Category: Strategy

This beautiful piece of animation and storytelling has a purpose but it’s not hitting you over the head with brand messaging. Chipotle understands that you don’t need to cram a certain number of brand mentions or integrations for a marketing video to be effective. With this viral video concept Chipotle has found a way to communicate their mission of “changing the way the world thinks about and eats fast food” that is emotionally engaging and powerfully connects with the viewer.

We don’t even see a logo until the last few seconds of video.

The video also leads to an interaction element – the game app, for people that want to continue exploring this world Chipotle has created  and through that learn more about where our food comes from and what it takes to produce it.

The behind the scenes video is worth a viewing as well.

How can you use these ideas and concepts in your video marketing efforts?

In this episode taken straight from the Sociable Video Training Course, I will teach you how to overcome your fear of being on camera. It’s very common and natural to not like being in front of a video camera but it’s something that everyone can condition themselves to overcome.

Becoming the face of your business and appearing in your video marketing can be a game changer! People buy from people and want to connect with YOU.

All My Eggs in Udemy Basket

Prepare yourself for a little bit of a Udemy love fest. Over the past several months I have become a pretty big fan of what they are doing. So much so that although there are a few drawbacks, that I will discuss in a minute, I have decided to offer my Sociable Video Training Course exclusively on the Udemy.com platform.

Even though I had been planning on writing this blog post for several days I have received a couple inquires as to why Udemy! Why not sell through Clickbank or JVZoo and take advantage of those affiliate communities? Why basically give Udemy your customers and build their business? Why give them 30% and sometimes more commission on your course?

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UPDATE:

Udemy has changed the payment structure for Instructors:

If Udemy brings a student to a course, the revenue shared with instructors is 50%. If the student comes through the instructor, the revenue share is 100% (minus any credit card processing fees).

I believe this to be even more fair for everyone involved.

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All valid questions that were considered carefully. Before I get to the answering of those questions and sharing more of my reasoning let’s rewind a year- for a little back story.

A year ago I hadn’t even heard of Udemy and the online training trend had just begun to grow. While I was writing and shooting my course I was also building my own membership area to house all of the course content. There were several reasons for doing it myself – mostly so I could keep the most profit and also build my own customer base.

There really wasn’t a lot of good options for creating a membership area and eventually I settled on using WordPress and WishList Members. I put a ton of time into designing and setting up the membership area. The software was fairly easy to use but not very efficient for uploading over 50 videos, over 50 audio recordings and organizing it all into a user intuitive interface. It just wasn’t a platform geared towards online training.

I then signed up for a Clickbank account to use for payment processing and to hopefully tap into the large pool of Clickbank affiliates. Clickbank has been the dominant player in the internet marketing payment processor and affiliate program hybrid field for years. I always thought the Clickbank system was a little archaic looking and clunky- but it works.

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I was all ready to launch with my own setup and then I ran into Udemy! “Hhhmmm this looks interesting and pretty perfect for what I’m doing but dang I don’t know about giving them 30%!” By this time Udemy and the online training ‘movement’ had really started to pick up some steam.

Because Udemy isn’t exclusive I thought it wouldn’t hurt to sell my course in two places- my site through Clickbank and on Udemy for those that found it through their marketplace or promotion.

If the backstory was boring you and you are half asleep now- Wake Up! Here’s where I get into the pros & cons of Udemy!

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Dove’s new sponsored programming campaign is genius. First of all it’s directly in line with the rest of their ‘Real Beauty’ campaign. However, more so then Dove’s past efforts it delves into the world of organic and emotionally charged content.

The concept of having an FBI trained forensic artist draw pictures of women described by themselves and then described by someone they just met is among other things, highly creative. It also tugs at the emotional strings of it’s target audience and hits upon common concerns among women. In fact it’s so effective that it moves people not in it’s target at all, like myself.

The branding only appears subtly at the end of the video and even before the logo fades up there is a url displayed that will take you to more relevant information. In this case more of the side by side comparison sketches and video profiles of the individuals involved. This Call To Action keeps the conversation going.

Yes Dove is trying to sell something. Yes they want your money. But rather then cramming the product down your throat they are creating something of value and of interest to you first. This is a much more effective video marketing strategy.

More details here @ Adweek and more video content from the campaign can be found at Dove.com/realbeautysketches

The critical first 15 seconds of any video

It’s absolutely vital that the first fifteen seconds of any video you produce for your business be highly engaging.

