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10 Top Tips for creating your Business Video
With the advent of cheaper and cheaper video cameras many business owners are wondering if it is worth filming their own promotional video. The cost of technology has certainly made making your own business video more accessible, but there's more to making an effective video than just pointing and shooting.

So, to get you started, here are our 10 top tips for both planning, filming, editing and promoting your video...

1. Start with the end
2. Become a story teller
3. Think about your location
4. What you hear is as important as what you see
5. Get a good tripod and use it where needed
6. Can the camera see what you see?
7. Think about composition
8. Don't overdose on transitions
9. Practice makes perfect!
10. Promote your video - in the right places...

To read the full article explaining the tips above in more detail, click here: http://www.crackingmedia.com/web-marketing-blog/38-ten-top-tips-for-a-good-business-video.html

#promotionalvideo   #videomarketing   #videoproduction  
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Great tips, thanks for sharing!
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Having a networking breakfast tomorrow morning at Westbeach for the UK Charity Row! Hopefully will get to see the revamped Australian boat too! Only 5 days until the launch!! 
We're grateful for all the support we're getting from local businesses in the Bournemouth area and through business networking we've been able to meet some great business owners who have gone on to...
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Please support the +UK Charity Row 2015 by coming to meet the 4 lads who are about to take on an epic challenge around the UK! Come between 8am and 4pm tomorrow at the Fitness Centre, Bournemouth! Grab your friends and compete or tag along to watch! We'd love to see you down there! #ukcharityrow15  
The great guys at Fitness First, Bournemouth are hosting an 8 hour row-a-thon in our honour on Saturday 25th April to help raise awareness of our epic rowing challenge (launch date is less than 2 w...
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What a great view from our office roof this morning! Could definitely get used to this weather! #sunnybournemouth 
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On Mobile-Friendly D-Day will we witness an Apocalypse ?!
"Beware the Ides of March" or should it be April and all that, but with today being the day Google have said we should expect the mobile-friendliness of sites to have a "significant impact" in mobile search results, what will we see?

In the midst of all the talk and speculation though, it's very important to not forget the importance of proving relevant content on our website pages that answer the questions our customers are asking...
 
Mobile-friendly D-Day: Don't forget relevancy...
Well today is the day: 21st April, on which Google have told us that, "we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking  signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages  worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results." (see http://goo.gl/MxYi2F).

So, what should we expect today? Will the mobile search results world face an apocalypse?! Well, as of 10am this morning in the UK, nothing has changed, but I expect we will begin to see changes in Google's mobile search results as the day  or perhaps days following roll out. But one important thing we need to have in mind amidst all the excitement and hype is the word "relevancy".

Relevancy is essential for useful search and it's why Google Search has consistently beaten its competition and drawn more and more users over the years. Relevancy can be defined in many forms, e.g. where you search from, what you search on and of course not to ignore what you are searching for, but ultimately Google's focus is to make sure you get the best answers for your query. Those relevant results will be based on many factors, just one of which, on a mobile device, will be mobile-friendliness.

Just because you have a new whizz-bang mobile-friendly website it does not mean your site will see a significant boost in search results on a mobile. The information you provide on your website pages need to provide relevant answers to the questions people are asking on a mobile (which for a mobile may in part be location or device specific), just as they would for someone searching on a regular computer. Please note: a mobile-friendly website offers no guarantees.

So today, on Mobile-Friendly D-Day, don't forget relevancy. It's far more important.
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Yes, thanks +Nick Rink. I am pleased that Google said that on their post today and backed up what we has said earlier: _"Now searchers can more easily find high-quality and relevant results..." - first and foremost it's about high quality and relevance. It's good too that they went on to reinforce that by saying _"even if a page with high quality content is not mobile-friendly, it could still rank high if it has great content for the query".

It is going to be easy to see how the mobile search results shake out over the coming days. We did a limited bit of research for results from 3 queries prior to the update, so will re-test how they have changed.
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Google Introduces Handwriting
Google has now introduced a handwriting app that attaches to your keyboard for Android devices and is available in the Play store. http://bit.ly/1OfLyua. It allows you to write a text, email or even a status using you finger like a stylus.

I downloaded the app this morning on my Nexus 5 and was surprised how well it picks up each word, I think it's quite cool however typing is still a lot quicker therefore the app is more of a bit of fun as its time consuming. 

Has anyone else got the app? What are your thoughts? - Becky 
Google has launched a handwriting app for Android phones which will work in 82 languages.
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I downloaded it, installed it, tried it and then reverted back to SwiftKey for serious input.

It would probably be better if I used a stylus of some variety though. I find using your finger to write is counter intuitive.
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IT FLOATS!!
Today marks history for the old Australian boat that has been out of water for over a year! +Cracking Media  joined the rowers at +Rossiter Rowing Boats  boatyard in the +Christchurch Priory  this morning to capture the boat’s first test in the water. It was an emotional moment all around as the reality of the guy’s epic rowing challenge around the UK sets in (or the boys just got some seawater in their eyes)!

