Old Marketing Methods: Don’t Waste Your Time

Old Marketing Methods have given way to new search and buying trends

In the past, businesses used old marketing methods because they were the best way to advertise – in the Yellow Pages, newspapers, or other traditional advertising sources. Nothing could offer the kind of convenience and reach to potential customers compared to a highly visible and well-placed Yellow Pages listing, or newspaper ad. However, everything has changed drastically.

The fact is, the world is rapidly transforming from analog to digital. People now consume more digital contents on a daily basis, on their smartphones, tablets, and desktop PCs at work, just to mention a few. Online marketing/digital marketing is the real deal in this century. Having an online presence is now essential for each and every business or brand.

Are traditional means of advertising dead?

As a matter of fact, the advertising model embracing the media of old marketing methods (newspapers, Yellow Pages, and other traditional forms of advertising) basically doesn’t appeal to today’s consumer.

old marketing methodsNowadays, the first point of call for a customer before doing anything is to search online.

Before making any purchase, buyers try as much as possible to gather more information about the product or service online, from the comfort of their home, or at work. Not only do customers find online search convenient, but they are also able to gather more information compared to the streamlined information provided by newspapers, and the Yellow Pages.

What causes this?

A recent study revealed that commercial purchases now utilize online channels both for making research and purchasing. Online channels have now surpassed more traditional buying channels. Some of the reasons for this include:

  • Easy experience

Buyers want a simple, easy, and convenient shopping experience. The only way this can be achieved is through online channels. With a quick online search, buyers are able to either get or learn what they want as quickly as possible rather than having to spend a lot of time searching through the Yellow Pages or newspapers.

  • Full product descriptions

The search for a full product description has influenced more buyers to use online searches. Online videos are often viewed to get specific features and benefits. Buyers now also seek full product descriptions, specification sheets, and instruction manuals. They also want related questions about the product, reviews, and other helpful information. All these are some of the advantages offered by online searches that remain unmatched through traditional means.

  • Mobile Friendly Websites

What purchasers want is a straightforward and intuitive experience they can easily navigate through while shopping, and not some bulky paper listings. This has brought about the development of mobile-first e-commerce providing shoppers with an easy-to-navigate shopping platform, whereby they can do research and place an order anytime they find convenient be it at nights, during the holidays, on weekends, and so forth.

  • In-stock Inventory

Furthermore, buyers want product listings to be up to date, and also have an idea about when the product is available for pickup. Online listings are usually up to date as compared to newspaper, or Yellow Page listings.

What is the way forward?

As of 2013, about 81% of buyers conducted online research before making purchases. 60% start by making use of a search engine to find the products they will like to purchase, and 61% will read product reviews before making any purchase. Certainly, over three years later, these would have only increased. On average, consumers usually go as far as visiting up to three online stores prior to making their purchase.

Good marketing makes the company look smart. Great marketing makes the customer feel smart.” – Joe Chernov.

It is time various business organizations and brands abandon old marketing methods and begin to incorporate digital marketing more. Companies of varying sizes should not waste their money on Yellow Page advertising. Business organizations can meet the information and shopping needs of their various customers, and in the process, benefit from increased deals and sales.

The outline for achieving your business objectives lies in your online marketing strategies. You have to be flexible and versatile enough to make proper adjustments and adequate changes necessitated by the environment to effectively attain your goals. Business owners need to focus more on their online marketing and digital marketing strategies. In other to achieve this, your business or brand will need an online presence, a website friendly to search engines, an active social media campaign, and lots more.

We can help.

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 2/7/17

Here’s this week’s edition of our Video Marketing Weekly.

video engagementWe’ve gathered these articles, blog posts, etc. from around the web from the past week. And since viewer engagement in 2017 is going nowhere but up, there’s no shortage of great articles out there.
In fact, the lead article for this week’s compilation of articles from around the web is one titled “How to Use Video Content to Accelerate User Engagement.

The article gives us a look at how much video helps with online marketing. In fact, it says that “landing pages featuring video content increase engagement by 80%.”

Wow, who wouldn’t want that kind of increase in viewer engagement?

