Feedback on my video please

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Hi peeps,

I'm going to be doing a bunch of new things on my blog soon and a fellow warrior recently kindly created me a new video to promote my blog.

If anyone has the time to quickly check it out and let me know your thoughts - I'd appreciate it.


Thanks

Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author Pipinscott
    Wow, nice job. A little long for a "check me out" ad. But I am impressed none the less.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    For a promo in that style, it's too long. Think
    TV Advert slot.. 30 seconds at most.

    I'd have included some content in the form
    of a short "lesson" to demonstrate how you
    add value rather than all the hypey stuff.

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  • Profile picture of the author kelvin yeo
    Hey Andy:

    Nicely put together video! Very professional and slick. I especially like the change in tempo.

    As for content, if the goal is to get folks to click thru to your blog, I'd say it needs to give more reason or cause to the potential visitor to do so. Stating you're a 10 year veteran is a start but maybe more "proof" (how many folks you've helped, testimonies, income proof, etc). Also the only benefit put across is the not costing a cent point, so maybe adding in more benefits would motivate more click-thrus.

    Agree with John that it's a bit too long. Especially for a single message (check me out). Maybe 30 secs to a minute tops.

    My 2 cents' worth...
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  • Profile picture of the author backdoor23
    Good video...here are my thoughts

    -90 seconds should be max
    -white text is sometimes too small and in one scene it is on top of white background (at beginning)
    -when you are talking in the background I can't understand anything you are saying
    -too many stock images/footage of people, I think re-enforcing the message with text and screen shots would do the trick better

    but like I said before, pretty good, how much did this cost?
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  • Profile picture of the author AmyBrown
    In addition to what's been said above, when you start to speak you're almost drowned out by the music. In short, I'd suggest more Andy and less flash.
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    Yea seems a good video also but I couldnt hear very well what was being said either
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    thanks a lot for the feedback so far.

    @Kelvin - as you know, I'm not a flashy person so I don't like showing income and talking about myself, but I understand where you're coming from with the comments and I'll need to do something more along those lines.

    I'll cut the video down to several smaller versions, so that one is the long version that I'll base others on.

    I hadn't thought about the audio level when it shows my blog, I wasn't really expecting that people who listen to what it said and I already knew

    Thanks again.

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    • Profile picture of the author kelvin yeo
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      thanks a lot for the feedback so far.

      @Kelvin - as you know, I'm not a flashy person so I don't like showing income and talking about myself, but I understand where you're coming from with the comments and I'll need to do something more along those lines.

      Andy
      Andy:

      I do realize you're not the flashy sort. I sorta put myself in the shoes of the typical target visitor whom I assume hasn't had any previous contact with you before. So he or she is likely to be asking "who's this guy", "does he know what he's talking about", "what do I get out of investing time reading his blog". I believe addressing these questions positively is what's going to get those visitors clicking through.

      All the best mate!

      Cheers

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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
        It hits a lot of great points but its too long. I keep waiting for the rock loop to resolve. I really like the effects, very clean.
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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
          Yikes, Andy.

          I realize I may not be your target market, but I hated the promo vid

          For me, the text was often difficult to read, the background images looked like some generic film stock and the music was unnecessary and, as others have said, drowned out your voice.

          And it was too long.

          If I were a newbie, I think I'd like to hear more from the person behind the blog and what you could offer me.

          A bit more like this video:

          YouTube - Blogwelcome




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          • Profile picture of the author silotiko
            Very nicely done, I do agree with the others as far as when you were giving the snippet of your blog, you were being drowned out by the music. I would also suggest using less images of people and more images of people at desks, using computers, thing of that nature. And as mentioned on another post, instead of text a voice over would be the icing on the cake.
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          • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
            Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post


            A bit more like this video:

            YouTube - Blogwelcome


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            I like what you did there
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  • Profile picture of the author Kory Pearman
    I like it, the ONLY thing I disagree with is the music swap. At first it was all slow and touching then you jumped straight to some rock kinda theme.

    Other than that, good job.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by korypearman View Post

      I like it, the ONLY thing I disagree with is the music swap. At first it was all slow and touching then you jumped straight to some rock kinda theme.

      Other than that, good job.
      That seems to be like Marmite - some people love it, some hate it.

      Maybe I need two versions

      Thanks

      Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
    Thoughts (other than we clearly love the graphics, it's slick)

    These are constructive ok!

