Category Archives: Podcast

Setting Up a 24/7 Online TV Station

Today on Video Marketing Madness –Setting Up a 24/7 Online TV Station. Ray is doing that now.

Ray is working with a company to set up a live streaming channel that feeds to Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and others. It’s custom-built and will be a real estate 24/7 linear TV channel. While it will have some on-demand videos like YouTube, it will stream different programs all the time like a regular TV channel. There will also be interactive features for direct sales.

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How YouTube Helps Online Marketing

Today on Video Marketing Madness –How YouTube Helps Online Marketing. Steve has a case study on improving Google rankings using YouTube as part of the mix.

Steve’s trains YouTube channel is 12 years old, and he noticed Youtube was suggesting videos from folks he subscribed to way back way. All had given up on their channel years ago, and some of them were big names. It appears YouTube is not in the marketing mix.

Steve found using YouTube videos as part of the mix pushed up Google Business Profiles(GBP) and website blog posts. A lawn care service went from #23 to #8, and website blog posts rank higher when a video is embedded.

Steve starts by opening up a channel under the Google account with the client’s Google Business Profile. He phone verifies and optimizes it. Copy for the 1000-word blog and the 250-word GBP posts match the requirements for the new Google “Helpful Content” algorithm. The video is the same title as the post and the name of the business and the city and state. The copy for the 60-second video comes from the Google Business Profile post.

The description in the video includes the video title, phone number, the Google Maps URL, website URL, and a citation. Also included is the GBP post copy, links to 5-star reviews, and driving directions to all the communities surrounding the client’s location. After that, he posts the copy to the GBP and adds the YouYube URL. He also uploads the video to the post and shares it on social media. Then Steve adds the GPB post URL to the video description. He does this weekly with fresh copy and topics

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The Importance of Online Reviews

Today on Video Marketing Madness –The Importance of Online Reviews. Ray tells us how to get online reviews and why.

Google, Facebook, and Yelp are the top three. Remember to ask for a video review and you can post that on all your social media, including your Google Business Profile.
You need to get online reviews because folks will gravitate to businesses with lots of 5-star reviews, and they need to be recent as well. Also, it’s a ranking factor with Google Business Profiles.

Start by having good customer service and then ask for reviews. With his escape room business, Ray hands out cards with a code that takes folks to his Google Business Profile. He incentivizes employees by giving them $5 for every review that mentions their name.

Pay attention to Facebook and Yelp. Ray is not crazy about Yelp, but iPhones and Alexa default to it, so you have to have it. The reason Ray doesn’t like it is you get more bad reviews and not as many 5-star reviews if you don’t run ads with them.

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Check out Steve’s YouTube channel – “Steve Sleeper Trains” https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveSleeperTrains

Build Your Business with Local Videos

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Build Your Business with Local Videos

Ray built a Community Facebook page, “Loganville News and Events.” He is shooting a lot of video interviews with local businesses. It’s great for networking and for the businesses, it builds content and authority. Good community service and more biz for Ray.

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Local Social Community Videos

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Local Social Community Videos. Ray tells us how to get more business.

Ray owns an escape room in Loganville GA and he built a community Facebook page called, “Loganville News and Events.” There is some news content and promotion. But restaurant reviews are huge and Facebook Lives of events are big too. He also does live videos from retail locations, as well as producing interview videos. It’s been great networking for Rays’ video/social media/website business.

Listen to the case study on mini golf. 0 to busy.

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Check out Steve’s YouTube channel – “Steve Sleeper Trains” https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveSleeperTrains

Set up Roku & Amazon Fire Channels

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Set up Roku & Amazon Fire Channels. Ray tells us how.

Ray stood up the DuPont network it it averages 200,000 views. He’s standing up a new channel on real estate investing. You have more control over content and monetization than what you get with YouTube, and there is a low cost per entry. There’s lots to do like coding and hosting the video files, but TV Fire Boss does it all for you and they have training to go with it. It’s at https://www.raythevideoguy.com/tvbossfire

Today’s episode is made possible by Movo! Get great microphones, stands, and lights for your videos at http://www.rayslinks.com/movo

Check out Steve’s YouTube channel – “Steve Sleeper Trains” https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveSleeperTrains

Mike Cyr from Virtual Railfan

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Mike Cyr from Virtual Railfan. VR live streams 24/7 for railfans on YouTube from about 50 locations.

We talk to Mike about how they set up their live streaming network, what cameras they use and how their YouTube channel took off like a rocket. Listen in for all sorts of tips and great success stories. Their website is https://virtualrailfan.com/

Today’s episode is made possible by Movo! Get great microphones, stands, and lights for your videos at http://www.rayslinks.com/movo

Check out Steve’s YouTube channel – “Steve Sleeper Trains” https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveSleeperTrains

The YouTube Back Office

Today on Video Marketing Madness – The YouTube Back Office. Ray updates us on everything in the YouTube back office and how it benefits your channel.

Analytics tells what videos perform and what works. Watch hours again will show you what’s working. You need 4000 watch hours in a year to be monetized. Number of subscribers – are you gaining or losing? When are people watching your videos? And there’s much more so listen to this episode.

Today’s episode is made possible by Movo! Get great microphones, stands, and lights for your videos at http://www.rayslinks.com/movo

Check out Steve’s YouTube channel – “Steve Sleeper Trains” https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveSleeperTrains

Short Form Videos Update

Today on Video Marketing Madness – Short Form Videos Update. Ray has an update on short-form videos.

Steve started with an update on YouTube Clips tests he’s doing. Ray does a lot of daily TikToks and IG Reels for his escape room, which can work for any number of retail businesses. He mostly makes short videos of scaring people in one of the rooms and gets up to 65,000 views. It’s excellent word-of-mouth advertising, and new customers come in and mention the short vids and are excited. No other form of advertising does this, and it’s FREE!

Today’s episode is made possible by Movo! Get great microphones, stands, and lights for your videos at http://www.rayslinks.com/movo

Check out Steve’s YouTube channel – “Steve Sleeper Trains” https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveSleeperTrains

YouTube Clips and Chapters & Cool Hardware

Today on Video Marketing Madness – YouTube Clips and Chapters & Cool Hardware. Lots of stuff you can use NOW!

We’ve covered YouTube Clips in a previous show – https://govmm.com/youtube-clips/ – and Steve ran a test. Using Clips in some of the Facebook Groups he belongs to, Steve saw a nice bump in views for the full videos. We also covered Chapters before – https://govmm.com/youtube-chapters/ – and Ray discovered they show up in YouTube search results, so we discussed benefits. Finally, Ray found some nice hardware in the Vivitar Creator Series. It’s a thumb drive that lets you go from HDMI to USB or USBC, and you can do screen capture from things like Xbox. Cool stuff. He got it at Walmart for $19.88.

Today’s episode is made possible by Movo! Get great microphones, stands, and lights for your videos at http://www.rayslinks.com/movo

Check out Steve’s YouTube channel – “Steve Sleeper Trains” https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveSleeperTrains