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Twitter Beginners Guide: What to Tweet About

We’re past the half way point for our month of tips for marketing small business on Twitter and I hope you’ve enjoyed the tips and guides on getting your business set up on Twitter.

Now you’re ready for the actual tweeting!

Picking what to tweet about sounds easy but mistakes can be made if you don’t have a strategy in place beforehand.

 

First take into account that Twitter is an ‘in the moment’ platform limited to 140 characters.

One of the things I like to do is check what’s trending on Twitter (that’s posted to the side of your Twitter feed) so I get a quick easy glimpse of the latest in current events.

Twitter is an instantaneous delivery method so you need to get your tweets in front of your followers throughout the day.

Some fundamental things you can tweet about in the proverbial twittersphere are your personal opinions on “in the moment” news.

Take care not to rant and rave though. Offer insightful opinions that don’t take a strong side.

Your personal opinion is fine but not for your professional brand. Preaching personal politics can turn off potential clients who you may have otherwise been able to work you without issues.

With most elections being consistently split you have a 50% chance of putting off a potential lead by being overtly opinionated or echoing the wave of aggression and irrationality currently permeating every aspect of online information related to politics.

Politics can bring out an emotional response that you may regret later so when posting as a company remember you are representing your business.

It is true that adhering to a political stance can result in gaining followers. As can using adult language and sometimes the users who follow people for those reasons are their most devout but it comes with the risk of not gaining the other half of your potential followers.

Definitely showcase your expertise. If you have tips that are unique to your industry that’s great content you can post about on all social media including Twitter.

Anything from the heart is great too. Inspirational messages, quotes and more that express your voice and are directed at your desired audience are perfect.

Share other people’s content. Check out their blog articles and if your audience would appreciate it then tweet it!

Try tagging the author as a way to both recognize and thank the author of the content you shared.

Look for funny things to share! Everyone loves to laugh so pass that stuff along if you find it.

If there are any current events that relate to your area of expertise then use it. Tweet about it and note how it relates to what you do but be careful and don’t overdo it.

Now how often should you tweet? Recent studies say 1 – 51 times per day.

Staying on either extreme is not advisable. According to Quicksprout the happy medium for tweeting is 15 times per day.

It is advisable to try the tools I mentioned in earlier Twitter posts like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite and schedule your posts out so it doesn’t become too time consuming.

Until next time,
Susan Friesen

Social Blast for Entrepreneurs

What If You Could Learn Social Media and Online Marketing Each Month With Ease?

If you are new to Social Media and online marketing or find it overwhelming and confusing, my monthly group coaching program, Social Blast: eMarketing for Entrepreneurs is a perfect way for you to incrementally learn the best strategies and tactics to help you grow your business online.

  • Uncover what it takes to execute a successful, revenue-driving social media strategy
  • Learn how to build relationships, trust, and brand awareness with your ideal customer
  • Discover actionable strategies to engage followers online
  • Master creating compelling content that’s always on target
  • Discern how to authentically differentiate your brand in a crowded marketplace
  • Find out the best times to post for higher readership
  • Stay abreast with the latest prospecting techniques to grow your list, groups and more…
  • Learn ways to engage through social media monitoring and listening

It’s a monthly group coaching program for those just starting out or wanting more advanced strategies to help with their online marketing and social media efforts.

› CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Getting Started on Twitter for Your Business

Getting Started on Twitter for Your Business

How to Set Your Profile, Make Connections, and Start Expanding Your Business Exposure Through Twitter

July is Twitter Month for us at eVision Media so for those already using Twitter for their business stay tuned for more ‘how tos’ and tips on using Twitter for business!

For those of you who haven’t braved the Twitter social media waters quite yet, this article will provide compelling reasons why you should use Twitter for business and then dive into how to set up your profile and how to get started building your following on Twitter.

Why Use Twitter For Your Business?

Twitter is a major player in online social media. In January of this year Google purchased Twitter Fabric (A Twitter development arm for apps) for an undisclosed sum for good reason. With 328 million + active Twitter accounts it’s a big audience to exist within.

Your ability to reach your target audience is amplified by using Twitter as it allows your users to see the latest news on your business in real time and provides a window into your company by way of what you share and promote.

Your ability to reach your target audience is amplified by using TwitterClick To Tweet

Almost 25% of verified Twitter users count themselves as journalists and often news hits Twitter before the other platforms have a chance to draft a report.

Whether you’re local or national or even international following journalists and making connections is a great way to have your own content shared with a large audience with the intention of course that some turn into paying customers.

It’s no surprise the current estimate is 93% of businesses use Twitter with over half using it daily.

Another big plus is how Twitter (and social media in general) has replaced traditional PR. Companies who use Twitter report a 20% improvement in customer relations!

How to Set Up Your Twitter Account

Let’s break down just how easy it is to set up a Twitter account. Then we’ll review how to use it.

