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How to Create Your Own Physical Video Products
Why are video products important? Because they have a higher perceived value by your prospects and customers. You can charge more for videos than you typically can for ebooks, and they can be easier to sell because more people want to watch videos than read ebooks. If you want to capture both video lovers and readers, simply add PDF transcripts of your videos to your package.
Then if you choose, you can also re-purpose the video by stripping out the audio and selling that as a product, as well as packaging the transcriptions into an ebook or breaking them up into articles and blog posts. And if you're making a series of videos, you can even turn them into an entire course or membership site.
What kind of camera do you need?
You can go with an expensive model, but in the beginning I advocate saving your money and using a fairly decent camera that doesn't set you back several hundred dollars.
After all, what's truly important is the content of your videos, not that you have Hollywood quality film making (you're not going to achieve that level anyway!) You can haunt your favorite office store and simply pick up an economical camera there. Or you can use the one built into your computer.
And by all means get the tripod – it'll pay for itself the first time you record yourself.
How do you choose your topic for your video product?
It's much the same as for any product – find out what your customers need and want and give them that and more. And to be sure you're on the right track, test it out. Maybe do a blog post or take a survey and see what kind of reaction you get. Even though video products are faster to make than written products, you still don't want to waste a day or two making a product no one buys.
How do you script your video?
There is a myth among those who have never made a video that all you need to do is pick a topic, turn on the camera and start talking. And if you're a polished speaker well versed on your topic, that might even be true. But for most of us, you need to have a game plan before you start recording.
Start with who you are and why they should listen to you on this topic. Are you an expert? Have you interviewed experts? Have you studied your topic? Whatever it is that makes you an authority, place it right up front at the beginning to build your listener's confidence in you.
Next, discuss the problem. Is your video on how to get traffic? Then the problem fairly obvious – no traffic = no sales. Is your product on skincare? Talk about the trials and tribulations (which are very real) of having bad skin.
Let them know that you are a lot like them. You had the same problem and you went through some tough times before you solved the problem.
Then after much expense / trial and error / embarrassment / time / etc. you discovered the solution. You're telling your story of problem, hardship and finally solution.
Next you cover what the solution has done for you and how your life/business has improved since discovering the solution. And you paint a picture of what their life and or business will be like once they implement your solution.
This is where you pile on the greatest benefits your solution will give your viewer. Make them FEEL the benefits, get them pumped up and excited, and most of all get them happy they're watching your video and eager to know what you're about to teach.
If this is sounding something like a mini-sales letter, it is. In the beginning of your video you are reassuring your viewer that they made an excellent decision buying your product by shining a light on their pain and being the expert with the solution.
You might also briefly cover the old ways of dealing with the problem, versus the new way they're about to learn. For example, the old way of dealing with acne was x, y and z. But now we know better. In fact the latest scientific research shows us that those solutions were about as effective as chanting naked under a full moon compared with your new solution.
No one likes to be associated with the "old way," and so this simply reinforces the fact that they scored a home run when they got your product.
Finally, you're going to get into the meat of the product. All you've done up to this point is set them up to get your solution, now you're going to provide it, step by step. Don't be afraid to give them detail, and to tell them not just 'how' to do something, but also 'why' they should do it that way. Remember, you are the expert, so by all means be forthcoming with your expertise.
Before you wrap up the video, you've got one more thing to do – tell them what to do next. Tell them to take the information they've just gained and put it to work. And most of all, give them the first step. If you've just given them a boatload of info, they may be overwhelmed into doing nothing. That's why you want to put them on the road to success by reminding them of that first step, and telling them to do it right now while it's still fresh on their minds.
What software do you need?
You'll need some kind of software for creating your finished video product, and the good news is that it's free. If you've got a PC you probably already have a copy of Movie Maker, and if you don't you can download it off of the Internet. If you have a Mac, then you'll be using iMovie. Of course you can also purchase professional software such as Adobe. But in the beginning, there's really no need since the software you already have on your laptop is probably more than you'll need. How about editing tips?
First, keep it simple. Sure there are all kinds of fancy tricks you can use in your videos, but to look truly professional you want to keep it simple.
The easiest way of all to edit your video is to hire someone to do it for you. You might use a Fiverr person for this, or someone at Freelancer.com or one of those freelancer websites. Tell them you want a title slide at the beginning, a smooth transition into the video of you speaking, and most of all edit out any and all gaps. You know what I mean – the time you dropped your notes, you lost your train of thought, or when the UPS man knocked on your door.