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Video is fueling the growth of the internet; however, it is a lot more labour intensive to produce than writing text.  A minute or two of web-grade video footage can take an hour or more of shooting to produce. TV quality productions can take even longer.

My own baptism of fire in to online video production came a few weeks ago.  As a company we have a “video guy”; however, he was on holiday during our filming opportunity, so I was dispatched in his place. I hadn’t picked up a camera in years, and even then my experience came mostly from filming holiday videos on a low-tech 1990’s video 8 camcorder.

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How Videos Can Enhance Business Training And More

Example of a training video any business should use.

Training videos are used by just about every industry and for just about every purpose.  In-person training can be expensive and time consuming; a video requires just a few minutes to do the same job.  You can trust that your training video will be the same each time it’s played and that it will always cover the necessary information.

Making videos a part of your company’s training course

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Awesome Video! Now What? Where Besides YouTube to Upload Videos

You have just created an awesome little video. A promotion that isn’t too promotional. A teaser that entertains and raises curiosity.

But now what? Here are five crucial places to post your video.

Where will you post your videos?

  • First, get that video up on YouTube.

That is a no-brainer that you have probably already thought of. Even if you don’t promote the YouTube URL, chances are that somebody will see it there.

If you do want to promote the YouTube URL directly and you need a little boost, you might try using some of the social sharing co-op services that I have reviewed here and here.

Plus YouTube gives you the chance to use their embed code to display the video elsewhere, such as…

Where Else to Upload Videos

Did you also think of uploading your videos to:

See Movavi’s Where to Upload Videos and SimpleVlogging Tips 25 Video Hosts for more details. Not clear on how videos get hosted? Watch this very short video What is a Video Host from Jendi at Simple Vlogging Tips:

  • Post it on a non-sales page.

This is a page on your website that does not offer anything to sell, but is simply there for information. Perhaps it offers some tips, perhaps it discusses the philosophical questions related to the topic of the video.

The reason you want to post it to a non-sales page is because this page is easy to share in social bookmarking and social networking websites. Not everyone will want to pass along your sales page; an information page if so much more pass-on-able.

  • Post it on your sales page…

because some people will have no problem passing around a sales page, especially if there is some really cool content on it. The video makes your sales page more interesting and share-worthy.

It might also entice more people to actually read the page and become leads or prospects. By way of example, I posted one at : .

  • Include it in a blog post.

Why bother placing it in a blog post if it is already on an information page? Because blog posts are shared sometimes in wholly different ways. Through RSS, the content is spread and regular readers will find it. And it will increase engagement. It can be submitted to certain social websites specific for blogs, as well as to blog carnivals. And let’s face it – you’ve put a lot of effort into creating your masterpiece, so the more channels you can use to spread it around, the better.

  • Share it with bloggers.

Depending on the nature of the video, it could be of great interest to bloggers. You have to think carefully about what niches might be interested. A video is a great way to enhance a blog post, and some bloggers would value a suggestion if it is a good fit for what they are blogging about.

Now you have an awesome video, and an awesome video promotion program. Do this with several unique video ideas and you will start to see your website being shared and visited more over time.

Of course, I might be missing a few great opportunities, so please leave a comment if you have some great ideas that I have overlooked.

Thanks to David Leonhardt for these tips. David runs The Happy Guy Marketing, where website-promotion is always a creative process. Follow him on Twitter at @Amabaie.

Want more video marketing ideas? See these related posts:

YouTube Offers Long Form Content and Advertiser Opportunities

YouTube announced marketplace during Vidcon 2012

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YouTube has become something of a global phenomenon. Once the preserve of cat videos and people doing dumb things with firecrackers, the emergence of lower cost video production technology has allowed creative people to exploit the platform for their own ends.

More importantly, the creation of an audience has allowed these creators to extract an income from their work by collaborating with commercial partners and advertisers. This brings with it a great opportunity for advertisers, such as the company I work, The Watch Hut, to partner with these newly unleashed creatives.

TV – Is it where it’s at any more?

TV still has big name appointment-to-view, must see programming. No one can doubt the potential to create water-cooler moments of an episode of American Idol, or the new Kevin Bacon fronted series The Following for instance.

But, the web is beginning to throw out similar formats of its own, and many of the ad-funded versions are using YouTube for its ubiquitous distribution.

American Idol in particular is a great example, as Simon Cowell’s new venture is an online experience. It allows people in 26 different countries to upload their auditions online.

Whilst this offers a mix of interactions and the opportunity for advertisers to target, it is less of a passive “lean back” experience consisting of a number of short clips

The development of online video towards the standard 22/46 minute TV format however is continuing apace.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is that star of a new YouTube channel

One of the more recent examples has been the British chef Jamie Oliver. He has recently begun offering his own show on the platform. The free-form and variable length cooking show is airing (if that is the right word) roughly once per month and forms the core of a channel of cooking tips from both Oliver and his less famous cohorts.

