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The Video Experience: Experiential Product Marketing

Friday, May 9th, 2014

7581040322_323cd9836cWe’ve been discussing “The Video Experience,” whereas every piece of video content that you market online should create an experience for the viewer and the audience that you’re aiming for. This lesson not only applies to video, but can be applied to product marketing as well.

On Saturday, April 19th, an event was held that has become a holiday for music enthusiasts everywhere: Record Store Day.

Record Store Day is an event that takes place every spring at record shops across the globe. It’s purpose is to celebrate music culture, support local record shops, and, arguably most importantly, the importance of the physical music medium, especially vinyl records.

You might be thinking “Who still buys vinyl records?” The answer might surprise you. Sales on vinyl records are tallied every year during record store day weekend, and vinyl record sales in 2012 were higher than they’ve been in over 20 years. Even in the world of digital music we live in, vinyl records and their collectors have created a culture all their own over the past decade, not only due to collectors’ enthusiasm, but also due to the ever-expanding sampling culture of modern hip-hop and electronic beat music.

The resurgence of vinyl records is confusing to some, but if you take the time to really analyze why vinyl records have become so popular amongst music advocates, you’ll learn that a big portion has to do with experiential marketing.

I’ve been collecting vinyl for about 5 years now, and many ask me why. For me, and potentially many other collectors, purchasing records creates an experience for us.

I’ll set the scene: It’s Tuesday (the industry standard release day for music and other media). The latest record from one of my favorite artists has just been released, and I’m ecstatic to hear the new dynamics that the artist has explored in their most recent work. You’d think that my first action would be to find a digital version, either through iTunes, Amazon, or other digital music manufacturers, since this is the most efficient medium of hearing what I want to hear. For me, I’m thinking about when I can make it to my local record shop and pick up a copy.

Many would argue that this is wasted gas, wasted money on a dead medium, and overall, just worthless. Why would you want a vinyl copy when you can get the files at the click of a mouse? This is where the experiential side of things comes into play.

For me, buying a new record the day it is released is truly an experience.

You drive to your favorite local record shop (for me, UHF Records in Royal Oak!). You dig through the bins to find the new record, and once you find it, there’s a feeling of satisfaction no digital file can ever replicate.

You finish your transaction and anxiously await your return home to experience this new album. You get home, open the packaging, study the artwork and the design, and read through the production credits, lyric books, and any other included paperwork that may be included in the record. Then, you put the record on to hear for the first time.

There’s a special feeling you get when you listen to a brand new record. The full, warm quality of the analog transcription slowly grazed by a fresh needle. It’s a really special experience for music enthusiasts.

This is why vinyl records are still so special to so many people. Having a tangible, full canvas of a favorite record provides a sense of pride and joy that a digital file just can’t provide. This is why, I believe, vinyl records will stand the test of time.

Sure, you can get any album you want by means of digital download. Aside from nit-picky quality differences, the product of the album remains the same. It’s the experience of going to the record store, opening a new record, discovering it’s design and artwork, etc. that leads music enthusiasts to purchasing a physical copy of an album they love, as opposed to just having the files stored away on your computer.

This is a very clear example of experiential marketing. If vinyl records didn’t create the experience they do, everyone would be buying digital music. But the vinyl record industry is continuing to expand and evolve, and that shows how meaningful this medium of marketing a product can be, and how important experience truly is to the world of product marketing.

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Motion Graphics and Video Marketing – Sally Hogshead

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

By Lauren Primeau

34784144_4295f43c31Renowned keynote speaker Sally Hogshead, CEO of Fascinate Inc., tells audiences that we need people to fall in love with our ideas, and that one crucial way to do that is through the power of fascination. By captivating viewers, even for a few seconds, individuals, products or services make an indelible impression, permanently identifying and differentiating themselves.

When I first heard Sally speak about this idea, I was immediately hooked. I thought her simple insight was the master key to effective communication, and as a communications specialist myself, I wanted to see how I could apply her concept of fascination to my own medium, video production.

With more than two billion videos viewed per month on the Internet, the question naturally arises, “How do I get my video noticed?” Reviewing all the tools and techniques in my video production toolbox, I asked myself, “How can I fascinate, captivate, inform and touch the viewer? It must be creative, unexpected, visually arresting, evoke emotion and stimulate thought.” I quickly concluded that whatever images were in my video, they could be transformed from interesting to captivating through the use of computer-generated images, sometimes called CGI or motion graphics.

