Desktop Tripod Mount Reduces Needed Floor Space for Home Video Studio

I’m setting up a video “studio” in my small home office. No matter the setup, having a traditional tripod with those wide legs just wasn’t working. This gadget just arrived, and it’s perfect. It’s a desktop tripod mount.

desktop tripod mount for iPhone, iPad, Android, camerasIt clamps onto my desk, and has a tripod mount that works with my iPhone case (it has a tripod connector).

I still haven’t decided on my video platform, but with one more problem solved, I’ll figure it out soon.

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How to UNSEND a Message in Gmail (video shows you how)

My 2-Minute rule in Outlook defers delivery of a message so I have plenty of time to get it from the Outbox, make a change, and resend.

Google recently made it possible for the masses to UNSEND a message in Gmail, and I recorded this quick video to show you how.

Outlook is my preferred email client, and I organize and manage my life with it. For training, call me. I conduct workshops, conference seminars, Webinars, and individual SKYPE sessions. I also have some pre-recorded lessons here.

 

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If You Sell Something, Record a Video to Show Us How to Use It–My CaddyTek and Golf

Peggy Duncan plays golf with CaddyTekI signed up for golf lessons this summer, and am liking it so much, I invested in new clubs, club covers, a stand bag, new shoes and, of course, new outfits. But one thing I didn’t like was struggling with my golf bag when I went to practice on the driving range. I started researching and found a highly-rated, one-click folding 4-wheel golf push cart by CaddyTek.

This thing is solid! Very well-built, and came with very detailed instructions on how to work with it.

But I had a time trying to figure out how to open and close it.

I went to my university, YouTube, looking for a how-to video, and found exactly what I needed. The video I’ve included in this post was recorded by the company that makes it. I had to laugh when I saw how easy everything was as compared to what I was doing with it.

If you’re selling something, consider explaining how to use it with video. It does the work of a thousand photos and totally replaces that booklet. What are you selling or teaching that would be so much easier for us to learn with video?

 

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Boost Web Traffic and SEO by Leveraging Your YouTube Video Content With SlideShare Presentations (with how-to videos)

Are you taking advantage of being able to add your videos to a Slideshare.net presentation? It’s great for SEO and exposure to a business community. From their Website: “SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. With 60 million monthly visitors and 130 million pageviews, it is amongst the most visited 200 websites in the world. Besides presentations, SlideShare also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars.”

Does this sound like somewhere you need to be? Especially since they have a free version, right?

I’ve been busy on SlideShare lately, and wanted to share some tips that I think will help you.

Before You Upload PowerPoint Presentation to SlideShare

  • Use the Insert-Hyperlink command to create live URLs on desired PowerPoint slides (as opposed to just typing the URL). One of my slides invites people to join my email list. Another slide links to the Contact Us page on my Website. This how-to video shows how to create a hyperlink in Word and works basically the same in PowerPoint and other software.
  • Create at least three slides that appear BEFORE the slides with the live links. Otherwise, the links will not work when uploaded to SlideShare. The slide your video will appear on does not count in the three.
  • Remove any text on the slide that you don’t want scripted on SlideShare. SlideShare automatically transcribes your text on the slides and places it under your presentation. With a free account, you can’t delete it. I didn’t want my email address or phone number to display, so I removed that info from my slides. (I don’t want to take a chance in spammers scooping this info up, so I added a link to my Contact page on my Website instead.)

Add Your YouTube Video to SlideShare Presentation

I have a free account on SlideShare so I can’t upload a video directly. But since all my videos are on YouTube, I can add them to a presentation by inserting the link. Here’s a how-to video I recorded a couple of years ago, and everything works pretty much the same. You’ll want to use the URL from your browser’s address bar on the watch page (should see the word “watch” in the link).

Re-Uploading Your SlideShare File

I had to re-upload my presentation several times as I was learning all this. Unlike YouTube, you don’t lose your view counts when you switch out the file. To re-upload, go to My Uploads, find the presentation, click Edit-Re-upload.

The YouTube video will remain intact as long as the slide count doesn’t change. Otherwise, you’ll have to re-add it.

Here’s Example

To see all this in action, check out my SlideShare presentation below.

Continue to Leverage Your Content

After you’ve finished uploading your presentation to SlideShare, and you’ve added your video, don’t stop there. Below are some ideas on other ways to leverage this content.

  • Subscribers. If people have subscribers to your SlideShare channel, click the Email button above your slide and send to all of them (with a personal note that also asks them to share with their network).
  • Blog. I’m going to start inserting the SlideShare presentation in my blog instead of the YouTube video (get the embed code from SlideShare). This way, when people click to read/view, I’ll get a view count on SlideShare and on YouTube. The views should count on YouTube because the user has to click the video to play (as opposed to it being set to autoplay).
    UPDATE: The view count on SlideShare is far outpacing YouTube so the view counts are not synching for some reason. If I find out more on this, I’ll update the post.
  • LinkedIn profile. Edit your profile and add your SlideShare presentation as a file. Here’s a how-to video I recorded that will show you how to do this. LinkedIn changed slightly, but at this writing, the instructions work pretty much the same.
  • Press releases. Some press release sites allow you to include a video. Nothing will tell your story as well as a video.
  • Event pages. I use EventBrite for online event marketing and registrations and include videos on event announcement/registration pages.
  • Video Email. There is no need to use a video email service that takes your viewers to their site. Paste an image of your video/slideshow into your next email blast and hyperlink an image to the actual video or slideshow. (Include an image that has a play button (or create one) so it’s obvious they need to click.)
  • Facebook Like page, Social Media Sites. Never miss the opportunity to share videos and presentations on Facebook and other social networks.
  • More on YouTube. I also added a link to my SlideShare page on the About page of my YouTube channel. Here’s a how-to video on this.
  • More Video Websites. Consider uploading your videos to DailyMotion and Vimeo for more exposure. (I’m about to check into this. I like the idea of DailyMotion’s videowall that gives you the code to display up to 81 of your videos.)
  • Webinar. With a combination of PowerPoint and video, you already have your Webinar. I’m currently using GoToWebinar by Citrix and love the service. It’s convenient and no phone needed.

