5 Video Blog tips for beginner

Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Look through my 2011 of blogging, I think 2012 we will definitely implement more video blogs posts mix with photos and written posts. Through all the posts I have done this year, I thought I can share some tips that I thought it may be helpful.

1) If you don't have any fancy camera equipment, that is ok, maybe invest a SONY Flip Camera - For $200 (some other websites may be cheaper), you can take High definition videos of your listings, yourself introducing the listings, or sit infront of the laptop and record few minutes of your market report.

2) No script needed, really...! Have some ideas of what you want to say, maybe jog down some bullet points but not necessary the full script. Buyers or Sellers rather have you be yourself than reading off a full written script and you are messing up on it.

3) No one is going to see that extra pimple or wrinkle that you want to hide! If you do three takes, that is plenty, pick one of those three takes! It is unneccessary to take 10 videos or more, the idea is to do short informative videos and post them! You will get better and be more comfortable at it.

4) Have fun with yourself. Start taking videos of random things and experiment. Don't be afraid to make a mistake. It is ok to be a perfectionist, but we all know that no one is perfect!

5) Join the Active Rain group VIDEO BLOG EXPRESSION and post your video blogs there. (http://activerain.com/groups/VideoBlogs)

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Eileen Hsu 許雅嵐 (email: EHSU(@)elliman.com)

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Comments (14)

Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Thanks for pointing out the video group, I joined.

Nov 12, 2011 04:47 AM
Joe Colón, Jr.
Jenny L Colón, PC - Chesapeake, VA

Eileen, would a video blog be good for different topics or only instructional?

Nov 12, 2011 04:49 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Good tips, including the one to "just go for it"...the audience is listening / watching about what we're selling, not "us".

Nov 12, 2011 04:51 AM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Hi Joe, in my opinion, the video blog can be topical or instructional. The key is to connect with the audience, essentially if you wrote about it, you can most likely video blog about it.

Nov 12, 2011 05:02 AM
Jeff Ragan
Ming Tree, Realtors Real Living - Eureka, CA
Luxury Agent, Northern California

I keep reading great "Tips to Start Video Blogging" blogs like this one, and just can't seem to bring myself to just do it!  Once again, you have inspired me.  Next week is the week!

Nov 12, 2011 05:17 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Great tips.  I had someone tape 2-3 for me on flip camera, and it was surprisingly easier than I thought.  when you are talking abt topics you know, it's actually not that hard, and you're right, you don't need a script.

Nov 12, 2011 05:22 AM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Debbie, yes, when you know the content (the market, housing prices, staging tips, in your case flooring) it is very easy to have the video taped in a nature and easy flow.

Nov 12, 2011 05:59 AM
Toronto, ON

Hi Eileen - These are great tips for anyone who is thinking about creating videos.

Nov 12, 2011 04:24 PM
Mark Edwards
East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia - Suffolk, VA
East West Realty

Great tips! Thanks for sharing.


Nov 13, 2011 01:09 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Eileen, one of these days.....   I have done a few for clients that are out of state of their properties....

Nov 13, 2011 10:44 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Eileen, you are doing a good job on your clips.  I am planning on more videos for next year as well.  I've found that they can be a bit time consuming to edit, etc plus I've never liked to hear my own voice on tape... issues to overcome!  :-)

Nov 13, 2011 11:17 AM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Hi Joan, you can do it! I want you to do a video blog post by end of this year! :-)

Silvia, I am sure you are great on video, I do one take on my video (ok, maybe two on some) but there is no cutting out and just one piece all the way through. I think the key is to keep it short so there is less to mess up and easier for the consumers. 

Nov 13, 2011 12:38 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Videos of just the agent, broker when the buyer wants, needs area information badly, when he has little time to mess around and just wants the property listings. Those are the videos that rack up the views, gather the subscribers to your video channel....go easy on the personal branding and Johnny Wonder one shots. Not edited and just starring you... not the area, real estate that work so well to show and tell.

Nov 24, 2011 05:33 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Love your beginner tips Eileen. My best tip is JUST DO IT. Video is awesome and the more you do the better you get!

Jan 19, 2012 02:58 AM