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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Top Video Marketing Tips for Realtors

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Many realtors realize the importance of video marketing for their real estate business, but they mistakenly believe that it has to be an expensive Hollywood production that only the million club members can produce.

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Video Marketing for Realtors – Photo Credit: moleshko via Pixabay

Here are some key tips on how to make sure your marketing videos not only have impact, but also easy on your budget.

Make It About Your Customer

Most real estate businesses love to do a “brag video.”
Yeah, we know that everybody on your team will work hard and care about your clients. But does this really make you different from the 99 other agencies?

And is “trustworthy” really something to make you stand out? Isn’t that a minimum requirement?

Here are just a few ways to offer value –

  • Give advice on how to get financing
  • Provide current real estate trends in your area
  • Offer tips on getting top dollar in selling a home

Make It Shareable

Okay, we’ve all seen the “like my page” – it’s the social media / online version of begging for spare change.

Instead, focus on one of these three key things – entertaining, educational, or inspirational, or better yet, some combination of all three! Here’s an example of a video that’s both entertaining and educational (if only tongue in cheek!)

Why do people share things? To be helpful or to look good. If your video isn’t helping them to do either, that’s why it isn’t being shared!

For more on how to make your video go viral, check out these ideas on real estate marketing.

Make It Short and Simple

While it’s great to give a lot of value, too much is just that. Create the Seal Team 6 of videos. Get to the point – get in and get out.

Make Sure You Show Up.. Consistently

Whether it’s Gary Vee or Mario Jannatpour aka the “Honest Real Estate Agent,” these guys will tell you that expecting to hit a homerun first time at bat is wishful thinking at best.

Be willing to commit to producing weekly, monthly or whatever regular posting that you can manage. Sure, you don’t want to spend all your time making videos. But you also need to show that you’re not a fly by night operation.

Get help. Consider outsourcing part of your operation. We have folks that we work with on Fiverr and other outsourcing. Contact us for a few referrals of our favorites in different areas of expertise.

Make It Personal

One of the worst expressions in my opinion is “it’s not personal – it’s only business.” ALL business is personal. We buy from people we “know, like, and trust.”

Often, we’ll go an extra 15 minutes out of our way or pay a few dollars more to buy from the friendly neighborhood cafe or store over the big brand name chain.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to show some of your personality and connect with your ideal customer. In fact, what you choose to share will show them why they should work with you over your competitors.

Make Sure You’ve Done Your Homework

Before you hit the publish, there are a few things you want to make sure that you do on the back end. Things like getting the title, description and tags right can make all the difference.

It can mean the difference between showing up on page one, where over 70% of visitors go – or getting buried in the no man’s land of Google results.

Get your free quick tutorial. We’ll send you access to simple short videos on how to make sure that your videos get seen!

If you’d like to find out how to make a high impact video for more customers and sales, contact us today to discuss solutions that fit your budget.

Create Lots of Content from a Blab Interview

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Create Lots of Content from Blab Talks (Photo: Noly via Pixabay)

If you haven’t checked out Blab, I highly recommend that you give this new platform a look. Since the fall of last year I started to do weekly interviews and online masterminds with indie creative guests as well as panels.

After we’re done with a Blab session, I upload the video to YouTube and download the audio to create a podcast – all before creating a blog post with show notes and related links. So along with the original Blab chat itself, I’ve created THREE other pieces of content.

Here are some basics to get you started..

Signing Up is Easy. Just go to Blab.im using your desktop or tablet browser (Chrome over a land line is HIGHLY recommended,) or use the iPhone / iPad app. (For now Android users need to use the mobile Chrome browser – at least until the Android app is available.)

Blab allows you to simply sign up with your Twitter account –

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Setting Up Blabs is Easy

(Note: your Blab username matches your Twitter username and pulls information from your Twitter profile, the website from your Twitter profile will not be pulled into your Blab profile though.)

Things to Do Before Hosting Your First Blab

You’re probably eager to get started and host your first Blab. It’s recommended that you just attend and watch one in action. Get a sense for how people interact with each other and the hosts. If you’re brave enough, post some comments and for bonus points see if the host invites you to talk live.

