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One of the quickest ways and possibly the easiest way to get boat loads of traffic to your website is through viral videos. You are probably wondering what a viral video is. Viral videos are the silly and short funny clips that you and all your friends send each other back and forth through email. Still not sure of what a viral video is… think YouTube because they thrive on viral videos.

Most viral videos are hilarious and goofy and on occasion very strange. But they are so compelling enough to make people want to share them with their friends, pass them on in emails so that they spread across the net like a wildfire. Thereby generating more traffic then you can imagine to a website… your website.

Viral videos are known and proven to be great ways to generate traffic. If you take a look at different sites that have made the small leap to including video you will see that their Alexa ranking has improved and they are getting more traffic than they did just a month before. “An individual so appropriately described viral videos as the “lingua franca of the new age”. The evolution of viral videos is definitely progressing and the proof is in the number of people that view these clips.”

You don’t need to hire a cast and crew to shoot these videos, which should be incredibly apparent based on the videos on YouTube. These viral videos can help you create the Brand of You, which is essential to Internet/network marketing. People are not going to do business with you because of your product, service or information. Ultimately they do business with you because of you.

Take a closer look at some of the videos on YouTube. Do you realize that a good majority of them are actually advertisements that you probably never would’ve seen had it not been for viral videos. “Some small time cheap videos on YouTube have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Viral videos are faster, better, and less expensive than the rest of the overburdened advertising world. Viral videos are the new wave of the future making YouTube the new MySpace.”

Much like social networking, which a network marketer really can no longer overlook, you can’t ignore the benefits of viral videos. They are not very hard to make, and the impact they will have on your site is, well… explosive.

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August 31, 2009 Posted by | Video Marketing | , , , | Leave a comment

Top Benefits of Video Marketing

The human factor is the only feature on which enterprises, whether on or offline, stand or fall. Entrepreneurs offer goods or services on sale to prospective clients, all of whom are humans. The quantity of money being transacted depends on the buyers’ perception of the goods and services; better perception means more money.

For an enterprise to succeed, you as entrepreneur will have to present or place it in viewing range of persons who are keen and ready to buy your goods or services. This sentence is very significant. Your sales pitch must be made in front of the eyes of those who want to buy such goods.

How does it work? Well, there are folks who are looking for things you’re offering to meet their various needs. If he sees your offer and likes it, it’s quite likely he’ll pay you money and become your “customer”. If this happens, it means you’ve successfully “marketed” your products.

There are several ways you can do good marketing. It depends on what your product is. For example, if it’s an automobile, you could offer test drives to hot prospects. Equivalent, your marketing could hinge upon offering the latter trial use on a restricted basis. That would convince him it’s just what he needs and wants.

Here the Internet poses a serious problem because no way can prospects physically see or handle the object. This is where video marketing comes in, offering an excellent method for you to present your products visually before feature-hungry eyeballs.

Mind you, there are some technical issues you must address, using broader bandwidths being one. Only then can you seamlessly include web video features in your website. It’s almost certain web viewers will be thrilled handling this wonderful new medium that brings products they can see, albeit virtually, and get the feel of. That you can do so efficiently and quickly enhances your marketing advantage tremendously to gain the shorter interest span of netizens. They’re not like folks relaxing in armchairs browsing through magazines in leisurely fashion!

Research informs us the typical netizen spends a maximum of only 8 seconds before abandoning a site and moving on to another one. Netizens are impatient people who’re looking for quick, user-friendly search solutions. No long haul answer search scrolling for them! Scrolling to reach texts are particularly unfriendly.

Increasingly, people are finding what they’re looking for at online video portals. One huge contemporary success story is YouTube.com (now owned by Google). These days, with subscribers opting for high bandwidth, it’s simple for them to save video marketing data on their hard disks rather than old-fashioned text based advertising messages. The former is easy and gives more pleasure. The conclusion is clear, viz. the popularity of online video portals is definitely on the rise.

The success of video marketing is owing to the inherent persuasive trustworthiness of products the viewer can see for himself. It creates an exciting bond between buyer and seller. You can be a winner with online video marketing!

February 12, 2009 Posted by | Video Marketing | , , | Leave a comment

YouTube Video Marketing Tips

Marketing through YouTube is a popular and advantageous way to sell products and services or to attract new visitors to your website. However, it is absolutely vital that you understand what it takes to create an effective YouTube video marketing endeavor, because there is much more to the process than simply posting a video about your product and hoping for the best. Here are some of the best YouTube video marketing tips and a little bit about what they can do for your marketing endeavor online.

1 – In order for your YouTube marketing campaign to be effective, you need to have strong content that people are going to want to watch. All of your other efforts will be useless if you cannot create interesting, exciting or otherwise relevant content. If your YouTube video does not attract attention, then no one will have any reason to trace it back to your website, business, product or service. The first tip for an effective YouTube marketing strategy is to know what kinds of videos are actually garnering the attention.

2 – In addition to relevancy, you need to make sure that your YouTube video is also brief. The size of the files that are capable of being uploaded through YouTube is limited, so you are going to want to keep your video relatively short. In other words, try to keep your video at around 5 minutes or shorter. Most viewers will not be patient enough to watch a video that is longer than this anyway. If you do have a video that is running longer than five minutes, don’t be afraid to break it up into smaller portions, posting each one separately for a more spread out YouTube marketing campaign.

3 – Use humor when you market through YouTube. Humor is, hands down, one of the best ways that you can attract an audience to your videos. Some of the most successful channels and videos on YouTube have accomplished their online fame through humor. Use laughter when getting your message across. Don’t force this humor, but rather relax and be yourself and the humor will find its way out if you allow it to.

