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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?

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 3/21/17

Sales funnels are the topic of the lead article on video marketing from this week’s the Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions.

sales funnelSales funnels and the videos that should used at each place in the those sales funnels are the focus of the lead article in this week’s Video Marketing Weekly. Sales funnels are crucial to online marketing, and companies need to be aware of how to best move their customers deeper into the funnel.

For a definition of sales funnels, please see an earlier blog post on our blog.

The lead article is titled “5 Types of Video Content Perfect for Each Stage of the Customer Journey.”

In the article, the author suggests that educational videos should be used and the top of the funnel, and explainer videos can best be used in the middle of the funnel. In addition, testimonial and demos should be used at the bottom of the funnel.

While in general we have no big argument with the suggested types of videos placed in the sales funnel, we would argue that the type of video used is more dependent on the type of audience.

For example, we do lots of work in the BtoB space and when a potential buyer enters that sales funnel in a field such as high tech, it is typically with a high degree of knowledge and understanding. As such, the buyer does not need the extensive education suggested by explainer videos in the article.

We would be delighted to help you pick the right approach to videos for your sales funnel – based in large part on the sophistication of your buyers.

Over our 3+ decades in video production, we have tons of experience helping businesses craft just the right approach and appeal to their audience. Our expertise in both video and business has earned us the knowledge and ability to get businesses pointed in the right direction for their video efforts for their sales funnels.

We exist as a company to be able to put our 35+ years of video production and marketing background to work for companies of all sizes.

So please do get in touch with us so we can help you define and determine the targets and strategies and audiences for your future video marketing.

There are several other excellent articles in this edition of the Video Marketing Weekly, so please be sure to look them over. There are many helpful of hints and tips contained in there.

For help with your video marketing strategy — and to identify your target audience for your sales funnel — call us at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 3/14/17

Check out the articles on video marketing from this week’s Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions.

Google searchesGoogle searches is always a topic of interest and we have an article to share that confirms and agrees with our thinking.

Each week we curate the best video marketing articles from around the web for you. This week the article we are most focused on from this latest edition mirrors many of the things we’ve been saying for years.

In a Forbes article titled, “5 Reasons to Incorporate Video into Your Next Marketing Campaign” we find confirming evidence of the importance of videos in Google searches.

The first point in this article screams at the reader to use video to improve their Google searches.

In his first point, the author says that “62% of Google searches feature video, and it drives an average 157% increase in organic search engine traffic. In fact, in our own tests, videos shared on social channels generated more than 10 times the shares of text and still images combined.”

We’ve been banging that drum about Google searches in our posts for quite some time. Our first posting on the topic was about 3 1/2 years ago.

That’s where we can help businesses of all sizes. Our expertise has earned us the knowledge and ability to get business gather top Google searches. It’s a highly specialized area of video marketing that is best left to the pros.

We are delighted to be able to put our 35+ years of video production and marketing experience to work for firms of all sizes.

So please, get in touch with us if we can help you define and determine the targets and strategies for your video marketing in the future.

There are several other good articles in this edition of the Video Marketing Weekly, so please take the time to look them over. There are lots of hints and tips contained therein.

At Penrose Productions and Marketing, we are happy to work with clients in all types of verticals, and doing so is one of our strengths.

For help with your video marketing strategy — and to produce that crucial video that you know you’ve always needed — call us at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 2/28/17

Here’s our newest edition of the Video Marketing Weekly.

Here we go with another of our weekly compilations about video marketing. We’ve gathered articles from around the web and curated them for you here for easy and quick reference.

This week, the lead article, “5 Things You Should Know About the New Age of Video Marketing” continues the theme of the takeover of marketing by video.

The article focuses on five key points that a new video marketer should keep in mind when adding online videos to their marketing repertoire.

The brevity of the article prohibits an in-depth look at each of the five areas. For example, point number one is that one needs to use creativity in their videos. While generally true, we would assert that this is much more important in the consumer marketplace.

