Video is one of the most underutilized aspects of internet marketing. They say that a picture can tell a thousand words, so just think how many words a video must tell!
Not only can you convey more information through a video though, but it will also be more engaging, more emotive and persuasive and much better at quickly grabbing attention.
Video also gives you a lot of new marketing opportunities – allowing you to build a following for a brand through YouTube, to embed a different kind of media on your website, or to grab attention on a sales page by telling people in person why they should buy your product (oh and letting people get to know you is one more benefit of video marketing).
The only problem? Video can be seen as a bit fiddly and complicated compared to a lot of other forms of marketing and this can make it off-putting as a potential time investment.
So the question is: what shortcuts and strategies can you find to make the process of creating marketing videos that much faster and smoother?
A good place to start is with the hardware. By getting the right camera and the right mic etc., you can save yourself a fair amount of work.
A good camera for video marketing, for instance, should be one that has a flip screen so that you can see yourself in the shot before you hit record. It’s extremely frustrating to film a whole video only to learn the top of your head was cut off!
Also useful, is to find a camera that has a microphone jack or a USB for a microphone such as the Blue Yeti Snowball. This will allow you to record crisp audio directly onto your video, rather than having to record the audio separately and then sync it up.
Getting a decent tripod, lighting rig and boom mic stand can all help too, as they allow you to quickly set things up in a way that will produce the best quality footage.
Two more tips: clap at the start and end of each take and double clap when you get it right. This will make it easier to edit your footage (because you can see the spike in the audio).
Secondly, keep a space in your home with a good backdrop and everything set up ready for filming. Then you just need to step into shot and start recording!
A Quicker Way
Don’t want to go on camera?
Find that this all still takes too long?
Then you could consider making videos as slideshows instead! You can actually save PowerPoint presentations as MPEG files and then simply record over them.
This means you now have no need to record yourself and you can make videos much more quickly.
This type of content is perfect for sales pages too and is something that web users have come to expect on such pages, lending your site an air of professionalism.
After you’ve created your Facebook group, you’ll, of course, be interested in growing your group by having people who are interested in your topic join the group and become active members.
One of the absolute best ways to make this happen is by directing the individuals who have liked your Fan Page to the Group.
The reason Fan Pages work so well is that you can gain “likes” to your Fan Page, which can in time turn into new members for your group.
With over a billion people visiting Facebook each day, and over 4.5 billion “likes” per day, you only need to acquire a tiny percentage of this audience to begin growing your page in a big way.
If you don’t already have a Fan Page for your topic, it’s super easy to create one. Let’s get started!
Click on the down arrow shown on the far right side of the top menu on Facebook, then click on “Create Page.” You’ll need to choose a category for your page out of those shown. Don’t get hung up on this – you can always change it later on.
Add a description of the page, what it’s about, and why people should like it! Be upbeat and positive, and don’t try to sell anything in this section.
You can use the same exact description you’ve used for your group to make things easier, but make sure your description makes your page seem interesting and fun.
You’ll get far more likes if the page looks like it’s going to be worthwhile liking and visiting.
Add a profile picture, and add this page to your “favorites” so that it’s easily accessible when you’re on Facebook. The profile picture doesn’t have to be a picture of you.
It should be an image that represents the topic of your page. Now add the same cover photo that you have for your Facebook group.
Now, you’ll need to enter in some information regarding who you want to attract to this fan page – choose the appropriate demographics, and interest that are similar to those that your page will be about.
Now, invite some people who you think would be interested in the page to like the page. You can do this in the left sidebar by clicking “Invite” next to their name.
That’s it! Your page is now complete, and you can begin to work on promotion!
How Cross-Promotion Can Grow Your Facebook Group
Cross-promotion is a good strategy that can be used to increase the size of your Facebook Group. With over a billion groups on Facebook, it’s very likely you’ll find some groups on a similar topic to the group you’re running.
And everyone who has a group is interested in strengthening their numbers, so it’s usually a win-win situation for everyone involved.
