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6 Tips for Making a Great Vine Video

I’ve already blogged about Vine twice so far. Once about my thoughts on the new app. The other time about Vine’s first superstar.

It is officially my favourite mobile app. I’ve used it a little bit personally. (I wish I could use it more. I use Vine on my iPad because I don’t have an iPhone.) And I’ve spent some time checking out some really good Vines.

Anyways, here are 6 tips (because we only have 6 seconds) to make a great Vineo (sounds good):

1.) Plan before you record. Two things here: You only have 6 seconds so there’s not much time to waste. Second, you have the ability to be creative with Vine’s stop motion recording feature so really think about all the cool things you can do. Here’s one simple example: http://vine.co/v/b1E7TQuO6q9
2.) Tell a great story. It may only be 6 seconds. Yet, ask any comedian: a punch line is delivered in less time than that.
3.) Effective tagging. Vine has categories that you can use to search for Vines. If used properly you should notice more people liking and commenting on your submissions. Remember #2: Tell a great story. If you use tags inappropriately or your content sucks no one will like or comment on it.
4.) Publish to Twitter and Facebook. Not everyone is on Vine so share with your friends and family. Even if they are not on Vine they may still give you valuable feedback on Twitter and Facebook.
5.) Camera Position matters. I screwed up on my first Vine. Hold your iPhone vertical. Not horizontal.
6.) Be yourself. Don’t try and imitate other people. Be yourself.

What tips would you add to this list?

Does Vine have it’s first Vine-Superstar?

I say yes. And his name is Adam Goldberg.

Many of you might know Adam from movies such as Saving Private Ryan and A Beautiful Mind.  Adam also happens to be an accomplished musician, designer and director.

And now, he’s using Vine as a creative outlet and to showcase his creative talents. (If you’re curious about Vine check out the blog post I wrote on my company website.)

Which is a good thing. He’s not making videos of cookies being eaten or cats playing with dogs. Not that I have anything against dogs. It’s those darn cats I can’t stand…

And Adam will not be alone for much longer. The Vine platform and format is simple to use. For anyone.

All you need is 6 seconds. A 6 second movie. About anything you want. Think about it. How many people wish they could create a viral video on YouTube? Many. But it’s not really the viral video people are interested in making unless they use the platform for business – “Hey Karim, can you make me a viral video?”

People are interested in the creativity of these videos. However, the masses have been stopped as a result of a continuous raising of the bar. With Vine, the barrier to entry is fixed. And it’s low. Only 6 seconds. Imagine what you can come up with in 6 seconds. Now all you have to do is grab your smartphone* and away you go.

What will you create in 6 seconds?

* = currently Vine is only on the iOS platform. 

My Raise 5 Contribution

By now you’ve probably heard the good news about my friends, Raise 5. If not, here’s the quick rundown: They just won Richard Branson’s Screw Business As Usual. Here’s a write-up about them from 680 News.

A while back I decided to contribute a service in return for someone donating $5 to Doctors Without Borders. My service? Singing Sweet Child O Mine and posting to YouTube. Well, someone took me up on my offer. Yikes!

For your viewing pleasure:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYTQw–BaoA&w=560&h=315]

Have the Webby’s Sold Out?

The following video was previously published on itbusiness.ca. I have received permission to re-post it here.

The Webby award winners were announced today. But do they really reflect the best content the Internet has to offer?

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Decisions, decisions

I recently entered a contest that was promoted by Toronto-based My City Lives and sponsored by ING Direct Cafe.  It was a contest that asked people to create a video that talked about a place they use to “save money in the city of Toronto.”  I made a couple of videos.  The one that I was hoping would win was my piece on The Work Republic.  (See video below.)

Last week it was announced that my submission was one of the winners.  First off, congratulations to all the other winners as well.  There are some cool videos and suggestions of places that I will definitely be keeping in mind.

Second, thanks to everyone who watched and voted for my video.

Now things get a little complicated.  I have two choices of prizing that I can choose from.  The first choice is a brand new iPad. I would REALLY like a brand new tablet as I’ve been having challenges with my Android tablet. The second choice is to pick a charity for the ING Direct Cafe to donate $2500 to.

So the choice I’m left with is do I take the iPad or do I enable a worthy cause?

If I “donate” the $2500, the charity gets awareness and the money to help them continue their work and programming.  I also win by being the “nice guy”  who gave up the cool iPad to help out a worthy cause. However,  some people might say I did this to increase my likeability.

If I choose the iPad I lose.  Yes I get the iPad but I also will become known as the douche who chose to NOT give money to a charity.

If no one was aware of my choice maybe this wouldn’t be such an interesting decision.  But it is public.

What would your choice be?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4mrIrKNVt4&w=560&h=315]

#SaveInTheCity Video Campaign

There’s an interesting video campaign happening in Toronto right now called #SaveInTheCity. Sponsored by ING Direct (the bank here in Canada famous for their “Save Your Money” commercials) and being hosted and powered by My City Lives, this video campaign aims to inform Torontonians on the many local places people can save money.

If you know me, then you know why I LOVE this campaign:

  1. I love to save money!
  2. I love the folks at My City Lives!
  3. I love Toronto

All the details about this campaign can be found HERE.

And if you want to vote for me in this campaign consider “Liking” THIS VIDEO. It’s about my LOVE for the good boys and girls at The Work Republic (another great Toronto location!).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4mrIrKNVt4&w=560&h=315]

(VIDEO) Neil Young: on music, social revolution and social media

On December 14th of last year Neil Young (my favourite music artist by the way) was invited to speak at a Salesforce conference in Japan.  During this short appearance, Neil talked about the power of social media and its ability to inspire change.  He compared it to the 1960s and 1970s and the impact music and radio had on society at that time.

Enjoy the video.  It is well worth watching.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t70S0jHSjEg&w=560&h=315]

What are your thoughts on Neil’s comments? I would love to read your comments below.

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the hawk

I’m not his biggest fan but even I know that The Hawk is an important figure in Canadian music. And not just Canadian music. But musical history from the past 50 years.

Yes, The Hawk. Otherwise known as Rockin’ Ronnie Hawkins.

I had a chance to speak with Ronnie Hawkins last week.  We both found ourselves at the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Realtor Quest trade show.

We were both surrounded by beautiful groupies (albeit they were all his groupies but I know he likes to share) as I tried to sound professional interviewing him.

Here’s something important I learned from him:  Be in business with people who like you because chances are you will like them.  As someone who would rather make a pay cheque than receive one, this point is important.  You see, we all have a choice in who we do business with.  And although I like money as much as the next guy, I want to make sure that I’m having fun.

What are your thoughts?