Category Archives: Tips and How-to’s

How to stop unrelated videos from showing up at the end of your YouTube video

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Want to know how to stop unrelated videos from showing up when your YouTube video ends? Here’s how!

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Loudoun County, VA attracts businesses to a rural, growing tech hotspot with content driven marketing.

Loudoun Economic Development shares 5 tips for bringing businesses and travelers to Northern Virginia.

When you imagine the “home of the Internet,” do you picture aisles of blinking web servers living right underneath a vibrant farming community? In the same county that has the most horses in Virginia? Well, this is the reality of Loudoun County, VA. Located roughly 25 miles outside of the nation’s capital, Loudoun County is known as “DC’s Wine Country.” It’s home to vineyards, breweries, horse farms, and of course, a massive tech hotspot.

Brian Tinsman is the Digital Properties Manager for Loudoun County Economic Development, and it’s his job to harmonize the marketing messages for the county to grow and support Loudoun businesses and draw new business owners to the area. Brian has found content marketing most effective in his efforts. In this episode of the Zesty Marketing Podcast, Brian shares 5 tips for content-driven marketing.

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How Eight Oaks markets an authentic farm distillery.

 The PA distillery shares 3 essential tips for marketing in the craft beverage industry.

The homegrown, farm-to-table, craft beverage movement has really “taken off,” as this week’s retired military pilot podcast guest tells us. Chad Butters may have spent 25 years as an Army aviator, but nowadays, his focus is more on the ground — on his grain crops, to be specific, since Chad is the co-founder and CEO of Eight Oaks Craft Distillers in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

Eight Oaks is a farm distillery with a tasting room that attracts 8,000 guests a year for tours, tastings, cocktails, and more. Chad and his crew grow all of their grains and craft them into their exceptional spirits onsite. Home craftsmanship is a big part of how they market Eight Oaks. In this week’s episode, Chad shares 3 important tips for how to market a craft distillery brewery, winery, cidery — take your pick!), so tune in!

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How to ask a customer to be in your video.

Even “shy” customers will contribute testimonials if approached with care.

Having a client describe what it’s like to do business with you is a golden addition to your relationship building tools.  What better way to know how they feel about working with you than to ask them? But many people get shy around cameras and will decline your request if it isn’t properly presented. Here’s how to improve your chances of getting a “yes!”

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How to find and cultivate influencers that make your destination or attraction look awesome

Power up your marketing by partnering with well-known influencers

We all want to impress people, but in attraction, tourism, and destination marketing we’re looking to WOW people. And even when your marketing strategy is working and you’re getting more hits, sometimes that next big thing you do is what really makes a difference. This could be exactly the time to connect with an influencer.

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Get 6X the Results from a Facebook Video Ad

Engaging content plus correct targeting gives animal preserve some WILD results!

We thought you’d enjoy seeing the snapshot of the recent video ad we produced and then promoted on Facebook for a client. It got outstanding results, about 6X the national average! Want to know how we did it?

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6 YouTube Tips and Tricks for Tourism and Destination Marketing

How A Few Simple Steps Can Help You Capitalize On Your DMO’s Video Efforts

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Podcast: Waterpark marketers celebrate a “Summer of Awesome” using video and influencers

Award-winning campaign for water park “Hawaiian Falls” succeeds because of relationships, great visuals and FOMO.

Marketing specialist Julie Dion and I dive right in (pun intended), discussing her wildly successful campaign called “Summer of Awesome.” This is a clever campaign, both in the water park and on social media, designed to entice patrons into purchasing season passes for Hawaiian Falls, a popular group of waterparks in Texas. The 2017 campaign successfully provided visibility to some of the water park’s pre-established events and promotions, while simultaneously instilling a fear of missing out (FOMO) by offering various new events and promotions exclusive to season pass holders.

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How uploading a video to Facebook is different from linking from YouTube.

Auto-play and improved engagement on social media mean a native Facebook upload is almost always a better choice.

If you use Facebook at all, you’ve probably noticed that posts with visuals are at least as common as text-only posts. That’s because Facebook posts with images see 2.3X more engagement than those without images. Simultaneously, we know that videos on YouTube are a powerful SEO tool since Google owns YouTube and favors videos in search results. How are you supposed to know which platform to use when sharing videos?

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How to interview a video production company

Suggested questions for finding your next great video production partner.

Last week, I was on the phone with a potential client who shared that they’ve never created a video before. Quite openly, she asked, “What should I be asking?” I think it is a really self-aware thing to ask, and here are five critical questions to get you pointed in the right direction.

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