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Ways to Use Video Marketing for Sales

Ways to Use Video Marketing for Sales

Thursday, July 7 2016 | Flimp Media and Communications
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In today’s hi-tech world, online marketing videos are altogether different. Today’s videos are digitally recorded and played and viewed through various online marketing and social media channels including YouTube, the second biggest search engine in the world. This shows how important videos are for marketing, sales, and lead generation and their use provides... Read the full article »
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How Marketers Are Making Huge Sums Using YouTube

How Marketers Are Making Huge Sums Using YouTube

Thursday, June 16 2016 | Immortal News
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Online videos have been huge and it is obvious that they are here to stay.  They present an opportunity for those with an entrepreneurial spirit.  Even though markets have rapidly grown to accept video as the primary way to present and consume information, growth is still accelerating. The best years of online... Read the full article »
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Three Reasons Web Video Marketing Keeps Growing

Three Reasons Web Video Marketing Keeps Growing

Monday, June 27 2016 | Web Video Marketing Council
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Online video marketing has been growing consistently for years. In its early days, when we were first introduced to the concept of videos ‘going viral’ via email, it was clear that users found video engaging and that this was a great way to earn brand recognition. Later, as social media took hold,... Read the full article »
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Three Reasons To Use Video Communications for Staff Training & Education

Three Reasons To Use Video Communications for Staff Training & Education

Thursday, June 23 2016 | Flimp Media and Communications
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Finding interesting ways to share important information with employees about company successes and corporate initiatives, to train employees on new products and services, and to engage staff when they are busy with day-to-day tasks can be a challenge, but one well worth addressing. Good employee communications with staff (and vendors too) across... Read the full article »
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Corporate and B2B Video Marketing

Corporate and B2B Video Marketing

Wednesday, July 6 2016 | browser media
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The power of video only seems to be be growing, and with brands investing more and more in the medium, it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. My Facebook feed is peppered with videos from both brands and friends, Tweets containing rich media see huge increases in engagement, and the time... Read the full article »
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South Africa Showed Second Highest Growth in Mobile Video Marketing Globally

South Africa Showed Second Highest Growth in Mobile Video Marketing Globally

Friday, July 8 2016 | themediaonline
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More people across the African continent are watching video content online, be it through social media platforms, streaming services, or through hosting sites like YouTube. These numbers are set to keep growing at a pace, with Ericsson’s ConsumerLab Report stating that online video consumption will grow by 55% per year till 2019. Read the full article »
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How to Crush Content Marketing: Invest in Online Video Marketing

How to Crush Content Marketing: Invest in Online Video Marketing

Wednesday, July 6 2016 | Business 2 Community
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By 2020, nearly a million minutes of video content will cross global IP networks every second (Cisco Visual Networking Index, 2015-2020). That’s a tsunami wave of video content that we are already splashing around in. We stream Netflix, Snapchat in real-time, and experiment with Facebook Live. Feeds are filled with viral... Read the full article »
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Life After LiveRail For Web Video Advertising Marketers

Life After LiveRail For Web Video Advertising Marketers

Tuesday, July 5 2016 | Forbes - Entrepreneurs
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Ever since Facebook snapped up LiveRail, a video advertising publisher monetization platform, the online video ad industry has seen a major shift in how video ad impressions are being bought and sold. A large number of partners were being pushed off the major hub for video ad trading, which is... Read the full article »
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B2B Video Creators Wrestle with Sound’s Role in Social Video Marketing

B2B Video Creators Wrestle with Sound’s Role in Social Video Marketing

Tuesday, July 5 2016 | Marketing Land
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With Facebook advocating for audio-optional videos and Snapchat proving mobile viewers aren’t audio-averse, brands and creators revisit the role of sound. Producing videos for social video marketing platforms is more complicated than taking office wide Starbucks orders. A year ago, brands and publishers were wrestling with whether and how to... Read the full article »
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 5 Ways Vine Can Start Your Web Video Marketing

5 Ways Vine Can Start Your Web Video Marketing

Sunday, July 3 2016 | Social Media Sites
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Vine is a social a media app for the creative souls who want to make their mark in the web world. Vine was launched by Twitter and it is available in android and iOS versions. People can easily engage their users in this social media platform. The short video sharing app plays... 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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