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Bite the bullet and embrace video

With the rising prevalence of video viewing, don’t let fear hold you back from supercharging your marketing efforts.

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The case for video

When you think about it, nobody likes hearing or seeing themselves on video. Everyone thinks their voice sounds strange or that they look terrible. That’s probably the largest reason why so many have been reluctant to really utilize video in their marketing tactics. They’re afraid of being judged poorly and are apprehensive about putting themselves out there in a more personal way. Unfortunately, in this day and age, you really have no choice: you must start utilizing video.

The numbers don’t lie. Multiple studies have shown that video gets more engagement from your online network than any other form of content. This makes perfect sense. We’ve become a society of voyeurs. People want to know what those that they know (and even those they only know of) are up to. Video allows you to get an insight into someone’s personality and get a feel for what they’re all about. In a world where people are so interested in what others are doing online, practically every industry out there needs to start embracing video marketing.

Still not convinced? Think about it: YouTube is one of the biggest websites in the entire world right now. People are more intrigued by visual and creative content than they’ve ever been. Words still create a powerful impact, but it’s not longer enough to rely on words alone. You HAVE to incorporate your words with engaging and creative images.

Using video to amp up your marketing

There are numerous ways that you can use video to amp up your marketing efforts:

•    How-to videos and quick tips. People love to hear about shortcuts that you discover or learn a new trick. If you discover a new technology feature or shortcut, take a video of your screen and record a quick “how-to.” People will appreciate the help. This will establish you as a tech-savvy and sharp individual, which is an attractive quality when people are looking to hire someone for a service.
•    Show the fun side of your company. You can take footage of people working or having fun around the office, compile it into a video montage, set it to some upbeat music and put it online. You will immediately show the fun-loving and carefree side of your business, which your network and client base will love.
•    Announce major news for your industry. Do you have an important announcement to make about your business? Did a big piece of news just break about your particular industry? Use video to reveal it or comment on said news item. When something is “hot off the presses,” so to speak, people want to hear about it right away. Posting a video about something many are anticipating to hear about will create excitement and buzz about your business.

The best part about video marketing? It’s easy. With today’s technology you can take videos on your phone or record one on your iPad and upload it online almost immediately. It’s no longer the drawn-out hassle that it once was. Given how convenient it is to create and upload your own video and the increase in engagement you will see online, you really have no excuse NOT to embrace video in your marketing.

So go ahead. Get over the fear of looking foolish, bite the bullet, and start creating videos. It might be more fun than you think.

Carrie Gable & the Real Estate Virtual Assistant team at RealSupport, Inc. work virtually for many top real estate agents & brokers nationwide, offering marketing campaigns, branding, website & logo design, listing marketing efforts, lead management, technical support, marketing presentations, social media setup & management, copywriting, blogging and much more.

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  1. tourzilla

    August 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Video is the easiest media to consume. This has already been proven by how big and how fast Youtube has grown. Scientifically speaking, watching video is relatively a lot easier task than lets say reading thats why subconsciously we do not resist to take action (press a button / link etc) when we are presented with the option to watch a video. With that said – Its sad that only 12% of agents have adopted video in their marketing efforts. The main factor here is the complexity in creating a nice looking quality video. Tourzilla aims to improve agents experience and productivity by making video tour creation super easy. We are launching in September. Check out http://www.tourzilla.com 

  2. Karina8wle3

    August 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    @RealisTeam https://t.co/NqRqsLnZ

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The Body Shop’s new policy is first come, first employed

(BUSINESS MARKETING) An issue that has been on a lot of peoples minds recently is fair hiring standards, be from sex, race, or age discrimination to former prisoners.

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The body shop hires prisoners

Anyone who has tried to get a job in the last decade can tell you that hiring is getting near dystopian. Everyone has heard jokes about needing 5 years of experience for an entry level job or the combined skillset of 3 positions to get one job. Things have gotten to the point where even some large companies are wondering if maybe hiring (and getting hired) shouldn’t be so complicated?

The Body Shop is making a radical change in the way they hire their retail employees this summer. They will be hiring on a first-come first-serve basis. Employees must meet three criteria to apply, but beyond that it’s open season – or “open hiring” as they are calling it.

1. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
2. Can lift over 50lbs
3. Can stand for 8 hours

The company will not be performing drug tests or background checks for this “open hiring” round. The goal is to remove some of the barriers to entry for people seeking employment. This move will be hugely beneficial to the formerly incarcerated and people who have minor offenses on their record.

The Body Shop’s U.S. GM, Andrea Blieden, said, “When you give people access to something that they’re struggling to find, they’re very committed to working hard and keeping it.”

This isn’t the first time The Body Shop has tested out this hiring strategy. In December 2019, the company ran a pilot program at their distribution center. According to them, their employee turnover rate dropped from 43% to 16% and productivity improved.

This change could be equally beneficial to both employers and employees. According to PrisonPolicy.org, formerly incarcerated people are unemployed at a rate of 27%. To put that in perspective, that is higher than the overall national average during the Great Depression.

