Running an online business always involves some degree of creative work. That can be anything from graphic design and photo editing for content on your website to video and audio editing for video content and podcasts.
The default tool suite for this kind of creative work is Adobe's Creative Cloud. Many users are frustrated by the Adobe business model where you pay through your nose for software that you don't even get to own.
If you're looking for a solution to this problem, here are my recommendations for Adobe CC alternatives.
For the past 7 years, I've been living as a digital nomad. Unlike most digital nomads, I travel with heavy luggage, primarily dedicated to video gear.
There's a specific reason why I put up with lugging so much stuff around - and why I wouldn't recommend doing this in most cases.
This is our third episode on making videos. We recorded it, because we know that you're still putting off sitting down in front of the camera and film. Aren't we right?
In this episode, we're talking to three guests who got over the resistance and have been making videos regularly now. They started making videos for different reasons, coming from different backgrounds, with different skills and tried different approaches, yet, looking back, the lessons they've learned and the stages they had to go through are nearly the same.
Learn from their stories how they got themselves to record their first videos, got over the initial fear and resistance, managed to turn this into a habit, and how they improved their video making and communication skills fast with regular feedback and daily repetition. As part of this episode, you'll also get a bonus from us.
You know that filming videos in 2018 is essential to build your online brand. Yet, you're still not making them. But one day you will – at least that's what you keep telling yourself...
Chances are that whatever your justification is for not getting in front of the camera ("My camera isn't good enough...", "There's nowhere to film in my apartment...", and so on), it's likely your ego that's preventing you from building the video skills you need to make it online.
In this episode, we'll provide you specific action steps on how to overcome camera shyness, stage fright and procrastination when it comes to filming and publishing videos. We'll help you quiet that fear-of-judgement keeping you from venturing out past your comfort zone.
If you want people to pay attention to you, it helps to be an expert.
But as you know, becoming an expert takes time. You must amass knowledge, apply it and then develop a strong record of practical success before the internet will consider you an authority.
It’s hard to shortcut that process, but today we’re going to look at a business that managed to do just that.
If you're a creator (whether you're creating written content, videos or anything else), you need to focus on creating a lot and publishing fast.
In this previous post, I've laid out why you should focus on quantity instead of quality for your content marketing and here's a mental reframe you can use if you're stuck in the perfectionist mindset.
Today's video adds another reason why publishing often and fast is so important.
In content marketing, should you focus on quality or quantity?
In other words: should you spend a lot of time creating fewer pieces of content, but make each of those pieces as epic as possible? Or is it better to publish a lot and get your message out there as often as possible, in as many places as possible?
The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask. But in today's post, we'll settle the debate, by asking the right question...
If one of the things you're pursuing with your business is personal freedom, this post is for you.
Many of us dream of living a location independent lifestyle and having the freedom to travel the world and see exotic and exciting places. Building a business is tough enough by itself, but growing a business while traveling? That presents a whole new layer of challenges.
Watch the video below to see my exact "work and travel" setup that I use to keep my productivity high while I'm on the road. Oh, and that includes a full video marketing setup...Continue reading
As you can imagine, I get asked questions on a regular basis. It’s something I actively invite through comments on this site as well as through the contact form.
I love to get questions (and answer them) because it gives me a real view of where you are in the process of building and growing your online business. My main goal is always to create content that is as useful as possible to you, without wasting any of your time. And I can do a better job of that, the more feedback I get from you.
Last week, I received not one, but 3 excellent questions in a row and they inspired me to write this post.
Nothing converts like a good video.
There are countless studies showing how effective videos are at turning visitors into customers. Certainly, video has been one of the most valuable additions to my marketing toolbox and I’ve been doing video for a long time.
But what exactly goes into making a high-conversion sales video? How do I go about creating these videos and what elements are included to make sure the video is engaging, interesting and leads to sales?
These are questions I get asked a lot and below is the most comprehensive answer I can give in a blog-post format.
In 2010, I published a review of Easy Video Player 2. Since most of the other so-called reviews for this product online were just promotional hype-fests and mine actually pointed out some flaws in the software, the post was a bit controversial.
The “sequel” to EVP2 has just generated a lot of buzz with a big launch and I’m already getting questions about it, so I decided I should publish a review of EasyVideoSuite as well. As usual, what you’ll find here is not my participation in the launch of the product. It’s an actual review, not an advertisement.
With that said, let’s get right to it.
This post is all about teaching you everything you need to create your own videos and use them on your site. We’ve decided to create this post because despite video being an incredibly powerful tool, we couldn’t find a single comprehensive resource that explained the fundamentals of video creation, video players and delivery in a simple, easy-to-use guide that anyone can pick up and run with. We expect that you’ll need to bookmark this page and refer back to it as and when you go through the process of creating your first video.
Even if you’re a beginner, by the end of this post you’ll know more than 90% of people about how to create, upload and play videos on your web site for increased engagement, conversions and connection with your audience.