YouTube Marketing

Authenticity In Marketing

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I talk about the importance of creating “authentic” videos a lot, but I just listened to a podcast where Malcolm Gladwell really nailed why this is so important. In other words, why should a business owner, non-profit, professional service provider, artist, etc want to have an authentic profile video where the viewer can get to know him and/or her people, vs just listing what they do on the website?

Malcolm says, “what people respond to as an audience is authenticity, so you want to be as unusual as you can – spend time thinking about ‘who am I’, what is the image and message I’m trying to project about the kind of person I am and how I see the world”.

You want to be as unusual as you can, he said. Isn’t that interesting?

My daughter Abby, who is as unique as they come =) Courtesy of

It might seem a little unconventional, but think about it – what’s worth more money, something rare and unique or a commodity you can get anywhere? An original painting or a knock-off made in China?

But how do you position yourself as unique when maybe you might not believe you are unique? By focusing on personalities. The great thing about you is that there is only one you. That’s what we highlight. The right “buyers” will resonate with your personality and the wrong ones will be essentially filtered out. You’ll do more business with people who are aligned with your values – people who are happy to pay what you’re worth, and the others are free to go be someone else’s headache.

To hear the podcast I pulled that quote from, go here:

Thanks for reading!


Benefits To Being In Your Own Video

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There are plenty of good reasons to use video in your marketing – on your website, on YouTube, on Facebook, etc. And a quick Google search will turn up MANY statistics to prove this point.

But, why not a go a step further?

If you’re a small business owner, entrepreneur, service provider (or any singular person out there who has to interact with other humans before “making a sale”) then why not BE IN THE VIDEO yourself?!

It’s a triple threat:
1. deliver the message about your product or service
2. SHOW them how it’s unique / special
3. plant the seeds leading to building a relationship with
them by letting them get to know you, the person behind the product

In other words, let people “meet you” before they meet you!

Imagine looking professional, friendly and knowledgeable in a number of videos on your website (and in web searches) … not only is it more engaging than plain old text / pictures, but if it’s done right, you’ll be reaping some of the same benefits of a “live” meeting: building trust, rapport, and familiarity.

Later, when you do meet in person or on the phone, you’re perceived as a credible authority in your industry (there’s just something about seeing people on “TV” or a stage that makes them seem more important, no?)

Sales teams & customer service people can each have their own video … so the prospect or customer knows who is on the other end of the phone.

Professionals who work by referral … these days people want to still check you out online even if you come highly recommended.

Business owners … let the customer know there’s a real person with passion and skill behind the company

If this makes sense to you, then the obvious choice is to get those videos produced in the most painless way possible, using VideoActive’s “interview style” Shower & Showup™ approach. We are the go-to company for people who want to be in their own marketing videos. It’s all we do. We know how to draw out your message in an easy, unscripted, and authentic way – even if you’re not sure exactly what your message is – even if you’re camera shy.

We do all the work, you just show up.

Contact us to set up a 5 minute phone call, where we can both quickly decide if we’re a good fit or not. There’s absolutely no pressure, just like our taping process =)

How To Choose a Video Production Company For Your Business

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As a business owner, you understand the important of a strong video presence these days – on your website, YouTube, and social media. Not only do today’s consumers expect it, but when done right, video sells for you 24 hours a day, freeing up time and resources  for other parts of your business.

Technically, it’s easy to make a video these days. Many people are even using their smart phones or buying pro-consumer camcorders. And there’s no shortage of videographers to choose from. Lot’s of great video people, lots of options, BUT operating a camera is only one piece of the puzzle.

The Big Picture – Lighting & Sound

Beyond the camera, there’s an art to composing great shots. It goes without saying that you want to find someone who understands how to use the proper lenses, lighting, and settings to make the subjects look good – and interesting visuals to hold viewer attention. Not to mention using the right microphones so you don’t sound like your office is in a cave (remember, audio is half the viewer experience).

But …. The Most Important Part Is What You Say

Let’s pretend you hire someone to tape you, that understands all of this. Maybe they’re even an award winning cinematographer. How awesome would that be!  BUT … what are you going to say once they turn the camera on? Are you going to write a script? Are they going to write something for you? Will you be able to deliver the lines in a way that doesn’t do more damage to your brand than good? (There’s a reason why A-list Hollywood actors make millions. It’s a lot harder than it looks.)

