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Reprinted from PCWorld

Why Video?

Video on the Internet is still novel enough to be compelling in its own right. People now routinely use the Web to search for information about products or services that they want to purchase. And if you can dig up a typical Web site’s traffic patterns, you’ll find that an enormous percentage of site visitors click away from the site in less than a few seconds. They scan the text and pictures and make a snap judgment about whether or not the site has anything to offer them. It is extremely difficult to get them to read all the way through the home page, let alone click through to get more information on subsequent pages.

In contrast, once they start, people are more likely to watch video clips through to the end than they are to read a whole Web page. This gives you a better chance to engage them and get your message across.

What’s Your Message?

The most important step is to determine what you want to tell your audience. Maybe you have a novel product or service that customers may not understand. In this case, an “education sell” might be most appropriate, in which you explain the category as a whole and the benefits it offers. If the product or service is familiar to your prospects — such as buying a house — then you want a “comparative sell” that showcases the advantages that your particular product or service has to offer. Or maybe you want to use a “promotional sell” message that makes a special offer such as a discount or bonus item for people who see the video.

Designing Your Video Clip

Keep it short. Four or five minutes long is a good limit for a promotional video. If it runs longer than that, your audience is likely to lose interest and click away. Also, the large size of longer videos makes them more difficult to manage.

If possible, create a widescreen format video in MP4 format. This is the new lingua franca of Internet video, and has efficient compression to keep your files smaller. The widescreen format matches the newer HDTV aspect ratio, and thus immediately gives your video a more current appearance.

Create your video in 720p resolution (1280 by 720 pixels). This is easier to do now that many under-$400 digital still cameras will also record 720p video. Many sites–including YouTube–now support high-definition clips, so the extra resolution will make your video look better.

One note on tone: Be cautious about using humor in your videos. What might be funny to one person can be seriously offensive to another. Unless you’re appealing to a narrow and well-defined audience that you know well, you might want to avoid making a comedy clip and stick to a straightforward approach.

Distribute Your Video

Just as a Web site is not likely to increase business on its own, you need to do more than just post a video. First, you need to put it in lots of places so that more people are likely to find it. Consider using an uploading service for distribution. TubeMogul is a free service that will post your clip to seven or more video sites including MetaCafe and Yahoo Video, as well as YouTube. It will automatically adjust your video if necessary to meet the sites’ requirements (though all will accept widescreen MP4 files). So you just have to upload your file once to TubeMogul, and it will take care of the rest.

TubeMogul--click for full-size image.The TubeMogul service makes it easy to post a video file to many video sharing sites in one easy step.

You also need to keep search optimization in mind when you post. Choose your tag words carefully so that viewers will be more likely to find your clips.

Note that posting your video to these video sharing sites makes it easy to embed the clip on a Web page. YouTube creates HTML code that you can cut and paste to put both a player and your video clip on your Web page. You can even choose the format for the video player that appears on your page. Promote your clip by finding other sites that will link to the video’s location on your site, or that will embed the video right on theirs.

YouTube--click for full-size image.Use YouTube’s “Embed” entry (in the right-hand column) to get HTML code that you can paste into a Web site so that you can play the video right on that page.

If appropriate, consider sending out a press release announcing your video. Send it to local news outlets if you sell to your local markets. Try low-cost services that will deliver electronic press releases to a broad range of media outlets, such as SBWire or PRFree.

Also, take advantage of the social networking sites available on the Web to promote your video. Put it on your Facebook page. Get people to submit it to sites such as Digg, StumbleUpon, del.icio.us, and Reddit. Just as with a Web site, you need to drive people to your video in order to get them to see it.

Finally, don’t abandon your clip. Nothing dies by itself on the Web, so if your products or services change, or your promotional offer expires, or for some other reason the content of your video clip is no longer current or accurate, remember to take it down from the sites where you posted it. Just like a Web page that is never updated, an out-of-date video can hurt your business rather than help.

