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How Is Your ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ Working For You?

Gratitude

Why Expressing Gratitude Is Key to Your Success

The Law of Attraction is all about vibrations and its job description is to ‘match vibrations’. So, it stands to reason if you are grumbling about this and that in your life then… you will attract more things to grumble about.

On the other hand, if you are always expressing thanks and appreciation, your feeling positive will continue to attract the things that allow you to feel good. Your expression of gratitude might be towards people, circumstances, situations or things.

Your ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ Level

If you really want to know how well your own ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ is working for you look at your life.

How are your relationships with loved ones?
What state are your finances in?
Business always growing with fabulous clients who can’t get enough of you?
Is your health good you’re always 100% present and engaged with your clients?

Vibrational energies, i.e. frequency levels of energy, have been scientifically measured on a scale of 0 – 1000. ‘Gratitude’ resides just above ‘Joy’. Whatever emotion or vibration you are giving off it will be matched by the law of attraction giving you more of the same emotion.

The person most well known for measuring frequency levels of different emotions is Dr. David Hawkins. This is his ‘Map of Consciousness’ from his book ‘Power vs Force’ which indicates where certain emotions reside on a scale from 0 – 1000. Enlightened people like the Dali Lama would resonate closer to the 1000 frequency.

Power vs Force Chart

If you are resonating below 200 then you are giving off negative vibrations.

Any feelings you have of pride (false pride), anger, desire, fear, grief, apathy, guilt or shame keep you locked in a whirlpool of negative emotions. You pay an emotional price for hanging on to these emotions and not letting them go or be cleared from you body.

Eventually these negative emotions will show up as dis-ease in your body somewhere. Your mind and body are going to be their healthiest and happiest when your emotions rise above the 200 level.

Where Does ‘Gratitude’ Reside on Dr. Hawkins Chart?

According to one article* that stood out in my research:

“Gratitude resides just above Joy. In order to feel grateful, you need to feel contentment which is a joyful state of being. Contentment is regarded by Dalai Lama as the key ingredient for inner happiness. Gratitude is one of the main ingredients for happiness.

Gratitude includes appreciation. You can bring the energy of gratitude in your body by writing a list of things that you are grateful for, that you appreciate for every aspect of your life, especially for the bad ones (the parts that feel heavy, with problems and lacks).

Higher emotions, higher thoughts, therefore, higher vibrations (thoughts are vibrations as Abraham Hick told us) are lighter. The truth is light. Lower emotions, lower thoughts, therefore, lower vibrations are heavy. Lies are heavy.”

Why Would You Express Gratitude For Bad Things In Your Life?

The reason you want to express Gratitude for everything that comes into your life is because there is always something positive to learn from any situation – good or bad. And, from the Law of Attraction perspective focus on the ‘bad’ briefly so that you are not wallowing in your own misery or poor-me state for very long.

Find a different way to look at the situation that makes you feel more positive. It may not come right away but give it time and then raise your lower vibration to that higher state of Gratitude. You’ll feel better for making that choice!

And if you need help releasing your negative trapped emotions consider having an Emotion Code session with me!

* www.CentreofLightTulsa.org

About the Author, Dana J. Smithers

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Dana J. Smithers is on a mission to inspire and empower women entrepreneurs around the world. At 50 she left a high-paying corporate job and over the years launched 3 businesses earning a 6-figure income.

As a Certified Law of Attraction Trainer she you how to use LOA tools to build a business by working on your limiting beliefs. As a Certified Sacred Gifts Guide she helps you discover what makes you feel on purpose and fulfilled. As an Emotion Code practitioner Dana knows how to release your trapped negative emotions that have built up over the years and are now holding you back from moving forward. She invites you to sign up for her enewsletter for tips, insights and inspiration and her FREE ebook 'The POWER of your WORDS' at Empowered Women in Business. She looks forward to making a real connection with you on www.FB.com/coachdanasmithers. Her NEW Law of Attraction Gratitude Journal is available on www.amazon.com.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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 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.

