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Mistakes to Avoid while Starting a Podcast

Podcast Mistakes to Avoid

Mistakes to Avoid while starting a podcast

If you’re thinking of starting a podcast, now would be an excellent time. The podcast has proven to be a high effective marketing tool for individuals and businesses. Don’t expect it to be easy, you’re bound to make a lot of mistakes along the way, which is completely normal. For a headstart, here are a couple of mistakes to avoid for your podcast:

Having Your Podcast Over 30 Minutes

It’s nice to sound (and be) informed on a topic with lengthy explanations but people today have little time. It’s important to keep your podcast relatively short. Think of the people listening to it during driving, lunch breaks, working out. If it exceeds a reasonable listening time, start thinking of ways to shorten it.

Overblowing your Podcast’s Budget

When starting, you might be tempted to buy the biggest and best equipment available. You do NOT need to go excessive when recording your voice. Now that’s not to say you can get away with recording on your iPhone, but you can easily get away spending under $100 on secondhand equipment. Check your local and online retailers for refurbished mic and filter models and avoid cost extremes.

Straying from your Niche

Like most company and personal blogs, they’re usually covering a specific niche. It’s okay to go offtopic for a segway, afterall, it keeps the commentator more interesting to listen to. But keep it relevant to your niche. Don’t start your podcasts about pizza restaurants in New York and somehow end up dicussing Chinese take-out by your 50th podcast.

Naming Your Business

Naming Your Business

Naming Your Business

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, your business is your baby. And just like a baby, naming your business is difficult. You spend hours contlemplating the perfect name, and your end result is fairly simple. It can’t be that hard, right?

Here are some pointers to consider when naming your business:

Avoid Generic Names

It’s hard to stand out from the crowd of competitors, and choosing a generic name will botch your chances. Names like “U.S. Steel” and “General Market” will roll off the tongue, sure, but scream unimaginative and bland. Would you rather go to Kroger, or another store down the street called “Supermarket”?

Keep the Name Simple

At the same time, it’s paramount to avoid names that feel forced with nonsensical hidden meanings and multiple syllables. You don’t want a name that people will forget, and you definitely don’t want to make it so convoluted people have to think about its origin. Nobody is going to think you’re clever for naming your furniture business “Hestia’s Hearthstone” after you explain to them that Hestia is the Greek goddess of hearth and home while a hearthstone is another word for a fireplace.

The Name Should be Descriptive

Piggybacking from the point above, again your name shouldn’t be too convoluted and should convey your services loud and clear, reflecting your identity. Some large company examples include Coca-Cola, Rooms To Go, and Discount Tires. A quick look at your local online map can give you plenty of small-business examples. While a large number of companies get away with undescriptive names, such as Apple and Nike, they’ve had decades to establish their name all while spending a fortune just for name branding. Those businesses can afford it. If you’re at a point where you’re just now naming your business, chances are you’re probably small and should stick your budget to obtaining leads and resources.

Make Your Name Last Forever

Businesses should definitely take advantage of trends and fads, but they know it’s not a long-term solution. The same goes for naming your business. It might be great for short-term turnout but it’s not going to resonate with consumers a decade or even a year from then. If your name stands the test of time, businesses use that to their advantage.

 

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Make Money by Using Pinterest

Online purchasing continues to grow. In 2020 it is predicted to hit 4 trillion US dollars. Furthermore, brands should harness the power of making money by using Pinterest. 

Today Pinterest has 200 billion pins saved and 322 million people using their platform every month. On average 83% of weekly pinners purchase from posted content that is seen on Pinterest. These numbers continue to grow making it clear that this online-catalogued database is a must used tool for companies of the future. This space not only allows consumers to dream of the future that they hope to obtain, but it’s slowly morphing into an online shopping destination. Brands can market their products and services in one location in order to grow their business and make money.  

Understanding how to engage with the Pinterest platform and community will help your business stay engaged with it’s followers and hopefully help your brand make money. What’s not to love about that? 

Shoppable Pins, Women wearing denim jackets.

Shoppable Pins.

How to Make Pins

Pinterest makes it very easy for businesses to upload their products all at once. Using photos or videos content creation is easy. This customizable feature can aid in quick content creation as well as helping your brand grow a following, drive traffic to your products website and boost sales. Pins should entice your consumers and help drive them to your brands website. Think of Pinterest as a friendly tool that helps promote all your products and makes the online experience that much easier. Using this tool helps to make shopping convenient from any mobile device or computer all at the click of a pin. 

Images of Pinterest Pins

How to make a pin.

Tips & Trick for engagement, brand awareness and sales…

  • Create interesting content for all of your pins.
  • Organize pin boards from most inspiring to least. Make sure that your imagery or video content draws your audience into each pin board.
  • Pin product content or inspiration regularly. Keep your feed active and consistent. This will help with engagement.  
  • Re-pin your follower’s images. Why? This will help engage with your followers’. The goal is to lure consumers back to your personal Pinterest page. The intention is for them to interact with your boards and pins to hopefully keep your companies brand and products at the top of their mind. Ultimately this will help to grow your brands awareness and lead you to make money by using Pinterest. 

