Hi all, so we just finished another successful Kettle Space Session in Tribeca. We talked about our respective businesses but we also discussed how to find the startups that have budgets for our services. You can watch the video capture of our meeting right here.
A special shout-out to Tom Spota for setting up our Facebook Live feed!
If you want to be part of our next Kettle session, go to my Facebook page and let me know, at https://www.facebook.com/cartouchecreations/
I took the liberty of creating a networking group that would not be focused on generating leads, but rather generating a good time. Within the limits of what you would expect from a business-oriented event, of course. Feeling good will be the main goal of these meetings as we discuss ways to make our lives better. You can check out the meetings right here: http://evite.me/jf1TCwuarw
At the last meeting , I asked the participants to share the highlight of their careers so far. The stories were uplifting, and they directly told us each one of the participants were really about, what aspect of their workmade them feel fulfilled. This Wednesday, I’m going to ask them to share one of their best techniques to feel good, to pivot, to stay in the zone. Hope you can join us. Reserve your seat here http://evite.me/jf1TCwuarw.
If you can’t bring yourself to Kettle Space in Tribeca, I invite you to go to Facebook Live and attendon my Facebook Cartouche Creations page: https://www.facebook.com/cartouchecreations
I hope to see you tomorrow, one way or another!
People go to great lengths when they prepare their talks or presentations. After all, they want to leave a good impression when it’s done. But too often, they neglect to use video to leverage their effort.
I’m a member of NYC business networking group Network!Network! and each month, I capture a talk or presentation offered by members on video.
Nothing fancy. One camera on a tripod, and a recorder on a table, and that’s enough to do a decent job. The network pays me a little bit of money, not enough to compensate my filming and editing time. But the benefits are such that I’m glad to do it. Here’s why.
- First of all, the videos provide easy access to the talks to all members who didn’t attend the presentation. That’s obvious.
- Members who were there can also re-visit the presentation anytime.
- The presenting members can use the video to promote their expertise. Since the video is on Youtube (my channel), they could easily write a blog about the talk for their website and insert the link of the video. As you know, Google loves videos. Videos sitting on your website will increase the time your visitors spend on it. Google measures that. It’s a big criteria in their ranking algorithms. The average time spent on a website is 7 seconds. Imagine if visitors spend 2 minutes watching your video? Want to keep them for 15 minutes?Read on.
- I also urge my clients to put the link of at least one video in their email signature. Even better, put the link of the page where the video is featured onyour website, and use a thumbnail of the video on your signature. That will send a ton of traffic to your site, who will take the time to watch your video. The first place to put your video is on your home page, but other pages should have videos also.
- Each Youtube video has a description. I put the link of the presenter’s website in the description portion (the entire http link, very important). People who find the video on the second biggest search engine on the planet will want to learn more about the presenter’s business and visit his/her site. Moreover, search engines index external links pointed at your website, and having a video on Youtube pointing towards your site will multiply cross-linking, especially if the videos are shared.
- Network!Network! (my client) benefits from the videos of the presentations for exactly the same reasons as above.
- They also benefit by offering a very valuable bonus service to its members. The presenters feel appreciated by the group for putting the effort of making a presentation, and the members are appreciative of accessing the talks. In fact, these videos make the members proud to be part of And that’s huge for a networking group.
- As for yours truly, the benefits are very real. I add great new fresh content on my website and Youtube channel.
- They help me get more visibility on social media, increasing my influence by simply putting out valuable content on a regular basis.
- It increases traffic on my website for all the reason mentioned above, including writing a blog about it.
And here’s the kicker… I mean the home-run, the touch down. Everyone who gets their presentation captured on video should do the following:
Break down the long video presentation into short segments. Instead of one 50 minute talk video, make 5 or 6 7-minute parts. Now, you multiply the benefits listed above not by 5 or 7, but exponentially more! You create a lot more content, watchable on mobile devices, thus more shares, more links pointed at your site, more buzz on social media, all of that for a little more money or time invested in your content creation.
