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‘Television on the Internet’

This article and my article next week are the continuation of the story that was introduced with the video for MarketingMadeSimple.tv that appeared on Thursday, June 28th.

The Marketing Made Simple TV icon

The Marketing Made Simple TV icon @ Jeff Ogden

INTRODUCTION TO A LONG FORGOTTEN DREAM
Over 40 years ago, one of my dreams was to become a television interview show host. Not that I liked him but since his was the only show around at the time, I imagined it would be like the show Johnny Carson had. If I look back now, a better choice would have been Dick Cavett. In addition, I find Charlie Rose’s guest fascinating but he tends to interrupt them too much. Bill Maher is vulgar, in my opinion. But then there is Bill Moyers. He is historically the best one of all, guests included, if I had to choose to be part of a show like someone else’s.

That dream went the way of many others that had faded over the years. I forgot because I had accepted the unlikely probability that ‘I’ could ever have a television show. I had also let go of my dream to become a fly fisher-woman. When that became a reality the last two summers in a row, I should have suspected that something was happening to my once forgotten dreams for my life.

MOVING FORWARD
About a year or so ago, I became a blog author for this publications. Shortly before that, I had been writing press releases for the clients of a colleague of mine. I really enjoyed this because I got to know my subjects through personal interviews. I found that I also enjoyed writing from my research.

In another recent development, as The New York Graphic Design Examiner.com, I wrote an entire series of articles on one topic, the Charrette Corporation. It was based completely upon primary source interviews. That was quite fortunate as the company had been sold, the staff was disbanded and the founders, Lionel Spiro and Blair Brown, are no longer young men. A substantial number of former employees were located thanks to an initial contact on LinkedIn, Stephen Dill. In fact, there is a Charrette Alumni Group on LinkedIn and I am the only non-former employee of it. I was admitted as an honorary member because of my Charrette memoir. For this honor, I have founders Jack Skidmore and Mark Levitan to thank.

Alison Gilbert, Media Maven

Alison Gilbert, Media Maven from the show’s intro, Marketing Made Simple TV, filmed by Robert Kothe @ Jeff Ogden

THE MEDIA MAVEN
Writing the Charrette Chronicles crystalized in my mind how much I love researching a topic, conducting interviews and putting the pieces together to make something greater than all its individual parts, a story. An author was born out of all these efforts and my media maven spirit was awakening. So when the next media opportunity arose, as a member of our multi-author blog, I jumped at the chance. It was to assist another blogger, Jeff Ogden with his creation of a ‘Television on the Internet’ show, Marketing Made Simple TV. This was a clear sign that another, more distant dream seemed to be reawakening inside me.

TUNING IN
The show was to begin in the beginning of May 2012. There was a tremendous amount of preparation for it. The show’s creator, Jeff Ogden, would be the host and interviewer. He invited numerous guests, created a preliminary schedule, built a blog site where each video would be post as it aired and there would be a blog post about the guest to accompany it. The site would include additional posts related to the show, About the Show, Becoming a Sponsor and things of that nature.

Jeff Ogden, creator and host of Marketing Made Simple TV

Jeff Ogden, creator and host of Marketing Made Simple TV, ‘Television for the Internet’

ON THE SET
The previous ‘gig’ that Jeff had hosted, ‘Mad Marketing TV’, has some rather unpleasant music and dizzying graphics as its introduction. He decided that had to go on his show. So before I realized what had happened, I was invited to be the ‘real live person’ (as Jeff initially described the change in format) to introduce and close the show. Off I went, with optional outfits and hats in hand, for my green-screen taping. There’s lots more to come. The continuation of this story will appear here next week.

STAY TUNED
Stay tuned to the story of the evolution of a ‘Television on the Internet’ show. In the meantime, you can catch the initial airing of each week’s episode on Thursdays at noon, EDT/NY. After airing, each episode is available for viewing 24/7 on MarketingMadeSimple.tv as posts are on any other blog formatted publication.

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Television on the Internet

The Charrette Chronicles

Mad Marketing TV 

Marketing Made Simple TV: What Are We All About?

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The show’s icon @ MarketingMadeSimple.tv

Since May 17, 2012, viewers have tuned into Marketing Made Simple TV on Thursdays at noon EDT/NY to view guests being interviewed by host, Jeff Ogden. The interviews have been of professionals primarily in the business of social media marketing.

There exists a great deal of information about the show itself. But until now, it has only been in writing on the Marketing Made Simple TV weblog. In other words, there was no video addressing the question, ‘Marketing Made Simple TV: What Are We All About’?

So Jeff decided is was time to answer that question on video. To add a bit of spice to the mix, which we always like to do any way, it was decided that we would do a Q&A format show rather than a solo appearance by Jeff.

Therefore today, as a special treat and surprise, we have a slight shift or twist on the way we do the show. We’ve  given it an extra pinch of zest. Jeff Ogden, the host of the show, has changed seats and become the guest himself.

Producer of the show, Alison Gilbert (that’s me), a veteran interviewer as well as a media maven, jumped at the chance to be the guest host and interview Jeff in the guest’s seat. Alison is the marketing ‘maven in the hat’ who introduces and closes the show each week.

