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5 Video Marketing Tips to Attract Millennials

5 Video Marketing Tips to Attract Millennials

There’s no doubt that video marketing appeals to Millennials. According to recent research, almost 75% of Millennials watch videos when comparison-shopping and almost 70% prefer videos to learn about other products from a company after an initial purchase is made. So how do you take advantage of this knowledge and attract the Millennial generation? Here are five video marketing tips to attract Millennials.

1. Split your focus.

Yes, video marketing should be used to sell your product or service, but Millennials are interested in so much more than that. Millennials want to know about the people and values behind the brand, so instead of focusing solely on selling product in your videos, split your focus between people and products. Put the spotlight on a different employee for each video, or talk about what your company’s values are and what makes you unique instead of broadcasting the benefits of your product. Millennials love hearing reviews of companies before making a purchase decision, so video reviews from real customers would work well to get this generation’s attention. How do you get these video reviews? Encourage Millennial reviews to check out your business on UpDog, a video review app that guarantees authentic reviews since users are required to check into your location via the app.

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2. Make an entrance.

The Millennial generation is known for having a short attention span, so the first ten seconds of your video needs to make a huge impact before they get bored and click away. Make sure your video is visually eye-catching and the main point is established within this time frame so Millennials actually want to stay tuned if the information is relevant. If your video is an interview with someone, at least have the interviewee stand up and walk against a visually appealing background to liven up the intro.

3. Vlog it.

No, that’s not a typo. Try replacing your written blog with video entries to attract Millennials. Create quick “how-to” videos on using your product, or film an opinionated review of other products your Millennial audience may take interest in. Remember, this is the generation that invented the YouTube celebrity phenomenon, so being a reliable, consistent source of quality videos will draw a big Millennial crowd.

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4. Let them be the star.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to use video marketing is to not make a video at all! Put the power of video in the hands of the Millennial consumers by encouraging user-generated videos. Millennials love when brands do promotional campaigns that ask for interaction on their end, so they will jump at the chance to star in a video about your brand. Take GoPro, who asks fans to submit videos using their product for a chance to win cash rewards. Not only does GoPro acquire tons of live action videos of people using their products, but the users who make these videos tend to share their creations on social media, giving the brand additional, unpaid press.

5. Don’t make it difficult.

Millennials are connected through smart phones, tablets, and desktop computers, and they expect your video to play without issue on all of these devices. Make it easy for Millennials to share the video by adding links to do so at the end of the video. Consider where Millennials will be watching the video. If a Millennial is sitting at work, it may be hard to turn the volume on for the video, so adding captions or including a transcript would be helpful.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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