And suddenly, it’s February!
Time just doesn’t move slowly anymore does it? I believe that’s increasingly true with the digitization of our lives and our businesses.
Our mobile devices are literally extensions of ourselves. It’s not a good or a bad thing, it’s just part of how we’re evolving as humans.
We’re all spending more time on our devices, interfacing and sharing our lives with each other. We’re in closer connection with each other than ever before but as a result, the days seem to streak by they’re going so fast!
Consider this as you continue to consider and create ideas around catching your target customer’s (avatar’s) attention while they’re doing their thing, living online.
I can’t help but look at it like I would navigating a stretch of whitewater on a river.
First of all, you need to scout the rapid (the unknown) from the (known and safe) vantage point of the riverbank. This is how to best figure out the right approach (or line) to get through it. (Sorry, ex-river guide here, I have a tough time not using the river in many analogies).
Next, you have to leave the security and comfort of the banks of the river and get into the current. Cold? Yes! Uncomfortable? Yes! But kind of fun? YES!
Then, you need to charge that line you committed to choosing through the rapid, keeping in mind that the water’s moving fast and you must act and react fast too in order to make it through.
It’s the same with engaging your very busy, very connected avatar.
You have to figure out who that person is and where they frequent online. Then, position amazing, relevant content right where they are. Make sure that the content is no strings attached whenever possible and that it makes your avatar better. You have to do this consistently to build trust too, by the way, and in varied formats, more on that below.
Then, you have to just go for it! Get in the game! Mix it up, flip the raft, recover, climb back in. Run it again, nail the line and punch the hole shot!
The master class was part of the month-long training theme I offered here at Intrepid. I wanted to give you four weeks of solid training and insights focused on attracting, connecting with and engaging new fans and customers through content marketing. I thought that was a solid topic to kick off with because we’d have a heck of a time building profitable and remarkable businesses without a growing customer base. Agree?
Because this is the first newsletter of the new month, February, I get to announce this month’s content theme here today! #Geekingout over here!
February’s free trainings and master class will focus on making you more of a ninja with video and visual assets. This topic is prioritized because, well, it has to be. You just can’t run or hide from the fact that your avatar, I don’t care who he or she is, prefers to learn visually at least part of the time (more often than that, actually).
Also, it’s important to keep this statistic in mind:
“By 2017, 74% of all Internet traffic will be video.” (Source: Syndacast). You need to invest in this to be where your avatar is going forward.
I created this months training especially for the amazing people in my Intrepid Entrepreneur community. I know there are many in this crew who can’t stand the thought of starring in a brand video or going anywhere near a live stream.
If that’s you, it’s important that you show up to February’s trainings with an open mind (and know I’m right there with you). But we have to get there and we can do this together. Consider this quote as one of the many reasons by:
“The reason for such rapid growth in video advertising is its effectiveness. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth much more. Forrester estimates that one minute of video equates to 1.8 million words of text in the message communicated.” (Source: Search Engine Land).
Business today is going through a continual digital evolution. Our customers are very much online researching what they want to buy, engaging with brands and sharing what they love with like-minded friends. When done well, your content marketing gets the attention of your ideal customers (avatar) and fans, brings them through a journey of discovery and ideally leads to conversion. When a fan becomes a customer, we’ve achieved something remarkable!
Remember my Intrepid blog post titled “Customers want to date you before they buy”? It talks about how your content is how your customers date you. Hey, no one wants to just jump in and get married without some kind of “get to know you” phase, right?
If you’re curious about how to make that dating process shorter, you’ll get a lot out of this month’s training series and master class on visual assets and video.
Here are three reasons why it’s important to commit to this month’s training with me:
1 – Visual assets and video bring validity to your content. Think about it; we live in the GoPro era where everything is captured. Adding well thought out video and visual assets to your content will not only make people engage with it more, it will also bring forward proof of concept. Translation: your fans and followers will convert to customers faster.
2 – Video also helps make your brand storytelling feel real and validated to your avatar. That one’s especially important. …
“People don’t buy products; they take actions that help advance their own personal meta story,” (Source: Brand Strategy Insider).
One of my esteemed colleagues at Verde Brand Communications summed it up best: “People don’t buy products, they buy better versions of themselves!”
Video and visual assets help your avatar see the transformation you provide, oh, about a thousand times more clearly when it’s presented to them with visuals.
“Videos take content to an entirely new level. Rather than just showing customers a static image of your products or explaining a complicated topic in writing, you can show the visitor exactly what they would like to know. This level of engagement helps to build the relationship between customer and brand, improving your reputation.” (Source: Search Engine Land)
Here are the details to this month’s free master class:
When: Wed. Feb. 24, at 530 pm MST.
Topic: “Mastering Visual Marketing and Video Assets in your Content.”
About: This webinar will offer info and implementable strategies that will support both small business owners and larger brands. We’ll be dropping in on a deeper level on why you need to invest time and money creating visual and video content for your platform in 2016 and of course, you’ll receive actionable solutions galore!
Here’s the link to register:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
This Masterclass is perfect for you if:
- You’re feeling like you’re already too busy to use video and visual assets in your content (I’ve so been there!)
- You squirm at the thought of being on camera
- You feel lost in terms of how to get started
- You’re curious about Livestream platforms like Blab.im and Periscope
- You’re curious about how to best utilize your businesses’ Youtube and Vimeo channels
I hope you’ll join me! Until next time, Go BIG!