One of the scariest and most dreaded tasks you may encounter as an online marketer is that of video marketing. Say the words and instantly, hundreds of men and women will retreat into their cave of self doubt.
But it doesn’t have to strike fear in your heart. In fact, it’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to get your message across, once you get out of your own way and start enjoying it.
Has Self Doubt Prevented You from Embracing Video?
Video marketing is basically, using video for the purpose of promoting your business in any way, shape or form. It might be using video to blog, commonly known as vlogging. Or it might be using video sales letters or videos for viral, traffic purposes.
Itís a common thing to want to avoid when youíre already unsure about what youíre doing in the online marketing industry. It’s bad enough to put your name out there, but adding your voice and face to the mix almost seems like too much for some people to handle.
You might even prefer text yourself for consumption of ideas ñ but make no mistake about it the vast majority of online consumers are now turning to video to get the answers they crave.
Everything from product recommendations to tutorials and advice is now streamed into their world through the use of videos, and itís a viable media format for almost every niche you can think of.
You’re probably seeing all (or most) of your competitors employing the use of video marketing. You’re sitting on the sidelines wishing you had the confidence to do it, too but you don’t. I was/am you, but if you go back and check out the video above you’ll see it isn’t all that good, but it isn’t terrible. If I can do this you can too.
The people using it for video blogs are combining text and video to reach more people those who have a preference for text, and those who donít. The marketers using it for product creation are making their products stand out among the crowd of competitors.
Some are even live streaming their insight on places like Facebook ñ building even more leverage with the community because they’re reachable, consistent and cutting edge.
So you have to make a decision that you’ll begin video marketing in spite of your self-doubt. It’s one of the best things you can do to not only reach your audience, but also build your self confidence with online marketing.
What About Video Scares You the Most?
Let’s dig into your fears and uncover the root of your self-doubt. Because most likely, itís just all in your head and not anything to truly impact your use of it. The first would be your worry about the technology.
Video marketing can seem intimidating when you start thinking of editing software and intro-exit designs, embedding code and more. But really, take it a little slower and you’ll see that itís not all that hard.
Video doesn’t have to be edited. In fact, it’s often better if it’s the raw version that shows you being human and unfiltered. So turn on your smartphone, hit record on your video camera, and start filming! But if the thought of being on camera scare daylight out of you don’t worry. You don’t have to be. In the video above I wasn’t. So don’t let that one concern stop you. Here is a link to the tool I use to create ALL my videos, whether they are for my blog or my online courses. Check it out for yourself. It is called PICTORY.
You can use free platforms like YouTube or pay for access to a site like Vimeo and host your videos there. Embedding is as easy as clicking the share button (just like I did here), copying the code that’s ready-made for you, and pasting it in your blog!
As you level up, you can learn new skills. For example, you might want to learn how people get their cursor to have that highlighted yellow circle effect. All you have to do is Google the question and there will be tons of video tutorials walking you through it!
What if your self doubt doesn’t stem from the technology at all, but from something deeper, like worrying that you wonít know what to say and will appear stupid? Thatís easy to fix!
Jot down a few simple words or phrase reminders that you keep off to the side to keep your mind on track. That way, when you finish one thought, you can move on to the next without hesitation.
Are you doubting your ability to produce a professional looking video? After all, the big gurus have green screens and special lamps for their productions. The most you really have to worry about is making sure your background isnít messy.
No one wants to learn from someone who has piles of dirty laundry or dishes stacking up behind them. And itís best to have minimal distractions or noise in the background, too.
Many people stall out when it comes to video marketing because they look in the mirror and think, ìNobody wants to see me on camera.î Thatís a sad thing to say, isnít it? Ask yourself a question.
When you learn about how to build a blog, do you refuse to learn from someone because they’re going bald, or have a crooked tooth or a nose thatís slightly too big? No, you donít ñ because youíre not looking to date the person, youíre looking to learn from them.
People appreciate someone helping them learn the solutions to their problems, and they donít care about your appearance or the sound of your voice. They care about whether or not youíll be able to help them.
Take It Slow to Eliminate Self Doubt
Self-doubt comes on strong the faster you go. So sometimes itís best to take it slow and implement something like video marketing in baby steps. Let’s look at a few ways you can slow down the process and eliminate self doubt along the way.
First, you can start by making private videos. This might sound counter-intuitive, but you need time to get used to the recording process. So record your videos as if someone really will be watching them, and then upload them to your video hosting platform and watch them back as a viewer.
Work out all of the kinks ahead of time ñ before your videos go public. For example, you might realize that your lighting is too dark, or that you canít hear your voice very well. Maybe you see that youíre not looking at the camera lens, but at yourself in the video as you record.
These are all things you can fix before putting yourself out there. So upload, and then password-protect the video so that only you can view the video. If you happen to be happy with your production, edit the settings and make it live for the public.
Another way to curb self-doubt is to start small and work up to larger videos. A small video might be under three minutes. Then go longer to five, then 10 and later half an hour.
Start with videos where you’re sharing information for free. Nothing puts unnecessary pressure on you more than charging money for something you arenít sure is any good. So get comfortable creating free videos first.
We’ll talk more of this in another post. Heck, I might even make a video of the steps for you.