When you’ve attracted a couple of hundred members, you can begin cross-promotion efforts. You want your group to be attractive to another group owner, so don’t try to do this until you’ve reached that couple hundred-members mark.
Do some research on Facebook to find other groups with the same or similar topic, or a similar but complementary topic. Find groups with a lot of members – a few hundred or more, at least.
Join the groups first, to check them out, make sure they’re active and that the kind of information being shared there is in line with what you have in your group.
If the group looks good, start posting in the group, and answering other’s questions within the group. In other words, you don’t want it to take up your entire day, but become an active member of the groups you’d like to cross-promote.
After a couple of weeks of adding value to the group, contact the administrator of the group and ask them if they would be interested in a cross-promotion of your two groups.
Maybe you could offer the group something, such as an ebook you’ve written that’s on-topic, or offer a webinar for the group.
These things help you appear legitimate and authentic when approaching another group’s administrator.
Having a digital product that sells well and makes you money is about more than creating a rocking information product. Yes, you need a good product on a topic that your audience is interested in, but that’s just the starting point.
No one will buy a said product when it’s finished unless you can launch and market it.
All too often I see people create information products, put them up for sale, and then sit back and wait for sales to come in. Sadly, that’s not the case. You have to properly launch and market your product to give it a chance of becoming a best seller.
In fact, only 20% of your overall time and efforts should be dedicated to product creation. The remaining 80% is all about marketing and promotion. In other words, you have to launch your product, so people start to notice and buy.
Start by creating some buzz while you’re working on putting the digital product itself together. Let your audience know what you’re working on and what it can do for them.
Get people interested, get them curious, and encourage them to let other people know what you’re doing and what’s coming.
Next, comes the big launch itself. As soon as you have your product up for sale and you’ve tested the sales process to make sure everything is working the way it’s supposed to, it’s time to let the world know about it. In this context, the “world” is your potential target audience.
Email your list about the offer. Don’t stop at just one email. Craft an entire series of emails for the coming weeks. Post about it on social media. Link to it from related content on your blog. Write a few new posts that highlight some of the benefits of your product, or point out the problems it solves.
Go out there and reach as many people as possible about what you have to offer, starting with your own sphere of influence.
While the big launch will get you quite a few sales, in the beginning, your work isn’t quite done yet. Going forward you want to continue to promote and market your product. Email your list about it regularly.
Link to it from new blog posts that you write where it fits. If you have an affiliate program in place, remind affiliates to continue to recommend the product to their audience. As you come out with other products or even lead magnets, recommend the original product within the content and on the download page.
In other words, keep spreading the word about what you’ve created, and you will continue making sales for months and years to come.
Defining The Target Audience For Your Info Product
You’re thinking of creating a digital information product. Great idea, but before you sit down to work on content creation, it’s important to define your target audience and do what you can to make sure you’ll come up with something they want and need.
You don’t want to put weeks of hard work into creating an info product that no one wants to buy.
Your product creation process then begins with your target market. You don’t even need to think about what type of product in what format and on what topic you may want to create. Your first job is to become very clear on who your target market is, what it’s comprised of, and what motivates the people that make up the said market.
Because at the end of the day you’re dealing with real people who have to like and trust you to open their wallets for what you have to offer them.
A good starting place is to define your particular niche. You’re not just in the online marketing, weight loss, finance, or personal fitness niche.
You have to be more specific. Better examples would be Facebook marketing for local businesses, low carb diets for post-menopausal women, getting out of debt with personal budgets, or personal fitness for pregnant women.
You don’t need or want to be everything for everyone. You’ll do much better by offering specific advice to a particular target market. It will make your life much easier going forward because you’ll know exactly who these people are and what they are looking for.
Your next step is to define your target market and the people it’s made up of. Who are they? What’s their gender, age, income? Where do they live, what do they do for work and fun? Where do they hang out online? What’s their most urgent problem and how can you help them solve it?
These are all good questions to ask. Spend some time to dig deep and learn as much as you can about your future customers. It’s some of the best time you’ll spend when it comes to growing your business and creating profitable information products.
