It seems counter-intuitive to speak to authors and publishers about video. After all these are people engaged in the printed word. Some people have asked, “Aren’t print and video in competition with one another?” I would like to dispel the idea of various communications media being in competition. As authors, publishers, video producers, webmasters, speakers or whatever we are first and foremost communicators. The medium we use primarily may be our specialty but the medium is not our message. We should be willing to explore whatever media provide the best chance of communicating what we want to say. Just as traditional television and video has used print to promote its message so should sellers and providers of print be willing to use video to bring people to their message. What has changed is the fact that video promotion via the Internet is now within the reach of small businesses and niche markets.
If you are not familiar with the term; book video trailers are short videos similar to movie trailers that aim to pique the interest of viewers. These short multi-media productions typically less than two minutes and often as short as thirty seconds have the ability to provide potential readers which much more information by simultaneously using pictures, graphics, written words, spoken words and even music to set the tone and describe the content of a book. You can view some videos at authorsbroadcast.com.
Video trailers are fast becoming an essential aspect of book promotion for the same reasons that video is becoming an essential aspect of business promotion in general. Now that nearly 90% of Americans have access to high speed Internet connections at home, school or work; video is viable. YouTube has brought attention to video on the web by serving up over one billion video views per week as of October 2009, essentially bringing it out of the shadows and making it a mainstream Internet activity. This demonstrates that people are willing to watch video on the web and all reports indicate that people are actually seeking video content as a preferred information medium making YouTube the second largest search engine after Google.
Think back only a few years ago when ecommerce began to really take off. Book buyers were among the first adopters of online buying, spawning amazon.com and changing the face of book buying forever. Books are still one of the most actively sought and most often purchased items via the web. It only follows that there are millions of people looking for information about books online. How do you stand out from the crowd? How do you ensure that your message is everywhere your potential readers expect to find it? Video allows you to control and deliver your message efficiently and effectively. Video is the medium du jour but it is also the technology that will potentially change the Internet significantly as the lines between broadcast television and online video continue to blur. Our static websites and current web pages will be quaint when compared to the interactive, multi-media rich websites of the near future. I predict that by the end of 2010 nearly every website will have at least one video presented. Web video and book video trailers are not some avant-garde futuristic curiosity. Rather they are a growing and essential web element. The sooner you embrace the technology the better chance you have to use this short window of time to be an early adopter and thus attract more attention to your message.