Business Benefits of an Inbound Marketing Strategy Via Video, Blogging and Social Media.

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The benefits of inbound marketing via blogs, social media, content publishing, and search engine optimization grows stronger with each passing year, and statistics now show it surpassing outbound marketing both in effectiveness and cost per lead.   A recent survey of 644 companies entitled, The State of Inbound Marketing, shows a shift in marketing budgets away from the conventional outbound tactics of direct mailings, phone solicitations, and print marketing.
Instead, companies are opting for marketing sources that bring in customers who are actively looking for information about their products online.  The Internet has become the vehicle of choice and convenience driven by consumers searching for products and services through blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  And, all of these approaches utilize multimedia to increase organic search results and pull-in active consumers.

This survey distributed by HubSpot showed that the more companies directed their efforts towards inbound marketing, the greater the reward in the form of more leads at a lower cost per lead.  Specifically the data showed that outbound marketing efforts cost $373 per lead, while inbound marketing efforts cost $143 per lead.  In a struggling economy this is a price differential which has not gone unnoticed by businesses.  In the survey, most companies said they plan to expand their use of inbound marketing in 2011 because of past successes in this arena.  In fact, 27% of these companies consider blogging, social media usage critical to their businesses, and 85% dubbed these mediums either “useful”, “important”, or “critical”.

Pawpro Media produces high quality, creative videos that motivate and cause consumers to respond.  Video is a critical and cost-effective element in an inbound marketing strategy.

Pawpro Hears and Sees the Whos of Horton’s Kids

What’s that sound? It’s not coming from a dust speck, people! It’s coming from the great efforts of Horton’s Kids, a Capitol Hill based organization which provides tutoring and support to students and families of the lowest-performing schools of Ward 8 in Washington, DC. Pawpro Media will be producing a series of videos for this great organization led by Brenda Chamberlain, and founded by Karin Walser. It’s only fitting that we make this announcement on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

While filling her car with gas in 1989, Karin had a chance encounter with a group of children from this troubled area of our nation’s capital, and it inspired her to recognize their need as well as their presence in the shadow of her everyday life working on Capitol Hill. It was as if they were calling out, We are here! We are here! We are here! just as the tiny Who’s in Who-ville did in the infamous Dr. Suess book, Horton Hears a Who.

For 20 years Horton’s Kids has advocated, transported, and enriched the lives of these neediest of children with educational tutoring, mentoring as well as the basic necessities of food and clothing when necessary. Horton’s Kids’ work is funded entirely by donations. Please visit hortonskids.org/donate.html if you would like to make a donation.

Pawpro pays a visit to Library of Congress Open House

Great Hall

Monday Pawpro took advantage of the biannual open house offered in the Main Reading Room of  The Library of Congress within the Thomas Jefferson Building just across the street from the U.S. Capitol.  What a great space surrounded by an ever-growing collection of print materials so vast it boggles the mind.  The Library of Congress calls it, ” . . . the world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, with 145 million items in its collections . . .”  I overheard one employee saying the collection grows by 10,000 pieces daily!  And, yes they still have a functioning card catalog which has become less of a research tool and more of a historical relic for young visitors.

One room of the card catalogue
Main Reading Room

One twenty-something aged girl proudly boasted of using a card catalog once in her short-lived,  past.  Never fear all volumes and collections are now searchable in a digital directory that took 12 years to complete, which might be the definitive data entry hell.

One of the major attractions is the personal library of Thomas Jefferson provided by the former president as a replacement following the burning of the congressional library during the War of 1812.  Of the 6,000 plus books in the collection, some 2,000 are the actual books Jefferson possessed.  The others were lost in subsequent fires in 19th Century.  The impressive site is preserved behind glass enclosed, climate controlled bookshelves, so visitors make walk around on all sides.  The collection is augmented by a series of kiosks, which describe the intimate details of the collection such as the gifted book from John Adams with a handwritten note to Jefferson following a period of estrangement between the two Founding Fathers.

