Social Media Today shares some great sites to help you monitor Twitter conversations, your influence, and other interesting tidbits.
ReelSEO discusses issues related to viral videos and the impact on sales.
For my iPhone video producers, here’s an oldie but goodie from SocialWayne that features mounts and tripods for the iPhone. Justin Kownacki shares some thoughts about self-censorship and social media. Do you say or write what you really think?
Shaun King has been doing amazing work to help Haiti. Check out this blog post to see how he is making a difference.
The highlight for me was listening to both of the keynote speakers, Carlos Dominguez, Sr. VP of Cisco Systems, and Bert Ellis, an Atlanta entrepreneur who has a long history of investing in media and tech companies.
Dominguez spoke about change and basically told the audience that social media is the future. He also worked in some product placement of the Flip camera, and said that video is the big thing for online communications for businesses.
Ellis made a flashy entrance by riding into the Cobb Galleria ballroom in an electric car called a Wheego. Ellis said that 300 have been sold so far. He spoke about the changes in the television industry and said that pocket cameras are a part of the future of news. Ellis also shared some seasoned advice to entrepreneurs saying that you can’t be afraid to fail.
After Ellis’ presentation, I caught up with him and showed him my iPhone, the Owle, and some of the mobile apps that allow instant Internet video uploading and live streaming. I think that smartphones can play a role in newsgathering as well. Hopefully we’ll stay in touch. He has a wealth of entrepreneurial experience and his hands are in several ventures. It was a great connection.
Since my mind is now on video and media production, I wanted to share a few links that I’ve run across. Hopefully you’ll find the information valuable.
This post by PodcastingNews shares some helpful interview and sound gathering tips. BrandDynamite knows his stuff, and provides a comprehensive list of things you should know or try if you’re interested in stepping up your video production skills.
If you post videos to YouTube, the SEOptimiseBlogwill help your video get found. Great tips.
Looking for 42 ways to use videos to brand, promote, and market your services? All you have to do is visit ReelSEO to get the 411.
I spend a good part of an afternoon in Austin trying to help Richards’ edit the video. There was some kind of technical problem with the video format, but she ended up figuring it out. Apparently she converted the video file on her PC, and edited it using ScreenFlow.
The last few days have been a blur. From panel discussions, parties, keynote speeches, parties, mixers, parties, mingling, networking (did I mention parties), I can say I got a true digital/social media fix at South by Southwest. This picture sums it up.
I’ll start this post with a few thank yous. I have to thank the Open Video Alliance for sponsoring my trip. They took care of the conference registration, the hotel and airfare. Not a bad deal for creating a :60 second video.
I also have to thank Owle for sending me the Bubo to test out just in time for the conference. Everywhere I went, folks wanted to know what the heck I was holding. I was even asked to give a demo to for the Exsanguinator, Nat Higgenbottom.
I had a conversation with a Ustream rep, and will probably be testing out that platform to do some live video tutorial shows in the near future.
I met a lot of innovative people, and got a good deal of inspiration from my colleague and friend Adria Richards. She’s on top of her game, and if you have any questions about building a blog, or anything IT related tell her I sent you.
I was also impressed by a young social media star named Corvida who has a great blog.
My manJames Andrews and his company did a great job hosting several mixers.
For my journalism friends, this is a must attend event. Forget the journalism conferences. You’re probably already behind the 8-ball, and if you’re looking for a job, I suggest you think of ways to make your own bread until we figure out how to make some scratch off of Internet content. Digital ventures are your best bet, but if you don’t get down with digital media, you may have a harder time competing.
All of you news GM’s to news directors, and field reporters are missing out, trust me. You’ll get much more out of something like this because in addition to the innovative journalism panels and pros like myself who are doing the new media thing, you’ll get a full immersion in everything digital from mobile apps to video games, and how technology is being used for social good. The future of journalism is being fueled by technology, and SxSW is where it is at.
Here are most of the videos I produced during SxSW with my iPhone. Who needs a sat truck, $30,000 camera, photographer, when you can do the same thing with what you have in your pocket?
