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Advanced Video Links

Beyond uploading & embedding it into your website there’s TONS more ways you can use your video throughout your business. There’s lots of really quite cool applications for it and the key to using many of these lies in your advanced video links.

You’ll find these links under each of your videos in your vzaar account. Let’s walk through what they are and what you can do with ‘em…

Animated Thumbnail
Poster Frame
HD Video
Download Video
Download Source File


1. Thumbnail

What is looks like: http://view.vzaar.com/xxxxxxx/thumb

What is does: Provides a teeny, tiny thumbnail image; 120px by 90px.

How to use it: Organising videos into a collection or gallery. Adding a large number of video players onto one page can mean it takes a long time to load. Instead, create a gallery of clickable thumbnails linking to the videos.

Why it’s useful: Well, aside from the benefit of shorter page loading times there links are particularly handy for two reasons…

    1. Saves time: you don’t need to wait for images to upload to your CMS, all you need to do is input the thumbnail link inside some image tags and hey presto, your video will appear.

    2. Dynamically updates: let’s say you decide to change your video’s poster frame, provided you’ve used this link in your CMS (as opposed to uploading a static image), your video gallery will update to match. No fuss, no muss.

The code: All you need to do is put this image link inside some some html image tags and then link this to your video. It’s that easy. For example, using this code:

<a href="http://vzaar.com/videos/1380051">
<img src="http://view.vzaar.com/1380051/thumb" alt="" /></a>

Will give you this result:


2. Animated Thumbnail

What is looks like: http://view.vzaar.com/xxxxxxx/athumb

What it does: Like the standard thumbnail but funkier. This is a link to a GIF image, which shows a collection of frames from your video.

How to use it: Pretty much like the regular thumbnail image. The difference is that this thumbnail also provides a little preview of the video itself.

Why it’s useful: As with the regular thumbnail you’ll again save time and your video gallery will dynamically update, but the real benefit of using the animation is that it will help to attract attention to your video and should result in lots of lovely video views.


3. Poster Frame

What is looks like: http://view.vzaar.com/xxxxxxx/image

What it does: Provides a larger image, either matched to the video’s frame size or 768px across (whichever is bigger). Unlike the thumbnail images, this asset matches the video’s aspect ratio.

How to use it: As a clickable image. Rather than embedding the video, just use the image to fill a decent space on your page. Then, when the image is clicked upon, you can either link to a separate video page, or use Javascript to open a lightbox.

Why it’s useful: There’s a few different benefits depending on how you are using the poster frame link. Two common use cases are:

  • For a video lightbox

    Since you’re only adding an image to your web page, instead of the entire video you can speed up loading times (and this is great both for your user experience and to aid your SEO endeavours). Many people also find lightboxed videos really help to focus the viewer’s attention so they come in handy if you’ve got a particularly important message and you need to make sure it isn’t missed!
  • Adding video to email

    Including a video in your email can increase click through rates by 96% (GetResponse). The problem is that many email providers don’t support video because they simply make the email file size too big. Adding the poster frame link into the email and linking to wherever your video is embedded means you can get the extra clicks without running into difficulties.


4. Video

What is looks like: http://view.vzaar.com/xxxxxxx/video

What it does: Links to the asset’s MP4 file, with an ‘inline’ content disposition.

How to use it: We’ve seen customers use this link for a lot of things in the past. These have included….

  • Playing a vzaar video in a third party player
  • Creating augmented reality applications
  • Media based applications in iOS and Android
  • To use within HTML5 video tags

Why it’s useful: Put simply, a lot of applications ask for it! To get them to work (and reap the benefits of each) this is the link to use. Let’s go through three of the most popular ones…

Layar: If you’re business that produces a lot of print materials you can add a “Layar” of interactivity (see what I did there :P). Customers scan the print on their mobile and up pops your video. Layar report that customers are 165% more likely to buy a product when it contains an augmented reality component of this kind.

