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Throwing a Vlog Into Your Blog

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I’m terrified of vlogging (video blogging). I admit it. But every time I create one, I get a lot of great feedback and tons of comments. And when I view a vlog, I tend to leave more comments – it probably has to do with that feeling of closeness that you get with the blog author, and a better sense of relating to them. So if you’re looking to add a touch of personalization, or encourage more interaction with your readers, try adding a vlog!

Here are a few tips that I’ve learned from the (few) vlogs I’ve created:

  • Keep it Natural. I try not to be too scripted, although I think about the points I’m trying to make before I actually begin filming!

  • Do a Couple Takes. It’s fine to redo your video – once, twice, even twenty times – to get it to the point you’re comfortable putting it online for the world to see!
  • Look at the Camera. It may feel awkward, but it will feel more awkward to a viewer who watches you staring out the window while talking!
  • Get Creative. Try a fun background, use props, or inject some personality into your video. Use body language and humor to make the video interesting.
  • Keep Your Audience in Mind. Always keep your blog readership in mind, encourage them to join in the discussion, but be careful of your word choices!
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Nikki Katz is the Managing Editor for the BlogWorld Blog. Feel free to follow her Twitter @nikki_blogworld and @katzni

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7 Ways to Promote Your BlogWorld Speaking Engagement

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It’s that time of the year. Twitter is buzzing about BlogWorld ’10. Hopeful speakers are waiting (im)patiently to send in their proposals and hopeful attendees are waiting for news and discounts. We promise not to disappoint on either front.

If you’re hoping to speak at BlogWorld, first check out Rick Calvert’s advice to potential speakers.  It’s OK, we’ll wait…

Great. Now you know what we’re looking for.

Here’s something else to consider. The speakers who are asked to come back and talk again each year, not only have the ability to produce good content and keep their audience engaged and awake. They can also fill the room. In other words, they know what to do to promote their event beforehand.

If you’re looking to pitch your talk, or if you’re accepted to speak, you’ll want to let us know how you’re going to fill those seats.

Here are a few suggestions:

Create a Facebook Event

Facebook, Event Brite and other online event promotional tools are simple and free to use. Fill in all the pertinent details, let folks know why your session will rock and blast it off to your friends and followers. Make it an open invitation so others can help you spread the word. Don’t create the event now, wait until six weeks to a month before your event so the talk is fresh in their minds.

Create a Calendar Reminder

Use Outlook or Google Calendar to create a reminder for those who RSVP’d to the event you created on FaceBook or an another announcement service.  This will remind them ahead of time, and, also, it will ping them on the day of your talk so they don’t forget.

Create a Blog Post on the BlogWorld Blog

Accepted speakers are required to submit a post to the BlogWorld blog discussing their sessions. Don’t forget to stop here and tell folks what you’ll be doing and what they’ll be taking away if they come to your talk.

Blog at Your Own Blog or Guest Post at Other Blogs

Go on a virtual world tour. Chat on your blogs and others regarding topics relevant to your session. By all means, don’t spam. Talk about your topic and let folks know that this is also what you’ll be talking about at BlogWorld. Build a buzz.

Tell Your Twitter Followers

Again, don’t spam. However, every now and then remind folks of your session. Talk about your talk and ask if there are any questions. Drop a “takeaway of the day” to create a buzz and build of an audience. Have fun with it.

Create a Video

How ’bout a sneak peek? Create a video and post it here or at your blog talking a little about your topic and what you hope to achieve during your session at BlogWorld. Show attendees how engaging you are. Make it enticing enough for them to want more, but don’t give up so much that they’ll feel they already know anything. Consider this your teaser or trailer.

Give Stuff Away

Have a book? Ebook? Online course? Workbook? Offer to give it away to someone in the audience at your session. Create and promote a contest beforehand and choose the winner live.

Tell us…

How will you promote your BlogWorld speaking engagement.

Rappin At SXSW? How About Blog World Expo “I Wanna Be A Rock Star?”

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This has gone around the blogosphere out on Twitter and a number of other places.  Rebecca Corliss did an awesome job of putting together this recap of SXSW in Austin, Texas.  Some of the rock stars in blogging, podcasting and conference attendees are in the video.

What I would like to see now is a video done for Blog World and New Media Expo to the tune of “Rockstar“.  I’m thinking it could be titled “Blogstar”.  I want to be a Blogstar, don’t you?

Rappin At SXSW? How About Blog World Expo "I Wanna Be A Rock Star?"

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This has gone around the blogosphere out on Twitter and a number of other places.  Rebecca Corliss did an awesome job of putting together this recap of SXSW in Austin, Texas.  Some of the rock stars in blogging, podcasting and conference attendees are in the video.

What I would like to see now is a video done for Blog World and New Media Expo to the tune of “Rockstar“.  I’m thinking it could be titled “Blogstar”.  I want to be a Blogstar, don’t you?

Online T.V. Becoming More Popular

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According to the Conference Board around 20% of American households who use the internet are watching online television.  To no surprise youtube.com is among the most popular sources of online television.  The fact that you can watch a show or broadcast at your convenience is definitely a very appealing factor for viewers.  For example, Grey’s Anatomy allows users to watch all of their episodes online at their convenience in case they are unable to watch the scheduled version.

There is still a lot of opportunity in the online television space and I don’t think it will be long before we see the first feature length online movie.

According to Michael Saxon, Senior Vice President, Brand and Communications, TNS:

“Fundamentally, consumers expect content to be available when they want it, and on the screen of their choice – TV, PC, or mobile. For consumers, PCs enhance content on demand from simply time-shifting to place-shifting. Online content can be viewed in any room in the house, or at work or school.”

According to the conference board the top types of shows that people like to watch online are:

  • news
  • drama
  • sitcom/comedy
  • reality shows
  • sports
  • user generated content

Newteevee has more stats on the survey if you are curious to see them.

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