When established brands make big moves, people pay attention. If they continue to report success, The Body Shop’s hiring practices could be used as a case study for other businesses looking to shake up their hiring process. Perhaps in a few years, this type of hiring could become more common place among retailers.

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Stay ahead by decluttering your Instagram accounts with this new feature

(BUSINESS MARKETING) Get a head start on your spring cleaning with Instagram’s newest feature. It may become your favorite way to views others accounts.

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In a plot twist you weren’t expecting this week, Instagram is looking to make your life a little easier. Their newest app update includes a feature that groups accounts you follow into curated lists such as most and least interacted with or earliest followed to latest.

If you’ve ever looked at the number of people you follow on Instagram and wondered, “who the heck are these people?” then this update will make your heart sing. Instagram has been around for 10 years now, so it’s understandable that some of our follower lists have gotten a little out of control. Your friends and interests shift over time and it can be difficult to find time to actively curate your social media accounts.

Working with this new feature is simple. To access it just head on over to your Instagram profile and click “Following.” You should see a couple of categories above the list of accounts you follow. As an added bonus, you can also change the sort feature on your follower list. It can be set to show oldest accounts followed first or latest accounts firsts.

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For entrepreneurs and freelancers who don’t have the luxury of a full social media team (or any team at all) small features like this can be a game changer. If this feature sparks you to finally clean up your Instagram, here are a few questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to decide who to keep and who to unfollow.

Why did you originally follow this account?

Does this account still serve your business interests?

What was your main purpose behind following this account? As a business owner you might follow an account on Instagram for any number of strategic reasons. Perhaps this account is a fellow business owner in your area, but they’ve since closed their doors. Chances are you’ll find more than one of these cases in your least interacted with group.

Were you looking for business advice or inspiration? When you’re just starting out with your business, you might have followed a few accounts that aimed to give advice to new business owners. Well, if you’ve been doing this for a few years, you probably already know the basic advice these types of accounts are pushing. It’s time to move on.

Do you know this account IRL? Maybe your business has moved locations or changed niche in the last few years. You might have made some great connections with fellow business owners back in the day, but you may no longer run in the same circles. If you know the person who runs the account IRL and you still want to stay connected there are two options. You can either go follow them on your personal account or you can continue following, but mute the account so it doesn’t clog up your Instagram feed.

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2020 marketing calendar – plan this year’s marketing strategy

(BUSINESS MARKETING) Have you ever wondered when is the best time for your ad campaign, well look no further. This marketing calendar has every event listed, even weird ones.

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When you work for a small business or non-profit, marketing is one of those essential tools that can make a difference in your monthly bottom line or fundraising take. And yet it’s often a challenge for busy owners and employees to find — and take advantage of — fresh promotion opportunities.

Add this to your toolkit… a 2020 Marketing Calendar from the team at Liramail, making note of big events and days that you can use online and IRL to engage customers and donors.

February marketing calendar

Some dates are obvious… major holidays, for instance, particularly the gift-giving ones. But you can find success around other events as well. The Central Texas Food Bank uses the Super Bowl as a driver for one of their most visible annual events, the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” On a smaller scale this year, restaurants and shops around the Austin area and all over the country used January 25, Australia Day, to raise funds for bushfire relief—drawing customers into their businesses, creating community ties and doing good all at once.

This marketing calendar compiles dates both big and small, providing plenty of opportunities for tie-ins and promotions. Running a clothing boutique? Play with Fashion Week. Looking for a good cause to support? World Wildlife Day and International Women’s Day are just a few weeks away. Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day… and that’s all just in the next six weeks.

The calendar is as useful for engaging your social media audience as it is promoting IRL events. You don’t have to own a pizza place to make a post with your team celebrating International Pizza Day and quizzing your followers on their favorite topping. You don’t have to be a veterinarian to turn Love Your Pet Day into a way to engage people by encouraging them to share photos of their pets.

And if you do have a direct tie? Absolutely use it. Each March, for instance, the small Austin well-building non-profit Water to Thrive observes World Water Day with a quick Facebook fundraiser. One of the Austin-area businesses that participated in Australia Day, Bee Cave coffeehouse/boutique Runaway Luna Lifestyle, did so because of family ties there, raising several thousand dollars with an in-store event and social media promotion of a GoFundMe fundraiser.

So page through the marketing calendar, making notes of days that you can take advantage of. And don’t forget, if you’re inspired to create an in-store event or other promotion, be ready for it. Get the initial date on the calendar, and then work backwards to create a long-range plan to support your event. Check your inventory, possibly looking for related items to feature. Book your advertising, draft your newsletter, schedule your social posts. Let your audience know that something special is coming up.

Have fun with it. Add your own dates. Whether you zero in on Talk Like a Pirate Day or Make a Difference Day, you can create new opportunities for your business or non-profit and for your customers as well.

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