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5 Key Points That Must Be Considered Before Filing A Trademark Application

5 Key Points That Must Be Considered Before Filing A Trademark Application

In my previous articles, we have discussed the importance of choosing a strong brand, how to choose a strong brand, how to conduct a trademark search, the benefits of employing a trademark professional and the differences between the ™ and ® symbols and how to use these symbols correctly.

Now, it’s time to talk about the mechanics of collecting the key information that is required to file a trademark application.   The Canadian Intellectual Property Office is a complete resource for learning about trademarks, trademark searching, filing a trademark application on-line and so much more.

When you arrive at the site, scroll down to the “Services and Information” Section and click on “Trademarks”.  Here you will find all of the information that you will require to file a successful trademark application.

If this is your first time to the site, I recommend that you go to the “Learn Section” and read: A Guide to Trademarks.   This guide provides answers to most general trademark questions in “Understanding trademarks – The basics” and “Filing a trademark application – Getting Started” explains the application process step by step.

The following is a checklist of information that should be collected before filing a Canadian trademark application:

  1. When you file a trademark application, it is important to decide who the Applicant is going to be. Ask yourself – who is going to be using the mark?  Is the mark going to be used by:
    • an individual ie. Mary Smith
    • a sole proprietor ie. Mary Smith, doing business as, Smith Adventures
    • a partnership ie. Smith Adventures, a partnership
    • a corporation ie. Smith Adventures Inc.
  2. What address should you use?
    • Home address
    • Office address

    If you work from home, it is appropriate to use your home address as the place of business for the trademark application.
     
    If you have an office, use the office address as the place of business.  If you move, it is important to make sure that you write to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and let them know in order for correspondence to reach you.

  3. What type of a trademark are you filing for? There are two main types of trademarks that can be applied for:
    • Word trademark
    • Logo design

    A word trademark is the most common type of trademark – it is a word or words shown in plain block letters, for example: INFUSE WORKS.
     
    A word trademark affords you the broadest scope of protection.  This type of trademark provides the most flexibility because it is not limited to any particular type font or logo design.
     
    A word trademark application allows you the right to use the mark in any logo design form and you are not required to file a new trademark application, if and when, you update the type font, colour, logo design and/or icon.
     
    The second type of mark is a logo design trademark.  It can consist of a word or words in a particular type font, colour, graphic design and/or icon.
     
    A logo design trademark is limited to the extent that if the logo design undergoes changes or is updated in the future, a new logo design trademark application should be filed to protect the new variation.

  4. Will the trademark be used on goods, services or both?
    • Goods
    • Services
    • Goods and Services

    At the time of filing your trademark application, you must provide a list of the goods that you are planning to produce/manufacture and/or describe the service(s) that you are planning to provide – in ordinary commercial terms.
     
    Sometimes, this is not always easy because the Canadian Trademarks Office likes goods and services to be described in a certain way.  In order to make this task easier, the Office has developed a Goods and Services Manual.
     
    You should refer to this manual and search your particular goods/services prior to filing the application.  This is one of the most important parts of filing a trademark application.
     
    Over 35% of trademark applications experience difficulties during examination because the description of goods/services has not been defined correctly.
     
    Remember you cannot add to your description of goods and services once your trademark application has been filed.  Take the time to really think about all of the goods/services that you are going to use the trademark on in the future.  You always can delete goods and services from the application down the road if you don’t use them.

  5. Will the trademark application be based on proposed use or use in Canada? When the application is filed, you must identify the filing basis.
    • Proposed Use
    • Use in Canada

    Proposed use – means that you have not actually produced/manufactured/sold any products or provided a service at the time of filing the application; however, you intend to do so in the future.
     
    Use in Canada – means that you have produced/manufactured/sold products on which the trademark was displayed at the time of sale or you provided a service that you issued an invoice/bill to a customer.

Determining the date of first use is critical to a successful application.  Many applicants use the date of incorporation as the date of first use of the mark.  This typically is incorrect because it takes several weeks/months to get a business up and running.

You may not produce/manufacture/sell a product or provide a service on the date that you incorporate your company.  As a rule of thumb, always use the date that you first sold a product on which the trademark was displayed or provided a service to a customer and issued an invoice as the date of first use of the trademark.