Without further adieu, here is the video of our Q&A session on what Marketing Made Simple TV is all about. On Saturday,  a more in-depth post will appear describing the experience of being the guest host and producer of a show using the latest technology, ‘Television on the Internet’.

Marketing Made Simple with Alison Gilbert from Jeffrey Ogden on Vimeo.

3 Top Content Marketers Join Jeff Ogden on Marketing Made Simple TV

Three of the top content marketing experts join the host of Marketing Made Simple TV, Jeff Ogden, to discuss the state of content marketing. You will learn how video is changing, the problem of siloed organizations, how few companies actually do it right and more.

Content Marketing Roundtable on Marketing Made Simple TV featuring Joe Pulizzi, Doug Kessler and Jim Burns from Jeffrey Ogden on Vimeo.

Christina CK Kerley on Marketing Made Simple TV

In this in-person, high definition show, Christina CK Kerley, a real dynamo and mobile marketing expert of CKB2B.com shares insights on trends and ideas on the show Marketing Made Simple TV – hosted by Jeff Ogden of Find New Customers.

In this show, you’ll learn:

Just how big mobile has become.
Why it is a key to embrace it.
What is really important in mobile marketing.

Marketing Made Simple TV publishes every Thursday at noon ET and is syndicated at a wide range of sites. The show is sponsored by Avitage and Watchitoo. Interested in becoming a sponsor of the show? Contact the show host, Jeff Ogden, at jeff dot ogden at findnewcustomers.com.

The Value of Video: For Education and Self-Promotion

INTRODUCTION
Video is a great learning tool. YouTube ranks #3 behind Alexa ranked #1 Google as the place to look up ‘how to’ information. But there is another value to video that had not occurred to me until I had the opportunity to participate in the making of a Web TV series, Marketing Made Simple.

This opportunity arose thanks to my Digital Brand Marketing colleague, Jeff Ogden, owner of Find New Customers, the host-interviewer of this weekly Web TV show. I am not even sure exactly how it all came about. But it was decided that a ‘real person’ would make a much more pleasing Intro and Closing for this new show than the kind of graphics and music used on a previous show.

Alison Gilbert introduces Marketing Made Simple in front of Main Street.

Alison Gilbert introduces the ‘Marketing Made Simple’ Web TV show in front of ‘Main Street’.

THE VIDEO SESSION
So there I was, with several outfits in hand along with the general idea for a script, off to the green screen-shooting studio to make the Intro and Closing. I am no newcomer to media or public speaking. I have appeared on TV, both nationally and locally. I have been interviewed dozens of times on the radio. I’ve spent time in the voice-acting studio  and am the ‘star’ in my own business videos. I have taught courses and lectured in-person more times than I can remember. But this was different.

I was representing something other than my own craft and myself. I was there to be the ‘real person’ introducing and closing for a Web TV show on behalf of the host, Jeff Ogden and for each of his weekly professional marketing guests. I had a responsibility to the show itself and to everyone else involved to maintain a standard of professionalism and excellence.

GREEN SCREEN
That made me a little bit nervous. But as many people know, I adore being in front of the camera. The videographer, Robert Kothe, was terrific. He recorded me on ‘green screen’ in a variety of outfits and semi-impromptu monologue. I had the ‘bones’ of a script to use. Certain key word phrases were placed on the teleprompter but  beyond that, I was able to add my own distinct personality to the job.

Within a two-hour period, we had done sufficient takes in three different sets of clothes and a variety of Intros and Closing to call it a day. Then the fun really began. The videographer had a template to use for the background. But the beauty of ‘green screen’ is that one can do just about anything behind the performer. I could have been flying in the clouds, standing in front of a great battle, or anything one could imagine.

Fortunately, my husband, Phil Jacobs, who is both a professional illustrator and photographer, had some great scenes that fit perfectly behind my ‘performance’. I was so excited to see not only how my acting had turned out but also what outfit and background would be used together. It was truly a media adventure.


THE SHOW

The rest is history. The first show aired this past Thursday at noon, with host Jeff Ogden, his guest, Mitch Joel and me, the Marketing Bytes Maven, doing the ‘Intro’ and ‘Closing’ in front of the illustration of Main Street that has come to be synonymous with my Marketing Main Street services for marketing local business.

As Mitch pointed out in his interview, in-person speaking requires some very special skills. While everyone else probably took note of his marketing expertise, I listened intently to every point he made about speaking before an audience rehearsing in my mind for my next opportunity to use my acting skills to help educate others and promote myself as well.

AUTHOR:

Alison Gilbert is a Digital Age Journalist. She is a regular contributing author to DBMEi, writes The Marketing Byte Blog and is The New York Graphic Design Examiner. Alison is the owner of MARKETING BYTES Solutions 4 Local Biz  located on Long Island, New York.
This boutique style – very personal service – hybrid company specializes in helping local/small biz generate sales leads by combining the best of traditional advertising with the latest online marketing technology. Contact Alison Gilbert at info@marketingbytes.biz or call 516-665-9034 EDT/NY/US. MARKETING BYTES serves local/small businesses virtually everywhere.

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