Introducing Buffer for Video: Upload Once, Share Everywhere

Marketing and advertising is a bit like love and war where  the aim is to win and capture the valued attention, hearts and minds of your audience.

In every digital marketers arsenal are a range of news feeds for intelligence gathering, strategy development then favourite apps to help deliver, engage, monitor, analyse and review.

Buffer is a personal favorite – it helps reduce the overhead of social media management administration and today, they’ve announced it now supports video  – the ability to upload once then schedule natively into different channels.  

 

 

Buffer customers can now upload, share, and schedule video from Buffer to all your social media networks. Upload once, share everywhere!

Source: Introducing Buffer for Video: Upload Once, Share Everywhere

Casting for talent

Rehearsal

We have a new client who is looking for someone different for their website.

Casting, (or even buying anything today) is interesting in that so much of the decision making goes on before you even meet your talent face to face or touch the product – you see that’s the web – we search, we read, view, compare and then decide to progress further towards personal evaluation.

Rehearsal
Emma Law

Emma is a gorgeous, very natural and beautiful young woman from New Zealand who has just moved across to Sydney to further her modelling and acting career.

I came across Emma on a casting callout for a Corporate Coffee presenter for our CLIVEvideos and then again on another lingerie/ fashion client call out.

The whole casting process is time consuming – at the extreme of “casting auditions” think Idol or Dance where many clearly untalented singing hopefuls waste everyones time.

In some ways it’s a bit like when you get a million internet search results and then spend minutes searching for your gold.

Clear Objectives

Fact is, at the end of the day, I’m primarily focused on my customers needs, the questions I ask in terms of any auditioning talent are –

  • Will this presenter/ model make my client look good, therefore make us and our sales partners look good?
  • Do they have the potential to generate more sales?- the “X” factor.
  • Is this presenter someone we can use on an ongoing basis – do they have something different to bring to the table?
  • Can they perform and deliver a new script/ image conistanty to camera in a couple of takes.
  • Are they easy to work with? We have a no dick-heads policy. Time is too short.
  • Are we happy to put them in front of our clients and our clients clients.

The Casting Process

You can just use an agency who take their 10-20% cut or DIY on the web with talent websites like oz model, model mayhem, AT2 and Starnow.

Whichever site the process is pretty much the same.

  1. Write a clear brief for what you are looking for.
  2. You submit your call out
  3. Applicants apply.
  4. Shortlist
    • The first thing I look at is their reply – did they respond to the initial brief? From experience 30% don’t even read the details of the job – so they are scratched immediately.
    • Next I’ll check their photos – are the shots professional? I’m looking for a combination of plain head and body shots then some creatives. Keep some of them real – photoshopped images take up everyones time.
    • Very quickly you can determine if they model/ presenter/ actor. I’ll maybe read a few more details – scratch anyone who’s not what we’re looking for.
  5. From there I’ll shortlist – at this stage I’ve maybe had a look at their show reel (this should be no more than a minute). Many show reels are weak, poorly edited and do more harm then good.

Auditions

On the day typically 30% won’t even turn up for scheduled auditions. There are a few possible reasons for that – our studio location is a bit out of town but generally a bit like tradesmen quoting – it’s time intensive for both parties and only a remote chance of success.

  • 20 shortlisted at 15 mins per audition is 1/2 day.
  • From those 20 we may get 1 goodie

Then you have to put them in front of clients and make sure they deliver.

Back to Emma

Although she didn’t get the corporate coffee presenter job I was impressed not only with her beauty (which is a fundamental for most modelling jobs) but more in the fact she already had her own website – Emma had already made an effort to differentiate, to begin building her personal brand.

Moving forward

  • Use CLIVE to add Emma to her website – this would save buyers a massive amount of time.
  • Add these CLIVE clips to talent portals like Starnow, AT2 and model mayhem.
  • Provide ability to run Emma CLIVE demos on potential clients website.

The journey begins – stay tuned.

So you want a new website!

Convergence - Mark McClelland "she thought"

Convergence - Mark McClelland "she thought"

A new potential client has just been referred by a trusted source.  They are a Chamber of Business organisation in a region heavily focused on tourism so I’m definitely interested.There’s a fair bit of information below and I hopefully don’t drown you in it. 

The Current Website

I’ve had a preliminary look at the site and yes, there are a number of ways to improve.

First, a couple of questions.

1. Is there a ball park budget in mind?  How much it will cost is a bit like an open string.  What I’ve done is give you some thoughts and costings below.

2. Is there an Economic Development Plan/ Marketing Plan/ Research which we can derive a more detailed, specific brief?

Do you know what is the profile of the most desired target customers – couples, families at XMAS time; all year round retirees?

