Storytelling as Wayfinding During Uncharted Times: New Video Mojo with Michael Kass

I admit it. I’m proud of the quality of content that’s coming out weekly via my Video Mojo WebShow™. It’s now much more than a video blog & podcast: It’s a fully-produced live, weekly webcast & formatted 1/2-hour program with awesome guests.

This week’s episode, recorded live last Friday, powerfully illuminates why storytelling is so much more than a “buzzword du jour.” If you understand the power of story, you can create a more engaging and vibrant social media and video presence.

To do that, you have to go beyond storytelling as a formula. Done well, story can open doors to whole other levels of engagement. And, it can help you find your way through the “uncharted times” that we are all living through, while revealing a path to more meaningful media.

If you’re ready to use story as a wayfinding tool (or at least ready to discover what that means), don’t miss this third “Collaborative Conversation” between myself and storytelling expert, Michael Kass.

In addition this “Collaborative Conversation,” every Video Mojo episode includes a quick commentary called “Tee It Up” and “Luscious Links” resource recommendations, as shown below.

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

IN LAST WEEK’S EPISODE

Time markers/Table of contents:

  • Tee It Up: Wayfinding vs the Perfectionism Trap – 1:58
  • Collaborative Conversation: Michael Kass (Coach) – 3:11
  • Community Campfire: Q&A – 14:11
  • Luscious Links: The Biggest Bluff – 23:31

RESOURCE LINK:

Michael Kass: https://www.storyandspirit.org/

LUSCIOUS LINKS

3 PILLARS OF A VIBRANT VIDEO PRESENCE

Please join us and/or post a review or comment. It REALLY helps Video Mojo to be more visible when you like, review, or comment. All of the links are here:
https://play.combridges.com/links

Thanks!

Strategic Thinking for Small Business Marketing with Neal “Think Like an App” Polachek

When Gannett/USA Today wanted a speaker who could inspire small businesses to think more strategically about their businesses given the state of modern consumers, they chose our guest, Neal Polachek. He in turn developed the Think Like An App methodology.

This Video Mojo LIVE! includes a thought-provoking and action-oriented conversation with Neal, and also my “Tee It Up” commentary and a Luscious Link about a very useful YouTuber. (Time markers are below.) Click the image below to watch now.

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

ABOUT VIDEO MOJO
ComBridges’ mission is to help you have a more engaging social media presence and a more vibrant video presence. Our webshow, Video Mojo, combines timeless marketing principles with a playful exploration on the “bleeding edge” of digital video & social media strategies. Producer/host, Jon Leland, focuses on the human side of social media and offers decades of video experience as well as his visionary and up-to-the-minute insights as a media wizard and digital marketing strategist who currently leads his own social media marketing agency, ComBridges, https://www.combridges.com. Video Mojo welcomes your questions and comments during Video Mojo LIVE! which streams every Friday at 10am PT / 1pm ET here on our YouTube channel and via our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/combridges.f…

IN THIS EPISODE
Time markers/Table of contents:

  • Tee It Up: “Follow the Juice” – 1:18
  • Collaborative Conversation: Neal Polachek, “Think Like an App” – 3:54
  • Community Campfire: Q&A – 15:07
  • Luscious Links: an exemplary YouTuber & resource – 23:50

RESOURCE LINK:

LUSCIOUS LINKS

3 PILLARS OF A VIBRANT VIDEO PRESENCE
Pillar 1: Humanity – https://youtu.be/NGO1m_MFKB4
Pillar 2: Technology – https://youtu.be/g__BRLf0BKc
Pillar 3: Story – TO COME!

BE PART OF VIDEO MOJO LIVE EVERY FRIDAY at 10am PT at either of these links:
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I’d love to hear from you.
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Go Beyond Content Marketing & Storytelling. Conversations Are Now King. – Video Mojo LIVE! Webcast

Our mission is to help you have a more engaging social media presence and a more vibrant video presence. Some call this “content marketing.” Others like to think there’s a silver bullet in “brand storytelling.” In this week’s edition of Video Mojo LIVE!, master storytelling coach and the author of “Narrative Coaching,” Dr. David Drake and I explore what it means to go beyond conventional concepts of content marketing, revealing how authentic storytelling is really a conversation, not a one-way communication, like most marketing. Please click the video below to watch now.

Other insights include my “Tee It Up” opening commentary on “There Is No Finish Line” and a “Luscious Links” movie review of the Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma.”

Time markers:
* Tee It Up – 2:04
* Collaborative Conversation – 4:24
* Community Campfire – 12:49
* Luscious Links – 21:54

Here are the resource links from this episode:

* David Drake: https://www.themomentinstitute.com/

* “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love” by Cal Newport – https://www.amazon.com/Good-They-Cant-Ignore-You/dp/0349415862

LUSCIOUS LINKS
* The Social Dilemma (Netflix Documentary)
https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/

3 PILLARS OF A VIBRANT VIDEO PRESENCE
Pillar 1: Humanity – https://youtu.be/NGO1m_MFKB4
Pillar 2: Technology – https://youtu.be/g__BRLf0BKc
Pillar 3: Story – TO COME!

BE PART OF VIDEO MOJO LIVE EVERY FRIDAY at 10am PT at either of these links:
https://www.facebook.com/combridges.fb
(“Like” this page for notifications)
https://www.youtube.com/jonleland
(“Subscribe” and click the bell for alerts)

* ECAMM LIVE (Live Streaming App):
https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=jon-77 (affiliate link)

I’d love to hear from you.
Your feedback, suggestions, and reviews on Apple Podcasts or wherever are HUGELY valuable:
* Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/jonleland/
* Podcast Home: https://anchor.fm/video-mojo
* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joncombridges/
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/joncombridges

Thanks!

Whole Lotta Streamin’ Goin’ On. Learn Why LIVE is the Next Big Thing in Social Engagement & New Tools We’re Using

Video Mojo continues as an exciting playful exploration of the bleeding edge of video. Our mission is to help you create a more engaging social media presence and to be your source for insights about how to create a more vibrant video presence.

If you want to know more about what I’m up to, last week’s episode was the transition from Video Mojo, the video blog, to Video Mojo LIVE, the webcast show (stay tuned and I will reveal the whole format). And, we will continue to offer edited versions including a podcast version for your listening convenience (links below). 😉

​This episode shows both a powerful set of new tools for live video streaming and provides a taste of how Video Mojo is evolving into a weekly LIVE webcast (every Friday at 10am PT) and podcast (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) that will be packed with valuable collaborative conversations, luscious links (various kinds of resource recommendations), and opportunities for you to “ask me anything” via the interactive technologies that we are now using.

​Please watch this video to see how we are engaging via live streaming and you are invited to join us any Friday at 10am PT on our YouTube Channel (subscribe), the ComBridges Facebook page (like), or my personal Facebook profile (follow).

Here are the resource links from this episode:

ECAMM LIVE(Live Streaming App)
https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=jon-77 (affiliate link)

LUSCIOUS LINKS:

* Henny Tha Bizness: https://www.hennythabizness.com/
“HOW TO SETUP A PROFESSIONAL LOOKING LIVESTREAM IN 2020 using ECAMM LIVE – MY QUARANTINE SETUP”
https://youtu.be/WSy-Me6znBQ
* Pat Flynn: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/
“This is the Best Live Streaming Software for Mac – Full Tutorial”
https://youtu.be/z0ddCZOmgCM
* Ali Adbaal: https://aliabdaal.com/
“My Favourite Mac Apps in 2020 | What’s on my MacBook Pro?”
https://youtu.be/Kppgzbun71I
* Purple Air (air quality)
https://www2.purpleair.com/
* Whimsical (mind mapping with charts)
https://whimsical.com/
* Restream (multi-casting)
https://restream.io/

3 PILLARS OF A VIBRANT VIDEO PRESENCE​

OTHER CONNECTION POINTS

Thank you!

The Tech Tools of a Vibrant Video Presence, Pillar #2 – Collaborative Conversation with Michael Kass

I’m really pleased to share what I think is our most practical Video Mojo episode ever! Michael Kass and I did a quick 17-minute overview of the Technology Tools necessary for producing your own social video posts, whether via Zoom, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, or whatever.

This is the second in a series Video Mojo episodes on how to create a Vibrant Video Presence. Each of these 3 special episodes is a collaborative conversation with special guest, master of storytelling, coach, & consultant, Michael Kass. I highly recommend this video clip for anyone who may feel challenged by video technologies (and who isn’t?) You could think of it as a welcoming “video helping hand.” 🙂 Click the video below to watch & learn now.

About Video Mojo ​

Video Mojo is a video blog and podcast hosted by award-winning media innovator, Jon Leland of http://combridges.com. It combines timeless marketing principles with a playful exploration of the “bleeding edge” of digital video & social media.

Resource Links:

I’d love to hear from you.

Your feedback, suggestions, and reviews on Apple Podcasts or wherever are HUGELY valuable:

* Podcast Home: https://anchor.fm/video-mojo
* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JonLeland/
* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joncombridges/
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/joncombridges

Thanks!

Can Creativity Really Happen Without Getting Messy? I Think Not.

I like to think of creativity as play. There’s always an element of experimentation, trial and error, messiness, risk taking, and ultimately, if you’re lucky, celebration. We love it when it works, and there’s also a satisfaction that comes from just being “in the arena,” putting yourself out there. I feel blessed when I get to play creatively, in any way I can.

Outcomes are a whole other subject. “The Journey is (truly) the reward.” It’s only an adventure when you can’t predict exactly what is going to happen. There’s no “game” if you’re guaranteed to win every time you play. Taking risks and being willing to fall on your face, more than once, is simply part of the process.

The last time I was in Hawaii, I bought a refrigerator magnet that says, “Small waves never made a skilled surfer.” Simply put, wipeouts are part of the process of honing your creative skills. Every “mistake” is a stepping stone in the process of self-improvement.

So, please, go get messy. Don’t be afraid of a few wipe outs. I can’t wait to see what you will create. The best things are yet to come. And, they only happen when we are willing to get messy.

Thanks for reading,

How Your Humanity Can Build a Vibrant Video Presence: Vlog Series with Michael Kass

I’m totally psyched to share a new kind of Video Mojo episode!

Although it’s rarely discussed, “video presence” is a very real thing and worth cultivating. This collaborative conversation with the amazing Michael Kass not only models of what video presence means, but it also includes wonderful “special guest appearances” from the inspirational author and speaker, Lynne Twist, and master coach and author, Andrea J. Lee.

Click the video above to watch this Video Mojo episode.

If you aspire to make the most of online video including posting videos to social media networks like Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok, this episode may be especially important to you.

About Video Mojo
​Video Mojo is a video blog and podcast hosted by award-winning media innovator, Jon Leland. It combines timeless marketing principles with a playful exploration of the “bleeding edge” of digital video & social media.

Resource Links from this episode:

​I’d love to hear from you. Your feedback, suggestions, likes, and reviews on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever are HUGELY valuable:
* Podcast Home: https://anchor.fm/video-mojo
* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joncombridges/
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/joncombridges​
​* YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/jonleland​/​

Thank you!

3 Ways to Avoid the WORST MISTAKE in Digital Marketing: Formulaic vs Relationship-Based Marketing

Forget “shiny objects” and “silver bullet” formulas. Please. There’s a better way. A much better way. And, in the age of coronavirus, it’s time to boil things down to the essentials, don’t you think?

Relationship-based marketing makes your business sustainable for the long haul, allows you to be of service in a way that’s meaningful to you, and creates a process that you can enjoy every step of the way.

In the episode of Video Mojo above, I do my best to will help you avoid the worst mistake in digital marketing (spoiler alert: it’s making your marketing all about the money) while illuminating the path to more satisfying forms of success.

About Video Mojo
Video Mojo is a video blog and podcast hosted by award-winning media innovator, Jon Leland of http://combridges.com. It combines timeless marketing principles with a playful exploration of the “bleeding edge” of digital video & social media.

Resource Links from this episode:
– Robin Sharma “5am Club”: https://www.robinsharma.com/book/the-5am-club

I’d love to hear what works for you and if you find this program useful. If you’ve got questions, feedback, or suggestions, please comment below, or let’s connect (and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever):
* YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/jonleland​/
* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joncombridges/
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/joncombridges​/
* Podcast Home: https://anchor.fm/video-mojo​/

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

3 Ways to Avoid the WORST MISTAKE in Digital Marketing: Formulaic vs Relationship-Based Marketing

Hi there and welcome to another edition of Video Mojo. My name is Jon Leland from ComBridges.com. Video Mojo is a podcast and a vlog that connects timeless marketing principles with a playful exploration of video marketing and social media marketing.

Today we’re going to explore 3 principles to help you avoid the worst mistake in digital Marketing. In other words, why formulaic marketing hurts your brand and how relationship based marketing builds success.

This is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart. It is something that bugs me in the marketplace where, I think, we all, in this day and age, have much more sensitive “bullshit meters” than ever before. We recognize hype, we recognize when people are trying to manipulate us, and now with coronavirus and kind of a reinvention of our entire society (at least I hope in some ways), more and more people are trying to focus on what is essential and important in life. This contrast between what I call relationship-based marketing and manipulative or formulaic marketing is really at the heart of the matter.

I think that the worst mistake that you can make in digital marketing is to make it all about the money. Formulaic marketing taps into this kind of myth that I think a lot of people have, that there can be a silver bullet. That if you just follow this formula A-B-C-, it’s a guaranteed six to seven figures. We all know it’s a myth. It’s just a false promise and people are playing on the entrepreneurial spirit that’s out there, genuine authentic longing to be of service. And they are capitalizing and going – well these are the tips and tricks -. I think we all have a propensity to look for shiny objects, quick fixes, and that kind of thing. But you know, stay away. I think that is the worst mistake not only to buy into that but also to think that that’s a recipe for success.

To be clear, I’m not saying that techniques and strategies such as sales funnels or email sequences are bad per se. There are a lot of very solid techniques but there’s a fuel that powers them. And that’s the things that I’m most passionate about and why I’m involved in online marketing. So I want to offer you 3 key principles that I think really make marketing work in the face of all this bull.

1- Make Authentic Human Connections

So #1 is the fact that we need to make authentic human connections. That’s why this is Video Mojo and why I’m such a big proponent of online video. We need to make human connections. Those human connections need to be fueled by value.

2 – Human Connections are Fueled By Value

I am reading a book right now by Robin Sharma called The 5 am Club. And he talks throughout the book about this goal which is to serve as many people as possible. And I think that’s something that, if not all of us, most of us want to do is have our work, serve as many people as possible.

That is the second principle is if it’s heart oriented, if you’re really coming from service people get that and that builds on the human connection and allows you to really make a difference.

3 – Marketing is a Long-Term Process

The third principle is that you really have to look at marketing as a long-term process. I heard the famous quote recently that you shouldn’t confuse the map with the territory. The map, or the design, or the strategy is really one thing but the territory is the landscape and in marketing, it’s the environment that we’re working within. If you’re going to build authentic long-term relationships, which I do think is a very real definition of success, authentic long-term relationships, it’s a process. No relationship is built in one day or in one event. Basic marketing principle being multiple touches and basics of relationship-building is contribute, contribute, contribute, and always be adding value.

I love the expression “Lead With Value”. You offer your service, you offer value. The people that I know and admire that have been really successful in online marketing have generated tons of free content. And this is my modest effort, Video Mojo. No charge, no sales pitch. I’m out here trying to make a difference, trying to help people do better heart-based, relationship-based marketing, rather than the kind of formulaic stuff that is so prevalent and so hyped.

I think the bottom line is, how do you define success? There are many definitions of success but I can tell you that if you make it all about the money that is very short-sighted and not sustainable. People can smell when what you’re doing is really “I just want sales, I’m just after your money”. On the other hand, if you’re coming from being of service, people can taste that and they can get a real sense that you’re here not for the money necessarily. Although, I believe the money follows and this is what fuels a long-term business that’s sustainable. They get the sense that that’s why you’re here, you’re around and you’re consistent. That’s one of the big things I’ve talked about here over and over again, consistent content and consistent presence. That’s the kind of thing that builds what I think is a definition of success which is sustainable long-term relationships.

Business is about relationships. When you’re present and leading with value then I think that you have kind of marketing that can work and that will feed you all along the way so that you can become part of a learning process and evolve and develop relationships over time. It’s a long game but that’s a game worth playing and a game that you can enjoy every step of the way.

That’s this episode of VIdeo Mojo. If you’re looking for more episodes, there’s a youtube channel or also on my website ComBridges.com/blog. On the blog is where you can find all the episodes including transcripts. I look forward to your feedback as always I’m very grateful for your time and attention and we’ll see you next time.

Go Beyond Best Practices: Email Is Your #1 Marketing Tool (but not the way you think)

Now, more than ever, it’s essential to do what works. Why would you want to do anything else!?

​This episode of Video Mojo explains why email works so well in today’s digital marketing mix. This video will also help you avoid a couple of fundamental yet common mistakes:

  1. Don’t be distracted by formulaic solutions like ‘best practices” or “quick tips” that some huckster says is a “silver bullet.”
  2. Don’t be fooled by “shiny objects” like the latest and greatest social media networks (or Facebook Ads) with the result that you overlook the power of email to deliver the kind of consistent value that truly connects you with the people (real human beings) that are most important to you.

If making meaningful and authentic connections that lead to sustainable, long-term relationships matters to you, then please check out this episode and let me know what you think. Thanks!

About Video Mojo

​Video Mojo is a weekly video blog and podcast hosted by award-winning media innovator, Jon Leland. It combines timeless marketing principles with a playful exploration on the “bleeding edge” of digital video & social media.

Resource Links mentioned in this episode:

I’d love to hear if you find this vlog post useful. If you’ve got questions, feedback or suggestions, let’s connect (and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever):

VIDEO TRAnSCRIPT:

Go Beyond Best Practices: Email Is Your #1 Marketing Tool (but not the way you think)

Hi and welcome to Video Mojo! 

This is a weekly video blog and podcast that combines timeless marketing principles with a playful exploration of the bleeding edge of video communications, online marketing, and all kinds of good stuff like that. 

This week I’m talking about:

Beyond Best Practices: Email is your number one marketing platform, but not the way you think. And how to make your emails massively more effective.

So let’s start with fundamental principles. Digital marketing is about relationships. Really all marketing and business are about relationships. And not only is marketing and business about relationships but when you build them online it HAS to be recurring. 

I’m going to be interviewing Jay Acunzo on Video Mojo and his Marketing Showrunners company has this line.

“Great marketing isn’t about who arrives, it’s about who stays.” 

That really is what I’m talking about. That is how you can use email to be your #1 tool. You can keep people coming back and stay engaged with the people who care about the value that you are offering. 

How do you build relationships using all of these latest greatest online marketing tools? Well, email is often overlooked. It’s interesting, when people are starting out and building an online presence, they know they need a website but they don’t often think about the email list as a primary way that they connect. People don’t always go to your website, for example, but they do always go to their inbox. If you’re leading with value, as I like to say, then you’re visiting them and having the opportunity for multiple touches. And that really is one of the main reasons that email is the #1 marketing tool. You get to go back again and again as long as you build a relationship, lead with value, and give some meaning for you to be there. 

Seth Godin defines “permission marketing as the privilege (not the right) to deliver anticipated, personal and relevant messages to people who actually want to get them” 

So how do you do that? How do you deliver email messages that people actually want to read? Well, the first thing is the  #1 principle, keep it simple! The biggest and most common mistake that I see is complicated, convoluted, long newsletter-style emails. That’s not really something that has much appeal. But a personal meaningful message that really is designed to give your most important followers the value that they’re looking for, on message with the way that you contribute, that is something valuable. 

How do you get them to understand that? It actually starts with the subject line. At last year’s Crafts + Commerce, the Convertkit conference – that I’ll be going to again this June – I heard Karen X talk about viral videos. She emphasized that it all starts with the headline. So when you’re doing videos and you want people to find them, the subject matter actually begins with the title. And with an email, equally important if not more so is your subject line. Because obviously if people don’t open the email then it doesn’t matter how good it is and how much valuable content it is. That subject line is how you let people know the value that you’re trying to deliver. 

What is the fundamental game-changer? Being intimate and personal, rather than the more conventional approach to digital marketing – a shotgun blasted out, see what comes back. You really want to make an intimate personal connection rather than some kind of manipulative selling. 

Keep it simple, keep it focused. It doesn’t have to be glitzy. Definitely don’t make too many notes, too long, or too complicated. But keep it valuable and let people know with the subject line how you are going to help them. That simplicity of focus on being valuable and being of service is what will keep people engaged with you and deliver the holy grail of building relationships, online meaningful, authentic, sustainable relationships with what you’re doing online and email is your best channel to do that because it has that conversational recurring basis. 

One final tip: A lot of people tell me that they’re worried about a weekly frequency, that people will turn them off. Well, if you’re being valuable on a consistent weekly basis, that actually is the real secret sauce of building relationships and keeping it going. The unsubscribers, don’t worry about them. They’re not your people. The people who engage and read on a regular basis and appreciate what you’re doing, that’s the real gold. 

That’s video mojo for this week. Thank you so much for your kind attention. 

I look forward to your feedback questions and suggestions and I’ll see you next time!