YouTube and You: What? ME on CAMERA?!

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield DRE#1008764
As Will Smith would say, "Awwwwwwwww, HE********** no!!!!" I am NOT very good on camera. Heck, I'm not good in pics, either. But I'll tell you what. Have you been to YouTube lately? Look at some of these companies promoting themselves. Yeah, you have your run of the mill commercial types, yawwwwnnnnn... But THEN, you see SHEER GENIUS! You know the ones, the ones that get their point across, but make you laugh out loud til, well, milk comes out your nose... (hey, I eat ALOT of Oreos!) Check this out... Now listen... I don't work for Remax, but ya know what? That is AWESOME! And there's a whole bunch more with the same guys, and they're all just as funny as the last! Now THAT'S marketing. You'r enot gonna forget the commercial any time soon, so when you think about Real Estate, you'll remember that video, but more importantly, you'll say, "Oh yeah, that was that REMAX video..." It's how you put yourself across that your name and or image will be permanently etched into someone's brain after they've seen it. (EEeeeewwwww...) Yeah, ok, but I'm not getting on video anytime soon, sweetheart... Well, technically, you and I don't have to, either. There are tons of other options. You can make a slideshow video about you, your company, and what you can offer your clients. If your computer has Windows, you can use Windows Media Center, right in your start window, and it's FREEE. Guys, it's SUPER simple to use. You just put in photos of you (YOU know, the one you paid a ton of money for that you will NEVER look like again if you tried on your best day...), and text lines that explain what you can do for people. You can set them to music if you like, too! My personal favorite is making videos of my listings. I take all of the pictures I take of the home, and add text, set them to music, and then upload them to YouTube. They're visible to darn near anywhere. There's a SUPER program I use to do my videos called Animoto. Here, take a look: Please, don't be intimidated! It's SUPER EASY to use! Heck, if I can do it, well... just TRUST me, okay??? Anyway, the point is, videos posted on YouTube get top ranking on Google search results. Why? Because Google now OWNS YouTube. So if you want to REALLY get your name out there, make a video! Even if it's a property that you have listed for sale, upload it to Youtube, then you put a link to your website. Embed the video ON your website. Tweet it to Twitter, Like it to Facebook. Autopost it to your Facebook business page, too! And best of all, you can post the videos to Craigslist. Need publicity FAST? You just got it! Your videos get top rank in Google, your website gets visibility AND rank, and fast. It doesn't get any easier than that.... (I'm STILL not getting in front of a camera...) CG

Comments (22)

Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Oh, you did already! "blush"...

You are FEATURED

Sep 23, 2011 06:40 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Christine:  First of all... Welcome to Active Rain.  I see you are a Newbie... and I am glad you're here !

Loved the first video.  And, if there is a whole series of them... they are really winners.  Ummm... the second one... I think you said it is one you made... umm... well, for me... it's just too noisy.  Also, if someone turned on the video trying to sneek a peek while at work in their office... the loudness of the singing would get them "caught."  Just my three cents.

But... you have made a video, and I have not.  So... who am I to talk ?  LOL.

<ps... I love Oreos and milk, too>

"suggested" for a Featured Post and a Gold Star.

By the way... this post is excellent... especially for only your second post.  Great job !

Sep 23, 2011 06:46 PM
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Christine, any  realtor not using U-Tube is really missing out...thanks for sharing.

Sep 23, 2011 07:00 PM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

Deb, thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!!!  With animoto, the music is FREE.  I use the pro, which is $29 a month, but you can make them for $3 each if yo ugo one at a time...

Sep 23, 2011 07:10 PM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

Karen Anne, thanks for the welcome!  I know, that was one of my first videos, I've opted for "lighter choices," lol!  Thanks SO MUCH for the thumbs up!!!  We can discuss over a gallon of milk and 2 packs of double stuffs! <3<3<3

Sep 23, 2011 07:12 PM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

Karen Anne, almost forgot, check out the bed bug post!  Ronald, you're welcome!  And yes, video is a MUST these days... :0)

Sep 23, 2011 07:13 PM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

Tim, NO PROS NEEDED!  I'd be happy to help if you need it, lol!  Just don't ask me to get in front of a camera, lol!  I made 2 videos, just haven't had the nerve to post them yet, lol!