Note: all Blabs are public. Meaning, if you’re logged in with your Twitter account, the system announces when you enter a Blab in the sidebar. To avoid this and lurk anonymously, log out then click back into the Blab that you want to view in anonymous “lurk” mode. You won’t be able to participate, however.

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Time to Start Your First Blab

 

Showtime! Time to Host Your Own Blab

Besides the scheduling and coordination (the more difficult part in my opinion) creating the actual Blab is easy peasy.

Doing a Test Blab is a good idea with a friend or even testing things out with a show guest who’s not familiar with Blab.

Just tell other in the title that it’s a “test blab”; otherwise, curious visitors will probably pop in and out. There’s also a “test-zone” tag to make it even more clear.

To make replays available and uploading to YouTube you have to remember to hit the Record button on the left side. Later, this becomes the option for the YouTube upload once Blab has finished processing the video.

Some Other “On the Air” Tips

As the Host, you have full control on all the controls for adding Guests or booting them off. I’ve added other Hosts on some calls when I’ve run into connection difficulties, which is common due to streaming video live.

(Note: sometimes I will make other panel speakers or even guests a “Co-host” just in case my connection freezes [you’ll notice when no one else seems to be talking,] and I need to refresh my page – the reason is that Blab will sometimes just end the call altogether, and you’ll have to scramble to create a new Blab and hopefully bring everyone back. This is one BIG down-side, compared to Google Hangouts that I hope they fix in the future.)

To allow someone to join you on the actual “on-air” video, just click “Accept” after someone asks to join in an open seat. Blab is currently limited to 4 seats, which in my experience is the limit to what is reasonably easy to manage as a host.

You can always turn down the the request to join and keep the seat open.

Click on the “Lock Seat” button prevents other from joining the video or asking to join through the Accept prompts. This may make sense if you have a panel or interview format for your show.

Sometimes Blab can be like the “box of chocolates” from Forrest Gump where you “never know what ya gonna get..” On a recent chat we had a young kid jump on with his film idea apparently involving plenty of profanity and drug use. (He may have already been partaking himself..)

Props” or the Blab equivalent of Likes or applause are encouraged. This gives hosts a sense of what the audience likes or is connecting with in discussions.

Just click the hands symbol on the window of the person you want to give the props. Like Periscope will show the number each participant receives during that particular Blab. Whenever you enter a new BLAB the counter goes back to zero.

Depending on how a Blab goes, I may directly upload to YouTube or download and edit in some video editing software. Unless you’re familiar with something like Camtasia, Final Cut or Adobe Premiere, it’s better to use something like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie for Mac’s.

For turning the video file into a podcast, I open up the MP4 in Audacity. You can also use Garage Band on Mac for this.

Of course, the show notes with specific timings of topics discussed creates easy blog posts. Also, you can create shorter video snippets for highlights that may attract viewers to watch the rest of your interview or discussion.

So, these are just some of the ways that you can create several pieces of content from one interview. If there is enough interest, I will create a more detailed tutorial on these in future posts. But I just wanted to provide a short but actionable summary of key steps.

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Indie Entrepreneur – Filmmaker Darwin Carlisle

This week’s featured indie entrepreneur is filmmaker videographer Darwin Carlisle of First Class Reels.

For years he struggled to find his place in the film making capital of Hollywood. When a friend suggested making reels for actor friends, Darwin began his entrepreneur’s journey.

Of course, it was not all sunshine and unicorns. Like all entrepreneurs Darwin has faced his share of doubts before finally seeing some breakthroughs.

We dive into how Darwin figured out how to stand out in the crowded space of Hollywood. He also talks about what the next level looks like and how he continues to find inspiration in different moments.

Most of all Darwin shares what being a creative entrepreneur means to him and what gives him the greatest sense of accomplishment. He talks about how his work has touched the lives of his clients.

Often film makers have to improvise to deal with unexpected changes. Darwin talks about how he gets the most out of a moment and finds creative solutions to getting the video shots.

In this age where people are skeptical of traditional video and advertisements, it’s important to get down to the essential message. We discuss how Darwin gets to the heart of the story in a performance or moment.

You can watch the replay of our talk here –