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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:

#promotionalvideo   #videomarketing   #videoproduction  
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Are businesses making the move to be mobile friendly?
A few months ago, Google announced they were marking which websites were ‘mobile friendly’ with a tag alongside the name of the site. This meant mobile users could select a site which would be easy to navigate on a mobile device. We did some research in December 2014 to see how many businesses had made the step to having a mobile friendly website and the results at the time were quite mixed. 

Three months on, the results show little or no general increase in sites that are mobile friendly. That would suggest that either businesses haven’t got the message about the forthcoming ranking impact for non mobile friendly sites in mobile searches (as from 21st April) or maybe businesses are in the process of making those changes now?

Restaurants and hotels with mobile friendly sites figure quite strongly in the top 10 mobile search results, but guest houses - perhaps with lower budgets to spend - are lagging well behind. For the rest, apart from web designers and internet marketing companies, the  percentage of mobile friendly sites tends to be around 50%. 

All of this suggests that for mobile savvy businesses who make the move to go mobile friendly with their website, a good opportunity to be found in mobile search results is open to them.

Have you made the move to go mobile friendly yet? How mobile friendly is the competition in your businesses sector? 

Click the chart below to see the results in more detail and let us know your thoughts...

#mobilefriendly   #mobilesearch   #internetmarketing  
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Join us in supporting the UK Charity Row 2015!
One Mission, Four Rowers, 2,500 Miles... To raise £100,000
Hi everyone and thanks for allowing us to join this community. We've just got started on Google+ as part of our outreach to raise awareness for our 2,500 mile, 93 day, anti-clockwise row around the UK starting on 2nd May from Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth.

We are hoping to raise £100,000 for our two charities, +Wessex Cancer Trust and the +Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and would value your support:

You can find out more about our mission by visiting our website: (set up and sponsored by +Flavourfy) and watching our video (filmed and sponsored by +Cracking Media).

We hope too that you will be able to come and watch and say hello at one of our stopping points. The current list is here:

#UKCharityRow2015   #CancerCare   #RoyalMarines  
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Did you see the eclipse?
Unfortunately it was cloudy down in Bournemouth today so a lot of us missed the eclipse! So we thought we would make our own! #solareclipse  
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Didn't see a thing, complete cloud cover :(
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Found this article on the Dorset Echo, showing some old Dorset words that should definitely be bought back! Whats your favourite?
There are thousands of old Dorset dialect words that have fallen out of use. From homble to slommock to twanketen and drawlatchet, here are some…
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Arrrr... I shall add some to my vocabulary right away!
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Are you guilty of sitting too much?
We are all guilty of sitting down too much and yes sometimes its not always out of choice as a lot of us work at a desk all day, but we need to do some more walking or even just standing! I know for a fact i could definitely move around more as i spend most of my day at my desk and then sat down in front of the TV once i'm home...Who else thinks they could improve? - Becky 
Office workers need to get off their backsides and move around more, according to a new campaign.
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Our in house graphic designer +Amanda Ferris, has created a great new banner for the +UK Charity Row 2015! Only 5 weeks to go until the big launch!
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Likes instead of votes?
Social Media is even starting to have an impact on the election. UKIP seem to be hot topic on Facebook, could this reflect in the election? or are people 'Liking' parties they know nothing about?
Just before the election campaign starts for real, Facebook has released figures on some of the most-discussed topics online this year.
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I suspect it was someone else that scanned it and emailed it. Maybe one of their grand or great grand kids. lol
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Keyword Strategies Webinar, great tips and advice to ensure you are using your keywords correctly and make maximum impact on your site at a local level.
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What are you thoughts on self driven cars 
Google want self driven cars to be up and ready to go by 2020....Imagine no one having to take a driving test? Do you think this will become the next big thing? I think they are a great idea however i cant see them replacing the cars of today. - Becky 
Google's head of its self-drive car project reveals the real reason he wants self-drive cars standard on roads in five years.
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Do they come themed as Orloff the talking Snowman, rock and roll around from side to side and play popular Disney tunes for a few minutes when you put a few quid in a pay slot?
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Have you ever thought about using Cinemagraphs? Something simple yet very effective and would definitely grab a readers attention. If you have use Cinemgraphs comment below with a link! 
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Are we just using another name for gifs?  The sort of thing that google produces when it auto awesomises (is that even a word?) a series of photos?
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Tablet sales are falling 
Tablets do everything that todays modern phones can do so why have 2 devices? Do you think that tablets will stay as popular in the upcoming year?
Ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress, experts propose a variety of reasons why consumers are not buying tablets in the numbers once expected.
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I love my tablet but since getting my Samsung Galaxy S4 I use it very little. My phone seems to be quicker and more convenient, although the smaller screen does nothing for my eyesight :-/
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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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Vanda North
3 weeks ago
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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Matthew Lambley
a month ago
Many thanks to Peter Lunn and his team at Cracking Media for redesigning my website in such a quick, efficient and painless manner.
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Kyla Rogers
9 months ago
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!
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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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Led-Zip Lighting
2 months ago
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!