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Video news First of The Year

Helping businesses and individual with video, community management, and social media
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Yes I am continuing with a separate video section for a second week in a row. I’m thinking of breaking these news posts up with other specialty post in the future.

The first article is about using video in 2015. The first rule in this article is keep videos short. I somewhat disagree with this principle but I do agree that the first video a person sees from your business should be short 50 to 90 seconds. I need to mention that I personally break this rule for my dog training business. Although when I redo my introduction videos I may do it in two parts one about 90 seconds long. The second tip from this post is use good framing and don’t ignore the language of video/film. Tip three is to post your video on Instagram. If you read my last blog post you will know that the top social media people think 2015 will be the year of Instagram. Tip four is to engage and interact with your following, especially on YouTube.

YouTube 4 Tips To Follow in 2015
YouTube 4 Tips To Follow in 2015

Next we have some information about the big video news for the beginning of the year and that is Twitter’s Video Player. The Twitter Video Player is the wild card in social media video for 2015. It could be a really big hit, or it could be just another video platform we need to consider. The FaceBook push into video is also something to watch. I think FaceBook video will become more popular in 2015. I do recommend people consider using FaceBook’s video feature as a short term tactic. Once FaceBook video becomes popular they will start charging a fee related to this feature.

Back to the Twitter Player
It will host videos up to 10 minutes and you will be able to upload any size file. This means you can use high quality HD files and in theory it should handle 4K sometime in the near future. In the beginning it will support mp4 and mov files

Guess what, Twitter’s video player is not going to support YouTube videos. Now does that surprise anyone? Twitter wants to carve out their own video niche.

Twitter is not going to allow third parties to sell advertising on their player, or sponsorships or any other monetization that twitter wants to keep for themselves. It will be interesting to see how marketers get around this.

Information About Twitter's Video Player
Information About Twitter’s Video Player

There is a second article on my G+ business page about how Twitter’s Video Player could come to dominate online video. It is an interesting read and could come true. It should give everyone interested in social video a lot to think about and some key Performance Indicators to watch.

Here is a lengthy video on Getting A Grip On YouTube Channels & Playlists. This is a G+ hangout. Hangouts tend to be a bit long and drown out. If you have extra time they are good. If you don’t have extra time then an edited or scripted video might be better to watch.

Speaking of Hangouts On Air you can read an article on the G+ page about How To Structure A Hangout On Air Series. Hint it is much like you would structure a blog series.

Supper charge YouTube
Supper charge YouTube

Andrew Ledford
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Video Social Media Posts December 2014

Helping businesses and individual with video, community management, and social media
Andrew Ledford 562-423-1691

Video News
Now we get to my favorite part of online and social, yes that’s right, it’s Video time. This month I am experimenting with having a separate video post instead of including the video news with the business post. In the future I may segment the video and business post to make for easier reading (less content per post) and to make searching for content on the site more efficient. Or it may be that I only divide the posts into categories when there is a lot to cover in a month.

Now You Can Own the Website SocialMediaVideo.com

What Are Your Video Goals
What Are Your Video Goals

The first post talks about developing a video strategy incorporating goal oriented content creation using four types of video

  1. Videos designed for improved conversions
  2. Videos made to develop brand awareness
  3. Videos created for paid advertising
  4. Videos designed to get links back to the main website and to get social shares

Are businesses confused about the best way to use video content?
There seems to be a consensus in the social media marketing world that most businesses are confused about the best way to use video content. I have posted another article about different types of video and how to use each one in a business’s marketing plan. Because video is expensive to create and optimize it is important to construct this content for your business objective right from the start. One of the things I like about this article is that it also goes over how to get additional content out of the video shoot itself. Getting additional content that can be used for social media and promotion is something I try to do with many of my shoots, provided I have the manpower to to fulfill this task.

FaceBook Video
What is your FaceBook marketing Strategy? For the first time in history more people are uploading video directly to FaceBook instead of sharing their videos from YouTube. It is even suggested that FaceBook viewers engage more than YouTube viewers. This has me thinking about experimenting with uploading videos to FaceBook. FaceBook is placing a great deal more importance on video and how native FaceBook videos are viewed in the stream. Depending on your audience and your goals I can see FaceBook uploads eating into your YouTube watch time thus negatively affecting your placement in YouTube search.

