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I’m an addict. Really, I am. In fact, I’m probably the poster child for the modern addiction to electronic media. I carry my smartphone everywhere. Usually I have my iPad and Chromebook with me too. And I always have some electronic device when watching TV. Sometimes I find myself checking email on one device, when I’d just checked it on another. Crazy. It takes conscious,...

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There’s been a trend over the last few years in web design: video backgrounds. Instead of static image or color, the background is an actual video that plays fullscreen. It isn’t something I see every day, but in certain sectors they’ve become quite popular. If the idea interests you, make sure you consider the following five things before you rush out and make a video. ...

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I've never been crazy about watching online videos. At least not ones used for marketing.  I write about video marketing all the time. I've created scripts and the videos themselves. But in my own explorations online I always avoided watching video if I could. I'm a text person I guess. I'd rather read a web page, or skim it really, than have to sit through a...

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If you’ve looked at Facebook, Twitter or YouTube lately you probably noticed something they now have in common: All videos autoplay. When you search through your Facebook feed all those cute kittens, dogs, sheep, and kids get moving as soon as you scroll far enough to see them. YouTube now has autoplay on by default for all videos and Twitter is testing it in your...

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Who’s to blame when video streaming experiences aren’t good? If you’re watching a major streaming service like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, or others, they will probably point the finger at your ISP. Or your home network configuration. Or maybe even your device. These companies are heavily invested in online video so they know the formats are correct. They know they can support just about every device...

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Rokenbok has to be one of the coolest lines of toys invented. They make building toys and moving vehicles in miniature. And while Lego is much more popular, Rokenbok is definitely cooler. That’s probably why their toys were only available at specialty toy shops. That, and the fact they cost significantly more than most Lego sets. About ten or twelve years ago, I bought several sets for...

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I've written a lot about understanding your video hosting options. Depending on what you're trying to achieve, you could use public, private, or a combination of hosting solutions. One place you should always use private hosting is on your website. That's because you can customise the look and feel of the player to match your website, avoid unwanted adverts, and control what videos people see in...

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One of the biggest factors in the success of your video marketing is whether or not your content, format, and message resonates with your target audience. There are many online videos and even TV adverts that leave me wondering “What was that marketing team thinking?” Often they are well made, but just have me raising an eyebrow in confusion, dismay or amusement (not in the...

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We’ve talked quite a bit about smartphones in terms of form factor, browser support, and operating systems. If this new chart from Statista is correct, then soon there won’t be much talk about operating systems. There really will only be two choices: Android or iOS. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="800"] You will find more statistics at Statista[/caption] The play on words for duopoly is almost more a monopoly...

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