This is because, as we always say, one must know your audience that you want to target. Being located in Silicon Valley and having a large number of tech clients (who sell to other tech clients, not consumers) there is a strong attitude of just “delivering the steak, not the sizzle.” Let’s face it, when the audience is largely engineers, computer scientists and other techies, dancing bears and the latest music track are not what interests them.

We would love to put our 35+ years of video production and marketing experience to work for you. So be sure to let us know if we can help you define the targets and strategies for your video marketing.

There are many additional articles in this edition of the Video Marketing Weekly, so we hope you’ll explore the hints in them to aid your strategy and tactics for using video marketing to increase your bottom line.

At Penrose Productions we’re pleased to share this collection of video marketing articles to help educate our clients about the many opportunities that video marketing brings as part of a modern digital business mix. There is no charge to subscribe so please do.

For help with your video marketing strategy (and to create that crucial video that you’ve always needed) call us at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273

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!

 

 

 

 

 

New Free Stock Footage Source

Free stock footage site just opened for personal and commercial video productions.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, business videos get a real deal if they can use free stock footage rather than pay for a crew to shoot it new. Many times you can practically get away without shooting a specific scene to underscore your point. This cutaway (or B-roll) footage can just convey the “feeling” for what is being said rather than specifically illustrating your point.

Here is an example of one of our videos that includes stock footage:

Rather than shoot any of this footage, the video is created entirely from live action and animated stock footage.

New we see that there is a new company that is giving away stock footage for free. We’ve yet to see what the catch is, so we suggest you take advantage of the source while it is still free. The license information indicates that you can download the footage for free and use it personally or commercially.

free stock footage

Because the video portion of the site is new, there is not an excess of free stock footage, at least as pertains to video.

However, the site has had free photos available for awhile, and there are lots of free stock photos there.

So use Pexels for stock footage if you find something to your liking — you can’t beat the price. It is free stock footage, after all.

 

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Get Me on Page 1 of Google

Today’s business people always seem ask, “Can you get me on page 1 of Google?”

Frankly the short answer is that yes we can. It’s all a matter of what you want to get to page one of Google for. What keywords will help people to find you when they search for your product or service?

As we’ve pointed out in an earlier blog post on review videos, when new clients evaluate a business or product that they are not familiar with, they’ll often look for reviews of that business or product. While some will go directly to Google Plus or Yelp or some other review site, often they will do a simple Google search which includes this information:

  • city and/or other location name
  • business or service type
  • followed by the word “review”

Will customers discover your business if they search using that keyword phrase?

One of the quickest ways to say yes to “Get me on page 1 of Google” is to have a review video.

92% of Google searches never get past the first page, so when clients say “get me on page 1 of Google” they are asking a very relevant question. A business MUST be ranked on the first page of the search results. And once you are on that front page, a terrific way to get found is to have a video there. The YouTube thumbnail that shows on the page truly makes your video stand out from the rest of the text-based entries on the page.

get me on page 1 of google

Review videos are a terrific way to get your business viewed in a good light also. For the business that may have some negative reviews online, the review videos will of course feature only the very top reviews. The videos are completely accurate but naturally do not highlight the negative.

Recently I did a video to answer the request of how to get me on page 1 of Google and have posted it here.

As mentioned in the video, since we are the specialists at getting videos ranked onto page 1, we’re looking forward to doing it for you. Your yearning to get me on page 1 of Google will be satisfied – guaranteed!

To get YOUR review video produced and ranked onto page 1 of Google, it’s actually cheaper than you think. To learn more, look at what we do here at Penrose Productions. To get us to get your video ranked in the search engines, give us a call at 650-969-8273.

 

Obstacles to Video Marketing Success

Recently we read about video marketing success in a report that was published in June 2014 entitled “B2B Video Marketing: B2B Benchmarks and Best Practices.”

This report was produced by Demand Metric Research Corporation in partnership with Ascend2, and it was sponsored by VidYard. video marketing success as found in demand metric study The report was a study in which 398 marketing sales and business professionals worldwide were polled regarding their use and video marketing successes with B2B videos. And all of the respondents had either used video for BtoB marketing or were planning to.

