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Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 11/21/17

This week the Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions has some very informative articles, including info on streaming video.

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This week Penrose Productions has a treat. We have some articles on quality live video streaming broadcasting on Facebook Live and YouTube. In these articles, explore how to broadcast streaming video to your business related quality via Facebook and YouTube.

Use live streaming video to showcase your brand’s message.

In this lead article this week, the author introduces a great mobile production app Switcher Studio. This app will help you to brand your live streaming videos, showcase your logo and share images, links, or video clips with viewers.

In your live streaming video you can easily use the Switcher Studio app, using your IOS devices as a camera. Check out our newsletter to see how.

This week the lead article is titled “How to Easily Broadcast Multi-Camera Live Video for Facebook Live”.

As the author shares, Switcher Studio is great if you want to use your iPhone for streaming video. If you have and want to use something of higher quality like a DSLR or video camera, we have you covered. Check out Webcaster X2 which lets you stream to FB from any camera you already have.

This article also helps you how to manage the tech side of a Facebook Live show using Switcher Studio.

Be sure to look at this article. And let us know if we can help you define the targets and strategies to brand your streaming videos on social media.

We can also share several techniques of streaming videos that appeal to your target market.

Over our 36+ years in video production and marketing, we have extensive expertise helping businesses create the right approach and appeal to their target audience. Our expertise in both video and business has earned us the acknowledgment and capability to get companies aimed in the right path for their video marketing initiatives.

Contact us so we can assist you to understand the focus on, strategies, and audiences for your potential video marketing requirements.

Parenthetical, there are many other interesting articles in this edition of the Video Marketing Weekly, so please make sure to take a look. There are bunches of help for tips and hints contained therein.

For help with your video marketing technique– and to get the focus on your live video marketing efforts– call us at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273.

 

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 10/17/17

This week the Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions has some excellent articles for you from around the web.

YouTubeThis week we have a few articles about your online marketing videos that you’ll like. These musings on video marketing and its use on social media are part of another great compilation of articles in this latest edition of the Video Marketing Weekly.

In today’s online world, video is a critical tool.

YouTube video marketing can help viewers get quick information, be entertained, and solve their business problems. Check out the newsletter to see how.

This week the lead article is titled “Help your video rank higher! On YouTube! Real study! 12 tips!”

As pointed out in the article, YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine and social media site after Google. This article shares several good tips for increasing the ranking of your YouTube videos by working on optimizing your video content, improving your SEO efforts, and firing up your channel.

We’ve been at the forefront of video marketing for years – check out our most recent post on the topic.  We have lots of experience and knowledge about what works.

Let’s help underscore the first point of the article – that short videos are best. The article says that this is so that people will watch them and digest their contents, but the article ignores a very important additional fact that follows from that. Beyond supplying your sales message, consider that the more views a video has, the higher it ranks in the search engines, all things being equal. And to count a “view” it must be played for over one-half of the length of the video. Therefore, it’s much easier to get views with a short video than a long one.

So short videos help you in two ways.

If you have a dynamic video marketing idea, we can help profoundly by leading you through the process.

With our over 3 decades in creating business video productions, we have lots of practical experience in assisting companies in developing just the right strategy to motivate their target customer. Our experience in both video and business has advanced our credibility as experts in aiding businesses that want to aim in the right direction for their video marketing efforts.

We have worked tirelessly to fulfill our business’s goal of applying several hard-won lessons in video production plus our advertising expertise to improve services in many niches.

Kindly let us show you the way we could be of help. We would definitely be able to help you improve in this area, and help develop strategies to hit your target markets with video advertising and marketing.

For help with your video marketing technique– and to get the focus on your sales and marketing efforts– call us at Penrose Productions: 650-969-8273.

 

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 10/3/17

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

This week we have a few articles about online marketing videos trends that you’ll like. These musings offer another great compilation of articles in this latest edition of the Video Marketing Weekly. The prime article points out some trends in video content marketing in today’s online world. Check out the newsletter to see how.

This week the lead article is titled “Top 10 Video Marketing Trends And Statistics Roundup 2017.”

In this changing world, you have to think again how to introduce your brand or business to your customers. The article points out that video marketing creates powerful customer engagement. So your video marketing should lead your marketing efforts.

This report is from Tubular Insights. It says that 64 percent of consumers purchase after watching branded social video content.

In this article, author gathered does research that says video will be next trend for boosting your marketing strategy.

So if you need help, we would be delighted to put our more than 3 decades of video production and marketing expertise to work for you.

Therefore be sure to let us know if we can help you set the targets and strategies for your video marketing.

At Penrose Productions we’re pleased to share this collection of video marketing articles to help our clients. We share about the many opportunities that these video marketing trends bring. There is no charge to subscribe, so please do.

So 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

 

Video SEO Secrets They Just Don’t Tell You

Video SEO is to be regarded as important to your video content as regular SEO – it does the same job.

It will help your content get found. Working on your video SEO increases your visibility in organic search and across YouTube as a platform.  It will promote your YouTube channel and it also gives your content a visible edge when shared on other social media platforms.

You need to treat your videos as a different type of content that should be optimized for Google algorithms. SEO Heroes offer digital marketing solutions that are great to take advantage of, but why shouldn’t you be helping yourself along the entire way, here are some secrets about Video SEO that will help you get your videos ranked before you go to the pro’s:

Video SEO keywords need to be researched.video seo

What are the main keywords that best describe your video and business? Can they be combined?  Ensure that you do keyword research to find the most popular search terms for your subject. After all, what good is it to rank for search terms that nobody looks for? After you have chosen the appropriate keywords, then ensure that you ping your YouTube channel to the myriad of update services so that Google and the other search engines will crawl.

