So from Friday to Sunday I went to the first VidCon London .. and it was also my first VidCon too.
I am still recovering!
In case you don't know what VidCon is .. in their words: "VidCon US, VidCon AU, and VidCon LDN are the world’s largest events for fans, creators, executives, and brands who are passionate about online video and building diverse communities."
Pictured below ... my fans waiting for my autograph and a selfie. (Ok that's a joke!)
There were 3 tracks .. Community (fans), Creator and Industry. I went for the Creator option since Industry seemed more focussed on big brands and also the tickets were way cheaper :) £145 vs around £700 (without early bird)
The speakers were a mix of experts .. I heard from Facebook & Instagram staff, creators and more.
Downside .. You had to choose between one of three simultaneous sessions .. a little tricky to decide.
Overall it was great .. What was lacking? .. not much reference to building an email list with...
Time for a catch up in the world of Video Hero!
Switch to the SwitchPod?
Did you see this new Kickstarter project for a Vlogging tripod called the SwitchPod? (there it still an opportunity to back it!)
It's for holding your camera out in front of you as you Vlog, or putting down on a table, ground or wall etc. for steady shots on the go.
I own a bulky Gorilla Tripod similar to this one - but it is fiddly to set up quickly and can fall over when placed on a surface.
Yes - it's flexible but can be awkward .. so how about the SwitchPod ...
The SwitchPod (note: I haven't used one) .. looks slimline for slipping into your bag and pops up and down in a jiffy.
The downside? No adjustable head for altering the angles, or bendy legs to attach to a lamppost .. you could add your own ball head.
Possibly a little bit oversized for smartphone shooters? (as opposed to DLSR, mirrorless and compact camera users) .. though that doesn't worry me personally
Stories are the 'cats pyjamas' for Marketers right now.
And I've just been testing this new cloud based app for Creating slick looking Instagram + facebook stories called Storymate!
It's super easy to use .. and you also get a free Mobile App too that syncs with the stories you create for easy uploading to your Social Accounts.
Here is the template area when you login (just a partial snap)
Here's an open template ..
Just insert text .. then choose images from your drive or from thousands of images on Pixabay, next choose a music track and render/export an animated video for sharing ...
That's it .. you have created a Video Story .. (this is just a gif for email illustration purposes .. with Storymate you render an mp4)
Here's a view inside the Mobile App that syncs immediately with your desktop projects for saving to your Photos album & publishing via your Smartphone (iOS and Android App)
I suggest you check the reasons why you...
E-commerce and Video go hand in hand!
How so? Well Video is one of the best ways to show how your Products actually work, to capture testimonials and customers using them and to create Video Ads and stories for Social Media showcasing them in action.
Video simply works!
But what platform to choose to launch an E-commerce business with?
I have recently been demoing a brand new solution that is keenly priced - ideal if you want to keep your overheads low.
GrooveKart is a new all in one Shopify E-commerce competitor.
With GrooveKart you get several apps and selling tools that you would usually pay separately for with other platforms, these extras bump up your monthly fee before you even get going. Not so with GrooveKart!
Go study the page .. watch the DEMO and make your own mind up ..
Click Here >> GrooveKart!
If you decide to sign up to GrooveKart .. I am adding a Bonus!
Choose from ONE of the following:
1. Motion Hero Pack 1 (300 Motion Graphics for your Videos)...
There’s a big dividing line between Video hobbyists and Entrepreneurs who make Videos.
I have been watching some Gimbal Videos recently on YouTube and they seem high on eye candy but low on purpose.
Meaning .. knowing how to film pretty videos with a low cost gimbal is fun ... but you stay poor :)
What’s missing for me is how to apply these cool video tools at our disposal to magnify our message and reach as a Business Owner.
Let’s turn geekery into actual goals!
You see better videos can have a transformative effect on your Business.
With that in mind .. I just added a new course inside the Video Hero Membership called 'Gimbal Magic'!
If you don't know what a gimbal is .. here is a picture. This gadget keeps your iPhone super steady and helps you shoot Hollywood style Videos for a low cost.
My course is not specific to any one Gimbal - I mention several.
The beauty is .. I tailored the course to folks who make Business Oriented Videos and want to...
As you may know by now, I use Kajabi for this whole site and online business!
If you are thinking "WOW it's pricey!" .. you simply are NOT seeing the potential of selling your knowledge online via Video.
You are thinking too small, you are missing a huge & proven opportunity.
Here's my US$ sales inside my Kajabi dashboard, this past 3 days including today (so far I should add)!
So just those 3 days of income almost paid for one year of Kajabi!
Yes, it takes effort and application .. but it's possible if you really go for it!
Remember you can choose (if you want) to run your Kajabi site as an 'all in one' .. so NO need for separate expenses for ...
It's all included in Kajabi!
The saving is huge .. and having everything together plays...
This Video idea is flying .. it caught my imagination and I dived straight in!
It's called TXT Video. link to product
I signed up to test it myself! (Video above. Note: contest closed)
My thinking here .. Act quick .. get some Videos out there! (That's what I am doing!)
So what is TXT Video?
It's a simple way to create fun Text style conversations then export as a Video and publish (or include in other Videos you edit.) It's Cloud based, nothing to download (accept your final Videos!)
I think TXT Video will work great for:
On Wednesday I went to a Facebook event in London called 'Community Boost' and they shared amazing stats about how conversion rates on your site shoot up if folks have first interacted with you on Facebook...
Watch my Video above to discover how to make a super handy Progress Bar for your Instagram or Facebook Videos .. just like Gary Vee!
(Edited with ScreenFlow)
Update: Since I published this post, I brought out a Pack of Video Hero Square Video Wrappers that include easy to use Progress Bars! They work on pretty much ALL Mac and Windows editors.
So if you want to make Videos like Gary >> get the pack here.
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On a PC not a mac? You can do the same easily.
I recommend using Camtasia.
Before we get onto Drones ..
Did you watch the fight last night?
Did you pay for it? :)
KSI v Logan Paul I am talking about of course.
I am making no judgement here on the two individuals and whether YouTube should have banned Logan Paul after his terrible Japan Video.
BUT .. all I can say it that the Event was quite a phenomenon .. two YouTubers who built 18 million (!) or so subscribers each on the platform .. created a HUGE 'Pre-launch' buzz around a Live event using their Vlog channels and fans .. that crossed over to mainstream News Media and they monetized via Pay Per View on YouTube.
$10 a ticket with an estimated 800,000 people paying to watch the Live stream, 15,000 tickets sold to watch inside the stadium! ... That's a lot of $$$$$$$!
(Apparently another 1.2m watched pirated streams on Twitch and elsewhere)
To me this just embodied (albeit on a huge scale) the Power of building your own audience and interaction via Social Video and then charging for Premium Video!
Chuck (FB Local Video Ads Expert) recently shared this result from his Local Business Page in the Local Video Ad Hero Private group.
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Check the stats below ...
Imagine what 22k reach, 646 comments, 136 shares, 13.8k Views can do for your business or your Local clients!
(Hint: Running a Local FB Page in your area is a great way to build authority and win clients)
That's the power of low cost, super targeted FB Video Ads taught in the training.
So recently I had someone join us in Local Video Ad Hero 2.0 ... they explained they were really interested learning the Ads system at launch time but they didn't sign up due to other commitments.
Maybe you were in the same boat!
The timing is not always right ... anyway here's a fresh chance to grab the entire 9 Module course!
Here's the need to know: