5 Simple Ways to Create Videos for Your Content

Want some simple ways to create videos for your content?

As the lights go out, Hollywood knows they’ve got your attention.

What’s better than getting out of the summer heat than hiding in a nice cool movie theater and catching blockbusters? 🙂

That’s when the studios sell you the coming attractions in the form of trailers.

Watching these, you’re deciding which movies you plan to see next and which you’re going to Netflix or just skip.

You can do the same thing with your content.

Creating Trailers for Your Content
You can create videos as trailers for your content. Just a simple 30 second to 2 minute video of highlights on social media can grab a viewers attention and send them to your site.

Likewise, the number 2 search engine in the world (YouTube) is owned by none other than #1 Google. So, you know that picking the right keywords will give you highly effective backlinks offering some of the best organic search juice around!

Recently, Amazon just launched their own YouTube competitor. Meanwhile, Facebook now offers live video to influencers. You know that something is up when the most popular websites in the world are investing in video.

But who’s got time for making videos? or the money right?

Lately, I’ve been testing some platforms. Most offer Powerpoint-like templates where you can type in some text, add photos and choose some combo of music and your own voice over.

Just about all have access to a library of photos AND offer export options to major sharing platforms like YouTube or social media like Facebook.

Here’s a roundup of free and low-cost options –

Content Samurai – Not one of the cheaper options, Content Samurai does occasionally offer a $1 trial; check out my demo.

It’s an easy way to create videos, if you’re familiar with any kind of presentation software like Powerpoint or Keynote.

What it lacks for in functionality, it more than makes up for in its simplicity and ease of use.

Just copy & paste your script, add photos then your voice over. And you’re done!

Adobe Spark – while Adobe Spark is pretty much same deal – pick a template, add your touches & publish.

If you’re familiar with Adobe products, you know that they don’t skimp on features.

Although this is just a simpler version of their full suite of creative products, besides editing videos there is also a photo editor and web design apps.

Showbox – Probably the one with the most bells & whistles – Showbox is currently free but results can be pretty amazing & well-worth giving them credit with their watermark.

I’m currently helping friend with her crowdfunding campaign, so I’ll share results after we’re done

Overall, it’s one of the easiest ways to create professional looking videos. All you do is pick your media, such as photos and video clips; then add voice over. That’s it!

Powtoon – next up is Powtoon. Now this one can have a bit of a learning curve, and it’s a bit more expensive to remove their prominent watermark.

But, what makes Powtoon different from the others is how simple it is to create animations using their presentation style editor.

Instead of just inserting either static pictures or video footage, Powtoon gives you some animated characters and objects that you can move around.

So, Powtoon is an easy way to create either eye-catching animation or animated text videos.

WeVideo

WeVideo is pretty much like your traditional video editing software, but there’s still a few templates and tools to make things easier.

If you’re comfortable with a video editor like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, then you’ll have no problem with this platform. So, give it a try.

These are just some of the ways that you can make videos for less time and money.

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How to Repurpose Content Like a Rockstar

Okay, rockstars and celebrities are not known for their frugalness – in fact, they’re often associated with a life of excess and waste. But musicians like John Lennon and Paul McCartney know that real creative success came from a sustainable system where they can mine for gold as often as they wanted again and again.

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credit: Unsplash (these guys rock!)

So, here are ways that you do the same with building your own content marketing machine.

First, find a key topic and an audience. This is the art of creating content – finding the balance between broad enough to be worth your time and effort and niche enough to attract your ideal audience.

Create and promote the event. Although there are many webinar tools out there, Hangout on Air (in spite of its glitches) is still great for two main reasons: 1) Google juice 2) live streaming to YouTube (#2 search engine OWNED by.. wait for it.. Google)

Here’s a recent example of an event –

Guess what? By using a Hangout on Air you’ve automatically done this step – create a video. Here’s the kicker – you can create different highlights by editing clips your video. These can cover key points or moments.

Now, you can also edit and republish as a sound file. By using a program like Audacity (free download) you can now create a sound file that can be uploaded to SoundCloud or possibly made into a podcast.