Going to Sally’s website, I quickly discovered that, indeed, her demo video employs motion graphics throughout, especially at the very beginning, where she lists the seven triggers of fascination. Rather than listing or discussing her seven triggers, the video’s motion graphics illustrate them, reinforcing her message, while simultaneously grabbing the viewer’s attention. In addition to their visual appeal, animated color graphics significantly improve the production values of her demo video, enhancing its quality and professionalism, a direct reflection on her own quality and professionalism as a keynote speaker.

There are several other advantages to incorporating motion graphics in a video, such as the ability to present information that might have not been possible through the use of video footage alone. For example, a simulation of hair growing from a balding scalp can be dramatically illustrated with 3D motion graphics much more effectively than before and after photos. In addition to modeling and animation, kinetic typography, animated text, is another powerful use of motion graphics that conveys information quickly.

In summary, the ability to captivate as well as entertain audiences is a crucial aspect of any successful video production. Motion graphics are an eye-catching tool that helps captivate audiences and conveys your message in a memorable way. Primeau Productions is pleased to offer the latest in custom, 2D and 3D motion graphics that will enhance any video.

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YouTube Monetization – Is It Really Worth It?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

FullSizeRenderMonetization is a questionable subject.  What sounds so bad about allowing YouTube to advertise on your videos? Monetization makes you money, gives you higher credibility with YouTube, and overall could make your channel look more credible to users.  That all sounds great! However, there are potential downsides to monetization you should be aware of before making a decision.

Though monetization could make you some extra side money, this profit is nowhere near the amount of money that could be made from voiding monetization. Think about it like this: let’s say you’ve opened a small software company that has created a new type of photo editing software. You’ve established a following of users online by creating an explainer video about the software, and YouTube offers monetization for your channel. Great! You can make some extra money on the side while still promoting your brand! Well, let’s say once you allow monetization, Adobe runs a new ad campaign for the newest edition of Photoshop/Creative Cloud.  If a user clicks on your explainer video, and the first thing they see is an advertisement for a new edition of Photoshop, this will only distract the user from hearing about your software, and potentially drive them to just pick up Photoshop.  That click to Adobe’s site does make you a small amount of money, but not nearly as much money as if the user had purchased your software. This ad is only taking away from attracting people to your brand.

Now, just because ads can be distracting doesn’t mean monetization should be completely ignored. Monetization establishes authority with YouTube for your brand and puts you as close to partner status as a channel can get. This is something you can take advantage of. Remember that video you put on your channel with good intentions, but it never received the traffic you expected it to? Use these videos as your monetized videos.  This way, the important videos on your channel will not lose focus, but YouTube will still know that you are interested in the authority that comes with monetization.

Aside from these, you have to think of the user.  When a user is looking for a piece of content quickly from your channel, and a mandatory 30 second ad spot plays before your video, that user will seek other arrangements to find the content.  With the increasing speed of technology and social media, typical users don’t have the patience or attention span to deal with waiting through an ad like that. Users want instant gratification, as many sources amongst the internet can provide that gratification. Making users sit through these ads could cause them to associate your channel with this impatience, causing them not to come back. You want to provide users with your branded content as efficiently and effectively as possible.

So where is the money really? Are the cents you make per ad click really worth more than potential leads? Monetization can be effective for authority, but ultimately, establishing your brand is the most important part of creating an online following, which could subsequently gain your company leads.

This blog post was inspired by a video created by James Wedmore entitled “Youtube Monetization – Yes or No.” You can find that video here and subscribe to his channel here.

You can learn how to create a call to action ad here.

How to Gain the Most From Your Next Video Marketing Campaign

Monday, August 5th, 2013

by: Donna Essex

5202413219_43279a9656Boost Business with Video

The world of corporate videos has evolved considerably since the days of simply sending out DVDs and VHS tapes to hopefully interested parties, and today the videos that you produce to boost your profile can be uploaded to a global audience within seconds. People are spending more and more of their online time watching video, which means that it’s not enough to simply rely on text and photos. However, if you don’t have the time, resources or know-how to produce a
corporate video in-house, it’s a good idea to enlist the services of a corporate video production company.