“Instead of writing a script, take more of a documentary / news story approach to your company videos”

What’s the alternative? Would you really want to hire an actor – a paid spokesperson? That would defeat the purpose. This is an opportunity to make a connection and engage the viewer. People want a glimpse behind the scenes of the place where they’re thinking about doing business. Because of the internet, consumers are more skeptical than ever. Being “real” goes a long way.

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It’s Not Just About The Words

Instead of writing a script, take more of a documentary / news story approach to your company videos. Hire someone who is an experienced interviewer to lead you (and your team) in a conversation, and let the cameras run. Then the best parts can be pulled out and edited together, along with other shots and images that tell the story (and show some behind the scenes) of your company.

Documentary makers have a general idea of the story going in, but ultimately they build the final production around what comes out of the interviews, organically. You can do the same with your business marketing videos. Get the top people from your organization who are on the front lines every day, get them talking, and their natural passion comes out. That’s the kind of video that engages the viewer. It’s not just about the words, it’s how they say it, their whole physiology.

At VideoActive Productions, this is our specialty. As a matter of fact, it’s all we do. We call it Shower & Showup™.  Our entire process is designed for us “regular” folks who get a little flustered in front of a camera, who aren’t sure what to say, but realize the value in being in our own videos.

I guarantee no matter what type of personality we’re interviewing, if they have a strong belief and passion in what they’re doing, it WILL eventually spill out on camera, once engaged in a conversation … and we know how to nurture it, capture it and edit it into a beautiful, compelling production, that engages your prospective clients and compels them to take the next step.  (And – our video shoots are actually a lot of fun!)

Next Step

Contact us to set up a no charge / no pressure conversation where we can get to know each other, talk about your vision, and see if we’re a fit.


Mike Liebensohn

Chief Producer
VideoActive Productions

mike {at} VideoActivePro {dot} com


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Activate Your Marketing With VideoActive

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Real Video, Real People – Could This Be The Missing Ingredient?


You’ve got a website. You send out emails. You post things in social media. But how well are you connecting with your audience in this new virtual world?

It’s time to “punch up” your marketing with more personal, entertaining, and engaging content that invites people into your world and goes behind the scenes a bit – while warming up your prospects, developing trust and credibility.


We can give you an entire library of videos, including a 60 second business profile video, a 15 second teaser video, and a slew of “traffic magnet” content videos – all taped in one short and painless Shower & Showup™ session. There’s nothing for you to prepare, read or memorize.

We’ll give you a presence on YouTube, optimize all videos for the search engines, and create a new videos page on your website. Then, you can start to incorporate the new videos into ALL parts of your marketing – your home page, email signature, blog posts, email newsletters, ad campaigns, etc.


Shower & Showup by VideoActive Productions

Money – You may be thinking – is this going to be way out of my budget? The truth is, with our streamlined process (this is ALL we do) and lower cost of technology, our service is affordable for even the small “single person” business owners.

Fear – Maybe you’re nervous – not sure what to say or if you’ll come off well in a video. We don’t just shove a camera in your face. We lead you through a conversation, just like a coffee chat … while the camera rolls in the background, then we edit together only the best parts. And, we know what lenses and light to use to make you look your best.

Skeptical – I get it, maybe you’re just not convinced that being in your own videos can help your business. Let me put you in touch with a list of clients who will tell you about how they now feel like a celebrity when they show up to meet with a new prospect – or how much easier they close deals because they’re perceived as “the expert” right out of the gate. And don’t even get me started about the popularity of online video these days – YouTube, social media, Google …

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I’m sure you have questions. Let’s talk. The first conversation is free, and I guarantee you’ll never have a more low pressure experience with a potential vendor.  Even if you’re not thinking of getting started for a while, now is the time to begin looking out for topics, and I can give some very powerful advice that has the potential to make you A LOT of money.  Want to know what it is?  Send me an email so we can put something on the calendar –


Mike Liebensohn
Chief Producer
VideoActive Productions

For our portfolio click here
Watch our video about Shower & Showup
See a sample YouTube channel
Click here contacts us
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Small Business Marketing – Making Your Video (Interview Questions)

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Don’t worry – I’m NOT talking politics … just making a point about communication.

With Barack, it’s obvious that he’s reading a teleprompter, while Bill just comes across like he’s having a conversation with you over a cup of coffee.

While you may not have Bill’s charisma, you obviously have something that makes people want to do business with YOU. Why not just capture that natural style in a short video – in a “journalistic style” marketing video.

Trying to read a script in front of the camera is hard. You’re going to get nervous and feel the pressure to “get it right”. Unless you are an experienced performer, it’s likely to come off canned and flat – it’s not going to have the power it needs to have – because it won’t be the real you.

For that reason, our approach is to just show up and interview you (over a cup of coffee), get you talking (not even looking at the camera), and then produce the video using whatever footage we get from the interview, weaving in text, graphics, shots of your office, pictures, etc – to tell your story. The heavy lifting happens in the editing.

It’s easy for you and more believable for your audience.
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Business Video Made Easy – Is This What’s Holding You Back?

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fear-textIf you’re a business owner, professional, salesperson, or even a job seeker, it’s essential to have your own video to market yourself and/or your company.

I’m talking about a real video with YOU in it.

Not a flashy animated text video or a slide show, but something where people can really get to know you and decide if they believe what you’re saying enough to take the next step and email / call / meet with you.

If you don’t have this, you’re missing out – because chances are, they’ve just seen your competitor’s video, and already made a connection with him. Why would they need to call YOU if they’ve already found their guy?

That’s the type of culture we live in these days – Google search and social media and YouTube. By the time you get them on the phone it’s already too late.

Great – so, what’s holding you back?

Fear? Budget? Disbelief?
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How To Enable & Upload Custom YouTube Thumbnails

Posted on by Mike Liebensohn in Video Marketing, YouTube Marketing 3 Comments

eyes closed picYou know that little picture that you click on to watch a video?

Sometimes the image that shows up is pretty unflattering – it’s usually someone with their mouth open or their eyes are closed. Don’t let this happen to you!

Normally when you upload a video to YouTube, they give you three choices for this image, which is called a thumbnail. Very often, none are great options. But, you can unlock the ability to upload a custom thumbnail just by verifying your YouTube account.

Just go into account settings and click verify – then it will ask for a phone # for them to text a verification code to. That’s it. They just want to make sure you are a real person. There’s no other requirements.

Unfortunately, YouTube menus can be very confusing, so here are some screenshots to show you how to find the verification button.


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How To Properly Upload Videos To YouTube

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We always recommend uploading all videos to YouTube – even if you want them on your website, put them on YouTube first then embed them on your site. Why? Because YouTube is the #2 search engine, owned by Google (#1). Enough said …

In this video, we show the basics of uploading a video to YouTube, including how to create a title, description, and tags section that will help you get found in the search engines.

Make sure to also watch this for a quick how to on adding your video to your LinkedIn profile

Need a new video? Our Shower & Showup™ is the perfect way to easily get a pro video made that shows people what you do & WHY you’re different.

Mike’s Shower & Showup Video – Why This Process Is So Effective

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Finally, the shoemaker’s son has some shoes! Below is a Shower & Showup™ video featuring me, Mike Liebensohn, owner of VideoActive Productions.

In this video I talk a little about who we are best suited for, and why our techniques tend to create a final production that’s more compelling for the viewer while also making the entire taping experience a lot more fun!

For a behind the scenes / overview of Shower & Showup™, watch the video on the home page

Special thanks to Tanya Detrik at All Write Resources (a fantastic business writer) for lending us her amazing interviewing skills, allowing me the ability to switch roles for just long enough to create this video.

How To Share Your YouTube Video Without Competitors Showing Up Next To It

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The jury is in – YouTube is the best place to host your videos.  It may not be all perfect, but it’s got the best combination of playability across all platforms, decent quality, and search engine clout and visibility … it’s king.

With that being said, one of the issues with sending people to watch your video on YouTube is the fact that they are then subject to other videos – they can get sidetracked into watching a competitor video or just another subject all together, like cats & babies, music, or some kind of crazy jackass style comedy.

But, there’s one little thing you can do to mitigate this risk: put together what’s called a playlist

A couple more things …

  1. using playlists is good for other reasons as well – it’s more likely to keep someone watching for longer which means they are more likely to convert, and YouTube is more likely to rank you higher in the future as people watch your videos for longer (audience retention is huge in their ranking factors)
  2. if you’re sending people to your website to watch your videos, that’s always best – just embed your YouTube video on the page, making sure the “show suggested videos when finished” box is NOT checked when you go grab the embed code