But a well-crafted video that gets promoted to your target audience will deliver your message in an efficient and effective way that engages your prospects and boosts your business.

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More and more companies are using video to deliver their message on the Web – and not only media companies. In a recent article in USA Today, many different types of customers are using online videos to market, communicate, educate and inform. These include companies like AFL-CIO, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Archive of American Law Enforcement and the Asia Foundation, to name a few.

It’s estimated that over 200 billion videos will be streamed over the Internet in 2011, which is a 24% increase from last year. This growth is due to faster Web connections and the fact that 98% of the world has access to Flash, which has become the dominant technology thanks to YouTube, the social networking site. What makes video on the web so powerful is the combination of audio and visuals working together. It’s the same principle that makes TV advertising more powerful than print. People no longer have to look at static pages filled with information that has to be read. Instead, online videos can talk viewers through the highlights and more salient points of the information, and those who choose to can read more at a later time.

Examining our own customer’s experiences, they are see signifcation lift on conversation rates from using a professionally produced video. In fact, some of our customers are now seeing a ten times increase in conversion rates. Even more interesting, we have explored the impact of professionally produced videos vs self produce. Interestingly, a low res, poorly produced video actually has the impact of hindering conversion rates.

So what do you need to get professional looking web video? You have to start with a script – one that lays out the actual content and suggested visuals. Then you have to choose the right on-camera talent to appear on your website. Make sure the person is “product appropriate” – if you’re selling women’s intimate apparel, don’t have a young male talent on camera! Your best bet is to hire a professional studio (professional studio, video production, video studio) to shoot the video. They know all about lighting, shooting – and editing! Maximize your investment with a quality production.

 

Author: Bill Murphy

Why use professional videos on the Web instead of doing it yourself? After all, you have a small video camera; the resolution on the Web doesn’t have to be that high, and besides, you’ve shot video before. Remember Aunt Ethel’s wedding?

The fact is, consumers are becoming more and more sophisticated. And an amateur video is a poor reflection of your company’s image. It’s not just a matter of having someone stand against a wall and shooting some footage. There’s a lot involved in the process, including concepting, scripting, finding talent, lighting and most important – editing. All of these factors come into play in the final outcome of the video you plan on putting on the web.

The first telltale sign that you’re watching an amateur production is often the lighting. If it’s poorly lit, with too many highlights and shadows – you’re probably watching a homemade production. The fact is, like in everything else you get what you pay for. A well-produced video will do more for your company than the cost involved, in terms of image, professionalism and in the return on your investment.

Remember, your online video is all part of your image and your brand. That’s why using a professional makes sense. You wouldn’t want a “do it yourselfer” to take care of your accounting or legal matters. Nor should you want to have a “home-made” video production representing your brand.

A professional video production company can provide everything from the script and talent casting to editing and shooting in their perfectly lit video studio. It’s well worth the investment you’ll make to have a professional quality video representing your company

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/marketing-tips-articles/professional-vs-amateur-videos-1217646.html

About the Author

Throughout Bill’s 25 year career, he has focused on improving communication effectiveness through information technology. In his early days in retail banking at Citibank, Bill pioneered the development of the countries large marketing data warehouses. Through the use of advanced analytics tools, Bill demonstration how to translate massive amounts of raw data into knowledge to optimize marketing communications. Bill soon learned that to be successful in the new information driven marketing environment, he had to become proficient in not only marketing, but also technology.

Over the next 25 years, Bill continued to develop both his marketing (product development/marketing, direct/online marketing, marketing communications, event management, creative development and brand management) and his technology (database, audio/visual, programming, web design, networking and software design) skills. From his role as Chief Marketing Officer, at information giant Experian, to his role VP of technology for software giant Siebel Systems, Bill’s unique blend of marketing and technology skills has allowed him leverage technology to solve key business challenges. With each new technology advancement, Bill has learned to quickly exploit the technology to improve his company’s bottom line.

Bill is now founder and CEO of Egghead Productions, the country’s leading Video Marketing organization with its studios located in Northern California.