Why a Video Blogging Challenge?
Bonnie Gean is hosting her video blogging challenge again this month. Starting September 8th (yes, I know I am late…) through till 17th October the idea is you produce a video per day Mon-Fri.
Why am I recommending YOU join in?
Well it’s no secret, video is fabulous for enhancing connections along with boosting your online visibility. Video can work wonderfully for local businesses too. I could dig out a bunch of stats about how video will drive most web traffic by 2017 blah blah…
The simple fact is you can use short personal videos to rank, increase citations (you know those things that help your Google Local page rank) and share on your social sites. We’re not talking huge cost productions and yes you can mix these little vids in with professionally produced videos to boost engagement, recognition and visibility.
The biggest hurdle is often speaking to camera – and this challenge is ideal for overcoming that fear. In fact, it’s what “cured” me earlier in the year…
So, while I personally can’t commit to 1 video per day over the next few weeks, I will be making an effort to get some videos out there!
The first “homework” for day 1 of the video challenge was to say hi to Bonnie on camera. So here’s my homework and a natter from me what I’m up to over the next month or so. There’s a transcript below for those who prefer to read.
Video blogging day 1
Video is a fabulous way to increase your online visibility. It works wonderfully for local businesses. Not to mention, this kind of face to face video, as much as I hate it – I really, really do not like sitting here, it does work wonders for personal connection. People get a real taste of what you are like as a human being and it is almost on par with face to face meetings. It’s a great way to boost your visibility, start driving traffic and let people get to know you. So I would encourage you to pop over to Bonnie Gean’s Google Plus community, I’ll leave the link down there. Say Hi and start taking part in the challenge, even if you can’t commit (like me) to a video per day.
I can’t commit because I am really busy at the moment. Not least with preparing my own live training. We’re going to be doing some Jan Live here in sunny Widnes in October. I’ve got 2 training courses lined up, I just need to go along and confirm dates and everything. The first one is Facebook. We’re going to be concentrating on Facebook for local business, local business pages. We’ll look at offers and ads and pages versus profiles and all the wonderful stuff that can help you get found online.
The second one is for Google My Business, Google Local, which is wonderful. I get so excited about it even though I don’t personally use it to it’s full potential. We’re going to be talking about Google Maps, Google Local, Google search, Google Plus and how you can use the whole shebang to get your local business found online.
And, somewhat surprisingly as well, I’ve also been asked to talk at a local business seminar at the end of this month, September. I’m going to be talking about Twitter. That’s organised by Andy Guile of Bear Behind Events over in Runcorn. I’ll be nattering about using twitter for local businesses and obviously mentioning #HaltonHour. If you’re in the Widnes or Runcorn area and on Twitter – hashtag HaltonHour, Mondays 1pm, Thursdays 8pm. Plug over!
That’s about it, I’ve got my dog actually eating my chair at the moment! So I am off. Good luck with the challenge I hope to see your videos soon. Speak soon!
The joy of dogs
Yes, Muppet Dog was trying to eat the chair while I chatted on video…
She had decided the sun was out so we should be walking. Eventually, she settled for destroying things in the yard.
I do suggest sitting in a quiet room and closing the doors so pets aren’t interrupting your vid!
How to join the challenge
1. Pop over and join the Video Blogging Challenge Google Plus Community
2. Create a video, either with your webcam/phone or a screencast style video
3. Share with the group
It’s not too late to join in!
See you there?Increase Your Online Visibility With A Video Blogging Challenge by Jan Kearney