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Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 9/19/17

Here are the latest tips for YouTube video advertising in our latest edition of the Video Marketing Weekly.

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This week Penrose Productions has some articles with tips for YouTube video advertising. They will help you to explore the quality of your business-related YouTube videos. We have lots of other articles from throughout the web this week. But the lead article features tips for YouTube ads and videos.

This week the lead article is titled “7 killer ad tips for YouTube & video.”

By Alexa rating, YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine. In every minute there are 300 hours of videos published on YouTube. So YouTube marketing gives you entry to a gigantic audience.

You should strongly consider YouTube video ads. They increase your brand value and spread your message to as many people as possible. You want this to be properly targeted to your target audience of course. This can be accomplished in many forms.

In this article, the author mentions that you can serve different videos to visitors who have different needs by using Google Tag Manager.

Here’s another of those great tips for YouTube. We would welcome the chance to help you with YouTube Video ads, or even YouTube videos that are not served via ads on YouTube.

Please be sure to look at this article and let us know if we can help. We can work with you to define the targets and strategies for your business branding for mass audiences.

We have over 35 years producing business video productions. This gives us tons of experience in assisting companies of all sizes to develop the right strategy to appeal to their target viewers.

In fact, we have a 100% satisfaction rating from our video production clients.

Our skills in both video and business have advanced our knowledge base for helping businesses to aim in the right way for their video marketing initiatives.

Naturally, at Penrose Productions we are pleased to share this collection of tips for YouTube video marketing, plus write-ups and posts to assist our customers to grasp the possibilities that video marketing brings. Why not subscribe so you don’t miss an issue? It’s free.

For assistance with your video marketing strategy (and to produce that shareable video that you’ve always desired) contact 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.

Video Marketing Weekly from Penrose Productions 2/21/17

Here’s the latest about social media sharing in our latest edition of the Video Marketing Weekly.

Social media sharingSocial media sharing is the featured topic in this week’s edition of the Video Marketing Weekly. While we have lots of other articles from throughout the web this week, the one that emphasizes social media sharing caught our eye.

This week, we didn’t focus on the headline article from our compilation, but rather we’re looking at a post titled “3 Way s to Get More Bang for Your Buck with Social Media Ads.”

The article has some good points about the platform you use for video ads, but we think the key point is the third one: “Always encourage social media sharing.”

This is often a tedious task, but one that can not be overlooked. In order to magnify your exposure to as many people as possible in your target audience, you need to promote social media sharing for your video ads. This can be done in many ways.

Please be sure to look over this article and let us know if we can help you define the targets and strategies for your social media sharing.

There are many additional articles in the Video Marketing Weekly, so we hope you’ll take the time to explore the hints in them to aid your strategy and tactics for using video marketing in your business. As always, let us know your thoughts on any of the articles gathered in this week’s edition, including the video research involved.

At Penrose Productions we are delighted to share this compilation of video marketing articles and posts to help our clients grasp the many opportunities that video marketing brings as part of your business mix. Why not subscribe so you don’t miss an issue? It’s free.

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

6 Ways to Create Social Media Brand Continuity

Creating social media brand continuity is crucial for serious businesses of all sizes.

With Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Vine, LinkedIn, Instagram, Reddit, YouTube, Digg, Google+ and so many other social networks at your fingertips it can get quite overwhelming to communicate with all of your followers at once.

social media brand continuityAnd as if keeping everyone engaged wasn’t challenging enough, it is also crucial that you create brand social media brand continuity across all channels. In other words, while you should adapt to the different platforms and their various audience types, you will also have to stay true to your core message that unites your target audience and entice them to keep returning to your brand.

How can you do that? Let’s take a look at six ways to create social media brand continuity.

1- Editorial Voice

Your editorial voice can evolve over time, but it should be clearly defined early on. Should your posts sound playful, serious, educational, professional, or even sarcastic? Decide for yourself which tone fits your brand best and stick to it. Over time, your audience will get used to a certain way you “talk” to them and they will come to expect it.

Your voice will also need to shirt slightly due to the constraints of the different media platforms. So be aware of any restrictions and what audiences usually use each platform. See more on #6, below.

2- Images, Design and Colors

After defining an editorial voice that reflects your brand’s core values and social media brand continuity, do the same for all the images, design elements, and colors you want to use. If you have found the perfect Facebook cover image, for example, use that same image and reformat it to fit the featured image areas on other social media platforms. Consistency is key.

