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Building A Strong Customer Base: Why Video Marketing Is The Wave Of The Future

Building A Strong Customer Base: Why Video Marketing Is The Wave Of The Future

Tuesday, September 6 2016 | Web Video Marketing Council
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Never before has there been such a huge generational difference in terms of age as well as in their underlying philosophy – what makes them tick – that marketing takes on a whole new perspective. So, how can you reach all of those target audiences so that you can build a strong customer base going forward? Video content marketing is the key. Millennials have surpassed... Read the full article »
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2016 is Finally the “Year of the Video”

2016 is Finally the “Year of the Video”

Friday, August 26 2016 | Marketing Land
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Online Video is all around us, no matter what device we’re using to access content. Columnist Grace Kaye shares a few tips for marketers capitalizing on this rising tide. It’s official: video has taken over the internet. Video content is cropping up in our social accounts, news articles, even our emails. For us marketers, it’s a dream come true. Videos provide us with... Read the full article »
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Exclusive: 36% of Businesses Making Basic Video Marketing Mistakes & Resolutions [Free White Paper]

Exclusive: 36% of Businesses Making Basic Video Marketing Mistakes & Resolutions [Free White Paper]

Thursday, August 25 2016 | MWP Digital Media
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According to research by MWP Digital Media, 213 marketing professionals were surveyed by MWP Digital Media about the state of the video marketing industry, and their own experiences and preferences as professionals and consumers. The results found that... Read the full article »
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5 Techniques to Take Advantage of Video Marketing

5 Techniques to Take Advantage of Video Marketing

Tuesday, August 30 2016 | MarketingTech
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The increase in video adoption is happening, however, due to the explosion of mobile video. If the challenge of 2015 was to ‘get online’ with a slick-looking video campaign, this year’s challenge is increasingly getting the attention of viewers. Let’s show you five techniques to ensure your online marketing videos are seen... Read the full article »
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How to Use Video in Your Email Marketing

How to Use Video in Your Email Marketing

Thursday, September 1 2016 | Campaign Monitor
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It’s a common misconception that when you use video in email, that the video will simply play, right from inside the email. That would be a magical thing, much like a rainbow unicorn, but as we know, email clients like Gmail, Outlook, Thunderbird, and others often don’t support the technical requirements needed to play video right inside the email. In spite of that, 76% of marketers plan to increase their email marketing with video... Read the full article »
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5 Content Marketing Trends to Plan Your 2017 Budget [#1 Online Video]

5 Content Marketing Trends to Plan Your 2017 Budget [#1 Online Video]

Monday, August 29 2016 | Skyward – Content Standard
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To get a sense of how vast the content marketing industry has become, take a look at Scott Brinker’s 2016 edition of his marketing technology landscape supergraphic. We know video marketing in general is effective in converting customers. According B2B Video Content Marketing Survey Results by the Web Video Marketing Council, 73 percent confirm that marketing videos... Read the full article »
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Video Email Ideas To Grow Your Email List Fast

Video Email Ideas To Grow Your Email List Fast

Saturday, September 10 2016 | blastingnews
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Using videos to generate high-converting leads for your business can be done effectively via email, effectively videos in email are lead magnets. Anton Kraly of Dropship Lifestyle brilliantly uses videos and resource lists to capture his leads in video email. He delivers video tutorials (one video a day) right in his new leads’ inboxes that not just help them better understand... Read the full article »
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What’s The Most Effective Style for Your Corporate Videos?

What’s The Most Effective Style for Your Corporate Videos?

Thursday, August 11 2016 | DigiNovations
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So many corporate video productions are created in the documentary style - with people filmed as they look off-camera and answer questions. While this style works for many projects, there are times when an intentional approach will give you a more effective video. But what, exactly, does ‘intentional’ mean? Let’s explore, so you can add ... Read the full article »
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The Importance of Video When it Comes to Online Marketing

The Importance of Video When it Comes to Online Marketing

Wednesday, August 24 2016 | Tech.Co
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A properly developed marketing strategy helps businesses reach out to their target audience and educates them regarding the solutions that they provide. And online video content marketing is the only way to reach the masses on a regular basis. Online video marketing is slowly becoming one of the major tools into the essentials... Read the full article »
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 4 Ways to Use Video in Twitter Ads

4 Ways to Use Video in Twitter Ads

Wednesday, August 17 2016 | Social Media Examiner
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Have you thought about using Twitter video ads? Combining Twitter’s large mobile audience with the power of social video marketing video ads is a great way to get in front of your target audience. In this article, you’ll discover four ways to create Twitter video ads to promote your products and engage Twitter users... Read the full article »
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The chain, which boasts casual Tex-Mex fare, promoted its anti-microwave stance with video proof that microwaves make things go boom—and "ruin everything."

\"Do not try this at home. Especially if you like to see, smell, hear, touch, talk and breathe." That's the warning viewers get before seeing a little more than a minute of burning foil, an exploding egg, juice-spewing fruit, bubbling soap, a shattering champagne bottle, and other mayhem, all caused by a microwave in a YouTube video from Moe's Southwest Grill.

The message? "Microwaves ruin everything," and Moe's doesn't use them.

As of Tuesday, the video had more than 1 million views. Not bad for a video pulled together on a shoestring budget and promoted in-house.

"It really was a grass-roots effort," says Lauren Barash, director of PR and corporate communications for Moe's.

Lighting the fuse

Last spring, Moe's was preparing an advertising campaign based on its mission to use fresh ingredients. It primarily targeted women and families, so the company's creative team started thinking of ways to include the dudes.

"One of the things that popped into our heads was, guys love to blow stuff up," says Brandon Friedman, senior copywriter at Moe's. Friedman and his team searched YouTube for videos of stuff being destroyed in microwaves, but "it all felt pretty amateurish."

Management liked the simplicity and the fun of the idea but wondered whether it could be done with virtually no money. "We have a budget, and this wasn't in it," Barash says.

So Friedman started calling in favors. Eventually, his team happened upon a local Atlanta director willing to work within the monetary constraints. "Once we got him, we were able to open some doors," Friedman says. The team contacted Jam Edit, a company it had worked with on some previous videos, and started firing up the microwaves.

Shooting and splattering

The crew shot the video all in one day in late May using a high-speed Weisscam.

"It was definitely the most fun we've had on set," Friedman says. "We felt like we were 8-year-olds, going, 'Try this! Try this!'" Not everything the crew tried worked. Trying to nuke a tennis ball didn't result in many interesting visuals, but it did leave a burnt rubber smell in everyone's clothes.

Safety was a huge consideration on the set. Everyone wore ski goggles and had respirators on hand, just in case of an accident. Luckily, the only damage was to the three microwaves the crew used.

The camera, the rental of which Friedman says was the most expensive part of the production, could shoot in extremely slow motion, from 500 frames per second all the way up to 2,000.

"We were able to catch things that otherwise wouldn't have been that cool. It became kind of art."

The 2,000-frame-per-second camera helped catch the champagne bottle explosion, which took about nine minutes to happen, but was really fast once it did. "It was like a bomb went off," Friedman says.

Editing the video took about two months—the editor had "a very tough task," Friedman says. It was finished around August. Even though the team was anxious to get the video out there, Moe's held onto it until the release of its new TV ad campaign, which debuted in January.

Blast radius

Getting the word out about the video started internally, Barash says. "We sent an email out to everybody that works for the company and said, 'Hey, we just posted this video on YouTube. Send it to all your friends, and friends of friends.'"

As Moe's employees shared the video on Facebook and elsewhere, Barash, Friedman, and others were reaching out to blogs such as Scary Ideas and Copyranter through email and Twitter. Soon, it was on Geekologie, Buzzfeed, and the CBS News blog. Wired magazine even tweeted about it.

"It's getting picked up where we never thought we would," Friedman says. "Blogs feed off blogs."

Most of the online response to the video doesn't necessarily mention the lack of microwaves at Moe's—it largely echoes one user's comment, which succinctly opines, "Awesome." But Barash says it's keeping the brand top of mind, and it's reaching out to a new audience.

Friedman says his team is planning the next video and trying to live up to the hype this one created. "We'll just have to be more forward-thinking about it," he says.

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