Now that we know the boat works (phew!) the finishing touches are being made. Today the waterline of the boat was marked and currently has been taken out of the water to get its final lick of paint to protect it from algae, then all of the generous donators and sponsor’s names and logos will be added to the boat. If you wish to donate towards this challenge for two great charities +Wessex Cancer Trust  and +Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, its not too late! Just visit http://goo.gl/LHd7Ak and you may still be able to get your name around the UK. It would be very much appreciated! Then all that’s left to do is to have its final test run on Friday, ready for launch day Saturday afternoon! 

+BBC South Today made an appearance for the test run earlier today, and interviewed the rowers to get their final thoughts before the big day. Catch that at 6.30pm tonight to get the latest from Steen Stones. Donating isn’t the only way to show your support, please spread the word with your friends and family. Or share your support by coming along to Boscombe Pier on Saturday at 4pm to see the launch for yourself. We look forward to seeing you down there! (we have stickers…)
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Counting down the days until the +UK Charity Row 2015 launches! Only 3 days and 22 hours! Count down with us or find out if they will be visiting you on their website or facebook page. Not long now boys! #ukcharityrow15  
An outline of the route we will be taking around the UK waters, can be downloaded here. This is a rough document, we will do our best to adhere to what is written however the nature of this expedit...
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Off to the Premier League we go! 
After last night's match AFC Bournemouth are promoted to the Premier League! So to celebrate we thought we would surprise the biggest fan in the office +Peter Lunn with some cherry gifts! #AFCB  

Peter has supported AFC Bournemouth for 48 years and has seen lots of lows, but he never believed he would see a day like today! We are going up!!
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Thamks for this Peter! Hmm...you didn't mention 'Saints' :-) 
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Big night tonight for AFC Bournemouth - The Cherries 
Today we are keeping our fingers crossed for our team, AFC Bournemouth. If they win against Bolton tonight they will almost seal promotion to the Premier League (bar a 17 goal or more turnaround in goal difference in the final match on Saturday).

The Cherries spent 64 years in the bottom two divisions until Harry Redknapp helped them reach the second flight in 1987. Six years ago they escaped relegation to the Conference and almost certain liquidation. Now, after two promotions in 5 seasons and in their second season back in the second tier,  if tonight goes well... it will be big plans for AFC Bournemouth. COME ON YOU REDS! #AFCB   #UTCIAD   #AFCBournemouth  
CHERRIES would all but seal their berth in the the Premier League with victory over Bolton at Dean Court tonight.
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We had a cracking interview with rower Steen Stones yesterday! Click here to find out about his time serving the Royal Marines and why he is doing this challenge! +UK Charity Row 2015  #ukcharityrow15  
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Happy St George's Day 
St Georges Day always reminded me of being a girl Guide as every year we would celebrate today by taking part in a parade along with Scouts, a marching band and local morris dancers. Does anyone else celebrate St Georges Day? - Becky
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I was a morris dancer once - with white pumps, bells and pom poms... Frightening image in your head now I know!
Happy St Georges Day - we don't see much celebrating this neck of the woods these days, which is a shame
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We are a digital marketing company who work with businesses of all shapes and sizes to ensure they can market themselves better online. We provide a range of digital marketing services including Web Design & SEO, Video Production, and Photography backed by a team who will listen and work with you to achieve the best results for your business.

There’s so much you can do these days to market your business online, but it’s important to not think about online marketing as a series of checkboxes to be ticked off. Cracking Media will work with you to help you identify how to best reach your target market so that your marketing is focussed on answering the questions your customers are asking and help them to connect with you. We provide imagination, experience and vision to your marketing project to help you better promote your products and services. 

We are committed to providing creative solutions for your businesses. There's never been a better time to market your business online. If you want to market your business better then you better get cracking!
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Peter and his team shared loads of information about Google+ and encouraged us to get involved - I have taken his advice and am working through my notes - watch this space! Thanks you for a very enjoyable and worthwhile morning.
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Great team to work with, nothing is too much trouble and they make the whole process of setting up a website simple and hassle free! I am often complimented by clients on the ease of navigating the website and that is all down to Cracking Media. I would recommend them without hesitation.
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Cracking Media produced a series of professional promotional videos for our YouTube channel and for use on our website, detailing our products and services. They were a pleasure to work with and we would thoroughly recommend them to any business that wants to attract the right customers to their website!
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Cracking Media are currently creating our new website. They are very professional and have great, creative ideas. I thoroughly recommend them.
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Matthew Lambley
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Many thanks to Peter Lunn and his team at Cracking Media for redesigning my website www.morvenweymouth.co.uk in such a quick, efficient and painless manner.
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Kyla Rogers
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Working with Cracking Media has developed Hunter Urology’s brand and has increased sales. They are efficient, effective and approachable. A great company to work with!