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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:

FOR MORE INFO OR TO STAY CONNECTED
https://play.combridges.com/links

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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​.

Please mark your calendar and join us.

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

RESOURCE LINKS:

LUSCIOUS LINKS:

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:

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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​.

Please mark your calendar and join us.

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

LUSCIOUS LINKS:

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:

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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:

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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

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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

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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​/​

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Zoom Meetings: Learn the #1 Thing That Can Make Your Virtual Gatherings More Powerful & Productive

In the age of coronavirus, Zoom Meetings have become an essential way for groups to connect; but making these virtual gatherings powerful and productive is not so easy. Many people are still learning what it takes to be present without causing distractions. In other words, for groups larger than a half dozen, technical facilitation is required. In fact, having a dedicated technical support person to guide everyone in how to participate without detracting from the group’s energy can make a huge difference. Please watch the video below to learn more.

About Video Mojo
Video Mojo is a video blog and podcast hosted by award-winning media innovator, Jon Leland of ComBridges. 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 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):

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Zoom Meetings: Learn the #1 Thing That Can Make Your Virtual Gatherings More Powerful & Productive

Hi and welcome to Video Mojo.

My name is Jon Leland and Video Mojo is a combination of timeless marketing principles and a playful exploration of the bleeding edge of social media and digital video.

Today we’re talking about digital video and the number one thing that you can do to make your Zoom meetings more powerful and productive.

You know, as I’ve been talking about digital video literally for decades. One of the original concepts that came to me was something I call the media proverb which is,
“It’s always more complicated than you think it is.”

Just because everybody is doing Zoom meetings now doesn’t mean that we’re doing them right. In fact, we’re seeing so many issues that even Saturday Night Live chose to make fun of all the ways that people do Zoom meetings wrong.

In this world that we have now where connecting via video has become so much more important, I think it’s really valuable to be conscious about the way we create a container for communities and get-togethers. To be clear, I’m not talking about two or three or even four or five people having a social gathering on Zoom. I’m talking about meetings where there can be 30 to 50 people and more.

Brene Brown offered some emotionally intelligent ideas that she uses with her Zoom meetings of 30 people on her team in order to get people into a more conscious space and to allow for all the intensity of emotions that are going on these days.
https://www.inc.com/betsy-mikel/how-brene-brown-runs-emotionally-intelligent-zoom-meetings.html

What’s clear is that we’re moving into a new world. So these kinds of online meetings and virtual connections, particularly the bigger ones where you’re talking about dozens or even hundreds of people, become more and more important. We want to create the container in a safe way, we want to create it in a conscious way, and we don’t want all of these distractions.

So the thing that I think is missing actually harks back to all the conversations about digital video, just because one person can run a whole meeting doesn’t mean that they should. I’ve been facilitating webinars for a client and we have two people managing the technology backend, making sure that things run in a smooth and professional way. In smaller meetings, such as meetings I have recently attended with 30 to 50 people, just having one person dedicated to managing the technology and giving people guidance and support makes a huge difference. If you don’t have that then you will have all these rough edges and distractions. People don’t understand that they really have to take responsibility for their audio and mute and unmute appropriately. I think having a technological project manager is the number one thing that we should to have to in order to have foundation and support in your large scale Zoom meetings.​ And when we conduct Zoom meetings in a professional way then they become a more solid, more productive container, and as a result generates a more powerful community..

I really want to encourage anyone that’s doing anything more than just a casual or small meeting with less than a half a dozen people, make sure that you have someone holding the space technologically, giving people coaching, providing real-time tech support, so that everybody can be on the same page and understand kind of the technological etiquette of making sure you muted or unmute and knowing where those controls are.
Knowing how the chat works so that if you want to chat to the whole group, you chat to the whole group. If you want to chat to an individual, you do it that way. Little things like that make a difference and help us build a stronger community through more productive and powerful Zoom meetings.

Please let me know what else you want to know about Zoom, about digital video and online. I’m here to help and thank you again as always for your kind attention. I look forward to seeing you next time.

Digital Marketing Guidance: Better Choices Make a Better Business – This Changes Everything!

Is there such a thing as a “North Star” guidance system for your digital marketing? You bet there is.

And, it’s not a tip, trick or “recipe for success.” It’s WAY more valuable than that.

For me, connecting with what I call “the real Internet” is “the one in front of all the zeros.” It’s that important because it gives everything else meaning.

Click above to watch this week’s Video Mojo video blog & podcast episode.

Please watch and let me know if you agree. OK?

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 from this episode:

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):

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Digital Marketing Guidance: Better Choices Make a Better Business – This Changes Everything!

Hi and welcome to Video Mojo!

My name is Jon Leland and this is a video blog and podcast that combines timeless marketing principles with the bleeding edge of marketing and video communications.

Today I am talking about something that can change everything! It’s the choices that we make in our business and really some of the fundamental choices that are like the north star that guides everything. You know, there are these “whys” and these passions, and when you have the discipline to take the time to listen for those they do make better business choices. It’s not just about money but about quality of life, quality of relationships and doing marketing and communications that are meaningful.

I started listening on Audible to the new James Taylor fragment of autobiography. It’s his first 21 years he calls it “Break Shot”. He opens that audio program with this quote.

“Perhaps art happens when the usual channels
are not available and you have to find a new path forward.
Sometimes in describing that new pathway,
we open a door that is useful to other people too.”

That’s kind of why I’m here. Because I’m opening doors for myself and exploring:

  • What do I want to say in this video blog?
  • How can I contribute?
  • Who are my tribe?
  • Where’s my community?

What I’ve remembered is that the internet is this multi-faceted thing. We all know that there are spammers and trolls out there and there are get rich quick marketing people. I do highly recommend that you avoid these, in particular, get rich quick ideas. “Here’s the formula, here’s the recipe, if you just follow this three-step process you’re guaranteed to make six figures.” I don’t think that’s how it works and I also don’t think that’s a north star.

I’ve really learned over the years that it’s not about the money, I like earning a living there’s nothing wrong with money, but I’ve found that there is a better internet and the better internet is based on real people who are doing authentic things.

I’m reminded of this story when I was on a video shoot in India. We were in an airport in a small city in India and it was kind of this relatively modern concrete impersonal dry cold kind of building, like airports tend to be. We were waiting for a delayed plane and one of the locals invited me to go for chai tea at a local chai walla – a local chai stand. We walked out of the airport around a corner and before we knew it we were with the local people in a local chai shop. It was warm and friendly and colorful like most of India, very much not like the airport. I said to myself, “Oh, this is the real India. Now we’re in the real India”.

I had a similar experience recently. I had a conversation with a marketer, the head of Marketing Showrunners, Jay Acunzo. And this conversation lit up my heart. He’s an authentic guy who I really think is about making a difference. Someone who is saying some very direct things about how we build real community. In this conversation, I went “Oh, this is the real internet! I remember there are people out here like that.”.

So that’s my invitation to you this week. Find your north star. Find real people, make real connections, build authentic relationships. There is a real internet out here and if you do that, it changes everything. You’ll make better choices that will give you a better life, better communities, and a more satisfying business.

So let me know what you think I really appreciate your kind attention and I do look forward to your feedback comments and suggestions.

Thanks again for watching. See you next week!