Twitter Player Cards: Twitter have a nifty little feature that lets you add video to your tweets so that the content plays in your audience Twitter feeds (rather than having to click the link to view elsewhere). By enabling Twitter Player Cards your tweet will take up much more space, attracting attention and driving extra engagement. The blog post here will teach you how to enable this.

Slider Revolution: This is a WordPress plugin which lets you create a revolving banner for your website so you can display different messages. By selecting HTML5 from the video options and entering this link you can add your video to one of the banner slides.


5. HD Video

What is looks like: http://view.vzaar.com/xxxxxxx/video/hd

What it does: Added bonus! If you’re using dual-encoding, we’ll give you separate HD and SD video links. Giving you just that little bit of extra choice.

How to use it: This link can be used in the exact same way as the video link. You could even write a little JavaScript to switch between the two.


6. Download Video

What it looks like: http://view.vzaar.com/xxxxxxx/download

What it does: Links to the asset’s MP4 file, with an ‘attachment’ content disposition.

How to use it: This links to exactly the same file as the /video link. The difference is the content-disposition header we’ve given it. Opening this link will automatically download the video’s MP4 file.

Also, if you’re using dual-encoding, we’ll give you two download links. One for the HD rendition of your video and another for the SD. Choice is good :)

Why it’s useful: It’s great for quickly sharing project files at work, or giving users the option to save a video for later.


7. Download Source File

What it looks like: http://view.vzaar.com/xxxxxxx/source

What it does: This is another MP4 file link, which becomes available if you’re using source storage. Like the other download links, it has the ‘attachment’ content disposition.

How to use it: These links will let you and your team access those original files quickly, whenever you need them.

Why it’s useful: Source storage let’s you keep a backup of all your video’s original files. If you can’t find your video file locally you don’t need to panic – so long as you’ve got Source Storage enabled you can just go to your vzaar account and download the source file.

So there we go! A few ideas to whet your appetite. As always we’re on hand to walk you through any of this stuff so give us a call or drop us a line.

Give it a go and let us know how you get on :)


If your aim is to drive LOTS of traffic to your lovely videos you should be making growing your mailing list a priority. In fact, sending your content out to an engaged email list can bring you up to 24 times as much traffic as pushing out through your social media channels (DIYthemes).

The best way to grow your mailing list? Umm, well… just ask your audience for their emails. Sending out your emails to an audience who’ve actually opted in (rather than buying a list, for example) will mean you can be sure the recipients have at least some kind of interest in who you are and what you do. And there’s no time like the present – you can start to collect your viewers email addresses today.

Good news, then, we’ve just launched our Mail Catcher feature which makes this process super easy. Add a mail capture form before, during or after your video and when a viewer enters their email address we’ll automatically sync this to your existing email list (MailChimp, Aweber or Google Drive).

Step 1: Integrate your email provider

First you’ll need to sync up your vzaar account with your email account, so we can input the emails onto the list for you (say goodbye to manual imports – hooray!). This is simple. So simple, in fact we can tell you how in about…ohhh ten seconds.

Step 2: Manage Mail Catcher settings

It’s then just a case of choosing which lists you want to use as default and whether you want to have your Mail Catcher form appear at the beginning, middle, or end of your video.

The help document here has more details, or of course you can always get in touch with any questions.

Login to your vzaar account, or sign up for 30 day free trial, to get started.

Happy Mail Catching :)

Meet Sally. Sally is interested in learning more about the housing market/buying a car/caring for her new Golden Retriever (whatever product or service you offer) so she Googles it and up pops your video, answering her specific questions and promoting your offering.

And yet what happens at the end of your video? She goes away again and you’ve missed a golden opportunity to connect with her.

So how can you find – and build relationships with – more people like Sally?

Well, you could always buy an email list. Specify your target demographic – female dog owners perhaps – buy a list of names and start blasting out all your latest news. Sounds like a great plan, right? Well, MailChimp did some research, and turns out it’s not.

