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Refresh Your Old Content By Turning Blog Posts Into Videos

Refresh Your Old Content By Turning Blog Posts Into Videos (Source: pixabay.com - used as royalty free image) Have you heard the word – or, more accurately, have you seen it? When it comes to your digital marketing, video is a big deal.

How big? Well, did you know that posting a video to Facebook can amplify your reach by as much 10x, compared to a text post? Or that Facebook users watch more than 8 billion videos every day? That 55% of people watch videos online every single day, and that as much as one-third of all time spent online may consist of video consumption?

In short, video is huge – and it’s a great way to add value to or supplant your existing content marketing, like blog posts and multimedia articles.

Ready to get started adding high quality videos to your blog posts? Looking to repackage and repurpose your critical content pillars for greater social media consumption?

It’s easier than you might think to convert your blog posts into killer video content – if you put one of these Geek-approved tools to work:

Create an Amazing Animated Storyboard with Lumen5

To create simple, spellbinding text videos, there’s no better product out there right now than Lumen5.

Perfect for creating short video presentations, or even enticing social media “teasers” for your longform blog content, Lumen5 videos allow you to pull your own blog text into a video by submitting a link. That’s it!

Once you’ve submitted your article content, Lumen5’s AI platform automatically generates a video storyboard. If it’s not ready to go right away, you can take greater control of your content by formatting your text, adding striking images or background video, and setting a soundtrack – all within your browser.

The service is relatively straightforward and easy to use, meaning that you won’t need any video editing experience to jump right in. Even better, your final product is fully customizable, so you can add your logo or custom branding wherever you’d like; the animation is also easy to download and instantly share to a variety of social platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

And once you’ve gotten started with Lumen5, you can even begin to automate your video creation by adding content sources and RSS feeds; the program will automatically begin to pull in your new content and email you your new branded videos. The best part? Most features are available completely for free; a premium tier, featuring higher video quality, is available for $49 a month.

Ready to try it? Social Media Examiner has a great step-by-step breakdown on how to create a Lumen5 video, and the video below is a great demonstration of a Lumen5 final product in action:

Narrate Your Content With Loom

The Geek team loves Loom – we even made it our “app of the week!”

For the uninitiated, Loom is a simple video and audio recording tool that allows you to record picture-in-picture, showcasing both your computer screen and your face in the same frame by using your front-facing camera and microphone in conjunction with your desktop.

Here’s a great example of Loom in action:

Looks and sounds pretty great, right? And with Loom’s unique functionality, the possibilities for adding value to your existing written content are all but endless. In particular, Loom is a great tool for creating “how to” videos; you can record yourself giving directions or advice while actually showcasing the necessary steps by demonstrating them on your screen.

What makes Loom even better? This Chrome browser extension is completely free to use, and it allows you to instantly share your video across a variety of platforms by creating a custom URL. You can also download your creation as an MP4, allowing you to further edit your Loom video using the software of your choice before embedding it on your website or sharing it via social media.

Repackage Your Content as a Live Video

Thanks to the rise of Periscope, Facebook Live, and live-streaming options on YouTube, live, real time video content has never been more popular online.

What makes many people nervous about live video, though, is that they fear they don’t have enough inspiration to get started. What’s worth documenting? What do you have to say or do that merits a live video?

One of the best ways to get started with live video is to use it as a springboard for elevating or repurposing your existing blog content. Why not shoot a video of you or your team discussing the content of a blog post, breaking it down to its key parts and then encouraging your viewers to click through to your blog to read the rest?

You’d be amazed how much power there can be to a simple, straightforward address to a camera; in today’s media landscape, consumers love to feel connected to the brands that they follow. Getting the chance to spend some time with you “face to face” may be just what it takes to commit to making a purchase or taking the next step down your conversion funnel.

The best part? All it takes to get started creating live video is a decent webcam, a tri-pod, and maybe a cheap microphone. From there, it’s easy to create videos for Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube, which you can then keep and embed on your site or across your other social channels.

Have any questions about what it takes to get started creating simple videos to complement or refresh your content marketing? Ready to get started with a content strategy tailored for your brand’s unique needs? Geek Chicago is here to help! Drop us a line today to get the conversation started!  The Complete Geek's Guide to Email Etiquette. Get our eBook.

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Jason Finn

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Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

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Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).