Video of The Day: Other Side of Hong Kong

Our Video of The Day literally comes to you via email, as in, our inbox, where a link to the video below came from an unsolicited email from GForceMedia.

  • First, the footage offers yet another spectacular example of how video recorded by drones will revolutionize video production, giving new perspective to long-documented places and events.
  • Second, that GForceMedia (an UK-based production company) found me via YouTube reinforces the social connections that can be made via video.
  • Best practices for online marketing professionals listed after the clip!

 

Best Practices:

  • Use the YouTube notification platform and inbox (the source of our original email)
  • Include a thumbnail of the video in the email (known to increase CTR).
  • Fully leverage YouTube’s social tools by completing your own profile and asking staff members to do the same.
  • Subscribe to channels that are related to your industry and/or product focus.
  • Make sure to tag your video clips with meaningful keywords to increase the likelihood of upstream traffic via YouTube’s “related videos” carousel.

Video of The Day: Ice Circle or Aliens UFO

The video clip below demonstrates the random, unpredictable, and zany realities of YouTube. A friend posted the clip in 2009 after recording video of an ice circle, in which an almost perfect circle is cut by water flow. To date, it has received more than 36,000 views, as has a companion clip. The video was also sold for a small licensing fee to a TV producer preparing a program on natural phenomenons.

 

 

No doubt, the keywords “Aliens” and “UFO” increased discovery and viewing, as the clip was linked to other videos related to these topics. Therein, lies the best practice for marketers who use online video. Identify and use common terms and tags in your titles and metadata. If so, your viewers will more easily discover the videos you’ve published, and in the process, self-guide their discovery of your people, products and services.

Video of the Day: Drone Footage of Surfing Pipeline in Oahu

First of all, this is mesmerizing video for any who relate to surfing and the rhythm of nature. Especially impressive: The spurt of water vapor at the end of the barrels as the waves close out.

OK, now the work stuff:  Although local, state and federal governmental officials are still determining when-where-how drones will be used for commercial purposes, some individual enthusiasts are innovating techniques to use aerial video to document the well-known in never-before-seen ways, as you’ll see in this bitchen video recorded on the North Shore of Oahu.

 

Pipeline Winter 2013 from Eric Sterman on Vimeo.  Best practices in this video:  Incorporation of the share tool on Vimeo. Cross promotion of other videos on Sterman’s Instagram page. Inclusion of credits and contact info.

Justin Bieber Didn’t Retweet Your Video Link? Go With Email Marketing Instead!

Ahh, the lucky few who produce a video that becomes a viral sensation because a celebrity takes to their cause and Tweets the URL to their video.  More accurately, the lucky 1-in-10-million!

Well, if you’re not buds with Justin Bieber, Charley Sheen, or Heidi Klum, you can still drive video views through email marketing.  And in many cases, it may be a more effective way to reach your customers, members or prospects.  Especially for small-to-medium sized service organizations.

How can that be? Most aren’t trying to reach a mass audience of consumers; they want to engage a well-defined, limited audience.  Put another way, few care if a 15-year-0ld girl in Sioux Falls, SD watches their B2B video clip. But that known customer, member or prospect?  That’s a viewer to engage again and again.

Email marketing enables this through the creation of highly targeted, personalized, meaningful content.  And if you incorporate video, studies show it’s more likely to increase open and click-through rates.

You can learn more in a report from Constant Contact (a leading provider of email marketing and online survey tools) entitled, “Show It, Don’t Tell It!” or you can download it here.