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Online Video Marketing Basics Part 3 - Self-Produce or Hire A Professional?

Online Video Marketing Basics Part 3   Self Produce or Hire A Professional?

Once you've made the decision to get involved in online video, and picked the video style that you think fits both your personality and your goals, it's time to start thinking about production.  And in online video production, there are really only two choices:  self-produce, ...

What Does A Viral Video Cost and How Do You Make One?

What Does A Viral Video Cost and How Do You Make One?

When speaking of viral marketing for brands and businesses, the two questions I hear most frequently are "how much do online videos or viral videos cost?" and "what are the steps involved?" Pricing can vary depending on quite a few factors and there really is ...

Online Video Marketing Basics: Part 2 – Choosing A Video Style

Online Video Marketing Basics: Part 2 – Choosing A Video Style

This is Part 2 of our ongoing series entitled Online Video Marketing Basics.  You may wish to first read Part 1,  which dealt with the question of why you should even want to get involved in online video, laying out a laundry list of valid ...

In-Depth Look At YouTube Closed Captions - YouTube SEO and More

In Depth Look At YouTube Closed Captions   YouTube SEO and More

A few weeks back, I mentioned that YouTube and Google were indexing YouTube's closed captions and subtitles. In fact, YES - both Google and YouTube ARE indexing videos for text that is contained within closed captions and subtitles. In this post, I would like show ...

Online Video Marketing Basics: Part 1 - The Case for Online Video and Why You Should Get Involved

At ReelSEO, we love video. We love making it, watching it, marketing it, and writing about it.  And we have all kinds of readers.  Some are polished experts that—quite frankly—sometimes know more than we do about a particular aspect of online video.  Some are intermediate ...

How To Optimize YouTube Videos - YouTube Optimization Tips

How To Optimize YouTube Videos   YouTube Optimization Tips

Last week I had the privilege of speaking, along with Lane Shackleton of YouTube, at the Dallas Fort Worth Search Marketing Association. The topic was YouTube - why YouTube, and how to market YouTube videos, optimize YouTube videos, and advertise video content on YouTube so ...

Get Rolling With WebM Video - VP8 Encoding Tools for WebM

Get Rolling With WebM Video   VP8 Encoding Tools for WebM

So Google wrapped up Vorbis and VP8 into WebM and is offering it as open source to help drive a fully open standard for media online including video. Nearly everyone and their brother have jumped on board (except Intel, who said they will consider it ...

How To View and Analyze YouTube Statistics for Any Video

How To View and Analyze YouTube Statistics for Any Video

If you are an avid YouTube user, then you are likely already familiar with YouTube's video analytics functionality, YouTube Insight. YouTube Insight will provide you with information on how many people have viewed your video(s), what part of the world they are in, where views originated ...

Online Video More Popular Than Pie (Maybe) and Voting

I like pie. I'm sure a lot of you like pie. I also like online video, I'm sure you like online video as well, or else you wouldn't be reading this now would you? But who reigns supreme in the pie vs. Online video war? ...

Google: To All Video Publishers - Get Your Google Video Sitemaps Ready

Google: To All Video Publishers   Get Your Google Video Sitemaps Ready

Last week, at the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle, I had the pleasure of meeting Matt Cutts, Principal Engineer and head of Google's web spam team.  Matt is a well-known figure in the SEO community and often advises the public on how to get better visibility ...

Quick Tip: How To Get YouTube Thumbnail Images

Quick Tip: How To Get YouTube Thumbnail Images

The other day, when I was editing the weekly viral video roundup post, it occurred to me that it would be nice to display a thumbnail image for the post, taken from one of the videos in his review.  I thought I'd write a short post to show you ...

Video Keyword Research - SEO Basics for Video and Beyond – Part I

Video Keyword Research   SEO Basics for Video and Beyond – Part I

We spend a ton of time on this site talking about video SEO.  And with good reason.  Video is on a meteoric rise that shows no signs of stopping—heck, YouTube took 4.5 years to reach a billion views a day, and then doubled it in ...

HOW TO: Create A Call To Action In Small Business Video

HOW TO: Create A Call To Action In Small Business Video

One of the topics of discussion in my last post, 5 Ways Small Businesses Can Succeed on YouTube, was the importance and challenge of creating a call to action (CTA) in your video that engages customers and stands out from the other CTAs in the ...

Steve Jobs' Flash Dance - Contradicts Self On Reasons for No Flash for Apple Mobile Platforms

Steve Jobs Flash Dance   Contradicts Self On Reasons for No Flash for Apple Mobile Platforms

Two big A's continue their row. The latest round was fired by Apple CEO, Steve Jobs in a lengthy blog post entitled 'Thoughts on Flash.' No it's not some new memory technique or a way to save your childhood before old age strips you of ...

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Take Advantage of YouTube

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Take Advantage of YouTube

We all know that YouTube is the number 2 search engine on the Web in terms of query volume.  It sounds impressive, but what does that mean for local businesses trying to reach customers? After all, aren't most of the 13+ billion clips watched each ...