Pawpro working with McEnearney Associates Realtors

Theresa Graham - Return HomePawpro will be working with McEnearney Associates Realtors to produce promotional and inspirational video content for the company’s Website.  The first will feature Executive Vice President, David Hawkins and the Alexandria office.  McEnearney plans to utilize video to keep it’s brokers and clients informed about the Washington Area’s fast-moving market tides.

Pawpro has previously produced video home tours for McEnearney brokers Theresa Graham and Deb Pietras.

Pawpro to produce video for Educational Connections tutoring service in the DC Metro Region.

Pawpro is set to produce a video for one of the leading educational tutoring services in the Washington, DC area.  Ann Dolin, a former Fairfax County public school teacher and author of the book, “Homework Made Simple”, started this entrepreneurial business in 1998.  Twelve years later her company, Educational Connections, is on-track to gross $1.45 million this year, and employs 150 tutors serving students all over the DC region.

Top Reasons to Add Video to Your Marketing and Web Presence in 2011

Assuming you read Pawpro’s Top Ten Reasons You Need Video on Your Website . . . Seriously post–enough joking around.  The REAL top reasons to add video to your marketing and Website content:

1.  Internet users do watch video–71% of them, to be exact.  It cannot be overstated, on multiple levels video enhances your Web presence to search engines and individuals searching.

2.  Search engines rank sites with video higher than sites without it.  In a first see, first serve world, why would you knowingly place your Website lower in search results?

3.  Substantially cheaper than print marketing.  More and more, consumers seek news, information, and commerce online.

4.  Better bang for the buck.  Video has a far longer shelf-life than print marketing, if produced correctly.

5.  Video transcends the impersonal aspects of the online consumer experience.  A personal touch separates you from the crowd.

6.  Video engages and prompts responses from the viewer at rates 4 to 7 times higher than still imagery.

SOURCES:

(1) HGA Creative Communications via Facebook, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Top Ten Reasons You Need Video on Your Web Page–Seriously!!

  1. Does not stain your teeth.
  2. Just now coming to terms with the idea that your VHS movie collection is worthless.
  3. You’ve secretly wanted to find a way to get the entire office to do a dance routine on camera.
  4. You’ve got the music in you.
  5. This is the only way you can get Snooki to respond to your tweets.
  6. So you can forget about the Redskins’ latest loss.
  7. Think you might have a shot at the Tonight Show since Jay’s back as host.
  8. Trying to find Candy Mountain.
  9. Need an excuse for all the time you spend on YouTube.
  10. Rejected from Dancing with the Stars, yet again.

Lunar Spectacular: Simultaneous Total Lunar Eclipse and Winter Solstice

If you missed the total lunar eclipse on Dec. 21 see it here at Pawpro Media.  Pawpro stayed up to see the simultaneous astronomical events of a total lunar eclipse on the Winter Solstice, which hasn’t occurred since the 17th Century–372 year ago.  This footage was shot just outside of Washington, DC.

In 2010, there was also a partial lunar eclipse back on June 26.  If you’re interested in astronomy and have an iPad or iPhone, we recommend the app pUniverse on iTunes.  For novices it offers a GPS driven virtual sky which graphically maps the night’s constellations based on the direction you hold up your iPad.  No more guessing whether you have identified the correct star.  The more experienced astronomer will appreciate the Astronomy News feature which highlights upcoming stargazing events.  Get the Polaris out of here!

Click to see Lunar Eclipse Footage

Pawpro Submits Video in “Today’s Viral Video Challenge”

Contest entry page

Pawpro is stepping up to The Today Show plate.  On October 29, 2010 The Today Show announced a competition to produce the next great viral video using clips provided by Today mixed with or without your own original video, artwork, or music.  The clips provided were generally funny outtakes from The Today Show in production including hosts Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Hoda Kotb, and Kathy Lee Gifford.

Pawpro submitted a 40 second high energy video that we would love to show you, but can’t because of the competition’s rules.  Pawpro fingers are crossed as we wait for the results.  We’ll keep you posted.

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Pawpro Media is offering a 10% discount for first time clients on their first video project.  Mention this offer when you contact us.

Whether it’s a promotional video for your Website, a video home tour, an athletic recruitment/highlight reel, or a fundraising video, Pawpro Media produces high quality, creative video content.