10 Tips for Using Videos to Market Your Business by Lisa Wells

October 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

I decided to share this article by Lisa Wells not only because it is terrific content, but to issue myself and anyone else who isn’t using video yet on their website or blog to take the leap and record a video and add it to your site. It’s one of my goals for the coming week!

If you get busy and do a recording, link me up here. I’d love to see it! Thanks for visiting!
dreamstime_11293721Copyright 2009, Lisa Wells. Article reprinted with permission.

Even if you’re not selling video-based products, you should be using video to market your business. That’s because different customers respond better to video than they do to text. When you use both text and video, you’re reaching a wider audience than you would with text alone.

Here then are 10 tips and tricks for using video to market your business…

1. Keep ’em short

Whether you’re loading videos on YouTube.com or you’re using them to pre-sell products on your blog or site, keep them short (around five minutes or so)… especially if your audience includes people who don’t know you. If needed, break a long video into multiple smaller videos.

2. Post videos on your sales pages

You can use video sales letters to highlight the main points of your regular sales letter. You can also use videos to demonstrate what the product is and how easy it is to use. You may also get your satisfied customers to give you video testimonials. (Uh, you’ll notice that I did NOT do this on my sales page – bad hair month, lame excuse I know).

3. Choose your keywords carefully

If you’re loading your videos onto YouTube, choose keywords that your market is currently using to find information in your niche. You may also choose keywords that match those being used alongside other popular videos in your niche.

4. Know your purpose before you start

Before you film, choose one purpose for your video. Is it to get subscribers? Send traffic to your blog or membership site? Pre-sell a product? Whatever the reason, base your entire video around that singular goal. Don’t confuse your viewer by giving more than one option.

5. Create a call to action

You should create at least one call to action in your video, where you tell people exactly what you want them to do and why (e.g., “Go to www.AskMrVideo.com to grab Part 2 of this video – but hurry, you can only get it free for a limited time!”)

6. Encourage comments

If you’re posting your video on YouTube, on your blog or other social sites, encourage comments (even controversial ones). The more people talk about your video, the more your visitors will return to your page to see what’s new in the discussion.

7. Use other social sites to jumpstart the viral effect

If you want your video to go viral, you need to advertise it. One way to do that is to link to or embed your video on your other social media site pages, like Twitter or MySpace.

8. Blog about your video

Another way to advertise your video is to blog about it. If you embed your video on your blog, then encourage your visitors to bookmark it using Digg.com, StumbleUpon.com or similar.

9. Ask your JV partners to share your video with their prospects and customers

Yet another away to advertise your video is by asking your joint venture partners / affiliates to mention it in their newsletters, blog about it, and share it with their social media contacts.

10. Put a video on a CD/DVD and give it away for free

You can build a physical mailing list by putting your video on a CD or DVD and giving it away for free to those who give you a mailing address. (You can just charge for shipping.) Be sure to include an upsell at the end of your video.

You can use videos to pre-sell products, demonstrate products, teach your prospects, drive traffic to your sites, and grow your mailing list. Start applying these tips today – you’ll be amazed at what video marketing can do for you!

For tons of video tips, tricks, you name it, visit AskMrVideo.com and don’t forget to join his newsletter list!

Copyright 2009, Lisa Wells. Article reprinted with permission. Lisa Wells is a Certified eMarketing Associate who partners with successful coaches, consultants, and online marketers, managing their online marketing needs. Move your business to the next level and up your e-marketing game – sign up for her FREE e-course at http://www.eMarketingToolboxEssentials.com.

Do you have too much on your plate?

October 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

tmohpwThat’s a rhetorical question.  Who doesn’t these days!  Well Melissa McCreery has teamed up with more than 10 extraordinary women entrepreneurs to help you clear off your plate and start enjoying your life more!

Dr. Melissa McCreery, psychologist and an internationally certified life coach, created Too Much on Her Plate Week to celebrate women who are looking to take control and make changes in their lives to become more successful.

Find out more and receive the incredible free gifts that are being given away here.  When you sign up you’ll learn the secrets of how to get fit, stay healthy, grow a business, achieve your goals and much more. And don’t worry, there’s nothing to buy. You won’t see a sales pitch once you sign up.

I have been downloading, reading and listening like crazy.  Soon my plate will be clearer and I hope you’ll find some relief too.  Thanks for visiting!

P.S. I’d love you to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the new look!

Tuesday Tools! Kuler

October 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

color-wheel-300As a graphic designer and digital scrapbook designer, I am always looking for new color schemes and new ways to identify colors. One of my favorite sites for finding colors is Adobe’s Kuler.  It is an incredible resource for anyone who designs.

How do I use it?  Let me tell you a story! (I’m from Texas, we are always telling stories!) Recently a client sent me a picture of a painting she has hanging in her office. She loves the colors and wants to see if we can incorporate those colors into her website.  No problem! I pull up Adobe’s Kuler site and go to work.  In minutes I can have a full color scheme using the colors from the painting.

One of my clients is a lawyer, when working on his site he told me he loves the colors of law books.  Perfect!  I go to google, do a search for photos of law books, import it into Kuler and viola! A color scheme is born.

It’s free and easy to use. Check it out here.

Why I love working with Mompreneurs!

October 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

MompreneurAs a Virtual Assistant and Mom, I work odd hours.  There’s no doubt about it. It is a constant juggling act between providing great client support and managing the needs of three kids.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining in the least.  I am just stating what every mompreneur knows well. It is not uncommon to find me on the computer at 4:00 am or midnight or early Saturday mornings before the kids get up.

So this morning at about 7:00 am, I get pinged (the term for IM’ing someone on Skype) by one of my favorite clients. She didn’t expect me to be there, nor did she expect me to be working over the weekend. It was just a quick “when you get a chance, can you send me this” IM.  Because I was trying to get some work done before going off and having fun (work before play always makes me feel better) I happened to be here.  I took a couple of minutes and got her what she needed.

It is key to understand here that she did not expect me to answer. I have never felt anything but complete respect for my time and skills as well as gratitude from her so this was not a demanding, need something on Saturday morning and expect you to be there type request. She did not mean to cause me to work over the weekend. She just knew, as a Mompreneur I might be and she is doing the same – catching up on a little work on Saturday morning.

It felt good to be able to get her what she needs. I know she has her days carved around her daughter’s schedule and I respect her for that. So, hats off to her and all Mompreneurs. It is not easy having 2 full-time jobs yet Mompreneurs always go the extra mile.  It is a pleasure to be a mompreneur supporting others!

And on that note, I’m off to finish a couple things and get on with my Saturday!  I hope you enjoy yours too!