32 Lessons For Online Video Social Media Marketing Success

I have previously mentioned Gary Vaynerchuk’s story and how he grew his family wine business from $4 Million to $45 Million using  online video and social media. He started as the co-owner of a wine store in New Jersey. He gained fame as the host of Wine Library TV, a video blog on the subject of wine, built his wine store into a multi-million dollar business and established his personal brand with TV appearances and speaking engagements around the world.

We will look more extensively on some of the lessons he has learned on his adventure, that may inspire you and motivate you to take your company and brand to the next level, using social media and online video.

  1. Blog about your passion: Focus on what you love to do. Find your passion and start blogging about it. By doing what you love, you will be more dedicated, more genuine and you will have more enthusiasm. Your readers, your viewers will notice this. Publishing great content will be easier. Sharing your knowledge and experience will be easier. Making the content unique, interesting and useful to your target group will be easier, as long as you do what you love. Then, find a way to monetise it.
  2. Put your face in front of people: Gary V’s way “Answer every single email and every single comment on your blog for the rest of your freaking life”
  3. Don’t be a faceless corporation: Show your face, show your personality. Make it easy for your audience to reach you. Have a Twitter account. Listen to what your readers say. Interact with your audience. Show your appreciation by answering comments / e-mails / tweets you get.
  4. Spread the word: “Content is king but marketing is queen and the queen runs the household”Many bloggers just publish a post and wait for visitors and subscribers to be handed to them on a silver platter. That is too passive. You can’t sit around waiting for people to find your blog, you need to find them, help them out, show them the value you create and win them one by one.
  5. Be different and eccentric: Do not be afraid to be seen as different, or even eccentric. Being different or eccentric in the crowded world of blogs is the strength. Gary Vaynerchuk is very hyperactive and has a very high energy level in his video blogs. He is very direct and doesn’t censor himself, which makes him very authentic and inspirational to follow.
  6. Create a dedicated tribe following you: He says “With you and a little bit of me, we’re changing the wine world, whether they like it or not”
  7. Be part of the conversation and connect and listen to your audience: You are a part of the dialog and you are making your customers part of a greater community. You build fans one by one. You show that you care, you give your customers someone they can trust and you lead your tribe towards a better place.
  8. Go where competitors don’t go: Vaynerchuk leveraged modern technology to reach young wine audience. His video blog caught the attention of a demographic new to wine, at the time when none of competitors cared about Internet, video blogging or social media. To stand out and to differentiate yourself in a blogging world that is saturated with text, you can expand by using video and audio for content and message delivery.
  9. Pump out content consistently: “Pump out content – if you don’t produce something every day you’ll be out hustled”Gary Vaynerchuk started his video blog and has remained dedicated and very consistent in producing content and recording multiple video blogs every week for several years now. Creating content regularly builds trust and dependability and gives readers a reason to subscribe and check back often and follow you. He puts out 5 video blogs a week. (John Chow puts out 4-5 blogs a day)
  10. Relentlessly promote: He promotes himself and his Wine Library TV Vlog, where he “brings the thunder” to wine reviews, smashing the preconceived notions that wine appreciation has to be snooty. Watch enough episodes and you not only will you get to know wines, you’re liable to become a NY Jets fan.
  11. Learn how to use online video: Immerse Yourself in The Online Video Platforms, Wine Library TV is almost a masterclass in vlogging. It’s lo-fi without feeling that way. It’s a direct reflection of Vaynerchuk’s high-energy, passion and sincerity. And Vaynerchuk is a master of social media, using blogs, Twitter, social networks — anything that invites users and keeps them active in the show and his world.
  12. Have patience: Building a business, a brand is not a sprint it is a marathon, its not about building a landing page and making millions.
  13. Work hard: He works 15 hour days If you really want it, 7 o’clock at night, to 2 in the morning is plenty of time to do damage after you have finished your day job.
  14. Marketing is about the 2 C’s, content and community. Don’t forget about that second C – Community – and think of your audience as human beings, not nameless, faceless potential for ROI
  15. Social media are just tools to help you engage with your community. They don’t make the difference, you make the difference. Use the tools to interact with your community. Word of mouth is incredible for building your brand, and social media amplifies your WOM reach.
  16. Show you care: Big corporations “don’t get it” because they don’t care about their company. But be glad the mainstream “doesn’t get it” because this is your opportunity to get ahead of the game. Build your equity, build your brand, before they get here.
  17. Don’t spend time controlling your message: You can’t control your message on the web, get clear and spend your time fixing your message so it makes sense.
  18. Stop doing stuff you hate: You can lose just as much money being happy as hell.
  19. You have to hustle and want it more than everyone else .
  20. You need a business model: So look at all the different ways you can make some cash along the way. The book “Free”  by Chris Anderson, lists 50 different business models that may give you inspiration.
  21. Keep in mind you are creating a “body of work”: Legacy is greater than currency – but you have to create it and the web as a big copying  machine, records and keeps it and spreads it.
  22. The Gatekeepers are losing control. Befoore the Internet and Social Media you had to get past the gatekeepers the PA’s, agents and middlemen. Now you can get your video in front of them via “multiple social media channels” like Facebook,YouTube and Twitter
  23. Believe in what you’re doing: whether it’s your personal brand, or the product you represent – or you need to get out now.
  24. Everyone is going to be consuming content everywhere: So put your content into as many types of platforms and mediums as possible
  25. Personal Brand Has become increasingly important: Create brand equity in yourself.
  26. Get out and network: Online and Offline
  27. Use As Many Tools as you can: Connect to your user base anyway you can, everywhere you can, as often as you can to multiply your effort.
  28. Niches can go crazy: Find a niche you love. The web has made the ability to create micro niches extremely profitable as we now have a global village where you can sell online 24/7 worldwide.
  29. Comment on blogs and video Blogs: Leave a solid response that shows you understand the space and put in the first comment then everone who reads the blog will see you first at the end of the blog.
  30. Produce a show and own your niche: It’s a gold rush out there
  31. Use Viddler instead of YouTube: You can add your own logo to Viddler
  32. Uploading to YouTube is a huge mistake (says Gary): You’re promoting their brand, not yours.

These lessons aren’t an easy act to follow, but just applying some of them will get you well on the way. How are you planning to use social media and online video for your brand?


Sure, Vaynerchuk’s having a good time, but all that fun is work. He relentlessly promotes himself and his Wine Library TV vlog, where he “brings the thunder” to wine reviews, smashing the preconceived notions that wine appreciation has to be snooty. Watch enough episodes and you not only will you get to know wines, you’re liable to become a NY Jets fan.

Wine Library TV is almost a masterclass in vlogging. It’s lo-fi without feeling that way. It’s a direct reflection of Vaynerchuk’s high-energy, passion and sincerity. And Vaynerchuk is a master of social media, using blogs, Twitter, social networks — anything that invites users and keeps them active in the show and his world.

Comments

  • Julie

    Love your blog Jeff… great content on a regular basis. That’s a rare find in my opinion. Keep up the superb work! I read every post.

  • http://tromlerconstruction.wordpress.com Tom Arstingstall

    Great post Jeff! Lots of good stuff said here. Loved the part about passion; do what you love doing.

    Thanks again Jeff

  • http://brookevstheworld.com Brooke vs. the World

    Great tips! I’m hoping to do more vlogging so these will help me to better attack my project :)

  • http://kathudson.com Kat.

    awesome blog post! i definitely got some great insights! thanks

  • http://abd-essamad.blogspot.com/ Abdessamad (DotComExpert)

    Hi,
    thank you so much for the usefl information

  • http://www.onlineandoff.net zanade mann

    You are so on point with this blog! Personal Branding has become so important that it cannot be ignored. All companies need a face. It makes the customer feel at ease to know that they can connect with you on Twitter or Facebook.

    It is always best to personalize your small business and gain community…because that trumps indirect marketing and vague replies to unknown buyers. Get involved with your customer using all forms of social media. It takes time and a love for your craft to succeed!

  • http://womanzworld.com Natalie

    So on point, 32 times to be exact. Some really great insights here and glad I found your blog. Just love reading every day about how people are being their true authentic self on line and doing what they love.

    Keep rockin!

  • http://www.ckwrites.com Christopher P Korody

    Love the observation about the gate keepers losing control – been working on that for years LOL

    Seriously, with the exponential proliferation of user generated content (UGC…. surely we can do better) the genie is out of the bottle and all the kings horses cannot put him back in (that is known as a mashed up fairy tale)

    All in all quite an inspiring pep talk! Where on earth do you find the time?

    best,
    ckwrites

  • http://www.10thstep.com Wayne

    Hi Jeff, Loving following the blog and the updates on twitter really great work

  • http://www.essentiallyfit.com/blog Wess Murray

    Thanks so much for this. Very informative.

    It’s easy to forget how a simple thing as responding to message can make or break your marketing message.

  • Myra Davis

    Really great article and I enjoyed reading all your blog great job Jeff .

  • http://nashandassociates.com Brian Nash

    Bravo once more, Jeff. Tight and full of great comments. So glad I subscribe to your posts. Each day brings either new thoughts or reminds me of things I shouldn’t forget – like today’s post. Keep it flowing!

  • http://www.susannepenfoldsocialmediaconsultant.co.uk Susanne penfold

    Thanks Jeff for another great post, I’m off to open my Viddler account and to upload some video’s. :)

  • http://twitter.com/fitzternet John Fitzgerald

    Great article, though I strongly (yet respectfully) disagree with #32.

    YouTube opens up your work to a huge audience that can stumble upon your work by accident. Viddler may be fine for building your brand among fans, but YouTube is a wider audience – some of whom might love your work but never would have found it. Kind of like the difference between public access TV and a spot on primetime network TV. Kinda…

    The branding of YT videos isn’t an issue if you build up enough of a following to get a Partner account. If you create a large body of work (#21), this should eventually happen. At that point, you can upload your logo, etc.

