I used to love commercials as a kid. I loved all types of advertising. However, it wasn’t until I ordered the sea monkeys from a comic book and got something that wasn’t quite up to snuff (what the heck was that anyway?) that I started to distrust certain kinds of ads.
That’s what led me to talk about this particular subject. In deference to those who feel people like me are causing them to lose a lot of money, I decided it was time to take on the subject of “adblocking”. Continue reading →
For the third time ever, I decided to do a video a day on one of my YouTube channels. This is the 2nd time I’ve done it on my channel related to “stuff”; the other one was via my business channel. I actually wrote about doing this video challenge on my business channel back in 2014, which you can check out if you’re interested in how that one went.
This time around I have 7 different lessons I learned while doing it, because the circumstances changed from the previous two times. The previous two times I was alone; for the business channel I was in a hotel room out of town and for my other channel I was home while my wife was working out of town. Still, I got it done and I’m happy about that, and now I’m ready to talk about it via these 7 lessons… and not all of the lessons are good ones. Continue reading →
One day last week I was looking at some of my videos to see if any of them had reached my criteria for when I decide to monetize them or not. Some people say to monetize every single video but I’m of the opinion that if a video doesn’t look like it’s going to gain any traction then I’m just wasting my time and the time of other people.
You know when you’ve monetized a video already because there’s a dollar sign next to it colored blue. As I was looking at those I noticed that one of my recent videos had a slash through the dollar sign. When I hovered over it I saw this message: “not eligible for monetization”. Continue reading →
Blab is a new visual social media platform that encourages people to talk to each other, either by actively participating in a video stream with others or watching a live presentation going on and interjecting comments, props (as in “giving props”) or just watching the conversation take place. Yesterday I had my first shot at it.
Of course, I hadn’t planned on even trying it out just yet. I’ve been busy, and my computer wasn’t allowing me access to even watch it for some reason (well, I know the reason, but I’m not divulging it just yet lol). So, when Ileane Smith of Basic Blog Tips gave me a shout out and asked if I’d meet her in a Google Hangout, I wasn’t really thinking about Blab at all; after all, it was a Sunday afternoon.
So when we connected, she said she wanted to do a test run with me and it had to be on Chrome, since it’s optimized for them. That meant I had to sign into Twitter there (I use Firefox almost exclusively), because you have to first have a Twitter account before you can be on Blab. She walked me through the process of getting signed into Blab, shut down the Hangout, sent me a link to the Blab window and off we went.
Like probably anyone who’s been on a Google Hangout, you want to figure out what the differences are. In this case, the connection was quicker, and, unlike a Hangout, if you want to talk to up to 4 people at once all of you have your own squares so you can see and hear each other, unlike a Hangout where you mainly see the person talking while everyone else’s images are below. Since initially it was just Ileane and myself, we had the two two squares. Because she was also the creator, she closed all the other boxes so no one could come in or request to come in since she wanted me to see it and get comfortable first.
I’m not going to get into all the odds and ends of how the thing works, especially since Ileane did a video tutorial on it, which I’m showing below:
Ileane is also offering this explanation guide if you want more information on how to do things there.
Here’s my thoughts on it all. I have to admit it’s pretty cool to use. When you start a program, it sends out a message to all the people you’re connected to there to let them know you’re doing one. The chat message box is already on the side and has a column specifically for questions where, if people put “/q”, then a space and then their question, it pops up in that column so you know where they are to answer them. You also get to select the correct camera and mike if you have more than one, which I got to see when she invited this one guy in and Blab picked up the wrong items for him; very smooth indeed.
Oh yeah; you can record them if you want, and a neat feature is that you can pause it and start again, and it’ll pick up from there. That way, if you’re doing a solo project and you want to pause for any reason and start again, it’s like editing yourself a bit; that’s pretty cool. I don’t know where the videos go so you can load them up to YouTube, but I’m sure I’ll find out easily enough.
So, now I guess I’m on Blab, connected to 3 people. I’m still going to do Hangouts as well because not everyone wants to sign up for a Twitter account, but it seems easier to get them to sign up on Google Plus; no idea why that’s true. Still, for the interactivity, I have to admit that it works pretty well, and I will definitely be using it. Here’s the link to my Blab account, in case you want to check me out one day when I’m there. 🙂
Talking video today, and what kind of video post would it be without a video?
Here’s a reality. Most videos on YouTube have very few visits at all. The reason is simple; no one knows about your video because it’s not entertaining. It may be informational but we all know that to make a video go viral, it takes more than that.
Of course it also comes down to purpose. If you’re looking to make educational videos to highlight what it is you do so you can put them on your website, that’s one thing. But if you’re looking to advertise your business it takes something else.
Living in the Syracuse NY area, I remember back in the 80’s when this guy came on talking about buying cars from his auto dealership. It was a cheesy local video, like most of them are, but one thing stood out. He didn’t say “huge”; it came out sounding like “Youge”. And within days everyone I knew was walking around saying that word.
The guy was no dummy; he graduated from Syracuse University after all. So, every commercial he made after that had him saying that word and making sure it was emphasized. He now owns multiple car dealerships across the country, and it all started with one word that entertained people, even if by accident.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video and of course share it if you wish. I’m not the most entertaining guy so this is the best I can do… for now. 🙂