Last week, my good friend, Paula Mattisonsierra of Power Marketing SF in San Francisco, invited me to be a guest on her Facebook Live series, TEN@10. We're going to talk about why businesses should blog on their websites and the best ways to go about it. To watch this episode, go to the Power Marketing SF Facebook page at 1 p.m. EDT tomorrow (October 30, 2020).
As I wrote in Monday's blog post, this interview will be recorded and I'll have access to the recording, so I'm going to have it transcribed so I can post the video and the transcription on my website. Having a transcription available is a great service to the user because he or she may not want everyone around them to hear what they're watching. More important, it's great SEO content that can help boost your rankings.
And since you're putting the time and effort into creating the video, why not get the most benefit you can from it? In fact, not doing a transcription is like spending a ton of money on the latest iPhone and then only using it to make phone calls. It can do so much more!
Getting The Transcription
You have a couple of options here, depending on whether you're willing to spend money on the transcription or not. If you're willing to listen to the video and manually type it up yourself, it doesn't cost anything but your time. In fact, you can even get a head start by uploading the video to YouTube and using the machine-generated transcript. (Near the bottom right of the video, click on the three dots and scroll down to "Open Transcript." Then copy and paste into a Word document. A word of warning: it will take a lot of clean up to remove all the timestamps and correct any mistakes you find.)
Personally, I decided to pay for the transcript through a service called GoTranscript. There are several of these services, which you can find with a quick Google search. I don't know how long the video will run, but I got an instant online estimate for a 30-minute video and the charge would be only $34.50. The final transcript will be delivered to me online in five business days. Money well spent, as far as I'm concerned.
Part 3: The Interview (Coming Friday)
As difficult as the COVID-19 pandemic has been, there's no denying that we've all learned a few things that we won't un-learn after the chaos calms down and life gets back to normal. For example almost anything you want to purchase can be shipped or delivered. Many people have broken their cabin fever by taking long walks, which is great for physical and mental health. And we're all a lot more comfortable with virtual communications, especially on Zoom, so expect a lot more working from home and a lot less unnecessary commuting.
A specific trend we've seen is small business owners and entrepreneurs embracing their roles as "content creators," holding live interview-style events and recording them on Zoom (or Facebook Live, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.). It's a great way to boost your messaging and build your brand as an authority in your field, especially if you do it on a regular schedule and start to build an audience.
Too often, though, content creators don't leverage this marketing asset to its fullest. They simply host the event, record the video, post it on their website, and push it out through social media. In my opinion, that's like buying an expensive smartphone and then only using it to... well, make phone calls. Whether you only use it to make calls or have a hundred apps loaded onto it (a few of which you actually use), the phone costs the same.
With videos, one of the missed opportunities I see all the time is that the content creator never has the video transcribed. If you have a transcription, you can post it on your website, which benefits you in a couple of important ways. First, it gives the user the option to read it instead of watching the video, which they may prefer if they're sitting in a cubicle and don't want everyone within earshot to know they're watching a video.
Second, the transcription is relevant written content that the Google algorithm just loves. So if your business relies on traffic to your website to generate leads or online sales, posting the written transcription will help boost your rankings. And if you're doing it frequently, even better because fresh content is always great for your SEO.
Getting a written transcript can actually be done for free, if you're willing to spend some time on it. You can even get a head start for free by uploading the video to YouTube, which then posts a machine-generated transcript you can use, although it will need quite a bit of cleaning up.
A better option would be to purchase a transcription through an online service, which are inexpensive and easy to find on Google. For about a dollar per minute, you upload the video or provide the URL where it lives, and within a few days, it's done. Once you have it, simply post it to your site, preferably with the video (or a link to the video), and you can feel great that you've taken full advantage of the video you created.
Part 2: Follow Along As I Put This Strategy To Work (Coming Wednesday)
blogging or journaling. Which is it?
Sometimes I write about writing. Or business. And then there are the times I just write about the loose change jingling around in my head... bacon, hockey, Stumpy, movies, lawn maintenance... who knows?