Social Media Marketing Video – Keep It Super Simple

There is always something new online, today we have Facebook and Twitter and many savvy marketers are using both to drive a ton of very qualified traffic to their website. To really amp up the results you can also do social media marketing video. You can use this method to promote pretty much any type of product you can think of online.

The one underlying thing to keep in mind whenever you use video to market a product or service is that the quality of the video will go a long way in determining what kind of results you get. A poorly made, hard to see or hear video won’t do much to make you look like a knowledgeable expert in your niche. No one expects Academy Award caliber videos, but they must be well laid out and visually appealing.

For most marketing videos the K.I.S.S. acronym works extremely well: Keep It Simple Stupid. Don’t go over the top with flashy graphics or loud music. It’s much better to just deliver a quality video that will help your target audience handle some problem or issue in the shortest amount of time possible. That’s really all they want, someone who can show them how to do the one thing they desperately want to know how to do.

It could be to potty train their Pitbull, start seedlings, or just learn how to make big bucks online. Whatever it is, if you can show them in easy to follow steps, on video, how they can do it, they’ll be your friend forever.

Don’t go hog wild and invest thousands in high tech gear to record your videos. Instead a few hundred dollars, some screen capture software and/ or a video camera, a tripod (optional) and a decent microphone is really all you need.

Once you’ve assembled the tools you need to come up with a compelling video. Again, pinpoint the one issue the people in your niche face and then teach them a way to overcome that issue.

Don’t get tongue tied or stammer throughout the video either. Make an outline of the major points you want to cover so you don’t get distracted and jump from one point to another. Don’t talk too fast or too slow. You have to make sure that you’re viewers can not only understand you but hopefully that they’ll come to trust and like you too.

That’s the huge benefit on using video online, it greatly increases the personalization of the otherwise impersonal internet. It allows you to connect with people on a much deeper level and if you use that properly, it can make a huge difference in your business.

Being able to allow your visitors to hear your voice and see your face while you give them help with a problem they’re having is taking social media marketing video to a whole new level. Remember, it takes an average of 7 contacts with people before they feel comfortable enough with you to make a purchase, by allowing people to really get to ‘know’ you through video, you can get the most out of those 7 contacts and maybe even speed up the process.

Marketing Video Production – Tips For Getting It Right

When it comes to using marketing video production, quality has to be good, but don’t think that means you have to hire actors and pay thousands of dollars. As a matter of fact one of the great advantages of using video to promote your online business is that it allows your prospective customers to get to know you, it takes away a lot of the anonymity of the internet, that’s why it should be all you in front of the camera.

Of course, just because you aren’t paying thousands of dollars for a professionally produced marketing video, doesn’t mean it has to look like it was made by a third grader. You should always strive for quality video and audio as well as a smooth flowing script.

I can’t tell you how annoying it is to try and watch a video online, a tutorial style video where someone is trying to explain how to do something, and have to listen to someone who can’t run two coherent sentences together. What a waste of my time!

So, the first thing you should do is to decide the exact topic of your video. Remember, you won’t have a lot of time, most videos will only be between 3-5 minutes long. So make sure the video is very specific.

Next, write up an outline (an outline is probably better than an actual script since you want to still sound natural and honest instead of faked and rehearsed). If you are illustrating how to do something online and you will be loading other websites, or going to Google, etc, pause the recording while you are waiting for search results to load. I know you are trying to explain things in real time but no one wants to sit around and wait for your screens to load.

Also, make sure that you don’t give away the ‘whole farm’. While you want to provide people with valuable and helpful information, ultimately you want them to buy your product or service so you can’t tell them everything. Just give them little tidbits of information.

Once you’ve got a great video made (great from the standpoint that the video and audio are clean and that the narration is easy to follow and on target) you will want to submit that video to video directories. When you submit the video make sure that you include relevant keywords in the title, tags and description. That way your video will get picked up by the search engines and will send a lot of free targeted traffic to your website.

Using video for online marketing is the way of the future. It’s easy, inexpensive and very effective if you do it right. It takes away a lot of the impersonal aspects of doing business online, people can see you and listen to you so it makes it easier for them to form a connection with you. Make sure that your marketing video production levels are good. No one expects a commercial grade video and that would probably just turn people off anyway, just make it something worth sitting through.

Why Internet Marketing – Cheap – But Its A Business

When my restaurant crashed and burned, not literally – though at times it might have been easier, I knew I wanted to have my own business so when someone asked me ‘why internet marketing’ I said, ‘why not?’. I mean think about it, it cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars to start up a restaurant. I had to hire staff, train staff, advertise, buy food and beverages,etc. With an online business I could start literally for free, to me that seemed like a no brainer.

But one thing I quickly learned, is that having an online business that you can work from home has it’s own unique challenges. For one thing, working from home. I always laugh when I see those commercials on t.v. about starting an online business and the people are so tickled because they get to work in their p.j.’s… big deal. Don’t get me wrong, I love working from home but before you dive in you have to make sure it’s for you. Some people just aren’t cut out for it.

