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Videos Deliver A Better Message For Your Business (and can be made by anyone)

Videos Deliver A Better Message For Your Business (and can be made by anyone)

The best way for brands to connect with their audience is through videos. Whether it is full-length YouTube videos, Vines, or Instagram videos known as micro-videos, there is no other way about it—the future of marketing is in videos. This article will highlight the ways in which videos are valuable for start-ups, and how great quality videos can be made by anyone.

Why a Video?

Brands’ short videos make people want to purchase more. Audiences love it when a brand makes a video specifically for them. This medium gives brands more paying customers and, many times, it is the effort of the film which makes the customer decide in favor of the business.

Videos make websites SEO friendly. The items associated with the video, such as the name, the meta-data, the tags, and the popularity of the video, all tell search engines that this audiovisual is what the user’s search query should be directed to. This is why it is vital to not only produce videos that are relevant, but to also invest in researching the tags that will bring the most views.

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Videos are great for presentations like employee training, pitches, and corporate presentations. They can aid in making a great first impression with possible stakeholders. Many times, a potential investor will listen to a pitch, but to really grab their attention, a memorable video will keep them engaged.

It is possible for videos to bring in money for a company. If it is naturally share-worthy, it is possible to recover costs through AdSense. Appropriate marketing strategies, decent production quality, innovative concepts, and an aggressive marketing strategy are all that is needed for videos to be watched on a large scale.

Videos Measure Success

Videos give a measurement for true engagement. They can acquire views, shares, and likes, as well as subscriptions and comments, and are also the only media in which it is possible for the viewers to point at the exact moment in which they feel most engaged. This can tell not only that the campaign is successful, but why it has succeeded. Viewers often comment on videos using social media, tagging other social media users and commenting on the specific parts at which they felt the most emotion.

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How to Make a Great Video

The script should incorporate a story with a smooth flow and a call to action that will catch viewers. Never pass up the moment to ask the audience to subscribe, like, and share at the end of the presentation. The script can be either a voiceover script or an actual script that has scenes, dialogue, and shots. It is important to note that a single page in script is usually a minute worth of footage.

Actors should be cast (if there will be any), and if there is a product in the video, it should be packaged in a way that the viewer will see it. Location should be neat, quiet, and beautiful.

To record in the best attainable quality, buy or borrow a DSLR camera or hire someone that uses one. Use the appropriate lenses to record, and if there will be any dialogue on location, get a wireless lapel microphone that is used to catch the speech.

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If it is not possible to shoot in the daylight, higher basic lighting. Three-point lighting is the best and easiest option for lighting an area for recording a video. Shooting in the evening and early mornings are the best times, since the light is even and won’t cast harsh shadows, especially outside.

Post-Recording

Once all the footage has been shot, continue on to editing. iMovie and Moviemaker are simple options for editing software. For the more advanced user, Adobe Premiere Pro is a great choice. All the software is easy to learn and the licenses are pretty cheap for a monthly rate. It may only take a day or so to learn any new video editing software.

After the editing of the video portions, the voiceover should be added to the sequence timeline. To ensure great quality, you might try to find a voiceover artist at a dubbing studio to record the voiceover. A more affordable option is to download an app on a tablet or smartphone and sequester yourself in a quiet room to record the voiceover, then add it to the video.

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Adding fonts, transitions between shots, and music will be the last things you layer on. Everything that is used should be done so lawfully, and this includes obtaining any licenses or purchasing agreements to use commercial fonts or music. To avoid this, look for items that are royalty free—meaning that they can be used freely. After this is finished, export the video and you’re golden.

Last but not least, if you’re not a wiz or simply find it hard to execute the entire production phase on your own, you can always use sites like fiverr to outsource some of the production tasks. The video and animations category has different options to choose from, starting at pre-production, post-production, all the way to a complete production of your videos.

Other Types of Videos

One popular style of videos are animated explainer videos. The market is a bit saturated with them currently, so the chances of your video being extremely unique are small. Stop-motion video animations are quite unique and will shine in a crowd of dull videos. Long tutorials are a thing of the past, as 30-second quick-cut and hyperlapsed videos have taken over.

Small companies actually have the advantage of creating their first videos in-house, allowing them to gain the basic knowledge of making videos that will create a profit, and contributing to the decision on whether or not it’s worthwhile to invest in having videos made professionally. One type of video doesn’t suit every type of business, so it is up to each one to discover what fits them best.

When deciding on who to include in the process, keep a small crew of people who will be genuinely excited to take on this adventure. And don’t forget to have fun while you’re doing it. Content, quality, and distribution are all key factors in determining the success that a video will have, and whether or not it will bring the right type of traffic.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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