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The Business of Video

Want your profile to stand out? Add animation.

Animated video continues to grow in popularity   Over the last year, ChicFlicks has seen a tremendous rise in requests for animated video. Creators love animated video because it allows us to remove the limits of live video and really flex our imaginations. Clients love it because it is easily digestible, highly shareable and can give you an edge over your competitors. On a psychological level, animations appeal to many senses because they are a mixture of sound, vision, movement, colours and text. That is why, as kids, we found Saturday morning cartoons so captivating: our brains respond well to the mix of visual and

How to shape your video content to your ideal client

Crafting your ideal avatar story will steer your video content in the right direction   When you think about adding video to your marketing mix, it's not enough to just shoot a video, post it on your site and hope for the best. You need to start the process by really knowing who your ideal client is and what problem you are specifically solving. Before you turn on the camera, a worthy exercise is to tell your ideal client story in as much detail as possible. Take time to consider every part of the client story - age, gender, profession, hobbies, family unit,

Reaching your audience with animated video

Using animated video, you can create a hub of video content without ever stepping in front of the camera   Over the last year, Chicflicks has seen an increase in the demand for animated video. The applications have been as varied as the custom characters we create. Our clients have reached out, searching for an interesting way to stand out from their competitors. Chicflicks is currently in the midst of creating a 10-video animated series for Nusite, a Toronto-based basement waterproofing and underpinning company. The first video introduced the company, and within a month,  the video had more than 23,000 views.  Part of the

Video & Millennials: Marketing to a visual generation

Millennials are quickly becoming the decision makers for B2B transactions As they forge ahead in their career paths, 73% of millennials are involved in directing the product or service purchases at their companies. Millennials are being trusted with making decisions for everything from paper clips to professional services. A recent study from marketing firm Sacunas examined the buying habits of millennials in a B2B context and their findings confirmed that this digitally savvy demographic makes purchasing decisions based on discovery from search engines, vendor websites and social media. Having grown up with technology at their fingertips, millennials turn to digital channels in the initial

How to be an almost pro video editor without pricey software

YouTube has been rolling out features you didn't even know existed As the number 2 search engine, and still the most popular source for video, YouTube has value for any business owner. The platform is more than just a player, or the place to learn how to change a flat tire. Over the last few years, and especially in the last 18 months, while everyone has been watching video metrics on Facebook (myself included), YouTube has been adding stellar features to the platform that have gone un-noticed. Unless you are already a YouTube video creator (which I am) and have been

Measuring the ROI of video

As business owners, we want to know the ROI of everything I am asked these 3 questions almost daily: Is DIY video okay? What's the best place to put my video? How do I know if my video is working? These three questions can be drilled down into the core question of "What is the ROI (return on investment) of video?". The answers to those questions will have a direct effect on your business and can be a insightful measure of the performance of your website, your social media and your video. Your ROI can be measured by the amount of effort, planning and choices you

How to match video content to marketing goals

Before diving into video creation, know the purpose of your video. We are all guilty of making the same mistake: we know we need video to help our business grow, so we just create whatever we can to build our presence. The problem with this scenario is that video with no guided purpose is a waste of time and money. If you don't know what your video is supposed to do for your business, your potential clients won't have any idea either. Your video content needs to be a part of your bigger picture marketing goals. Set your goals for video and make

5 ways to convince your boss the company needs video

This past weekend, I had the good fortune to be the lead instructor in a video editing course for Ladies Learning Code and The Chic Geek. The class had all kinds of participants: people who were given the task of editing decades of family video, people who want to create simple videos for use at trade shows, and plenty of marketing professionals who recognize that video is now an essential tool for any business. Even though the marketing department knows how video impacts a business, it can still be a tough sell to the boss. Here are 5 arguments you can make

Why you need a Landing page video

With video on your landing page, you get to create the first impression. A landing page - or welcome - video is the first chance a potential customer will get to meet who they might be dealing with. How you present yourself and your business in video can start building the relationship.

The benefits of working with a YouTube partner

I recently discovered that the ChicFlicks YouTube channel was awarded partner status. I wanted to throw a party, and have a special sign made, a la Ron Burgundy. But I quickly realized that being a YouTube partner doesn't automatically make you a big deal. It's what you do with the status that matters. That's right. STATUS MATTERS! Being a YouTube partner means I can brand my videos and take part in some revenue sharing. I can upload custom thumbnails and those annoying little ads will now be popping up on my videos. What it means for my clients, is more impressive.  Working with a YouTube partner puts