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.

My New Video Production Workflow: An Exploration of Virtual Video Recording with Riverside.fm

Like everything else, video production ain’t what it used to be.

In the age of COVID, more and more video producers and podcasters are using Zoom; but what if you want better quality that’s free of Internet bandwidth issues and more control when you are editing? For example, what if you could have high-quality, locally-recorded, distinct audio and video tracks automatically uploaded from each participant’s computer to a cloud dashboard? Would you like the ability to edit with creative freedom that is not limited by what is recorded by Zoom or other streaming software?

I also see the benefits of having this high-quality video source material available for the production of shorter videos for social media.

That’s why I produced this video using http://riverside.fm and interviewed the Chief Marketing/Growth exec of Riverside, Abel Grünfeld about Riverside’s innovative remote video production platform that locally records individual video tracks of virtual recording sessions.

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My New Video Production Workflow: An Exploration of Virtual Video Recording with Riverside.fm

Jon: Hi and welcome to another episode of video Mojo. My name is Jon Leland and I’m a video marketing strategist and a digital marketing strategist. Video Mojo is my playful exploration of the leading edge. Sometimes I say the bleeding edge of video marketing social video, and this whole new frontier of communicating online via video.

I have a very special episode today where we’re kind of breaking our format. I’m also experimenting with an entirely new kind of live production. My guest is Abel Grunfeld. I’m practicing my German pronunciation there in America, we would say Grunfeld, but it’s Greenfeld, Abel, how are you today?

Abel: Yeah, I’m very good, and it’s a pleasure to be here. Thank you for having me.

Jon: It’s great to talk to you. Abel is the growth and marketing lead on very interesting new startup, riverside.fm. It is a video podcast recording platform which is kind of one way to say it, but we’re gonna get into what does that mean and what’s different about this kind of production? As well as what’s the marketplace for higher quality video interviews and video podcasts and this kind of program that we’re producing here today?

So Abel, let me start there when you market riverside.fm, we’re talking about a higher level of quality. Front and center on your homepage is Hillary Clinton, who’s recording her podcast using riverside.fm. And among your clients, you have Spotify Disney, Verizon, Microsoft, Shopify, some other real players in the content industry are using the platform. Why is that and kind of what’s different about riverside.fm?

Abel: What we in essence, do is quite simple. We we try to make the workflow easy for content creators that record interviews with remote guests. That can be, like you mentioned with video can also be audio only. So obviously, since nine months, everyone has had to adapt to the new reality. And whereas we’re used to recording offline, and having a team of producers or having a studio environment, where you have high control, that is something we’re used to, and we can produce high quality content, but doing it remotely, especially with guests that are not tech savvy, that is a challenge. That is where we come in. We take care of the underlying tech, so that the host can focus on having a deep and meaningful conversation with their guests.

How it works is like a double ender, which is that when we’re talking right now, we’re actually recording on each other’s machine and we’re recording offline, we are recording locally. Afterwards, we’re automatically uploading this locally recorded files to the dashboard Riverside. So to say this simple, what that means is that recording locally is recording independent of internet connection. This ensures that the quality of the files is much higher it is free of internet dropout and that is a way to guarantee and to deliver much higher audio and video production quality as compared to other tools such as Zoom, Skype, or Ecamm.

Jon: Yeah and I’ve been impressed. The aspect of getting separate tracks and having a full HD, actually you go all the way to 4k quality with a video and less conversing with the audio.

Abel: It depends on the input. The constraint in quality is not a constraint imposed by our program but imposed by equipment. If you use a 4k camera you can record up to 4k. If you use professional mic, you can record studio quality audio.

Jon: What it does for me, and this is kind of like where the marketplace distinction comes in, is that rather than recording live, streaming webcast and accepting the fact that there’s going to be dropouts and there’s going to be a more grainy quality, what I’m seeing and because this is Video Mojo and I’m most interested in video, when I test it, I get a beautiful local recording with very high quality. Those of you that are watching this on YouTube know it’s been compressed for YouTube, but I’m compositing Abel and I not live but actually in Final Cut Pro is how I’ll edit it. So it’s a commitment to quality that also is a commitment to a different kind of workflow.

I’m am interested in how do you see this marketplace? We mentioned a number of very big players who are committed to the quality that comes to mind. I watched on Netflix, I think it was Oprah interviewing Barack Obama and they did a video, I believe I saw each of them had their own video production system and they merged them together. So this is a step towards that, versus I think many people are doing live streaming using Zoom just for the convenience of it. And I started out doing live with zoom, then I moved to Ecamm, and now I’m experimenting with this quality. But how do you see that market? Who is coming to you? Who are the people that are producing shows at a level of quality that they want to go those extra steps in order to get that better quality?

Abel: Yeah, I think it’s a range of people. There is a professional aspect but there’s also the aspect of people doing something for a hobby or as a passion project, but wanting to deliver the quality that they can be proud of. Translating that into something more concrete, when we look at our audience, it started with podcasters, it’s audio only, or video podcasters. This can be professionals with whole production teams and unlimited budgets. But we also see a lot of indie podcasters who are doing something for fun, really in a niche, and at the same time wanting to produce the highest quality possible. So that is one use case, podcasters.

Another use case is when it comes to recording video, and recording video from a distance. We see a lot of companies recording for internal communication or marketing, as well as recording interviews with external guests, which they distribute either on external channels like YouTube or any other social media to build up an audience to gain trust for what they’re trying to sell. Or they use it to keep actually people their organization internally motivated, and use it merely as a communication tool. And as a more engaging communication tool.

Jon: Very interesting. I think taking a minute to reflect on this kind of production because, you know, pre-pandemic, if you’re doing a video documentary, for example, you would have a crew go to wherever the guests are and interview them. Even within the radio production like NPR. My son, Andrew has been a professional podcaster and taught audio journalism and he told me that the term that they use in that industry is tape sync. So if they had a guest who was in a remote location, they actually would hire an audio producer, who would go with a microphone to the guest’s location, because they don’t expect them to have a good microphone to be able to record that kind of quality. So it seems to me that riverside.fm is really filling a gap there where pandemic or otherwise, like, I wouldn’t be able to interview you in the Netherlands. And I don’t think I wouldn’t have the budget to hire a crew in the Netherlands to do a video recording. So next best thing, we really have good quality here versus doing a live event. Now there may be some immediacy that gets lost by not doing live, but it’s an interesting menu and selection of options that producers have now.

Abel: Absolutely. And what might be a valuable addition is that if you purely look at the product that we offer, so right now, it’s just a host and a guest, we’re having a conversation. But we have actually built something to help producer teams. Basically, there’s something called the producer mode, which allows producer to join the show to be in control without being recorded and or visible. But at the same time, they can monitor they can make sure that there’s no audio keeping, all participants use the right equipment, and they can do sound checks. So we’re really bringing the idea of a hands on production team offline, to an online environment. We seek to bring you a virtual studio rather than simply a video conferencing environment.

Jon: That’s very interesting. One of the thing I am interested in, I’ll be transparent, and why I was interested in riverside.fm is I want to work with corporations or visionary organizations that really have a message that want to do more of this kind of video with the opportunity for me to be a producer. I’ve actually directed zoom, video shoots while they were recording locally with their iPhone, and so this is far more sophisticated and an opportunity, like you said, to produce conversations.

We can also bring in, I think you said seven or eight live videos and capture those streams individually. Then you also have a “call in” mode, which uses this composite recording, which is not as high quality. It’s interesting when we do zoom, and we do gallery mode, in order to put 2 – 3 – 4 people on the screen, you know that it is what it is. But in your case we could do four people and record high quality four at a time, each one has an independent track, and we have that quality. If they’re calling in, then it’s very limited. In terms of the quality, is that correct?

Abel: That is correct, yes. When you call in, it will be contingent on the quality of the internet connection. But if they join as a guest you record them locally on a separate track. That is when you get indeed the high quality.

Jon: Cool! One of the things that I’m not doing today that I was doing when I was doing live streaming, is being able to take the comments from YouTube or Facebook and put those up on the screen and answer questions in that way. But in this case, you can give me a link and I could I have any number of people watching in what is virtually a private room? Is that right?

Abel: Yep, that’s right. So there are three different statuses in terms of inviting people on Riverside. There’s the guests think that you obviously send to guests that you want to be recorded for the whole conversation.

Jon: You’re my guest on my riverside.fm account.

Abel: Exactly. I’m here on the guest link, it is two clicks and I’m in this session. That is one part. The second part is for producers, that is the producer mode. Having a production team or having your audio or video engineer, attend the session without being recorded. And then there’s the third option, and that connects to live streaming, that is an audience link. You can share that audience link when you go live or when you start the recording in 30 minutes. Go through Twitter (and any social platform), and you say “hey, following in 30 minutes, I’m going live with a or b tune in” What happens is they click on the link and they are not visible in the conversation but the moment you hit the record button, is when you start your life conversation. That is when they as an audience member can actually attend the session. In addition to that, they can use the chat box on Riverside to ask questions. So this is a way to livestream on Riverside without any detrimental impact in terms of the recording quality.

Jon: After it gets edited? So where they’re watching live is a live stream of this composite mode, correct?

Abel: Correct

Jon: Camera switching, I mean why I’m a fan of Ecamm live is I can do multiple cameras. They have a guest mode where I can then go to a 2 shot, I can actually live direct 2 shot – 1 shot, bringing graphics is like a live studio. So you’re not competing with that, it’s a little bit geeky. But the technical question that I have is I was doing Ecamm, Ecamm does do some live streaming that I was using restream.io to go out simultaneously to my personal Facebook page, my professional Facebook page, and YouTube Live and getting back the chat. I don’t know, this whole streaming area is fascinating. There’s one advantage I see to your guests link, not the guest link. Sorry. But the audience link, what would you call that?

Abel: Yeah, exactly. Right

Jon: Right. That’s the participants that can just watch via the web page. So the chat then at least gives me the ability to answer questions. And that lends itself to kind of like membership groups. Because you’re not putting it on YouTube. You’re not putting it on Facebook, you’re just saying we are going to be live and you’ll get to participate in this session. You can ask questions. And if we take the time to edit it, the quality of the recording that we’re going to send out is going to be exceptionally good.

Able: Yeah, absolutely. And if I may add, and especially given what you said. I think what the following distinction is important to make. So when you talk about restream talk about Ecamm, these are live streaming platforms with some recording functionalities. Whereas what we do is we are recording platform with some live streaming functionalities, meaning that we optimize for the recording element. But in addition to that, we indeed provide some functions. nullities to go live. And like you mentioned your use case of having a private community attending a live recording. That is a very cool one. And that is perfectly suitable in the to do.

Jon: That’s really well said. I know I’m exploring and sorting this stuff out for myself. And as I talk to people that are looking at this whole world of live streaming, and are you familiar with this new audio only community platform called clubhouse?

Abel: Yeah

Jon: It’s amazing. I’m going to be doing programs in the future, I’m sure about it. Because I’ve just been impressed. It’s unfortunately, at the moment, invitation only, and iOS only, but it’s amazing. And it’s, you know, it’s audio only. It’s a whole different live environment. And because they’ve got some critical mass, it’s happening. But I went off the subject.

And this idea of having a close community or offering it to your followers, so that it isn’t so much a social media thing as a media thing. But what you said the distinction between the fact that you’re recording platform that does offer some live capabilities, versus a live platform that does some recording, definitely at a lower quality. I mean, that’s a very clear distinction. Yeah, anything to add on that?

Abel: No, I mean, I think I think you captured it there perfectly well. And I think to add to what you said, it’s very interesting what you’re seeing. I mean, we’ve sold the acquisition of Twitter, of Twitter acquiring breaker, which is again, I would say, directly related to the rise of clubhouse. And a second thing that I would add is that like, you can see that Patreon, for example, now, so the private community membership, so a way for creators to monetize their work. That is something that is closely related to the idea or the use case you post of using such a platform as Riverside to host a session with a private community. And that is also something we recognize, we can see clearly a trend towards the decentralization of, let’s say, a media landscape, where everything is becoming much more niche much more based on the individual rather than the brand. And that is also where that’s a different tools that can actually help creator distribute their message there, that is the position of these tools. And that’s also, I would say, a place where we’re heading towards, which is going to be very, very different than what we see today.

Jon: Yeah, and it also makes sense, in terms of the corporate marketplace, you mentioned organizations earlier, who want to do events for their own people, and end up with a really high quality recording, but at the same time, have multiple people on camera, and have, you know, staff and other audiences who they would want to include, at the time of live, unable to ask questions, and so forth. But then distributed as a more finished polished production. Yeah, as you know, so not only are we seeing revolutions in distribution, and you know, it was unimaginable not long ago, to be able to do the quality of live video that zoom does, for example, or that the quality of live production with all the bells and whistles that I’m able to do with the Ecamm. But is also fascinating that the programs can have the kind of production quality that we were used to pre pandemic and pre internet.

The other thing that that is important to me, and I think is another kind of a tip, but also an advantage of having really good quality video and isolating it, and not working around the multi camera aspects that you end up with, on zoom, for example, is that I’m focusing more and more on short form video. And I love doing interviews like this, and I love having the longer form format. But I think what’s going to be more valuable to my audience, particularly in a soundbite oriented culture, are the nuggets. And I just actually, this week produced one of my first shorts, an insight that I had in a conversation with Jay Acunzo of Marketing Showrunners. And those kinds of nuggets and the ability to edit out these short form videos will be ideal to have the high quality video and make those really kind of like, sing sweetly from the quality point of view.

