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The Business of Video

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


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

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


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

Video Marketing in the house

Is your business creating video for the right audience? We all know that video marketing is a critical tool for our businesses. YouTube continues to be the most popular platform, but Facebook has been gaining momentum and now has more video uploads than YouTube. Businesses of all sizes should be looking at where the marketing budgets are being spent; marketing departments need to seriously consider creating video campaigns; social media teams need to know what are the top video platforms. Video can be more than just a medium to reach new customers. Companies are now building in-house production teams with the goal of

Video production vs Video marketing – What’s the difference?

There is a defined difference between a video production company and a video marketing agency. You need to know which one you need.   Let me toot my own horn here, right from the start. ChicFlicks is a unique company, not just because of the name. We combine the skills of a video production company with the savvy of a video marketing agency in order to maximize your video spend. Here are the most important distinctions between a video production company and a video marketing agency. A video production company only focusses on the nuts and bolts of your video: The camera equipment The script

NEW SERIES: Through My Lens – Stories of how video impacts your business

A brand new series that gives my clients the spotlight to share how video made an impact, professionally or personally.   While I am a fan of case studies, a number of my clients are in highly competitive fields and are reluctant to share their marketing strategies with the world at large. I can totally respect that since most people don't want to read a lengthy case study anyways. The format of Through My Lens (#throughmylens) will be fluid. Sometimes the story will be in-depth and lengthy. Other posts will be brief and presented in a list format. What I want you to

Knowing the power of DIY video

Why is DIY video so popular? The answer to the question is so simple. DIY video is hugely accessible to everyone. If you have a smartphone, you have access to a powerful pocket producer. With every updated version, the technological advances are startling. If you own an iPhone 6, you have the ability to shoot 4K video - that is a quality that could only be found in the priciest of professional cameras. Today's consumers are living - and capturing - their lives by the seat of their pants. Literally. On a daily basis, we make the decision to leave our larger cameras

9 steps I took to get over the fear of being in front of the camera

Let's face it - most of us are not meant to have a career in front of the lens, but that doesn't mean you should never step in front of the camera.   When I launched ChicFlicks, I was pissed off. I was tired of my fellow female business owners feeling inadequate and afraid to get in front of the camera. Without fail, every one of them worried about their weight, or hair, or makeup, or sounding stupid. Without fail, every one of them launched a business that was successful, that created income, that helped other people. This was a huge disconnect. And I was

The power of a video testimonial

Take your word of mouth marketing to a higher level with video   Every day, we find ad cards, notepads and fridge magnets inside our mailboxes. But truthfully, how many times have you actually reached out to someone who randomly appeared there among the bills and community news?   Businesses are built on referrals and real-life experience. When you need a lawyer or a real estate agent, do you go straight to your mug cupboard? No. You reach out to your family, friends and community. We put high value in the experiences of people we trust.   Word-of-mouth marketing is more powerful and influential than any