My First YouTube Video

Real Estate Sales Representative with CIR Realty - Condo Specialist RW-0611515

I finally got the motivation I needed to produce my very first YouTube video.    I have wanted to do this for at least a year now, but haven't really been inclined to wrap my head around the entire process.  It's basically a VERY short bio.  There were a lot of things going around in my head as I was trying to digest the whole process and talk at the same time!

Now that I have produced my first video, I just need to work out a few of the bugs/improvements, and keep trying until I get it right.  The hard part is over and now the fun begins!

"This post is written as a submission to the ActiveRain Kodak Video Challenge contest. I have the chance to win the KODAK PLAYTOUCH Pocket Video Camera, great for REALTORS looking to create wide angle home tours and real estate marketing videos!"

Comments (17)

Teresa Fiveash, ABR
MidSouth Residential, LLC - Memphis, TN

Congrats Mike!  I know it's a big step...I've been thinking the same thing...need to do video.  My broker does video all the time and loves it!  Me - I hate being in front of the camera!!  Best wishes to you for a very successful 2011.

Jan 07, 2011 04:40 PM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

I think it's great for a first take. Does it appear a little fuzzy? Perhaps when you win the Kodak Challenge and the new video, you could start recording in HD.

Jan 07, 2011 04:40 PM
Andres Munar
Keystone Alliance Mortgage - State College, PA
Experience The Difference

The hard part is over. Congrats on posting your first video and good luck with the contest!

Jan 07, 2011 04:45 PM
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

Congrats- seeing and hearing yourself on video is a bit strange.  I DO find it easier if you do it while driving.

Jan 07, 2011 04:45 PM
John Puplava
ABC Home Inspections,L.L.C. - Prescott, AZ
ABC Home Inspections,L.L.C.

Congrats on your first YOUTUBE video..You are doing better then me...Nice job too..

Jan 07, 2011 04:47 PM
Rene Bayani
Crestridge Partners - Irvine, CA

If you have a website as well, consider connecting your youtube video to your website with autoplay.  This will increase your video hit count with each visitor to your site and in effect give your video greater relevance as far as webcrawlers and youtuvbe searchers are concerned.

Jan 07, 2011 04:47 PM
Toronto, ON

Hi Mike - A great first video.  Many videos I see are very unstable.  One recommendation is that you do your next video in an area without all of the background noise.

Jan 07, 2011 04:49 PM
Joel Gwillim
CIR Realty - Condo Specialist - Calgary, AB
Associate - REALTOR®

Thanks for all the feedback! 

  • Loreena:  Yes, I think I have to adjust my camera settings.   It was set or too low a resolution.  I would love to win that camera.  I am using a Canon SD870 IS and while it take excellent stills, it is complicated when it comes to video.
  • Susan: In Calgary, AB - we get a ticket for that!
  • Michael: Great idea. but I don't think I want to give this one too much exposure just yet.
  • Marc:  Perhaps I should have turned my engine off???
Jan 07, 2011 04:56 PM
Deborah Bly
eXp Realty, LLC - League City, TX

Awe. So brave. I took my video over a month ago but haven't had guts to post it! Hopefully some of your bravery will rub off and I will post it here.....shortly.

Jan 07, 2011 05:00 PM
Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Mike, you just opened a new door. Video marketing is strong. Your head will soon be filled with possible applications to your business.

Jan 07, 2011 10:09 PM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH


Good job at getting your first video done. There will be a lot more of these posts real soon of course because of the AR contest. We have been hearing about video and SEO for a while now. Funny how it takes a contest to make us do what we all know we need to do to better market ourselves.

Jan 07, 2011 10:14 PM
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Mike ~  Congratulations -- you are way out in front of so many of us.  Kudos for stepping up to the plate and getting this phase of your business started!!!

Jan 08, 2011 12:00 AM
Dawn Crawley
Dawn Crawley Realty - Pinehurst, NC
Find Pinehurst Homes

This is one of my goals this year. Great first video and much success in the New Year.

Jan 08, 2011 12:36 AM
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Congrats Mike!  I have a video up on my website but was lucky enough to have our marketing person do it for me.  I am not thrilled with how I look and sound but it's always tough to see and hear oneself like that so I just bit the bullet & said put it up.  I haven't had the guts to post it here on AR though!

Jan 08, 2011 01:04 AM
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

Good for you for getting through your first video! Interesting location...If you're in the office, you're not gonig to get any business, nice that you decided to show yourself out and about. Maybe the next video is destination based and you explain a neighborhood you love and why. You could start every video in your car! How fun! Great idea.

Jan 18, 2011 09:13 AM
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Way to go Mike!  You did it!!!  As you said the hard part is over ~ now the fun begins as you start to fine tune your videos!  Looking forward to seeing more.

Jan 22, 2011 02:14 AM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Great first video Mike ! ... and good luck with the video series !

Jan 27, 2011 01:30 PM