small business video Tag

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...

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Two Videographers walk into a bar…

People say you can't trust anything you read or anyone you meet on the Internet. I'm calling BS. For the last 3 years, I've been engaging in social media conversations with Carole Parsons of SugarCMedia. We've lived in neighbouring towns, shared a lot of the same friends (most of whom we've met through social media) and attended some of the same events. For one reason or another, our paths just never crossed in real life. This week, Carole came to Calgary, and I made damn sure I cleared my schedule so we could finally meet. There are not a lot of female video...

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Building a smart video strategy

If you've made the decision to start including video in your marketing plan, then you are already on the right track. But how do you know what kind of video to create?  What will bring the customers to you?  What will resonate with the clients you are trying to attract? How can you get inside your clients' minds? It might sound tricky, but you already know what appeals to your ideal client when it comes to video. Just examine your own video viewing behaviour. When potential customers are viewing a video, a number of considerations pass through their minds: How long is the video? People...

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Flickering lights

When I was a kid in school, teachers used to flick the lights on and off to get our attention.  Nowadays, if the lights in a classroom flicker, I have every confidence that there would be a flurry of activity as students pull out their smartphones to check Twitter and Facebook for news of an approaching storm.  From millenials to babies born this year, it will be an enormous challenge to get the attention of this market.  These are kids who were born into technology -  it is the only way they find information, share news, and make purchasing decisions. This...

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Loyalty isn’t just for dogs

When you need to buy some cheese, or some facial tissues or a quick pasta dinner, which companies come to mind first?  Every day, we make decisions about how to spend our money based on our brand perceptions. In Canada, we are more brand loyal than our American counterparts.  We like the brands we know and trust, the brands that deliver a level of quality and service that has remained consistent over the years.  We will spend a little more to ensure we give our kids the same gooey grilled cheese sandwich we had as kids, or to know that a...

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How video can define and build your brand

Video can make you, your product and your brand instantly recognizable. I think about video every single day. I think about the Sad Cat Diaries on YouTube. I think about my clients' completed videos. I think about the video sitting on one of four external hard drives waiting to be edited. I think about making better, branded videos all the time. It did not surprise me at all when I came across the perfect example of how branding your company using video can be THE DECIDING FACTOR for prospective clients. It happened so quickly and in the most unusual of places: Costco. A...

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The Pillars of your Brand

What determines your brand? There are some people that you meet to whom you are immediately drawn. It could be their personality, their wardrobe, their smile, or their joie de vivre that makes you feel comfortable or confident or just plain excited to be in their company. That is exactly what happens when you meet Andrea Jones from Jonesing for Leadership. Andrea walks into a room with an air of confidence and a self-assured smile on her face. You just feel compelled to engage in conversation and you won't be sorry when you do. Andrea is a great conversationalist with a strong...

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