Beyond Humor: This Female Comedian Uses Video Mojo to Inspire the World.

How can funny videos help make a better world?

The latest Video Mojo vodcast interview is with comedian and successful TikTokker, Toni Nagy. Toni is a filmmaker that has written, edited, directed, and acted in over 50 sketch comedy videos that together have upwards of 1.5 million views. She also has hundreds of thousands of followers on TikTok. Toni has her own blog here.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The differences between TikTok, Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, and others
  • Why Toni does NOT accept sponsorship offers
  • How Toni discovered her authentic self in exclusive NYC dance clubs
  • The future of humanity
  • George Carlin
  • The need to examine our own “feces”
  • And more…

You can also watch this episode on YouTube or listen here right now, or on SpotifyApple PodcastsInstagram, or wherever you find your podcasts.

ABOUT VIDEO MOJO​

Video Mojo is a playful exploration of the leading edge of video & social media marketing hosted by award-winning video pioneer and marketing sherpa, Jon Leland of http://combridges.com

COMING SOON: THE VIDEO MOJO CREATIVITY SANDBOX

Join Jon on a 3-Week learning adventure to ensure that you don’t die with your Creative Joy still stuck inside. This program is for you if you want to unleash your joyous, creative freedom. You will want to play in this “sandbox” in order to have a breakthrough in your creative self-expression.

Transform your creative life from a “want-to-have” into a valuable, ongoing practice. Register or learn more at: https://www.videocreator.me/

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How Did Courageous, Body Positivity TikTok Song Go Viral & Become a Hit?

Video Mojo doesn’t happen by accident. It combines creative chutzpah, human connection, and perseverance.

That’s what gets me excited about singer-songwriter & TikTok star Jax’s latest breakout hit, “Victoria’s Secret.” The human connection component is magnificently present in the song’s powerful body positivity message, and it has clearly struck a chord with women in particular.

As a response to some real world body shaming, Jax first presented this song to her young friend Chelsea, TikTok-style, in the front seat of her car:

@jaxwritessongs

I wrote a song for The Kid I Babysit. It’s called Victoria’s Secret 🤫 ❤️ 👙 @TheLascherFamily #victoriassecret #fyp #bodypositivity #originalmusic

♬ original sound – Jax

More Like a Movement Than a Song

Beyond its “traditional” success—including the song’s massive view counts measured in the 10’s of millions and the fact that it’s climbing the Billboard charts—what makes “Victoria’s Secret” more like a movement than a song is the 21,000 individual TikTok creators who have produced their own videos with this song as the soundtrack. And, currently, this number is growing rapidly every day.

What Can We Learn From This Success Story?

Beyond celebrating the positive impact of this clever and creative song, I’m writing to emphasize the lesson illustrated by the fact Jax’s video mojo journey took a commitment that she has sustained for years. Like most “overnight” success stories, it took a long time.

The idea that a viral hit happens in a random flash, like winning the lottery, is misleading and bogus. If you’re lucky, viral hits are a fringe benefit of committing to a creative process. As I learned from her February 2021 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jax first tried to get on that show when she was 11 years old! (She’s now 26.)

What Does It Take to Be a Success on TikTok?

There’s one section of that Ellen interview that tells us pretty much everything we need to know about TikTok and social media success. I’ve edited that excerpt for you and embedded it here:

You can watch the entire Ellen interview here. Remember this was a year and a half ago when Jax had her first viral hit on TikTok.

Here’s what I think we all can learn from what Jax told Ellen:
Jax writes every day. That’s major. Jax posts often. Also important. AND, Jax went a full year with very low view counts!

That’s a kind of perseverance that’s rare. I know from personal experience. It can be daunting. But, if you’re having fun, it’s sustainable; and it’s what it takes.

Dare to Suck & Enjoy the Journey

As the Zen saying goes, “The journey is the reward.” It’s crucial to enjoy the process otherwise, seriously, don’t bother.

That’s why I call it “Video Mojo.” It takes a kind of courage. I also call that creative hutzpah (one of my favorite phrases). This also means, as I heard recently from The Brothers Koren, “dare to suck.” And that triggers another commonly heard concept (that’s easier to say than to do), “keep going.”

And There’s More!

From moving, mother-daughter co-productions like this one to Jax’s own flash mob “music video,” and many more, “Victoria’s Secret” shows why I think TikTok is unique and different. Beyond its world-class algorithm, TikTok sparks remarkable creativity AND communities of human beings who actually care about each other. More are being created every day.

Yes, in order to benefit from consuming and/or creating on TikTok, you will need to weed out some superfluous nonsense. To me, the rewards, including hope, inspiration, and new creative connections, are well worth it.