Although the numbers are amazing, it comes down to one point, if you aren’t using online videos, your viewer engagement is suffering.

 

Please be sure to check out this article and the many other articles from the past week and see what you think.

There are several other articles listed that can help with your video marketing strategy and approach. We would love to get your opinion on any of the articles curated in this week’s edition. And if we can help you in any way with your online video marketing, just give us a call.

At Penrose Productions we are very happy to share this collection of articles to help our customers and others be better informed in the arena of video marketing. Why not consider subscribing?

For help with your video advertising strategy (and to create that semi-viral video that you’ve always wanted) give us a call at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273

Getting Banned from YouTube: Your Competitor Can Do It

If you think that getting banned from YouTube is difficult, you probably play by the rules and can’t imagine how or why that would happen.

You are also being a bit naive. banned from YouTube

YouTube can be a wonderfully powerful force for businesses of all sizes in sharing their videos with the world in general, and their target audience in particular. Not only is YouTube a free, high quality storage platform for videos, thanks to it’s search parameters it helps those videos to get found. In fact, we’ve helped lots of companies accomplish this.

Think of the sheer size of YouTube:

  • The total number of people who use YouTube – 1,300,000,000.
  • 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute!
  • Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day.
  • YouTube gets over 30 million visitors per day

(statistics thanks to fortunelords.com)

Over the course of its development, YouTube has evolved into a platform with a large set of rules and regulations to be followed by people uploading a video.

A YouTube channel owner has to be aware of the hazards of using this usually reliable marketing asset.

If you have a video channel which supports your website or business, you have to not only be very careful with YouTube policies, but be prepared to defend them. You could get banned from YouTube without any prior notice.

We saw this happen recently when the channel owned by Legal Insurrection was banned from YouTube.

The channel was removed without any prior notice based on third-party claims of copyright infringement. Although these claims were submitted by a political rival, the fact that the channel was banned from YouTube was so complete that even original videos created by the channel owner were banned by YouTube.

Fox News reported this ban on the channel imposed by YouTube, without any notice and can be read in detail here. Despite your political views, the fact that this could happen so quickly, completely and unjustifiably should be a concern for all channel owners.

So this should serve as warning to all YouTube channel owners that they too could be banned from YouTube and a substantial marketing asset eliminated, simply because of a complaint by anyone  – including a competitor.

Therefore, it is important to be extremely careful while uploading your content so your competitors can make no third party complain of copyright infringement or any other irregularity against you. Here are some additional suggestions that you can adhere to in order to stay on the right side of YouTube laws:

Only use content that you own or produced

This is obvious – if you don’t own the video or have the right to do with it as you please, it may get banned from YouTube. the process for your competition to dispute your ownership is very easy, do don’t give them the opportunity. This is the easiest way to get banned from YouTube. The only way that you can use content of others on YouTube is to use videos marked “creative commons.” That gives you the go-ahead to use the footage.

Thumbnails

YouTube gives channel owner the choice of three possible thumbnails, which are random images from the video as it is uploaded. We urge channel owners to use their own custom thumbnails. While deciding the thumbnail for your YouTube video, be careful. A misleading picture which attracts a user to see the video may go undetected by the YouTube algorithm but will surely be picked up by your competitor. Therefore, add relevant thumbnail pictures that apply to the actual content of the video.

Don’t get software to generate traffic

For several years, channel owners could  purchase views, likes and subscribers for their YouTube videos. They have figured that out and now the ability to uncover such trickery, and it will get you banned from YouTube quickly.

Video description

Write a long and ample video description of 500 words or more. Explain your involvement in the creation of the YouTube video. This will cement your ownership claims.

Read the fine print

In order to save you the hassle of trying to restore a channel that has been banned by Youtube, read the fine print before clicking on the “accept” button. Knowing the rules and regulations will make you less probable of breaking them without knowing.

As a subsidiary of Google, YouTube follows the policy of making it very difficult to speak with a real human being.

So it is difficult to rectify the situation if you are banned from YouTube. Our recommendation for a fail-safe solution is to be sure that you have all of your videos backed up on other media. If the worst happens, you can re-upload all of the videos to a new channel. But since you would lose all the prior views, likes, comments, etc. it is best to avoid the situation in the first place.

Postscript

The Legal Insurrection channel has been reinstated after much pressure. But it took a lot of work on the part of the channel owner, something we all want to avoid.

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 1/3/17

Here’s our latest collection of posts and articles from across the web about the subject of video marketing.

We’ve curated them from around the web from the past week. Despite the holidays, we’ve got some good video marketing articles for you.

The lead article in this edition’s is titled “Create an Amazing Promo Video.” There are some nice tips in here for those of you trying to get your arms around a promo video for your company or practice.

Take a look, see what you think, and if we can help you in this or any area of video marketing, of course just pick up the phone and give us a call.

At Penrose Productions we are delighted to share this collection of articles to help educate our customers and others so they can be better informed in the arena of video marketing. Why not consider subscribing?

For help with your video advertising strategy give us a call at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273

YouTube Marketing Videos for STMicroelectronics

YouTube Marketing to the max with the folks at STMicro.

When we see our videos being used heavily in YouTube marketing it truly gives us a warm tingly feel up our leg (with apologies to Chris Mathews). And that’s exactly what happened with the recent shoot and edit we did for STMicroelectronics at their recent Developers Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

During the conference we had multiple crews traveling around to capture interviews, demonstrations and presentations as arranged by the client. The folks with STMicro were a joy to work with as they were extremely organized and very helpful in capturing the important parts of the conference.

YouTube marketing

Creating a series of videos for YouTube and other purposes was the goal for capturing the various aspects of the conference so thoroughly.

As our crews worked seamlessly (but on a tight schedule) they floated from one event or presentation to another in order to meet the need of our client for their YouTube marketing needs.

Here are a few of the efforts that currently reside on the STMicro YouTube channel as a result of our efforts:

From an efficiency point of view for their YouTube marketing, the strategy was brilliant.

Because they had the many presenters available in one place at one time, their YouTube marketing efforts were maximized for the dollar.

Stay tuned for more videos used in YouTube marketing…

 

Facebook Videos for Marketing

Can Facebook videos be used along with YouTube and other platforms for marketing?

Video marketing involves knowing where your audience spends most of its time and knowing how to tap into that audience. In the age of social media, Social media platforms are numerous, but your potential customers probably favor one or two over the others. if you are a business that has clients who frequent social media platforms (and that’s almost everyone nowadays) you need to be sure to reach them where they hang out.

This is particularly true in the area of video marketing.

For example, you shouldn’t be posting Facebook videos when trying to show off your product or service for industrial uses. Your target market does not look there for what you have to offer.

facebook videos or youtube

One of the most successful video marketers is Gary Vaynerchuk, who has succeeded wildly with his videos where he tastes and recommends (and coincidentally – not! – sells) wine. He points out in his article that if you want to do Facebook video marketing, you need to embed your videos directly on Facebook.

If your customers hang out on Facebook, you need to take this advice to heart.

That is because the Facebook video algorithm for which videos they will suggest and show actually strongly favors those who stay on Facebook. Facebook does not look kindly on links YouTube videos posted on their pages. Instead, they favor Facebook videos posted directly on their platform. Those are given a higher preference than any other metric – images, outbound links, status updates etc. This change allows Facebook to keep users on its platform instead of sending them away to YouTube etc. for viewing videos.

So if you want your video to get exposure and possibly go viral, you need to upload Facebook videos directly to Facebook rather than link to videos off that platform.

Further, as a video marketer, you need to harness the power of this increased preference for videos on Facebook by interacting with your audience using those native Facebook videos. Facebook also has powerful user data that you can use to target your niche audience using sponsored ads. By using targeting options such age, gender, location, interests etc. you can tap into users that are most interested in your brand or service. By doing this, you are automatically increasing your engagement since folks that are interested in your brand are more likely to share and interact with your videos, giving you the maximum bang for your advertising and video marketing buck.

Marketing Videos: what is the ideal length?

Marketing videos are victims of short attention spans.