There also are circumstances where you may have both a proposed use and a use claim in one application.  For example, you manufacture and have sold olive oil for one year and you are expanding the product line to include balsamic vinegars, salt and spices.

The application would include a use claim for the olive oil dating back to the first time the product was sold in Canada, and the application would include a proposed use claim for the balsamic vinegars, salt and spices.

If you consider the five key points outlined in this article, chances are good that your application will be successful (assuming of course that you conducted your trademark searching and the mark is available!).

Any inquiries about any of the information contained in this article can be addressed to Sandra Wright at infuseworks@me.com.

About the Author, Sandra Wright

Sandra Wright

Sandra Wright has operated and owned Intellectual Property firms for over 25 years. She is a specialist in the field of Trademark Law. As a trusted Business Advisor and Strategist to start-ups and existing businesses, she provides a focused and strategic approach to corporate organization and operations, corporate communications and corporate governance.

She assists businesses to identify and implement change that directly affects corporate growth and profitability. Connect with Sandra on LinkedIn here.


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

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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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Do Your Users Interact With Your Videos?

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Beyond Engagement: How interactive video marketing brings another dimension to the user experience

We’ve been talking about video marketing a lot lately. It’s important and increasingly so. What you make, where the user views the video, the story you tell, and where the user ends up are all important.

Another step you can take to make the most of your efforts is to make the video interactive.

This may seem daunting and the idea intimidates a lot of people but there are ways to go about it that are often easier and more cost effective than you’d think.

Here are some excellent tools that can help you turn your videos into an interactive experience:

Adventr

Adventr is a free tool though it has tiered pricing options for those looking for more. This system allows the user to choose based on selection offered during the video putting the user in a position to enjoy more than one outcome and more than one story.

The drag and drop administration puts you in control of the narrative you create. When the video pauses at certain points you offer the user choices that then determine the outcome!

For those looking to draw the user in or convey a message that requires interactive elements this tool is ideal and you can try it free before committing to anything.

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Klynt

Klynt is another great tool that makes interactive video making easy. They also offer drag and drop video creation that offers up neat opportunities such as adding in specific paths the user can take from or from within the video as well as adding clickable icons that link to pages within your website that may provide further insight into the subject matter for your user. It’s like linking from within your video!

There are more great ways to use this service as seen in this demo example of a dynamic landing page menu to start your video. Now you just have to get creative.

Not sure what kind of video style is for you? Try our previous post: 7 Video Marketing Methods for Greater Business Exposure

Pageflow

A somewhat more advanced tool this one will take you a few hours to toy with but if you’re interested telling stories in your videos then this is ideal.

This system allows for inserting everything from audio tracks to adding fade in text effects and more. If you have a certain point in your video you want linked to a url within your site just add it as a hotspot linked by either text or an image.

Add a map and make it interactive to allow the user to choose where to go and when they get there have a video about that section or locality.

It depends on how much time and effort you’re willing to put in but if you want to really make a splash and excite your users this could be a great way to do it.

Odyssey

Odyssey is much simpler than the rest. Though you might be intimidated by words like documentation and .js this one is in fact quite easy to use with 3 options to tell your story with.

Slides, scrolling, and torque are the 3 types of videos you can make with this system. By taking your time and reading the documentation you can use this one quite easily to make your videos a journey for your users.

While mostly map based this system does offer options on how to get your user to engage with your content and if you’re stuck that same documentation is there for easy reference.

Creating videos can be a lot of fun. If you’re running into obstacles or need help getting started then please sign up for our Social Media Membership Program. We have great lively discussion and learning sessions designed to help you grow your business by making the most out of your online efforts and social marketing.

Thanks for reading,
Mark H

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Mark Hare

Mark has been working in search engine optimization, paid online advertising, content marketing, and usability since 2005.

He has worked with hundreds of clients on a wide range of web based projects and is a strong proponent of white hat SEO techniques and link earning over building.


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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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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

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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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3 Hidden Transformation Opportunities When Under Pressure

3  Hidden Transformation Opportunities When Under Pressure

In entrepreneurial life we are under constant pressure. Some imposed by our clients and some by our own expectations.

Cash flow needs to stack up and customers need to be satisfied.

