According to Curata, two of the three most effective types of video are tutorial videos (50%) and demonstration videos (49%). If you consider this along with the overwhelming number of stats that show the value of video marketing, then you may be able to convince your company to embrace video as a means for communicating with your target audiences.

In my last blog on this subject, we explored how important video marketing is. And I’d be willing to bet that video marketing is one of the first forms of communication that most companies ignore due to fears over costs, content and bandwidth.

Fear no more! You CAN take advantage of the many benefits of video marketing, and here’s how to get started.

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It’s a question we get asked pretty much every time we develop a PR program: “…but how will we know it’s working?” And, fair enough – the resources put into PR and marketing efforts can be considerable, both from time spent and a financial standpoint. Data collection and interpretation are playing a huge role in every aspect of business, and the PR profession is not immune. After all, what gets measured gets improved.

But can goodwill towards your brand be quantified? 

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On the list of things that have the potential to frighten, CES – the biggest consumer tech tradeshow of the year – can rank right up there with the latest episode of American Horror Story for those of us in tech circles.

If the mere thought of Las Vegas in January makes your heart race and palms sweat, we’re here to put your fears to rest. You need an exceptional PR and marketing partner to guide you through CES, and we’re it. #TeamLages has been there and done that – over and over again. We have a full spectrum of tech experience working alongside everyone from startups to billion dollar enterprises. Our years of experience will get you the media attention and analyst connections you are looking for.

You have 74 days (and counting) to prepare – let’s get started, shall we?

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It’s a standard question we ask every new client: “Do you have any videos we can use?”

Surprisingly, the majority of our clients answer no. Why when video is so pervasive? Whether it’s a quick, 30-second video of a pair of shoes we’re tempted to buy or a video of our favorite professional athlete hitting a walk-off home run – it’s a fact that video touches us all on a daily basis.

What keeps you from adding video to your marketing mix? Likely the answer is time and budget. In fact, according to Buffer 73% of marketers said they’d create more video content if there were no obstacles like time, resources and budget. And, if it’s not time and budget then the other answer may be, “We’re too technical for video.”

Well, time and budget may continue to be an issue…but let’s explore “too technical” and why this should come off of your list of reasons NOT to shoot videos.

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It’s an exciting time – you are prepping to launch a new product, your company direction has pivoted to reach a new market, you’ve secured funding, you have an amazing entrepreneurial story to share…the list goes on as to why you’ve engaged a public relations firm to guide you on getting the word out.

Before you jump in, it’s important to take a moment to consider the roles of all the players in the new adventure of connecting with media. It can’t be hard, right? People do it all the time from the cool start-up at your region’s most noted incubator to the established power players at Fortune 500 companies.

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You’ve seen it. You’ve probably found it useful or informative, and it has likely influenced your opinion on something – more than once. I’m talking about sponsored content – that is, content that appears to be editorial and often mimics the look and feel of the digital environment it  appears in, but has actually been paid for and provided by an outside company with an agenda.

This type of content initially started appearing 7 or 8 years ago thanks to new (at the time), edgy media companies (think Mashable, BuzzFeed) that favored sponsored content over traditional display advertising – and it’s definitely something to consider having in your company’s communications arsenal in 2017. 

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Doesn’t it seem like the 4th quarter happens quicker every year? That magical year end milestone is upon us and there is so much to do  to plan for 2017 while striving to hit your final goals for this year. If you’ve got CES on your calendar, then this is critical path time to rally the troops to ensure you hit the mark at the year’s biggest tech confab.

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Harness the Power of Storytelling in Public Relations and Marketing

Tell a story and you'll attract attention and interest. Simply present your messages and you'll only elicit disinterest and yawns. Why then do all of us marketing and PR professionals spend so much time discussing messages, managing messages, and getting messages out? I suspect it is because we all know that communications, like any endeavor, requires content and a purpose – and messages are the building blocks for communications. Where we often fall short is in the execution of relaying those messages.

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In the early days of social media, a single tweet could be heard around the world. Sharing content was simple and organic reach was alive. Many brands have already rallied around the idea that content is an effective way to influence customers. But with more channels to share content than ever before – from email platforms like Constant Contact to blogs and a large selection of increasingly popular social media platforms like Periscope and Instagram – how do you chart the right course?

This year, the “content” part of content marketing will take front and center stage for brands that want to be heard. 

So how do you create an effective content marketing strategy?

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Like many seasoned marketing executives, you may come from the school of straight talk and have been taught that any news release without the 5 Ws (who, what, when, why, and where) is simply not going to get read.  I often hear, ‘We have nothing to talk about; no new products, partners or customers, so we can't possibly create a news release.' 

The crux of the problem is that the role of the news release has drastically changed.   No longer reserved purely for journalists, news releases on the web reach everyone.  We call non-news releases feature releases.   Just like a feature story you may read in any publication, we use the same approach.

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Experts are everywhere.  Whether they are the nerdy neighbor next door who knows everything there is to know about Wi-Fi, the manager at the auto parts store who can rebuild an entire engine or the aunt in Cincinnati who can out-bake Martha Stewart - we look to them for their expertise. More importantly, when they recommend a product, we listen. We also look to higher profile experts like Warren Buffett for financial acumen, Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer for software savvy or Andy Grove, former leader of Intel, for his wisdom.

 

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There’s been a lot of hubbub in recent months about the death of Facebook organic reach for company pages.  In essence, Facebook keeps tweaking its algorithm that affects how much (or little) content will appears in users’ news feeds.  For example, say you are a fan of “Nike” on Facebook.  With the change in algorithm, fewer of Nike’s posts will appear in your news feed.  In fact, some estimates have put organic reach at a paltry 1% – meaning that only 1% of a page’s fans will, on average, see their content – without the company having to pay for it to be seen.  But I believe that the death of Facebook organic reach has been exaggerated.  Let me explain.

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The latest catch phrase for marketers today is content marketing. Of course, we've always done 'content marketing,' creating and sharing brochures, datasheets, websites, press releases and more. The key difference is that we now have more channels to share content than ever before - from email platforms like Constant Contact to full-on blogs and a large selection of social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

Good, solid content is like money in the bank for marketers, but if your content is lacking – it may leave your marketing strategy feeling a little bankrupt. Content keeps you front and center in the eyes of target audiences, and the ability to supply a steady stream of fresh, relevant content ensures you're remembered when your customers need you.

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