Video SEO means you need a catchy title.

Nobody has ever persuaded anyone to read anything when there is a boring title. It’s the same for video. If you want to stand out, be sure to stand out! Make sure your video triggers interest in someone who’s searching, while still using your keywords.

Make A Full Description

Even though technology advances every day, the Google/YouTube bots are still unable to watch your video to determine what it’s about. So this is where descriptions come in. A description box is also a place where you tastefully place some additional keywords, but don’t go overboard. In this way, the bots understand what your video is all about and rank it higher.

Don’t ignore your transcription

There are multiple reasons for this. First we don’t want to forget the hearing impaired. You want to reach them with your message too. YouTube will automatically create a transcription through their voice recognition algorithm, but it’s not perfect.

Which brings us to reason number 2. Because YouTube “knows” what your video says through voice recognition, they learn much about the content of your video for their search results. Make sure you have the correct transcription included in your video’s description to give it an extra good SEO boost. This gives the bots an extra thing for crawl and rank.

Annotations

Do you want to get your audience at certain points in your video to take an action? Do not overlook annotations. Don’t go overboard and have them running over the entire course of the video – no one wants to be closing boxes when they are meant to be watching a video. But strategically located annotations can get your viewers to head over to your website or other web location to take your desired action.

Add calls to action at the end of the video

Most people and companies that post online video don’t follow the basic best practices such as creating “compelling visual content combined with a well-designed title that includes your keywords and a call to action.’’ Generally speaking, the call-to-action should encourage viewers to do something. This includes making a phone call or visiting a site where they may be exposed to a product, service, or content that’s designed to turn them into buyers.

Add Metadata To Your Video Sitemap

You should create a video sitemap so you can provide metadata when you post a new video to “improve Google’s ability to integrate videos into search results,” according to Google. Sitemaps should contain HTML code that identifies video titles, descriptions, and other tags.

These are many of the steps needed, and of course, doing these well to maximize video SEO takes lots of practice.

Keep doing this and you will succeed. Or you can give us a call at Penrose Productions to get on the fast track for video SEO.


GUEST POST – ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.

 

The First Goal of Your Marketing Email

Precisely What is the First Goal for Sending Out a Marketing Email to Your List?

marketing emailOur staff not too long ago asked a group of small business owners who use marketing email the following: “At the time you transmit an email to your list, exactly what is your primary goal?”

Some of the responses we obtained were …

– To get readers to open it

– To get viewers to GO THROUGH it

– To supply some valuable information

– To build connection

– To sell a product line

These are all pretty good answers …

But they’re also all BAD replies.

Of course you would like them to open the e mail, read the web mail, develop some connection, possibly present some helpful data, but not one of these are your primary goal.

So exactly what is?

To get the CLICK.

That’s it.

Everything else in your marketing email is just in support of that foremost intention, getting these people to click on the link you transmit to them. This forwards them down your sales funnel and helps bring in more business. Not every subscriber will be in need of what you are writing about, but to increase their chance to self-select as they travel into your funnel, you must initially secure the CLICK.

Ideally, you want to guide your list to click your links as if (please pardon the expression) mind-numbed robots.

You want them to click automatically – without any thinking – since it is what they consistently do when they open your web mails.

You do not need to sell the services or product. The sales page or video presentation you direct them to should do this for you.

You don’t want to explain to them each thing about the blog post you’re delivering them to. The post will do that for you.

Your purpose is simply to get the click.

How Can You Improve the Click-through Rate of Your Marketing Email?

People will like you and TRUST you if you give them great info that helps them. Clicking the link is just a natural extension of that.

You might give them a really useful tip on what drives super targeted traffic, but to learn how to do it, they must click the link. You haven’t actually sold that product or service in the email, but you have sold them on the method. The product or service is simply an easy shortcut to using that method to get the result.

Don’t always send them to sales letters; send them to fun stuff, too. Try sharing it with your list. Remember, you want to get them in the habit of automatically clicking your links.

Now and then surprise them with something free. For example, your email tells them a method to build their list using Facebook. You send them to a link that will give them 5 more list building methods. And when they click the link, they see a very short sales page offering the product for FREE. How much do you think they love you right then? And what are the odds they will click more of your links in the future, just in case there’s something else for free on the other side?

Of course, your list and your particular niche could necessitate slightly different approaches. But bottom line, your key, number one intent of email marketing is ALWAYS to obtain the click.

Because the more trained your list is to click, the more income you will generate in the long run.

Want to find out more about email marketing and sales funnels?

Phone us at 650-969-8273 or check out our email services online and our people can advise you just how we can serve to help you get started.

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 searchGoogle 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

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.

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. Then you need to know 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.

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One of the most successful video marketers is Gary Vaynerchuk. He got his fame and fortune with 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.

The Facebook video algorithm picks videos to show and suggest that keep people on the Facebook platform. Facebook does not look kindly on links YouTube videos posted on their pages. Instead, they favor Facebook videos posted directly on Facebook. Those are given a higher preference than any other metric – images, outbound links, status updates etc. So you can see that Facebook is doing whatever it can to keep users on Facebook, rather than links that send the viewer off their site.

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 likely to need your brand or service. As a result, you are automatically increasing your engagement. This happens because folks that are interested in your brand are more likely to share and interact with your videos.

This gives 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.

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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.