So these are my top takeaways from my interview with Dan Knowlton, video marketing expert.
Number one: Dan believes that you need to want something bad enough to be okay with looking stupid on video. So, what is it, what is your end goal? Is it to sell your business for seven figures or whatever it is, do you want that bad enough that you’re okay with looking stupid on video that maybe someone might take the Mickey out of you, your friends, most likely, which happened to Dan. His mates absolutely rinsed him, but he wanted it so bad that he was okay with that. So, what, have you identified what it is that you want badly enough to be okay with looking stupid on video.
Number two: Start small. So, start with your smart thing. Don’t go out and buy loads of kit before you realise that you’re actually going to use it. So, I started with my smart phone, I’ve then got a Logitech webcam, which was about 70-80 quid, and now I’ve invested in a camera that’s 450 quid. So, I took it stage by stage. So, don’t go out and blow your budget on a load of equipment before you realised video is actually for you.
And number three: You have to make bad videos to be able to make good ones. They’re gonna be rubbish in the beginning, and mine certainly aren’t polished now, but I know that I’m getting better and better each time I do it. So, you’ve gotta be okay with it, it’s going to be rubbish. Don’t be put off by the first video that you do is awful, ’cause it probably is gonna be. But you have to make those rubbish ones to be able to make good ones. No one has ever naturally just turned on a camera and be awesome at video straight away. So, you gotta be able to be comfortable with and be okay with that the first videos you are gonna make are gonna be rubbish.
So, number four, this is actually something that I came up with, and something that I do for my videos is before I go on video, I say, “I like myself” in my head, and it makes me smile and I can’t not smile when I say that. I also have a mantra, which is a bit embarrassing, but I say in my head, “I’m Bruce Wayne, I’m the Batman.” Makes me really confident, actually feel like Batman, I’m actually reading a book at the moment, Todd Herman’s Alter Ego, he talked about creating an alter ego, I highly recommend that book, so if you feel like you’re not comfortable enough at video, in your mind you can create this alter ego, some kind of superhero that is amazing at video. Honestly, that book is incredible, I’m sort of halfway through at the moment, so check it out.
So, everyone kind of deals with imposter syndrome, so something Dan said was, “Just be comfortable “and be okay with that you don’t have to know everything. “You don’t have to be the 100% expert “that knows everything in your field.” So, just be comfortable with that ’cause a lot of people stop themselves from doing video to think, “Oh, maybe I don’t know enough,” or “so-and-so knows more.” It’s okay not having all the answers. You know what you know, and you’re an expert in your field at what you do. You don’t have to know absolutely everything. I don’t know everything about lead generation. Dan said he doesn’t know everything about video marketing. That’s fine, you can still create video content, you should still help people, you can still be informative and can still make great videos. So, one interesting thing Dan said was that showing some vulnerability, nobody likes a know-it-all.
So, this kind of goes back to the last point of it’s okay not knowing everything. So, he read the book about the guy who invented the TED Talks. And in that book, it said, “Show some vulnerability “and people will root for you.” If you start off being a know-it-all, people are gonna get their guard up and they’re gonna be quite cynical of you. But if you show your vulnerability, then people will start rooting for you and Dan actually did this in his talk when I met him at Atomicon, he talked about how his friends took the Mickey out of him for doing video, and he actually showed us the videos that his mates made like poking fun at him because it showed his vulnerability, and we all started rooting for him. So, it’s a really great kind of tip, really, that it’s okay to be vulnerable and not be perfect.
If you’re starting out with video, try Instagram Stories or Facebook Stories, ’cause they’re only around for 24 hours, so if you are making rubbish videos, then they’re not gonna stay around forever, so it’s really good to actually start gaining your confidence. If you’ve got no followers and you’re just starting out, then using Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories will help you build your confidence, get comfortable with video and you can do that over and over again and it doesn’t matter because it’s gonna disappear after 24 hours.
So, Dan believes there’s three types of content. I happen to agree with him on this, that there’s a cell cycle and there’s three stages. So, there’s people can be researching you, so there’s that kind of awareness stage. Then there’s consideration and there’s sales. So, creating content that map into all of these stages. So, he believes that start out with awareness and over six months you’ll be all about awareness, education, trying to inspire people and let them know. Give them free advice, essentially, on video. And then the next step is for them when they know about you, they know you’ve got the knowledge ’cause you’ve done all that awareness content, is to they’re maybe to consider you. So, creating content that’s about testimonials, how you can sort of position yourself as you’re the right option for them once they’ve got to know you. And then, obviously, the sales stuff, which is where you’ll have a call to action where you actually got an offer or something or you’re talking about the thing you’re trying to sell. One point he made was maybe reduce the amount of sales content you have. So, in terms of ratio, have much more awareness, a little bit less consideration, and then less of the sales stuff. So, when you’ve created those three types of content, you’ve got your awareness, consideration, and then your sales content, you can use Facebook Ads to use remarketing. So, there’s a great tool for Facebook Ads. If someone’s watched over a quarter or a half, let’s say, of your awareness videos, you can then use remarketing to advertise your consideration content to the people that have watched the awareness, if that kind of makes sense. So, you can kind of shuffle them along the funnel until they’re ready for a sale.
Dan gave us some really good practical tips on creating really good videos. So, lighting, get some lighting on your face, so I’ve got a LED light over there, I’ve got some natural light coming through the window as well. So, I’ve only got one light, you can see my face is a little bit dark on the other side, really I can do with another light there as well. So, I think we’re gonna get one of those. So, if you haven’t got lights, they are really cheap on Amazon, but like stand by a window, if you go right next to a window, natural light is even better, so, again you don’t have to fork out if you’re at the beginning. Sound is so, so important. So, I have got a Yeti microphone here. You can also get these kind of Lapel microphones, so I’ve got the adapter to go in my phone, and there’s a little microphone there. This was on Amazon, really cheap on Amazon to get some really good sound. So, I normally take that if I’m out and about and I can’t take the big old microphone with me. So, framing, I’m right in the middle of the frame at the moment, again, my videos aren’t perfect but, getting yourself looking nice in the middle. If you’re doing stuff on your laptop, it does look a bit weird if you’re looking up, and that’s why I think people take selfies from looking down, if anything, when you look down a bit it looks better, but just having a nice bit of framing, so you’re not chopping your head off and then it looks good, as much as possible.
Another really great tip from Dan is that on social media, people often don’t have their sound on. I remember going to LinkedIn’s launch of video ads, and they were saying, I think it was around 80 or I think it might have been higher than that, a really high percentage of people are watching videos with the sound off, so subtitles are really important. Rev.com, R-E-V.com, will help you. Basically, they will transcribe and do the captions for you, they time it up, everything. All you’ve gotta do is download a file that you can then combine with your videos called an SRT file. So, you can get your subtitles done really cheaply, that is a dollar a minute. So, that’s R-E-V.com. And if you are doing video content, if you’re using your marketing and then you get leads through, I’ve noticed a massive difference with this, that people are qualifying themselves as a lead, so if you’re buying leads in, they have no idea who you are. If they’ve come through and seen your video content, they’ve got to know you, they like you, they trust you, it’s a much warmer lead, you’ve paid less for it, sometimes nothing, and then they’ve decided already that they want to work with you. You’ve just gotta sort the deal out. It’s a much easier, warmer lead.