There were a number of interesting findings in the study.

One included what the respondents felt were the obstacles to video marketing success. We were dismayed (but not surprised) to read that 47% of the people responding to the survey cited a lack of budget for their video has an obstacle. Fully another 45% indicated a lack of in-house resources or a problem.

I suspect strongly that these two categories are both largely the same respondents to the survey.

Creating compelling content was another major factor users said was another obstacle to video marketing success.  To us this merely underscores the fact that many of the people in the B2B marketing world do have an understanding of the need for Media Marketing, but do not have a strong comprehension of what it takes to create a successful video. In the remainder of the study, B2B marketers indicate strong understanding of the process. This indicates that they know how to what to do with the videos once they have been created.  However it did not seem that many of them on grasped what was necessary to create those videos in the first place.

As a professional video production company, our job is to lower those barriers of entry to B2B marketers who realize the need for good strong videos.

Obviously if they do not understand how to get them created efficiently and effectively, they are not going to continue with the video production process. The plain truth of the matter is that many videos are not very expensive to make and instead can be produced at a price that’s returns a great ROI. Many videos such as this one below have in the relatively simple production cycle and do not require extensive (if any) use of video cameras and the recording of video and audio on location or in the studio. As you can see in this video we have not used a video camera to create the visual images necessary to communicate, yet it is a video marketing success. Instead we use the video editing process to merge graphics, narration and music. We also have the ability to use stock footage in video production as well, also avoiding the need to hire a camera and crew.

The primary challenge begins with the lack of an effective media strategy before beginning the video.

And as it turns out this was the fourth greatest obstacle to video marketing success as defined in the study. In fact 33% of the B2B marketers realize that they lacked an effective strategy. This indicates some awareness of the problem, however a full 26% of the of people who responded suggested that producing studio quality video was also an obstacle to video marketing success as mentioned above. Studio quality video is NOT necessary in order to effectively communicate the message and of course this is particularly important when budgets are limited. So if we may be so humble we would like to suggest that you contact us at Penrose Productions so that we can discuss with you ways in which the video production process can be effective for you and maximize your ROI.  Time after time we have seen that he budgets do not have to be nearly as high as you fear.

YouTube Video: Making your Video Go Viral

YouTube Videos rule the internet and there is no better platform for making your video go viral.

Going viral is a universal, if lofty goal for just about any YouTube video. However, it takes large portions of both skill and luck to have the video get millions of hits. Especially so in the arena of business videos. But are millions of hits necessarily the goal?

In this excellent cartoon from Scott Adams, Dilbert has an accurate assessment of what it takes to create a viral video, while the third (unidentified) person at the table has the luck to be in the right place at the right time.

viral YouTube video

One of the key panels is #5 where Dilbert shares that he has no relevant skills for the assignment his pointy-haired boss is giving him. We’ve commented often, business video quality is key and best left to the pros. That’s what we’ve been providing clients in Silicon Valley and around the world for over three decades.

But since we consider ourselves to be your YouTube video partners when we undertake a project, we’d like to share some insights on getting your YouTube video seen by others.

First you have to define the goal and the audience for your YouTube video. What good does it do to have 5 million hits when they come from viewers who couldn’t care less about purchasing your business’s product or service?

So it’s a matter of scale as to what defines “viral.” For example, if you are marketing in the BtoB space to a specialized product or service through your YouTube video that has a potential universe of 5,000 engineers throughout the world, 1,000 views would be a great accomplishment.

On WikiHow they have a list of 10 steps for How to Make a Viral Video. The problem with the article is that it does not go into any detail for the ten steps. However, there is a key point in item #4 that is worth noting – you need to have is video that is at least one of these six, plus the last one:

  • Unique
  • Funny
  • Stupid
  • Dangerous
  • Strange/Weird
  • Gross
  • Worth talking about

We particularly like the last one — the YouTube video has to be worth talking about. At least in the community that is your audience.

If the video can also accomplish some of the other characteristics, fine, but we don’t typically produce professional videos that are stupid, dangerous or gross. For some odd reason, those don’t often seem compatible with a professional business YouTube video.

