Introducing 3 New Enhancements

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We’ve been heads down working on version 2 of the OneMob platform, but thought we’d share a few version 1 goodies while you wait. Based on popular demand, introducing:

  1. Universal Signatures
  2. Improved Create Link
  3. Sharing Player Pages

Universal Signatures allows you to add a custom signature that’s appended to your email every time you send it from the OneMob Web App or Salesforce package. Here’s a quick video on how it works.

Improved Create Link takes the effort and guesswork on whether you copied the right image/link to share. We have now streamlined the experience, so you can easily generate a link, click “Copy Link and Image” and then paste to any email client or html editor. It’s SO EASY! Here’s a quick video on how it works.

Sharing Player Pages allows you to quickly share or use a shared player page. A player page is the video landing page that you can customize for your recipients by adding a custom message, call-to-action button, response form or embed other assets like documents and forms. All of this compliments the video you’re sending and helps complete the story you’re sharing with your audience. Here’s a quick video on how it works.

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OneMob’s Spring Sponsorships

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At OneMob we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring. It’s our favorite season, because flowers aren’t the only thing that bloom. It’s a peak time for new ideas, partnerships and opportunities to blossom during the year. Events are a great opportunity for this, where we love to share the power of video messaging with Customer Success and Sales professionals in person, across the countru. Which is why we’re excited to start the season with some exciting events this March.

We’ll be at the Totango Customer Success Summit, right here in San Francisco on March 21 & 22. Soon after, we’ll be making the way to the Windy City for Salesforce World Tour Chicago on March 24.

So if you’re in either city this March, and want to learn more about how video messaging can impact your outreach, visit us. Or, contact us at hello@onemob.com.

 

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Download Now- OneMob for Outlook is here!

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Outlook users, we have good news for you! OneMob for Microsoft Outlook 365 and Outlook Client 2013 and 2016 is available now. 

With the OneMob for Outlook app, you can access all your saved video and voice messages right inside Outlook and easily embed them in your email messages. For real-time tracking, select which Salesforce Lead(s) and Contact(s) you want to email and you’ll get real-time notifications when your video is played and responded to. The best part? It’s all automatically tracked back in Salesforce.

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To download OneMob for Outlook, visit the Office Store. If you need more help with installation, visit our support page. Happy video messaging!

 

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What Mobile Video Trends are Telling Us, and Why They Matter to You

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There are two words you may be sick of hearing by now; “Mobile” and “Video.” It’s no secret that mobile video is now one of the most vital media touch points. It has officially opened up a new door for businesses to not just reach consumers, but other businesses as well. Video itself has found major success in B2B marketing, and now sales and customer success sectors are beginning to catch on. While we predicted video content will be a game changer for B2B reps in 2016, optimizing video content for mobile will also be key this year, no matter who you are.

The statistics from the just the last 2 years prove the overwhelming success behind mobile video. Here’s a brief recap of just how much mobile phones are driving video consumption.

  • Today, more than 50% of all video views occur on mobile devices (reelseo)
  • Mobile video views having increased by 400% in the last 2 years (Ooyala)
  • Smartphones are driving digital video views up 33% year over year (eMarketer)
  • By 2020, 75% of Mobile Viewing Will Be Online Video Content (Cisco)

These are some powerful statistics that should not go ignored. But what do they mean to those of us who aren’t content marketing wizards? A few things.

 

3 Reasons Why Non-Marketers Need To Get On Board With Mobile Video:

 

1) Get With the Times

Similar to how Marketers change their tactics to keep up with industry trends, it’s equally important for Sales and Customer Support to evolve their strategies as well. While you’ve figured out what works, it’s easy to get stuck in the same tried and true routines. But the reality is that your customer’s behavior is changing, which means that you need to find new ways to get their attention, and keep it. So if Marketing is switching up the game, then the other players along the the customer’s journey needs to follow suit. Sales needs to change how they sell, CS needs to change how they support, etc to keep buyers and customers engaged.

 

2) It’s Where Your Customers Are

Today’s buyers are shopping at more places than Amazon on their mobile devices. Our obsession with mobile is now being reflected in all aspects of search, with more B2B researchers and buyers using mobile devices throughout their entire path to purchase. In just the last 2 years alone, mobile usage has skyrocketed, growing to 91% throughout the entire buyer’s journey- from research to purchase. This momentum should tell you that every phase of your customer journey should be mobile friendly-  from Marketing’s first touch, to Sales’ initial break-in, to the Customer’s support.

The same applies to video. “Video alongside mobile has the strongest impact on increasing consideration rates during the B2B buying process,” says Richard Robinson, Google. Another Think with Google report stated that “70% of buyers and researchers are watching videos throughout their path to purchase. That’s a 52% jump in only two years.”

 

With 70% of B2B buyers interacting with video and 91% searching via mobile, it’s clear that video and mobile are changing the B2B buying process.