Abel: Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. And I mean, when having a very insightful conversation, by not leveraging the fact that you have so much unique content. So what you can do, one one use case I particularly like is to You record both audio and video, you use the audio for a podcast, you use the video for your YouTube channel, then you repurpose the content. And take for example 10 different clips of like the most interesting points being made this used for social media marketing strategy. And then you can also transcribe for example, the conversation and transform it into a blog post, which is a bit more to the point and synthesize, then then you have four or five different pieces of content, all different all complementing each other and all being like perfectly made for different types of distribution channels.

Jon: Yeah, you’re preaching to the choir. And I kind of even more than that this is something that I’m moving into. When I talk about being of service to visionary organizations. The one point that I would disagree with you about is the audio production and the video production, because as a producer, I don’t want to edit both of those. So tell me if I’m missing something, but what my intention is, and how I will do this program is that I will edit the video. And then I will strip out the audio and distribute that as an audio podcast, as opposed to doing a separate audio edit. And I 100% agree with you that part of the reason for doing what I call a web show, call it a video podcast, called wherever you want is not just for the original program, but for those opportunities to repurpose the content and refine them and deliver even higher quality clips by doing that kind of post production.

Abel: Absolutely. And I mean, like you said, you can choose to edit the video and audio as one file. And so the moment you make one edit that applies to all different files, all different tracks. And then once you have the finalized version, that is indeed, when you can split them and use it to distribute as an audio file and like a video file.

Jon: Great. It’s wonderful to talk to you thank you again for making the time and congratulations, because I do think that riverside.fm has identified a quality niche. And it’s evidenced in the people that are already using the platform. And I don’t think the as they say the toothpaste is going back in the tube with regard to the fact that even when the pandemic comes to an end, hopefully soon, that we’re going to be still more and more working in virtual spaces and doing this kind of virtual production. So I think you’re very well positioned. And as a longtime video producer, I can really see the value of having that quality. The big question for me to be transparent is how long will it take me to do an extra edit that is going to be more sophisticated. I’ll be custom compositing the two shot of us side by side as well as having the isolated tracks. So anyway, it’ll be fun. And it’ll be an interesting part of this video exploration.

Abel: Absolutely. You’ll see people that take a more hands off approach and try to minimize the time, you’ll see people who outsource the whole process. And the people who really like to dive deep into it, and really, like do everything custom. So it’s like you said you can you can make anything out of it. You can make it very simple or keep it simple. Or you can go really deep and specific.

Jon: Fabulous. Well thanks again and enjoy your weekend and Amsterdam and stay safe. We I will mention for the audience that I got a couple of very interesting interviews coming up, Jay Acunzo of Marketing Showrunners and he’s going to be back. And I’m actually doing his course, about program premises and doing programs that matter and conversations that make a difference. And Sean McCabe who is doing exactly the kind of report repurposing a video that we’re talking about. He’s got something called the daily content machine. And he’s been a big leader in online marketing for a long time. I’ll be interviewing him in February. So stay tuned to Video Mojo. I really appreciate you taking the time to watch, listen, whatever you do, and we’ll see you on the next episode.

The Next Big Thing in TV: How OTT like Roku, Apple TV, & Smart TVs Are Game Changers

The video landscape is ever changing. From user-generated content like on TikTok and Instagram to the high-end streamers like Netflix, Amazon, and HBO, just to name a few, there are more and more kinds of video.

OTT or over-the-top TV is often overlooked despite the fact that it offers amazing opportunities for producers of quality programs.

In this episode of Video Mojo, Jon Leland speaks with OTT innovator, Jonathon Barbato co-CEO of Best Ever Channels – http://besteverchannels.com – and they provide a valuable roadmap for what it takes to take advantage of these important new distribution channels.

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​.

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IN THIS EPISODE

Time markers/Table of contents:

  • Tee it up: How ELSE to Distribute – 2:20
  • Collaborative Conversation: Jonathan Barbato – 3:23
  • Community Campfire: Your Questions – 15:29
  • Lucious Links – 24:00

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Why TIKTOK is an Important BUSINESS MARKETING Opportunity & A “Fast Track” to More Video Visibility

Looking for the biggest possible “bang” for your social media, video marketing time & money?

One word: TikTok!