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Learn How This Hilarious Video Creator is Awakening the Human Soul on TikTok

This is one of my favorite Video Mojo interviews ever. Why? Because successful TikTok video creator, Anna Pryz illuminates why TikTok is a totally NEW medium, unlike YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media network.

While there’s no doubt that on TikTok, you have the ability to grow a following faster than on any other social network, what’s even more important is the way that Anna’s extremely human brand of humor underscores the way that TikTok favors content that is fun, vulnerable, and authentic.

What Anna shares is eye-opening as she discusses in detail what it takes to succeed on TikTok. So much so that it inspired me to go all-in on my commitment to post to TikTok each and every day.

Listen and learn why posting daily is not just a “nice to have” but a requirement of the TikTok algorithm. And, scroll down in this description for the link to the online accountability community that I created to keep myself on track while supporting others to do the same. If you’re interested, you can join my FREE #TikTokDaily challenge (free for April, 2022) that was inspired by what Anna shared in the Video Mojo interview above. Info about the video creator accountability group is here: https://www.videocreator.me/

In any case, if you have even an inkling of interest in the potential of TikTok for video marketing, I implore you to experience all 38 minutes of this interview (even though, due to technical challenges, the last two-thirds is an audio-only conversation).

“Keep it up, cutie. I’m proud of you.” (an inside joke, also from the interview above)

What’s Most Important to Your Business? Can You Inspire Humanity Over Strategy?

In what ways is business strategy overrated? And what is missing in order to make your company culture and your marketing communications a more successful experience?

Spoiler alert: business strategy is not so much overrated as it’s given superpowers. What’s missing is HUMANITY. We need a more full-body experience vs always being driven by our minds and ideas alone.

ABOUT VIDEO MOJO

Video Mojo is a playful exploration of the leading edge of video & social media marketing hosted by award-winning media innovator, Jon Leland.

Watch more Video Mojo vodcasts here: https://www.combridges.com/blog

Learn more about Michael Kass here: https://www.storyandspirit.org/ 

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Why Are Micro-Influencers a Better Bet Than Fake Famous Influencers?

Check out my new TikTok video below (follow me on TikTok here) and then scroll down for a whole bunch of Luscious Links relating to this important marketing trend: 

Micro-Influencers!

Because TikTok is literally re-defining user-generated content (UGC), it has become the breeding ground for a new wave of audience-specific, Micro-Influencers. For example, here’s a TikTok video that explains this trend.

The Forbes article that’s at the beginning of that TikTok clip is called, “How Marketers Can Leverage Partnerships In The World Of Paid Fan Content.” Authentic Fans = Micro-Influencers. They are loyal and, well, authentic. Read more.

Micro-Influencers are NOT “Fake Famous.” That’s what “influencers” used to be. 

For a sharp indictment of what most people think about when they think about “influencers,” check out the documentary, “Fake Famous” on HBO Max.

Thanks to the Fake Famous documentary, I found NYTimes tech journalist, Taylor Lorenz. Then, via Instagram, she showed me “granfluencers,” a particular flavor of Micro-Influencers. So much for the lame concept “TikTok is just a bunch of teenagers dancing.” NY Post got this.

The source itself TikTok calls this trend, “Community Commerce.” i.e. commerce that’s being done within communities which are micro-spheres of influence: Read their article.


Bonus, Free Resource: I created this 20-minute video mini-workshop, “Why TikTok is Important for Business Marketing.” It includes 4 illustrative video clips. Check it out.

How to Keep Automation from Sucking the Soul Out of Your Content Marketing

Content marketing is a powerful tool for building business relationships. But if you’re not careful, automation apps and content-hungry social media channels can turn meaningful marketing into an impersonal, soulless “noise” that leaves no room for the delivery of real value.

In this Video Mojo video podcast conversation, Stuart Balcombe, co-founder of content marketing agency Procket, and I offer actionable strategies on how to create meaningful short-form video content marketing that leverages podcasts and webinars in a way that keeps it from sucking the soul out of your business! As always, the resource links mentioned can be found below.

ABOUT VIDEO MOJO
Video Mojo a playful exploration of the leading edge of video & social media marketing hosted by award-winning media innovator, Jon Leland.

Follow Jon at @joncombridges on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, or Clubhouse.

Please connect with us or subscribe to our free Luscious Links emails here:
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RESOURCE LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Why Is Your Podcast Audio Only? Upgrade to Video for Increased Engagement.

Content marketing promises increased social media engagement; but for many marketers these promises fall short.

The reality is that podcasting—and especially video podcasting—can deliver real engagement when they provide authentically meaningful conversations that can then be amplified across multiple social media channels.