It’s often by pushing the envelope a little more that you can achievea big breakthrough. So by all means, never leave a long presentation video alone on your Youtube channel. You can ask avideographer to break it into short segments, with branding and call to action. It’s well worth the extra money that it will cost you.
This can apply to any long form video content, such as Power Point presentations, webinars, Google Hangouts or Blabs, such like this one I did with Michael Tesalona on Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I interviewed him live on Blab for about 40 minutes and broke the conversation into 4 segments (we offer Blab interviews for brands if you’re interested at online content creation) . Check them out here: http://cartouchecreations.com/catch-seo-expert-michael-tesalona-and-myself-on-blab/
There is so much more that could be said about optimizing your events and presentations using video. I didn’t mention the art of making great titles, or how to make teaser videos using your past talks to promote your next public appearances/videos.
How have you taken advantage of your content creation using video? I’d love to hear from you.
Here’s a Network!Network! Forum presentation, given by John (Jack) Sullivan on how to get a tax deal with IRS. A timely subject matter for some of you perhaps!
This is a candid and open conversation about SEO and the many misconceptions we have about this perpetual guessing game with Google. Part#1 of 4.
Check out Michael’s website at http://bradfordcrabtree.com
And don’t forget to subscribe to my vlog and share your comments.
Video blogging is fun and powerful for brands. Consistent informative video posts will energize your brand. Here’s just one of 12 video blogs that Levinson & Block of Brooklyn, NY commissioned from us.
To learn more about video blogging, contact us at http://cartouchecreations.com/contact
And check out Levinson Block’s website, they’re a terrific digital agency: http://levinsonblock.com
You don’t want to miss this Hangout On Air Q&A segment with Jeet Banerjee.
Recorded Friday January 9th, 2015, at 2:00 PM Eastern.
Jeet is only 22 year old, but he’s already a serial entrepreneur, digital marketing consultant, TEDx speaker, and best-selling author.
I’m Alex Vachon, founder of Cartouche Creations LLC, a NYC-based video & TV production company. To learn more, contact me at http://cartouchecreations.com/contact.
Thank you for subscribing to my video blog at http://cartouchecreations.com/blog.
Hope to see you on Google +, every Friday at 2:00 PM Eastern, where I conduct a networking and interview on Hangouts On Air.
Leveraging Our Social Capital for Breakthrough Results.
Cynthia Greenawalt’s take on networking has been an eye opener for me and a lot of fun.
For one thing, networking is very much like dating. How do you stay top of mind and get phone calls that bring you new business? Think charm, giving, fun, excitement, devotion, admiration… Love?
Leveraging Our Social Capital for Breakthrough Results.
Cynthia Greenawalt is the founder of Sea Change Networking. Cynthia’s take on networking is ground-breaking in that she has us realize our networking success is tied more to changing how we think about it, not just changing what we do about it. Don’t miss part #1 of this 3 episode mini series on the often misunderstood value of networking.
She is entertaining and one of the most brilliant speakers I’ve heard, Rochelle Lisner provides insights and tips on how to create a killer elevator pitch.
To learn more or contact Rochelle Lisner: http://www.dynamicbusinessgrowth.com/DBG_About_or_Principal.html
This video is sponsored by Network!Network!, a structured business networking group that is one of of my main sources of business and knowledge for my business. http://networknetwork.net
http://cartouchecreations.com We’re a boutique video production company based in New York city. Contact us to learn more about the formidable power of videos to promote your company.
There is a ton of things to learn from kids like Elfie.
Among other things:
- Create regular and constant content.
- Providing entertainment and having fun making it.
- Know what your audience wants to watch.
- Enjoy sharing as much as you can.
- Be true to yourself and true to your audience.
- Expand your reach with books, podcasts, radio, live casts, events, TV.
What else do you think is appreciated by audiences watching video blogs?
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