Step one in setting up Twitter:

  1. Sign up
    • That linked text above will take you to Twitter’s signup page. This is a simple step.You can pick your username, sign up with your email address, and then confirm the account in your email (* It’s good to have your email already open in a new tab when doing this).
  2. Edit your profile

    Here you’ll be adding your Twitter profile image and your header along with your bio text:

    • In order to access this in your new account you’ll need to click on the top right next to where you see the word Tweet.
    • This will open a menu.
    • Select the top part where you see the username you entered when signing up.
    • This will take you to your Twitter profile page.
    • Now select Edit Profile as indicated on the page.
    • Now you can enter your bio (limited to 160 alpha numeric characters)
       
      *When drafting your bio start with what your business does or share what your followers can expect from you and end with something more personal about you.
       
      Example 1: A certified fitness coach who’s passion is health, wellness & eating Vegan sharing tips and recipes to help you on your health journey. Wife & Mom who loves the outdoors
       
      Example 2: (This is mine): I share tips on Digital Marketing, Websites, Branding & Social Media. An experienced & passionate Web Developer, eBusiness Consultant, Wife, Mother & Chocoholic
  3. Update your professional profile photo (image size: 400 X 400)
  4. Update your header image (image size: 1500 X 500)
  5. Enter your location
  6. Add in your website address
  7. Choose your theme colours – ideally have them match your business brand colours
  8. Then click “Save changes”!

Now that you’ve got your profile it’s time to look for followers.

Finding Followers on Twitter

This part is both very easy and very hard. Let me explain!

It’s easy to secure followers from anyone looking to turn you into a customer. It’s much harder in the reverse order.

Some accounts have hundreds of thousands of followers but nearly all are other people looking for clients. It can be easy to get sucked into a sinkhole of marketers so be very wary of any suspicious accounts.

It's easy to get sucked into a sinkhole of marketers on Twitter; be wary of suspicious accountsClick To Tweet

Instead look for people you know. Not just personally but brand personalities you trust. There is a very easy search function at the top right. Just type in a name and start checking.

You can also use Twitter’s Advanced search to narrow down your efforts further.

People with high numbers of ‘Following’ and low numbers of ‘Followers’ indicates they’re not securing good connections with their content so watch out. Even if they are following you, it only means they are watching to see if you follow back and as soon as you do, they will unfollow you. A practice I do not condone at all.

Any accounts with near even numbers of ‘Following’ and ‘Followers’ could simply be people in a niche who follow each other but aren’t reaching anyone outside that sphere. They’re okay to add but make sure that’s not ALL you add.

You can use Twitter’s email tool as well to farm your email for possible connections held within your emails records of people you’ve emailed with in the past.

If you’re still stuck: try writing down a list of brands like yours and add them. Following your competition not only shows you what’s popular in your industry, it also gets your name in front of their followers if you ever feel compelled to reply.

Another easy trick we covered recently during our Twitter month is using hashtags to find local businesses on Twitter.

Many of us deal locally so make sure to check out that post linked above.

Don’t worry about your Follower count too much and focus on quality over quantity.

Keep Tweeting

Now it’s time to start tweeting! This is your 140 character opportunity to market yourself in your own voice.

Try some tweets out that link to your site’s pages but don’t overdo it. Focus on building out an identity that establishes trust in your followers.

Look for voices in your industry with trust where you can retweet and like their content.

When retweeting look for opportunities to tie their point back to your business. If they share X and you build awareness around X then retweet and add a link back to your relevant page whether it’s a static product page or a blog post. The goal is to reach both them and your users in a way that connects you to the trusted authority.

Seek trustworthy industry leaders to retweet and like their content & relate to your contentClick To Tweet

A great way to increase the viability of your tweeting is to add an image to your tweet.  This is really easy and recently Twitter made it even easier with their addition of a GIF function. You can search for funny and/or relevant GIFs right within your Tweet. Just click below the text box where it says GIF.

Make it fun and share content you love. Don’t get into a trap of only using Twitter for self promotion.

The biggest problem with Twitter is losing steam. Don’t be discouraged and if you want more help with Twitter and all social media you can sign up for our Social Blast linked below!

To your ongoing success,
Susan Friesen

P.S. New to Social Media and online marketing or find it overwhelming and confusing? Check out Social Blast: eMarketing for Entrepreneurs. It’s a monthly group coaching program for those just starting out or wanting more advanced strategies to help with their online marketing and social media efforts.
>> CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

A Beginner’s Guide to Twitter Fundamentals

Your social media presence is a reflection of your business and often the first thing a potential new client sees.

Today’s post and video look at the importance of including a consistent brand image on Twitter that presents who you are and what you do appropriately.

Clients who see a lot of professionalism in your social media are more likely to contact you if you establish yourself properly online.

Twitter is a great way to reach out to peers too and as we saw in our last post can lead to new work through proper usage and networking so make sure your profile really represents you and your business properly.

The Header Image

Your header image is a 1500px by 500px opportunity to grab a user with your most important offering.
Whether you announce your service, a discount, or present some stats that make you unique from your competitors you have the space to do it so by all means use it.

If you are promoting a splash page with a discount code you can try including that into the header. Text won’t be clickable but you can repeat the link in your bio or feature it in a pinned Tweet (this is a single tweet that when ‘pinned’ will remain at the top of your profile) which will allow the user to click on it.

Combine practicality with creativity so you’re selling yourself but also showing off something visually appealing.

Your Profile Image

A profile image is a small avatar/icon that shows you. Large brands will often use their logo for this which makes sense for them but for small business owners who are the face of the business a great headshot here is advisable.

Having a headshot is even more important if your handle or business name either is your name or includes it.
The ideal size for your twitter profile photo is 400px X 400px.

Many Twitter users have responded they often remember headshots over handles when looking at accounts so you really want to make sure this is an image of yourself you want people to remember.

The more professional your image is the better and it’s always better to smile when you’re hoping to make more connections.

Your Description

This is a short character limited biography section that only allows for 160 alpha numeric characters.
Use this space to note your core offering as well as introduce yourself to your audience. This is your opportunity to say hello but also establish why you have the account. So mention that you provide Service A but also let them know about your interests, say in mountain biking or like me, chocolate!

Be professional and friendly so you exude professional confidence but retain your personality too.
Your Tweets

Now that your profile is set up it’s time to start tweeting! It’s important to seed out tweets that introduce yourself and are consistent in brand and theme with the profile.

You want to do this before you start following other people so they can see you have an active account and won’t appear abandoned.

Set yourself a manageable pace and don’t treat this as a one off. It can be a long, arduous process at first but once you start seeing engagement and building your community you’ll then be more inclined to keep it up.
You can use scheduling services like Hootsuite or Twitter’s own Tweetdeck though there are many. It will depend on which you prefer and by adopting one you can relegate your Twitter time to once a week if that suits your schedule better.

Consistency is the key to retaining and maintaining an audience.Keep it up and in no time you’ll be enjoying yourself and enhancing your business presence while building the know, like and trust factor with your followers.

If you have a Twitter account already please share it in the comments section below or follow me and let me know. If you don’t use Twitter let me know why and maybe we can work your reasoning into a future video.

Until next time,
Susan Friesen

Social Blast for Entrepreneurs

What If You Could Learn Social Media and Online Marketing Each Month With Ease?

If you are new to Social Media and online marketing or find it overwhelming and confusing, my monthly group coaching program, Social Blast: eMarketing for Entrepreneurs is a perfect way for you to incrementally learn the best strategies and tactics to help you grow your business online.

  • Uncover what it takes to execute a successful, revenue-driving social media strategy
  • Learn how to build relationships, trust, and brand awareness with your ideal customer
  • Discover actionable strategies to engage followers online
  • Master creating compelling content that’s always on target
  • Discern how to authentically differentiate your brand in a crowded marketplace
  • Find out the best times to post for higher readership
  • Stay abreast with the latest prospecting techniques to grow your list, groups and more…
  • Learn ways to engage through social media monitoring and listening

It’s a monthly group coaching program for those just starting out or wanting more advanced strategies to help with their online marketing and social media efforts.

› CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

How Social Media Can Lead to New Collaborations and Work

Video marketing has been our hot topic lately.

Today’s eTip showcases a local videographer’s success story that happened while at my recent photo shoot.

 

Use your social media to make personal connections

A few years ago I was on Twitter and noticed something: someone from my local city was sharing and liking a lot of my posts!

Keith, a videographer, became a regular “fan” and naturally, I went and checked out his profile to find out more about him.

We eventually struck up some conversation and since then (after years of never even having met each other in person) we’ve been referring clients that have lead to paying work.

Through his efforts of becoming visible in front of me, he successfully got onto my radar if I ever needed, or knew of someone who needed, a videographer.

This video is about social media connections and in it Keith and I talk about the viability of social media and how it can be used properly from a business perspective to make connections that actually work.

Find your audience on social media

By using the #Abbotsford hashtag on Twitter, Keith narrowed his choices using a Twitter list within his feed to local businesses such as mine. This is a great tip for those who want to work with those local to them.

Twitter can be bogged down with international posts that won’t matter to you as much. Try Keith’s localization tip to nail down local connections.

Keith then reviewed who was using his localized hashtag as well and was able to start connecting and building out his business through social media.

By using his extensive background in video production Keith has been able to reach local clients for video shoots ranging from news reporting to corporate videos with great success.

Keith operates under Pathfinder Productions and you can find him on Facebook at: facebook.com/pathfinderproductions

This is a great example of how social media works. The trick is not to try tricks and use it honestly so you connect with other honest businesses. Localizing your efforts is a great way to find people who want to connect in your own area.

