Using Video to Promote Books
As you probably know, video is getting more relevant and common in all types of marketing, and it generally gets more attention than still images or text alone. Have you used it to promote your book? There are several different ways to use video, some of which our authors have done. Here are some ways that Pacelli Publishing authors have used video:
Facebook Live - This is fairly easy. You must use Facebook from your phone and having some type of tripod is helpful. Our author Tracey Warren uses it frequently to share about her business, which is connected to her book about Social Media. Jenni Butz also did a series of Facebook live videos featuring lessons from her book on Communication. Lance Carter regularly shares Facebook Live and other forms of videos, including a video of himself opening the first shipment of his new book!
To start your Facebook Live video, proceed to share a post as usual, but look for the video camera and touch that. Then start recording. You can share it if you're happy with it, or start over.
Webcam Video - This uses your computer's camera, but works similar to Facebook live. Just record yourself in any setting you'd like to talk about your book and/or business. Lonnie has used this in combination with PowerPoint to have text and graphics along with his own comments on video. Nikki Rausch, author Six-Word Lessons on Influencing with Grace, regularly uses videos in her office setting to share tips. The benefit of this method over Facebook live is that it can be stored on YouTube and used for other purposes, such as archived on your website, or shared on other social media.
Animation Video - We have used Fiverr.com to have someone create "Whiteboard Animation" videos to promote specific books, and our latest, the Six-Word Lessons series. We posted it on our YouTube channel and can share it in many different ways. Here is our latest describing our Six-Word Lessons process.
TURNING YOUR BOOK INTO AUDIO
Audio books are becoming more popular and easier to buy for customers, so adding an audio version of your book is something to think about. We recently met Kris Keppler, who does voice recording of books, creating an MP4 file that you can publish as an audio book. Check out her blog post for more information about audio.
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