Videos on a Budget

Looking for ways to keep production costs low?

Creating a video doesn’t have to cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in high-end production tactics like live actors or 3-D renderings.

In this article, Creating low-budget videos for social media.

1: Decide What to Feature in Your Video

Here are four ways you can create great video content without breaking the bank.

Repurpose User-Generated Content

A great example of repurposing user-generated content for a video comes from Coca-Cola, which leveraged their “Share-a-Coke” campaign into big corporate success.

To incorporate this strategy in your own marketing, encourage your audience to tell their own stories on social channels like YouTube and Facebook using your campaign hashtag (which was #ShareACoke in the Coca-Cola campaign). You can then aggregate memorable content and repurpose it into broadcast-worthy video spots.

While Coke launched its campaign around the Share-A-Coke idea, the soft drink giant tracked and grew their global efforts through the aforementioned hashtags. As a marketer, you can leverage readily available user-generated content and create a winning campaign even without a Coca-Cola-sized budget.

Collect Royalty-Free Content

The first step is to determine whether there is enough free content about your subject available online (the definition of “free” is content with no royalties). Resources like Flickr and YouTube are great places to start this research. If you want to do a viral video about lamps, for example, do a keyword search on Flickr for “lamps” and see how many compelling images you can find about the topic.

Create Your Own Content

If you feel that you don’t have enough content available, you may need to simply grab an iPhone and snap your own pictures or record short video snippets.

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Marketing consultant and social media coach Mark Schaefer spoke recently on how he worked with a small family-owned winery in France and struck gold with a simple video called “How to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew.”

The video, without any paid media behind it, generated over 10 million views and catapulted the winery to stardom. One fascinating postscript here is that this video was amazingly successful when 221 other videos posted didn’t achieve quite the same notoriety. Persistence is key here.

Record Others

Taco Bell generated 150,000 views on YouTube by simply recognizing a trending hashtag called “Drawing My Life” and then filming an artist as he drew simple thoughts about the brand.

While Taco Bell certainly has the budget and the creative chops to create its own spots, hashtags, and launch campaigns, it’s staggering to note how easily the fast-food chain generated buzz just by riding the coattails of another trend.

Regardless of the type of video content you choose, the trick is to keep it simple. The reality of user-generated content or even self-generated content is that you immediately cut out thousands, if not millions, of dollars in cost. Additionally, from a branding perspective, you add a degree of authenticity to your voice by placing a true image of your customer in front of other customers.

2: Create Your Video

So Taco Bell pulled off a great video with very little cost. The question is: How can you do it? Creating content that people actually want to see doesn’t have to be difficult. If you create compelling content, users will engage with it in the form of shares, likes, comments, and even direct lead creation.

You don’t need extensive video editing skills, but those always help. You can use affordable editing tools like Adobe Premiere Pro to edit and build complex storyboards. If you’re just getting started and don’t want to invest in anything, you can use YouTube’s free and quick Creator Studio, which is a great tool for the informal filmmaker.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Using YouTube Creator Studio

Once you sign into YouTube with your Google account, navigate to your business page. Within your business page, click through to Creator Studio, Create, and then finally Video Editor.

At this point, you can begin the uploading process for video or pictures. For the demo video about lamps, I used three images from Flickr. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click on the camera icon, select the images you want to use, and drag them into the timeline below the black box.

Once you’ve added your images into the timeline, you can adjust the length and begin the process of building a storyboard. Compiling an effective story is obviously going to be difficult with three images of lamps, but the idea is that you want to keep the concept concise and clear.

Once you compile the timeline, you can add simple text and/or camera filters to the images. When adding design elements, text, and even determining the length, consider the platform you’re going to distribute through. Obviously the less-serious tone of Vine and Twitter is going to be different from LinkedIn’s tone.

To add music from YouTube’s free library of audio content, click the music note icon and drag a musical selection to the timeline below the image.

Once the timeline meets your desired outcome, click on Create Video and allow the software to create your downloadable file.

Creating a simple, actionable video is something you can do quickly and efficiently. If you’re going to deliver a call to action at the end of the piece, consider that in your storyboarding as well.

3: Share Your Video

Your video is done. Now it’s time to share the content with your audience. One way to disseminate video clips is to consider using paid features on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites, which is a part of a comprehensive and integrated video strategy. But if you want to keep your costs down, use free and existing tools, which in many cases can have the same impact.

To get started, share the video on all of your existing free channels and be sure to use SEO best practices when doing so. Use hashtags, share the content with influencers, and even share it on your personal distribution channels. Additionally, you can create traditional content (a blog post) and embed the video within the article.

Another way to distribute your message is to consider the platform your audience is most likely to use. For example, if you’re seeking younger audiences, consider emerging media platforms like Periscope, Snapchat, and Vine.

Amazing facts of Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus bear a surprising resemblance to foxes, with their sharp ears, red coats, and black noses. They first came to the United States in the 1950s, but they’ve been gaining favor in recent years. Learn more about this interesting breed.

  1. This is an ancient breed.

Shiba’s predecessors probably accompanied the earliest emigrants to Japan way back in 7000 B.C. Archeologists have found remains of dogs around the size of Shibas in sites that were inhabited by the Jomon-jin people, who lived in Japan from 14,500 B.C. to 300 A.D. The Shiba Inu is likely the consequence of breeding between the Jomon-jin’s dogs and dogs that came to Japan with a new group of immigrants in 300 B.C.

2. They were originally used as hunting dogs.

Shibas have been used for tracking both small and large games. Because they are little, they’re good at flushing birds and other small game out of the bushes. Shibas are rugged dogs that survived for thousands of years in the mountainous regions of Japan.

3. This is one of the most famous breeds in Japan.

Shibas are presently one of the most popular companion dogs in Japan, and they were declared a national glory of the country. Many Shibas have become Instagram or YouTube sensations in Japan

4. The origin of their name is a mystery.

We know the word “inu” signifies dog in Japanese, but we don’t know for certain where the name “Shiba” came from. Shiba means brushwood in Japanese, so it’s likely that the Shiba Inu was named for the terrain where it hunted. It’s also likely that the name came from Shiba’s coat, which is the same color as the autumn brushwood. A third reason is that the name came from the breed’s size; an obsolete meaning of the word Shiba is little.

5. There used to be three kinds of Shibas.

Before World War II, there were three types of Shibas — the Mino, the Sanin, and the Shinshu, named for the regions where they originated. Today’s Shiba Inu is most comparable to the Shinshu, but all three contributed to the current breed.

By Manali

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