Heidi asks, “Why did you start to offer video, audio and text on your blog? Do you track each content format differently?”
I changed in late 2017 to a video-first format after seeing the way the audience is changing in their consumption of content. By starting with the Trust Insights Transmedia Content Framework, I can create every major format of content at the same time. Watch the video for full details.
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In today’s episode, Heidi asks, Why did you start to offer video, audio and text on your blog, you do track each content format differently.
I changed in late 2017 to a video first format after seeing frankly after seeing the way the the audience the consumer was changing in their content consumption.
People watch a ton of video year after year.
When I was doing my keynote talks, I would see the numbers on YouTube hours watching Netflix hours watched continue to spiral every single year.
It’s like Well, you know what? good marketing goes where the audience is, rather than tries to make the audience do what you want them to do.
So it was time to switch to a video first format.
Now, the other thing that makes video so important is that This is framework that I created adapted from an idea that I old SEO Todd different had back in 2008.
He called content optimization to be able to take a piece of content and break it up into a bunch of little pieces.
let’s actually go ahead and bring up this piece here.
This is this is the transmedia content framework.
And what this simply means is, you can take a piece of content and split it into many different formats, as long as the data is there.
And that’s why video is so important because video contains audio by definition, as long as you got a microphone.
video contains images like you’re literally looking at each other.
And when you use machine learning tools like speech to text transcription video, at least this kind of video contains text, right? So if I start with this video, I can take clips of it and turn them into animations, animated gifts and things like that.
I can take smaller snippets and turn them into Instagram stories or IGT but like Five people who watch that, I can take the audio and turn this audio into a podcast episode.
In fact, I do if you if you would just subscribe to this blog feed in your podcasting software of pod listening software choice, you would be able to see the audio mp3 is in every single blog post.
And I take the transcript using otter AI and turn that into the blog post that accompanies this.
So in the vid, the full video goes up on YouTube and goes up on LinkedIn.
So that’s the reason for doing this.
It’s for the format that people prefer best.
Some people want their content, they want to watch it.
They want to you know, binge watch season 25 of us, sir, whatever you want to call this.
Some people want to listen to it, they have a commute, they they’re working in the kitchen, they are at the gym, and that content works best for them there and some people like I don’t like watching video I just want to read the text.
So put that as well, by providing each content format you’re serving the audience’s needs in the way that works best for them.
One of the challenges marketers have is that we tend to be very selfish in the sense of I want to do things that are best for me in my company, as opposed to being audience centered.
And saying, I’m going to do is the best I can with the resources I have, I’m going to try and meet you where you are, and provide content in the format that that you expect or that you want, or that is most convenient for you, the audience.
And so that’s why I do this.
Now, if you’re not comfortable with the talking head video style things, right.
There’s a way to reverse this around.
So you could This is the video first transmitted content framework and is the most efficient because again, video contains all these other formats within it.
You can however, you go in reverse, especially if you like really care about production quality of your videos and things like that.
You would start with your written content, look for the content that has performed the best, elevate that to audio status, right? You would essentially read it out loud and either you could do it yourself.
You can hire somebody to do it.
You can have a machine do it Amazon’s next generation neural network Polly voices are fantastic for reading content aloud.
And then from there, you can elevate that one step further and look at what are the audio episodes that have done the best.
Okay, those are the ones that great performance on text, great performance and audio, we’ve got to cut a a nice looking video for that.
If your company is an image based company like a video production company, or you are a video star or something like that, and you and you want that high level production that looks great looks expensive video.
This is the approach I would take because you can’t obviously afford to, or take the time to produce cinematics every single day.
But if you have top your top 12 pieces of content, you can take those pieces of content, elevate them into video, and then turn that into those, you know, just the best pieces into video.
So you can take this content framework and reverse it.
To start with the text only.
The downside is you will produce much less of those other formats.
And finally, to Heidi’s question, which track each content format differently, yes, so with the video by uploading it to YouTube, I get YouTube’s analytics on the videos whether or not you watch it on on the blog, whether you watch it on YouTube itself, I get the data there.
The audio I load to lives in the podcasting service and get downloads and subscribe blog subscriptions there.
I get blog subscriptions general and of course, Google Analytics is the single source of truth for my upper funnel add in the text.
That said, Google Analytic is the prime source because it also tracks conversions and because I put all the content on one page right the video is here, the audio is below it the text is below it I’m not terribly worried about the the video being all over the place I do still monthly look at all my content, take a look and see either things are performing and an outsized way in one format that are not in other formats that is important to do.
So great question.
There’s a lot to this might be worth doing a webinar or something on this at some point just to show the process because it’s about a 40 minute process a day.
But you’re creating video audio and and blog content every single day.
That is a very fast paced, high frequency, but still decent quality good.
We’re trying to focus on you and your questions.
So great question Heidi.
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