It’s time to power up the video camera for another video blogging challenge! We had our last challenge during March and April of 2014, and we need to have another one before the end of the year.
I posted a message on Google+ asking people which month was better for them – August or September. Most agreed that September was better and so it shall be!
How often do I record a video?
We’ll do the same thing as last time and post a video every day from Monday through Friday giving you the weekends off for relaxation time with your family.
Since we want to do a full 30 days of video, this means the challenge will last for six weeks. We will start the challenge on September 8, 2014 and continue creating videos until the last day on October 17, 2014.
Your recording schedule will be as follows:
- September 8-12
- September 15-19
- September 22-26
- September 29-October 3
- October 6-10
- October 13-17
How long does the video need to be?
There’s no set time limit, but I would advise keeping your videos under 5 minutes to respect the time of all the participants (and your community too). Time is something we don’t get back once it’s gone.
How professional does my video need to be?
Get crazy or act all professional – the choice is yours; however, I would like to suggest that you show your quirks now and then so people get to know the REAL you! 🙂
I don’t get all fixed up to do a video. I don’t wear makeup (the partner likes the all-natural look) so don’t feel as if you need to have every strand of your hair in place. Let your hair down and have fun!
How will you record?
Try a face to face video, a PowerPoint presentation or a how-to screen capture. Again, the choice is yours. Naturally, I would prefer to see your smiling face, but ANY video is better than none at all.
What will you video blog about?
You can video blog about your niche, for starters. Follow that up with why you came online, what you like most about online business – or anything else that comes to your mind.
Where should you place the videos?
The idea is to share what you create. Place them on YouTube or Vimeo, your blog and on the Google community we created for the challenge. Consider sharing them on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook too!
What should you do next?
Join the Google Plus community we have specifically for this challenge. Here’s the link:
Post a comment below to let me know you’re in and excited to be a part of a wonderful group of video enthusiasts! We’re in for a ton of fun – so get ready to laugh and share your way to a bigger community of new friends!
What type of video will you create for day 1? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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Hi, Bonnie…I’m intrigued with this challenge idea, and would love to dip my toe in the waters, but I’ve never made a video before, especially one for business purposes.
Must give this some thought…
The longer you put it off, the harder it will be to do it, Becky. Bite the bullet and get it done! 🙂
I’ve never done a Power Point presentation (well, Open Office) before, and have never created a video from slides, but I figured out enough this afternoon to put up a very bare-bones, half-minute video for my first attempt.
It’s very rough, and kind of goofy, but I learned a LOT by doing this today, so thanks for the idea, Bonnie!
You are so welcome, Becky! I love the idea that you took ACTION!
Where is the video so I may take a look, if you don’t mind?
I would love to join, but I can’t I won’t be dedicated lol. However seeing your stats from the video blogging course by Tiffany makes me really consider putting more videos up.
I see your videos don’t have tons of views BUT you obviously have the conversions behind them and building that trust factor which is ten times better traffic means nothing without conversion.
I wanted to ask with those vlogs you did for the last challenge were most embeded on this blog or did you just have them on Youtube, how did they work for getting commissions, was it because you reviewed products in your vlogs or is something else going on behind the scenes?
Creating video has truly energized my online business. I didn’t have any problems before creating video in gaining visibility, but I must admit that doing videos now, compared to when I wasn’t doing them, has made a significant impact on my affiliate commissions and community building efforts.
Even if you can’t commit to daily video blogging, once a week is all you need to reap the benefits that video production provides.
I embed ALL my video blogging challenge videos on the blog. I also share them on YouTube and Google Plus.
I earned commissions from the videos because they pulled traffic to my blog. Underneath each video, I also add a transcribed version of the video; and, in most cases, a miniature sales letter or in-depth product review too.
I sell the most products when I do a walk-through of the software package, using video. I SHOW people how the product works, rather than TELL them. I think this makes all the difference in the world for sales.
I also mention a product more than once if I truly believe someone needs to grab a copy of it. In a case like this, I will create a video and spread that puppy far and wide, which means on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
Then, I will create an email for my subscribers and send that out as well. The more I mention it, the farther the promotion reaches.
Good luck with your challenge, Bonnie. I’ve taken on enough challenges this month, so won’t be able to join in, but videos are certainly on my list of things to do. Maybe once things have died down a little October or November, I can think about doing it myself.
Knowing that you’re doing the Article Writing Challenge and the Ultra Blog Challenge, I don’t see your schedule getting any less time-consuming in October than it was for September. Correct me if I am wrong. 🙂
Probably more like November, eh? 🙂
BTW: Have you created a product yet, Alexandria? Do you hope to?
I’m incorporating videos into my blog posts for this month for one of my blogs (maybe others). I plan to start today and do three a week minimum. 🙂
As for the product, I do plan on one. I’m looking through old posts and seeing if I can collect them together. I would like to use the ones from last month’s challenges, but not sure if it’s too soon for them right now. I know in a couple of months time the posts will be buried, so maybe now would be the right time to use them?
Why wait to use the posts you created? There are so many people who have yet to read them. Waiting a few weeks to produce a book means you’re making individuals wait for some solid information they could be putting to use right now!
If this were me, I wouldn’t wait. 🙂
Thanks for your thoughts, Bonnie. I wasn’t sure if it was too soon for those who have just read them. But you’re right; there are plenty who haven’t read them yet. I’ll work on it over the weekend and start of next week 🙂
Good thinking! It’s never too early to bring out a new product, especially since there are so many people who need your help! 🙂
Will have to look at how I can schedule this in – wasn’t aware of it until your post 🙁 Great opportunity so would like to do at least a few.
🙂 So glad, you figured out a way to take advantage of the blogging challenge, Mel!
I can’t commit to this now, but I would love to do it in the future. Good luck everyone!
If 30 days is too long, you might want to consider one video a week, Crystal. At least it’s a start and you could use the video blog as blog content too! 🙂
Hi Bonnie – I wish I could join you in this challenge but already have quite a bit on my plate for this month.
Might be able to join from October onwards though.
Good luck – I will be watching, supporting and commenting 🙂
So sorry to hear that Victoria. Maybe you should carry the camera around on your hip, just in case an opportunity arises to use it. LOL 🙂
You will be sorely missed!
Jenn Alex Brockman
I think this can be the catalyst to do the project I’ve been putting off. However, I can’t do daily videos. I can commit to once per week and maybe more than that, but at least once per week.
Once per week is better than nothing, Jenn. If you do them once a week, at least you’ll have six videos at the end of the 30 days. 🙂