When considering the length of your marketing video it is vital to keep in mind that the average internet user has an ever-decreasing attention span and lots of distractions which stop them from focusing on any one thing for a long period of time. A study from SumoMe that looked at 650,000 user sessions concluded that only 20% of people actually read articles from start to finish.

That means that your readers are figuratively running for the exits well before they have finished reading your article.

run for the exit

Wistia – a leading video hosting company – conducted a similar study for videos hosted on their platform to find out the relationship between video length and viewer engagement.

Video Length vs. Engagement

Wisita looked at data for 564,710 video and more than 1.2 billion video plays to come up with the following conclusions:

Ideal Marketing Video Length

Engagement is steady for videos up to 2 minutes which means that on average, a 90-second video will have similar engagement as a 30-second video. So, during marketing video production, you should not worry about the length as long as it is under 2 minutes.

After 2 minutes, engagement seems to drop off significantly with every second, and the correlation between video length vs. engagement shows an exponential decay. So, if your video is exceeding 2 minutes you are probably better off cutting it down to under 2 minutes.

The exponential decay starts to level off after the 6-minute mark and the engagement is steady for videos between 6 minutes and 12 minutes. In this case, it is entirely up to you to decide whether to longer or shorter based on your audience and content.

Marketing videos should be under 2 minutes if possible.

To sum it up, the ideal video length depends entirely on the viewer, the context, and the quality of production, but it is best to keep your videos under 2 minutes when you are just starting out.

New Approach to Review Videos for Rankings

Review videos can be short and sweet and still get on the first page of Google organic listings.

We’re trying a new approach to review videos for our local clients and it seems to be working well. The key is to get our review videos onto the first page of the Google organic listings.

Anyone interested in internet marketing should know that you MUST be on the first page of Google if you want to get found by people searching. 92% of people never move to page 2 and beyond.

We’ve written earlier about the positive impact that a company’s review videos can have on their marketing experts. And review videos fill a valuable niche when people search for a company and reviews about those companies. Or they may even search for a particular company name, plus the word “review.”

Our new approach is to do videos that each feature one review from a client’s Yelp page, Google page, web page, etc. and wrap an intro and close.

These review videos, while short, sweet and to the point, can be optimized correctly and by using our “review video magic” the video can show up on page 1 of the organic listings, not just the video search listings. Here is an example of the latest video that we did that got us ranked on page 1 overnight:

We just put this up for ourselves a day ago and it’s on page 1 of Google’s organic search already for “Silicon Valley video production company review.”

video reviews

Similarly, if one were interested in our company specifically and searches for Penrose Productions + “review” we also show up on the first page of the Google organic listings.

We will continue to test other videos with other terms and report back.

But we’re very optimistic that this will be a windfall for our clients once we post these video reviews.

If you would like a chance to see what these review videos can do to get your business found on the internet and drive people through the door, please give us a call at 650-969-8273

Thanks and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

Online Videos are Key to Reaching Younger Clients

Online videos are a favorite medium for younger consumers.

Younger consumers are much more likely to watch online videos since they can access whatever content they want when they want it.

Gone are the days when children would get up to watch their favorite morning TV show on a kid’s network before school or on weekends. No, kids aren’t into that anymore. Instead they get comfortable, pull out their smart phone or tablet, and watch online videos on YouTube or other online platform. Children and youth have moved away from TV culture. And as writer Jennifer Van Grove puts it in her article in the San Diego Union Tribune, they have cut the cord.

Youngsters are increasingly better with new technology at younger ages, with many using cordless devices proficiently as toddlers.

Pre-teens and teens now are commonly owners of their own smart phones, meaning that they have full access to media and social media networks any place and any time. If they don’t have phones it is likely that they have access to tablets or even laptops- and on any of these devices YouTube and Netflix are at their fingertips.

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Kid’s tend to have a preference towards YouTube, and are able to easily find the content they want. It’s basically their go-to entertainment resource. YouTube does have its benefits, with a number of tutorials and educational clips, and it also has a number of videos that could be deemed inappropriate for children, calling for parental guidance. But YouTube should be given credit for its web videos that are successfully targeted to the younger set.