If your business is in the consumer marketplace, then the elements of storytelling, excitement, etc. become much more important. Again, the target market must always be kept in mind, but the goal for consumers is to get them to SHARE the video.

This is an excellent article on creating consumer viral videos. But again,we come back to the need to have your video produced by a professional. As Dilbert noted above, you have to be trained and experienced — don’t try this at home!

But remember, even if you become a YouTube video master, there is no guarantee that you will make money from your video.

Monetization is in important part of the goals we mentioned above, and for the majority of businesses to goal is to engage and inform potential buyers about your products or services so that they will want to do business with you.

 

 

 

 

Business Videos: Quality is Key for Shareability

We recently read a business video article titled “10 Ways Video Can Increase Conversion Rates.”

In this article author Sharon Hurley Hall makes a point that we have been advocating about business videos for over three decades: the smart marketer uses business videos BECAUSE THEY WORK. In her article, she lists 6 ways for business videos to boost conversions with an additional 4 methods to improve conversions.

Boosting conversions has always been a by-product of great business videos, but now it’s easier than ever online.

online video

 

Back in the day before online video (yes,there was such a time, and we were there) the term “increase conversion rates” meant using videos in ways different from how it’s used in the 21st century. In the 1980s and 1990s we urged our clients to make sure their sales and marketing videos were seen by their customers by some or all of these:

  • making mass copies of their program on VHS tape and sending them out, either solicited or unsolicited
  • offering a copy of the video in print ads
  • giving copies of the video away at trade shows and/or playing it on a TV in the trade show booth
  • having their sales reps take the video and show it to the potential client.

So even then, our customers reported great success in raising conversion rates because business videos actually enabled their customers to see the process, service, product, etc. at work.

This was a particularly effective tactic when the process, service, product, etc. shown in the business videos was otherwise difficult to demonstrate or visualize.

Another benefit of the business videos was that they allowed our clients’ customers to see a process, method, assembly, etc. that was performed in foreign countries. This became more of a factor as globalization increased. It was much easier for our clients to send us abroad to capture footage that could be shown in a video than it would be to send or request that their customer travel abroad to see the process in person. Such international business videos gave us the opportunity to travel overseas for such work. Here is an example of one shot in China in the 1990s.

Back to the Hall article, of the 6 ways to increase conversions she lists the following four that have always been true since we began producing business videos:

  1. Build trust
  2. Grabbing attention
  3. Answering questions
  4. Telling your story

In addition,she rounds out the list of six with two ways that have really only blossomed due to being able to place business videos online:

  1. Keeping visitors on your site
  2. Being shareable

These two additional factors create very important opportunities for businesses of all sizes.

In attempting to maximize their search engine credibility with Google and other search engines, companies can increase their search engine power by maximizing the time visitors spend on their web site. Videos can help. YouTube and Google both give search engine power to videos that are not just viewed, but viewed through until the end.

The longer the video is watched, the more credibility it has in the search engines.

As we pointed out before, this argues strongly not just for using videos, but for producing GREAT business videos in order to increase user engagement.

Obviously Google does not arbitrarily assign ranking factors in their search engine algorithm. Their goal is to create the best user experience possible so they give more credit to videos that are watched to the end. Watching to the end indicates that the user was engaged and interested.

But they also favor videos that are shared, hence the shareability factor cited in Ms. Hall’s article. Shareability also indicates that users like and are interested.

Also, the more times a video is shared, the more it is watched, and therefore the more views it receives. So more views means higher rankings for your business videos and web pages in Google, all things equal.

So to the articles list we would emphasize quality for your business video.

After all, this comes complete circle back to the issue of conversions. A well produced business video will generate trust and attention and allow you to tell your story, answering questions as needed.

This will help you get positive responses and conversions from your existing customer base as get you found and generate conversions from new clients looking for your product or service on the web.

We’ve written more on the need to outsource your business videos before.

Obviously we think we’re the solution. Feel free to call us for your no-obligation consultation today.