    1) Too long. MUCH too long. If you are advertising free tips on a blog put it up front. 30-45 seconds tops. Then end it.

    2) Audio of you speaking barely audible.

    3) I'd suggest voice-over instead of the text. It would take less time. But if you use text move it a bit faster. Some slides were up way too long.

    Refine it and you have a winner.
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  • Profile picture of the author WealthWinners
    Too long, too loud. Nice video work though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
      Andy,

      The blue tie takes years off your looks...I'd keep it

      It's a tad long on time, and a tad short on pulling the old emotional strings.

      Good quality in the vid, though.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kelly Verge
    For a promo video it should be shorter and "tighter."

    Perhaps do half of the low-key music with the failure stuff...

    ...end the sappy music with a record scratch...

    ...go right into the powerful stuff at 1:05 skipping all of the rest...

    ...end with the scene starting at 2:05 to the very end.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    I like the overall concept/feel..

    Like others though, I think it's too long... short, sharp injection would be my preference..

    Peace

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  • Profile picture of the author Desmond Ong
    Hey Andy,

    I would suggest you to make that first image on 0.10 seconds of the video to actually be a moving image.

    and as most of the warriors already pointed out, the audio. :-)

    best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Ok - Thanks to your feedback so far, I'm working on a new version.

    There are some elements which are a little restricted by the tools in use creating the video, and some things (like the audio on my blog) are difficult to change because it was actually a windy day when I did that and I used my FlipMino, so the wind noise means I can't do much with that audio -I might redo some videos for that later too.

    But your comments are a great help.

    As an aside, I was going to dig out some testimonials to include - but rather than use old ones that I've collected over the years, if anyone feels they're able to give me a short testimonial about how I've helped them create/improve their income from their business - If you could PM me I'd really appreciate it and am happy to include a link to your site in it.

    Thanks again for the great feedback so far.

    Andy
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    Testimonial:

    Andy Henry has helped me to significantly
    increase the size of my phone bill.

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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

      Testimonial:

      Andy Henry has helped me to significantly
      increase the size of my phone bill.

      John Taylor
      You should see my phone bill - I usually call you - with my mobile
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      Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

      Testimonial:

      Premium Rate 0870 services helped me to significantly
      increase the size of my phone bill.

      John Taylor
      There ya go.. fixed
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  • Profile picture of the author Shana_Adam
    Very professional and not oily video!
    only problem its too long - people will click off before it finishes

    so to shorten it would be best
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  • Profile picture of the author DependableTrader
    Video is very well done. I was impressed. However, I agree with some of the others about the music compared to the voice, its a little loud. I have to say, it did compel me to go to your website address. Good luck with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruddy
    Hey Andy, did you use any video marketing service for this?
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by Ruddy View Post

      Hey Andy, did you use any video marketing service for this?
      it was a fellow warrior who was being nice to me.

      i think she'll be offering her services to warriors soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mukul Verma
    - Timing was long for this type of video, I suggest 45 seconds tops
    - very professional looking
    - words move fast, hard to read (or I am slow)
    - blur effect may bug people
    - If you put this on any pages outside a video site, I suggest anchor text top and bottom, so people can go to your site when they are ready
    - at 1:04 you mentioned your site, leave the website name on there from that point forward

    I look it looked really really good.
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  • Profile picture of the author squadron
    mmmm, I think the message got overwhelmed by the production values. A nice talk to camera could achieve the same thing in 30 seconds and generate more trust. As a baby-boomer I found the heavy rock music a bit grating. I couldn't even hear what Andy was saying over the music.

    Videos can be a bit like web sites, you can waste a lot of time on how they look rather than what they say and how they say it.

    But enough about what we think, make a shorter and simpler video and then run a split test to see which converts better.

    PS, I'd also put the url at the start of the video so impatient prats like me can go straight to the site !
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Nice video. I take it the programme is mostly stock footage, but it's nicely lit and well presented.

    A few points ...

    1. Like other posters, I agree the video is way too long. Something like this should be 90 secs to one minute max.

    2. The second music clip is totally wrong for a promo like this IMHO. I found it really jarring, and had me reaching for the volume control. Try something with a pulsing, up-beat by all means, but drop the heavy metal guitar.

    3. The pneumatic drill sound effect as the text drops down didn't do anything for me either.

    4. Your voice is totally drowned out by the music. Try ending this piece with with you speaking to camera, and lower the music track under it.

