Written by Stu Kushner

Lights, Camera, Interaction!

Making videos and posting them online may sound like a lot of expense, work and expertise, but it doesn’t have to be.

Sharing videos with an online audience was once impossible. Today, videos on sites like YouTube are available to anyone who can access a computer. And there are now permanent public archives for videos online: and generally, the most viewed videos are the ones who show up first in an online search list; and videos on those sites are 50 times more likely to appear on the first page of a Google search than all-text sites!

Plus, video sharing is easy with sites like Google, Facebook and Twitter; and that‘s the difference between you and your business being a video “star”, rather than just another “extra”.

Ok. You’re ready to make your video – starring YOU and your Company. Great!

But what’s next?  What do I do? What do I say, and is my “slip” showing?

Here are some suggestions on making your video effective:

1. Educate. Videos can educate potential customers about your products and services. This can promote sales, especially for “online shopping”.

2. Answer questions. A short video where you personally respond to customer comments and questions is a great way to personalize both you and your business.

3. Review products and services. Provide an in depth, detailed review of a selected product or service to boost sales.

5. Showcase success. Report your growth, achievements and results. Read surveys and testimonials. Show a video of a successful project or product.

6. Tell your story. Create a video that shows how your business started and grew.

7. A guided tour.  “Humanize” your company. Show you and your employees at work, interacting, and recreating. Make it a story about working people, not just selling products.

Written by Stu Kushner

Marketing Tips for Tight Budgets

Bad websites are like bad movies; if they don’t get any attention, they disappear.

In the internet world, attention is the currency. The more attention you create, the more attention you get. With a highly saturated internet it’s more difficult than ever to attract attention to YOUR website.  You’re selling fruit in an orchard; how do you get a visitor to buy YOUR “apples”? Not only are you up against large companies with huge marketing assets, but you’re also competing with other distractions as well.

But you don’t have to spend a ton of money to connect, just be creative. Here are some tips to help you market your business on the web.

  1. Create a LinkedIn group. A LinkedIn group is a free resource that can steer potential customers to your site and provide information, new contacts and gives a personal touch to your marketing, while also steering traffic and more sales. Avoid the ‘hard sale” however.
  2. Get published.   While it may be difficult to get on the front cover of a major magazine, you can create marketing opportunities by being featured in local papers, TV or radio programs. Make a name by supporting charities and local events, and get featured in a local “niche blog” in exchange for some freebies.
  3. Get on YouTube. YouTube can be a powerful platform for an online business. Just post videos of you and your product. Include:
  • A keyword-researched headline that attracts attention,
  • A short, clear editorial message
  • Offer discounts or prizes when they visit and say “I saw your video!”

You can avoid expensive cameras, lighting equipment and editing by using the cameras built into a Smartphone or the MAC iMovie, etc. You can hire a professional editor for a small fee.

writing content, blog, marketing online
Written by Stu Kushner

Focus Blog Content on Quality Over Quantity

 writing content, blog, marketing onlineIt is an absolute truth that to build the biggest possible following from your online marketing efforts that you’ve got to deliver content on a regular basis.  What seems to confuse those new to the inbound marketing game though is the broad sense of the term “regular basis.”

While it would be fantastic if you could deliver high quality, useful and completely original updates every single day, most small business owners simply don’t have the time or

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