MailChimp Email List Statistics Source: MailChimp

Purchased email lists have virtually non-existent open and click through rates. You’re sending your important messages to an audience who just aren’t listening.

Far better then, to create a mailing list of people who are actually seeking your solution. And the only way to do that is to capture email addresses from the source. Let’s go back to Sally. She’s your perfect customer – actively researching the solution to a problem you solve. So what if you could find a way of collecting her email address? You could then reach out to her next time you’re running a promotion on dog brushes, for instance, and you know that she’s actually interested in what you have to say.

That’s where Mail Catcher comes in.

Mail Catcher makes it easy to identify just who your viewers are and gives you a way to stay in touch with them. By inserting an email capture form into the beginning, middle or end of your video you can collect leads and grow your mailing list. Even better, with integrations with MailChimp, Aweber and Google Drive we’ll automatically send email addresses to your existing mailing list so you don’t need to juggle different lists – it’s all done for you.

But, to get the most out of Mail Catcher it’s important to think strategically about when you use it.

Getting the most out of Mail Catcher

Mail Catcher makes it possible for you to gate your content by placing the mail capture form at the beginning of the video. That is, before anyone can watch it they must enter their email address. You can also have the form pop up part way through, or let your content roam free and have the form appear right at the end.

How do you decide where your form should be?

Well, it really depends on the aim of your video and the type of content you have…

1. Lead generation

If the aim of the game is to generate sales leads you should gate your content (by inserting Mail Catcher right at the beginning of your video).

You need to craft videos that are of high value to your audience. Think about the types of questions they are asking and create a video that answers them. It’s essential here to get a good fit between your video topic and your audience. It needs to be valuable enough to them that they want to leave their email address.

Uberflip have a fantastic flow diagram to help you decide whether your content is gate-worthy. If it is, set your Mail Catcher to appear before video playback and the leads will come flowing in.

Experiment: Try adding your Mail Catcher form during the video. That way you can introduce your concept, establish yourself as the expert and then, just before you make your killer point, Mail Catcher shows up. This can bring you some very high quality leads since your audience have watched your video and appreciated the pre-gate content enough to reward you with their contact information.

2. Brand Awareness

Brand awareness is really about getting your message out to a wide audience. If you’re gating your content you limit this somewhat. Any gate you put in place will act as a barrier to your viewers and reduce the likelihood that they’ll watch your video.

Instead offer free content to encourage views. Here your Mail Catcher form can then appear right at the end of the video. It’s unobtrusive so won’t deter viewers but it will also reel in some extra leads, without damaging the high view count you’re shooting for.

In Summary…

Providing high quality content that addresses consumer pain points is a fantastic way to grow your mailing list because it “catches” the email addresses of an already engaged audience. By adding an opt in email form to your videos (a la Mail Catcher) you can stay in touch with your viewers and start to build relationships. It’s these relationships that build brand loyalty and ultimately amount to more business for you in the long run.

Placing your mail catcher at the beginning of your video is a sure fire way to collect the most email addresses. But, it will probably reduce your view count. You need to work out what it is your trying to achieve with your video and act appropriately. Mail Catchers at the end, or during, playback are less intrusive and will mean your view count stays in tact, while netting some higher quality leads too (since they’ve already seen your content and are still interested in learning more from you.)

Login to your vzaar account, or sign up for 30 day free trial, to get started.

Video Hosting For Marketing

People ask me all the time about how they can manage their videos more effectively:

“I need to make several folders to my video’s is it possible?”

“Could you consider allowing videos to be categorised / managed?”

The answer is video labels. The functionality works exactly the same as say, creating different folders for your videos. And I’d argue it’s actually a much better system too. Bear with me I’ll explain why..

What are video labels?

Quite simply, video labelling is a way of grouping your content together by giving it a common tag.

Let’s say you’re an eLearning company using video to deliver lectures to students. At the same time embedding a promotional explainer video on your home page. Because you’ve got two different types of video within your vzaar account you could label one set “Lectures” and the other “Marketing”.

