What Background Will Your Viewers See?

My good friend, Barry Wells, has created a video post challenge that will run for 4 weeks from today.  His idea is everyone participating should create one video each week for 4 weeks from February 29th to March 29th.  Part of Barry’s personal challenge is to try and get 100 participants.  During the challenge participants will get the opportunity to also take part in a traffic generation competition, and Barry is offering some really great prizes, Camtasia and Snagit licences!

When I realised there were going to be so many people taking part in this fantastic opportunity I thought about the people watching the videos and deiced to base my series on quick tips that won’t take long to watch.  I am also entering my two other blogs into the challenge, KitchenBlogging.com and mandyallen.com, so I am creating a total of 12 videos over the next four weeks.

So here is part one of my four part series of quick tips.  Just click the link below to view video one, which is all about your video background.

Click here to view ‘Short and Simple Series Background video

Visit the other video challengers in the series:

Mandy Allen (on of my other blogs!  And also Kitchen Blogging, my niche blog!)

Nigel Yip

Barry Ranns

Steve King

23 Comments

  • Nigel Yip
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    Reply Reply February 29, 2012

    Hey Mandy,

    That was definately a very short and simple video, I think you have highlighted a great point about video backgrounds, I too have a flip chart behind me, although I bought mine from Staples a couple of years ago when it was on offer, but as I don’t like appearing in person on camera, it hardly gets used at all.

    Anyway I look forward to your next short and simple series videos, keep up the great work and speak soon

    Nigel
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    • Nigel Yip
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      Reply Reply February 29, 2012

      Hey Mandy,

      Forgot to ask you this in the previous comment, and I know you are very busy, but have you considered embeding your wonderful useful videos into your blog post instead of having to click on a link to download them and then having to open a video player to watch them?

      Nigel

      • mandy

        Reply Reply February 29, 2012

        Hi Nigel, thanks for visiting. Yes, I am testing to see which method works best, embed or link. This is a link but the next will be embeded.

        Enjoy the journey.

        Mandy

    • mandy

      Reply Reply February 29, 2012

      Hi Nigel, thanks for visiting. I really didn’t want people to choose not to watch because there are many to see. I was clear that I wanted the series to be quick tips, short videos, and people may then watch them amongst the longer ones on offer. The others are equally as short!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Barry Wells
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    Reply Reply February 29, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    Thanks very much for mentioning the challenge and linking to it. There’s loads of room left for others to take part.

    I bought a webcam some time ago and still haven’t taken it out of the box as i’m all to aware of the fact that I’m working in my bedroom with a constant flow of traffic in and out.

    When i’m creating my videos the family know not to disturb me but with a webcam?

    Neat trick to add a whiteboard though. I have seen some where they hand white sheets from a frame behind them, but think they look tacky.

    Your idea is much more effective as you can place your others sites on there as you did.

    Excellent idea Mandy, thanks again 🙂

    Take care,
    Barry
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    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 12, 2012

      Hi Barry, thanks for visiting. Whiteboards are so versatile, Barry. I love mine.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Adrienne
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    Reply Reply February 29, 2012

    Hey Mandy,.

    Short and sweet, I need to learn how to do that, lol.. Mine draw out too long something I think.

    The background is important and I remember some time back being taught this and they suggested putting a plant in the background and don’t have any clutter at all. Make the background pleasing to the eyes. Your white board does the trick brilliantly.

    Great tip, thanks… Look forward to your other videos.

    ~Adrienne
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    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 12, 2012

      Hi Adrienne, thanks for visiting. It’s very easy to just happily chat away. I love other people’s videos but sometimes I wish they’d just get to the point! Haven’t noticed that with yours though, they seem just right to me.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Robert Corrigan

    Reply Reply March 1, 2012

    Hi Mandy, as you say short and too the point! Its something we do fail to consider and it’s so obvious and so easy to put right.

    Keep Rolling

    Rob
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    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 12, 2012

      Hi Rob, thanks for visiting. Yes, short and to the point, most get fed up listening to long ramblings, I feel.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Dee Ann Rice
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    Reply Reply March 7, 2012

    Mandy,

    I think what is behind us when we are shooting a live video is something that many people fail to think about. I have seen many videos where what catches my eye is the mess in the background.

    I try to think about that when I am shooting a video as the last thing I want anyone to see is my mess.

    I love your idea of putting up the flip chart though. That would save having to move stuff and also looks really good. Like putting up something on it for people to see also.

    Dee Ann
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    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 12, 2012

      Hi Dee Ann, thanks for visiting. I love the fact that I can put anything I choose onto the area behind me. Anything I want you to see, it could even be an affiliate link with some tempting statement to lead you to it.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Ian Ieba
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    Reply Reply March 8, 2012

    Hi Mandy

    What an excellent idea Mandy and so simple to put into practice. I am sure everybody who see’s this video will relate to it.

    I do like the idea of the whiteboard Mandy as you can change it to what ever you want to show, you could even make it relevant to the video.

    Great tip Mandy, and I cant wait to see what else you have in store for us 😉

    Take care, catch up soon

    Ian
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    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 12, 2012

      Hi Ian, thanks for visiting. The whiteboards are so cheap to buy really too. A simple solution that is cost effective.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Dawn
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    Reply Reply March 9, 2012

    Hey Mandy

    I think a lot of people don’t think about what’s behind them when
    shooting a vid…

    I’ve watched videos where there have been piles of washing in the background and all kinds of stuff but I dont mind that cause I’m nosey (lol)

    Although I do make sure theres no clutter behind me I haven’t thought of putting a board up so might try that one.

    Cheers me dears

    Dawn
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    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 12, 2012

      Hi Dawn, thanks for visiting. You can use the board to advertise anything you want others to see behind you, because they will notice it. It’s a great platform for drawing their attention to something important.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Hajra
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    Reply Reply March 11, 2012

    Hey Mandy,

    This sure was an interesting video! I came through Barry’s blog and am checking out the videos and I loved your video. You seem to be very good at this! I am always nervous just thinking about the fact that I have to be making videos! 🙂

    I had no idea that background could be changed like that! I am just “go with the theme” person!

    Will soon be back for the next of the series!

    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 12, 2012

      Hi Hajra, thanks for visiting. Maybe you could start by creating a screen capture video first, they’re easy to create and I will be covering a free version on mandyallen.com during this series.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Akos Fintor
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    Reply Reply March 21, 2012

    I think background does matter as you point it out but no background is even makes the viewer more focused.
    For instance Brandon Bruchard famed public speaker, author, marketer..and so on uses a completely washed out white background, making viewers pay attention what’s being said. It works for him very well.

    Thanks Mandy

    Akos

    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 23, 2012

      Hi Akos, thanks for visiting. That’s a really interesting point you make here. I can see why that would be a good choice too.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Jeremy Ruggles
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    Reply Reply March 25, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    Great video! Simple and to the point. I found your video in Barry’s video challenge. I posted a few videos there myself. you are doing a great job here… I’ll have to come back and visit your blog more often!

    Talk again soon,

    ~Jeremy
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    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 30, 2012

      Hi Jeremy, thanks for visiting. I have yet to get round to all the video challengers myself but it’s great to know that people are visiting each other to see what they’ve achieved.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

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