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Get your hotel on the tube – Part II – Lowering the bar

August 2, 2011 · Leave a Comment

I was going to make part two of my articles on video (part one is here) about equipment, but then I realized something… There is a high likelihood that you simply will not consider creating your own video because you are under the impression that it will hurt your brand. Let’s face it, you are not a professional director, much less a seasoned camera operator and you might not even consider yourself good at creative marketing. Using “home brew” video to promote your hotel is going to be a disaster right?

Take a look at the video below. It’s from the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The Peabody is an institution in the southern US. This world renowned hotel posts home-made videos on YouTube, and so can you.

I could point out that the lighting in that first shot was horrible, or that whoever was operating the camera in the zoo had a serious case of the jitters. But did you notice that? It’s a brilliant video that shows family friendly fun in Memphis while promoting the hotel! The fact that it was produced in-house only adds to the authenticity.

You can do the same thing! All it takes is a half decent camera and some creativity! Start shooting already! And when you are done, let us know where to find your video!

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Get your hotel on the tube! (part one)

July 20, 2011 · 1 Comment

Video is super easy these days. Honestly, if I can do it, so can you! Look at the video below this text. It took me 10 minutes to create and less than a minute to throw it up here! Other than the camera used, this was entirely done using free tools available from around the web. And frankly, this being essentially a slide show, it didn’t even require a video camera.

Besides the obvious “everyone is doing it”, there are some very good reasons to get a video of your property online.

  • It adds authenticity to your product
  • A picture is worth a 1000 words
  • It’s good for SEO
  • It gives consumers another way to contact you
  • A video is easy to share

People still pay more mind to visual information. I can describe my product as an “environmentally luxurious duffel bag” but as soon as I show a picture they will know it’s a burlap sac. Instead of telling you about a green car I can show you an image and instantly give you much more information than I could trying to describe it. More content online will (if done correctly) give you better results in the search engines. Your video on YouTube may spark discussion among your (potential) guests for which there is no place on your own web site and, video sharing sites aren’t called video sharing sites without reason.

Even so, a lot of people think that video is either difficult, or expensive, or both. The truth is that video is as pricy and as complicated as you want it to be. Most people own a video camera already and don’t even realize it. If your laptop is less than two years old, it most likely includes a webcam that is capable of fairly decent recordings. Likewise, your smart-phone probably does video (and a lot of them offer HD). A dedicated video camera doesn’t have to cost more than 200 dollars.

Putting your video online has also become super easy. How else do you think that 24 hours worth of video is added to YouTube every 60 seconds?

In upcoming articles here on this blog I plan to tackle some of the stuff that is helpful in putting your hotel video online. Meanwhile, if you are one of the champs that has already done so, leave a link in the comments so that others can get inspired by your work!

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