Here’s where I posted a recording on my blog post –

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Example of Post with SoundCloud

 

Of course, all of these types of content can be used for creating a blog post where you cover the key points in more detail. These points can be used to generate graphics using a program like Canva for tweets or other posts on social media such as infographics that you can pin.

Here’s an infographic from Bill Belew’s forum which I pinned to my Pinterest board on content marketing.

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From Bill Belew’s Forum

Depending on the amount of content these can be used to create PDF reports and ultimately published as ebooks which, of course, can get an even bigger boost from Amazon – the world’s largest search engine for buyers of information.

Last but not least, this old content can inspire new content. By studying how your audience responds or has questions, you can look at ways to approach the topic and decide on your next directions.

What are some other ways that you have reused and repackaged your content?

Indie Entrepreneur George Ohan Shares His Success Secrets

A short while ago I had a chat with George Ohan and quickly realized that he has a tremendous amount of valuable experience and insights to share on his entrepreneur’s journey. (here’s where George shares a dark moment)

Brief Bio

George Ohan is an accomplished film producer with a background in Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications. After serving in the U.S. Army he graduated from The Los Angeles Film School, George began his own video production company before moving to his current home in Puerto Rico. Now he works with aspiring indie entrepreneurs and helps them grow their business through online and social media.

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George Ohan in Puerto Rico

Lots of folks want to make money in the film industry. How did you make it a reality?

I never saw myself as the Steven Spielberg artsy filmmaker type. Yes, I’m an artist. Yes, I’m a filmmaker.  However, I’m a digital artist with an interest in business.  As I created content I was always looking for a way to sell it or get paid before creating it.  I turned that passion for getting people to respect my art with their wallet into a reality.  I wasn’t afraid to put a price on my creations or my time.  Get paid – don’t be the typical starving artist.

What was your biggest challenge getting started in your indie business?

Sales.  As an indiepreneur we never stop to think about who will actually ask us for money to do this “thing” that we love to do…. The challenge for me has been to focus on many things at the same time.  When someone says “FOCUS” most people imagine they should focus on one thing.  I approach focus with a couple of dashes of TIME MANAGEMENT and then we’re cooking!   I put my tasks in groups of what can be done”today” and I go 100% after the current tasks at hand.  Everyday, one of the tasks is to ask people to hire me for my services.

So with all the things it takes to run an indie business – how do you do it all??

The way to do it all is to know that there is no Cavalry coming to save you.  I can only do what is physically possible, the rest I trust to delegate to others.  This business was my idea and my plan to become an entrepreneur.  I must be intelligent enough to figure out how it works.  I constantly seek advice, counsel, and mentorship from people that have done what I am trying to do.  Nobody is obligated to help me.  My willingness to help others is why people are willing to help me.

If you had one thing that you wished someone had told you early on, what would it be?

Losing is for losers.  Do NOT have FEAR of success.  I’m not a loser, so why would I ever doubt myself?  As humans, we are built to win.  We have more good times than bad times.  We laugh more than we cry.  So, why do we have a FEAR of failure?  Why do we FEAR the unknown?   If giving up your life’s biggest fear can give you your life’s deepest desire, could you let go of that fear?

How does a “typical day” look for you?

Wake up, Thank God for all of the things that I’ve been blessed with.  Coffee.  Read a book for 30 minutes.  Social Media updates for 1 hour.  Content blogging, video editing, meeting clients, shooting new video, creating new docs for my business, reviewing local tax laws, etc… Social Media 1 hour updates.  30 minutes of email follow ups with former contacts.  There are variations for going to the beach, volunteering, and having fun too!

 

Contact Info

You can reach George –
georgeohan@gmail.com

 

Join me on this Indie Entrepreneur Hangout where we’ll get to ask George your top questions –

http://bit.ly/indie-jam-07-08-15

How to Promote Your Book with Instagram

Recently, my friend Sarah Davidson and I talked about how authors can use Instagram to promote their writing. Having written two books now – Field Inspection and Local Alchemy – I know how hard it is to get more readers. While we have more tools available than ever, they often don’t come with a very good instruction manual!

Here’s our discussion on some ways you can use Instagram to promote your book –