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Adding Video to websites, and social media pages. Custom Facebook Fan pages. Social Media Topics, Daily thoughts on Social media from the owner of Social Media Productions.

Plus ONE plus ALL!

Andrew Conniff - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

According to the official Google + blog the popular new social media site is now open to anyone who wishes to join. Prior to this announcement a person had to be invited to join the site so the company could iron out the bugs before launching to a larger audience. The number of people who have signed up so far is over 25 million, but is saturated with web developers, bloggers, photographers and the like. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but the true social nature of the site is still unknown. 

New Hangout Features Take on Skype  

In addition to opening Google + up to anyone who wishes to join, several other major features are now available. Among the most important for business users is the ability to use the Google API to allow users to hangout on your website - in a similar fashion as the option currently available on Youtube. 

This means you can create important marketing pieces and videos that your business partners or customers can visit and discuss socially. I'm thinking training videos, marketing tips, market updates; all can use the API to interact with your customers as they interact with each other. This is a powerful way to add value in a social way. 

Another new feature is the mobile hangout, which will allow (some) people with smart phones to hang out on their phones. This feature is a little limited but when this works on older phones (android 2.0) or when we all get newer phones this will take off...


RE Bar Camp Winner's Video is finished!

Andrew Conniff - Friday, April 29, 2011

Tracy Travers has her video...

...and a new Real Estate Brokerage in Montesano called West Coast Realty. Tracy won a free video from my company (Social Media Productions) at the 2011 RE Bar Camp in Seattle. After choosing her motion graphics and supplying us with photos, she drove up to our Studios and filmed this short video. Look for more videos from West Coast Realty soon as we all get to meet the managing brokers and learn more about there new and exciting business venture! 

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RE Bar Camp

Andrew Conniff - Wednesday, March 09, 2011
RE Bar Camp was an amazing event!

Here is a quick video from the Seattle Center. I made a lot of connections and tried out the new Steady cam system from SteadyDSLR. I need more practice but it adds a nice dynamic and is watchable for sure!

Here is the main room during the keynote address

Key note address

I really like this photo. Most of the group showed up early and we streamed part of the Keynote speaker onto our Facebook Fanpage and the internet using Livestream. The event coordinators even had me link it onto the big projector in the sponsor room... but back to the photo, I like the color tone and contrast. For any photography fans out there I used a Sony a55 with the kit lens for this photo and the video above.

Sponsor room LiveStream of the main room.

We streamed the Key Address to the sponsor room

That's all for tonight!

Linked In expands Company Profiles

Andrew Conniff - Monday, January 31, 2011
Social Media is taking off like never before and each social media site is evolving to offer integrated features. 
Today I want to talk a little bit about Linked In. If you haven't used Linked In before, you should know that it has been around since 2003 (founded in 2002 by Reid Hoffman) and is a place for professionals and business to connect. As of January 2011 Linked in has over 90 Million members worldwide Source. Until recently, Linked In has been faithful to the original business model, but appears to be ready to make major moves to integrate with other social media sites like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as well as flow content from businesses websites and online catalogs.
What does this all mean for you and me? Well it's one more way to deliver our online marketing efforts to business partners and potential clients for FREE. The new trend is that the expense is only wrapped up in the time and energy (or cost of hiring someone) to create digital graphics, video, or audio for businesses and distribute them across the social network. This is great news for entrepreneurs and sales associates that cannot afford massive mailing campaigns, television ads, or radio spots.
I still think Linked In is a bit clumsy compared to Facebook, but has some new functionality that adds relevance. As  Facebook continues to adjust for revenue it makes room for its competitors to ease the reigns a little bit and gain ground in the Social Media business.