Why here? Corporate escape? Holiday?  Weekend?  What are the USP’s (Unique Selling Points)

Benefits? Which target group provides or contributes the most economic and social benefit/ spends the most money;

Who are the desired target market influencers, are they online and where are they? 

Engaging Maxys

From a maxys point of view we can either help as a digital media consultant/ project manager; new website development and/or ongoing website development.  

It basically comes down to size of the business, budget, resources and the nature of the relationship.

Digital Marketing Strategy

A website is just once piece of an overall marketing and media strategy – I’d argue in today’s media world the most important element.

All media should include a tag for the website.

Maxys can help you develop a highly effective digital media strategy.

Some other marketing questions –

Why would people choose you?  Family friendly, not overly developed etc.

What is the competition?  Typical SWOT analysis.  

All these type of questions help define “the brief” – the content and structure of the website. 

Web Development

From a web development point of view

Here are a few pointers.

1. Yes, Search Engine Optiminisation (SEO) is very very important – this is where most new customers begin their search.

Looking at the existing website source code, the current site is not optimised for search engines at all.

Today most people begin their search on Google.  What that means is knowing the most important keywords being searched – for example – “holiday Byron Bay”, “holiday Yamba”, “accommodation north coast” etc and then rebuilding the website so that it incorporates SEO throughout the design and content.

There’s then a whole lot of other technical things including ratio of keywords in content; keywords titles; links from high ranking sites etc that increase your search engine ranking but that all comes into design and development.

As an example –

Here is what we did for one of our business partners – RidgeFilms a Sydney corporate video production company by optimising their website (which we built).  

http://www.google.com.au/search?q=corporate+video+production+australia

http://www.ridgefilms.com.au

You know may on Google the top bar and the right column are paid listings BUT the most important (but difficult to achieve) is the FREE indexed content below the paid ads.  (Most people click on the indexed search results).

Ridge have been ranked #1 on indexed content on Google for their targeted keywords now for over five months.  
95% of new customers now come through Google.  They have implemented a customer centric/ testimonial driven approached.

Google is constantly reindexing so Ridge have an ongoing program to make sure they stay #1.  This involves the management of Ridge actively participating in online forums, press releases, updating news and event etc.  For their part the revenue generated far outweighs the cost and time.

Cost:  Initial SEO is included in new site design.  Ongoing depends on what skills and resources you have available – outsource or DIY.  

2. Website Development

From a technology point of view we develop all our websites now with the very popular Open Source Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla.  Basically Joomla is highly functional and gives you, the business owner the ability to easily update and manage your website content.  Please note, there is a requirement for ongoing investment, either time or money is maintaining the website – Google loves new content.  

Cost: Most of the Joomal code is FREE but some modules are commercial (average $50).  The real cost is in design and implementation. You can create a good basic website from $5-$10K depending on what functionality and features are required.  

3. Online Customer Engagement – When visitors get there.

Most website are pretty boring and ineffective so you need to cut through and grab attention.  Facts are people are busy and impatient – you basically have less than 15 seconds to grab attention before they’ll flick to another site.  

CLIVE

To get attention I’m a big believer in using video to bring a website to life and our new CLIVE technology to increase online customer engagement  http://www.clivevideo.com.au

A CLIVEvideo overlay is $3,500 for a 30 sec clip production which would include script writing and talent.  Three is also a monthly streaming cost.  3,500 plays per month would be $35.

Have a look at our customer showcase

http://www.clivevideo.com/About-CLIVE/The-CLIVE-Project/clive-customer-showcase.html

Corporate Video

CLIVE is very good but we also recommend video to tell a story – a corporate video.

A corporate video for example the SSHED http://www.sshed.com.au or Sutherland Shire Council http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=v-yQXE73FpU production costs range from $7,500 to $20,000 for a 1-2 minute promotion video.

Note: The key issue with video will be what sort of bandwidth the majority of your potential customers will be on.  If your visitors are from the major population areas with good broadband then video works great.  The other important element with video is making sure it is FAST and served via a global video server – what that means is a dedicated video server close to the customer.  Youtube is a cost effective video server (FREE).

4. Social Bookmaking.

The only other thing I’d add is the need to create community (local business directory; local blogs etc) around the website and incorporate social bookmarking technologies (links to Facebook/ Twitter/ RSS feeds etc).  

What you may want is to have someone actively building your online brand – tracking what people are saying about you and your competitors on conversation platforms such as Twitter.  http://www.twitter.com

This is interesting…

Twitter search on “Yamba” http://search.twitter.com/search?q=yamba

Twitter search on “Byron Bay” http://search.twitter.com/search?q=byron+bay

Look forward to speaking with you soon.