For one thing, you have to make sure that you can kick yourself in the rear so that you don’t blow off work to go lay by the pool (o.k. I’ve done that). You also have to make sure that your family understands that just because you’re home doesn’t mean you’re available. Let them know when your office hours are and that when you are ‘at work’ that they have to leave you alone.

If you want to succeed online you have to make sure that you invest some time and money into a course that will teach you the skills you need. You don’t have to learn everything before you get started but you do need a fairly strong grasp of some basic concepts.

The first of these is the ability to drive traffic to a website. There are many ways you can do this, for now though stick with free methods like article marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) techniques. I wouldn’t even bother to invest in any course to learn pay per click (PPC) at this point since it has a steep learning curve and it’s expensive.

You should also consider starting your online career by becoming an affiliate. When you sign up to become an affiliate you are simply agreeing to drive traffic to a website, if a sale is made you will receive a commission. Simple. You don’t need to stock any products or talk to anyone to make a sale, just drive traffic. It’s also free to sign up to become an affiliate. Of course, if your job is to drive traffic, you need to know how to drive traffic.

Before you jump into an online business take stock of what I’ve told you. It’s important that you go into it with the right mindset so you don’t get overwhelmed. There is a lot of hype online, be careful you don’t fall into any of it but with all the advantages it’s easy to see why internet marketing is a great career choice for many people.

Video Marketing For Newbies – Dont Complicate It

With the continuing decline in the attention span of most of the people online, it’s only inevitable that more advertisers would turn to video as a way to get their message out. If you’re new to online marketing, or a ‘newbie’ than you’ll want to learn as much as possible about video marketing for newbies. It’s not tough, and all indications are that it’s the wave of the future.

You can use videos on your website or blog to capture the attention of your reader far more quickly and effectively (if it’s done right) than you could with just the printed word. You can also use videos to drive traffic to your website or blog. The search engines love fresh content and that includes new videos.

The basic steps to the process are pretty much the same as with article marketing, except of course, you are creating a video. There are many low cost, or even free video software products that will make it possible for you to do a full presentation and teach your visitors an important skill. That will keep them coming back for more, if you give them something of value before you ask them for the sale.

First you will need to determine what the topic of your video will be. Find some issue or problem that faces a lot of people in your niche market. Then create a video that will provide an answer or solution to that problem. Don’t worry about getting too fancy. Just make sure the video and audio are clear and that you don’t talk too fast or stutter and stumble over your words.

It’s really annoying to have to try and sit through some tutorial where every other word is ‘ah’. Rehearse and practice before you start recording. If you are demonstrating something in real time, pause the recording while you are waiting for the website to load or during any other time when things are moving slowly. Don’t expect your viewer to have to sit through a 45 minute video when the information can be demonstrated in just 10 minutes.

Once you’ve decided on the topic of your video and you’ve got a rough ‘script’ written, it’s time to incorporate some carefully chosen keywords. This will make it possible for your video to get a top ranking on the search engines. When you write the title, description or tags for your website you will use these keywords. If you’ve chosen good keywords (3-5 word keyword phrases that get high monthly searches with relatively low competition) than your video will rank well, if it ranks well you will get a ton of very qualified traffic to your website… for free!

Now you’ve got your video recorded, your title tags and description keywords optimized (with the URL of your website front and center), next step is to submit your video to video directories. I’m sure most of you have heard of YouTube, which is a great place to start. You can also do a search and find other online video directories where you can submit your video to.

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. You can record a Power Point Presentation where you illustrate how to do something or you can do a screen capture style video where people are looking over you shoulder while you do something, either way you’ll have great success with video marketing for newbies if you follow these tips.

Video Marketing For Newbies – Dont Complicate It

With the continuing decline in the attention span of most of the people online, it’s only inevitable that more advertisers would turn to video as a way to get their message out. If you’re new to online marketing, or a ‘newbie’ than you’ll want to learn as much as possible about video marketing for newbies. It’s not tough, and all indications are that it’s the wave of the future.

You can use videos on your website or blog to capture the attention of your reader far more quickly and effectively (if it’s done right) than you could with just the printed word. You can also use videos to drive traffic to your website or blog. The search engines love fresh content and that includes new videos.

The basic steps to the process are pretty much the same as with article marketing, except of course, you are creating a video. There are many low cost, or even free video software products that will make it possible for you to do a full presentation and teach your visitors an important skill. That will keep them coming back for more, if you give them something of value before you ask them for the sale.

First you will need to determine what the topic of your video will be. Find some issue or problem that faces a lot of people in your niche market. Then create a video that will provide an answer or solution to that problem. Don’t worry about getting too fancy. Just make sure the video and audio are clear and that you don’t talk too fast or stutter and stumble over your words.

It’s really annoying to have to try and sit through some tutorial where every other word is ‘ah’. Rehearse and practice before you start recording. If you are demonstrating something in real time, pause the recording while you are waiting for the website to load or during any other time when things are moving slowly. Don’t expect your viewer to have to sit through a 45 minute video when the information can be demonstrated in just 10 minutes.

