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    I have been looking for software that innovatively and cheaply markets my business. In my research I came across a lot of youtube vidoes that show someone delivering the message through a medium where it looks like the a person is drawing on a whiteboard while narating.

    I have found this medium awesome as the audience is glued to the delivery process.

    Point to this. My research found a lot of suppliers and they were very costly ($1000 per minute and up). My final research found a product where I can actually do it myself. It has blown me away, how in a very short time, I was able to, with no drawing capabilities, get the result I wanted. It is based on a subscription like alpha, but very affordable. ($180 US per year) I can make as many vidoes as I want.

    If you are looking for something that can deliver your marketing messages, go to http://www.sparkol.com and download their 7 day free trial. I believe you will not be dissappointed by its potential.

    I hope I was not offline by putting this here, but I do see it also important to post messages that will help our buinesses grow. I have no interests in this company at all.
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    Thanks for the link Mark. I may use this in some of my marketing.

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    Thank you so much! I love it. Created my first video and posted on youtube and facebook. Was able to describe my idea and show screen shots of my app with no trouble at all. Excellent product! Highly recommend!

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    Omar, what is the link to your video on Youtube?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Hubert View Post
    Omar, what is the link to your video on Youtube?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQYisLzkC_g

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    That is a great video, thanks for sharing.

    Have you seen this? Platform videos showing off how Tubifi http://www.tubifi.com works

    Platform - http://content.tubifi.com/previews/4KbW2wmw-SPElgROg

    Creative - http://content.tubifi.com/previews/2LMRaPig-SPElgROg
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    Awesome Keith - I think this thread recognises how hard it is to be a developer and a marketer. If we can't market, there is no point to what we do as we will not grow.

    I am a troglodyte when it comes to marketing and a troglodyte's apprentice when it comes to graphics. For what it's worth this was my result on my first go with this program http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPar4JnjiZ0
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    Hi Mark,

    This is your fist attempt, wow!!

    Only comment, a fraction too long but the points are well made. I have a low attention span.

    What's next Mr Spielberg?
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    Omar --- Very nice. I feel inspired... is that a good thing????

    Mark thanks for the link to Sparkol.

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    I think this is a great thread. Good thinking from Mark to share this with us. We have a hard time getting our businesses to grow or even sustain it under current crisis pressures. We can use all we can get our hands on. And this really looks like it delivers the message in a way that attracts and focuses the visitor. Even if you have a short attention span (really, Keith? ). I will certainly take a further look at this and see what I can do with it. Looks very promising, thanks for the great tip Mark!

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    Hi Mark,

    Do you have a web site that describes your services? That could be a very powerful marketing tool as well. Got many projects via my web site.

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    Thanks for the link Mark!

    I signed up for the monthly Pro account. So now, along with Inkscape and OpenClipArt, I won't get ANY A5 work done! LOL
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    Got to agree on inkscape as well. Using that to help create vectors and have been amazed at how may video tutorials there are on youtube.

    Do you have a web site that describes your services?
    Yes I do - but I am a one man band that has a day job (which pays well, but I will be redundant by sept). All of this alpha stuff is a bit of a dream for me that I may one day find a little gold. I do more for nothing (mainly for philanthropic people) than anything else.

    Believe it or not my little team video has opened an unexpected door so, fingers crossed, my future, may be bright.
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    Hi Mark,

    If you decide to add more pages about Alpha Five in your web site that could help. Also you can add all video links from YouTube to your web site with description and key words, so this way you get the marketing benefit from two directions.

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    Thanks Doron. I am pretty lazy about my website. I guess I have been sated by my job too long. I will have to start doing something more current. Appreciate your feedback. Watch this space!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clunes View Post
    ... I will have to start doing something more current....
    Mark - I have recently started the rebuilding/repurposing of my web site. I would like to suggest that you take a good look at WordPress when you decide to update. Ever since version 3.0 came out, it is now way more than just a "blog"
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    I actually use a program called site spinner. Totally what you see is what you get. As a point of note I also found that it allowed me to use Alpha web code. Trouble is I have not evolved in that area either yet. I made a video about how that was done. Click here
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    I took a look at wordpress after your suggestion. very impressive. Will look at how I can make it work for me
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    great thread

    another tool worth looking at:
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    There is some valuable information on this thread!

