Get your marketing into video …. NOW!

Ok .. if you are doing video as part of your marketing (doesn't matter if you are an Internet marketer or B&M), then you are already doing the thing you should be doing. If not, then what the heck are you waiting for? Did you require the written invitation on engraved paper and hand delivered by a semi-naked person of your imagination? Not gonna happen for you, Bucko. This is all you are going to get, not necessarily nice, polite, friendly or even cheerful – although I will leave out most of the expletives (even though they probably should be here).

Video marketing -can be easy and affordable and ‘effing' works. Video creation is no longer the complicated process it once was. Today’s technology has made automated video creation possible. The usage of video on the web offers certain distinct advantages especially to those webmasters wanting to make money online.  And here are a few reasons for you to do it:

1. SEO – Pure and Simple

Social media is a major marketing tool and is growing exponentially. No business can stick to age-old marketing methods, unless it wants to lose their valuable customers to the other businesses that are changing with the times. The major search engines now give a lot of value to video content. If your website or business has a video and an article about the same keyword, chances are that your video will rank higher every time.

Videos have other benefits too since they usually guarantee accessibility and user retention. Visitors are more likely to watch a quick 2 minute video demonstration of your services than they are to read a long wall of text. In addition, you can target several long-tail keywords with videos to scale your rankings even further.

2. Easier Distribution Mechanisms

There are several video distribution sites that allow users to upload their videos to many websites at once. These sites allow you to add your videos to a lot of the popular video-sharing sites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Imeem and others simultaneously. These websites usually offer optimized videos for their mobile platforms too, thus automatically expanding the reach of the uploader’s brand.

3. The Social Media Effect

Since popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter allow users to share interesting links, having your own video on the major sites drastically increases your chances of exposure. Also, people are more likely to share an interesting video they came across rather than an article.

4. Automatically Increase the Magnetism of Your Website

If you have been surfing the web long enough, inevitably you have visited a Web 2.0 property which features a video on the homepage. Having this kind of a setup increases the visitor retention on the page. People are more likely to be intrigued by the service and might stay around to find out more if they are presented with an entertaining video explaining the purpose of the website or the service.

5. Increase Sales By Alleviating Doubts

For example, assume the case of a website that reviews cameras and includes the webmaster’s affiliate links at the end of each review. Now for a physical product such as a camera, a video review can show things to the visitor that simply cannot be conveyed effectively through text. In these cases, a video is a far more effective tool to increase the chance of conversions, and subsequently helping the webmaster make money online.

6. More Success with Opt-in and Subscriber Lists for Video Based Feeds

People are used to getting walls of text and promotional offers in their inbox all day long. Not many marketers out there offer informational videos to their subscribers. Since most people are already signed up to one or more textual newsletters, a weekly video-based feed can be a nice change. Also, some concepts are better demonstrated over video. For example, a golf newsletter would be much more interesting if it sends out videos on how to improve your swing.

7. Personalized Experience for Your Customers

You can guide your visitors to different sections of your website using videos making the whole experience similar to visiting an actual store. Videos put a face on the merchant and make the users more comfortable doing business with them. Using intelligent data mining, many websites are now providing personalized video experiences that are catered specifically to the individual customer’s buying habits and in many cases reference past purchases.

8. Automation of Video Creation

Earlier, video production used to be a lengthy process involving half a dozen people and a lot of equipment. But nowadays, video production is seamless and in a lot of cases, completely automated.

By limiting the need for human intervention in video production, today’s video creation technology has given the confidence to a lot of webmasters to use video on their websites. And since video offers high ROI, it’s an obvious choice for improving online brands.

All in all, video marketing is highly beneficial for improving brand recognition and customer retention. Online businesses that haven’t jumped onto the video bandwagon already should look at it as a serious option for improving the quality of their websites.

So, get out the 8 mp cell camera or your new and affordable video camera and go to town. Not sure what good is? Doesn't matter for you to get started as bad is better than none and you will learn to improve over time. Have no fear, your results will be rewarded.