YouTube has a number of video channels that are formed to deliver web videos to younger viewers, with many having tens of thousands of subscribers and millions of views.

Similarly, Netflix has family friendly options, the ‘kid safe’ areas, making it a bit of a safer place for children to browse. However, they still seem to be drawn more to YouTube, where they can pick and choose devices at their own preference and search for new interesting web videos that are either related to their preference or on topics and YouTube stars that are trending.

Google and YouTube are gigantic data mining organizations, and this includes gathering information across the internet, including web videos. This can actually help companies to advertise with web videos, not just to younger consumers but to those of all ages who watch web videos. And the numbers of people who do so is huge and growing every day.

Businesses that want to reach young consumers or consumers of all ages, should seriously consider exploring the potential of advertising on web videos.

There are a number of very inexpensive options that come with YouTube advertising, and we can help reach those for you. We’re sure that you’ll find the ROI strong and increasingly worth your while. Web videos have huge potential to effectively reach your target audience, regardless of their age group.

Short Form Videos: 3 Reasons Why You Need Them in Your Marketing Efforts

Short form videos can help conquer a compelling marketing problem in this day and age.

You have undoubtedly heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, which is correct, and then some. After all, the human brain is wired to process visual information far faster than text; 60,000 times faster actually! This is amply demonstrated in our collective preference for all things visual. We love watching movies, enjoy art, and seeing an event first hand is always more interesting than reading about it in the paper. So if you are reading around a thousand words for every picture you see, try imagining what your brain must be interpreting at 30 frames per second!

short form videoThis is probably why videos are becoming ever more popular a medium for consuming information. In fact 2015 has been called the year of video marketing as more and more brands are making video an integral part of their marketing strategy. Study after study is proving just how important video is. For instance, video is expected to account for 79% of all internet traffic by 2019 according to Cisco. As many as 52% marketers are also already admitting that video content offers better ROI than all other methods. Similarly, both B2B and B2C marketers proclaim that video marketing performed the best on social media.

Among the different types of videos that are available, short form videos have become increasingly popular in the past few years.

And short form videos are…?

Any video which is less than 10 minutes in length is a short form video, although its exact definition and length are a much debated topic. The hugely popular site Instagram recently added videos to their platform which allow users to upload videos which are 3 to 15 seconds in length. So popular were these formats that 1 million new Instavids were uploaded to Instagram within 24 hours of launching their video service! Likewise, the 6 second long Vines have also been well received by the online community. These trends highlight the change in the digital landscape; Youtube is no longer the go to de-facto destination for watching videos, as these platforms are also getting attention.

So, if you still aren’t sold on the importance of short form videos, here are 3 reasons which will convince you otherwise:

#1: Short form videos are all the rage on social media…

…as evidenced by the fact that Facebook owns Instagram, and Vine belongs to Twitter. Truth be told, you can produce some very creative videos which are 15 or even just 6 seconds long. Short form videos also break the viewers out of the monotony of long pieces, and provide them something short, sudden and interesting for a change. Shorter videos are easier to watch on slow connections and are quickly shared as well, making them perfect for social media.

#2: More people are on smart phones now:

According to metrics firm Ooyala, 44% of all video viewings happened on a mobile device in the second quarter of 2015, this is a 74% increase over last year. The study also found that short form videos were being viewed 67% more on mobile devices than tablets, TVs or desktops. Short form videos ability to present information quickly allows people to watch them on the go, making them ideal for mobile devices.

#3: Short form videos present many creative avenues:

Showcase a new product, tell your viewers about a new event, or give them a quick behind the scenes tour, short form videos are perfect for a plethora of different marketing tactics!

Let’s face it, attention spans are getting shorter each year.

As visual content is typically heavy on the bytes, it was hindered by the lack of availability of high bandwidth; which thankfully is no longer a problem. While short form videos are doing great, it is worth noting that the real trick lies in understanding the audience and providing them with an entertaining solution, while respecting their time.

Interested in exploring how short form videos can transform your business? Let’s get the ball rolling- call Penrose Productions today!

Parth Misra for Penrose Productions