The Power of Corporate Video Production 

The more engaging, entertaining and informative a corporate video is, the better. The more watchable it is, the greater the chances are of it being shared on social networking sites and linked to on reputable external websites, sending your brand soaring up the search engine rankings in the process. Websites that have video featured on them tend to be looked upon extremely favourably by the search engine giants, and by getting help from an outside source with corporate video production, you can ensure that your videos become as entertaining and useful as possible due to their experience in the trade.

Working with You

A video production company will generally work closely alongside you in detail to discuss your brand identity and values. This ensures that the resulting video is a close portrayal of the image that you wish to portray and that it speaks with your target audience in mind. Web users don’t need to be in front of their laptops anymore to enjoy your video content, and can easily engage with your clips whilst they are out and about, making it easier to engage with them no matter where they are in the world. Involving your staff in corporate video production can also help with employee engagement, allowing them to feel part of something useful, prosperous and exciting – and if they feature in it, this can help you to show off the ‘human’ side of your brand to potential customers and clients.

Find a Video Production Company

Mobile video has reshaped the way that we use the internet, and faster mobile download speeds are starting to make it possible for us to enjoy moving pictures without the stress of dealing with buffering and other technical problems. YouTube is the world’s second leading search engine after Google, so it makes sense to note just how effective video marketing can be. Any company that is failing to make use of video marketing may be risking being left behind by its competitors, so if your company is yet to take advantage of this exceptional marketing tool, it might be a wise idea to invest in video today. Video is also searchable, and is starting to appear more and more prominently in organic search results. A unique and memorable video can be worth its weight in gold when it comes to generating conversions and strengthening engagement.

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Eleven Tips For a Successful Video Marketing Campaign

Friday, May 17th, 2013

In the old days, Super Bowl TV commercials were the cat’s pajamas. Big companies spent big bucks to sing their song to a captive audience of football fans. You were a rock star if you drank their beer or ate their chips.

As far back as the ‘I Love Lucy’ TV show, TV commercials would guarantee an increase sales especially if they included Hollywood celebrities. Look at this vintage TV commercial starring Lucy and Ricky:

Today, TV commercials are not as effective as they use to be. Most companies big and small can no longer afford television campaigns. Consumers are less influenced by these high priced advertisements and more influenced by search engine results. That is why Internet marketing campaigns that include video are not only affordable, but yield much better results for the investment. Here are eleven tips to help you achieve a successful Internet marketing video campaign.

1. Sell with a benefit based message. Show your viewers how they will benefit from your proposition instead of telling them its features. How will their lives be better after purchasing your goods or services?

2. Be creative and try to entertain your audience. Chances are if your video leaves a good impression, prospects will turn into customers. The opposite is also true. If your video is lame, chances are your prospects will go somewhere else.

3. All videos begin with an idea. Be creative; think viral and longevity. Creativity is what makes production companies so successful. When you are creative and produce a video that is really good, chances are that people who see it will pass it on, hence the word viral. This roller skating babies video is a great example of a successful viral video. Sixty-Eight MILLION plus views:

4. Sell the sizzle not the steak. Nobody really cares about all the reasons you think they should buy from you. They are more interested in the snappy light hearted message you communicate with. There will always be time to introduce your prospects to the steak after they are attracted to the sizzle.

5. Incorporate a background music track. There are production music libraries and rights free music libraries available to you. You can also create your own music using garage band or another music production based software. Music is to video what interior decorating is to a room.

6. Create a script like the big boys do. Write your vision down on paper and see it in your minds eye before you start filming. There is something magical that happens when you put pen to paper.

7. Design graphics to match your brand and website. Graphics can be text on the screen to emphasize your message and point; they can be pictures and images purchased from stock photo libraries like iStock Photo; graphics can also be a blend of both images and pictures. Videos do not have to all be moving pictures; they can also include static pictures and images.

8. Less is best. When you use benefits to sell your goods and services you don’t need a lot of hype. Remember you goal is to get the phone to ring or have the prospect contact you, not tell them your life story.

9. Do not use too much stimulus at the same time in your video. Remember, the brain can process only one thing at a time. Stay away from images, scrolling text and voice over combinations. Much of your message will not be heard when you include too much information at the same time. Plus, the portions that do register in your viewers minds will be less effective when too much is going on at the same time.

10. Get feedback before you launch your video. Ad agencies pay thousands of dollars conducting focus groups to determine which approach will work best when starting an advertising campaign. Conduct your own focus group and get feedback from people in your sphere of influence before you launch your video campaign.

