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Video is a powerful medium and when you create and promote your own they can be used as an additional marketing channel for your business. It’s also a unique and simple way to get a powerful message across to your audience and persuade and encourage potential or existing customers.
If you are new to Schema.org markup, you are not alone. Schema.org is a joint project between Search Engine giants Google, Bing, Yahoo! and Yandex so it is fast becoming an important addition to your website to help your content get indexed.
In summary it provides clear structured information to the search engine spiders about rich content such as events, people, places, products, reviews and media content. A full list of current Schema.org types can be found here.
The latest YouTube updates brought with them a completely redesigned user channel layout. This means you now have different options to style and customise your channel. In this post I am going to run through the entire YouTube channel setup and customisation process using the new YouTube interface for those that have not set up a channel yet. You can skip to step 3 if you already have an existing channel.
When the idea that Koozai would start producing digital marketing videos came up, we immediately started thinking big. We wanted our videos to be of professional quality but without the professional costs. Luckily we had already experimented with video in the past and we had a couple of softbox lights, a HD camcorder and a wired clip on mic in storage at Koozai HQ.
If you hadn’t heard the recent news, US authorities shut down the hugely popular MegaUpload video sharing website on 19th January 2012. It had about 150 million registered users, making it one of the most popular file sharing sites on the internet. It was accused of costing £320million in lost revenues on copyrighted material. However the majority of users had been using the service for legitimate uses include high performance video hosting.
Having been one of the last few in the office to be legitimately shown the new YouTube updates, I didn’t get straight into trying them out, so for many this blog post might feel like old news. However I thought I’d still put together a list of some features that I think are worth explaining further and how you can use them to improve your YouTube experience.
YouTube is technically the world’s second largest search engine with millions of users searching the website each day. Exposing your brand or product to these people is now easier than ever and your options are as varied as you could ever possibly require.
Do you want to quickly edit, rotate, adjust, stabilise or add a soundtrack to your published video footage? YouTube’s new edit option provides quick access to a comprehensive list of Quick Fixes, Effects and Audio.
It’s easy to access this new feature, simply click on the edit video button on the video player page or from within your uploaded videos list. The editor interface is gloriously simple and tools are categorised into tabs for quick fixes, effects and audio.
Picture the scene: You have something great to share with the world. You put in the effort and record a sensational video. You hover over the ‘submit’ button before finally releasing your content to the Internet, for all to see! 5 days and 10 views later you’re a bit annoyed that your sweat, blood and tears hasn’t gone viral. Surely this video was better than ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’? Well, great content is half of the work. Here’s the other half… Read more
You might be someone who has now got the kit, uploaded your first few videos and done a bit of promotion of your videos via social media. But how do you take your videos to the next level? There is no need to complete a video training course or buy lots of books, both of the major video hosting sites offer great tutorials and resources for free!
For over a week now I’ve had something called Cosmic Panda enabled when I visit YouTube. Despite its catchy but pointless name, it is essentially a ‘theme’ to enhance the way the YouTube website is displayed. The Grey/White/Black colours with a large helping gradients make it fit in with current website design trends, but let’s look at some of the changes to its usability.