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How to Create the Perfect Landing Page (Ep. 142)

by Todd Hartley • March 21, 2018

Do you know your target personas? If not, it’s probable that your marketing isn’t reaching who you think it should. And you know what that means? Wasted money.

Without personas, your web pages and landing pages will suffer and lack direction for the user.

Did you know that video is 4x more likely to be watched than a page is to be read? But it’s impossible to use video effectively if you don’t know who the video should be speaking to.

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Could Censorship be the Kiss of Death for Facebook? (Ep. 141)

by Todd Hartley • March 16, 2018

Nobody likes it when Big Brother shows up and censors them.

Remember when you could go online and basically say whatever you wanted without fear of being deleted…and then all of a sudden, Big Brother showed up.

One by one websites started censoring their users, stopping them from ever expressing opposing positions.

But users won’t stand for this kind of censoring for very long before they find another platform to use. It’s almost formulaic in nature when you see the rise and fall of major platforms. Users flock there for freedom and leave when the censors show up.

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How to Create an Inbound Organization with Dan Tyre (Ep. 140)

by Todd Hartley • March 9, 2018

So, you have an awesome product or service, but for some reason, customers aren’t flocking to you for it.

Maybe you feel like your marketing tactics are successful on paper, but they’re just not producing the results you need.

Your marketing and sales teams each have no idea what the other is doing, but you’re not sure how to align them.

Basically, you like the idea of being an inbound organization, but you don’t know how to execute the strategy. Or maybe you don’t even know what inbound is.

If this sounds like you, then you need to tune into this episode of Video Marketing Mastery.

In this episode, I interview Dan Tyre of Hubspot. Yes, THE Hubspot.

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Why Mapping Out Your Video Marketing Campaigns is Critical (Ep. 139)

by Todd Hartley • February 21, 2018

Most of the time, you don’t jump in your car and head on a vacation and then make all of the plans for your trip once you’re there, right?

If you want to have a successful and relaxing vacation, you make the majority of your plans ahead of time. You book the hotel, you choose what activities you want to do, you scope out restaurants, you plan.

Some of the most stressful vacations I’ve ever been on were not well planned and ended up costing me time and money. Why? Because we didn’t do our research to find out what the best and most affordable restaurants were and we had to figure out what to do once we were there – what a waste of time!

Creating effective marketing videos works much the same way. If you want your video to be successful, you have to know what the end goal will be and work backward.
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How Changes at Google, GoPro, and Instagram Impact Digital Marketers (Ep. 138)

by Todd Hartley • February 15, 2018

Ch-ch-ch-changes are all around us, especially those of us who are digital marketers. The nature of digital marketing is that it’s ever-changing and volatile.

If you want to survive as a business today you need to be on the cutting edge at all times, the cutting edge of your industry and the cutting edge when it comes to marketing tactics.

Unfortunately, most businesses just find something that works and run it into the ground.
The internet is a great example of businesses failing to adopt trends until it’s too late. Back in the early 90’s companies laughed at me when I told them they needed to get online, but now you literally can’t run a successful business without a strategic online presence.

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Facebook Algorithm Change 2018: What Businesses Need to Know (Ep. 137)

by Todd Hartley • February 6, 2018

Imagine this, you’re scrolling through your newsfeed on Facebook and you’re seeing nothing but ads and content from businesses. Frustrating, right?

When we use social networks, we don’t mind ads once in a while, but we really like to see what our friends and families are posting. Facebook knows this, and they’re changing the algorithm on all of us.

However, if you’re a business, it’s likely that you’ve been spending a lot of money to create great content and post it on Facebook to get it in front of your followers. Gone are the days where content alone will get you a lot of engagement.

Facebook is now a “pay-to-play” platform. In fact, creating great content for Facebook could now be a waste of your time without a corresponding ad campaign.

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How to Use Video to Set Up Your First Client Meeting (Ep. 136)

by Todd Hartley • January 17, 2018

Have you ever brought a buddy to a conference so you could avoid awkwardly introducing yourself to people? Why not use the same tactic to introduce yourself to potential clients before your first face-to-face meeting.

Only this time, your buddy is a video that positions you as the ‘guru’ their business has been desperately searching for. 

Let’s back up for a second. You need to understand that your prospects don’t read, they want things explained to them succinctly and visually.

If you want to get your message across to your target audience, traditional marketing methods just won’t work anymore. Only 18% of buyers are even willing to talk to a salesperson until they’re ready to buy.

So, how do you transfer the information from your salespeople (who they don’t want to talk to) into the heads of your prospects?

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How to Use Video in B2B Marketing (Ep. 135)

by Todd Hartley • January 15, 2018

Did you know that most of your prospects don’t want to talk to your sales team? You can thank the internet for that, and for fundamentally changing the way we do business.

So how do you get someone’s attention when they don’t want anything to do with you until the moment they’re ready to buy?

B2C marketers think that consumers don’t need a lot of information to make a buying decision, and B2B marketers think that getting a consumer to buy is more difficult than it really is.

But here’s the rub, it doesn’t matter if you’re selling to businesses or to individuals. The goal is the same.

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When To Be Creative vs. When To Execute (Ep. 134)

by Todd Hartley • January 11, 2018

When you watch a great video, I doubt that you’re thinking, “hmm…I wonder what went into creating this .” Most people aren’t considering the planning, people, and equipment that went into making a successful video.

They only care about one thing — “how is this video relevant to me.”

But as a video creator, it’s a different story. You need plan out the strategy, the script, the gear you need, and the location(s) of the shoot. All of these things contribute to creating a great video that seems effortless.

In this episode of Video Marketing Mastery, the Wirebuzz team and I take you into the field as we prepare for an actual shoot, featuring me!

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Why Finalizing Video Proofs on Mobile Devices Is Important in 2018 (Ep.133)

by Todd Hartley • January 10, 2018

A new year needs a new marketing plan, right?

And 2018 is going to be the year of the mobile device.

You’re probably already limiting the devices you carry around with you, and with the invention of the smartphone, you hardly need to carry around your camera anymore.

I’m betting you already use your phone to check your emails, and post on social media.

Heck, there’s a good chance that you’re reading this post on your phone, too.

But have you considered the value of ensuring your website videos are smartphone friendly?
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