4 – Mark your content for the best results. All of the content that you create should have your name or logo as well as a URL for the website that you are attempting to market. This way, if your video is shared or posted anyplace else, you will still attract traffic from it. There are numerous software options out there that make customizing your videos a breeze.

These four YouTube video marketing tips will jump start your marketing endeavor on YouTube, making it easier than ever for you to advertise yourself, your website, your product or your service through one of the most popular social media sites on the Internet.

January 8, 2009 Posted by | Video Marketing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Unblock Social Websites With Web Proxies

We’ve all experienced it. You’re bored at school or at work, and just want to take a quick peek at our FaceBook page, or watch a quick video or two on YouTube… only to find that those sites have been blocked by your administration or employer. It’s frustrating. It’s a little insulting. And there are ways around it.

Two, in fact. The first way is fairly simple: use a different browser. Many computer networks use Windows and Internet Explorer, so the network administrators only block sites for Internet Explorer. Perhaps you’ve got a particularly clever (or bored) network admin who blocks Firefox too and Safari for the Macintosh users. But there’s always a chance that by simply using a different browser, you can access your favorite social networking sites. There are literally dozens of alternative browsers out there (Netscape, Opera, Avant, and Google Chrome, to name just a very few) that you can download from software sites like Download.com or Softpedia.com free.

On the other hand, schools and workplaces lock down their computers so tightly these days that the average user isn’t allowed to install new software. You’re not out of luck quite yet… when they installed Windows on this computer, did they leave MSN Explorer on it? If so, give that a try. If not… well, there’s always proxy servers.

Which brings us to the second way around a blocked website: proxy servers. A “proxy server” is basically a website that displays another website. So… how exactly does that help you? Well, when you type a web address (URL) into your browser at school or work, the network checks the address entered against a list of banned URLs, such as http://www.facebook.com. However, the URL of the proxy server website is probably not blocked, so the network lets the traffic through. The proxy server simply acts as a transfer point. Your school computer isn’t going to Facebook. Your computer is going to another computer that is going to Facebook!

So where do you find a proxy server? Anywhere. There are literally hundreds of them across the globe. Just type “proxy server” or “web proxy” into Google and take your pick. There are even entire websites devoted to maintaining lists of proxy servers. Actually, if you can find one of those sites, use it. Here’s why: network administrators aren’t stupid. Proxy servers eat up a lot of system resources and bandwidth, and network admins notice such things. When you use the same proxy server day in and day out, they’ll eventually notice all the traffic going to that website, take a look, realize it’s a proxy server, and block that web site, too. To avoid this, use a different proxy server each time-or at the very least, a different one each day. Websites that maintain lists of hundreds of proxy servers are ideal for this. Some even have a button you can click to choose a proxy server at random. That’ll keep the network admins guessing!

I’ll leave you with a little trivia on the nobler side of proxy servers. Although it’s easy think of them as sleazy, sneaky little things that allow you to misbehave and waste your company’s time, but they actually serve a very important purpose. There are many countries in the world, such as China, that try to limit the information their citizens can access by maintaining huge lists of banned URLs. Proxy servers sidestep this and let the people find out what’s really going. Sure, such nations try to block the proxy servers, too, but they’re always one step behind. When anyone can set up a proxy server in their garage, a dozen new proxy servers can (and do) pop up every day-and repressive governments will never be able to keep up with them all.

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Social Networking | , , , , | 1 Comment

Guide to Increase Your YouTube Views

The twenty first century world is full of flashy advertisements. No matter, how great your product is, you can only rake the moolah in if you have a good advertising and marketing strategy. There are many people who spend millions on advertising and yet do not reap any benefits. These days, YouTube has emerged as one of the most important mediums to market your product to millions of people across the globe. While television and radio are targeting a more local market place; with YouTube you can reach people world over. You can either learn how to market through YouTube or employ a company who can increase your YouTube rankings and give you tremendous exposure.

YouTube runs purely on two ingredients… ratings and subscribers. Video marketing has become one of the most successful tools for exposure in YouTube and if done correctly it can actually make you rich in no time. YouTube works on a simple formula. The number of subscribers is directly proportional to your video views. It’s a known and obvious fact that the more subscribers you have, the more your video views will increase and eventually your rating will increase as well. These days most people love watching YouTube primarily due to the bandwagon effect. Most advertisers feel that if you haven’t posted a video on the YouTube, you haven’t really advertised your product very well.

If the number of subscribers increases, then it becomes quite simple to get a good rating in this video era. As the ratings increase, the number of hits will increase. The larger the number of hits, the more publicity you get the the more prominent you become. This will not only bring you more customers but also get you a chance to have a featured YouTube Channel to show case the video.

Another modern tool in the hands of YouTube users is annotation. Annotation is the latest method of video marketing. Annotation is useful for every one including celebrities, actresses and even the not so famous. It can help in launching your career with a bang. One of the main features of this part of video marketing is the ability to leave a comment on the video. These comments contribute immensely in increasing your ratings.

Though many people may object to spending money on advertising due to the costs involved, it is a good idea to purchase YouTube views. These views are the quickest and the most effective way to increase your fame across the globe. The increase in number of views guarantees higher ratings, hits and also helps in enhancing the subscriber population.

YouTube is the best marketing channel available today. All you need to do is make a video and post it on YouTube. These videos can help spread your fame far and wide and bring you new customers that you would not be able to attain any other way. A bigger customer base leads to an increase in your profit margin. YouTube is indeed the best way and the most cost effective way to increase your visibility across the world!

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Video Marketing | , , , | Leave a comment