Sep 23, 2011 07:14 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Christine:  Lighter choices are just fine.  If anyone here on Active Rain even HINTS that your posts need to be nuts and bolts real estate... don't listen.  Letting the "you" shine through in your posts will be a major contribution to your success in building your real estate business.  Have a great weekend.... and please pass the Double Stuffs !

Sep 23, 2011 07:45 PM
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

I would hit "like" on Karen Anne's comment if I could.

Sep 23, 2011 07:49 PM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

Me too, Deb!!!!  Then again, with the new Facebook, they'll probably remove that too, lol!  And Karen Anne, I have plenty to go around, lol!  Deb, you in????  :0)~

Sep 23, 2011 07:57 PM
Joan Congilose
New Jersey Properties - Manalapan, NJ
Helping Sellers & Buyers

Christine

You are so clever, I love what you are doing with your listings.Very out of the box! Thanks also to Christine for suggesting we all look you up and read your blogs, very funny posts!

Sep 24, 2011 01:37 AM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

Thanks Joan!  I promise it will NEVER be boring, lol!

Sep 24, 2011 08:05 AM
Tori Toth
Tori Toth, International - Howard Beach, NY
888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR

You don't need to be infront of the camera to be on you tube, although I don't think your giving yourself credit. There are great ways to utilize youtube, go to videotrafficacademy.com, there is a wealth of information there!

Sep 24, 2011 12:11 PM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

Tori, I'm awful on camera, lol!  That's why I opted to use the Animoto, lol!  I made 2 videos, and even after like 10 or 12 redos, I'm still "uhhh, ummmm...." lol!  It's not easy...  BTW, videotrafficacademy.com is AWESOME!

Sep 26, 2011 10:20 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Christine:  You are totally adorable.  I would think you'd be great on video.  I think you need to push yourself.  Obviously your clients love you... so why wouldn't they love you in video ? 

Now... for me, the only way that I would do a video myself... would be if I dressed up in a Nun's outfit, and used a crochet'y very elderly voice... kind of like the bad witch in the Wizard of Oz.  Actually... I've been thinking about doing just that.  <dorky smile>

Sep 26, 2011 04:42 PM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

OMG, Karen Anne, that's PERFECT!  It would go viral within MINUTES, lol!  I told my mom I was going to borrow her 50's glasses, chunky earrings and bouffant wig, lol!  OMG, I better be the first to see it, lol!!!!

Sep 26, 2011 08:21 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Think about the property listing, the local community event being the video stars and less in your face real estate agent, broker, REALTOR. Your buyer wants the goods, information, real video, aerial maps seasoned in your feast of sight and sound. And not death by powerpoint with the same images you already showed him. That are sliced, diced and make him reach for Dramamine for vertigo. That is not the experience you want to engage, connect with your real estate buyer who will flit quickly. Real estate video improves yours chances of a front page search engine index spot fifty times. Powerful open houses around the clock for property listings, for sharing your local community area events.

Sep 26, 2011 11:54 PM
Sharalyn Kluke
Keller Williams Seneca - Seneca, SC
Sharalyn Kluke, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty

Great videos.  I've toyed with putting some stuff on youtube but I would prefer better quality than what I've done. I'll keep working on it though.

Sep 29, 2011 07:24 AM
Christine Gerbehy
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Making waves, one home at a time...

Sharalyn, try animoto.com!  It is SO EASY, and super cheap!  With the pre-made templates, you just put in your pics, add text, pick a song of theirs, and let it render!  It times the pics to the music, it's AMAZING!  I pay $29 a month for unlimited hi-def, but you can make then for I think $3 if you only need one or two...

Sep 29, 2011 05:23 PM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

I don't like to be video recorded!!! Even on home videos. But I know I have to "get over it"

Have a great day.

Sep 30, 2011 05:57 AM