How to Start 2017 Strong with Video

Below is my latest article, posted on sulastudios.com.

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As we talked about in our recent blog post, 2017 is right around the corner!

Sure, we still have a couple of months left of 2016, but let’s be honest, those are filled with holiday celebrations, vacations and time with family. Before we all know it, we will be counting down the seconds to the new year!

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, it is still October, but with all of the busy-ness of the remaining months of the year, it is important to start preparing now to kick off the new year with a bang.

January is a great month push your product or service hard, as many people do not properly plan for the holidays and time out of the office. Once they get back in the office in January, it takes a few weeks to ramp up their efforts to promote themselves or their products/services correctly.

If you begin preparing NOW, you can beat out your competition in early January!

What is your plan for the new year? What marketing strategies are you working on to hit January powerfully?

Do you have a new product or service you are rolling out?

Do you have new trainings or vlogs you need to capture?

As you are thinking through your strategies for January, do not forget video! Video is a great tool to help you raise awareness, promote new products/services, automate your systems, and reach prospective customers.

We would love to help you! Shoot us a note at hello@sulastudios.com, and we would love to setup some time in person over coffee/lunch, or over the phone to help you think through your strategies for the first of the year!

Don’t wait – it will be here before you know it. And, by planning now, you can rest peacefully during the holidays, as you know you are already well prepared for January.

– Justin Farrell

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By |2016-10-31T00:52:48+00:00October 31st, 2016|

Vimeo, YouTube or Facebook?

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There are many platforms available to post your video to, and it can be overwhelming to know which one is the best for your application.

We are here to help.

The quick answer – all of them.

Each of these three platforms, YouTube / Vimeo / Facebook, have benefits over the other platforms, and by posting your video to each of them, you are getting the combined results of all of them working together.

Let’s break them down.

Vimeo.com

Vimeo is a powerful and very professional platform. It is a great avenue to host your videos on, especially if you are sending proofs for others to view, or embedding videos into your website. They have very robust tools to allow easy integration into your current site and allow you the ability to brand / customize the viewing experience for your users.

It has detailed analytics built in to allow you to track information about your viewers.

The downside to Vimeo is that there are additional fees for the professional levels of the software.

Vimeo, YouTube or Facebook?

YouTube.com

YouTube is currently the second most searched search engine that exists, right behind Google. Interestingly, they are also owned by Google, which means there is a seamless integration of your videos appearing in search results on Google.

Due to the large traffic that YouTube receives, posting your videos to YouTube opens the door for incredible potential, allowing for millions of users to potentially find your videos organically.

YouTube has powerful search algorithms built in, and constantly shows recommended videos next to the current video they are watching. These recommendations are built on previous videos they have viewed and search terms they have entered in the past.

Due to these recommends, the average mobile viewer on YouTube spends 40 minutes watching videos, often because their attention is captured from recommended videos.

With YouTube, it is easily possible for your videos to get thousands of views from people who have never heard of you before, all based off of their searches.

Vimeo, YouTube or Facebook?

Facebook.com

Facebook is currently the largest social platform that exists, with 1.13 billion active users daily. At the same time, Facebook boasts they receive 8 billion video views on average every day. In recent years, Facebook has put tremendous energy and focus towards videos and has seen video take off among users.

Posting your video to Facebook increases your social reach, and puts it in front of the eyes of your followers on Facebook. Due to the focus on video at Facebook, Facebook places your videos in front of your followers more than photo or text posts. According to Facebook, video posts get an average 135% greater organic reach than posts that contain just a photo.

Vimeo, YouTube or Facebook?

By posting your videos to each of these platforms, you get the professionalism of Vimeo, the organic traffic from YouTube, and the increased social reach on your Facebook page. Together, you are getting the best impact of your video, which in return boosts your brand visibility and sales.

If you have any questions regarding these platforms, I would love to help. Shoot me an email at justin@sulastudios.com, and I would love to connect and help you through this journey.

– Justin Farrell

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By |2016-09-17T01:19:39+00:00September 17th, 2016|

Is Online Video Growing?

Below is my latest article, posted on sulastudios.com.

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Go to Facebook. Right now. Whether on your phone or on your computer. Once it opens, begin scrolling through your feed, and count how long it takes you to encounter a video. Most likely, within 5 seconds, you will scroll over a video. For me, I didn’t even have to scroll. The second item in my feed was a video.

It is incredible the rate at which online video is growing.

Cisco predicts that by 2017, video will make up over 69% of online traffic. According to eMarketer, consumers spent an average of 5.5 hours in front a screen watching video of some sort every day in 2015. Almost 25% of people lives were spent watching video.

According to VentureBeat, Americans watch 8,061 years of video content on YouTube every day.

These numbers are staggering, and they show the speed at which video is gaining momentum and importance in people’s lives. Video has become a powerful tool to capture a prospective client’s attention and provide them necessary information they are looking for. People would much rather watch a 1-minute video that gives them the information they are looking for, than pulling up a 300-word article and reading through it.

Last week, I was doing some work on my car. I began to dive into the project when I realized I had a couple questions regarding the process and how to reach the part I needed to replace. Without hesitancy, I pulled out my phone and did a quick Google search. The first result was a YouTube link of someone that walked me through the process. Watching that video saved me an hour on tinkering around trying to figure it out myself (and most likely breaking something else along the way).

How are you implementing video to tell your story?
How are you answering the questions your customers may have through video form?
How are you providing value to your customers with video?

These are important questions to think through because the use of video is growing and will continue to grow.

Shoot me an email at justin@sulastudios.com, and I would love to connect and help you through this journey.

– Justin Farrell

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By |2016-09-08T13:38:14+00:00September 8th, 2016|

Is Video In Your Social Media & Digital Marketing Strategy?

Below is my latest article, posted on sulastudios.com.

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“Social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined.” – Brightcove

Video has long been thought of as a ‘unique’ feature for a website, something left to those with large budgets, or even a technique that has been segmented to just TV. While video has been around for a long time, it has gained incredible momentum over recent years in the digital realm.

Video used in social media gets 1200% more shares than text and images combined? That is an incredible statistic, and it shows the impact that video has in today’s society.

USA Today recently reported that Facebook has an average of 8 billion daily video views from over 500 million active users.

But that’s not all.

“Businesses using video grow company revenue 49% faster year-over-year than organizations without video.” – Aberdeen

Wait, what? So you’re saying video actually help me increase my company revenue? You got it.

We live in the age of video. With the average attention span of 7 seconds, it is impossible to get people to read long amounts of text anymore, especially on social media. The key to fixing that – video.

Video allows a brand the opportunity to capture viewers attention, share a heartfelt story, and deliver necessary content – all in a short amount of time.

Video has become an integral part of digital marketing, and if your brand is not implementing it, you are leaving an enormous door open for your competitors to step in and take your place.

If video is not built into your social media and digital marketing strategies, it needs to be. We would love to help you think through the best strategies for how to implement video into your social media and digital marketing strategies.

Shoot me an email at justin@sulastudios.com, and I would love to connect and help you through this journey.

– Justin Farrell

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By |2016-09-02T02:10:10+00:00September 2nd, 2016|
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