Producing Videos That Sell – Tip #07: Homemade Videos Are No Longer Charming

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Because the interest in video has continued to increase, many people attempt to shoot their own videos.

The problem?

Homemade videos are no longer charming. They present an amateur effort which reflects poorly on you.

It’s not a big leap to believe the quality of your video is likely equivalent to the quality of your offering. If you’re not willing to invest in your business, why should somebody invest in you?  Taken another way, your videos are your “best foot forward” when it comes to introducing yourself to your customers and prospects. Given that, if you’re not taking the effort to deliver the highest quality possible, many folks will equate that lack of effort to how you might treat them.

The challenge, of course, is cost and time.

You can easily spend $500 to several thousand dollars having a great video produced in a professional studio. And then when your video(s) are complete, it can take days or weeks to get the video in your hand.

The good news? This is a problem we solve.

For an unbelievably low monthly Membership fee, you can create as many videos as you’d like during your session.  And when your session is complete, you receive all your videos. . .right then and there.

Amateur videos reflect poorly on you, which hurts your credibility and ability to close business.

 

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Producing Videos That Sell – Tip #06: When Making Your Offer, DO NOT Focus on the Wrong Item

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If your offer was expressed as a mathematical expression, it would be:

OFFER = Delivery + Outcome

The vast majority of companies focus mostly on the delivery. . .that is, the things or activities which are delivered to a client. Your client, on the other hand, doesn’t care about the delivery.

They care about the OUTCOME.

The “ratio of importance” for the offer is 90/10, where 90% of your story should be about the outcome (or result) of working with you. 10% of you talk/video should be about how you’re going to make it happen.

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Producing Videos That Sell – Tip #05: Nobody Cares What You Do

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While it’s healthy to think of yourself as special, the truth is nobody cares what you do. They only care what you do for them. To the extent you focus less on what you do and more on the problem you solve, the effectiveness of your videos (and sales in general) increase.

I’ve said previously, you bond with people on their problems, not your solution. As I’ll discuss in an upcoming tip, it is the outcome that your present, whether it removes pain (“German Shepherd”) or increases pleasure (“Gold Medal”), that folks care about.

If you are unable to clearly define the problems your customers face, thereby demonstrating you understand the issues they face, you become “functionally equivalent” to all the other companies in your market which focus on what they (and you) do.

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Producing Videos That Sell – Tip #04: Address the ‘Alternative Solution’

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After speaking about the problem a prospect faces, you must also address what a prospect has done in the past to fix it. We call this the “alternative solution”. In the three-step story-building process with which we guide all CO-OP Members, this second step is meant to subtly poison the competition. Skipping this step implies you have no competition, which is unlikely.

Interestingly, the number one alternative solution that every business faces is the status quo. . .that is, the decision to make no decision. However, as any Rush fan knows, those who choose not to decide still have made a choice. And a choice to do nothing is a sales lost.


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Producing Videos That Sell – Tip #03: All Videos Should Do One of Two Things

When visiting most high-end video studios, you’ll spend a lot of time hearing about their super-fancy equipment. What you won’t hear is what their videos are meant to accomplish.

It’s not about “likes” or “views” or “retweets” or any of that nonsense. For a video to be successful, it MUST either make you money or motivate people to take action on your behalf (or both).

This understanding moves the discussion from the technical aspect of video production (which is expected to be at a professional level) into a sales and marketing discussion. Without a strong idea of your “call to action”, or what your trying to accomplish from a business perspective, video production becomes more of an ego boost and less of an income boost.

Your videos should either make you money or motivate people to take action on your behalf. (Or both.)

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Producing Videos That Sell – Tip #02: Clients and Prospects are Only Motivated by Two Things.

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Doubling your benefits doubles your value. Instead of struggling to figure out what motivates a prospect, you can take any list of benefits and apply a “Gold Medal” and “German Shepherd” to it.

While some people are motivated by positive reward (Gold Medals) others are even more motivated by the reduction of problems or pain (German Shepherds). Recognizing this fact will double the reasons to do business with you. When speaking of a benefit, you can ensure 100% of your audience will connect with your story by positioning both a Gold Medal and German Shepherd outcome. And for those prospects motivated by both?

A home run.

This form of positioning has been around a long time. Remember these:

  • Miller Beer:
    Tastes Great (GM). Less Filling (GS).
  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo:
    Gentle on hair (GM). No more tears (GS).

This type of positioning has been around a long time because it works. Bottom line? Always positive is not always the most production.

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Producing Videos That Sell – Tip #01: Claiming Your Own Credibility

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When a prospect watches your videos for the first time, you start with near-zero credibility. To try and solve that, most people begin by claiming their own credibility. We call this the “drunk guy at the party” syndrome.