The more pressure we are subjected to the further we can move from feeling good to being under pressure. The stress that begins to accumulate can also stifle the joy that we would otherwise feel.

These are a few of the negative outcomes of pressure. But the good news is, there’s hidden silver linings in such moments that are often under debated.

There are three main ones detailed in this article. Each of these points shed light on an opportunity for transformation when facing pressure.

  1. Overwhelm Teaches Self-Awareness

    When we are in overwhelm there is a part of our emotional system that begins to flare up. It will show its presence in a variety of ways.

    It could be a silent moment of swallowing back a tear.  It could be an abrupt word with a colleague that alerts us that our internal emotional state has lost its center.

    When we lash out it merely indicates we are not happy internally and we have inadvertently slipped into judgment of those around us.

    When we fail to find time to connect diplomatically, we are momentarily forgetting what it means to be a compassionate human being.

    But worst of all these outside indicators are pointing to internal sabotage.

    We are judging others because we are in fact still judging ourselves! The internal judge is always stronger towards self than others.

    We are lashing out because we are failing to connect with our deepest joy-filled, calm space inside. IF we were grounded in this way, the abruptness would not have arisen.

    Thus we are not being compassionate toward ourselves because had we been, we would have chosen a joy-filled inner state! This is a sad truth….

  2. Understanding Leads to Self-Compassion

    Once we are aware that living with pressure is failing to be compassionate to ourselves, a moment to reflect can change everything.

    The reflection could evaluate how our biggest recent success arose? Did it happen under pressure or was it a byproduct of when we were the most calm?

    I know for sure, the more I stay calm and enjoy myself the easier it becomes to manifest what I want. In fact our earliest successes often came with ease, unexpectedly, whilst we were simply being ourselves and enjoying ourselves!

    They did not arise because of self imposed pressure, and we forget that when we live our entrepreneurial life!

    If we see it as we are wasting energy when we pour it into worry, panic or imposing stress or feeling outside expectations, we might become more thoughtful about this wastage.

    Instead all that energy could be redirected and used more resourcefully. By keeping the momentum on the task at hand we become more productive and HAPPIER too.

    This is self-compassion… reuniting us to our original desire to be in this particular line of work.

  3. Breath and its Connection with Fear

    If you watch yourself carefully, when you are under pressure, your breath does not go so deep into your belly. It sort of remains in the upper quadrant of your body and sometimes is held back and constricted.

    Try to experiment right now. Imagine a stressful situation and watch what happens to your breath.

    It naturally becomes shallower. Stress is always accompanied with fear. “Fear I won’t make my rent.”, “Fear I wont be able to satisfy the deadline.”… Fear to be rejected, criticized etc.

    When we are calm, the nervous energy in our body is not felt.

    Instead the fear that surfaces from not meeting expectations dissolves into its polar opposite- and fills your body with excitement and anticipation of success. It has a very light and expansive feel to it.

    This is the sort of feeling you initially felt when you first launched into this career.

    So in its simplest form, when under pressure remind yourself to breathe deep down into your feet. As soon as you do that you will start taking the energy away from fear and overwhelm, into grounded-ess.

    Use the earth to support you. Push the breath deep down into the ground, through your feet, as if you are laying roots into the floor to support you.

This simple act of self-awareness can redirect you back into your current moment reality, away from the emotional volatility that comes with pressure.

Use these moments to reflect, become more aware and use your breath to become more self-compassionate!

About the Author, Kindi Gill ACA

Kindi Gill

Are you extremely responsible but tired and wish someone could now nurture YOUR needs? Is your family life in need of a boost and ready to be revitalized into unity? Is there room for improvement in your relationships at home so that your work-life is better supported? If you are struggling with adversity, contact Kindi Gill for a complimentary 30 minute consultation.

Kindi is a CEO, Revitalization Consultant, Inward Leadership Mentor and Keynote Speaker. She has 30 plus years of experience in leadership, is trained as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Kindi is also one of 11 people trained as a facilitator of the Self Healing Dalian Method, an evolutionary tool that bypasses the mind, created by a modern day mystic, Mada Eliza Dalian who revolutionized Kindi's own life back into wholeness.

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