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Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 11/7/17

This week the Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions has articles for you.

Free or cheap sources of stock footage and images are the subject of the lead article in thisstock footage week’s Video Marketing Weekly. Video marketers can always use additional sources of stock footage that are copyright cleared, and when they are free or minimal cost that’s the best of both worlds.

The lead article is titled “13 Stock Video, Stock Image, and Stock Audio Resources for Creators and Marketers.”

In the article, the author shares a variety of sources for stock footage that can be exploited, rather used, to enhance video quality. That of course helps build audience interest and gives video marketers a leg up on delivering their message to their intended audience.

The author has uncovered several sources that we were not aware of and intend to use them in future video projects.

Another great free source that we would add is stock photos from Pixabay.

We’ve written previously about the use of stock footage.

For example, we have written before about the importance of being able to spice up your videos with stock footage. Also, we have blogged about the introduction of Pexels (which is referred to in this week’s lead article) videos here,

Regardless of whether you use stock footage or not, we would be delighted to help you pick the right approach to videos for your marketing efforts.

Over our 3+ decades in business video production, we have lots of expertise in helping businesses develop just the right approach and appeal to their intended audience. Our experience in both video and business has developed our knowledge base for getting companies aimed in the right direction for their video marketing efforts.

Our company’s mission is to put our 36+ years of video production and marketing expertise to work for companies of all sizes.

So please let us know how we can help you. We’d be delighted to help define and determine the targets, audiences and strategies for your video marketing.

There are several other informative articles in this edition of the Video Marketing Weekly, so be sure to look at them. There are lots of helpful of ideas in there.

For help with your video marketing strategy — and to help pick stock footage that can help your video marketing message — call us at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273

 

 

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 10/31/17

This week the Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions has some terrific articles for you.

storyboardingStoryboarding your marketing video can be a crucial first step to creating a successful. And you don’t need to be or hire a professional artist. Storyboards give us a much more vibrant look at what we will see on the final video.

The lead article is titled “How to Storyboard a Marketing Video (Even when you’re not an Artist)”

In this article, the writer makes the point that “Working on these things ahead of time helps ensure the final product is exactly what you envisioned.” This is true, and we have found that many people lack the vision to see how the video will turn out. A storyboard helps rectify that condition

Regardless of whether you actually create a visual storyboard, we can help immensely by guiding you through the prodcess – artist or not.

Throughout our more than three decades creating business video production,s we have lots of expertise in helping companies develop just the right approach and appeal to their target audience. Our expertise in both video and business has advanced our knowledge base for helping businesses to aim in the right direction for their video marketing efforts.

We have been true to our company’s mission of  putting our many hard-won lessons in video production and marketing expertise to work for businesses of various sizes.

So please let us know how we can be of assistance. We would be more than thrilled to help you define and determine your targets, audiences and strategies for your video marketing.

There are many informative articles in this edition of the Video Marketing Weekly, so be sure to look them over. There are many helpful ideas in there.

For help with your video marketing strategy — and to get headed in the right directioni — call us at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273

 

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 5/3/17

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

Sales funnels and the videos that should used at each place in the those sales funnels are the focus sales funnelof 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

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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