly on the screen at certain times to engage your audience.

It’s also important to note that whiteboard videos have proven to be extremely effective throughout the world. simpleshow reports not only longer viewership and engagement on whiteboard style videos, but also that respondents with a perceived low knowledge level showed the strongest improvement in knowledge due to the video — which is key when trying to portray a message to an audience through social media or when content is being viewed on a mobile device.

Meeting Your Goals with Whiteboard

Obtaining new leads and customers that will be loyal to your brand is your focus if you’re a small-business owner. You must figure out how to stand out among an ever-increasing crowd of people who also have the same goals you do. Success is simple if you have a plan. It is the wise business owner who includes whiteboard animation videos as a part of their regular campaign plan and incorporates it into their entire marketing plan.

Tips to Getting Started with Whiteboard Animation

There are several things you need to focus on if you are working on setting up a whiteboard animation. First, don’t just do “one video.” The “one hit wonders” only work in the music world.

In business and online for the average eCommerce owner, you have to think in terms of how to captivate your most valuable audience and keep their attention long enough to move onto your “call to action.” Whiteboard animation helps you do this by taking the viewer through the entire sales pitch in an exciting way.

Follow these tips to get more out of your whiteboard video marketing videos:

  1. Have a clear message and goal that you wish to reach through your videos.
  2. Sketch out a sequence or write a script that you want to follow.
  3. Imagine yourself as the viewer. What would you want to see to make the message more clear?
  4. Make your call-to-action clear and focused on one primary action, such as “Click here to buy now.”

Planning is essential if you want your result to be what you envision it to be. So write down your plan, then research ways to create your whiteboard videos.

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The Map to Monetization: How to Set Up Adsense on YouTube

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Curious about how to set up AdSense on YouTube?

Did you know the British gamer, Daniel Middleton (DanTDM) made over $16.5 million in 2017 from his YouTube channel? Evan Fong made over $15.5 million, and Lilly Singh earned over $10.5 million.

If you’re anxious to get a piece of the action, we can help. All you need to is set up an AdSense account and get some fans. Read on to discover how.

Enable Monetization

The YouTube Partner Program

January 16th, 2018, Google announced new eligibility requirements for YouTubers who want to use AdSense. They say it is part of their effort to reward those creators who make YouTube great. And punish spammers, bad actors, and other impersonators who try to take advantage of creators.

For your account to be eligible for AdSense, you must reach the following thresholds:

  • The channel must reach 4,000 watch hours
  • The channel must reach 1,000 subscribers
  • Both must be accomplished within a 12 month period

To learn more about what it takes to create a successful and popular YouTube channel, take a look at the channels on this list. Pretty much everyone on this list is going to be monetizing their latest videos through the Adsense method laid out in this post.

You must also follow the steps listed below.

Step 1

Read the YouTube Partner Program terms. Then agree to it.

  1. Start by signing in to YouTube.
  2. In the top right corner of YouTube, select your account icon>Creator Studio.
  3. In the left menu, select the Channel>Status and features.
  4. Click the Enable option under “Monetization.”
  5. Read and accept the Partner Program terms.

When you’re ready, move to the next step.

Step 2

Create your new AdSense account or connect your existing account to your channel. To earn money from your videos, you need an AdSense account.

  1. After you read and accept the Partner Program terms above, you’ll be redirected to AdSense.
  2. Check to ensure the email address in the top left corner matches the Google account connected to your YouTube account.
  3. Accept AdSense association.
  4. Provide your contact info and submit your AdSense application.
  5. AdSense will redirect you back to YouTube.

Note: to ensure you receive payments, log into your AdSense account and make certain you resolve any payment holds. After you resolve any holds, you can be paid after your earnings reach your payment threshold.

Step 3

Determine which type of ads to run on your videos. After this step is completed and your channel is approved, you’ll start earning money.

  1. Confirm that you want to monetize all your existing and future videos.
  2. Check whichever boxes apply to you under the Ads format option. Mark the ad types you want to show.
  3. Click Save.

Note: these settings aren’t permanent. You can adjust them again later if you wish.

Step 4

When you reach the thresholds listed in the “Enable Monetization” section above, you’re ready for your application to be reviewed. After you submit the application, YouTube will make sure your channel’s activity adheres to the following rules:

They’ll contact you when the process is complete.

After You Discover How to Set Up AdSense on YouTube

Ok, so now that you’ve figured out how to set up AdSense on YouTube, it’s time to personalize your channel. Use Adobe Spark or similar apps to create a professional banner, channel icon, and other channel art. Also, make sure to fill out your “about section,” and upload a profile pic.

Most importantly, include keywords. Head to Creator Studio>Channel>Advanced. Then type your words in the box labeled “Channel Keywords.” Also, include them in your video titles and descriptions.

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So long and good luck!

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