    One parallel question ... just as important ... how are you driving traffic to your site?

    Being on the web is one thing, but how are you creating visits?

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    Ah! the chicken and egg question. My thoughts on this are I am not so sure you can actually market a website with any great success, particularly to attract the random interest searches and in particular new business. Unless you pay a premium to the search engine system. The real thing to understand in marketing is that stats will tell a good from your efforts to market is 3%. Hence the need to saturate.

    I have seen people try social media, but most people on that are there to chatter. My thoughts are a website is compliment to your selling techniques. A website is a brochure and like a brochure you have give it out, not expect people to come to it. If you put out brochures or ads, people see the web address and go there for more info. I am actually amazed how many ads do not have a web address yet they have website.

    I am also amazed how many people in small business don't have a email on the business card that has their business name in it and use things like gmail. If you have a website then your emai must be that website address as well. It is simple to do.

    I am really looking the medium of YouTube as something to help me. I find that programs like we talk about here plus another beauty called camtasia allows me put up videos on the web on YouTube to demonstrate to people with not effort. If they need to involve other they pass the link on. Do this on your own website can become very time consuming
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    Great thread and excellent Sparkol video you made Mark, very thought provoking.
    We prefer http://screencast.com/ to camtasia for videos (although I think they are the same company) also Jing is good.

    Sliderocket is another excellent resource if you prefer working in the powerpoint environment.

    Thanks for sharing,

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    Sliderocket looks very interesting ... I'll have to sign up for the trial

    Speaking of PowePoint, one that I use all the is iSpring Converter. A great way to put you PPT on the web. Not only that, but it is SCORM compliant, which means that one can export it as SCORM which can then be imported into any SCORM compliant Learning Management System and it will interact with it. For example, if one has a lesson set up whereby the student must view all the content and they try to advance without seeing all the slides, the system will not let them until they do so :)

    However, Screencast is only a place to share videos and is not an authoring environment as Camtasia and Jing (free version of Snagit) are. And yep, they are all by TechSmith What I have done now since getting hooked on VideoScribe is using Camtasia to string together a few of these and add some other features and elements.
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    Yeah, I haven't used screencast for a while, my son does that stuff now, though I am sure that there used to be a recording option on the website, maybe I am getting confused with Jing, Anyhoo...

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    One idea to leverage some of the suggestions here would be to place an ad on Craig’s List. There is a category for Services with a sub category for Computers that does not cost anything to place an ad in. At this point for me Alpha is just a hobby and I am not ready to provide any services. However just for fun, and the sake of this discussion, an ad placed there can be found at the following link:

    http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cps/3620451420.html

    There are a zillion ads placed in the Computer Services section of Craig’s list each day. Doing a search of this section with keywords a potential customer might use can bring this down to a surprisingly small number of ads.

    Seeing someone do something horribly wrong can actually be more educational than seeing something done in a manner you agree with as it makes you think. With the level of experience I have no offence would be taken towards any negative remarks about the linked Craig’s List ad, provided they are accompanied with constructive comments.

    When I do a search for services at my job, some version of internet Yellow Pages almost always comes up. Placing an ad with one of these services might be a cheaper way of getting your services linked to web searches. Doing a search on the web in the area you live with the product you want to market might give you an idea where your best bet of internet marketing dollars might lie.

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    Well this is embarrassing, my son informs me that we use screenr.com (not screencast)

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    screenr looks interesting too ... sort of a web-based, subscription version of Camtasia.
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    The plane is getting "hanger rash" while you're coding. I can see the moss on the wing tip too!
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