The internet is built on video! Video has changed the way we capture, create and consume content from websites, blogs and social media. Fun fact: One of my first personal video cameras was a Flip Ultra HD when I was in middle school. The device allowed two hours of HD video, came with proprietary editing software, was battery-operated and cost less than $200. It was quite innovative at the time since smartphones weren’t equipped with HD video capabilities (or the space / speed required). Times have since changed and video capabilities are accessible by everyone. The fact that online video is a great way to connect with your audience and develop a following is undeniable.
We all turn to images where numbers or words can’t get the job done. The concept of storytelling through photographs is nothing new. Photographs are compelling content, and this basically explains the popularity behind image sharing services like Pinterest and Instagram. There is a saying, “A picture is worth 1000 words.” In contrast, I would imagine a video is worth 100,000 words *snickers*. Funny enough as a content creator and filmmaker, my emphasis was never on personal videos, being a vlogger or YouTuber per se. I used visual storytelling to promote companies and causes, but me? Meh. Not so much. I spend much more time behind the camera than in front of it. I named this post “filmmaker turns the lens,” because I literally had to shoot myself … with the camera, what did you think I was talking about?
Okay, story-time … recently, I was selected as a finalist for the Television Academy Foundation internship in Interactive Media (New Media / Social). This category blends my talents and interests because it’s a hybrid of photo, video, text, mobile, audio, social, animated-GIFs and EVERYTHING THAT SPARKLES. From what I hear, the candidates are selected by the same panel that pick Emmy winners. Nonetheless, I was super excited to even make the final round. Here’s the catch, one of the final requirements in request of consideration for the position is the completion of a web interview. When I tell you I had HireVue flashbacks … OMG. I hate it.
I learned something from the experience, though. I am never the subject of my own videos! I need to address this head-on and get as comfortable in front of the camera as I am behind it. In this week’s lecture, Professor Dunnington played a video clip from Amy Schmittauer. Her book, Vlog like a Boss is next up on my reading list.
Let’s get away from me being a deer-in-headlights while in front the camera for a moment and revisit the importance of video content. Below are a few highlights from two Dunnington lectures (on Digital Video and Vlogs, and Communicating with Images and Video in a Mobile and Viral World) and from David Meerman Scott’s The New Rules of Marketing and PR.
- Photos and videos resonate with your audience MUCH MORE than text
- People who write good captions and headlines improve SEO and capture good readership
- Use photos that support the text … and write text that support the photo.
- If you create an interesting story, others will share it for you.
- When an idea takes off online, it can catapult your brand.
- Find topics that interest you and pick subjects organically; don’t script things.
- Videos WILL HELP introduce people to your business.
- Use descriptive words (keywords) in file names.
I recently finished reading the David Meerman Scott book and wrote a review. Be on the lookout for that. I am also attending the screening for our film, Daughters of Solanas tonight at the Museum of Moving Image in New York. Bookmark my page and be on the lookout for updates. Take care.