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5 Best Video Marketing Platforms to Help Your Digital Marketing Strategy

5 Best Video Marketing Platforms to Help Your Digital Marketing Strategy

Digital marketing is an essential tool for making a business success. Nowadays there are so many platforms that demand the attention of content marketers to create an active online presence. The marketing is evolving over the time and reaching the audience through social media profiles and blogs is not enough anymore. One of the elements becoming an essential part of the strategies is video marketing.

Companies that are opting to share videos on their websites are more likely to attract more audience. The videos allow you to share tons of information in a short time. People are often hesitant to read long blog posts or site content, but they can engage with a video a few minutes long. Several video marketing platforms allow companies to share and advertise their content with the audience to help in build a good client base.

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Here are some of the platforms you can use.

1. YouTube

YouTube is highly responsible for promoting the idea of video marketing. It is without any doubt the most popular and extensive platform for sharing videos. The best aspect of this video hosting service is that it is entirely free. It has so many excellent features to offer. It allows you to share the videos, advertise them and build your brand. An interesting fact about the YouTube is that it is also the second largest search engine in the world which means that people search all kinds of material ranging from music to product demonstration to educational videos. It is an excellent platform that allows you to reach the potential clients. Another unique point about this platform is that it allows you to track the performance of the videos you upload. You can use real YouTube views or Google analytics to know how successful your video marketing is.

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2. Wistia

If you are looking for a platform that is designed specifically for business videos heatmap then Wistia is an excellent choice. It provides complete control over the branding of the videos embedded on the site. You have the power to add share button. You can also integrate marketing tools so that you can collect the emails of the viewers and use them for trigger campaigns. Videos of Wistia have Twitter integration which makes it possible to watch the videos within the tweet. It comes with an analytics package. It has a heatmap for each view which lets you know which parts of the video are most viewed or skipped. The information is helpful in analyzing the video library. There are no display ads, heat maps, and it allows the users to manage their sponsorships and advertisements.

3. Vidyard

It is not a free platform but it offers a fourteen-day trial in which you can explore the whole system before you have to pay. The system is designed for the marketers. The trial period is highly useful as it lets you check all the features that the platform has to offer. It allows you to customize the video player. It also provides thumbnail that is useful in attracting customers. It has excellent features of analytics and integration which help in tracking the performance of the videos. The platform allows you to treat the videos as a marketing strategy.

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4. Sprout Video

It is a well-designed video hosting platform for businesses. It allows you to integrate the videos in marketing content by adding curated playlists, email collection forms and call to action. It also helps in tracking the individual users that are interacting with the content you are uploading. It offers features such as aggregate, heat maps, and data that is individual. It also has an option for privacy settings which allow you to address privacy issue. You can also take a look at the SEO option to make sure the video is ranking higher in the search results.

5. Brightcove

This platform allows the users to use custom video players. The custom players can be added to the websites and social media platforms. It is an excellent platform that also allows the users to live stream. It has fifteen player templates to offer, and each template is available in six languages. It comes with a built-in social sharing. It also provides YouTube sync which is an excellent time-saving feature as it links the videos automatically to YouTube which helps in offering a wider range.

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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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