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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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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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