What to do with Your Hands

One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “what should I do with my hands on camera?”

Being on camera can make you feel awkward and cause you to give off the wrong impression with your body language. Proper posturing and hand placement contributes as much to your message as what it is you’re saying.

Today, we’re going to explore some ways to avoid bad non-verbal habits, and discuss the dos and don’ts of hand placement.

Two common mistakes many speakers make are to either clasp your hands together, or place your palms one over the other.

Clasping your hands is a sign that you are closed off. Holding your palms together with one thumb over the other says that you may need reassurance.

Crossing your arms may give the impression that you’re not in agreement, closed off, defensive or insecure.

Open hands and showing palms indicates that you’re not concealing anything

To come across as confident, have your hands open and relaxed, resting on an object in front of you, like a table, or at your side. When your body is open, you project trustworthiness and may actually feel more confident.

If you usually move your hands when you talk, then It is okay to do the same when on camera. In fact, it can make the video more interesting.

If you’re nervous and can’t get comfortable in front of the camera, stand behind a chair, rest your hands lightly on the back of the chair, and only show yourself on video from the waist up.

We hope this was helpful, feel free to check out some of our other videos on body language and how to come across confident on camera. If you have more specific questions, give us a call, at 314-842-3663 that’s 314 Video Me.
Thanks for watching, I’ll be CN You on video.

Using YouTube to Boost your SEO

YouTube is more than just a site to host your video, it’s also the 2nd largest search engine in the world. Because of this, uploading your video to YouTube can significantly help your SEO.

Today, we are going talk about some tips to get your video to show up first when people search for your content.

First of all, pick a good title for your video. Think of the title as a headline that helps your audience understand your content. Your title should be short and contain words that will capture people’s attention.

You can have up to 200 searchable characters in your title, but less than half of those are shown in the search results. So, make sure your important keywords are in the first 60 characters.

The next important element to maximizing your video’s SEO is its description. Your description is searchable text that describes what your video is about. Make sure the most important information is in the first two sentences since this is what appears below the title in any search.

Your video’s description is also a good place to include links to your web and social media sites.

Another great place to add searchable keywords is in your video tags. Make sure you put the most important keywords first. Use longer tags as they are less competitive and more likely to drive your specific audience to your video. For example, instead of “Video Production” put “Corporate Video Production” that way you’re more likely to be found when someone searches for your specific services.

You can use as many tags as you want, but keep in mind the more words you use, the less relevance you get on each word.

We’ve talked about thumbnails in other blogs, but they are worth mentioning again because the right thumbnail attracts greater audience numbers to your video.

If you have a graphic artist on staff and you’d like to create your own thumbnails, we have more specific information on how to do that in other videos. Here at CN Video, we also offer custom thumbnail creation for our clients.

CN Video also offers a transcription service to clients for your video which is searchable and can lead viewers to your content.

YouTube uses speech recognition to automatically create a transcript of your video. However, since the speech recognition is only about 70% accurate, this transcription is not searchable.
We recommend correcting YouTube’s transcription or uploading your own so it will be accurate and searchable.

Finally, since the amount of interaction a video gets helps its placement in search results, you’ll want to post it where people will see it. Since Facebook has taken over as the most popular place to watch videos, putting your video on your Facebook page will help your SEO on YouTube.

We hope this video has been helpful. If you have any additional questions or want further explanation on any of these tips, give us a call at 314-843-3663. That’s 314-Video Me.

Capturing Client Success Stories

Hi. Welcome to CNU on video. Today I want to talk a little bit about testimonials. But I prefer to call them Client Success Stories. This is because you don’t just want someone “giving a testimonial” for your company on video.

People want to hear an actual story.

So, here are some tips on how you can turn testimonials into great Video Success Stories.

First, this isn’t a grade school photo, so don’t have your subject stand against a wall. This can make the video look flat and two dimensional. To add more depth and remove shadows, put them in the middle of the room about 6-8 feet from the background.

Next, this is the Shape of Video. This is your cell phone. Video, cell phone, Video, Cell phone. Hold your cell phone horizontally when shooting. It’s the shape of video.

Next, line up your shot. Make sure there’s not too much room above their head, but don’t cut it off at the top either.
Try to have them either centered, or slightly off center facing inward.

The message is the most important part, so if you can, use a microphone. There are clip on microphones available for less than $20 that plug right into your cell phone. It reduces background noise and makes their voice more clear.

Also, stop shaky video. Put your camera or cell phone on a tripod or steady surface when recording.

If you don’t have a tripod, you can use a simple piece of string to help keep it stable.

Like I said earlier you want a success story, not just a testimonial. In order to get that success story, you’ll need to ask the right questions. Before, during, and after.

What was the problem you had that prompted you to talk to me?What did you like best about working with me? And how have things improved since working with me?

Also, keep in mind that some people ramble the first time you ask a question and are much more concise the second time, and other people give a great answer the first time but struggle the second because they are trying to remember what they said the first time. Always ask the question twice so you can pick the better of the two.

Finally, keep the video short. Tell them you’re looking for 30 seconds. You’ll get about a minute. You really don’t want anything longer than that.

I hope this has been helpful. Now go get some fabulous success stories from your clients. If you have any additional questions or need any extra help. Give us a call at (314) 843-3663, that’s 314-video me.