by Lou Bortone
We’re all getting bombarded with messages, and the barrage keeps on coming. So how do you break through, stand out, get noticed and reach your peeps? You’ve got to do something more engaging than the usual methods!
Video messaging is perfect for this, since it’s so much more personal and unique. And there’s no need to set up a lot of equipment or do a big production. Some of my favorite “video engagement” tools are easy and inexpensive to use.
Here are my five faves video tools:
MailVu – MailVu is a great tool for creating video email or personal video greetings of up to 10 minutes long. Record a video from your computer or even from your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
There’s a free trial, then prices start as low as $2.50 per month. Premium plans allow you to customize your video emails with your logo and branding.
Vsnap – The new v-mail kid on the block, Vsnap is another way to make your outreach more personal and engaging.
With Vsnap, you can record and send video greetings from your desktop or mobile device. You can use it for free, and paid plans that allow branding start as low as $3.00 per month.
Bravo – If you’d prefer to turn the video tables and allow your friends or fans to send videos to you, Bravo is a tool that puts a video
recording widget on your website or Facebook page, so you can elicit user-generated video content.
Bravo is a great way to do video polls, get client testimonials or run online contests. Plans start at $24 per month.
Touchcast – I wouldn’t hesitate to call Touchcast the coolest new tool of 2013! Available for PC and iPhone/iPad, Touchcast literally puts a TV studio at your fingertips.
Touchcast gives you a built in teleprompter, along with the ability to add unique “vApps,” which allow you to pull in videos, maps, photo galleries, live polls, and even twitter streams directly into your webcast. It’s totally interactive and customizable, and will make you look very professional.
Wideo – If you’d prefer a fun way to connect off camera, you can create your own cartoon animations at Wideo.
Wideo makes it drag and drop simple to build animated videos using text and their various characters and icons. It’s an easy way to crank out cartoons.
Try any of these video resources and you’ll make your messages more memorable and greatly enhance your online visibility!
This article was originally published on The Future of Ink and is reprinted here in its entirety for our Magnolia Media Network readers.