You’re at a party, and a drunk guy comes up to you. He begins spewing all the things he does, and how much money he makes, and all the people he works with, and, “oh by the way here’s my card”.

What do you want to do? If you’re me, you want to run to the bar.

Guess what? Most websites and videos behave exactly like the drunk guy at the party.

Credibility must be earned. Instead of beginning your videos with some statement of self worth, recognize you bond with people on their problems, not your solution. To the extent you are able to accurately describe the issues facing your prospects, you immediately reduce the natural tendency people have to distrust, or “push back” on what you have to say.

You bond with people on their problems, not your solution.

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Royalty Free Music for Your Talk Show

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About 30% of VEGAS VIDEO CO-OP Members are using their Membership to produce full-blown talk shows.  A very important component to the pre-production process we take our Members through is the selection of music.

Along with the overall graphics used for the show (lower thirds, logos, etc.), the music plays a critical role in setting the overall tone and mood for your talk show.  This is why the style and quality of your music are so important to creating a great first impression.

The CO-OP uses a variety of royalty-free music sites for its music. What used to cost $500/year now can cost $35/forever!

Royalty Free Music Sites

  • Music Bakery – This is our go-to site for music.  Much of the music used on the Vegas Video Network and for several of the CO-OP shows are from this website.
  • iStockPhoto / Pond5 – You wouldn’t expect a stock video/photo website would also carry music, but both iStock and Pond5 have a nice selection of music. Inside Medicine (see image above) got its music from iStock.
  • Free Play Music – This website has been around for quite some time. Good quality, but pricey.
  • Musync – One of the first royalty-free music sites we worked with.
  • Premium Beats – Just came on our radar. Good site, good pricing.

 

Want more?  CO-OP Member Dave Courvoisier wrote a blog post titled, “50+ Royalty-Free Stock Music Sites”.

(If you have a favorite royalty free music website, let us know and we’ll add it to the list!)

How to Create a Video-Centric Website

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As more and more folks begin adding video to their websites, a simple question pops up:

Is that all I really need to do?

As many folks have discovered, it’s not enough to just start adding videos to your website. The problem we’re seeing is that while the motivation to add video is good, the implementation is troubled.  Primarily, this is caused by websites that were not initially designed to leverage the value of video.

The intent of your video can be any of the following:

  • Humanizing your website
  • Demonstrating credibility without claiming it
  • Shortening the sales cycle
  • Separating yourself from the competitive herd, and
  • Giving voice to your business, ideas and talent

With the goal being either to make you more money or motivate people to take action on your behalf. 

In order to best position your videos to do that, it stands to reason that you have to ensure your videos are in the best position to be seen! Pigeon-holing a video on a website that wasn’t designed with a video presence in mind typically leads to the video being overlooked.

Which is not a feature.

VEGAS VIDEO CO-OP Members LASIK of Nevada was faced with this issue. 

Dr. Rothman and his staff understands the power of video.  However, their previous website was not designed to take advantage of the video content they were preparing to produce.  Their previous website did an outstanding job in providing content and delivering a strong search engine optimized experience, but a great video platform it was not.

It’s important to note that LASIK of Nevada understands that video isn’t just about, well, video. There must be a purpose. For example, their new website (see above) has three prominent video areas on their home page:

  1. Is LASIK Right for You?
  2. I LOVE My LASIK!
  3. Media Spotlight

Theses three video-centric areas of the site were design with a very specific sales objective in mind:

  1. Pre-emptively handle sales objections
  2. Demonstrate momentum
  3. Position Dr. Rothman as a well known and respected expert

In other words, it’s not about using video because it’s “cool”. It’s about using video as a means of helping their visitors better understand what is possible.

PodWorx, the parent company of the VEGAS VIDEO CO-OP, developed LASIK of Nevada’s new website. It was designed to visually draw visitors to the “human-enabling” portions of the website so that a visitor would be immediately put at ease. 

But it’s not just about video.

PodWorx also focused heavily on effective SEO techniques and providing easy access to areas that are particularly popular with visitors (free consultation, free self exam, location information).  To date, the feedback on the website and videos has been outstanding and the increase in call-to-action success has been rewarding.

Video Tip #03: What to Write in Your YouTube Description

When it comes to any social media platform, whether Twitter, Facebook, Pintrest or YouTube, I believe the underlying goal is always the same:

Drive traffic to your website.

Retweets, likes, re-pins?  They are nice and an ego boost*, but they don’t, in and of themselves, drive revenue.

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