The key ingredients of a successful podcast powered this kind of content marketing strategy is illuminated in this Video Mojo conversation between podcast industry leader, Casted CEO, Lindsay Tjepkema and video visionary and host, Jon Leland.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS FROM THIS CONVERSATION:

  • Don’t Serve Algorithms Over Audiences
  • Start with Conversations, Not Keywords
  • Conversation, Not Content, is King
  • Making your Podcast into a Video Podcast Makes It More Engaging
  • Business-to-Business is Human-to-Human
  • Create Marketing that Matters by Having Conversations Worth Having

ABOUT VIDEO MOJO
Video Mojo a playful exploration of the leading edge of video & social media marketing hosted by award-winning media innovator, Jon Leland.

Follow Jon at @joncombridges on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, or Clubhouse.

RESOURCE LINKS IN THIS EPISODE:

FOR MORE INFO OR TO STAY CONNECTED
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Short-Form Social Media Videos: Learn How TikTok & Others Are The Next Big Thing in Marketing

TikTok is the leading example of one of the most important trends in social media marketing: Short-Form Social Media Videos. Please check out this quickie, one-minute video to learn more and the two videos mentioned are also below:

As a joyful explorer of this new video frontier, this week in my Luscious Links email blast, I featured two illuminating videos:

1. One is a virtual TED talk by a young, Chinese principal at Boston Consulting Group. It’s packed with research and examples.

2. The second drills down even deeper and uses #FilmTikTok to brilliantly explain and SHOW how TikTok works, and that’s something good to know if you care about where social media is going. In fact, if you are in business, in any form, this matters! Short-Form Social Media Videos are our future!

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Thanks for watching and I hope to hear from you.

How to Level Up Your Podcast (or Show) So It’s Your Tribe’s Favorite with Jay Acunzo

*No BS.* There’s ONE thing that can make or break a podcast or video show, and I’m still learning after all these years! 🙂

This episode of Video Mojo (video below) is much more than just an interview. It’s practically an entire workshop. I’m “working in public” and tapping into the impressive showrunner expertise of Jay Acunzo. In this conversation, Jay not only provides immensely valuable realtime coaching regarding the essential requirement for a “pithy, powerful premise” and illuminates his “4 Challenges of the Showrunner’s Circle;” but he also explains why participation is better than promotion.

We also discuss how podcasts and shows can be leveraged into short-form video content and when that’s appropriate (or not), and much more. My journey toward making Video Mojo an authentically valuable offering for visionary organizations takes a profound pivot here, and I want you along for the learning. If you have a podcast or show, or if you are considering starting one, I recommend this video as essential viewing. Don’t miss all the actionable insights.

ABOUT VIDEO MOJO

Video Mojo a playful exploration of the leading edge of video & social media marketing hosted by award-winning media innovator, Jon Leland ComBridges.

Follow Jon at @joncombridges on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, or Clubhouse.

RESOURCE LINKS

More About Jay Acunzo:

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Thanks!

How to Create the Ultimate Content Marketing Mix of Live Streaming, Social Media Video Series, & Podcast

When I started my video blog, I didn’t know I would be inventing a combination of live streaming event, social media video series, and podcast that I now call a WebShow™. In this special edition of Video Mojo that I call “The WebShow-WebShow,” I pull back the curtain of what it takes to create what I believe is the ultimate form of content marketing, especially if you leverage the content assets that are created along the way.

I detail “what is a WebShow?” and I also describe the specific software and hardware that I use to produce it. I also include a section on “Program Development” that covers the creative considerations necessary to produce a good show. Please click the video below to watch now.

Video Mojo welcomes your questions and comments in real time during Video Mojo LIVE! which streams on Fridays at 10am PT / 1pm ET on our YouTube channel: ​http://www.youtube.com/jonleland and via our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/combridges.fb/live​.

Please mark your calendar and join us.

IN THIS EPISODE 

Time markers/Table of contents:
* Tee It Up: The Adventure Continues – 2:10
* Collaborative Conversation: WebShow – Webshow™ – 3:35
* Community Campfire: Q&A – 18:37
* Luscious Links: Throughout the show (see below

RESOURCE LINKS:

Pillar 2 of a Vibrant Video Presence: Technology – http://youtu.be/g__BRLf0BKc​​

Software: 

Hardware: 

  • New iMac
  • DSLR: Canon EOS Rebel T7i
  • Rode shotgun mic
  • Apple Airpods Pro (audio monitoring)
  • Lights

I’d love to hear from you with any feedback, suggestions, or reviews. Please join us and/or post a review or comment via any of the links on this page:

http://play.combridges.com/links

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