It’s not just for kids. With the pandemic, more and more businesses are finding that—not only are adults spending time on TikTok—it has distinct advantages for business marketing. Who knew?

In this special edition, “mini-webinar” episode of Video Mojo, video below, I spell out four solid reasons why TikTok is heads and shoulders above other social media marketing platforms. (And the fact that TikTok is “all video, all the time” is not even one of them.)

Despite the fact that many marketers don’t take it seriously, in many ways, TikTok represents the future of social media communications and video marketing in particular. And, it’s also a strategic fact that you can gain more visibility on TikTok faster, in an organic way, than on any other social media platform. The value for your future in marketing and the visibility opportunity are just TWO of the reasons that TikTok is an important business marketing opportunity.

Don’t miss this video: It might be some of the most valuable and actionable social media marketing insights that you will hear this year. Just sayin’. 😉

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​.

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IN THIS EPISODE

Time markers/Table of contents:

  • Tee it up – Video is a Language: 2:44
  • Collaborative Conversation – Mini-Webinar on TikTok: 5:25
  • Community Campfire – Your Questions: 14:47
  • Lucious Links – Throughout, Plus Free Email Course: 19:00

Four Reasons Why TikTok is Important for Business Marketing:

  1. A Creation-Communication Skill with Lasting Value:
    – Gary Vaynerchuk on Why TikTok Matters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjN3pQT6lnY
  2. An Algorithm in a Class by Itself:
    – Scott Galloway on algorithm “signal liquidity”: https://twitter.com/profgalloway/status/1309275991110451201?s=20
  3. An Exceptional Opportunity for Visibility:
    – Web marketer who swears by TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@maryannedamarzo/video/6865367741621341445?lang=en
  4. A Media Environment Where Your Humanity Can Shine:
    – Sherwin-Williams Paint Enthusiast Gets Fired & Hired: https://adage.com/article/digital/fired-sherwin-williams-paint-enthusiast-and-tiktok-star-joins-rival-firm-develop-new-paints/2296991
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tanyachen/college-student-behind-a-massively-popular-paint-mixing

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Video Mojo’s Fresh Take: In Changing Times, Reimagine Your Work. Discover What’s Possible Now.

When the pandemic caused his business to dry up overnight, executive coach and keynote speaker, Shawn Shepheard took a step back and reimagined his business with great success. In this lively Collaborative Conversation with Video Mojo’s Jon Leland, Shawn shares the specific actions that he took and how he used video to make his business more vibrant than ever.

Don’t miss the specific strategies and actionable take-aways, all designed for authentic relationship-building, that are at the heart of this episode. Also, during the Luscious Links segment, Jon shares some impressive new video apps that can help you up-level your social media video presence.

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:
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ABOUT VIDEO MOJO

ComBridges’ mission is to help you have a more engaging video and social media presence. Our WebShow™, Video Mojo, combines timeless marketing principles with a playful exploration on the “bleeding edge” of digital video & social media. 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.

IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Tee It Up: Two Firsts! CancerTalks and Contest – 2:13
  • Collaborative Conversation: Shawn Shepheard – 3:58
  • Community Campfire: Q&A – 18:56
  • Luscious Links: Video Apps for Social Media – 29:08

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3 PILLARS OF A VIBRANT VIDEO PRESENCE 

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Tips for Deepening Your Social Media Presence with actress/coach, Julia McNeal

There’s so much more to authentic social media and video than selling and persuading. A truly meaningful presence is more about engagement and relationship building. In order to deepen that experience, we touch a shared humanity that is very personal.

As Julia McNeal illuminates in this episode of Video Mojo, this is what’s required if you want to be truly authentic; and, the really GOOD NEWS is that along with this deeper level of engagement comes a recognition of a shared humanity that is a service to everyone you touch. Don’t miss this episode.

As always, in addition this “Collaborative Conversation” (interview), Video Mojo also includes a quick commentary called “Tee It Up” (this week an overview of how WebShows™ like ours build on the shoulders of podcasting) and “Luscious Links” resource recommendations (this week two great sources for license-free images you can use without fee or credit, if you so choose).

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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: Media Evolutions Through the Ages – 1:48
  • Collaborative Conversation: Julia McNeal (Actress, Teacher, Coach) – 4:57
  • Community Campfire: Q&A – 18:48
  • Luscious Links: stock image resources – 23:06

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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 be recorded live Friday, October 16th at 10am PT.

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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.

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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
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  • 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!

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Hey Podcasting! Meet My Video Blog – A Content Marketing Distribution Innovation

What?!? You turned your video blog into a podcast? Yes, I did! 😊

If you want to know how and why I did this, please watch this video:

This Weeks Power Briefing, Hey Podcasting! Meet My Video Blog.

