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:
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.