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Using Video to Grow Your Small Business – Melinda Emerson @SmallBizLady Shares Tips

Melinda Emerson, aka “SmallBizLady” is a veteran entrepreneur; small business expert and social media coach who specializes in helping small businesses thrive. Today hosted a WebEx offering tips for using video to help grow your business.

Watch her on-demand webinar on using video for your business.

Why should you use video?

Here are a few interesting stats about video Melinda shared with us:

  • Online video is expected to grow 55% this year and is the top format for content marketing.
  • Videos have a 41% higher click-through rate than plain text context.
  • 58% of consumers ages 18-34 who follow brands on social media would watch a video posted by that brand.
  • 57% of Smartphone users polled say they’ve streamed video on mobile.
  • Videos are integral to the success of any SEO strategy.
  • 90% of web traffic is predicted to be video by 2014.

With all that good news, there’s one important point Melinda makes about using video: don’t waste people’s time. To be effective, keep it short. 88% of people say they would watch a video that educated them for at least one minute.

Use video to create a deeper relationship with your customer.

Here are 12 ways you can use video to market your business (be sure to watch the on-demand presentation to learn more).

1. Blog content. 5. Video training. 9. Live video streaming.
2. Customer testimonials. 6. Interviews. 10. Webinars.
3. Product demos. 7. Commercials. 11. Viral video.
4. Email video. 8. Video news release (VNR). 12. Product reviews.

Melinda went on to explain how to create videos that are interesting to customers. Read More »

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The Social Soap Box: Digital is BIG Business in Thailand and Asia

August 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm PST

When you think of Thailand, historic Buddhist temples and shrines usually come to mind. However, during my visit to the golden land last week, I was pleasantly surprised by the proliferation of social and digital media. From QR codes to Facebook logos splattered across the many storefront windows, it’s no wonder Bangkok is ranked the largest Facebook city and Thailand ranked 16th largest Facebook country. While dining at a local restaurant in Chiang Rai, it was hard not to do a Facebook check-in when promotional materials were easily visible on tables, walls and even menus. And yes, I checked in and received my 5% discount.

Although Thailand is considered a developing country according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it’s use of digital and social media certainly makes the country advanced by any standard. According to eMarketer, Thailand is ranked fourth among Southeast Asian countries in the percentage of “likes” and “follows” corporate brands receive from consumers. The top three are Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia.  Here are  additional data from an eMarketer report:

  • 47% of APAC companies use SM, and 56% are planning to use SM
  • 47% of APAC companies use SM, and 56% are planning to use SM
  • This year, Asia-Pacific will pass North America as the region with the most Facebook users
  • Asia-Pacific has three times as many social network users as North America

For marketers and communicators, this presents a great opportunity to expand your company’s digital and social footprint. At Cisco, we are continually experimenting how to reach customers and influencers in various countries through social media. We currently have over 200 social channels globally, and approximately 12 in APAC. That includes properties on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as global outlets such as Weibo and VKontakte.

 

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WebEx Recordings are Good for Business

Use the new, free version of WebEx Meetings to promote your business to the WebEx network (click in and see how many people are using WebEx right now)!

All you need to do is record your WebEx and publish it to WebEx Channels. It’s easy!

With a free, WebEx Basic Account, create an online recording of anything that can help your business:

  • use video via your webcam to provide a product demo
  • share slides via desktop sharing to review a sales presentation
  • a combination of both to provide a behind-the-scenes look at your business

Then, once your WebEx is recorded, post it to WebEx Channels, our online library of content on almost any topic! WebEx Channels is available to everyone and will help increase the chances of your content being picked up by search engines. It’s also a great way to host your content that’s fast and easy and doesn’t require touching your existing website.

Here are a few tips to make recording a success. Read More »

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Free Webinar with Melinda Emerson – 12 Ways to Use Video to Grow Your Small Business

If you aren’t using video, you are missing out.

It can be incredibly useful for business, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post:

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, video can be worth millions to your company. Video allows your brand to get under potential customers’ skin and put the product in front of their eyes. They will hear your message and feel the excitement of your services, while you smell the profit. Here are five examples you can apply to your own brand.”

On August 21, we will host seasoned small business expert and bestselling author Melinda Emerson for an online event.  She will share 12 ways to use video to grow your small business.

Reserve your spot today: register here

As a business owner, you know staying relevant online is a must for your business. Video is a powerful tool that can be used in a wide variety of ways to expand business opportunities. With the right online channels, you can use video to reach employees, customers and brand ambassadors. Read More »

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Welcome Sue Nolin, Industry Marketing Manager, to the Manufacturing Industry Blog

July 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm PST

It’s a pleasure to introduce Sue Nolin, Cisco’s newest Manufacturing Industry Marketing team member.

Sue Nolin rejoins Cisco after ten years in the world of successful networking start-ups.  She was formerly with Cisco’s VPN and Security Business Unit, as the result of Cisco’s acquisition of Atliga Networks in 2000.  Sue has since sold and marketed networking solutions commonly used by manufacturing industries.  They  include WiFi, RFID and Unified Communications technologies, and how they are applied to address business problems.

Sue looks forward  to sharing her views and thoughts on manufacturing  industry-relevant topics and to  your comments on her blogs. Agree or disagree? Tell us! Sue has a bachelor’s degree in English/Communications from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts,  so don’t criticize her writing -- just her views!

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