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  • Video Marketing Guide & Digital Marketing White Papers

    Video Marketing Guide & Digital Marketing White Papers

    | Thursday, 28 April 2016 | koozai |
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    Koozai, London & Southhampton UK, has a wonderful arsenal of 20+ white papers and help guides for marketing and communications professionals. Their Video Marketing Guide, 3rd Edition is particulary helpful for online video marketing experts and offers valuable b2b video marketing help tips. The other guides related to SEO, website conversion, and social media marketing will inspire as well... Read the full article »
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  • 12 Statistics Why Legal Firms Should Be Using Video Marketing

    12 Statistics Why Legal Firms Should Be Using Video Marketing

    | Wednesday, 20 April 2016 | Hit Search |
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    Video marketing is one of the biggest content marketing trends of the last several years. The growth of video sharing via social media and increased bandwidth allows your legal firm to really start diving into the video marketing space. So here are twelve statistics that show just why you should be using video marketing... Read the full article »
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  • What Those Popular Tasty Marketing Videos Teach Us About Multichannel Marketing

    What Those Popular Tasty Marketing Videos Teach Us About Multichannel Marketing

    | Tuesday, 12 April 2016 | Content Standard |
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    If Tasty online marketing videos are taking over your Facebook News Feed, consider yourself front-and-center for a lesson in how multichannel marketing is evolving. In the fragmented, multichannel marketing world, brands consider which platforms deserve the bulk of their resources, and build out video content from that perspective. Tasty bet on... Read the full article »
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  • It’s Time for a Rethink on Online Video Marketing for 2016

    It’s Time for a Rethink on Online Video Marketing for 2016

    | Tuesday, 12 April 2016 | Mobile World Live |
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    Operators need to position online video marketing as a basic service like voice, rather than continuing to see it as a value added service, Huawei chief Eric Xu said. If that’s the case, we need to revisit the network, the organizational set-up, the operating model and the skill sets in the workforce, whether those are sufficient enough to support video as a basic service like voice. Xu also claimed that telcos are “better positioned” in online video services because... Read the full article »
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  • Top Social Media Marketing Trends to Help Marketers Dominate In 2016 [Video Marketing #2]

    Top Social Media Marketing Trends to Help Marketers Dominate In 2016 [Video Marketing #2]

    | Tuesday, 12 April 2016 | Clapway |
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    In 2015, video content was the king of social media and digital marketing strategies and for 2016 video content is witnessing substantial growth. To utilize the video trend perfectly in your marketing strategies, various types of videos can be used, for instance, explainer videos, educational videos and entertainment videos. It is up to you how you decide to put your social marketing ideas in videos and then present those to your audience. Relevant video content is a perfect attention grabber & will definitely help you shine by... Read the full article »
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  • 8 Tips for Freelance Video Production Editors Dealing With the Business Side of Post-Production

    8 Tips for Freelance Video Production Editors Dealing With the Business Side of Post-Production

    | Monday, 18 April 2016 | Fstoppers |
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    Skilled videos production editors have started to see the value in being hired for contract work. It’s a great supplement income, you can be picky about projects, and most of us enjoy the work. But what about negotiating rates, estimating time, and dealing with files after the job? Here are some tips for the business-side of being a freelance video editor. Everyone’s situation will be a bit different, but I hope that some of the methods and reasoning help you increase... Read the full article »
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  • How to Boost Content Communications With Video Marketing

    How to Boost Content Communications With Video Marketing

    | Wednesday, 20 April 2016 | Ragan’s PR Daily |
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    Video content marketing is the new normal for companies and marketing and communications teams eager to find relevance in a cluttered and ever-evolving landscape. The promise of sight, sound, motion and story—along with guaranteed viewership—is a promising alternative to the engagement shackles that we’ve chained ourselves to for the past two decades. What makes video marketing so promising? In a nutshell, the industry is maturing and realizing that we have other tools out there that are affordable and easy to execute. It’s also pretty easy to launch a video content campaign as you no longer need to... Read the full article »
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  • Why Social Media Needs Video Marketing

    Why Social Media Needs Video Marketing

    | Friday, 15 April 2016 | Tim Mulligan |
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    Last week saw headline grabbing announcements from the two big “traditional” players in social media - Facebook and Twitter. Facebook’s announcement that it was going to widen its live broadcasting service Live to groups and events was accompanied by its statement that it was placing a new video tab at the centre of its mobile app, facilitating online video discovery and sharing. In the same week, under fire Twitter revealed that it would allow and use video for... Read the full article »
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  • Why and How Video Content Marketing Works for Luxury

    Why and How Video Content Marketing Works for Luxury

    | Tuesday, 19 April 2016 | Luxury Daily |
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    Content marketing is a buzzword in the marketing world, but what does that actually mean and what is its role for luxury brands? Content marketing, or branded content, is brand-related content with which consumers, or in our case, luxury consumers, actually choose to engage. It has value for the audience first – whether entertainment, information or other value – and the brand second. Using long-form marketing videos in a series is very effective because everyone loves... Read the full article »
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  • Improving Patient Care Through Critical Video Communications

    Improving Patient Care Through Critical Video Communications

    | Monday, 21 March 2016 | Health Data Management |
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    In this exclusive interview from HIMSS, Hemant Goel President of Spok talks about how targeted technology solutions allow for healthcare providers to engage in critical communications in ways that are both effective and patient centered. He also discusses what an organization should look for in a software solution to improve patient care and satisfaction... Read the full article »
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  • You Can’t Stop Stop-Motion: Early Cinema Tech Still Going Strong for Marketing Videos

    You Can’t Stop Stop-Motion: Early Cinema Tech Still Going Strong for Marketing Videos

    | Thursday, 14 April 2016 | The Web Video Marketing Council |
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    Stop-motion, moving images and objects in small increments to create an illusion of movement is as old as cinema itself and important to consider for your online marketing videos. One of the first animation techniques discovered by filmmakers, stop-motion, helped instill viewers with a sense of awe for early cinema. It was all about the magic of movement and stop-motion video production techniques has evolved over the years, but it hasn’t lost its magic for online video marketing because... Read the full article »
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  • Comprehensive Guide to Web Video Advertising in 2016

    Comprehensive Guide to Web Video Advertising in 2016

    | Wednesday, 30 March 2016 | Marketing Land |
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    Increasingly, consumers are cutting their ties to traditional media and turning to digital online video for discovery, entertainment and brand awareness. In 2016, digital video will reach nearly $5 billion in ad revenue due to developing delivery channels, amplified engagement and the highest average click-through rate (1.84 percent) of any digital format. To get the most out of your video advertising, develop a cross-channel strategy and keep in mind the following best practices video ad market strategies... Read the full article »
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Moe's anti-microwave video draws more than 1 million views

  • Written by Ragan.com - Matt Wilson
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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