Online video has finally come of age. Until recently, video on the Internet was slow, clunky and required special software. Now it's a dream come true. Internet access is better, the software for producing video has improved, and Web browsers now play video easily. It's the perfect time to create online video, especially with the growth of YouTube, smartphones and wireless Internet access.
Video offers a number of benefits, including these:
- Create an experience: Video engages more of their senses than reading an e-book or listening to an audio program.
- Give them a demonstration: Clients and bureaus see you in action.
- Build credibility: People are used to seeing experts on screen, and judge you by how well you appear, not just on what you say.
- Create a personal connection: The words are your words, straight from your mouth.
- Teach something: Some of your educational material might translate well to video.
- Publish fast: You don’t require a professional studio and a production team to record your video.
- Take control: It’s relatively easy to record, edit and publish the video clips yourself.
- Get traffic: Promote your videos on YouTube, your blog, bureau Web sites, Facebook profile, invite others to embed them, etc.
- Gain a competitive advantage: Despite these many advantages, most businesses – and even most infopreneurs – are not using online video effectively.
Three things now make online video feasible and attractive:
- Better tools are available to create and publish video.
- Broadband Internet allows users to watch it fast.
- YouTube has made it easy for them to watch.
That said, there can be some drawbacks to video, and you should consider them before you decide on this medium:
- It can be slow: Broadband Internet access has certainly made things faster but it’s still slower than downloading an audio file or an e-book. It’s much, much, much faster to download an audio file of an hour than a video file of an hour.
- It can be clunky: If you don’t have super-fast broadband, on-line video clips tend to stop and start. That’s because the segment you’re watching runs out before the next segment can be downloaded.
- It requires single focus: Video requires a single focus, whereas audio can be “multi-tasked”. Keep this in mind, particularly in today’s busy world when many people won’t have the time to sit and watch your video.
- It can be harder to produce: Because video is a visual medium, it’s not as easy to do impromptu. You have to think about the right background, the right lighting, a quiet environment, your own clothes and grooming, and so on.
- It’s harder to edit: Video clips are also harder to edit than audio clips. If you remove bits of a video clip, viewers will see that as a jerky spot where that happened. It’s much easier with audio clips, because it’s fairly easy to add or remove segments and still keep a smooth transition between them.
Publishing to YouTube
YouTube is not the only video Web site, but it's the biggest. So if you're creating any public videos, you should definitely put them on YouTube.
YouTube is not just for fun personal videos; it’s also now a serious publishing platform for business users. Your videos should be informative and look professional, but don’t have to be Hollywood-style masterpieces! You can create them in the comfort of your home or office, and publish them quickly to YouTube.
If you're a business owner, here are some ideas for videos:
- Create a welcome video for your business
- Relate some of your newsletter articles to camera (don’t read them verbatim, of course, but speak to camera as if you were explaining them to somebody)
- Interview clients and team members for their insights and experience
- Ask other people to interview you
- If appropriate, interview clients for case studies and testimonials
The eGurus Community
If you're a member of the eGurus Community, there's a section of the eGurus Vault with resources about on-line video. Start with the slide deck on that page, which gives you an overview of the process.
If you're not an eGurus member, find out about membership at www.eGurus.info.
Webinar Recording: Online Video
Online video has finally come of age. For years, speakers, trainers and other infopreneurs saw the potential for video as the ideal vehicle for marketing and distributing their message. Until recently, video on the Internet was a dream, but it was slow, clunky and required special software. Now it's a dream come true. Internet access is better, the software for producing video has improved, and Web browsers now play video easily. It's the perfect time to create online video.
Webinar Recordings: Show Me – 15 Ways to Make Your Ideas More Visual
Text is still important, but many Internet users prefer visuals – such as photos, videos, slide shows, and infographics. In this webinar, I’ll show you different ways of sharing high-quality content in a visual way.
This first webinar shows the 15 ways to make your ideas more visual:
The second webinar is a follow-up Q&A session, where I answer audience questions on this topic: