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A lot of great ideas, and a whole lot more.

We live and breathe this stuff, so it should come as no surprise that we'd be excited to share what we've learned with you. Keep checking back for our thoughts on the video email industry, how Covideo can help grow your business, tips for increasing the quality and effectiveness of your videos, and ideas for increasing sales and shortening your sales cycle.

Creativity is for Everyone

03.27.15   |  0 Comments

workplacecreativity-01Although creativity is a trait that is widely admired in the business world, it is still feared by those in the workforce who feel they are missing the entire right side of their brain. But the beautifully painted doors of creativity are open to all. While it cannot be produced on demand, researchers have found that creativity can be learned just like any other skill. Everyone has the potential to unlock their minds and generate new, innovative ideas.

By activating all parts of life, creativity can be drawn out of you and your employees. Take a leap in the fanciful direction of the “creatives” and try these ten steps from Mashable.

Cultivate a Happy Culture at Work

03.18.15   |  0 Comments

The formula for success has been broken down and reworked countless times.  Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, has concluded that happiness is a major component of the equation. When you’re happy you achieve more. Your brain is 31% more productive, efficient and creative. By finding ways of becoming more positive, people are able to work faster, harder and more effectively.

Now employers are constantly searching for better ways to increase their employees’ productivity and engagement. So how can you influence more happiness in your workplace? Huffington Post has provided some great insights as well as tips for you to “cultivate a happy culture” at work.

New Year, New Office

02.27.15   |  0 Comments

So you may have heard through the grapevine that we recently moved our office from West Lafayette to Indianapolis. 2015 was fast approaching so we kicked off the new year with a BANG. Here’s a peek inside Covideo’s new Indy digs.

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Now Working From Home ≠ Loss in Productivity

02.18.15   |  0 Comments

efficient_work_from_homeBeing a part of a small business certainly has its ups and downs. You are a valued team member, your input is critical and your presence is definitely noticed. But what if your company is moving locations, there is inclement weather, or even worse, you come down with the flu? “Working from home” used to have a negative connotation, but perceptions are changing and employers and employees alike are realizing that it isn’t code for a lazy day on the couch, but rather a day to recharge, regroup and work smarter.

Working from home might seem challenging to some with the inevitable distractions and change in environment, so how do you get into work mode while at home? Fast Company has compiled eight tips on how to increase and maintain productivity throughout your workday even if you are working from home in your pajamas. Check out the video to learn more.

It’s Not Always About the Benjamins

01.27.15   |  0 Comments

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It’s the new year and you have the opportunity to set the scene for your employees. Why not kick start it by putting a system in place to motivate your employees and help them feel valued. Sounds great right? But how do you create an effective reward strategy that isn’t based solely on financial rewards?

There are ways to keep your team engaged and passionate and Barbara Corcoran, co-founder of the Corcoran Group, has some great tips for how to do just this. Her experience in the early years of founding The Corcoran Group prove that money isn’t the only thing that drives employees to excel at their jobs. Don’t just take our word for it, hear it from her in this video.

How to Secure a Meeting with Anyone

01.14.15   |  0 Comments

By all measures, you had a great 2014. Numbers were up, clients were happy, and employees were engaged (with some help from Covideo). But now it’s 2015 so how do you make it even better? How do you keep your clients happy, employees passionate, and most importantly, push the needle even further?

As you embark on the new year and put together your sales plan for the coming months, here is some great advice that outlines seven key tactics that will help you get a foot in the door and secure a meeting with even the busiest executive.

Seeing is Succeeding

12.04.14   |  0 Comments

seeing_is_successThe data has proven that video is the optimal tool for marketing and sales lead generation for your business. But if you’re looking for some numbers to quell any remaining doubts, here are some key highlights from a report by Vidyard and Ascend2 based on feedback from marketers who have successfully incorporated video in their marketing and lead generation efforts.

  • 71% of respondents confirmed that video converts better than other content
  • 69% of respondents indicated that video has increased lead generation
  • 95% of respondents confirmed that video is an important and valuable form of marketing content
  • 86% of respondents utilized some form of measurement of video marketing effectiveness…Hot Spots anyone?

Though it is insightful to hear statistics on the general public’s video consumption habits, it definitely helps to also hear from business owners how these habits are actually affecting their businesses. For more information check out this article by Carla Marshall on ReelSEO and the accompanying study.

Covideo is a Breeze

11.17.14   |  0 Comments

hotspotsChange can be hard and it may seem so much easier to do things the way you’ve always done them- if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? But in 2014, if you want to stand out from the competition and distinguish yourself as a brand, you must constantly try to improve, adapt and innovate. Customers are looking for the newest thing, and they want to be continually delighted and engaged. Print ads used to be the standard selling tool and mode of communication, but times are changing. Producing quality video is much more approachable and easily sharable and provides an added touch point with customers- a visual one.

