I Blame Kevin Costner

I Blame Kevin Costner

I blame Kevin Costner! Do you remember the film ‘Field of Dreams’ starring Kevin Costner where he hears a voice when walking through his cornfield which says “If you build it, he will come”.

I often think of this analogy when clients make ‘build’ a video, upload it to the website or plonk it on YouTube and expect people ‘he’ to come and watch it. This might have worked in the past, but not anymore.

If you think about it, we live in a noisy content world. Look at the facts, over 300 hours per minute of video content is uploaded to YouTube. Five hundred million Instagram stories are posted per day. It’s getting tough to get your content seen by your audience. And even if you have a warm audience, they’re very likely to miss what you’re trying to show them.

Social media channels make their money through advertising. You may of heard the phrase “Pay to Play” and, like it or not, this is the world that we live in as marketers, and we need to see this as an opportunity. See this age of video ads as a Goldmine Era. What I am referring to is that you can reach a wide audience and not pay a lot of money at the moment, but this won’t last forever. All the social media platforms are offering video ads, which can be very highly targeted. But before you rush out there, there are a few things to consider to make this campaign effective.

The first, have clear goals. Do you want this to be a brand awareness campaign? Or do you want people to consider one of your products? Or you want a conversion and sales? This will shape what your video content will be.

The second consideration is to have a budget in mind. Now, you can spend just a couple of dollars, obviously, right up to hundreds or thousands of dollars, it depends on the size of the target audience and also their geographic location. But if you’re niche and know exactly who and where your audience is, you can run a very effective campaign for not a lot of money.

The third, measuring the results, and having an online campaign like this, will give you great metrics. So you need to consider what goals you want:

  • Do you want just purely views?
  • Do you want to promote people sharing and engaging with your content?
  • Do you want people to click through to a landing page?
  • Do you want to go straight for conversions?

Now, each platform has a slightly different setup, depending on these goals that you want to achieve. We are nearly halfway through 2019. The digital landscape is changing all the time. I would recommend you at least test some paid promotion for your video content. It’ll give you an unfair advantage over your competition. And believe you me, a lot of businesses are not doing this.

Why 7-11-4 are important numbers

Why 7-11-4 are important numbers

Day 16 of my video challenge and each Sunday of this month, I am doing a book review. Today’s book review is ‘OverSubscribed’ by Daniel Priestley, and in this video, I am concentrating on the numbers 7,11,4 mentioned in the book and how understanding these can grow your business. I had the privilege of catching up with Daniel on Friday at one of his ‘Dent’ events in London, and I asked him why having multiple touchpoints, content and channels to reach your audience works.

“If you think about the human brain and the way it evolved, it evolved to figure out who in the tribe is a friend, and who in the tribe is potentially a threat. And the way the brain evolved, according to the research, is that the more time we spend together, the more interactions that we have, and the more locations we’ve been together, it’s more likely that you’re part of my tribe and you’re a friend” – Daniel Priestley

The first number, seven. Do you have seven hours of content that someone, if they Googled you, would find seven hours of content they could just gorge on? For example, it could be video. Do you have lots of videos on YouTube? Do you have a book that someone can download and read the book? Do you do a daily, or weekly, or monthly blogs that people can look at? Do you do a weekly or monthly podcast? And what about doing webinars that someone can find and then watch an hour of content as you go through a particular subject?

Then there are the 11 touch points. So this is where someone can visit your website so they can read your blog. Or your Facebook channel and there’ll be a whole lot of videos or posts that they can read. Do have a weekly podcast that they can subscribe. An email list you can send daily or a monthly email newsletter. Or can you host put an event every 90 days?

Then there are the four channels that people can experience you on. So that could be online. So it could be your website (blogs, articles, videos), social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), what about hosting a monthly webinar. Email is another channel to reach your audience. Offline it could be a physical book you have written. Or it could be an event or a workshop where people can come and see you speak.

The idea is that having all these assets in place, people will find you, and it’s all part of the journey how they get to know you, like you and trust you. And eventually, they will buy from you. What assets do you have? How many 7, 11, 4’s do you have?

Video is now

Video is now

Day 10 of my video challenge and today I want to talk about how surprised at the number of businesses who delay producing videos. I understand about maybe not being ready, not enough time or money and other priorities come along, I get all that. The response often is ‘video would be nice to have, but not yet’. Just want to point out video is massive now, driven by social media platforms and mobile devices.
A question for you. Is delaying using video to engage, educate, sell to your audience determinantal to your business?

 

How long should my video be?

How long should my video be?

What’s the optimal duration for a video? I do get asked this a lot, and unfortunately, there is no simple answer. The video needs to be as long as it needs to be for your audience. Day 4 of my video challenge and today I am in Richmond Park in South West London, enjoying the sunset and watching out for the deer who live in the Park. While the backdrop is beautiful, I think I do sound a little out of breath for the first part of the video as I was walking uphill (or maybe I am just unfit!). And as I went ‘cross country’, walking and talking became tricky as I was trying to avoid the rabbit holes, you can see me stumble a couple of times in the video.

 

Why I don’t use YouTube

Why I don’t use YouTube

As a professional filmmaker, you would think I would use YouTube for my videos. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching videos on YouTube, but when it comes to hosting my business content, I would think twice.

Day 3 of the Tallboy video challenge.

In this video you will learn:

  • Why YouTube needs to advertise
  • How YouTube gets you as a viewer onto its channel
  • Why related videos are bad news for your business
  • Other video hosting platforms you should check out