If you have any questions about improving your video quality to strengthen your online marketing, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below and I’d be happy to answer.

Until next time,
Susan Friesen

P.S. New to Social Media and online marketing or find it overwhelming and confusing? Check out Social Blast: eMarketing for Entrepreneurs. It’s a monthly group coaching program for those just starting out or wanting more advanced strategies to help with their online marketing and social media efforts.
>> CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

How to Use Twitter Social Videos to Boost Your Business Visibility

How to Use Twitter Social Videos to Boost Your Business Visibility

Why Incorporating Video on Your Twitter Account is Good For Social Marketing

Last month I shared several articles and video eTips on the use of video marketing for your business, especially in the realm of social media marketing.

But an often overlooked video marketing option is using video on Twitter.  

Using videos on your Twitter channel can provide a much richer experience for your followers than by simply posting images or text. Plus videos allow your followers an opportunity to get to know, like and trust you all that much quicker and easier.

The fact of the matter is: Twitter users embrace video.

This infographic from ADWEEK shows Twitter stats, trends and suggestions on how businesses can drive engagement using videos on Twitter.  

ADWEEK Twitter Stats 2016 Infographic

Notice how 82% of Twitter users interact with brands and businesses. Since there’s over 800 million monthly visitors on this platform, this number is one that can’t be ignored and should be capitalized on.

Live Video Streaming on Twitter

Just because Facebook is the Belle of the Ball right now, that doesn’t mean Twitter isn’t alive and kicking!

On May 2, 2017, Twitter announced its Live Streaming capabilities that involves 16 live streaming content deals in the areas of sports, news and entertainment.

The great news is, anyone can now post a live video on Twitter!

People love to come to Twitter to see and discuss the latest news and events so why not use a live Twitter video to showcase your expertise and provide insights on industry trends your followers would be interested in hearing about?

Twitter Video Ads

Twitter Video Ads are also a serious option to consider for any sized business.

According to several recent Nielsen Brand Effect Studies, people who saw videos ads on Twitter were 50% more likely to be aware of that business and became 14% more favourable towards that brand.

This then translates to an 18% higher purchase intention, which is achieving the ultimate goal all businesses have in their advertising efforts.

How to Post a Video to Twitter

Twitter allows you to record and post videos up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds in length. So before hitting the record button, plan out what you are going to say and focus on being concise, informative and/or entertaining.

How to share your video on Twitter from an iPhone or Android:

  1. Using your iPhone or Android, you can record, edit and share videos straight from your Twitter app by first tapping the Tweet icon and then tapping the Photo
  2. Twitter Video Screen ShotNext tap the Video icon, or if you wish to do a Live video, tap on that option as seen in this image.
  3. If you wish to reverse the camera so you can speak to your followers and show everyone what you are seeing, tap the reverse camera icon.
  4. If you need more light, press the lighting icon at the top of your screen to enable the camera’s light.
  5. Press and hold down the Record icon to record. You can pause and add more to your video by pressing down the record button again.
  6. You have the option to do some editing to your video before posting by holding and dragging any snippet upwards to delete it. You can hold and drag sideways to rearrange your clips as well.
  7. When done, tap on the Done button or you can preview your video before posting it to see if any further edits are needed.
  8. Tap Tweet to share your video!

You can also use a pre-recorded video that’s either on your phone or computer by simply tapping/clicking the Image icon and selecting the video from your device you wish to share.

A cool option you can take advantage of in your content marketing efforts is to embed your video tweets into your blog for extra exposure.

What to Post in Your Twitter Videos

Strapped for ideas on what kind of content you could use for your Twitter videos? In a previous video eTip I provided 5 social media video marketing strategies you can use to help showcase your business that can give you some inspiration.

Keep in mind Twitter followers are coming to this platform with a “discovery” point of view. With Twitter being more focused on what’s happening in the current moment, capitalize on that by posting videos based on what is trending.

They can be your own personal opinion about news related to your industry or ask your followers to join in on the discussion to see how they are impacted by something that has happened in your industry.

Respond to someone’s tweet with a video. Doing this provides you with a great opportunity to have your followers get to know you more on a personal level.

How about asking your followers to share their own video of using your product in action? You could run a contest that would encourage this kind of user-generated content.

Get Busy Using Video for Twitter Content

No matter how you look at it, video is where it’s at with online marketing trends so why not use video on Twitter to help gain bigger and more exposure for your business?

Give it a try and test out some videos to see what works and doesn’t work for you. Be sure to keep an eye out on your Twitter stats to get the full scope of your efforts.

Marketing online is not easy and there is a lot to learn. If you are ready to start but not sure where or how then sign up for our Social Media Membership Program. It’s a cost effective and easy way to work with an industry professional while you study the in’s and out’s of social media, video, and online marketing.