 

Delivering content-rich mobile and video experiences is obviously successful in reaching your B2B customers and moving them through the path to purchase. While these statistics have been proven in B2B Marketing, the momentum shouldn’t stop there. Here’s why all customer facing sectors need to be utilizing mobile video, and how:

 

3) It Just Makes Sense

Salespersons work in an era where, despite today’s technology, it’s much more difficult to reach a prospect. It’s now more common than ever for buyers to get overloaded with offers, information and requests for “five minutes” of their time. So it’s no new news that breaking in has become a more difficult feat for the B2B salesman. This is where video comes in. It’s sheer medium makes it possible to communicate unlimited types of information in a way that’s exponentially more stimulating and sticky than plain text. We’ve demonstrated all the ways Sales, Customer Success and all other professionals can use video to engage throughout the customer lifecycle- from following up to a cold call to addressing support issues. Luckily, creating a video message doesn’t require a lot of time, effort nor resources. With more videos being viewed on mobile devices, smaller screens equate to shorter videos. Now, 45% of mobile videos viewed are less than 6 minutes in length, saving you time and money in your video production.

 

How B2B Professionals Can Leverage Mobile Video, Successfully

 

Incorporate Into Your Outreach Strategy

Every rep has their repertoire of tools and tactics. When it comes to incorporating video into your strategy, the good news is that you can make as much or as little effort as you like. Go all out and create personal videos for all of your prospects or customers, or simply stick a marketing or product video in your email blasts. No matter how you communicated, video is applicable to every type. From introductions to transitions, supplementing with video increases effects of all your communication efforts. OneMob makes it easy not only for reps to create, send and track videos, but easy for recipients to watch, reply and forward across all devices- including mobile.

 

Tie Back To Existing CRM Software

Sure video is engaging, but how can you tell if it’s moving the needle. Is it really helping you hit quota or increasing your Net Promoter Score? Luckily, there is a way for reps to tie their effort by their results.OneMob tracks not only your video’s activity, but the entire activity of your message. From email opens, to responses, to link clicks, all this information is linked backed to your Opportunities in Salesforce, clearly tying your efforts to your success.

 

Use Analytics to Adjust and Strategize

OneMob’s analytics not only show you your successes, but areas that you could improve on as well. The ability to see what works and what doesn’t can help you adjust your messaging, experiment with new approaches and perfect your outreach tactics.

 

If video is paving the way in reaching b2b customers, it’s only makes sense to keep them engaged through video. Video allows you to demonstrate your value story to your potential and existing customers much sooner, and articulate it in a much simpler, stickier manner. And if that video content can be optimized for mobile viewing and interaction- well, you’ve hit the jackpot. This is a movement we’ve been behind for quite a while now. It just so happens that we know a thing or two about mobile video. OneMob’s video messaging platform is optimised for both web and mobile, from creating to viewing, and everything in between. So what are you waiting for? To start engaging your clients with mobile video, quickly and easily, try OneMob today.

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Video Games: The New Sales Contest

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What’s the fastest way to boost revenue and grow your business? The trick is to tap into a powerful resource that you already own- your sales force. But when your employees are disengaged in the workplace, as 32% of U.S. employees aretheir full potential goes untapped. And as any manager knows, when their team lags drive, performance suffers. But in today’s data-rich, highly mobile and tech-savvy workplace, B2B representatives need unconventional and challenging training programs to motivate them, now more than ever.

As a team leader, it’s your job to keep your employees engaged. Maybe numbers are dipping or you need a way motivate CRM adoption, which is crucial in driving pipeline visibility and predictability. You’ve surely heard of or tried gamification, a concept which has gotten a lot of buzz lately. When reps get excited about competitions that align with their goals, that reward the right behavior and that set challenging but realistic benchmarks, gamification works wonders (inside sales), engagement and performance improves. By incorporating technology, leaderboards and metrics into their competitions, Sales leaders are finding success in reinvigorating their reps. A little friendly office rivalry in the already competitive sales pit helps take motivation up a few notches.

Benefits of Gamification  

  • Increase engagement during a training program
  • Drive adoption of training resources, new programs, or CRM software
  • Gain better insight into practices that are effective and ineffective
  • Inspire collaboration when reps share best practices with each other
  • Grow revenue by encouraging competition and shared goals
  • Create a culture of recognition and praise within a team

 

While we’ve shown you how video is helpful in onboarding and educating employees, it can be a real game changer when it comes to gamification. We’ll show you not only how OneMob engages reps through video, but measures their performance as well- giving reps and managers alike actionable insights.

 

Run a Successful Sales Contest with OneMob

  • Recording the Best Video
    • Video allows reps to try out different approaches, and really see how they look and sound. Challenge them to make the most creative introduction, or the compelling break-in video. See who makes the best follow up to a cold call, or see who can revive the most dead leads
  • Customizing Player Page
    • Creating different video player page layouts lets reps figure out what — works best for them. Testing out different combinations of content types, external buttons, and CTA messaging let’s reps experiment to find what approach works best, and in what situation. Experimenting with different email subject lines and video thumbnail images helps reps determine what gives them that extra advantage.
  • Sending Internally & Externally
    • By asking reps to send their best pitches, managers can instantly provide direct feedback with a response or a follow up example. Or, reps can send to their prospects, and A/B test their different video/layout combinations to see what resonated best.
  • Tracking & Analytics
    • Managers can see how their reps are performing based on the metrics that matter most to them. Number of email opens, watches, button clicks and responses are all automatically written back into the rep’s individual Salesforce accounts, and tied to existing Opportunities. Over a longer period of time, managers can easily determine which accounts got (the most videos/ highest video watches) per rep, or who closed the most deals with video.