Need More Convincing?

For additional information on using SlideShare for SEO, branding, content marketing, and link building, check out this article by Boris Demaria on this topic. Great insights. And check out this post on The Moz Blog from Rand Fishkin on Leveraging the Power of Slide Decks to Boost Your SEO, Social + Content Marketing. And more great info is in this article by Mark Sherbin for the Content Marketing Institute, titled “6 Steps for Successful Content Marketing Using SlideShare’s Secret Search Sauce.” These articles reassured me that using SlideShare was a smart move.

All this should keep you busy for a while. Please leave any questions or ideas you have in Comments.

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How to Hold a Hand-Held Microphone (with video)

I’m a stickler for using an external microphone when recording video (people will watch a low quality picture, but they will not listen to crappy sound). Even if it’s a cheap one, it’ll be better than your computer’s or camera’s onboard mic. Here’s a 60-second video on how to hold a handheld mic for optimum results.

 

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How to Make Changes to Multiple YouTube Video Descriptions (and More) At Once

Have you wanted to add a URL or some additional contact information to your video descriptions on YouTube? Perhaps you’ve wanted to change monetization or some other setting to multiple videos. You’ll be delighted to discover that you don’t have to change each video individually!

This video shows you  how to make multiple changes at once.

Now isn’t that just the best time saver?!

Note: You can also change your video defaults. For example, when I upload a new video to YouTube, I have some details on how to CONNECT WITH US in the video description. This information appears automatically.

 

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Print Your Postage and Schedule Pickups to Save Time Shipping

DYMO Label Writer 450 Twin Turbo label printer, 71 Labels Per Minute, Black/Silver (1752266)It’s so easy and convenient to ship letters and packages these days. I print my USPS postage using my Dymo LabelWriter. Then I schedule the pickup online at USPS.com. The letter carrier knocks on my door for the package the next day.

Need shipping labels? You can use this Dymo unit to print them. I also created my own shipping labels in Microsoft Word. Here is a video to show you how.

 

 

You can spend a little time now and set all this up and save so many hours later.

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How to Block UNKNOWN (or Anonymous) Callers in Google Voice (with video)

I was inundated with junk calls that read UNKNOWN in the Caller ID with calls coming into Google Voice. That was driving me nuts. Three, four, eight times a day those calls would come in, and I’d just ignore them.

Fortunately, my Google Voice number is the one that I publicize. I’d tried the Block function for the caller, but it didn’t work at all.

Here’s what did. Here’s what did. I went into Google Settings and changed the option for anonymous callers. When the anonymous call comes in, Google Voice has no phone numbers to forward the calls to.

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Online Video – How to Create Posts for Multiple Blogs Using Microsoft Windows Live Writer 2012 (with video)

Blogging with Windows Live Writer - video tutorialPainless blogging! One reason you might put off blogging or making updates to your site is the technology behind it. Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer is a free, easy, WYSIWYG desktop application you can use to create and publish blog posts and pages whether you use WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, or TypePad. It syncs with your sites, and you can create posts and pages online or offline at the park. It’s included in the full download of Windows Essentials.

Are you maintaining multiple sites? No problem! You can access all of them from this one interface.

The timesaving features in this FREE software from Microsoft® are built for people who would rather do it themselves but don’t know how. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do right from your Windows desktop.

  • Manage multiple blog accounts from one place and publish from your desktop.
  • Insert pictures or simply copy and paste them onto the page.
  • Set default properties once for objects you insert and forget it.
  • Insert videos from your computer or YouTube and other services.
  • Download its own set of plug-ins that make enhancing your posts easy.

Webmasters – You’ll be able to create your client’s blog or Website, direct them to this training, and move on to your next project.

Site Owners – You won’t have to wait or beg anyone to update your site because you’ll be able to easily do this yourself!

Learn How – Online Course Available

I’ve recorded an online course with multiple videos to show you how to use this timesaving software. I broke the information down into bite-sized chunks, and put them all in one place on my membership Website, TheDBI.com (short for The Digital Breakthroughs Institute, my company). For only $47.00, you’ll have lifetime access to the video series so you can learn and do refreshers at your convenience.

Sample of What You Will Learn

The video below demos how to create a blog post in Windows Live Writer and insert a video from YouTube. To help you learn how to use everything Windows Live Writer has to offer, check out my video series that breaks everything down into small chunks that make learning easy!

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