    Also, don’t YT videos show up well in Google searches? That’s always been my experience.

    • SeymourResults

      YouTube is owned by Google. YouTube is the 2nd largest Search engine behind Google. And yes… YouTube videos positively impact your Google search rankings.

  • http://twitter.com/Almost60Really Paula Lee Bright

    Hey, I enjoyed it so much! Learned a lot, even though much was review.

    Also got an unexpected lesson. #20! Mentioned a guy, a book, a site/blog. Went there, he’s on hiatus, but should follow on Twitter (nope, none of the tweets had anything to do with my goals) or DIY something (about remote control planes, or???) nothing to do with me…so I downloaded the free mp3 of his book, gave up on learning anything more from him, and MAY remember some time to find the time to listen. But I doubt it. Yet I am sure it’s a worthwhile book. But I’m not “a listener.”

    Lesson learned? It’s true what they say! If you’re not around, online, you’re not anything. Bummer, but true! Usually when I find a neat new book I follow the person, buy the book, check out their Facebook page, get all turned on about their ideas as I read, become a fan and support them, and so on and on and on. But this guy is gone. Result? Not buying the book. Won’t see his next book, if/when it comes out. Doubt he’ll make a dime off me.

    Is it a valuable lesson? I don’t know. But it was my takeaway! Also, I DO want to be on YouTube. For sure! But ADORE Gary Vee, and yes, he’s even tweeted with me. 😀

  • SeymourResultsinfo

    Jeff,
    Interestingly, you did this in a textual blog post. It would be fun to see a quick video of this.
    Thanks for the excellent tips. I am going to share your post in my seminar today.

    Cynthia

  • Tangible Words

    You hear all the time that you should start your business with a 5 year exit strategy in mind. 

    I think a lot of people are scared to show the face behind the business because the fear is that “if you are your business, there is no business without you.”

    Perhaps while you are getting started it’s more important to be yourself, let people get to know you; and deal with your asset management later?

  • Anonymous

    Wow……….. these are really looking just mind blowing lessons for Online video Social media marketing success. As the post content and features are fabulously looking with full of elegance. And the regarding knowledge is extremely looking just most essential information. This one is massively looking one of the unique experienced post. Thanks for sharing.
     

  • http://shanegarrison.com Online marketing blog

    I agree you should focus on what interests you.

  • Alyssa

    Do you respond to comments on your blog, Jeff? Doesn’t look like you follow your own advice (or Gary’s). Why is that?

    • The Greatest freedom

      Good one…

  • labeshops

    Awesome advice. I do agree that for seo and pure volume of traffic, you have to include video on youtube as well…never heard of the other but will check it out. Hardest thing for me is to get over being camera shy, but after checking out this article and the wine vblog, i just need to do it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • labeshops

    Awesome advice. I do agree that for seo and pure volume of traffic, you have to include video on youtube as well…never heard of the other but will check it out. Hardest thing for me is to get over being camera shy, but after checking out this article and the wine vblog, i just need to do it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • http://twitter.com/chrishall85 Chris Hall

    Who’s Gary? He sounds like a ‘tard…

    • http://www.garyvaynerchuk.com garyvaynerchuk

      I dont think so :) lets drink a beer and find out :)

  • http://twitter.com/m_raoul raoul mangoensentono

    Great advice. I don’t have a company but I want to start personal branding. Good tips to start of with, so now I have to make the time and effort.

  • http://www.retinaburnblog.co.uk/ Ryan Stone

    Great post, but I equally came to voice my opinion about #32. I recommend my video marketing clients ALWAYS upload to YouTube. However, I then add a caveat that it’s not best to use the embed on their site.

    YouTube is where the people you, whether you like their branding or not, YouTube has the greatest chance of driving traffic to your video and subsequently your site or blog. However, I agree that on your site you want to have more control over the branding of the player, AND, there’s the ability to have your video appear in Google searches (linking to your personal website) if you use an alternative platform to YouTube.

    It is more work, but then you get the best of both worlds. Otherwise, a comprehensive and excellent list.

    Ryan
    Retina Burn Blog

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WX3XQV7FYJXDPOF5R4WBH4LWU4 Gaurav

    nice article. and covers all the directions of the business model. but to maintain all this aspect every time is bit diffcult. but even if we achieve 60% it. great !

  • http://www.facebook.com/jbrabants Joris Brabants

    Nice one! But what I do miss is User Generated Video… It’s a powerful tool but overlooked by so many marketeers. Video Testimonials, product reviews, social video contests, … Mobile devices, webcams, or file upload make it rather easy to make more use of user generated video… And what about video comments on your blog instead of plain ol’ text?

  • The Greatest freedom

    Youtube is not promoting their brand, and not yours.. if so, the same goes for all SM..

  • The Greatest freedom

    Seems that the writer doesn’t follow his own advice when it comes to responding to comments.. And that was one of the main points.. I like how they stirred up some controversy with #32..But it’s contraproductive..