FaceBook Video News December 2014
FaceBook Video News December 2014

YouTube
YouTube Search Ranking
I posted a link to a very good article about getting better YouTube search rankings. I incorporate many of these elements into my channel. By using a YouTube optimization system I have seen my visits from YouTube search increase. I know I can do more to get better ranking and more views, but I am thinking about changing the nature of my channel. I don’t want to build a large audience and then start producing totally different content.
Article highlights

  1. In the past YouTube videos with the most views ranked higher. This is no longer true.
  2. Watch Time on YouTube’s is now the number #1 ranking factor
  3. Watch Time is not only how much of your video people watch. It
    is also the total minutes and seconds a viewer watches video on YouTube. This includes how much time a viewer watches of the video that brought them into the site and how much time they spend on the site in total. You want a high retention rate combined with viewing other videos, preferably your own.
  4. Create play lists to encourage a linear viewing experience with a series of videos. This is something I have found very helpful.
  5. Optimize your play list with the YouTube start and end time feature. By doing this you channel will become more like a premium television channel. They also suggest linking to other videos with annotation. Linking is a really good practice that I only do with a few videos. I have to say linking to videos has helped make those videos popular in my channel.
  6. Create a really good and accurate thumbnail photo to represent your video. Misleading thumbnails are no longer a useful tactic for increasing your YouTube ranking.
  7. Build your YouTube subscriber base with interaction and engagement
  8. Use annotations to keep your views engaged with the video
  9. Use interactive end states with links to important content
  10. The article also has a case study of using an international strategy to gain improved search rankings. I added that video towards the end of this post.

Vine
Vine is a 6 second iOS video app and this article will go over the basics of using Vine as well as some video techniques for using the app.

I want to end the post with a great video explaining how to become the most popular personality on YouTube

Andrew Ledford
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Social Media
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Business Social Media Posts December 2014

Helping businesses and individual with video, community management, and social media
Andrew Ledford 562-423-1691

Welcome to my social media activity for December. This is where I highlight the content I have curated on Social media. I’m planning on doing my curated business content every other week and will also use the same schedule for my personal curations on alternate weeks.

Is WordPress Ready to Revolutionize Online Publishing – Again
What could be the biggest news in my social stream is a few months old. This event happened in April, but with the New Year fast approaching I have started to really consider its importance to online publishing. WordPress bought an online publishing company called Scroll Kit. The new addition to WordPress could threaten Tumblr’s rise. ScrollKit will let one person publish content that used to require large content production teams to create.

Business Social Media December 2014
Business Social Media December 2014

There are a couple of posts about building better business websites. If you’re thinking about building your first website or re-launching an old site I would recommend taking a look at these two articles.
Article 1
Building Better Business Websites – Strategy 2
Building Better Business Websites: Strategy 3:

Do you need some advice on rebranding your identity online? This is something I have been working on. While I have been involved with building websites, online marketing, and social media communities for over 16 years most people do not know about that aspect of my life. Just about everyone thinks of me as the dog trainer.

SEO
I do have a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) article on the page. I found this article quite helpful and think it is something people unfamiliar with SEO should read. I often see companies advertising for SEO jobs that really should read this article too. Often I see that a business wants to hire someone based not on just one, but several of these Search Engine Optimization myths.
The article is called 27 biggest myths about SEO

LinkedIn’s SlideShare
There is a good basic article on what SlideShare is and using it for B2B Lead Generation. I think one of the most interesting bits of information in this article is that soon SlideShare’s pro features will be free.

Pinterest
For those of you getting started with Pinterest I have an article that will give you some ideas about how to start using this photo sharing social network.
Yahoo
When people think of advertising online most of us think first of Google AdWords and then FaceBook ads. Well Yahoo is making a comeback in the form of mobile advertising and it may be a useful advertising platform for your business.

Social Media Curated Business Posts December 2014
Social Media Curated Business Posts December 2014

Tumblr
Yahoo’s social blogging site Tumblr made it into the page stream again. I have written about Tumblr’s gain in popularity in the past and it looks like more and more social media people are starting to take notice of Tumblr too. This article is about using Tumblr for job recruitment. Now that is something I have never thought of using Tumblr for. But I do have my eye on a few people who would make great guests for my Television/ITV/YouTube show

Microsoft Language Translation
I was interested in working for a Chinese language teaching company helping them with their online community management and social media so I have been paying a little more attention to this area than usual. If you know me you know I am quite interested in language and I have been trying to follow what Microsoft is doing with language translation. I posted an article that tells about Microsoft finally releasing their translation technology for beta testing through Skype. The first language being tested is Spanish. I have a feeling that German is next on the release schedule. In my opinion it will be some time before they release a Japanese or Chinese version.