To your ongoing success,
Susan Friesen

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10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

2 Pro Tips for Shooting Professional Looking Social Media Videos

In continuation with our article last week about video marketing strategies to help showcase your business, today’s video eTip is to help you improve the quality of your videos.

 

Of course, if you’re going to display a video on your homepage you would want to hire a professional videographer to assist you with that project. The intention of this blog is to assist you with creating videos for your social media accounts to engage with your potential customers and build your professional-looking brand exposure.

How to improve how your video looks

Have you ever clicked on a video and it just didn’t look right? For example, the colour was a little too yellow, or the footage was too grainy, or the quality just wasn’t up to industry standard? The main reason for this is usually lighting.

Poor lighting can potentially be a big distraction for your viewers, because instead of focusing on the content you’re providing they are being distracted by the quality, or lack thereof in your video.

Earlier in my career I was fortunate enough to work as the first paid Master Control Operator for our local cable vision studio, MSA Cable 3. While employed there I was able to learn a lot about video production, lighting, audio, directing and editing video.

Typically, in a studio set-up they use a lighting setup called three-point lighting. The three main light sources are:

  1. 3 light video shoot set upBacklight

     
    A backlight is a spotlight that shines on the back of your head, behind your head. The reason for this lighting is to remove all the shadows from the background of your shot.

  2. Fill Light

     
    A fill light usually has a broader spectrum which creates wider range of softer diffused light. Usually a fill light will be off to the side of the camera and it fills the whole space.

  3. Key Light

     
    A key light is more of a spotlight that is focused directly on and more in front of the subject.

With these principals of studio lighting in mind there are a couple of ways you can emulate them and improve the quality of your video.

Window Light

Have you ever heard a photographer mention they are running out of daylight? That is because natural light is often the best light for lighting your subject.

You can take advantage of natural light by getting in front of a window and using it as your fill light.

If you’re shooting outside try not to stand in direct sunlight because this can light your subject too much and over expose the video. The reason this doesn’t happen in front of the window is because the window naturally diffuses the light and makes it softer.

Lamps

It’s going to be tricky to get a back light unless you have an overhead light. However, you can utilize lamps to add more fill lights or even a key light to your video setup. In my video above I am using several lamps as well as window light to improve the lighting of my video.

How to improve how your video sounds

Audio may not be the first thing you think about when you’re creating a video however it is vital to the quality of your video. For instance, if someone watching your video can’t hear what you’re saying then they won’t take away any value you’re providing.

In the video above, you’ll probably notice that I’m using a lapel mic. These mics are generally cost efficient, will raise the quality of your video and are compatible with your smartphone.

Previously I have used a headset microphone while recording video on my webcam at my computer. While this works just fine, the down side to a headset mic is a lack of mobility.

Another option to consider is purchasing a handheld microphone. However, for creating social media content that may be a little too over the top.

And finally, you can always use the internal microphone on your phone. While this is the least expensive option, there are some hurdles you will encounter when using your phone’s mic. The best use for this mic is within proximity to you, for example a selfie. If the phone is too far away that’ll create sound reflections and cause room noise to compromise the quality of the audio in your video.

If you have any questions about improving your video quality to strengthen your online marketing, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below and I’d be happy to answer.

Until next time,
Susan Friesen

P.S. New to Social Media and online marketing or find it overwhelming and confusing? Check out Social Blast: eMarketing for Entrepreneurs. It’s a monthly group coaching program for those just starting out or wanting more advanced strategies to help with their online marketing and social media efforts.
>> CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

P.P.S. If you found this article helpful, please share it with your Twitter followers:

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

5 Social Media Video Marketing Strategies to Help Showcase Your Business

I’m certain you’ve noticed a massive increase in social media videos, and you might be interested in using video for your business, but don’t know what to film about.

In today’s video eTip, I’m sharing five ideas for types of stories you can tell on social media.

 

First Determine Who Your Videos Are For

Before you start filming anything, you need to take a moment to figure out who your target audience is.

Who are you trying to reach in your video? You want to make sure you are creating your videos for the right people and sending the right message.

Ensure you are talking to the right people in the right way that will draw in your ideal target market so they can learn more from you and about you.

Your goal is to inform your audience and provide something of value. By showcasing your expertise, you are building your brand image which will help with conversion rates and potentially attract new clients.

Be mindful of different social media video platforms and their allowed lengths

Each social media platform has its own rules as to how long they will allow your videos to be. Here’s a quick reference guide:

  • Facebook allows up to 2 hours of video (though you probably wouldn’t want to use all this time),
  • Twitter allows 2 minutes and 20 seconds,
  • Instagram provides one minute,
  • Snapchat gives ten seconds and
  • Vine gives 6.

Be mindful of these guidelines  but keep in mind I am talking about video more suited for Facebook and YouTube. You could also make truncated versions of these videos for other platforms.

Have the Right Amount of “Head Space”

“Head space” determines the amount of room there is between the top of your head and the top of the camera frame.

5 Ideas for Social Media Videos:

  1. Share Your Knowledge

    This is an opportunity for you to share your expertise and knowledge with your audience. Demonstrate you have something of value to offer your target market.
     
    This is your chance to show your skills and give people an idea about what your business can offer.
     
    If you have the sacred gift of knowledge, this is a great opportunity to exercise it.

  2. How-To Video

    Demonstrating how to use a product or showing something step-by-step in a video can be highly effective.
     
    Taking some of your FAQ and answer them in video by visually showing customers how to solve their problems. You can also show them how to access features and promotions they didn’t know about.

  3. Answer Questions

    Facebook Live is great for this. You can get on video, interact and answer questions. This is a great way to show you care about your audience and want to address their concerns.
     
    It also gives potential customers the opportunity to learn about your business and its services. Instead of using Facebook Live, you could pre-record a FAQ video and post it. Here, you can answer previously submitted questions to give you time to prepare your responses. This allows you to create themes for your videos and map out areas of concern you might hear from clients or potential clients.

  4. Behind the Scene

    Make a video and share what’s going on behind the scenes. You can demonstrate how you are creating products or show the activity happening in your warehouse if you have one.
     
    Highlight the beauty of office life by showcasing your employees and the collaborative efforts of the people working there.
     
    Even if you work alone, there’s always something you can bring to light in a “behind-the-scenes” video.

  5. Tell Stories

    Telling stories is always a great way to capture the interest of your audience. You can share experiences your audience would relate to. Provide insights about you, your company or events you’ve attended.
     
    Tell stories that relate to your business and its core values. Tell stories for entertainment, information and inspiration.

If you have any questions about incorporating video into your online marketing, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below and I’d be happy to answer.

Until next time,
Susan Friesen

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10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

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Is Video Marketing right for you and where should you use it?

Why Video Marketing Garners Great Results for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Is Video Marketing right for you and where should you use it?

Video marketing is a hot topic for us lately and for good reason.

Online marketing is a dynamic business but not always unpredictable. For years now we’ve seen consistent trends that indicate certainties such as users are used to watching ads while browsing the internet and now more than ever those videos influence their purchasing habits.

To help those on the fence with regards to their own video marketing we’ve put together a list of answers to commonly asked questions.

For tips on how to make the right video for you or your brand see our post:

7 Video Marketing Methods for Greater Business Exposure

Is video marketing expensive?

Video marketing is only as expensive as the budget you’re working with. There are lots of ways to create effective videos that don’t cost you anything other than your time. You won’t be butting heads with industry leaders right away and as your marketing efforts help grow your business so should you grow the budget.

When it comes to making your videos focus on the value of the content over the presentation. Getting too creative can be a bad thing if it limits your ability to convey your message.

Where should you use video marketing?

  • Include video in your page content

    A study by Mist showed that having video on your landing page increased your chances of being found on page 1 for your targeted key phrases by 53%.
     
    Having a page 1 SERP listing is a challenge and if you’re in a highly competitive industry where a conversion is  highly valuable then it becomes a constant struggle against your competitors.
     
    Increasing your page 1 rank chances  by 53% makes a strong case for including video in your online marketing
     
    Whether your summarize in a talking head style video or use Power Point to create a slide show video having that  in your content is a great way to make the most of your video marketing.

  • Include video with your blog posts

    You spend a lot of time on your blog posts and the content can have just as much value as a landing page. Why not include the info as a video and increase the chances of that information reaching more people?
     
    When you create blog content that users love they link to it in their own content marketing. Anyone marketing online knows the value of a strong link from a reputable website.
     
    SEO authority moz.com found that by providing a video along with the blog’s text and images you expand your reach by 3X and that means 3X the users and 3X the link earning.

Should video marketing replace your blog?

Generally no but it should be made a part of it. While online videos represent 69% of all global consumer online traffic in 2017 and 69% is obviously not a number you can ignore that’s not to say your industry is necessarily on the high end of the trend towards video.

It’s likely still trending that way but don’t let it override your established efforts. User’s expectations and habits vary per industry and niche within so add it to what you’re doing rather than switching over all together.

How do you know if video marketing is right for you?

The easy answer is it most likely is but to be sure its good to test the waters.

Try some A/B testing between pages and posts and see how your engagement is with your users. You likely won’t affect your rank too much with just 1 video so check your Google Analytics to evaluate the performance.

Additionally for further insight you can also utilize the analytics from social platforms you share the content through. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube all have their own stats you can review to see how well your content did once you added a video.

You can even reuse old content by adding a video and sharing it again. Then look at the first round of marketing’s stats vs. the stats after you added your video.

Bonus tip for marketing videos towards women

Marketing to women? A recent study by adeliestudios.com found 83% of Moms turn to the Internet when they need answers.