    If you were to cut down the sequence between 0:26 and 1:07, drop everything after 1:20, and end with you saying "I'm Andy Henry, and welcome to my blog" to camera, I think it would work a lot better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Thanks a lot for all of your honest and concise feedback.

    If you don't mind - I'll show you the revised version when it's done, I'm living in a hotel with my laptop right now so I don't think it'll include any more video of me but I will do more later when I get back to my main computers.

    Thanks

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    With videos like these you can test them - put them on youtube and once you get enough hits you can see the stats to see when people clicked off the video - how many etc. And if they are doing it more or less than the average video. That will tell you what you want to know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Still working on it, but here's the latest cut:


    Any thoughts?

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  • Profile picture of the author Paullowjl
    Pretty good video.
    Nice job!
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    Andy..

    There is a picture on 0:43 .. your eyes scare the sh** out of me.. looks a bit spooky.

    I like it as it moves on and you talk a little, really like how you get involved like that. I was expecting to have to sit through a slideshow type piece with just the text, so when you pop up and talk.. it's good.

    I'm not too fond of the music you have picked.... not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing though

    Same as earlier, though, I do like the overall focus/feel of the ad....

    Peace

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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      Andy..

      There is a picture on 0:43 .. your eyes scare the sh** out of me.. looks a bit spooky.

      I like it as it moves on and you talk a little, really like how you get involved like that. I was expecting to have to sit through a slideshow type piece with just the text, so when you pop up and talk.. it's good.

      I'm not too fond of the music you have picked.... not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing though

      Same as earlier, though, I do like the overall focus/feel of the ad....

      Peace

      Jay
      HAHA

      I remember that one - It was in Singapore and I was with Ewen Chia and Mark Joyner having dinner, someone pointed my camera at us and I was pulling faces -it caught me opening my eyes a bit too much

      I wondered if anyone else would notice that.

      Thanks

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      • Profile picture of the author 4Highflyers
        Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

        I wondered if anyone else would notice that.
        I just did - thought you might be out on release for the day
        with your 2 nurses!

        Anyhoo, 2 rusty and tarnished old cents...

        Great polish, but personally think you can get it trimmed down to
        a minute, Andy. I like the score, but lacks a bit of punch maybe
        that's helping elongate the rest? Perhaps up the tempo of that
        track?

        imho you could halve the slides running up to your excellent solo
        performance and still integrate the messages well...

        ...and on the text itself - not sure why your creator used such a
        small font size: if you ever want to use the vid in a smaller format,
        it's going to get pretty cramped. Quick example...

        Turn to Andy smaller example...

        Also - there are 2 points where 'Turn To Andy' is featured and
        you could add the '.com' (at least as an after fade or something).

        They're natural subtle ad points for the website, which only
        gets shown at the end.

        Bit quicker pace and some more editing and i'll be joining myself
        Congrats - it's going to do you proud!

        ...Also - can you splash in a bit of you playing the drums too?
        Maybe use Phil Collins' in the air tonight for that bit

        Best,
        Adam

        PS...

        Hope to catch you at a future London Lunch again.
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        • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
          Originally Posted by 4Highflyers View Post

          ...Also - can you splash in a bit of you playing the drums too?
          Maybe use Phil Collins' in the air tonight for that bit
          I love that idea it would be fun to do to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mukul Verma
    This video made much better, I love the flow if the video and how the use gets to know you through the video and it builds on that. The blurs are still a little much on my eyes and speed. I would suggest having a bigger call for action at the end. Say GO NOW TO www... instead of just the site name

    Also I did not notice the people in the picture til you mentioned it in this thread, I went back and looked at it. That gives you creditability. This guy works with two big IM, WOW!!! Now you have more creditability with me. See if there is some way to maybe touch on who they are.

    This was a really well done video.

    Mukul
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    • Profile picture of the author backdoor23
      drastic improvement! you could roll with that and be proud for sure..

      any improvement going fwd would be splitting hairs imo...
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Andy, IMO that's MUCH better!

      Big improvement with the music and the graphics and we get to see more of the man behind the blog

      Although I had to do a double-take when I thought I read "Andy Henry is a 10-year-old internet marketer



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      • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        Andy, IMO that's MUCH better!

        Big improvement with the music and the graphics and we get to see more of the man behind the blog

        Although I had to do a double-take when I thought I read "Andy Henry is a 10-year-old internet marketer



        Frank
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