Or, maybe you’re a marketer and you’re running two separate video marketing campaigns. You could give all videos in campaign A the label “A” and all those in campaign B the label “B”.

Then to bring up the list of all campaign A videos all you need to do is apply the “A” label and voila!

Once that’s set up, you can do some really nifty things with your labelled videos like create a playlist or podcast.

So why is this better than video folders?

The beauty of using video labels to manage your videos is that you can give each video more than one label. Critically, this means they can be cross referenced and this is label’s main advantage over folder based organisation.

Let’s say you have your video lectures and your promotional content. Some videos in both categories focus on a special chemistry course. By adding a second label to all the chemistry videos you can filter your video library in three different ways….

    1. Chemistry videos
    2. Chemistry videos that are lectures only
    3. Chemistry videos which are solely promotional

You could then, for instance, create one playlist of all your video lectures, as well as one with just Chemistry lectures. There’s no need to upload two separate versions of your video – as you may need to do if you were using a folder system. With labels, one video can be in two (or more) “places” at the same time.

Just one of the ways we try to make it easy for you to manage your videos (and save heaps of time doing it!). You can find out more about these features here, or just get in touch with any questions and we’ll be happy to help!

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Scrooge-McDuck You’ve probably heard the hype about online video in business. It can be a really great way for you to connect with customers and, ultimately, increase revenue.

But what if after you’ve created your video and embedded it on your site you’re not seeing the returns all the statistics promised?

Well it may be that you’ve not given your video the features it needs to perform. Let’s take a look at three different ways your videos can grow your revenue, and the features you need for each.

1. Video Advertising

If you want to generate revenue through video advertising, obviously the first thing you need to do is get your hands on some ad tags from an advertising provider.

Once you have them you just need to input them into your video hosting platform and choose when you want them to display (either before, during or after playback).

But, enabling video advertising is one thing. Making money from it is quite another. The trick is to drive as much traffic and viewers to your video as possible. The more views the more revenue.

To get all that traffic we recommend:

Video SEO: Make sure you create a video sitemap to tell Google what your video is about. This will ensure your video search result appears for relevant terms so you’ll drive more targeted traffic to it.

Social Sharing: The aim of the game here it rack up the video views. And people are far more likely to watch a video if it’s been recommended by a friend. Enabling social sharing buttons within your video player will make it really easy for your viewers to spread your content further.

Mobile Video: If your video can’t play, it can’t bring you any revenue. CISCO predict that by 2017 2/3 of the world’s mobile traffic will be video. There’s a HUGE mobile audience out there so you need to make sure you can reach them. Ensure your video is compatible with all devices, desktop, tablet and mobile.

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2. Selling Video Content

Let’s say you’re an eLearning company who sells video lectures to course subscribers. Here, video IS the product. And as such you’ll need to make sure nobody can get their hands (or eyes!) on it without first paying for the privilege. As soon as your video content becomes freely available online you’ve lost the chance to make money from it.

Video security is absolutely essential here. Make sure you have…

Domain Control: This locks your video embed code down so that it will only play on the websites you have specified. It means that should anybody takes your embed code and tries to use it elsewhere the video just won’t play.

RTMPe Streaming: This is the most secure form of streaming for your video. It basically means that your video is streamed in encrypted chunks. The whole video file is never present at any one time so it’s much, much harder to download.

Watch the video to find out how to enable these within vzaar.

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3. Selling Products

Showcasing your products in video will show them at their best and ensure consumers know exactly what they’re getting when they hit buy. There’s a reason 96% say they find videos helpful when buying online (Animoto).

So just make sure you capitalise on that opportunity and use a call to action. And here’s the video that show you how…

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Making money from your videos means giving them the tools they need to perform. Often a lot of time goes into the making of the video, with little thought for the delivery of it. Video success is about more than a witty script or the perfect lighting (although that does help of course!) Make sure you’ve thought about what you want your video to do for your business and how you will make sure it does it.

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