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It makes sense that if the answer to any question a busy mom may ask is on your website then you should have an answer that’s easy to receive. And that means including video with your content.

Someone in a rush who wants an easy answer could really be assisted by having that answer in a quick, user friendly format.

Adding a video that covers the answer you have in your content could easily mean the difference between a click back and a new lead so make sure you have a video option if you are in a position to answer something a Mom might need a quick answer to.

Marketing online is not easy and there is a lot to learn. If you are ready to start but not sure where or how then please sign up for our Social Media Membership Program. It’s a cost effective and easy way to work with an industry professional while you study the in’s and out’s of social media, video, and online marketing.

To your ongoing success,
Susan Friesen

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10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

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How to Properly Frame Your Social Media Videos

Have you ever watched a Facebook video and felt something was “off” about it but didn’t understand why?

In today’s video eTip I’m covering how to frame your social media talking head videos properly in order to avoid a similar disconnect with your audience.

 

5 Ways to Frame your Social Media Videos for Optimal Results

One of the things many people don’t know about me is that I have an extensive amount of video experience from working at our local cable company, MSA Cable 3, many years ago.

I was the first paid position as Master Control Operator and while there had the opportunity to learn
from the pros about video editing, directing, producing, lighting and camera work.

Back then our crew would head to the Abbotsford Airshow every year and shoot behind the scenes footage of the jets and even go up in the planes with a hand-held camera in tow to get some incredible shots from the sky.

More recently I attended the Vancouver Film School and took a semester on video editing and production. For this reason, I’m very passionate about video and want to share my knowledge and experience about videos to you so you can create professional looking videos for your social media marketing.

Here are a few of the technical details in relation to framing you need to be aware of when shooting your next video:

Where You Are Positioned In the Video

When standing in front of your camera, ensure you are positioned in the middle of the frame. Do this to avoid taking your audience’s attention elsewhere and be distracted by what is getting equal billing to you.

If you are off to the side, if diffuses the focus on you. The exception to this of course is if you have others in the video aside from yourself.

Have the Right Amount of “Head Space”

“Head space” determines the amount of room there is between the top of your head and the top of the camera frame.

Avoid this space from being too much or too high as that will result in you “floating” in the shot.

You also don’t want too little space either. Avoid cutting off your head or having the top of the camera frame “sit” right on your head.

Where to Look

Ensure you are looking right at the camera lens. This is a common occurrence when using a smart phone to shoot videos.

Often we naturally look at ourselves appearing in the screen monitor when recording; however, this is not where the camera lens is, and this causes you to not be looking directly in the eyes of your viewer.

Regardless of what kind of recording device you’re using, experiment to find out exactly where to look so you are looking directly into the camera lens as opposed to watching yourself in the monitor.

Use Varying Frame Sizes

Something that adds interest to your videos is varying up the frame sizes using the zoom feature. Zooming in and out adds variety to a static shot, capturing your audience’s attention more.

There are 3 different shots you can use:

  1. Tight head shot – a close up of your head typically from the chest up.
  2. Mid framed shot – where the camera is pulled out a bit more and shows more from your waste up.
  3. Wide shot – a wider frame showing more of the full body.

Without having the luxury of a cameraman to do the zooming in and out for you, you can do these varying shots during editing.

When I shoot my videos, I record them as a wide shot and then use Camtasia or Abode Premiere Pro to do create the varying frames. There are many other free and low-cost video editing tools you can use as well.

Incorporate the Bottom Third

The bottom third is literally the space at the bottom of your video that begins two thirds of the way down, spanning until the bottom of the frame.

This is where displaying closed captioning is done, which is very useful for YouTube and Facebook videos. Stats tell us a large percentage of people do not turn on the audio when watching a Facebook video so using closed captioning provides an alternative way for them to receive your message.

You can also add a graphic in this space that displays your name, logo and website address or any other kind of call to action to promote. This makes an effective visual reference the audience can see and make note of.

The next time you record your social media “talking head” video, keep these pointers in mind and frame your shot in a way that will get you the best results. Your viewers will then be interested and captivated as opposed to feeling disconnected and moving on.

If you have any questions about incorporating video into your online marketing, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below and I’d be happy to answer.

Until next time,
Susan Friesen

P.S. New to Social Media and online marketing or find it overwhelming and confusing? Check out Social Blast: eMarketing for Entrepreneurs. It’s a monthly group coaching program for those just starting out or wanting more advanced strategies to help with their online marketing and social media efforts.
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10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

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How Video Establishes “Know, Like and Trust” With Your Target Audience

How Video Establishes 'Know, Like and Trust' With Your Target Audience

Tips and Strategies on Using Social Media Video Marketing to Get Your Business More Leads, Faster

In last week’s article, I talked about the importance of incorporating video into your business marketing strategy.  One of the top reasons I mentioned was how video increases your target market’s confidence in you.