Subscriptions to his channel currently number over 200,000 with recorded views adding around 60,000 viewers for the first show of the series.

The numbers may seem small, but they are growing.

Indeed the YouTube channel subscriber numbers have already surpassed the average weekly reach of specialist channels such as the UK based Scripps-owned satellite network The Travel Channel, despite that channel being available in around 13 million UK living rooms.

What’s more, these will be delivered to Internet connected, relatively technical households who have made the decision to actively seek out the programming – rather than passively channel surfing.

Advertising Opportunities

With a mix of pre-roll, mid-show and on page advertising, there are a number of opportunities. One important development removes the gamble of TV advertising by only charging the advertiser if the ad is watched in full or for more than 30 seconds.

As the user actively has to select to skip the advert, it is possible for an advertiser to make an impact in the first 5 seconds of the ad.

If the ad is memorable, then it will build brand
without YouTube making a charge.

Other options allow the viewer to opt out of mid-roll advertisements in return for selecting an ad to be played in full. Again, this cements the brand in the mind of the viewer.

Google’s vision for YouTube is aiming for more celebrities and long form content. We’ve seen what is in it for the advertiser; but, what is in it for the content producer?

The answer seems to be significant amounts of cash.

The UK edition of Wired magazine recently ran an article on London based music interview channel SBTV. The network of YouTube channels SB.TV’s revenues in 2011 were £110,000.

Income from YouTube was worth £200,000 from January 2012 to October 2012. In addition, the company, started by Jamal Edwards, has secured deals with high-profile clients including Adidas, Nike and Sony.

With connected TV’s using Hulu and BBC Iplayer acting as a Trojan horse to the living room for the bundled YouTube apps, and the increasing presence of the second screen in the form of phones and tablets, it looks that the future of video content looks increasingly online rather than over the air.

Video Creation: Essential in the Work Place

This is a guest post by video and music blogger Flynn Star.

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Most companies in the past never worried about video creation unless they were releasing a TV commercial. While that was fine years ago, research shows that video creation is becoming essential in the workplace.

Use video to get your business noticed through streaming
websites and other avenues of video distribution.

There are many advantages to creating videos, and employees will soon be expected to do this as part of their usual workload.

Surge in Popularity

Videos have always been popular on the Internet, but they surged when streaming video was created. That popularity is increasing every year as new technology comes out that makes it even easier to create, host and distribute video. Close to 40 percent of all Internet activity involves video streaming, and this is why it’s important for businesses.

You want to communicate with your audience as easily as possible. You also want to access the largest number of people at once. The best way to do this is through video creation.

Increase Conversions

Another benefit of video creation is that it significantly increases the likelihood of someone buying a product or service. Many reports show that prospects are about 70 percent more likely to buy whatever you are selling if you present it through a video.

There are several reasons for this. One of the big reasons is that the prospect gets to see the product in action, or he or she can hear your representative talk. This allows the customer to build an emotional connection, and it enables him or her to see details of the product that might have been difficult to view with photos.

Another reason for this is because videos seek to educate the customer. Many people have an easier time learning about a subject if someone talks to them about it, and you can use this to your advantage with video creation.

Video Creation is Simple

Video creation is starting to enter the workplace because it’s becoming simple. You used to need incredibly expensive lighting, recording hardware and a lot of other equipment. While all of this equipment is still needed for big-budget advertising videos, you can easily create a video with nothing more than a simple camera and editing software.

The barrier to entry with video creation is steadily becoming lower. This means that your employees will soon be able to create marketable videos as easily as they create reports and other common documents.

Affordable Marketing

Video creation is becoming much more affordable since you don’t need as much hardware or software as you formerly did. Not only that, but training an employee to film and edit a video is fairly easy. You can easily create your own videos without having to outsource them to experts if you just want a simple video to place on your social media page.

Build Relationships

Customers are demanding an emotional relationship with the businesses that they buy from. If they don’t emotionally connect with you, then they might not be loyal to your brand. There are many ways of doing this, but one way is to introduce customers to the workers via videos.

Videos allow customers to see employees that they usually
wouldn’t meet under other circumstances, and this builds
a bond between the business and the customer.

Video creation allows you to show the customer around the business, and you can also make videos to show that you care about them.

Consistent Message

The last reason why video creation is becoming common in the workplace is because it allows you to present a consistent message that won’t change. It doesn’t matter how many times someone watches the video. The message will never change. This allows you to say exactly what you want in the best manner possible.


Video creation is becoming essential in the workplace because it has many benefits and advantages. If you aren’t currently making videos and distributing them through the Internet, then you should consider doing it. This can help improve your profit margin, and it might also reduce your marketing costs if you are outsourcing all of your video creation.

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