This week ReelSEO dominates the news for the online video world! We're excited to launch the Sucky Video Awards, which is going to be fun and educational for all of us!
We also released a brand new white paper last week titled, "Online Video 101 for Small Business: A Beginner's Guide to Promote Your Company, Engage Prospects, and Acquire Customers." It's written by our good friend, Kevin Nalty, or Nalts, as he's known on YouTube. It's full of great content to help any business know how to effectively use online video to promote services, products, or even branding, including what to do and what not to do.
We also talk a little bit about the new design that was released last week for Xbox Live. Does anyone else think it looks like Windows Mobile 7? I'm not sure I like that, but I'll get used to it and it'll be fine. Xbox Live now features apps, including several new streaming video apps from Hulu, Netflix, and ESPN. There's no YouTube app yet, but it's coming and as long as they include subscriptions, I'll be happy.
The New Xbox Live, A Sucky Video Awards Contest, & More
YouTube is still on a spree of updating their design because now the Video Manager has been redesigned, as well. The new "Enhancements" option is the most interesting change to me.
Oh, and sorry for the quirky personality in this video! I shot it late at night when I was super tired. Hence the high-note squeak at the end. haha.
QUESTION: What do you think of the new YouTube Video Manager design, and why?
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This week on The Reel Web, we look at some of the design changes that YouTube has rolled out to its new video manager system. Also, Xbox has a whole new look and layout to their Xbox Live system and we want to give you guys a free e-book for your businesses and it's really good for so much more. But we're going to talk all about that this week on The Reel Web.
Hey guys, my name is Tim Schmoyer and welcome to another look at The Reel Web where every week we highlight some of the online video news from the week before. This week, we want to start with something that hasn't even been announced yet, actually. It's not news, we are making news right here together, isn't that exciting? Yeah, kinda. But it really is kind of exciting for us at ReelSEO.com because we are launching a brand new video contest submission thingy online called the Sucky Awards.
Really, all it is, is that you guys and other people on the web are going to submit the videos that you guys think are the most terrible, horrible, awful business videos that you can find on the internet. That includes videos that are maybe like commercials or maybe they're tutorials or maybe they're promotional in nature or whatever.
We just want to find the worst of the worst, the horriblest of the horriblest, if that's a word, and highlight them and feature them not just to make fun of them but in order that we all can learn together how to improve our online video skills for communicating a message, especially for business and marketing. How can we learn from these videos and do it better with our own content in the future?
Of course, we've got an award lineup for the suckiest video, plus, we're just randomly giving away prizes and awards to just random entries. So submit your video or go out there and find one that you think is really bad and let us know about it. We're going to collect all of those videos together and us at Reel SEO, we're going to pick the top 10, submit them to you guys and then the rest of you in the online video community vote for them, whichever one you think is the most horriblest. We're just going to keep going with that word. Although, I guess, suckiest is technically the right word to use for this.
We're also going to be giving away a lot of copies of Steve Stockman's new book called How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck. You'll find a link with more information about the Sucky Awards in the description below this video here on YouTube or at ReelSEO.com so go check it out.
Here at Reel SEO, we've just been dominating our own news show because we are also releasing a free white paper for all of you guys, it's free to download. It's called Online Video 101 for Small Businesses and it is just jam packed with tons of good information like how to use online video to really promote your product, your services, your brand. What are some things you should really do, what are some things you should really not do and avoid, how does online video play a role in your marketing strategies unlike any other piece that you could have as part of that puzzle?
And because, you know, it's written by Kevin Nalty, Mr. Nalts himself from YouTube, one of my favorite people of all time. Wow, that was a really good plug for Kevin, huh? You know it's credible, you know it's legit, you know it's reliable and it is really good content. So you'll find a link again in the description below this video here at YouTube or at ReelSEO.com where you can download that white paper completely free, we would love for you to have a copy so go get it.
And now to cover some non-Reel SEO news, Xbox Live released a huge update to their operating system and it made me think, am I looking at Windows Mobile 7? Everything just looks really boxy and squared and I'm not really a huge fan of the design of Windows Mobile so why would I want it on my TV? Give it some time, I'm sure it'll be fine and I'll get used to it but right now, I just don't want to feel like I have Windows Mobile on my TV.
Anyway with that aside, one of the things they added that's pretty cool is now you can have apps on Xbox Live and they've notably added a whole bunch of new video apps. Hulu Plus is there and that app has been rebuilt completely from the ground up so it's totally different than the previous Hulu Plus experience on Xbox Live. And there's a whole bunch of other video apps there but YouTube, where is it? That's the one I want anyway.
It says YouTube will be coming to Xbox Live sometime in the future, it doesn't say exactly when but at least I'm just glad that's on their radar that they're looking forward to it as long as they make sure they include the subscriptions feature because that's what I use the most, that's what I look for. Hopefully the YouTube app on Xbox Live will be more than just browsing top videos or most viewed or most favorite or whatever. I just really want to see the content I'm interested in.
And as if YouTube hasn't been rolling out enough design changes to their service this past week, last weekend they added yet another one, this one to the video manager that just completely redesigns the layout and the structure of the videos that you've uploaded to YouTube. I have already been seeing people complaining about what they don't like about it, how it's just so horrible, how they want to go back to the old way. I'd love to hear what you think, comment below and let me know what you think of the new design layout to the, what is it called? Video manager. And I personally like it, I think it looks good, I think it looks slick, I think it looks -- clean.
One of the most notable new things that they've added and I find it very interesting, is now from the drop down menu, you find a new link there called enhancements which really just goes to the video editor that they upgraded and really beefed up, I don't know, a couple of months ago. It looks like YouTube is trying to make it super simple -- is my hair messed up? -- for us to get used to editing, modifying and tweaking our own videos right there in their own system right in the cloud on YouTube.
We've already talked about the editing system in some previous episodes so I won't go into it too much today but just as a brief overview -- I can't get that out -- you can do some basic color corrections, you can clip and add and trim some clips, you can put in some new audio if you'd like and some just basic features like that. Perhaps one of the best things about this editor though is that you can tweak your video without losing any of its views, any of its ratings, any of its comments or anything like that. It all stays right intact and you can still change it.
And that's it for this week's look at the Reel Web, join me on Wednesday for a creator's tip video when I share with you guys how to make your channels really make a good, positive first impression to visitors here on YouTube. And of course, to get that content, you need to subscribe if you haven't already, so click that right there, give us a thumbs up if you found this video helpful, informative and all that kind of good stuff and again, comment below and let me know what you think about the new design layout changes to the video manager on YouTube. And I will see you all again well, Wednesday for creator's tip and then next week for another look at the Reel Web. Thanks for hanging out, guys. Bye.