VIDEO: AITEC Africa ICT Summit

I got an invite to attend the AITEC Africa ICT Summit held at Visa Oshwal Center, Nairobi, Kenya, on the 24th & 25 February 2016. The event attracted ICT professionals and industry leaders who showcased their products and services, as well as give talks on currents trends and technologies in their respective fields.

Take a look at the video trailer below from the event:

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VIDEO: Huawei Mate 8 Launch

We got an invite to attend and highlight the launch of the Huawei Mate 8 smartphone. Check out the video highlight of the event, courtesy of CIO East Africa:

 

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VIDEO: Joe Mucheru Talks Netflix

We got to talk to CS for ICT, Joe Mucheru, on Netflix and here is what he had to say about it:

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Netflix is Now Available in Kenya

Neflix coming to a screen near you

It used to be that if you wanted to watch a movie or a TV show, you either had to purchase a DVD or simply get what was being aired on TV.

Not anymore!

With the rise of broadband Internet and with most preferring to create their own entertainment and pay for it, we have seen the rise of streaming services take over the movie industry with recent nominations and awards at the Emmy’s going to online shows like House of Cards.

Netflix has been at the forefront of streaming movies and TV shows, but it was only limited to the United States, until now. The company recently announced that is now available in 130 countries making it easy to access and stream its award-winning shows and movies on a monthly-subscription.

Neflix now in Kenya

Kenya is one of the countries where Netflix is now available and can be accessed on a monthly subscription. You can now get to enjoy all House of Cards, Arrested Development, DareDevil, Orange is the New Black, Marco Polo among other popular shows.

Speaking at the CES 2016, The Chief Content Office at Netflix, Ted Sarandos, announced the company’s goal to go global with the intention of localization some shows. According to Sarandos, some of the shows are not engineered to be global but organically become global like House of Cards and Suits, which further amplifies the need for a global television platform. Thanks to the Internet, all the constraints of traditional television are falling away, one by one, and Netflix is at the forefront in changing how entertainment is distributed.

Monthly plans start from US$7.99 with a free month when you sign up to get a feel of what’s in store.

Streaming services like Netflix and their move to target global audiences is just one of the many reasons why multimedia content on the Web is going to define the next decade in how we consume content online.

 

By David Gitonga

David Gitonga is an online marketing and video expert helping brands and businesses leverage the Internet  and Internet video to grow their business and build brand authority. 

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Here is Why You are Not Winning on Social Media

How consistent is your social media marketing strategy?

A lot of people ask me what it takes to be successful on such online platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. They want to know what they are doing wrong on social media and how they can be more successful on these platforms.

My answer is always the same – Consistency.

Why?

Because social media never sleeps. Think about it, how long do you take before you talk to somebody? 2 days? 3 days? 4 days? Of course not! You talk to people EVERYDAY and you do it throughout the day as well, right?

Social media is just like that.

It requires constant conversation with your community, consistent engagement with your fans, and never-ending discussions with your followers. All these are social communities and they all need to know that you are there and available to help out wherever needed.

If you are creating videos on YouTube, then you need to be doing a lot more than just creating a video every month, or in worst-case scenarios, once a year. You need to be consistent. Don’t worry too much about quality otherwise you will never be consistent. If you are not able to do this regularly, then hire someone who can do this for you.

Is your brand human?

On Facebook, you need to create pictures, blog posts, quote cards, and videos to keep your community engagement. Don’t try to sell your product every time you post. Respect the platform. People are not there to be sold to but to engage with your brand. Do that.

On Twitter, offer value by re-tweeting what industry followers are doing. Create interesting quotes, get into conversations, and show your followers that you are plugged into current trends.

On Instagram, post beautiful and well-shot images every day. Use the common hashtags to plug into conversations and get discovered. Follow your followers and show some love to what they are doing.

As you can see, all of the above requires consistency.

The potential of the Internet has been grossly underestimated. It’s impact is only growing and the earlier you realize that this thing called the Web is here to stay, then you will understand why consistency is crucial to winning in this new media.

 

By David Gitonga

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70% OF CAR BUYERS WHO USE YOUTUBE TO RESEARCH ARE INFLUENCED BY VIDEO CONTENT

A new report by the Google team has revealed the massive influence that online videos have on consumer sales funnel for buying a car.

Highlights of the report include:

  • The average car shopper today only makes two dealership visits.
  • 60% of car shoppers enter the market unsure of which car to buy.
  • 70% of people who used YouTube as part of their car buying process were influenced by what they watched.
  • Views on YouTube of test drives, features and options, and walk-throughs have doubled in the past year.
  • Mobile searches from dealership lots increased 46% in the last year.

Here is the link to the report:

Cars Buyers on YouTube

 

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Documenting the Customer Service Week 2015

The Customer Service Week 2015 was an exciting time as many local companies and brands took time out of their busy schedules to give particular attention to their customers. I was not left out, to say the least, and I was privileged to document some of the activities of these companies and organizations.

It was a hectic day but we were able to pull it off and create an exciting video that showcased these brands in their customer service mood. We used the hashtag #CSWEEK2015 to hype the event and let participating organizations share their experiences on Twitter.

Check it out and enjoy!

 

 

David Gitonga

David Gitonga is a visual content creator / marketer who helps businesses market their brand, products, and services on the Internet using video, images, and graphics.  He can be reached via email at davgit@gmail.com or on phone at 0721 783 420.

 

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5 Video Marketing Mistakes Most Businesses Make

Many people have a love-hate relationship with video. They realize that video is a great way of connecting with audiences and impacting their businesses. However, they also know that it is not easy to create engaging videos. Framing, lighting, and sound are just some of the challenges of creating great video products. Other concerns include the script, editing, and how to push it on the Internet. However, even if you do not have a video marketing budget, it is possible to improve the quality of your videos.

Today, I am going to highlight 5 video marketing mistakes that most businesses make and how to overcome them. Just like a good friend would point out if you have something on your teeth, I am going to point out those mistakes that you might be making in your videos:

#1. Shoddy Camera Work

Nothing irritates viewers more than watching a poorly-shot video clip that makes it difficult to concentrate on what the speaker is saying. Here are some shoddy camera mistakes and how to avoid them:

– Without a stable stand, your video is going to look like you are in the middle of an earthquake. This makes it (and you) look amateurish. A tripod can help you stabilize your shots effectively.

– Your video framing is important to ensure viewers focus on what you want them to focus. Most people frame the subject smack dab in the middle of the frame, and that does not look good. Employing the rule of thirds as shown below will help your videos look a little cooler.

Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds Explained

Notice how your eye focusses on the top middle third. This is where you want to position your subject.

– If you are using a DSLR, focus is an important aspect of your camera work. Using the autofocus mode is important to ensure the subject is sharp with the background being a little blurry. This gives your video a cinematic look and feel.

#2. Bad Lighting

Bad lighting is a big problem for most videos. I see videos that either have too little lighting or too much lighting. Again, this makes you look amateurish and cheap. Regardless of how advanced your camera and camera work is, you can greatly improve your video quality by adding some light onto your subject. Investing in video lighting equipment can help you light up those dark areas and also control such things as focus and depth of field much more effectively, especially when shooting video with DSLRs.

#3. Bad Audio

This is very likely the most important aspect of your video. People may forgive you for bad video quality, but they are not going to stick around and listen to bad audio. Crisp, loud audio can save a bad video. Avoid using your onboard camera microphone and invest in a lapel mic.

#4. Being Boring

Most people are afraid that they will look shy or sound boring in front of the camera. Being boring does not mean you should be funny or comical. Instead, it means coming out as actionable, informative, and energetic.

Passion and enthusiasm are great at countering boredom. When you are passionate or enthused about your topic, people will want to take that drug. It is contagious, which is the opposite of boring. If you are fueled by what you do, you will be willing to share and teach others what you know. This is the drive needed to make interesting videos. Everytime you have something new and interesting to say, bring out that passion in your videos. Rinse and repeat and you will always have interesting videos that are far from boring.

