How to Use Videos to Drive Traffic to Your Website

Videos-How ToWhether you own a website for business or personal use, videos can be huge for bringing the outside-never before been to your market, to your website. There was a time when having a video on your website was a challenge to make, somewhat expensive, and time-consuming. But my how times have changed! With the emergence of social media sites and tools, video creation and use can be quite simple, inexpensive, and a lot of fun. Here are just a couple of ways to use videos to drive traffic to your business or personal site.

How to Create Videos That Guarantees Traffic to Your Site.

With a computer webcam, camcorder, or your mobile, create very short videos and save them to your hard drive. There are even software that will allow you to extract video footage from a video cassette at a small cost. How can this be accomplished?

How to Install Videos From A Video Camera to Your Computer.

One way is get the StashBox-a video editing application from StashSpace.Com that is very easy to use and has a great import directly from your camcorder option. The application is free. Go to http://www.stashspace.com and sign-up for an account (Free and Paid account levels). Then on the my account tab click on the StashBox icon. Their record directly from camcorder feature is very intuitive. They also have great pick up the phone customer support in case you need any help.
Also you can send your video tapes to StashSpace to be transferred into a digital format (only $7 tape). You can edit the video online or receive your video back on data DVD or portable hard drive.

How to Use YouTube.

1. You must first sign up for a free YouTube membership to upload videos. With your membership, you will also be able  to do things like create viewing playlists and comment on other videos.
2. To get started, the first thing you should do is click on the “Upload ” icon in the upper right corner of the YouTube home page.
3. Once you’ve lo-gin in , you’ll be able to begin the two-step video upload process. First, you’ll need to provide some information about the video you’re uploading.
4. On the next page, you’ll be able to upload your video file and specify the privacy settings (public or private): If you’d like to only select people you invite to be able to view your videos, choose “Private.” Otherwise, if you’d like anyone in the world to be able to view your videos, you should select the “Public” option.
5. To upload your video, press the “Browse” button to locate the video file on your computer and then press the “Upload Video” button:
Once you’re video has been uploaded, You Tube will automatically create an embedded code to copy and paste it to your website. Just click on the “Share” button and simply copy the code and paste it where your site ask for the code on your website dashboard.

Why Videos Draws Traffic.

There are many video tools and website to use besides YouTube. Vimeo.com and Tubemogul.com are also popular video sites to upload and share not just your own videos but theirs also. Remember that videos are SEO friendly-especially YouTube since it is owned by Google. Google loves websites that use videos and gives you a plus score when ranking your site.
Since it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so are good use of videos. Just keep in mind that the shorter your video the more effective it is.

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6 Ways to Determine If Need a VA to Manage Social Media?

Virtual AssistantThis is a follow-up to an earlier post entitled “What Is A Social Media Virtual Assistant?”

 

 

A good question that I am frequently asked-but before I answer, as a business owner, you will need to determine a few things to set a solid foundation for your social media plan.

1) Solid Marketing Plan? Do you have a solid marketing plan?  NOT just social media,which is still the foundation and fabric of your outreach. Remember, social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Comeoninside.com are all TOOLS). Just like in a tool box, some tools are more effective for some projects than others.
My biggest heartbreak is to see an overwhelmed business owner who thinks they “have” to be on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and YouTube all at the same time. The dirty little secret is, not all social media platforms are good for all businesses. Truthfully, if you are promoting a message to the wrong  Twitter followers for example, how much valuable time would you be wasting?

2) Social Media Platforms List. Make a list of the social media platforms you currently have a profile on (i.e. Facebook Fan Page, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, Come on inside, etc.) This will help you determine if you want to continue on these platforms.

3) Social Media Time. How much time are you or your team spending ENGAGING on these platforms? Not just pre-posting or “pushing” your info, but genuinely interacting with your Facebook fans, Linkedin connections, Twitter followers, etc?

4) Social Media Presence. How much time do you WANT to spend on any given platform? What type of engagement do your client desire? What type of relationship are your clients asking from you?

5) Determine Time Needed. Once you have a determination of the amount of TIME needed, then you will know if a social media  assistant is a good fit.
Your time has to be worth something. Just like you are an expert in your field, your Social Media VA would be the same managing your online campaigns for you.

Based on approved guidelines the Social Media VA would be responsible for:
•Connecting with various types of professionals
•Updating content and making sure the content is linked with appropriate keywords, seo, etc.
•Distributing blogs and events to various locations. A lot of work.
•A good social media assistant or manager will give you statistics on what your social media plan is achieving. Platforms include but not limited to: Facebook Fan Pages, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, etc.

I would recommend that a Social Media VA only answers or responds to people on your behalf, with the business owner’s consent. Some business owners will want to reply to negative conversations themselves, let’s say on Facebook or Twitter for example, or some will  leave that entirely up to you. So it’s good to have an experience or trained Social Media Manager to help you, if that being the case.

6) Your Time’s Value in Dollars. Once you know the amount of time your company is spending on relating in social media, you figure out the cost to your business for those hours. If your team used those hours in a different area of your business – how much more successful will you be? That dollar figure is your new “marketing” budget for a Social Media Virtual Assistant. Their hourly rates will vary depending on location or specialty, from about $40 to $70/ hour. If you want expert results, then you will welcome an expert on your team as well.

By Angel Lebak of Virtual Assistant Social Media.com

Regardless if you hire a Social Media VA now or wait until your budget allows, social media management is quickly becoming a part of many companies marketing plans. So to be sure you have the accurate tools on hand to get the desired results, just click here for Contact information for RTJ Online-Social Media Assistant.

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