What I did is: To get started, I stripped the audio off of a few of my video blog episodes, successfully put the Anchor.fm online app to work, and my video blog—now named “Video Mojo”—is now available via all of the major podcast distribution platforms. Here are a few links, in case you’d like to listen:

Join Us for a Free “Beyond Storytelling” Video Session

I’ve added a new service: Free Video Sessions. This is new way for us to connect as a virtual community, and for me and my friends to offer you complimentary support. You might think of these as a kind of “enhanced” Ask Us Anything experience. Basically, there will be a short interview followed by open Q&A so we can interact and be as helpful as possible. There’s no telling what might happen.

The first Free Video Session will be next Tuesday, December 17th at 11am PT / 2pm ET via Zoom Video. My guest will be my soul-full friend, the inspiring and empowering, Michael Kass, who takes storytelling to a more meaningful level. We are calling this session, “Beyond Storytelling” and it’s a chance to truly enliven your online communcations… well, all of your communications!

Yes, I will record this session and distribute via the podcast, video blog channels, and these emails; but if you have a question, problem or challenge that you think Michael or I might help with, think of this as an opportunity to get free coaching in a virtual group setting. Register Now for Free Here

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Hey Podcasting! Meet My Video Blog.

Hi there, and welcome. Welcome to Video Mojo which is my short-form podcast and video blog about making more meaningful online connections for a better world. 

Today’s subject is “Hello Podcasting! Meet My Video Blog.”

Connecting Vlogging & Podcasting

As some of you know if you watched earlier episodes, one of my axioms is “It’s Not HOW to Distribute the Content that you Create, It’s HOW ELSE to Distribute the Content that you Create.” And I’m reporting success in walking my talk in that regard, because the video blog that I’ve been doing on YouTube, I’ve also been putting on Instagram TV, Facebook, LinkedIn, and so forth. It is now also a podcast; and it’s available on Apple Podcasts (the iPhone app), available on Spotify, and on all the major podcasting applications.

I had this idea: I know that there are a lot of people distributing podcasts on YouTube, and I decided to follow the example of some people I admire. Derek Sivers is a great author and entrepreneur who founded CD Baby. He does a short-form podcast that’s just a couple minutes. Likewise, Naval Ravikant, who’s a VC financial guy, also does a short-form podcast and puts it on YouTube. They both do the very short form kind of podcast like this one. 

One difference is that they don’t do video. I originate with a video, do the video distribution, and have made the bridge the other way from YouTube and video into podcasting. I think that’s kind of innovative. I’d love to know your point of view about it. But the point is that it makes this content more accessible. As long as I’m producing content, it makes sense to have it out there. 

A Great App for Podcast Distribution

I do have an application tip that I want to share with you. I’ve made the podcast happen through a free application called anchor.fm. They did a great job! All you need is a title, a description, and some cover art. They’ll let you do some very simple cover art (within their app), but we created a custom graphic for Video Mojo. They literally took care of the rest at no charge. So I really recommend this app. It is a big time-saver. 

Free Video Sessions

I also want to tell you about an exception because occasionally I will do long-form episodes of this podcast and video blog. Those (longer episodes) will come out of some free public open group sessions. I’m calling them “Free Video Sessions.” The first free live video session is going to be with my good friend Michael Kass, who is an amazing storytelling expert. In fact, he takes storytelling to a deeper level of authenticity that I find inspiring and valuable. We’re calling the session “Beyond Storytelling” because we’re really going to talk about how to approach storytelling in a way that is not about transactions or selling stuff, just like I’m not selling anything here. It’s a free conversation and we’re not going to be selling anything in that free session either. 

It’s going to be Tuesday, December 17th at 11:00 a.m. Pacific and 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The link is here on the screen for you. And please join us by registering. You’ll get the recording if you register or it’ll be available via the podcast a little bit later. 

So, thanks so much for your kind attention. I love sharing this information with you. Questions are welcome. Comments and feedback at any time. Thanks again we’ll see you next week!

With Video Marketing, It’s Not “How to Distribute?” It’s “How ELSE to Distribute?”

Greetings and Happy Almost Thanksgiving.

I’m grateful for you. No joke.

This week, I’m excited to share a video about the power of getting your message OUT. We all want more people to see, hear and appreciate what we offer, right?

If you do, please remember that producing your marketing videos (and great content in general) is JUST A START!

A very common mistake is to think that once you’ve posted whatever you’ve created on YouTube or Facebook, then you’re done. Not true!

Getting creative with distribution—or what Jay Baer calls the “amplification layer”—across multiple social media networks, in a variety of forms helps to leverage the power of what you’ve produced and gives your content much greater reach and impact.

That’s why I’m exploring new kinds of distribution, from “videos as podcasts” to IGTV (Instagram TV). This video explains why:

Video blog post: With Video Marketing, It’s Not “How to Distribute?” It’s “How ELSE to Distribute?”

This video blog post is designed to help you get more out of your marketing videos, blog posts, or other kinds of content. It offers both encouragement and video marketing tips.

​This video blog post is designed to help you get more out of your marketing videos, blog posts, and/or all of the other kinds of content that you create.

It offers both encouragement and video marketing tips. Please let me know what you think.

LINKS

And, if you want to get yourself or your company/organization on an empowering fast-track to creating and distributing social video posts successfully, please check out our Video Launch Pad.

And here’s the link to the Jay Baer video blog post on “Content is Fire. Social Media is Gasoline” that’s referenced in the video above.

Edited Transcript:

With Video Marketing, It’s Not “How to Distribute?” It’s “How ELSE to Distribute?”

Hi and welcome. My name is Jon Leland and I’m a Video Explorer who loves exploring all the different ways that video can be used online to create meaningful connections. 

“Great Content Creates Audience”

One of my favorite subjects on the topic of today’s video is when you’re doing video marketing, the question is not “how to distribute” the question is “how else to distribute”, and this is near and dear to my heart because it’s part of the fun that I have. Part of the reason why I call myself a Video Explorer, is that I’m exploring all the ways that video can create meaningful connections and that involves so many different forms. 

It’s almost like video has a different language. On Instagram TV, certainly, it does in a new platform like TikTok and obviously YouTube is different, LinkedIn is different. So when we create content, which is the fuel of content marketing that’s what happens. Jay Baer, a famous author famously has said that “content is fire, social media is the gasoline.” So there’s this amplification layer as he calls it. I will link to a video of him talking about this in the show notes of this video blog post. 

When you create content, you have to think about how best to leverage it

When you’re creating content, you have to amplify it, you have to distribute it. So that’s part of what I’ve been exploring is all the different ways to take these video blog posts and not just put them on YouTube, but for example not just put them on LinkedIn either. 

LinkedIn is really important, I do business with other businesses called b2b marketing so LinkedIn is a primary distribution method for me. Do I just post a link to the YouTube video on LinkedIn? No, I upload the video directly to LinkedIn; it’s called a native video on LinkedIn, so that it appears within the feed as moving video with the lower-third subtitles. Do I stop there? No. I create LinkedIn articles so that the video also appears within a LinkedIn article and that gets more distribution and more visibility. 

So one of the things that’s come up recently is we’ve rolled out a whole system that we help other people also to distribute their videos across multiple platforms, is this relationship between podcasting and video blogs. 

You may or may not know that there are a lot of people who actually treat YouTube as a radio and they listen to podcasts on YouTube. We’re now moving towards using these video blog posts in order to create a podcast and short form podcasts are a thing now so you’ll soon see this video blog as a podcast. 

Do It Yourself or Get Help?

That’s something that I’m excited about and that’s another example of this really important principle, which is not how to distribute but how else to distribute. It’s a very common error that businesses make when they start up, they want to create the content, but they don’t think about marketing the content. Or they want to create a product, but they don’t think about how are they going to market the product, what’s the right budget, what are the right avenues, how do you do that. Same thing with content marketing and video marketing. 

It’s not just about creating the content, it’s about distributing it, building that audience, building that community, and ultimately building meaningful relationships and connections. So that’s today’s video blog post. 

If you want to know more about how we help companies and people to do video marketing and to distribute social media and video blog posts, please check out combridges.com or go to go go.combridges.com/video-launch-pad. Our video launch pad offer is specifically where we help people to distribute video across multiple platforms and to get started in the whole game of video marketing. 

Thanks again so much for watching. I really appreciate it and look forward to your comments and suggestions. See you next week!

The Power of a Creative Practice: Video Blogging Inspiration & Mini-Book Review

For me, Video Blogging is more about the power of a “creative practice,” rather than a profit-driven marketing strategy.

Yes, “by day,” I am a marketing strategist, but more importantly, I’m also an explorer and adventurer who loves (OK, THRIVES!) by discovering new dimensions of the “online video spaces.” In other words, I like to play and expand my creative capacity via social media video in all forms.

Through this new practice, I’m also learning by doing and discovering new dimensions of who I am in the world. If that approach resonates with you at all, then this ​week’s video may be a joyful “kick in the pants.” I hope so!

This Week’s Power Briefing, The Power of A Creative Practice: Video Blogging Inspiration & Mini-Book Review

If you are a creator of any kind, you know the power of sticking to the structure of a creative practice. At Representative Elijah Cummings funeral, I heard his wife Maya say that he often said, “80% of life is just showing up.”

For me, before about 3 months ago, video blogging was a dream of mine, a healthy ambition. Now that I’m doing it and showing up (almost) weekly, my life has changed! This video shares about that process in a way that I hope is inspiring to you.

Are you ready to take action on your creative dreams and put yourself out there in a new way? If so, I’d love to hear more about that from you.

​This video also includes recommendations of two inspirational books that I have found useful (and my offer of support). Here are links to those for your convenience:

Edited Transcript:

The Power of a Creative Practice: Video Blogging Inspiration & Mini-Book Review

Hi and welcome to another video blog post. My name is Jon Leland and I am a Digital Marketing Strategist. I’ve realized something in the process of being creative and that’s what this video blog post is about. It’s about the sheer power of a creative practice and I hope to provide inspiration for anybody in particular that wants to be creative and in particular wants to be creative with video blogging. I also have a mini book review (for you.)

Digital Marketing Strategy is Only My Day Job!

The first thing I want to do is correct myself. I said I’m a Digital Marketing Strategist and that is true, you could call it my day job. I play one here on YouTube, but I also am really more truly an adventurer, somebody who is exploring the digital space around being creative and using in particular video to be creative. Also, I explore communication channels, networking and the power of this thing called the creative practice. 

“Creative Calling” & The Power of Daily/Weekly Practice

The book that I want to recommend to you is called Creative Calling. I think I can even bring it up here on my iPad for you. So this is the cover. It’s by Chase Jarvis. The (sub)title is “Establish a Daily practice, infuse your world with meaning, and succeed and work + life.” 

Chase Jarvis is really quite a remarkable guy and his focus—and my focus in terms of doing these video blogs—is around the practice and the power of what happens when you keep showing up. So the reason that I said that I’m an explorer, an adventurer, even more than what I do for a living, is that that’s where “the juice” is for me. 

I’ve always loved the opportunities and this evolution of digital video. I’ve been talking about it, writing about it, and doing videos about it for many years. But it’s only as I’ve dug in and made it a weekly practice that I found this whole other kind of dimension of myself. And it comes from showing up and it comes from not necessarily knowing what the results are going to be, not necessarily knowing what’s going to happen, and in particular, being willing to move through regardless. 

The Crazy Presumption That We Should “Have It Right,” Be “Perfect,” or Even Know What We Should Say 

Another book I recommend is by Steven Pressfield, who talks about Resistance in the book called The War of Art. (This is) another amazing and important book for the creative professionals or people that want to play creatively.  

By showing up, by being here, by being willing to hear all the voices in my head, resist the “imposter syndrome,” and doing this video blog post anyway, I discover new dimensions of myself. I also get myself out there. There are lots of business benefits but that’s not why I’m doing it. 

I’m doing it because at heart I love learning all the time, I’m learning by doing and by experimenting.

The qualities that you don’t necessarily think about when you think about being online and doing a video blog are things like courage and humility. Because the “impostor syndrome” which is the “crazy uncle in my head” says “You’re not good enough,” “Do you really have anything worthwhile to say?” 

All of that kind of self doubt and self talk, I’m allowing that to be there but not listening to it!

Sharing A Journey of Discovery

I’m showing up, no matter what, to do something every week. That’s a lot of what Chase Jarvis talks about (in his book) and he’s had a lot of success from doing the work. It’s the same thing Steven Pressfield says in The War of Art: Do the work. The professional shows up. Seth Godin talks about the same thing. 

So, here I am showing up, doing the work and recognizing that there is a remarkable power in the creativity of just doing it. By doing these kind of video blog posts and inviting creatives like you (if you’re one of those) to connect with me, I hope to help you to be supported and be inspired. I’ve got all kinds of programs if you’re interested and if would like to be on my email list here’s the URL: go.combridges.com/video-launch-pad. 

The Video Launch Pad is a new offer that I’m experimenting with; but again, I’m doing this to learn and to see what kind of feedback I get, and to put it out there and engage in this kind of creative process. 

So let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your comments and thank you so much for your kind attention. I really appreciate you watching and see you next week!