Storytelling is a Brands Secret Weapon

This beautiful piece of animation and storytelling has a purpose but it’s not hitting you over the head with brand messaging. Chipotle understands that you don’t need to cram a certain number of brand mentions or integrations for a marketing video to be effective. With this viral video concept Chipotle has found a way to communicate their mission of “changing the way the world thinks about and eats fast food” that is emotionally engaging and powerfully connects with the viewer.

We don’t even see a logo until the last few seconds of video.

The video also leads to an interaction element – the game app, for people that want to continue exploring this world Chipotle has created  and through that learn more about where our food comes from and what it takes to produce it.

The behind the scenes video is worth a viewing as well.

How can you use these ideas and concepts in your video marketing efforts?

Overcome Your Fear of Being on Camera

In this episode taken straight from the Sociable Video Training Course, I will teach you how to overcome your fear of being on camera. It’s very common and natural to not like being in front of a video camera but it’s something that everyone can condition themselves to overcome.

Becoming the face of your business and appearing in your video marketing can be a game changer! People buy from people and want to connect with YOU.

Why I Put All My Eggs in Udemy’s Basket

I Love Udemy

Prepare yourself for a little bit of a Udemy love fest. Over the past several months I have become a pretty big fan of what they are doing. So much so that although there are a few drawbacks, that I will discuss in a minute, I have decided to offer my Sociable Video Training Course exclusively on the Udemy.com platform.

Even though I had been planning on writing this blog post for several days I have received a couple inquires as to why Udemy! Why not sell through Clickbank or JVZoo and take advantage of those affiliate communities? Why basically give Udemy your customers and build their business? Why give them 30% and sometimes more commission on your course?

All valid questions that were considered carefully. Before I get to the answering of those questions and sharing more of my reasoning let’s rewind a year- for a little back story.

A year ago I hadn’t even heard of Udemy and the online training trend had just begun to grow. While I was writing and shooting my course I was also building my own membership area to house all of the course content. There were several reasons for doing it myself – mostly so I could keep the most profit and also build my own customer base.

There really wasn’t a lot of good options for creating a membership area and eventually I settled on using WordPress and WishList Members. I put a ton of time into designing and setting up the membership area. The software was fairly easy to use but not very efficient for uploading over 50 videos, over 50 audio recordings and organizing it all into a user intuitive interface. It just wasn’t a platform geared towards online training.

I then signed up for a Clickbank account to use for payment processing and to hopefully tap into the large pool of Clickbank affiliates. Clickbank has been the dominant player in the internet marketing payment processor and affiliate program hybrid field for years. I always thought the Clickbank system was a little archaic looking and clunky- but it works.

Udemy Home page

I was all ready to launch with my own setup and then I ran into Udemy! “Hhhmmm this looks interesting and pretty perfect for what I’m doing but dang I don’t know about giving them 30%!” By this time Udemy and the online training ‘movement’ had really started to pick up some steam.

Because Udemy isn’t exclusive I thought it wouldn’t hurt to sell my course in two places- my site through Clickbank and on Udemy for those that found it through their marketplace or promotion.

If the backstory was boring you and you are half asleep now- Wake Up! Here’s where I get into the pros & cons of Udemy!

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Example of Highly Effective Video Marketing Campaign

Dove’s new sponsored programming campaign is genius. First of all it’s directly in line with the rest of their ‘Real Beauty’ campaign. However, more so then Dove’s past efforts it delves into the world of organic and emotionally charged content.

The concept of having an FBI trained forensic artist draw pictures of women described by themselves and then described by someone they just met is among other things, highly creative. It also tugs at the emotional strings of it’s target audience and hits upon common concerns among women. In fact it’s so effective that it moves people not in it’s target at all, like myself.

The branding only appears subtly at the end of the video and even before the logo fades up there is a url displayed that will take you to more relevant information. In this case more of the side by side comparison sketches and video profiles of the individuals involved. This Call To Action keeps the conversation going.

Yes Dove is trying to sell something. Yes they want your money. But rather then cramming the product down your throat they are creating something of value and of interest to you first. This is a much more effective video marketing strategy.

More details here @ Adweek and more video content from the campaign can be found at Dove.com/realbeautysketches

The Critical First 15 Seconds: Video Marketing for Business

http://www.reelmarketer.com/2013/04/video-marketing-the-critical-15-seconds/

The critical first 15 seconds of any video

It’s absolutely vital that the first fifteen seconds of any video you produce for your business be highly engaging.

Take note…

Research has shown that if a viewer makes it past the first ten seconds of a video they are much more likely to watch the majority or even finish watching it.

If you are unable to peak interest and suck a viewer into your world during this very short time frame all the hard work you have put into video production will be in vain.

A little dramatic I know but most businesses are still making the mistake of opening with a cheesy and slow motion graphic or just going right into the content without any sort of introduction or tease of what’s to come. As viewers we need to be continually fed valuable or emotionally connecting reasons to keep watching your content.

It’s your job to give them those reasons.

Here is a closer look at what elements can be used to in your videos and at what point to use them to mentally trigger your viewers to keep watching:

Jump on over to ReelMarketer.com to read the entire article. Thanks!

YouTube For Business: Top Ten Strategies & Best Practices

wayne ford on udemy blog

Check out my latest article on the best tactics to leverage YouTube for Business over on Udemy’s blog.

YouTube is where the eyeballs are. In fact YouTube is now where over a billion sets of eyeballs are every single month. The vast majority of those eyeballs belong to what Google & Nielsenare now calling the ‘C Generation’. The C Generation is supposedly a state of mind and is representative of those that ‘care deeply about creation, curation, connection and community.’

Generation C is made up of 80% millennials which also happen to be YouTube’s core audience. YouTube users are also very likely to constantly use a mobile device during the day to consume media so your videos must be optimized for all viewing platforms.

However, the C Generation is not YouTube’s only audience. All demographics are now consuming video online at growing rates and primarily on YouTube.

Read the entire article here!