#5. Not Doing Video at All

It is not true that he or she that does more videos wins. Instead, a combination of written copy and visual content can go a long way in transforming an otherwise average copy into a great piece of marketing material. Video is a great selling tool. In some cases, it doesn’t even require you to appear in the picture. You can create videos that include graphics and images with a voice over. The truth is, video is still at its infancy on the web and using it now makes you stand out from your competition.

Now that you have what it takes to make great-looking videos, you have no excuse not to use videos as a conversion tool for your business. So, go out there and start creating.

David Gitonga

David Gitonga is a visual content creator / marketer who helps businesses market their brand, products, and services on the Internet using video, images, and graphics.  He can be reached via email at davgit@gmail.com or on phone at 0721 783 420.

 

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LIVE NOW – You Can Now Livestream with Periscope

Livestreaming has largely become synonymous with services like UStream and Google Hangouts. However, a new line of apps is looking to challenge these ‘old’ ways of streaming live events. First, it was Meerkat, and more recently, is an app called Periscope.

Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, lets you broadcast live video to the world where followers can join, comment and ‘send hearts’ in real-time. The app is becoming it’s own entertainment platform, much like what you see with Vine. Not all broadcasts however have to be public. There are also private broadcasts where users can invite “mutuals” in a single tap.

Periscope has been used to shed light on the Syrian crisis and many have used it to stream live GOP debates in the USA.

Learn the Periscope Jargon

If you are looking to jump onto the Periscope bandwagon, here are some terminologies you will need to get used to:

Scope: A live-streaming session is called a Scope.

Scoper: A person on the Periscope platform

Hearts: A way for Scopers to show their love to a broadcaster.

Replay: The ability to record broadcasts and allow Scopers replay the broadcast

Follow: This is the act of following other Scopers, similar to Liking a page on Facebook.

You can sign up with Periscope using your Twitter account or using your cell phone number. Each time you Scope a Twitter push notification is created which you can use to gain a following.

What Can You Broadcast?

Literally, anything and everything. People broadcast anything from making breakfast, an early morning walk on Moi Avenue in Nairobi,  to a presidential motorcade passing by them.

For many online marketers like me, the business applications of this platforms are insane. The ability to livestream and allow businesses and brands to be transparent can be used in new and extremely creative ways to grow a following, show behind-the-scenes footage, and just bring audiences along to an launch or event.

With Periscope, broadcasting is now finally a tool ready to be embraced by the masses.

 

By David Gitonga

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The Truth About Graphics on Your Web Pages

I have always enjoyed the work of David Ogilvy, the offline marketing legend credited with many of today’s successful marketing strategies. What he discovered about advertising and marketing has been replicated by many successful companies across the web.

Below is a breakdown of some of his proven tactics in the world of visual media that can help you know how to better use images in your content for maximum engagement.

1. Placement Matters and it Matters A Lot

Have you ever wondered where an image ought to be placed in an article? It is very interesting that the natural sequence of reading usually involves a specific order. When you see an article, we begin by first looking at an image, then we scan the headline and then we read the body copy if the headline is interesting enough.

Therefore, an image placed below a headline will have less readers than one placed above a headline. 

2. Captions Get Read a lot More than Body Copy

Did you know that captions under images are read on average 300 percent more than the body copy itself? Therefore, using or not using captions could mean losing or engaging a huge number of potential readers.

Shooting a CloseUp Event at Eldoret

To make the best use of captions, include your brand name and your promise. Encapsulate the central purpose of the page itself in your caption to make the most use of this brief attention.

3. Watch Out for the Left Margin

When you read an article, you rely on the left margin as an anchor to give your eyes a place to return. It has been shown that it would be exceptionally difficult to follow text when with a broken left margin.

As a result, never place images to your left margin. This will break your reader’s flow and force them to readjust. Instead, always align the images on the right margin. If you are clever enough, you can let copy flow around images in an arty way.

 

 

Every image must be worth its page weight in gold. Don’t force images into context simply because they look good or because you cannot afford to hire a photographer to take unique shots. You are better off not using images at all. Try to use images with a story appeal above your headlines and that demonstrate in your copy. Anything less will simply distract from your website or blog copy.

 

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