11. Make sure when posting your video you have player controls. When using an auto play feature, make sure to include a skip video button. Nothing is worse than having a video automatically play startling your visitor.

So, what is keeping you from producing a video for your video marketing campaign? Video adds media to the blending of your website content and helps grab the attention of search engines. Plus, video has huge perceived value and lends credibility to your business.

Video Marketing: Helpful Tips for Utilizing YouTube

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

image1There’s good news and bad news when it comes to YouTube. The good news is that YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world. The bad news is that YouTube is ever-changing and evolving. As of April 2013, here are a few activities you can do to up your YouTube marketing game. These activities will help your channel rank higher with the search engines.

STEP #1 

PRODUCE: Create Additional Video Footage on a Scheduled Basis

Your first assignment is to think of additional footage you can upload in the future that will delve deeper into your subject matter expertise. This could be using existing video recordings and creating clips. When you create these clips save the digital video files and create titles using your SEO criteria. Also post written titles and descriptions using the same SEO criteria.

Increase the value of your YouTube channel, consider minimizing your video count on your channel, leaving only those that portray your message effectively and reinforce your brand. This can be a very hard step. Some of these videos may have thousands of views and be old. You’re much better today and so is technology. Those video clips have room for revising and rebranding be either changing the clip altogether or updating with new footage or delete altogether if you currently do not cover that content.

STEP #2 

PUBLISH:

Spend time on YouTube while signed into your Google account. During your YouTube experience, press the ‘Like’ button on any videos that appeal to you on your ‘journey’. Look at what competitors are doing and post comments. This is creating good YouTube ‘karma’.

Once you get used to the YouTube community you will discover that you can find just about any video you are looking for – and then some. Yoga, documentaries, how to repair an iPod, college lectures, TED talks, music videos … the list goes on and on – if you can think of it, there is probably a YouTube video to be found.

Tip #1)  Add the Call to Action Overlay Banner

Want to get visitors from YouTube to YOUR website? One of the most effective ways to do so is to install and activate the Call to Action Overlay Banner on each of your videos. With this option, viewers will see a mini banner ad on the lower-third of your video with your copy, headline, thumbnail and link!  Failure to do this means traffic to someone else’s site and not yours!

Tip #2)  Backlinking Secrets

For you SEO enthusiasts out there, you know the power of backlinking! (what are backlinks? Just google it for a better definition).  Every time you create a new video on YouTube, simply send backlinks to your video URL and (this is the real kicker!) send backlinks to your channel URL!

(ex:http://www.Youtube.com/user/channelname)  YouTube LOVES to get action on Channel Pages!  This helps out ALL of your videos!

Tip #3)  Get Video Responses on Your Videos

This is my favorite strategy!  Want to rank your videos on the top of Youtube & Google?  Simply add video responses from other channels on your videos and watch your videos JUMP!  This works wonders and doesn’t take a lot of time!

Just like spending time watching television, the goal of this assignment is to spend time watching videos on YouTube. However, unlike television, you can post comments, video and text, subscribe to a channel you like, as well as give a ‘thumbs up’ to videos you like.

Share videos on social networks. Nothing helps a video go viral more than sharing in your personal community to spread and share quickly and effectively.

STEP #3 

PROMOTE:

The third assignment includes writing blog posts around your video subject and embedding your video from YouTube into the body of your blog post (if you don’t know how to do this, a Primeau team member can help). Also, embedding your videos on your websites’ pages, creates a solid highway of traffic directly pointed towards your videos directly through your sites traffic, and also ranks the sites pages effectively with the search engines, especially Google, because of YouTube’s ranking on Google search result pages. NOTE: Embed videos from YouTube as well as Vimeo. Some companies are not blocking YouTube and Facebook on their servers. The videos you embed from YouTube serve you well on YouTube. The videos you embed from Vimeo are back-ups, plus Vimeo allows your embedding options and features than YouTube.

Share links (URL) of your videos in your social media networks. Open the video you would like to share with your Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter community and copy and paste the URL into an update post or tweet, followed by some enticing language designed to motivate the recipient to open the link and view your video.

Through this process, you will discover why it is important to create educational, entertaining and informative video content that is interesting to your friends and colleagues – and how it will, perhaps, increase your circle of followers.

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