2014 is shaping up to be the year of the whiteboard video. Several new tools have come out to make creating this type of video easier, but the challenge remains
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Several fun and relatively easy online tools came out this year for creating sketch and whiteboard videos. You can use them for commercials, explainer videos and more , but you'll need to figure out how to craft an effective visual story on your own.
Did you know that 90% of the information your brain receives is visual? Or that blog posts with images tend to get 94% more views?
Using images isn’t the only strategy you can employ to get more traffic. Increasing your word count can help too. Blog posts that contain 3,000 to 10,000 words, on average, get 8,859 social shares.
To show you how you can gain more traffic through content creation, I’ve created an infographic that breaks down all the strategies you need to follow. From increasing readability to gaining more social shares, the steps in this infographic will help you increase your traffic...
Excellent article about video storytelling. A good producer should start by discussing the story you want to tell - what do you want viewers to think, feel or do from watching your video? What's the overarching message you're trying to convey? Then the discussion should turn to deciding the content of the interviews and the visual components and how they'll support the story you want to tell. Pre-production planning should generally take twice as long as the shoot itself. Just because someone has the technical skills to shoot and edit video does not mean they know how to tell a compelling story with video.
Social media monitoring tools are essential business elements that every business should do in running their day to day activities. These tools are of great significance as they help in identifying customer’s response, data analysis and coming up with business marketing strategies. Here are 30 top social media monitoring tools that you need to try as a social media manager, marketing manager or even as a project manager....
LinkedIn is the social network of choice for many businesses and entrepreneurs. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn is all about business. It is THE place where beneficial partnerships are the most likely to happen. But how, you ask? Read on. Here are 9 tips to get you started on the right track.
“There are a lot of smart business leaders out there. They come up with brilliant products, develop amazing technologies and help customers solve their most complex problems.”
Via Karen Dietz
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I write video scripts and help clients with on camera presentation so I am always writing for the spoken word. I will look at their copy full of what I call 50-cent words, corporate speak and jargon and ask, would you say that? This short article can help writers use that more natural communication style as well
Wrangling in new patients is difficult in areas with competitive healthcare. This is especially true for specialty clinics and small hospitals that are dwarfed by large hospitals, though there are strategies via social medical marketing that can help boost your local exposure.
As everyone knows, having a strong online presence is a necessity for every industry. Marketing teams over the last few years have researched and developed strategies for generating likes, shares, followers, and other Web disciples to no avail, largely because theInternet is always changing. Simply put, every online strategy needs to be unique based on a business’ personality. As a healthcare specialist, you need to find ways to ensure your online followers know that you are an authority in your field and a practice they can trust.
Building up a reputation as an expert with social medical marketing is easy with the right approach. Firstly, you need to develop a strong social media presence by securing accounts on LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and any other platform you think will help. Not only do these allow you to share information and stay in touch with patients, you are also taking control of your practice’s (your brand’s) name. Even if you decide to leave one account alone because you’re not seeing results, you can always go back to it later.
Next, you need to fill your profiles full of information that makes it easy for patients to find out who you are, what you do, and where your practice is located. This links back to branding basics; you need to develop a marketing platform, brand imagery, and messaging that relays info back to your patients that is easy to understand. Stay consistent throughout your profiles, too, in order to reduce any confusion.
Incentivizing Social Media Having media accounts is useless without followers. Few patients have a reason to follow their doctor on Facebook — it’s up to you to convince them otherwise. Start by asking patients to like your pages and profiles (put your info on a business card, perhaps?) and even incentivize the process with deals. Or, if you’re really into making a splash in the online community, send patients information via social media about upcoming appointments and health information they may find informative. The same idea applies to emailed newsletters, text message appointment times, and other reminders.
Visualizations Marketers have found that people react better to bright, attractive imagery rather than boring blocks of Web text. When you’re making posts or publishing blogs on social media, accompany them with multimedia like videos, infographics, and images. People are more likely to halt their newsfeed scrolling if they come across something that pops off the page. Think visual when you start out on your campaign and find pictures and graphs that accurately reflect your information.
