What Can Video Do for Your Brand in New Year?

Video is an amazing resource for small business owners. This marketing method showcases your brand personality and allows your audience a window into the real you so they can make the connection needed to build trust. The emotions behind your eyes, your thoughts around certain topics, and the fun culture you are building around your business are effective ways of getting attention, building awareness, and earning trust for your brand. Whether pre-recorded or live – your audience gains insights into who you are as an individual and a business.

Get Attention

People are busy. Pretty graphics used to work well but, often, they just become something that people scroll past. An engaging caption is ideal, but first, you have to get someone on social media to stop and read it. Short videos about you and your business are great ways to get someone’s attention. By recording short videos that are motivational, inspirational, educational, or entertaining – you are increasing the likelihood that someone will find you on social media.

Build Awareness

Once you get their attention, you’ll need to keep it long-term. This is where video excels. If someone resonates with your videos, and you make a commitment to consistently show up, that audience will keep coming back to watch more. This is the perfect opportunity to build awareness about your brand so people understand who you are, how you serve, and your big vision for business and the world.

Earning Trust

When it’s time to make a purchasing decision, trust is the most important part. Watching your videos allows your audience to get to know you better, understand what you provide, and make a decision on whether or not you are the right company for them. 

For years now, marketing professionals have been recommending video marketing and it’s a trend that continues to be successful and still produces results for small businesses.

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#TechIsTheNewAwesome – Going Live During Events


For social media marketers, keeping content fresh and engaging is a daily challenge. You want to reach potential customers and your existing base, and at the same time reinforce your brand and cement your place in the market. Luckily you can accomplish these objectives by taking advantage of the hottest trend in social media—live streaming.
According to PR Newswire, the video streaming market is expected to grow to more than $70 billion by 2021. Many factors are driving this astronomical growth. Study after study has backed up claims that live video works. Viewers watch live videos longer, remember what they see, and are more likely to engage with the content.Add to that the many affordable options that the novice streamer can use successfully, and you have the recipe for success.
There are many ways to utilize live streaming but one of the most popular, and a good place to start, is live streaming an event. One of the biggest advantages of event streaming is that you are extending the reach of your program. Whether you are hosting a conference, sponsoring a gala, or presenting an informational speech, you can utilize live streaming to broaden your audience and turn your program from a one-shot event into evergreen content.
Once you have are committed to a live stream, you have some work to do. Let’s take a look at the steps:
  1. Select a platform: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Instagram Live, and Twitter’s Periscope are names that are probably familiar to you. These aren’t the only platforms, but they are the big ones. You’ll need to select which is right for your particular purpose and then make sure that you are signed up and ready to go.
  2. Develop a plan: Like all marketing activities, live streaming works best when you have a strategy. How will you approach the stream? Will you have one camera and then let it run or will you be moving from place to place? Be sure to incorporate how you will respond if things don’t go as expected.
  3. Practice: You’re all set up with a platform, you’ve got your equipment ready, and you know what you want to stream. Do a run through (or four) to make sure you are ready when it’s game time.
  4. Go: You’ve reached the big day. Hit the button and go. While you’re at it, have fun! Remember to save what you’re broadcasting.
  5. Repackage: The event went well and you accomplished your live stream. You can now go back and decide what you can reuse. Perhaps it’s a single speech that can be rebroadcast, maybe you rerun the entire event or just use snippets, or you use a combination of all three. The goal is to make the most of what you have.

So now you are ready to go live with an event. Once you’ve tried it, you are sure to want to do it again. It’s the perfect way to increase and engage your audience while maximizing your resources. Not comfortable in front of the camera or plan to have your hands full during your event, contact The Social Media Advisor team to come in and showcase your event live on social media.
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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+,YouTubePinterestInstagram and the tools to manage them.



#TechIsTheNewAwesome – Utilizing Live Video for Online Marketing

If you’ve been watching the trends in digital marketing, then you won’t be surprised to hear that video currently makes up 74%  of all web traffic. Just look at your own social media feeds and you’ll see lots of videos as you scroll through. And if you look closely, you’ll notice that they’re not just ads. There are videos of news stories, self-help information, humor and a variety of other content.
There’s a good reason for all that video: it works! It’s engaging, has been proven to make the message easier to remember, and those who see it tend to stick with the content longer. Forbes reports that by 2019 video will claim more than 80% of all web traffic. Video traffic is high across all platforms – video views on phones and tablets now account for about half of all traffic. As video has become more popular, more platforms are making it available to their users.

Facebook Live, Twitter’s Periscope, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat all provide easy ways to share video. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to produce it. Smartphones have made it easy for anyone to produce high quality live streaming experiences for their social media feeds.
If you haven’t been using video as part of your marketing strategy yet, you might be wondering how to make it work for your company. Let’s say your tech support or customer service lines have a question that is frequently asked. A live how-to session that explains the problem can give your customers the chance to learn more about the product and interact with your experts. Other ways to engage your audience include live streaming events that you sponsor, a “behind the scenes” look at your business, and inspirational testimonies by customers.
Of course, nothing is quite as simple as it sounds. If you grab the camera and just start broadcasting  without a plan, chances are you won’t get the results you’re looking for. You need to treat video like your other marketing initiatives: you need to choose the right platform for your business, craft the message you want to convey, learn about the tools and determine how you will measure success.
Take a look at how others in your industry are using video. If video isn’t widely used in your industry yet, check out leaders in other industries. Buzzfeed is considered one of the best at streaming, and brands like Starbucks and Mashable incorporate live video as part of their marketing strategy.

With a little homework and lots of practice, you can successfully weave live streaming video into your overall marketing strategy. Once you hit on the right formula for your business you’ll find that your customers are more engaged, your message is hitting the right points, and you may even have some fun.

Live video is one my passions. If you have an event coming up and would like to get some live coverage for your social platforms, give us a shout at The Social Media Advisor! Let’s show the world how AWESOME you are.
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