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Silverlight vs. Flash – which is best for video commerce?


Silverlight vs. Flash – which is best for video commerce?

I’ve noticed more people asking me about the relative merits of Flash vs. Silverlight for e-commerce video, especially since the release of Silverlight 3.0 in July.  I am not a technical expert on the differences between Flash and Silverlight, so I won’t expose my ignorance here by pretending otherwise.  Besides, a simple Google search reveals no shortage of Flash v. Silverlight comparison reports for the curious.  Smashing Magazine’s writeup is one of the better ones.  Read it here if you’re so inclined.

For most executives in e-commerce, my general read is still that the battle between Flash versus Silverlight comes …

Using video SEO to get online video discovered: a video commerce perspective


Using video SEO to get online video discovered: a video commerce perspective

Earlier today, I finally got a chance to watch a presentation co-delivered by ReelSEO Founder Mark Robertson on the subject of video SEO.  The presentation was originally delivered on July 30, 2009, and I’m sorry I missed it.  The amount of relevant, insightful information pertaining to the state of video and SEO you’ll find here is the single best amalgamation I’ve seen on the topic to date.  Browse the PPT below, and follow on with commentary as the findings pertain specifically to the video commerce industry:

- Search engines today still rely primarily on video metadata to classify and display …

Are video .GIFs used in email marketing campaigns really video?


Are video .GIFs used in email marketing campaigns really video?

Last week, I co-presented a webinar on the State of Video Email Marketing in 2009 for my non-VCC gig with Liveclicker (see embed below).  Here’s the webinar in its entirety, in case you’d like to pull any charts/stats/graphs/takeaways:

We spent a large portion of the time in the webinar discussing video .GIFs. What’s a video .GIF, you might ask?  Well, it’s basically an animated .GIF file that looks like video in the end user’s email client.  You can see an example here, here, and here. There are some important elements of video .GIFs that make them different from standard animated …

How can private label retailers produce high quality video for reasonable cost?


How can private label retailers produce high quality video for reasonable cost?

One challenge I’ve noticed repeatedly over the last year in the video commerce industry is just how much harder it is for private label retailers to grow their video programs relative to mass merchants.  Mass merchants are often able to lean more heavily on their suppliers to produce video content, which means obtaining that content is often simply a matter of creating solid processes around video content curation and ensuring the business terms for acquiring content make sense.  Private label retailers don’t have such a luxury.  For companies like LL Bean, Gap, Crate and Barrel, J Crew and others, video …

What do YouTube’s new moves re: click-to-buy overlays mean for the video commerce industry?


What do YouTube’s new moves re: click-to-buy overlays mean for the video commerce industry?

You may have heard late last month YouTube announced it would allow content owners to include their own customizable overlay links on their YouTube videos for the first time.  Note this is different than the overlays which content owners could previously opt to place on their videos that allowed YouTube to target which links appeared.  The big disadvantage of that program for online retailers was that e-commerce companies don’t benefit by allowing 3rd parties to advertise in their videos – the last thing anyone wants is to use a video that consumed precious resources to produce or acquire to …

CommerceVideos.com: Profiling eCommerce Video Shopping Experiences


CommerceVideos.com: Profiling eCommerce Video Shopping Experiences

We’re pleased to announce the launch of CommerceVideos.com, a new blog dedicated to profiling the video shopping experiences of leading online retailers.  The blog launched without much fanfare on May 27, 2009.  As opposed to the Video Commerce Consortium blog here at www.video-commerce.org, which is dedicated to video commerce thought leadership, inquiry, and video commerce best practices, or VideoRetailer.org, which is concerned primarily with video commerce industry developments and insights, CommerceVideos.com is concerned only with reviewing and critiquing how different online retailers are implementing video.  Already, three different online retailers have been profiled: JC Penney, B&H Photo/Video and …

What to expect when you hire a videographer


What to expect when you hire a videographer

When I joined FansEdge in late 2007, I knew I had a steep learning curve ahead of me. Sure, I knew my way around video production and had plenty of experience, but the professional world was a spooky place full of cubicles, new lingo, and, *gulp* -  ties! What I quickly found out was that video production was just as new and spooky to my new partners because it was an unknown. So, since my first day, a very important part of my job has been to educate those around me in the video production process with an emphasis on …

Effective trigger design for interactive video commerce


Effective trigger design for interactive video commerce

There’s been a lot of buzz recently in the blogosphere surrounding the use of interactive elements to drive up the performance of video, so it begs the question – how should video interactivity be applied to e-commerce video?  The answer, I believe, is that interactive techniques should be applied to video when shoppers are both highly motivated to engage in a behavior we as marketers are trying to drive (usually, but not always, this is a purchase), and when those same shoppers simultaneously have a high ability to complete the behavior.

If the idea sounds just a bit academic, that’s …

eBags sends first video email campaign, sales up 65.5% so far…


eBags sends first video email campaign, sales up 65.5% so far…

I normally don’t post such short posts, but wanted to share this tweet from eBags co-founder Peter Cobb that just popped up on my feed:

Happy Selling!…

Fully Leveraging Product Video


Fully Leveraging Product Video

In my previous post regarding Product Video ROI I spoke to the need for video to be accompanied by a plan to drive traffic to that video – page views by far have the strongest impact on positive video ROI. We often speak of the ‘conversion lift’ video provides, but let’s not forget we’re talking about converting visitors to customers. ‘Visitors’ are the foundation of that equation. Video may lift your average conversion an astounding 200%, but 200% of nothing is nothing.  In order to have your video contribute to the bottom line, you need eyeballs on that video.

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