Website Linking Websites are like secondary storefronts for modern businesses. In terms of social medical marketing, link to and from your website with your social profiles and keep it stocked full of new, original, and accurate information about your practice and the healthcare industry. As mentioned, the best marketing campaigns set you up as a professional authority in a field. Writing pamphlets, articles, and blogs can help support this idea — all you have to do is link them through to your website.
Enlisting the Masses It would be impossible for you, a busy doctor or healthcare professional, to do all of this on your own. Instead, enlist help from your staff and other experts. Did you get a new x-ray machine? Call up a radiologist and have them write up a few hundred words that you then publish on your website. Don’t be afraid to try new things, either; sometimes the most successful strategies are the ones no one has ever tried before.
Going Forward The most important thing to do is to keep at it. Don’t give up if you don’t have every Facebook follower in town; focus instead on the long-term goal of creating an online brand and presence. Healthcare is a difficult, competitive field on the Internet. It is your job, and you should employ social medical marketing in order to support your practice as an authority and to provide patients with information.
When you’re creating useful, actionable, epic content, everyone deserves to see it.
So how do you get your hard work and effort seen by the largest audience possible?
We’ve considered that question often at Buffer, as we try to maximize our content so it reaches the people who need it. There are certain strategies you can put into place for spreading your content far and wide, and there are a good number of tools that can help these strategies run super smooth. Here are the tools we use (and the strategies we love)....
Twitter is a fascinating adventure of relationships, entertainment, education, and fun. Now imagine layering on a few dozen powerups.That’s how it feels sometimes when you find just the right Twitter tool. And there’s a tool for practically every desire or whim.Tools for productivity, for efficiency, for research, and so much more. With such a generous API, Twitter tools have become legion—and we social sharers are better off for it.
At Buffer, we tend to come across a fair share of social media tools. We’ve collected a great bunch to share with you! Here are all the tools we’ve found helpful and many more that we’re excited to try. If there’s a free Twitter tool out there, you’re likely to find a mention here in our list. ...
According to GetResponse blogger Marya Jan, creating quality content requires that you infuse the unique, mutual personality characteristics of businesses and their customers into whatever gets written.
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A cold unfriendly corporate image can repel would-be customers. Good ideas for humanizing your business brand.
Google+ seems to be an enigma in the social world, the quiet kid in the corner of the room that most are afraid to interact with. This is particularly so in marketing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, Google+ can be friendly and a resource with amazing results when a respective marketer learns how to utilize it in the right manner.
Google+ is all about visibility, exponentially so when it comes to B2B campaigning. Learning about Circles, Communities, Influencers and Authorship is the first key to G+ B2B domination. You’ll also need to be prepared to:
• Keep Up With Your Plus Stream
• Share Content Daily
• Reach Out to Influencers
• Use Google Hangouts
• Use Communities
• Monitor Follower Growth
Need more details? No sweat! This infographic below will have you on track to G+ B2B marketing success....
The social network also generates more traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined. And when it comes to money per click, Pinterest generates 27 percent more money than Facebook and 400 percent more than Twitter. Because of these numbers, you have no choice but to leverage Pinterest.
And to show you how can you use Pinterest to promote your business, the folks at Emerchantbroker have created a nifty infographic called "How To Become a Pinterest Warrior" that breaks down everything you need to know about the visual based social network - Pinterest.v
As a remote team of 12, we’ve come to depend on Google Hangout video calls for our weekly standup meetings. The tool is free, quick to access and familiar to everyone on the team. Though like any other video conferencing software, Hangouts comes with hangups.
Can you hear me?
Can you invite my other Gmail account?
If you use Hangouts, you’ve been there (or soon will be there). And when that day comes you’re googling incessantly looking for the answer. Hopefully, you’ll need to search no more.
The following Google Hangout video call guide shows you how to get started, invite participants, record a call, collaborate over a Google Doc and more....
Do you know that YouTube is the top 2 search engine in the world? Every day, 100 million people around the world watch an online video, and by 2017, videos will make up 74 percent of all internet traffic! Further, more than half of marketing professionals see the best results when they include that visual format in their content strategy.