Andrew Ledford
Community Television
And
Social Media
For help with your video, online content,
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Google Plus Gives Tumblr Posts Big Picture

This afternoon on July 22nd, I noticed that Google Plus post from my Tumblr Blog got the big picture that stretches across the posts as opposed to a thumbnail.

Tumblr Gets The Big Picture on Google Plus
Tumblr Gets The Big Picture on Google Plus

Up until today every Tumblr post was a thumbnail in G+.

Tumblr Thumbnail on G+
Tumblr Thumbnail on G+

FaceBook gave post featuring Tumblr blogs a regular full picture but G+ has traditionally not considered Tumblr a desirable blogging platform.

Tumblr Post On FaceBook
Tumblr Post On FaceBook

I have read that Google does not, or in the past did not like Tumblr because it was too easy to share content. Easy to share content is one reason I use it. I like many of the stories and photos. As you may have noticed from my Twitter feed I use Tumblr to feed many of my social streams. There is a lot of very interesting content on Tumblr, and at the moment it is one of my favorite social sites. I do not get any spam on tumblr except occasionally Tumblr will be a little too aggressive in promoting their promoted content. If you have a Tumblr blog and you like my style of curated content I would always appreciate a follow.
http://andrewledford.tumblr.com/

SMMOC Social Media Notes for May 3

5/3/2014
Foursquare will quit doing check ins and will start to push referrals
Notability app allows you to sign documents and make note or write on PDF files. Skitch also does this for apple products

A lot of social media is manipulated to look more important than it really is.

Social Media Orange County
Talking About Social Media On Saturday Morning In Orange County

Klout as we know it is closing – it may be going behind a pay wall
There is a British site that rates ex boyfriends, like the yelp of ex boyfriends
The web is moving toward giving everyone a rating for specific skills and traits as well as an overall aggregated rating.
The Imdp.com website provides ratings for the entertainment industry including celebrities.

Consumers need to be educated on how to interpret reviews. A lot of reviews are fraudulent. I have seen a lot of reviews that are meant to deceive one into thinking a business is better than it really is. We also heard about how competitors use reviews to make a competing business look bad on sites like yelp.
Most people at the meeting think Yelp is an evil business. Meeting members talked about yelp using high pressure tactic and half truths to strong arm businesses into paying high fees for not showing competitors ads.

Whisper allows you to be anonymous

FaceBook did not invent Open Graph but they did develop/perfect a lot of Open Graph
Twitter is using a Summery Card which is similar to Open Graph. The consensus is that Twitter is becoming more like FaceBook

Clarity.fm a place to sell consultation/services on line, and is like the yelp of professional consultants – This tip is from Oscar Gonzalez twitter.com/notagrouch – a good way to make additional income from a consultation is to record the call and charge extra for the recording.

A big question that was ask is “How do you find an SOE company?” The answer, Do a lot of research and know a lot about SEO and SEM before you hire a company
If you are using WordPress study yoast.com and at least use Yoast SEO plugin
The best way to improve SEO is to “help people discover that you will help with one of their problems.”

Boosting a post on FaceBook does fairly good as an advertizing vehicle.
To increase exposure get bloggers in your niche to write blog about your product, event, or cause and then promote by pinning the post on your Pinterest account. I think was another one of Oscar’s tips

Woo commerce is free however you need to pay for additional addons like authorize.net. The consensuses is that authorize.net is the industries preferred way for accepting credit cards. With Authorize.net you can block countries and types of cards

WordCamp OC is on June 7th and 8th

Talking About WordPress Web Design And Social Media
Talking About WordPress, Web Design, And Social Media. That is Steve Zehngut the WordPress genius showing us how to better design a website

To be successful with a KickStarter campaign you need to get involved with KickStarter groups well in advance of your crowdfunding campaign
A KickStarter campaign will be most successful if you can get 75% of funding from your own contacts. I think getting 50% would be a good bet. But you need to get a large percent of your funding right out of the gate at the beginning of the crowdfunding campaign.
In a KickStarter campaign Video is Very Important! If you are raising funds for a product you also need to give very good information about the product. For clothing this includes thread count and weight.

I am wishing you the very best,
Andrew Ledford
Community Television
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Social marketing
562-423-1691