Last but not least, create an avatar or an image of your ideal customer. Be as detailed as possible. Create a vivid picture of this person. Give him or her a backstory and flesh out this imaginary character that represents the people in your target audience.
With that firmly in place, you’re ready to create your first info product. Create it for your avatar. Write or speak directly to this person both in the content that makes up your product and the marketing materials.
Do that, and you’ll significantly improve the chances of creating a digital information product that sells well and for months and years to come.
For many, the idea of earning a living online is what they would consider being ‘the dream’. If you can earn all your income online, then you can work from any environment that you find comfortable, you can stop taking long commutes into work and you can choose your own working hours. Working online gives you total freedom and flexibility and at the same time, allows you to scale your business to any extent you like.
But the problem is making the leap and transitioning to making money purely online. Most of us will need to spend our days doing our regular 9-5 job, which means we only have a couple of hours in the evening in which to work on our own projects.
What’s more is that many businesses require some kind of financial investment – an investment that many of us won’t be able to afford – and they require a basic understanding of the web.
So, the question is: how does a busy business person transition to a point where they can make a full-time living online?
The key is to set out not to quit your day job and start living the internet marketing dream, but instead simply to make a little extra side income. In other words, keep your objectives modest to begin with and that way you can then scale up gradually in order to reach the point where you’re able to give up your day job.
You may not have time in the evenings to create a full-scale business, but you probably do have time to make a few blog posts or to sell a few items of stock. If your keep your business small, then you only need a few hours.
Likewise, you can avoid needing a big investment this way. For example, if you are reselling a product, then you’ll only need to invest in a small amount of inventory to begin with (maybe $100 worth) because you wouldn’t have time to sell more anyway. Then if those items sell successfully, you simply reinvest the profit back into a bigger order of stock.
Beginning the Transition
This also means that there is no reason to take a big plunge and quit your day job. There’s no reason to risk losing your income and having nothing to replace it because you’re just doing this as a hobby in the evenings. But trust me – earning an extra $30 a week even can make quite a big difference to your lifestyle and is incredibly rewarding.
Then, if things seem to be going well, you could consider working one day of the weekend. Or perhaps you could negotiate working a 4 day week. Maybe consider leaving your job and taking part-time work too.
Only as the business starts to grow do you need to consider working less for your current job and that way you can make the transition seamlessly and without needing to take any big, reckless risk!
When you are trying to build a successful social media page that will help to sell your products and build you a big following, what’s important is to try and ‘sell the dream’.
So what does that mean? It means focusing on you value proposition.
A value proposition meanwhile is the way in which your product or your service can change people’s lives for the better. What is it that people should get from your product if all goes well? The old saying goes that you don’t sell hats, you sell warm heads!
This is to say that people don’t buy hats because they want to wrap fabric around their heads – they buy them for an end goal that will make life a little more comfortable. Your product and your service are more than the sum of their parts.
The Emotional Hook
This is even more important when what you’re selling has an ‘emotional hook’. The ideal example here is the ‘Make Money Ebook’. This is just a PDF with lots of words, which in itself doesn’t offer that much value.
So the value proposition is tied to what those words can do for the person. And of course this means that you’re going to help your readers to become richer.
More than that, you’re going to help them end the stress of debt and you’re going to help them to be more attractive to the opposite sex. They can go on lots of holidays and buy nice watches that make them feel more confident!
That’s the emotional hook and if you were trying to sell the product on a sales page, that’s what you’d focus on.
In social media, you don’t want to be so ‘on the nose’. Instead, your objective will be to focus on the lifestyle that is associated with the product you’re selling and to promote this through your channel.
How to Sell the Lifestyle
So how might you do this? A quick look on Instagram will quickly show you how people are selling fitness products and clothing: they do it by creating a lifestyle and sharing images and videos of themselves working out, or just looking generally attractive in their clothes.
And this helps to gain them followers who want that lifestyle and who want to live vicariously. And it also generates a lot of sales – more effectively than any on-the-nose marketing attempt!