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Need Critique On Video Summary Of A Wizzle/Lens (experiment concept)

 
Jerrico_Usher
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on 11/28/2012

I'm experimenting with creating videos to summarize my articles with a movie like feel (well infomercial speed with actual information not sales pitches). The idea is the article is great and detailed, but the video would be a video cliff notes version of longer articles... this keeps people on the page longer, could spark them to read the whole article (for the details or deeper comprehension of the summary etc...) and since they'd be videos the author made, a deeper connection with the author as well.

This started when a Squidoo lens was blocked for 590 words that were vital to my lens, the formula if you will, was copied verbatim across dozens of sites... rewriting it would be moot as there's not many ways to say "apply ice" lol... I decide to create a youtube video with the formula in it animated- unique and all. It would take the gist of the article's purpose and put it up there quickly (6 min) and lucidly...

This would also be the first video of this type I've made. Replacing the block of text on SQ with the video got my lens unblocked (and I hear that's rare), but the experience taught me that I could make summaries to entice people to read on (i.e. if landing from stumbleupon or Google the video may be a quicker way for them to digest if your article is worth reading by getting the points there and details in the article.

So if you would be so kind could you visit the youtube video and give me an honest (and polite) critique of the video. I learned a lot building it. I decided to use this video to learn how to use the new Camtasia "animate any element" features so tell me if you think it has "cool" or "entertaining" effects :)

The Video For SQ is here (video is near the top): http://www.squidoo.com/get-rid-of-a-pimple-overnight

I'm going to apply this across some of my longer wizzles so this is an experiment...

The direct video link on youtube is:

http://youtu.be/N25FnlvClAQ

Any feedback is appreciated. I think videos are a major component wizzles should have but this would be more functional than just "glitter"... You can also monetize the youtube videos you make so its even cooler when you make them yourself.

Thanks guys/gals!

Jerrico


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Mira
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on 11/28/2012

Hi Jerrico,

I liked your video, but I think it's too long. Why not show part of the process to lure people (from YouTube, say) to read the rest in your article?

I also took a look at your article. You saved some of the text as images, which is ok, but do save it as a high quality image -- it doesn't read very well. You can choose a setting that will make it look almost like text.


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Jerrico_Usher
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on 11/28/2012

Thanks Mira (after watching it I thought it too long as well, the mind muddles after hours of editing lol)... the text was my original content but twas stolen so I tried to get it in there as images- but that looks crappy, your right. I'm going to just move those images to video as a still with music or something...  it's only a small part of the content but vital for simplicity... it's a process :)

Appreciate your feedback Mira :) 


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dustytoes
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on 11/28/2012

It's good, but it left me wondering if there would be any skin left on your face after all that!

Also it is a bit long.


katiem2
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on 11/28/2012

Hi Jerrico.

Great video! 

Firstly I would add what you need to spend a lot of time on in the Spend Some Time On This Step, I think you mean the Noxzema.... but to be clear I would add the word such as Spend Some Time On The Noxzema Step.

Other than that I think it's great. Anyone suffering with acne will find it informative with just enough info. I don't think it's to long at all. I'm a details person.

I've learned something about getting rid of pimples. Thanks and good luck with your video I predict it will enjoy much success.Smile


teddletonmr
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on 11/28/2012

Hey, Jerrico thanks for asking, for what it’s worth, I believe reading all the text is a bit of a bother. What would be the harm in adding voice over reinforcing your six steps for dealing with pimples? Most kids I know hate to read stuff telling them what to do.

The video looks good, images fading in and out, moving from side to side, and all that keeps the mind’s eye busy, on the other hand, when the text got smaller to fit in the space allowed in the pain, I clicked the back button.

Hope this helps, I learn many things following your creative genius.Laughing


Make it a great day, teddletonmr
Paul
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on 11/28/2012

I don't think there's too much detail in there, but personally I'd prefer it being read to me rather than having to read a Youtube video - personally there are too many transitions/effects too. I believe less is more here.

Other than that, it should be a great summary for the bottom of your articles! :)

katiem2
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on 11/28/2012

I think MIkes on to something.  The target audience is SO into videos. I know I have two teenage girls who watch tons of YouTube tutorial videos.  With this in mind I think you might want to add, To buy everything you need today go to ... make them aware they can buy what they need at the Wizzley Page...


Jerrico_Usher
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on 11/28/2012

Wow thanks everyone, I'll take your feedback and create a better video. I agree reading it to them is better, I'm thinking of just making a real time video, no reading, just talking, showing, etc... twas a first draft so seems I did ok, but a few details need fixing... Much appreciated (all your feedback)...  


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onetimeuser
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on 11/29/2012

I think that it looks really good, can only echo other peoples suggestions that you need to use YouTube as a source of referral traffic by creating only teasers.

One minute long vids with links to your online content.

I think I mentioned previously on here that I am hitting YouTube quite hard, well my latest website gets more traffic from YouTube then it does from Google....

.... and that traffic is proving to be quality traffic just like organic traffic (not much between my YT referrals and Google referrals in terms of pages per visit, bounce rate, and time on page).

You are doing the right thing by establishing a presence on YouTube though, it's a panda proof and pengiun proof source of traffic if you play it right.

Jerrico_Usher
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on 11/30/2012

Thanks Ryan, I think your right, we're entering the video age haha... I'm taking the few minutes videos thing to heart that makes sense, and teasers are great too... so much more to learn... but it's fun to create them- hard to come up with unique angles (what people want to see is newness)... and I really hate reading YT video text so what was I thinking there? lol... 

 


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