And when it comes to compelling people to purchase from you, that confidence must be fully established first.

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This is what we call building the “Know, Like and Trust” factor with potential clients.  As a business owner, your goal should always be to focus on these three areas in any marketing you do.

One of the best places to help you establish the “Know, Like and Trust” factor with your  target market is by using video is on Social Media.

Video provides ample opportunity to showcase your personal and professional brand. It elevates your knowledge and expertise in your industry and gives people an opportunity to get to know you better, like you enough to want to hear more about what you have to say, and of course, trust you enough to make it comfortable for them to purchase from you.

So how do you go about building the “Know, Like and Trust” factor with your audience through video?

Providing Value

The first thing is to determine what your target market would find of value. If you’re not giving your potential clients something they want, then they have no reason to watch.

That value can come in a few different ways. A video can be:

  • Entertaining
  • Informative
  • Inspiring or motivating
  • Interesting
  • Engaging

Think about your business and how you can create videos that your target audience would appreciate receiving from you. You may have noticed most all of my videos are of the “Informative” nature through my eTips.

Depending on the industry you are in and tapping into your own unique personality, see what types of videos would work best for you and would resonate the most with your audience.

Since developing the “Know, Like and Trust” factor is a fundamental in business marketing, let’s dive a little deeper into this concept to fully appreciate how it can get you more leads and easier sales conversions for your business.

Building the KNOW Factor

If you’re like most entrepreneurs and small business owners, you are the face of your business. You don’t have the luxury of having a big corporate brand image (and budget) to get the sales. Instead, you have to rely on getting out there, pounding the pavement and getting visible in front of your potential clients.

This is because it stands to reason the more someone knows you, the more comfortable they will be in discovering more about what you have to offer, which can then lead to a sale.

Getting in front of a video is a great, quick way to accomplish this.

So when creating social media videos, always have your target market in mind and ensure you are infusing not only value into what you’re producing but also some of your personality so people feel they are seeing a friend every time they watch your video.

Building the LIKE Factor

As people get to know you through your videos, something else is going to happen. You’re creating an opportunity for them to also like you.

This is where knowing and understanding your ideal target market really becomes important. People aren’t going to purchase from you if they don’t like you.

Think about it, do you avoid making a purchase if someone came across too pushy or icky in some way? Well your audience is judging you the same way.

Of course you can’t get everyone to like you but what you can do when you’re creating your videos is to be:

  • Uniquely Yourself – there’s no point in trying to act like someone else. Just be you and you will draw your followers in naturally.
  • Genuinely Authentic – honesty and even some vulnerability will help people feel they are not watching a rip-off artist in action.
  • Timely Relevant – produce videos your target audience wants to watch and when they need to see it in order to convert them into paying clients quicker and easier.
  • Unabashedly Visible – don’t hide behind the camera, people need to see your face in order to be able to like you!

Building the TRUST Factor

When all is said and done, if someone doesn’t trust you, they will never do business with you. Period.

Sometimes business owners automatically assume people should trust them but may unknowingly be doing things that has the opposite effect.

Here’s some ways you can establish trust with your ideal target market:

  • Provide Value – Avoid creating fluff, pointless and nonsensical videos that are meaningless to the people you want to buy from you. They are not going to trust you know what you’re doing if you don’t provide proof you do.
  • Pursue Excellence – The more you provide the best you have to offer by way of skills and expertise, the more you are building trust by showcasing your ability to solve the problems your target market has that your product or service provides.
  • Be Consistent – Randomly producing videos is not going to get you the traction you need to establish authority in your industry. People want to see consistency to make them feel more comfortable about trusting you. Set a schedule and commit to it. Whether it’s once a month or once a week, that consistency will get you the results you’re after.
  • Avoid “Salesy” Language – People don’t like to be sold to. Avoid trying to “sell” your products or services and instead focus on providing value. This will draw people in as opposed to repelling them.
  • Provide Unique Content – They say there’s nothing new that can be said about any given topic but what you can do is take your knowledge and find ways to present it in a new light. Find different perspectives and angles that hasn’t been talked about before. Above all, avoid copying someone else’s work – that’s just wrong.

By using videos in your social media marketing strategy, you are showcasing your expertise. This in turn establishes your authority in your industry and helps develop the “Know Like and Trust” factor with your ideal target market.

Over time, you will build a loyal following of people who can ultimately become not only paying clients but also a source of referrals for your business.

If the thought of doing videos for your social media marketing is too frightening to consider, or perhaps you simply lack the know-how on how to get started, I invite you to join my monthly Social Blast membership program where I cover topics like these and others each month in a live training call. Click here for details and come join our group today: www.socialmediagroupcoaching.com

Go now,  create videos and get your best brand-visibility foot forward to generate more leads and sales for your business!

To your ongoing success,
Susan Friesen

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10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

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