Take note…

Research has shown that if a viewer makes it past the first ten seconds of a video they are much more likely to watch the majority or even finish watching it.

If you are unable to peak interest and suck a viewer into your world during this very short time frame all the hard work you have put into video production will be in vain.

A little dramatic I know but most businesses are still making the mistake of opening with a cheesy and slow motion graphic or just going right into the content without any sort of introduction or tease of what’s to come. As viewers we need to be continually fed valuable or emotionally connecting reasons to keep watching your content.

It’s your job to give them those reasons.

Here is a closer look at what elements can be used to in your videos and at what point to use them to mentally trigger your viewers to keep watching:

Jump on over to ReelMarketer.com to read the entire article. Thanks!

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Check out my latest article on the best tactics to leverage YouTube for Business over on Udemy’s blog.

YouTube is where the eyeballs are. In fact YouTube is now where over a billion sets of eyeballs are every single month. The vast majority of those eyeballs belong to what Google & Nielsenare now calling the ‘C Generation’. The C Generation is supposedly a state of mind and is representative of those that ‘care deeply about creation, curation, connection and community.’

Generation C is made up of 80% millennials which also happen to be YouTube’s core audience. YouTube users are also very likely to constantly use a mobile device during the day to consume media so your videos must be optimized for all viewing platforms.

However, the C Generation is not YouTube’s only audience. All demographics are now consuming video online at growing rates and primarily on YouTube.

Read the entire article here!

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I’ve been loving Francisco’s blog over at SocialMouths lately. There is a million social media blogs out there but this one stands out for me. He uses a clean, easy to read blog design and frequently publishes concise, informative and fun posts. Even if I am knowledgeable on a topic he is covering their is almost always a new piece to the marketing puzzle I pick up on while reading.

His latest post How to Build Instant Trust on Your Website is no exception. It’s a great article complete with lot’s of eye candy graphics and statistics!

In this post I would like to humbly add on to the building trust conversation started in his post. In addition to the valuable strategies discussed in Francisco’s article I would like to add one more. I think it’s the most powerful way to instantly build trust on your site but still is one of the most underutilized.

Yup you guessed it! VIDEO. And even better- QUALITY VIDEO that is well lite, sounds great, engages and is properly featured on your site.

At this point if you want to jump over to read Francisco’s post first, feel free to do so. Just be sure to come back! :)

In Francisco’s article he talks about the human connection factor and never is that factor more direct on your site then when you are leveraging video. Your followers can see you, hear you, and connect with you on subconscious levels that are not possible with text and photos.

In my new Sociable Video training course (to be released soon) I have a whole episode called ‘Leverage The Human Connection Factor Of Video,’ this episode and six others are completely free if you sign-up for my newsletter using the form in the right hand column.

People buy from people and huge companies spend millions trying to humanize their brand to emotionally connect with potential customers. You can do this too by becoming the face of your brand and appearing in video content targeted to your audience. A welcome or product demo featured on the top of your site can go a long way with connecting with your visitors and making them feel more comfortable. Later when they read something you have written on your site they might even imagine your voice and even your face speaking to them. This brings more color to the written word and makes it more powerful as well.

Let’s take a look at some people leveraging video content correctly. It’s interesting that two of the sites Francisco’s uses to demonstrate other trust building strategies are doing a good job utilizing video as well. However with different degrees of prominence and focus. Let’s take a look at those sites and then one more I think is really leveraging video in the correct way.

First up let’s look at Lewis Howes site:

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Lewis features a video fairly close to the top of the page that begins by telling his story of how he went from playing professional arena football to becoming an internet marketer. The production quality is solid (produced by Mashable) and your interest is instantly piqued by his unique story. He goes on to tell the rest of the story of his business and give lot’s of great tips on using LinkedIn to grow your business. Within the first minute you are already emotionally invested and have started to trust Lewis. He speaks with authority but with a likable tone on topics related to his market.

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I’ve been considering simplifying my site design at SociableVideo.com (even though I just launched) to be a more focused landing page that features my explainer video. After hours of searching I still have not found one that fits all of my needs but I have come across several that I like.

Below are my top ten video landing page templates that might be just what you are looking for.

Side Note: There are several video landing page templates out there that are more sales page oriented and have that “internet marketing” look. I know a lot of these type of pages have been proven to be very effective sales wise. However I personally think they look cheesy and like someone is trying to force sell me something. I prefer to go a more professional looking route while still utilizing some of those same sales page elements.

1. The Landing

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2. GoLanding

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