I’m confident that my iPhone will get the job done. I’ve been testing out the Owle Bubo, which is a nifty contraption that enhances the video and audio capabilities of the iPhone.
The kind folks at Owle sent me one to test. I’m loving it so far. The case is nice and sturdy and the unit comes with 37mm wide angle lens and an external mic that plugs into the headphone jack.
If I have room in my bags, I’ll also bring my tripod which will attach to the Owle case. I’ll share some pics and more video later. I’ve gotta finish packing and pick up my office. Then I’ll be on a 10am flight to Austin.
This trip is actually sponsored by the Open Video Alliance. I’m looking forward to my first SXSW experience.
I’ve been thinking about using Skype to record video interviews for sometime now, but only recently decided to try to do so.
If you’re just hearing about Skype, it’s a service that allows you to make voice and video calls via the Internet (it is free too). I use it every now and then, and it can be used to produce both audio and video podcasts (Desiree Scales used Skype for an audio interview with me not so long ago).
A few days ago by dad (Charlie Channel) called me up and asked me if I had Skype. “Of course,” was my response, so yesterday we tested it out. I was about to start an edit session, but got this wild idea to try to record the talk back at my editor’s suite.
So how did I do it?
Here’s the recipe for recording a Skype interview:
A high speed Internet connection
A Skype account (the interviewer & interviewee)
Screen capture software
First we established our video conference, then I started recording my computer’s desktop using Screen Flow which allows you to record the action from your computer. I made sure that the program was set to record both the computer’s audio from the Net (my dad), and the computer’s external mic (me) so that the entire conversation was captured.
I then I enlarged the Skype video screen so that it filled my desktop. The video quality isn’t all that, but it works. Skype is becoming a favorite service by broadcast networks including CNN, and Oprah Winfrey uses it as well. It is much cheaper than booking satellite time for talkback interviews and the quality will surely get better.
I think that Skype has many uses for media relations and journalists. It could save time from actually driving to an interview. Going back to my early days in radio, it reminds me of a phone interview with video. You have to watch the framing, lighting and audio, but with a professional set up, the quality is acceptable for broadcast or the Web.
So how did the interview turn out? Take a look. BTW if you want to Skype me, my user name is Amani Channel.
Do you hear it? It’s that little voice in the back of your head that’s telling you that something else is out there. I know you hear it. It’s the whisper you hear everyday as you’re getting dressed for work, driving on the road, or wondering about your next career move. I know, because I hear it too. It’s the voice of freedom, success, and abundance.
How do you get there? Napoleon Hill would tell you to “Think It,” Nike would tell you to “Just do it,” and Gary Vaynerchuck says “Crush It.”
I just finished reading Vaynerchuk’s book, “Crush It: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion“. If you haven’t heard of @GaryVeeas he’s known on Twitter, I suspect you don’t watch many video blogs. He is the host of the “Thunder Show,” and his vlog “Wine Library TV” appeals to wine enthusiasts and those who can’t resist Vaynerchuk’s passionate, over the top wine reviews. Vaynerchuk is much more than a Web personality, he is a successful entrepreneur who lays out his personal road map for social media success in the book.
I enjoyed reading “Crush It” for several reasons: Vaynerchuk is inspiring, and his passion breathes through each word; He breaks down the science of social media for even novices and explains how communities like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr can help you build your brand; He has ideas about how journalists can use social media to build sustainable online news ventures; Finally, Vaynerchuk doesn’t sugar coat the fact that it takes a lot of passion, time, and the right strategy to build a successful personal brand.
I will take partial exception to Vaynerchuk’s perspective on video production. Though I agree that personality, being yourself and transparency work best on camera, I also think that you should always try to use professional techniques which include a mic, tripod, and always watch your lighting. Vaynerchuk basically says production quality doesn’t matter. If you have a personality as big as his, it probably doesn’t.
Speaking of Vaynerchuk, he’s participating in an entrepreneur seminar here in Atlanta in May. I’m involved with the event, and think that anyone who is serious about social media success should attend.