Additionally, as every graphic designer will tell you, it helps to define an overall color scheme that you stay within for all your images and graphic components (e.g. buttons and frames) in order to establish social media brand continuity. Ask yourself, “Is my brand better represented by warm colors like red, orange, and yellow or cool colors like blue, green, and violet?”

3- Customer Relationship

Some brands are very close to their customers and provide 24/7 customer service to be easily accessible; others prefer to keep a distance and establish more of an authoritative role as a result of which customers feel a sense of privilege when getting to “talk” to them.

Both works, but once you decide which role your brand will play in customer relations, you should stick to it so that your customer base learns what to expect. Social media platforms are a perfect way to establish this role by using a clear editorial voice and a certain frequency in posting content and replying to customer requests.

4- Re-post Other Content or Critique It

Before a small business owner can worry about social media brand continuity, they have to worry about getting enough content. When companies start out and still have to work with small staffs, it can be a daunting task to fill the walls of all your social media accounts with fresh content on a consistent basis.

Instead of letting the quality suffer by producing more content with less substance, consider re-posting content from other sites and companies that could be valuable to your audience. This not only portrays confidence that you trust your audience enough to return to your brand after sending them somewhere else (of course try to avoid direct competitors), but it also shows that you know your domain and what you are talking about.

Or course, you must ALWAYS give attribution to the original author. No use risking your whole social media brand continuity strategy for ripping someone off.

Another sub-approach to this method is to comment on (either pro or con) about the content of the article. It takes much less time to do so than develop content from scratch.

In a way, you are using other, compatible companies’ content to extend your brand continuity.

5- Stay Authentic

Once a company is growing and the customer base expanding, chances are that a larger amount of people and potential advertisers will pull you in all kinds of directions to fulfill their needs. It’s crucial – now more than ever – to stick to your guns and stay true to your core values, what you stand for as a brand.

While that big check from a potential advertiser seems pretty sweet, it could potentially alienate your customers if the product you endorse does not align with your brand promise.

6- Platform Focus

“The more the merrier” principle does not apply when it comes to selecting which social media platforms to focus on. In fact, it will hurt your brand (and search engine rankings) if you try to reach everyone everywhere and as a result start copy-pasting the exact same content.

That’s because each network’s audience has different interests and ways of communicating. So focus only on a handful of social media channels that your marketing team can become an expert in and represent your brand in a tailored way that is still consistent with your overall message.

Conclusion

In general, take your time to research which social network platform has the largest share of your target audience and aligns most seamlessly with your brand promise. It will be much easier to create and maintain social media brand continuity. Make that your primary focus, and add the others to support it.

We have a variety of standard and customized social media programs to help get you started.

 

Nick Rojas for Penrose Productions

 

Testimonial Videos for Your Business

A testimonial video can help your company’s bottom line. But it can hurt your business if not done properly.

Testimonial videos can help any business out there wishing to make full use of modern tools to market their business. Video has emerged as one of the most powerful tools for communication in the modern world, and is gaining ground on text-based communication as the preferred mode of sharing information.

For a business, a testimonial video is the perfect way to engage with an audience ready to consume information.

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To come up with a truly great testimonial video, keep in mind the following:

  • Tell a story. It’s easy to find a loyal customer to endorse the business, saying how great they appreciated the product/service. However, viewers may find it boring. However, storytelling techniques have never failed to capture the interest of the audience. Find a customer that had a unique challenge for which your business provided a solution, and you’ll be able to connect with viewers instantly.
  • Keep it real. Video is the next best thing to a face to face conversation the audience will have with your business. Keep the testimonial real at all times. Modern viewers are quite adept at spotting scripted scenes, so avoid that. Let the characters express themselves in their own words.
  • Cover everything. Sure, the whole point of the testimonial is to convey how great your business is. However, don’t jump straight into the hard sell with the video. Cover the character’s entire journey, from how they discovered the problem at hand, what led them to your business, the problem solving process, and the results.
  • Use a professional video production service. To be able to capture all these aspects in a 2 to 3 minute video, you will require expert video production and editing services. Anyone can hold the camera and record, but it’s a real professional who can identify the touching points of the video that will best convey the message.
  • Keep it short. Concentration spans are slowly reducing. Most viewers will probably have a few minutes to spare to watch the video. Having the testimonial video go on and on for half an hour is bound to go unwatched. Keep the video short and concise; 4 minutes at the most. However, don’t skip over important talking points in an effort to shorten run time.
  • Be sure to promote the video. Share it with your clients and potential clients. The video is worthless if it isn’t seen by your intended audience. This can happen in a variety of ways, and we can help you create the apparatus for these placements if needed. They include:
    1. placing your video on YouTube and maximizing its search engine power
    2. sending links in promotional emails
    3. place the videos in white papers (.pdf’s)
    4. place them on your website
    5. play them at your trade show booth

Using these tips, your next testimonial video should have customers buzzing with excitement regarding your business.

