“The Storage Medium” Video Series

In the words of self-storage industry blogger John Egan, “Look out, “Antiques Roadshow,” “Storage Wars” and “Long Island Medium.” A psychic mash-up of your shows has just hit the Internet!”  Egan is referring to a just-launched online video series, The Storage Medium™ about a psychic who “unlocks the power of inanimate objects” housed in self-storage facilities.

Why of interest to readers of DCOnlineVideo?  It’s produced by StorageMart, a nationwide storage franchise.  The series stands out because it’s only available for viewing at the StorageMart blog where it is surrounded by branding, links and other elements to engage new prospects.

The series also gains our admiration because production costs were low, the sets were simple, and, as noted by the producers, “the camera captures the emotional connection” that make the program memorable.  Plus, it’s a wildly creative way to draw people to the StorageMart website.

Do most online marketers have potential to replicate this creative genius? Unfortunately not, but the fact that StorageMart is attempting such a bold undertaking underscores how video can boost your brand.

Online Video Chalk Talk: Start Simple

DCSocialMedia’s Online Video Chalk Talk is a series of simple, easy-to-enact tips and “how-tos” that will improve the impact, reach, and effectiveness of your online video marketing. Today’s tip:

Your audience doesn’t expect Steven Spielberg. Why should you?

Many clients fret over how they, and their organizations, will come across on video.  Understandable, but only to the point that it doesn’t become a choke point for moving forward with production.  Concerns about broadcast quality lighting, scripting, editing and other production values override the most important consideration:  Getting started with something simple.

Choose a topic of interest to your audience, put your smart people (the faces of the company) in front of the camera and let them run with it.  Certainly, more sophisticated, professional marketing will eventually be needed.  But the relentless pursuit of perfection may stall your efforts to immediately begin engaging customers, members and prospects.  And since they seek meaningful, useful information, give it to them.

Before they find another company that gives them their fix.

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How YouTube Is Vanishing Scripted Videos

Unless you’re, say, the leader of the free world who — with one unscripted comment — can cause a sell off on Wall St. or disrupt a long-burgeoning relationship with a key ally, I am not a big fan of teleprompters, or the use of a script for online video presentations.

Sure, there are exceptions; for example, when a company is in crisis communication mode and needs to directly address consumers, shareholders, or regulators with a very specific message (often reviewed/approved by lawyers).

But, in most cases, scripted video will turn off viewers rather than engage them, (the primary objective of  social media marketing).

Here are 3-reasons why:

  1. Because you’re not a blood relative of Anderson Cooper or Savannah Gutherie, it will be obvious to your audience that you are reading a script.  This quickly conveys “paid-advertisement” which takes away from the credibility and trust you want to establish.  Instead, scribble out a few queue cards (set in logical progression) of the key things you want to say and speak off the cuff as you would during a public speaking engagement.
  2. Scripted video mutes your personality and passion − the very things your viewers evaluate when making buying decisions, especially when selecting service providers.  Subconsciously or not, they are judging your smarts, likeability and reliability, all of which are difficult to convey when reading a script.
  3. Unscripted video is now the dominant standard online −and website visitors expect to see it.  You can thank YouTube for this as amateur, cellphone, Skype and webcam videos are the most consumed, i.e. watched, video clips.

Remember, people won’t follow websites. They follow people, so the more human you are, the more natural and “real” you represent your company or firm, the faster your organization will develop a loyal following and listen to what you have to say!