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Tips, stories, and video in today's changing world.

THROUGH MY LENS: HOW I ACCIDENTALLY BECAME A TV HOST AT 50

I virtually met the author of this story, Carole Parsons Schafer, in 2011, through Twitter. We did not meet IRL until 2014, when she came to Calgary to visit family. Carole exudes energy and fun from the moment you meet her. It came as no surprise to me when she landed an ideal gig as the host of a local fitness program. That's the crazy thing about life: you never know where your journey will take you. Here's Carole's story.   At the age of 50 there’s not much that I thought scared me. But this past summer, I found myself staring down...

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Video Marketing in the house

Is your business creating video for the right audience? We all know that video marketing is a critical tool for our businesses. YouTube continues to be the most popular platform, but Facebook has been gaining momentum and now has more video uploads than YouTube. Businesses of all sizes should be looking at where the marketing budgets are being spent; marketing departments need to seriously consider creating video campaigns; social media teams need to know what are the top video platforms. Video can be more than just a medium to reach new customers. Companies are now building in-house production teams with the goal of...

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Video production vs Video marketing – What’s the difference?

There is a defined difference between a video production company and a video marketing agency. You need to know which one you need.   Let me toot my own horn here, right from the start. ChicFlicks is a unique company, not just because of the name. We combine the skills of a video production company with the savvy of a video marketing agency in order to maximize your video spend. Here are the most important distinctions between a video production company and a video marketing agency. A video production company only focusses on the nuts and bolts of your video: The camera equipment The script ...

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NEW SERIES: Through My Lens – Stories of how video impacts your business

A brand new series that gives my clients the spotlight to share how video made an impact, professionally or personally.   While I am a fan of case studies, a number of my clients are in highly competitive fields and are reluctant to share their marketing strategies with the world at large. I can totally respect that since most people don't want to read a lengthy case study anyways. The format of Through My Lens (#throughmylens) will be fluid. Sometimes the story will be in-depth and lengthy. Other posts will be brief and presented in a list format. What I want you to...

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The Accidental Video Producer

When I make an accidental discovery, I just want to share it immediately.   I use my smartphone a lot. For work, for play, for research, for communication, for payments, and for social. I am not different from anyone else who lives by and loves their device. I also like to think I am just above the intermediate level when it comes to being tech savvy. So when I discover something that has been in front of my face for a long time, I feel sheepish.Until I realize the implications said feature has for business. Then I get excited. I won't make you wait...

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The Top 3 Video Platforms for 2017

Once you've created video for your business, you need to know where to share it. You cannot be in business these days without having heard about how wonderful video can be for conversion. Everything you've heard is true: product videos can increase purchase intent by as much as 80%; home page videos can keep visitors on your website 2 minutes longer; about me videos can build immediate trust. You've done all the right things: gave your marketing department the go-ahead to add video to the mix, planned your content strategy and  hired a video production company. Your video is shot and edited...

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Knowing the power of DIY video

Why is DIY video so popular? The answer to the question is so simple. DIY video is hugely accessible to everyone. If you have a smartphone, you have access to a powerful pocket producer. With every updated version, the technological advances are startling. If you own an iPhone 6, you have the ability to shoot 4K video - that is a quality that could only be found in the priciest of professional cameras. Today's consumers are living - and capturing - their lives by the seat of their pants. Literally. On a daily basis, we make the decision to leave our larger cameras...

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9 steps I took to get over the fear of being in front of the camera

Let's face it - most of us are not meant to have a career in front of the lens, but that doesn't mean you should never step in front of the camera.   When I launched ChicFlicks, I was pissed off. I was tired of my fellow female business owners feeling inadequate and afraid to get in front of the camera. Without fail, every one of them worried about their weight, or hair, or makeup, or sounding stupid. Without fail, every one of them launched a business that was successful, that created income, that helped other people. This was a huge disconnect. And I was...

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The power of a video testimonial

Take your word of mouth marketing to a higher level with video   Every day, we find ad cards, notepads and fridge magnets inside our mailboxes. But truthfully, how many times have you actually reached out to someone who randomly appeared there among the bills and community news?   Businesses are built on referrals and real-life experience. When you need a lawyer or a real estate agent, do you go straight to your mug cupboard? No. You reach out to your family, friends and community. We put high value in the experiences of people we trust.   Word-of-mouth marketing is more powerful and influential than any...

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Want your profile to stand out? Add animation.

Animated video continues to grow in popularity   Over the last year, ChicFlicks has seen a tremendous rise in requests for animated video. Creators love animated video because it allows us to remove the limits of live video and really flex our imaginations. Clients love it because it is easily digestible, highly shareable and can give you an edge over your competitors. On a psychological level, animations appeal to many senses because they are a mixture of sound, vision, movement, colours and text. That is why, as kids, we found Saturday morning cartoons so captivating: our brains respond well to the mix of visual and...

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