 

 

Video Production Gets Lighter

Video Production Cost/Quality Trade-off Continues to Improve Thanks to Technology.

Yesterday we were back to begin an encore video production on location at Abbey Carpet in San Jose. This video production will be another Abbey video that will be part of their marketing efforts on YouTube and other small business web marketing venues.

As cameras get smaller and lighter we no longer need to rent expensive Steadicam plus operator for long tracking shots. In this shot our cameraman is using a relatively inexpensive Glidecam to move through newly remodeled sections of the store and finish on Steve Delamore, store owner. Steve only had to memorize the first sentence of his welcome, and then we will go to broll footage. He’ll narrate the remainder of the video later. With so little to say to the camera, we avoided the need to use a teleprompter.

Despite the lowering of costs through technology improvements, there are limitations. The HD camera mounted on the Glidecam is a great example of how great things are coming in small packages. Costing just a few thousand dollars, this camera is vastly superior to those we shot wiht in the 80s that cost tens of thousands. BUT the improvement isn’t infinite as you can see from the actual video itself.  It was shot on an iPhone and comes nowhere near the quality of the HD camera on the Glidecam.

We’ve heard many people talk about the excellent video that comes from the iPhone and other mobile devices, but we just don’t see it. For real video production that will present a positive company image, you’ve got to use the real thing. Book a pro with a real camera, audio, editing system and other video production accessories to do your production. Your company image is too important to rely on low quality.

 

 

Free Adobe Photoshop Graphics Software

You Can Get the World’s Gold Standard of Graphics Software for Free – Sort of.

free graphics softwareWe use graphics software extensively in all aspects of our business: video production, image correction, web design, etc. Not a day goes by that we don’t use Adobe Photoshop for one or more tasks. Photoshop is the gold standard for graphics software; the one that others try to copy because of its power and flexibility.

This graphics software is so powerful in fact, that we don’t use the vast majority of available functions. There is a great set of tools available and a great help system in the software if we want to do more. It’s truly designed for the graphics professional.

In fact, we used Photoshop to create this image of the software package in less than two minutes, combining the software box with the “free” sticker.

The problem is, while it’s an amazing graphics software package, it’s too darn expensive.

To appeal to the lower end of the market for graphics software, Adobe has been selling Photoshop Elements for quite awhile. It’s often bundled with other software packages and replicates many of the basics of Photoshop. But to get Elements you still have to reach into your pocket.

A great solution to the hand-in-wallet thing for graphics software is available at no charge. Adobe is GIVING AWAY older versions of the full Photoshop package at no charge.

The catch? These versions are several versions old and are no longer supported. And Adobe claims that they may not be compatible with newer operating systems. However, we have not seen this to be a problem.

So to get a full Photoshop version that will have way more horsepower than you ever need, you can go over to the Adobe site and download either the PC or Mac version of CS2  for free.

Business Videos on Facebook

Posting Business Videos on Facebook: What Day of the Week is Best?

Business videos are showing up increasingly in social media, especially on Facebook. The videos are all part of the trend to increasing social engagement on social media.

There was a great article yesterday by LinchpinSEO that showed the best days of the week to post on Facebiij business pages, segmented by industry. In it the author looks at the amount of engagement different Facebook posts received based on which day of the week they were posted.

Engagement was calculated giving most weighting to “likes” on Facebook, with lesser emphasis to comments and shares. The methodology is not shared in the article, so we’ll have to wonder if the percentage weightings were compiled from analysis of the samples, or whether they simply used standard Facebook engagement percentages.

Regardless, the implications for posting business videos is obvious. The savvy marketer has to include this in his or her bag of tricks.

It is highly instructive to those who market for the various industries mentioned so that these marketers can see when to post business videos and other entries for highest engagement. Some are highly intuitive, such as highest engagement levels in the entertainment industry coming on Saturdays and Sundays. However, some surprise, including the highest engagement in the financial industry coming on Fridays and Sundays.

It is interesting to see the article and come to your own specific conclusions about when to post your business videos.