While there are many ways to bring your ideas to life with video, Covideo helps make video marketing a breeze and lets you connect with your customers in a fresh – and profitable – way. One feature that will help you reach and engage with your customers, with increased efficiency and effectiveness, is our Hot Spots tab. As a Covideo client, you can use this feature to track the metrics of your previous videos and adjust your tactics to effectively reach customers with future efforts.

Here’s what Hot Spots enables you to track:

• How many times your video was viewed
• How many people viewed it
• How long it was viewed and if it was watched part way or 100%
• If viewers rewound the video and how many times they re-watched parts
• What parts of the video message people liked

Hot Spots is easy to use as the data is color-coded and logically arranged. The ability to see and analyze which elements worked well will help you better tailor your videos and communication. This great tracking feature is only one part of the marketing solution Covideo offers. Intrigued?

A Little Text Never Hurt Anyone

11.03.14   |  0 Comments

mLQI9ohQb_ePxp9N_N-p3o3tlvTAtJMzdilmdk4ywLwWe are proud to announce a new Covideo feature that will allow you to add a text box to your video emails. Follow these simple instructions below and enjoy communicating your message via video and text!

  • Expand the video options for the video you want to add text to by clicking the icon next to the title in your Video Library.
  • Click “Add Text” to expand the text options.
  • Enter 1 or 2 lines of text into the appropriate text boxes. A live preview will appear on the right.
  • Select several options, including font, font size, and alignment, as well as several color options.
  • Once the settings have been adjusted, click the “Add Text to Video” button.
  • A copy of the original video will be created with the text embedded. The new video will appear at the top of your Video Library.

Stay tuned to our blog for all future updates and Covideo news!

– The Covideo Team

Who Brands Your Brand?

10.27.14   |  0 Comments

online-reputationReputation is one of the cornerstones upon which brands are built today. And with social media creating a world where others can positively or negatively influence that reputation, awareness and adaptability need to be top of mind on a daily basis.

For Inc., Gini Dietrich illustrates the positives and negatives of how social media affects company reputations on a daily basis. She gives illuminating examples of the swiftness with which new customers learn about a product, and the rapidity with which they can share their praise or negative opinions through social media. She goes on to say that even though you largely control your brand message, “you also have to be open to listening to how your customers describe your organization, your products, or your services. If they perceive it differently than you do, it’s time to rethink your messaging and your brand positioning.”

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You Have To Start Somewhere

10.14.14   |  0 Comments

df947fe1e6fc7c557c1597cd07c6e0e4Starting and growing your own business is a lot easier said than done. And while there is a multitude of tips and advice for the budding entrepreneur, we thought we’d share some advice from Twitter cofounder Biz Stone, who was recently featured in Forbes. He offered these tips on how to start and grow a successful business:

  • Be emotionally engaged with what you do.
  • Use technical and other constraints as a guiding light.
  • Access to people is just as important as access to capital.
  • Stick to your core values.
  • Communicating is the most important thing you do.

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Harnessing Brainpower

09.22.14   |  0 Comments

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How can an office get together and work together in a compelling way that will lead to more productivity? The popular practice of brainstorming, originated by ad exec Alex Osborn in the 1950s, is one method that most office teams have used to generate new ideas. It can work great or it can fall as flat as teased hair in a rainstorm. It’s all about the set up and execution. A recent Fast Company article highlighted three approaches to brainstorming, developed by Nancy Kline, that can make it especially effective.

 

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Steps and Tips to Creating Brand Ambassadors

09.10.14   |  0 Comments

BrandLoyaltySimple things are not necessarily easy. Just like losing weight – “Eat less; move more!” – or picking high-flying NASDAQ stocks – “Buy low; sell high!” – increasing brand loyalty can sound simple, but be a bit more challenging in practice. In order to guide you along the right path, Technicallymarketing.com has detailed six steps that will help you build your followers’ brand loyalty and convert them to brand ambassadors.

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Seeing is Believing

08.21.14   |  0 Comments

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The burgeoning social media revolution has invented new ways to engage audiences. With the increase in popularity of applications and websites like Vine, Instagram and Pinterest, it is obvious that audiences engage and respond more to visual elements. Did you know that videos are shared on Facebook 12 times more than text posts and links combined, according to Hubspot?

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Don’t Get Mistaken for Spam!

08.12.14   |  0 Comments

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Let’s be honest. No one likes SPAM, whether referring to canned “meat,” or annoying inbox clutter. To avoid having your emails categorized as SPAM, you should aim to compose communication that is captivating, mesmerizing and attention-grabbing. In the midst of inbox chaos, how can you make your email marketing campaign stand out?

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