The Business of Video

Finding royalty-free stock footage

Is something missing from your video?  Are you not fully satisfied with your footage?  Did you create a voiceover but are unsure where to find the images to accompany that? How about music? Even the best videographers occasionally have to turn to other sources to find appropriate footage.  I've needed to find footage of the perfect sunset from a Hawaiian beach and my client certainly was not going to fly me out there to get a 40-second clip.  Would have been nice though. Royalty-free stock footage sites are popping up like weeds.  A lot of savvy videographers and photographers have realized that...

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Tailoring your video to Google trends

I’ve been geeking out on Google Trends for the last 6 months or so. I devour almost every article that lands in my inbox. I take screenshots, run tests, and unpack what I learn so that I can teach or apply the information to my clients’ success. If you haven’t yet investigated or played around with Google Trends, be prepared to go down a very deep, but deeply satisfying rabbit hole. Trends is like Pinterest, but for data lovers. I’ll admit, this part of my personality caught me by surprise, but the clearly the left half of my brain is enjoying...

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The value of Google My Business

Have you been using Google My Business? If not, you are missing out on the power of this valuable - and free - resource. I'll admit it, I was slow to the game with Google My Business, but mostly because I was still stinging from the wasted effort I put into Google +. I wanted to wait a while, see what would happen, how the platform would develop, and whether mapping a service-based business would bring people in the door, so to speak. The game changed when Google Maps updated to allow videos to be added to a Google Listing. I created a...

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How to leverage your media appearances

I hear this question often: I was on the news, now what? When you - or your business - is featured on the news, it is a very big deal. VERY BIG. If you are like most humans, getting the call or the email asking you to appear on television, speak on the radio, or be featured in print sent you into a tizzy of emotions. You were over-the-moon excited and wanted to tell everyone you know about this news. Then you moved into anxiety over what to wear, whether or not to have makeup professionally done and what you would say....

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Making sense of YouTube analytics

Maybe it's just me, but I can get lost in analytics like a scrapbooker gets lost in Pinterest.   Don't get me wrong, it's not that I am a numbers geek. I get easily overwhelmed by too much information, especially when I can drill down into minutiae and play with parameters. I could easily spend hours trying to navigate through Google analytics and still only know what my most popular blog was last month. But it's a whole different story when it comes to YouTube analytics. The video-sharing platform makes is so simple to discover who is watching your videos, where they...

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How video marketing can be like the best frozen yogurt

Are you ever really satisfied with just plain froyo? Probably not, and with video marketing, more toppings means a more fulfilling experience.   Plain Run of the mill, one flavour only. Boring. If you only ever create one video, don't anticipate much action. That's like having vanilla frozen yogurt every single time you go the shop. Mix it up a bit. If you can't afford a double scoop, add some flavour with live or DIY video.   Plain with Chocolate Sauce Saucy, but safe. You can sweeten your one video by running it through an editor. If possible, add another layer of interest to your video with some...

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Why you cannot ignore Facebook Live

Literally and figuratively, Facebook Live is in your face. And your news feed.   Video has taken over Facebook. With 1.5 billion daily users and viewers spending on average 3X longer watching live video broadcasts than native video uploads, Facebook Live is a vital part of any social media video strategy.  As a page owner, if you want your fans, or potential clients to see what you have to offer, you need to integrate Facebook Live into your marketing plan. Facebook is favouring live video in the news feeds, and even one live video can boost your business page into the timeline. More than...

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How Animated Video Brings New Clients to Visions Applied

I recently completed an animated video for a company called Visions Applied in Clearwater, Florida. Owner Dianne Allen was revamping her business and her website, and wanted an animated video to be featured on the home page. Animated video can be expensive to produce, but ChicFlicks offers affordable solutions for those who don't want a traditional video or don't have the generous budget required for a drawn-from-scratch animated video. I started with a discovery call with Dianne so I could better understand her vision for video. We talked about her clients, what they love about working with her, what her mission is...

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The value of adding a virtual pass to your event

You've spent countless hours planning your event. Your speakers are lined up, your sales page is open to the public, you are refreshing your browser and watching the ticket sales. But you've also been receiving emails from people who have other plans the same day as your event. People will be out of town, or do not have the financial resources required to travel. The world is so connected to the internet, it would be easy to bring your event to those who cannot be physically present with a virtual pass. Virtual attendees are the fastest growing segment in the conference/meeting/event realm. Offering...

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THROUGH MY LENS: HOW I ACCIDENTALLY BECAME A TV HOST AT 50

I virtually met the author of this story, Carole Parsons Schafer, in 2011, through Twitter. We did not meet IRL until 2014, when she came to Calgary to visit family. Carole exudes energy and fun from the moment you meet her. It came as no surprise to me when she landed an ideal gig as the host of a local fitness program. That's the crazy thing about life: you never know where your journey will take you. Here's Carole's story.   At the age of 50 there’s not much that I thought scared me. But this past summer, I found myself staring down...

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