Written by Stu Kushner

The Secrets of “Viral” Videos

VideoWhat are “viral videos”?  They are videos that act like a virus, they travel form viewer to viewer and web site to web site and are seen around the internet. They’re videos with hundreds of views or more.

Yes, it easier if you’re posting a music video, but there’s no reason that a well produced video about a product or service can’t get the same kind of attention on the Web.  Like any other type of advertising, it’s all about the market, and the marketing.

If you want a truly viral video that will get millions of people to watch content is key. But good content is not the whole story; how it’s presented is the key: It’s not just “Bread”, it’s “Wonder Bread”.

There are two options for getting a video on your website – you can make the video yourself, or hire a professional to create the video.  Unless you have the technical resources and knowledge it’s better to hire some professional. Remember, you’re not making a home movie, you’re advertising you product and services to millions of people

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Written by Stu Kushner

Making Videos Work

Online video offers what was once limited to expensive TV advertising: reach and emotional engagement with potential customers. But unlike expensive TV advertising, it’s relatively cheap and can provide almost immediate response and measurable feedback.

Importing television-style advertising is not the solution. That’s because Internet and television are two completely different video experiences. Television is a “lean back”, essentially passive “sit down and watch” experience. The Internet is “lean forward” — users are actively controlling their experience. Interactivity means the viewer is in control. With TV, viewers can just change the channel, but with the internet, they just might talk back.

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Written by Stu Kushner

“Tuned In” or Turned Off?

A recent study found that 66% of online users have viewed an online video advertisement. Obviously, online videos have advantages for businesses. A video can visually display and describe a product in detail. And the display not a static photo but something that can be move and be manipulated virtually. It has depth and is interactive.

Studies have found that 40% of internet users who view online video advertisements have visited the web site mentioned in the video, and 15% subsequently requested product information.

Businesses also gain high recognition for their products by having ads circulating on the web. The most effective form of advertisement is a well-made video 

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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.