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How to Liven Up Your Interview Style Video Content

Posted by Cody Lunsford on Feb 19, 2018 3:00:00 AM

Here at Verge Pipe Media, we definitely believe in the value of video as part of your inbound marketing strategy. According to Hubspot, 54 percent of consumers would rather watch video content than any other kind of content. Video continues to rise in popularity and everyday use, and the way that video content is presented continues to evolve. One of the more popular forms of video is that of the “interview style video,” a type of video that we sometimes internally refer to as “60-Minutes videos.” Essentially, these videos have an interviewee that is the main focus of the video. The interviewee speaks on themselves, a research project, business updates, whatever. It could be anything. These videos are pretty effective since they give the audience a person to connect to, but simply producing a video that is just the person speaking is not always the best way to grab people’s attention.

In order to reach your ideal buyer personas, you must be able to adapt your content to fit who you’re targeting and make the content itself more dynamic. Part of that is having a clear plan before you even start shooting, but making sure you present the information in a visually interesting way is essential. Here’s some ways you can liven up your interview style video content.

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Facebook News Feed Changes and Your Business Page

Posted by Don Crow on Feb 12, 2018 5:00:00 AM

I'll admit that I'm one of the folks who spends less time on Facebook. A lot less time. Heck, I even uninstalled the app from my phone. Apparently I'm not alone, as Mark Zuckerburg and Facebook announced on January 31st, 2018 that overall usage has dropped by "roughly 50 million hours every day."

Couple that eye-popping stat with a drop of 1 million daily active users in the USA and Canada and the impact of the content we're all seeing in our news feed becomes supremely important. We're tuning out, "fake news," incessant political posts from high school friends you barely remember, and recipes on full blast from the half of the population who don't use Pinterest. We're instead liking and sharing animal videos, memes, personal triumps (and admitted failures), or we've just jumped ship altogether (enjoy Instagram!).

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Topics: Facebook, social media analytics

Catchy vs. Clickbait

Posted by Jasmine Lee on Dec 12, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Imagine you're scrolling through Facebook and you come across an online retailer that is selling a product you fall in love with. Not only do you love the product, but you see that it is half the price of others like it, sold at similar stores. You click on the ad (because you just can't resist) to see that this newly discovered retailer has terrible reviews and it will take 2-6 weeks for you to recieve any kind of order from them. This, my friend, is an example of clickbait. 

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Topics: Brand Marketing, Advertising

The Importance of Social Media Analytics

Posted by Don Crow on Dec 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Social Media has given individuals an unprecedented level of authority when it comes to shaping the business narrative. Even casual readers of the Verge Pipe Media blog over the past seven years know that we embrace using social media in all phases of the buyer's journey. New readers have no doubt noticed on their own the outbound marketing days meant the marketers were in charge, dictating what products and services we were exposed to through massive spends on TV, print, radio, spam, direct mail and telemarketing.

Those days are gone but not forgotten based on the number of organizations we still see spending money on dumb s&*t. But you don't have to be in that group! A great way to start leveling up is to take what you have from all of your social media and online platforms and understand the importance of social media analytics.

Photo by Burak Kebapci from Pexels 

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Topics: Social Media Strategy, social media analytics

Don't Take December Off: Starting the First Quarter Strong

Posted by Nikki Butler on Dec 5, 2017 12:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

How to Handle Negative Feedback on Social Media

Posted by Caroline Daley on Nov 30, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Imagine how nice it would be to live in a world where negative comments and "haters" didn't exist. As nice as that would be, it's unfortunately not our reality. There are countless benefits to having your business on social media, but the cold hard truth is that if you're on social media, you're going to recieve negative feedback at some point. It's important to know how to handle negative feedback on social media so that when it does happen, you'll know what to do. 

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Topics: Social Media, feedback, negative feedback, customer service

Social Media Influencers: Are They Worth It?

Posted by Jasmine Lee on Nov 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Influencers are defined as: "Individuals who have the power to affect purchase decisions of others because of their (real or perceived) authority, knowledge, position, or relationship..."  Online Business Dictionary. So what is a social media influencer, you may ask? A social media influencer is someone with a large following, typically thousands of people, who advertises your product or service on one or more of their social media platforms. 

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Topics: Social Media, influencers

Three Ways to Incorporate Chatbots in Higher Ed

Posted by Don Crow on Nov 14, 2017 12:00:00 AM

If you don't really know what a "chatbot" is, don't worry. Many people don't know them by that name, but chances are great that you've interacted with, or engaged in an online activity with a bot. If you do know what a chatbot is, but haven't considered it functional in Higher Ed just yet, I hate to tell you that you're already behind.

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Topics: higher ed, chatbots

What a Job in Inbound Marketing Can Teach You Regardless of Major

Posted by Melissa Cook on Nov 9, 2017 12:00:00 AM

As someone who has always answered the cliché “so what is your major” question with a sigh and a long explanation, I’m used to having to explain the value in having such an interdisciplinary major. For a little background on myself, I am studying Natural Resource Management, Communication, and Hunger Studies. (Which according to @CodyLunsford_ means I’m the mayor of Zootopia or a professional tree hugger with a few other things mixed in…) So where does marketing fit in? To most people, I would appear to be vastly underqualified to work in marketing as I have no formal education on it, but a job in social media and inbound marketing is about so much more than formal marketing education.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Internships

The Numbers Game: Attracting Students through Social Media

Posted by Nikki Butler on Nov 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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Topics: student engagement, university engagement

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