Impact of Online Video

Online video has a terrific impact. 

The internet has created great waves of changes that rippled through every aspect of human life. In the business sector alone, technology played a great role in the shift of marketing strategies used to promote a product or a service. The internet in general and online videos in particular have replaced the traditional advertising uses of TV, radio and print. With millions of people using the internet at any given time, it is definitely the biggest market any business can take advantage of. A lot of promotional strategies are being made online to get exposure for all types of companies.

Online video marketing is becoming one of the best ways to promote a business.

online videoRecent research shows that online videos are getting more and more popular. YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion are but a few of the various video hosting sites available on the web where companies can upload their videos and have potential customers watch them with a single click.

Statistics show that these online videos can be very powerful sales tools.

  1. Video in an email leads to a 200 – 300% increase in click-through rates.
  2. After watching a video, 64% of users are more likely to buy a product online.
  3. 50% of executives look for more information after seeing a product/service in an online video.
  4. 86% of colleges and universities have a presence on You Tube.
  5. 65% of marketers plan to increase their mobile ad budgets to account for video.
  6. 87% of online marketers use video content.
  7. 96% of B2B organizations use video in some capacity in their marketing campaigns of which 75% report positive results to their ROI.
  8. 75% of online video viewers have interacted with an online video ad this month.

Importance of Online Video Marketing

The increasing trend for online video marketing is due to the numerous benefits of using videos for marketing purposes. Here are the top 5 benefits of Online Video Marketing.

1.  People enjoy online videos

A great many people favor watching recordings over reading text. In this fast paced world it is typically much easier to have a video load up rather than having to skim through a written article to gather information. With user controls on the videos enabled, users can even skim through online videos to get the information they need. And with the better interaction of videos, users typically remain on a site two minutes longer than sites without online videos.

2. Accessible On Demand

One motivation behind why there is more online video watchers compared with TV commercials is that the previous online recordings are constantly accessible on request. In the event that a viewer likes the video, he or she can share and download them. TV ads are only accessible during the program on which they air is live (or recorded). It is much simpler to click a link or image to access the online video.

3. Reasonable

Present day innovation has made online marketing videos less expensive and simpler to create. Cheaper cameras and easy to use editing programs make the video production process much less expensive than in pre-HD days.

4. Expanding Traffic and Conversion

Because of its appeal, online videos can go viral and get exposure much more quickly than text based information about your business.

5. High Rankings in Search Engine Results

Since Google and other search engines now incorporate online videos in their search algorithms, ranking in the search engines can be done more easily with video – if done properly. We addressed this topic in our blog years ago. 

To break out of the pack, online videos need to address audience needs.

Creating a fancy, hilarious online video that goes viral is a great goal, but just because videos gets lots of views, it does not mean that the companies that created them are turning those views into profits. The key is to be sure to target the right viewers. If you identify your correct target audience, you can uniquely get your sales message across to those clients who will actually send you money for your product of service.

And isn’t that what all our marketing efforts should be about?

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

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 1/31/17

Here’s our latest edition of Video Marketing Weekly.

viral videoWe’ve compiled these articles from around the web from the past week. Since 2017 is the “year of web video” there’s no shortage of great articles out there.
The lead article for this week’s compilation of articles from around the web is one titled “This Viral Marketing Video Reached 250 Million Views in Just 24 Hours.

Now, it’s doubtful that our BtoB or BtoC clients will ever get a video with THAT kind of reach.

But how about reaching several hundred or several thousand of your top potential clients. That we can help with. And the article underscores several of the traits necessary to get your video noticed and shared. And who doesn’t want that?.

Our first disagreement is that we see no evidence of that happening, and secondly if companies are going to take their video marketing efforts in house, it needs to be done slowly as a company ramps up its commitment to making marketing videos. We’ve assisted a number of companies do this over the years, but it’s way too simplistic to think that this can be accomplished with the snap of the fingers.

But please check out this article and the various articles 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 you video marketing, just 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 (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 1/24/17

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

We’ve assembled many articles from around the internet from the past week. Folks are cranking up the dialogue for an exciting year of video marketing. 2017 will be showing lots of new innovations in the field.

artificial intelligenceOn that topic, the lead article for this week’s compilation of articles from around the web is one from MarTech Advisor titled “How Marketers Can Use Experiential AI to Jump Start Video Marketing.” The article begins at a very high level and identifies for example, Saas from Magisto,is a good one and comments that the new platform “uses artificial intelligence to help drive the transition from traditional marketing creative to digital-first, mobile video marketing for businesses of all sizes.”

This certainly only scratches the surface of using AI for video marketing.

Not only will it speed the video creation process but be extremely useful in tracking, serving, and increasing ROI.

But please read over and the various articles and see what you think.

Let us know. 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 you video marketing, just 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

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 1/17/17

Here’s our latest edition of Video Marketing Weekly.

We’ve compiled these articles from around the web from the past week. With the new year, people are getting their keyboards limbered up again to share about video marketing.

The lead article for this week’s compilation of articles from around the web is one from MarketingProfs titled “Three Major Shifts That Will Transform Video Marketing in 2017.” The article is a good one and agrees with us that in 2017 video marketing will be bigger than ever.

However we have a problem with major shift #3 in their article, which talks about the trend of bringing video production in house to increase its return on investment.

Our first disagreement is that we see no evidence of that happening, and secondly if companies are going to take their video marketing efforts in house, it needs to be done slowly as a company ramps up its commitment to making marketing videos. We’ve assisted a number of companies do this over the years, but it’s way too simplistic to think that this can be accomplished with the snap of the fingers.

But please check out this article and the various articles and see what you think.

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 you video marketing, just 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

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 1/10/17

Here’s our weekly gathering of posts and articles from across the internet about video marketing.

We’ve gathered these articles from around the web from the past week. With the new year, people are getting their keyboards limbered up again to share about video marketing.

The lead article in this edition’s is titled “3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Diving into Video Marketing.” With just three tips on video marketing, it is pretty short, and some of the biggies are not included, such as knowing your audience. That seems to be implied to a certain extent, but tht shouldn’t be assumed.

But please check out the various articles and see what you think. 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 you video marketing, 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…

 

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 10/18/16

Here’s our collection of information and articles about video marketing that we have gathered from around the web the past week. The main article this week features tips for your success with video marketing – give it a look!

At Penrose Productions we are delighted to offer this collection of articles to help our clients and others become better informed in the arena of video marketing.

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