I hope you’ve caught the last couple articles in this series, even if you haven’t started doing video yet in your business – for marketing, your website, tips, engaging clients and more. This seriously is something you don’t want to ignore anymore. And if you’re already doing videos in your business, you may catch a few tips here that can enhance your videos, capture you more viewers and convert more paying customers!

In my business and marketing coaching business, I hear a lot of excuses as to why someone isn’t or doesn’t want to do video yet in their business. I do. I hear it all!

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to get around those obstacles or fears that you may have and learn how to maximize what you’re doing on video to get the biggest bang for your buck so-to-speak.

The 3 biggest obstacles or excuses that I hear entrepreneurs make about recording or promoting videos:

  1. Mindset – you don’t think you look or sound good on video (article 1 of 3)
  2. Strategy – you aren’t sure what to say, share or promote on video (article 2 of 3)
  3. Systems – you aren’t that tech savvy or aren’t sure what software or technology to use to record your video and get it out there

In this article, the two preceding it, I share a bunch of tips for combating each one of these so hopefully this helps you get started using video now!

Tips for getting comfortable using the technology is always a big deterrent to getting started doing videos in business. If you want to learn how to get the right stuff without spending a mint and what else to do with your videos once they are created and uploaded, try these suggestions:

  • Look on your computer or chosen electronic device first for:
      1. Quicktime Player, iMovie or some other recording software – I love and use Quicktime Player on my Mac desktop all the time, it’s very easy to use. Download it for free for Mac or PC.
      2. YouTube easy upload buttons, apps or plug-ins – I actually just upload my videos directly from my desktop to YouTube first, then I can easily grab the embed code from there to add it to my website or some other webpage if necessary. You can also record directly on YouTube, no download required.
      3. iMovie also allows you to edit your videos – but frankly it’s a bit techy even for me so I just don’t edit my videos, I do them until they’re “good enough”.
      4. Photoshop will allow you to add graphics or words and links to the top of your video or create an image to go with your video with clickable links but this software is a bit expensive and more designer friendly.
  • Don’t buy anything too expensive right out of the gate for device, camera, webcam, software, program or microphone. Learn what you’re doing, saying and sending first; get comfortable doing videos, come up with a regular strategy and schedule and THEN if you want, invest more in your technology in my opinion. You may just need a nice, reasonably priced microphone, that’s it other than the program to record it, which should be free or included on your computer.
  • Practice with what you have on hand first – your webcam, your smartphone, tablet or laptop, just get comfortable doing video. No one even has to see the first few if you don’t want to but don’t wait for perfect, just get info, tips and yourself out there!
  • Good lighting and sound quality are the most important things say most video viewers. They typically don’t stick around to watch if they can’t hear you, your sound is too low or too garbled. Then a secret to lighting is to bring in a little end table light, take off the lampshade and stick in front of you but behind the camera, or have a window in front of you or some other light source but not behind you. And tilting the camera a bit so it’s looking down at you is better than looking up at you.
  • Try recording with the speaker on your phone or computer first to see if it’s good enough and clear. If not, you can pick up inexpensive microphones that plug into your desktop or laptop for better sound quality, I like the Logitech brand myself.
  • Save all your videos to your computer as well as putting them on YouTube if appropriate.
  • YouTube is for sharing with the world obviously but even sharing tips and content from your articles, ezines, products, events, books and more is good because it will just be snippets of that content that then you can share how to buy or invest in from there.
  • Write a good video title and description on your YouTube page and include a URL at the top of the description so it’s the first thing people see when viewing your videos.
  • Add as many tags as YouTube will let you upon uploading, include your main keywords, your name, business name and topic. Use close to the same tags on each video you upload so more of your videos pull up on the sidebar of each page.
  • Share your videos on social sites too, put it everywhere, no one watches everywhere.
  • Repurpose your video in your email newsletter, post on your blog or video page of your website then write an article about it or transcribe your video and use the written version of it as content too for emails, tweets, posts and more!

 

I RECORDED A VIDEO SHARING MORE ABOUT THIS STEP – TECHNOLOGY & SYSTEMS – CLICK THE VIDEO BELOW TO WATCH !!

Remember, your promotional videos only have to be 2-3 minutes unless they are training videos or videos for regular clients. Longer videos are ok for some people who really are interested in the content but not typically for new people just being introduced to you.

The key is to just get started. Record one and send it out to a few clients or friends that you trust to review it and give you feedback.Perfection is NOT the best strategy here or you may never get anything done and out.

If you missed the first two articles in this series on Getting Started Using Videos in Business, go check them out. In the first two, I shared:

  • Tips to Make Yourself Look and Feel Better When Recording Video
  • Tips to figure out the Strategy for why and what you’re going to do with your videos or say on your videos

 

Now, if you want more specific examples, steps and samples of ways to do all this then you really want to attend my next 3 ½ day Jumpstart Your Marketing® & Sales Summit where I lay out everything you need to do to market online and offline in many different ways and for many different types of businesses too. I give you the steps, the implementation cheat sheets basically on how to do this, what to say, when to send stuff, how to send it and how to even delegate it all so that you can concentrate on getting MORE prospects and making more sales.

Join me in
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Here’s to creating and enjoying the business and life of your dreams!


Katrina Sawa

The JumpStart Your Biz Coach, Speaker &

Author of the book, Love Yourself Successful

916-872-4000

katrina@jumpstartyourmarketing.com

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