3 Tips to UnSuck Your Video Thumbnails and Increase Views

Is Your Video Thumbnail Experience Like This Guy’s?

Are you are struggling to grow your audience on YouTube, Facebook or any other Social Media platform hosting videos? It could be your video thumbnails.

If you are on YouTube and you are using one of the three default random thumbnails they provide, then your thumbnails probably “suck”.

VIDEO THUMBNAILS = A TOP 10 CRUCIAL RANKING FACTOR

Your video’s thumbnail image is one of the 10 most critical factors in getting someone to click and view your video.

Yet, look around on YouTube and you see that it is rather underutilized, despite it’s simplicity.

That spells COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

90% of the best-performing videos on YouTube have custom thumbnails.

Here are three proven ways to have your video’s thumbnails stand out from the crowd and get clicked on.

1. Make Them Engaging

You want to elicit an instant response, a motivation from your potential viewer. You can encourage that response in a few ways:

a) By “Telling a Story”

Your video thumbnails need to say something interesting about what the viewer might find after clicking.

It can be anything: a “teaser”; “dramatic”, say, reflecting triumph over difficulty; “funny”. It can also simulate or show action or movement.

What a Mess!

You have endless possibilities, but your objective is to create interest and curiosity.

b) By “Showing Emotion”

Your thumbnails need to show an emotion, fitting the story.

Happy Day!

Aim for positive emotions. They are usually stronger, as this will elicit a positive response in your viewer. Excitement is also good for a response.

c) By “Being Relatable”

Your viewers will react better to thumbnails they can relate to.

Fun on New Years Eve?

TIP: Put YOURSELF on the video thumbnail. Your story and emotion are best portrayed by a human (and to lesser extent an animal) vs an object. And, people are naturally drawn to other people.

What’s Happening?

BONUS TIP: Get close in on your face and eyes. Thumbnails are small, so a full body shot is less recognizable. Also, we humans find someone’s face and eyes captivating.

2. Make Them Pop

Here you focus more on the technical quality of the image, than the content of the image.

a) By Using “Photo Editing Tricks”

Increase Saturation or “Vibrance”

When you increase saturation you will see greater intensity of colors. Decrease saturation and you will see the opposite – your image will look duller, grayer – flat.

Which Do You Like Better?

TIP: In Photoshop, you have the “Vibrance” option as a better alternative for photos with people. While saturation affects all colors, vibrance is a bit smarter at avoiding skin tone colors and elevating other colors.

Up the Sharpness

Since video thumbnails are rather small, you can use a bit more sharpness to create more definition.

Which is More Interesting?

b) By Increasing Text Size

Your text must also be large enough to be readable. This one below is too small:

Too Small For Mobile

TIP: If it is large enough for your bifocal-ed grandmother to easily read on a mobile phone, then you’ve hit your mark.

Great Size for Mobile and Grandma

3. Make Them Consistent

As you grow your following, you want your viewers to instantly recognize that the video coming across their screen is yours.

You have only a fraction of a second to capture your audience’s attention and entice them to click – especially on mobile.

This one below is an example of what not to do with thumbnails.

Inconsistent and Indistinct Video Thumbnails

By “Branding”

For all the reasons why branding is good for business, you also have the opportunity to leverage the trust you’ve built with your brand via your video thumbnails.

Video Thumbnails Are Instantly Recognizable to His Fans

Here are a few things you can infuse with your brand to create consistency across your published video content.

Include The Obvious

From your existing brand, these should be consistent with your offline physical media and your online properties.

  • FONT
  • COLOR
  • LOGO

Be Creative

This is where you have some flexibility.

  • SHAPES
  • PLACEMENT

Do you want a vertical bar with your logo on the left? A horizontal bar with the title on the bottom? A thought bubble with your text?

Coil Notebook Background – Suggests Teaching Moment
Also Note Consistent Colors, Font in Video Thumbnails

Create Themes

You can use these shapes, placement and color of them to create themes.

For example, product demos, faqs, announcements. Then, on YouTube these can be organized into playlists.

All Live Shows are Themed This Way

Many Simple Ways to Up Your Video Thumbnail Game

Using these simple ideas, you will banish any default video thumbnails YouTube or Facebook provides (which “suck”) .

More importantly, you will be leveraging your thumbnails to brand your content, attract more viewers and grow your audience.

More Thumbnail Tips – Click Here

Tools and Templates for Making Thumbnails – Click Here

Go Deep on YouTube Optimization – Click Here

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Understanding your target audience is important when looking to improve your market outreach.

If you’re missing the mark with your audience, ask yourself if you truly understand them. Here are 4 factors to consider when understanding your audience.

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The Components of a Good ad

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Three Ways to Keep Your Content “Alive” on Social Media

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Maximize Your Brand Awareness on Social Media Like Adidas

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The brand produces more than 850 million product units annually. So it’s no surprise that Adidas is cultivating an undeniable influence on social media, specifically Instagram. If you want to maximize your brand awareness on social media like Adidas, get ready to incorporate some of the brand’s tactics in your own strategic efforts.

“Change the game, run the world.”  – Adidas

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How to Write Content for Social Media

Write Content for Social Media

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Hard Proof: Advertising Creative Drives Sales

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