Once you’ve decided on the topic of your video and you’ve got a rough ‘script’ written, it’s time to incorporate some carefully chosen keywords. This will make it possible for your video to get a top ranking on the search engines. When you write the title, description or tags for your website you will use these keywords. If you’ve chosen good keywords (3-5 word keyword phrases that get high monthly searches with relatively low competition) than your video will rank well, if it ranks well you will get a ton of very qualified traffic to your website… for free!

Now you’ve got your video recorded, your title tags and description keywords optimized (with the URL of your website front and center), next step is to submit your video to video directories. I’m sure most of you have heard of YouTube, which is a great place to start. You can also do a search and find other online video directories where you can submit your video to.

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. You can record a Power Point Presentation where you illustrate how to do something or you can do a screen capture style video where people are looking over you shoulder while you do something, either way you’ll have great success with video marketing for newbies if you follow these tips.

Keywords Marketing – Done Right – Drives Traffic

If you have a website and need to drive traffic to that website, keywords marketing is definitely the way to go. You have a professional looking website, well designed and user-friendly. You just aren’t getting the traffic. Marketing with keywords is the best way to get the traffic to your website so people will buy what you are selling.

To start getting traffic to your website, you need to optimize your website to the keywords searchers are using when they type in what they are looking for in the various search engines.

To get ranked high in the search engine results page, you need to use the right keywords. This is called keyword optimization. Keep in mind keywords change so you may need to update your website from time to time to stay current and keep the traffic flowing.

There are plenty of tools available out there to find good keywords you can use to optimize your site. When researching keywords be sure to look for keywords that have a decent search to competition ratio. You do not want keywords that have a high competition because that means that everyone is using them and they won’t give you much help in getting good traffic to your website.

Keywords marketing research can and will take some time on your part but when you stumble across one or two really good keywords the result will be money in your pocket. That is why you started your internet business in the first place, right? To make money.

Keyword research is a lot like panning for gold, you have to wade through all the muck to find that little golden nugget that will help you optimize your website. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? You get to go on a treasure hunt, no shovels required. Find the edge you need using keywords to drive traffic to your website.

You do not want to lose any business to your competition just because of poor keywords, do you? Make it easier for them to find your website when they are searching for what you are offering. They know what they are looking for, are you ready to help them find it?

In today’s economy more and more people are starting online businesses. Competition is getting way more intense. Optimization is what it is all about. Your sales numbers depend on it. Your livelihood depends on it. So look at what you have as your keywords and update them. You will be pleasantly surprised when traffic to your website increases and then so do your sales.

So, get rid of any and all keywords that are not performing well for you. Start using more long-tailed keywords. Long-tailed keywords allow for a more targeted search and if you are using one or more then you are the more dominant website in your niche and will make more money.

Find yourself a good keywords marketing tool and start on your treasure hunt for those little nuggets that will direct all the traffic you can handle to your website.

Search Engine Marketing – Keyword Research Is Critical

If you have chosen to market your business with search engine marketing keyword research is your next obvious step. SEM, (search engine marketing), is a great way to get your internet business off the ground. The way you need to begin is with a good keyword search tool to help find good keywords to use.

What are you selling or offering as a service? Try to think like a consumer who is looking for this exact thing. Write down how you would search for it online. Here is the starting point for your keyword research.

Type these ideas, one at a time, into the keyword finder of your choice. The keyword finder will then be able to give you more suggestions of other keywords you may not have thought of. Open a Notepad file and save these keywords for later use.

If you want a leg up, try to find out what keywords your competitors are using by locating the keyword tags on their website and then right clicking in a blank area of the website, then clicking on ‘view source’ in the drop down menu. Refine those keywords by making them a more exact description what it is you are selling or offering as a service and use them to your advantage as one search engine marketing keyword.

It will take some time, maybe even a few months for you to get a handle on what keywords work best for you and which ones do not. When you get to this point, get rid of the ones that do not work and replace them with new ones then repeat the process. Keeping your keywords up to date will ensure your website stays at the top of the search engine results page.

Other guidelines to follow regarding using keywords effectively include using them in articles and blog-posts. In articles, make sure you do not use the keyword you have chosen more than three times. Once in the first paragraph, once in the body of the article and once in the last paragraph of the article. Your articles should be at least 500 words.

Blog posts do not have to be that long, usually 350 words and your keyword should only be used three times, in the title, once in the first paragraph and once in the last paragraph.

Whether you write articles or blog posts be careful that each one is original content. No duplicate content allowed. All that means is, if you write two or more articles, they cannot say the exact same thing in the exact same way. Mix it up. Use different words that mean the same thing. Time to bring out that creativity.

One other thing, your domain name. You will get ranked higher if your domain name is your keyword. Makes sense doesn’t it. If your domain name is your keyword and someone searches for that exact keyword they will see your website listed first then go to your site to buy what they need. Piece of cake.

Everything is connected, starting with your domain name right on down to the blog posts and your chosen search engine marketing keyword.