To be successful, contests must not only be motivational and moral boosting, but efficient and effective as well. Whatever your approach, make sure that it addresses key business objectives, is data-driven and can be managed in real-time within your CRM. With the OneMob platform, you can be sure all three of these requirements are met. To help your reps to embrace their full potential through video, contact us to get started.

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How to Record a Killer Personal Video (On Your First Try!)

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At OneMob, we know a thing or two about creating videos. We use them in all aspects of our business communication, and have had plenty of practice in front of the camera. But when it comes to making personal recordings, we know not everyone is privy to the selfie game. Here are our best practices for recording professional and flattering personal videos. Take it from us, the guys who know how to sell ourselves with video

Preparation is Key

  • Know Your Audience: It’s important to know who you’re talking to, and what your message is. Whether it’s a cold video or a friendly follow up, adjust your tone accordingly. Keep in mind not only what you want to convey, but what you want action you want your recipient to take.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Performing a practice run helps. Write a short script or make a list of talking points if you need help staying on track or a prone to rambling. OneMob’s script field in our web app recorder allows you to do just that, so you don’t have to look beyond your screen.
  • Dress for Success: Less is more. Stick to simple, sleek attire while avoiding logos and busy patterns.

*Insider Tip: “Avoid wearing the same colour as your surroundings, which are usually either black or white. For example, if you’re wearing a black shirt against a black backdrop, you run the risk of being a “floating head”. Stick to solid neutrals and blues. – Madeline, Marketing

  • Prepare Your Surroundings: Whether you’re in a studio or a cubicle, make sure your area is optimal for recording both from a lighting and sound standpoint. Reduce surrounding noise. Avoid backlighting, direct lighting or sunlight on the face, as that tends to wash/darket out the subject. For best results, have light diffuse from both sides of the subject, and not directly beating down

*Insider Tip: “Turn on “Do not Disturb” to disarm incoming notifications from distracting you while you’re recording.” – Sati, CEO

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  • Choose Your Equipment: The good news is that you no longer need professional equipment to produce great quality videos. With better resolutions and faster recording speeds, smartphone cameras are doing the job just fine. Set up a tripod, or take your recording on the go with a selfie stick. If you’re using your computer, choose a flat, stable surface.

*Insider Tip: “No tripod? No problem. Open your laptop, and stand your phone up on the keyboard, against the screen for a stable recording area. Tilt your computer screen to adjust the angle – and watch out for double chins! ” – Kyle, CSM Lead

  • Frame Your Shot: Next to lighting, framing is the most crucial step. When recording, 1) Set the camera about 16 inches in front of your face, directly at eye level, 2) Frame your shot medium to close-up, closing in on your head and shoulders and 3) Tap your phone screen to make sure you’re in focus.
  • Body Language: Even if it’s you’re just doing a head shot, body language is crucial. Sit or stand up straight and avoid any sudden hand movements. Speak clearly at a normal pace, enunciate your words and smile. Lastly, don’t forget to blink or breath!
  • Keep it Short When it comes to a personal recording, keep it short and sweet. Nobody wants to look at a talking head for 10 minutes. The videos that get watched the longest are about 15-30 seconds long. Especially when viewers are watching their videos on mobile, brevity is key to keeping viewers attention.

 

Post Production

  • Edit the Length: If you’re recording on mobile, trim the beginning and end of your videos to cut out the awkward finger touches when pressing the recording button.
  • Choose a Thumbnail: Select a good frame for a compelling thumbnail image, which will be the first impression of your video.
  • Apply Special EffectsOneMob allows you to use Instagram-like filters with character and text overlay, so you can get creative and make your video as personal as you like.
  • Create a Custom Player Page: We know that it’s important to personalize beyond the video itself and into the viewing experience, which is why you can now customize the content of your video player pages in our web app. 

*Insider Tip: “Hold a smile during the first few seconds and again the last few seconds of your recording. Then, when you go to select a thumbnail or title image for your video, you aren’t stuck with frames of blinking eyes or an open mouth.” – Nimesh, COO

 

As you can tell, there’s a lot of thought that goes into creating the perfect video. In addition, limited budgets, time and expertise have deterred marketing and sales professionals alike from producing more video content. However, the benefits that you reap; increased email opens, better quality replies, shorter sales cycles and stronger relationships, make the effort well worth your while, which is why 96% of B2B organizations are using video content (reelseo).

At OneMob, we’ve come up with a solution that takes the hassle out of producing videos, and helps you tie your effort to results by tracking activity back into Salesforce. We’ve had plenty of practice on both our laptops and our iOS and Android apps, which allow you to create, edit, send and track your videos, all from your mobile device. For ideas on how you can use personal videos in your outreach, check out our Ideas Gallery. To start creating your own videos, contact us today.

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3 Ways to Better Engage, Right On the Page

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Last year, we gave you all our best practices for creating and using video, which became an essential part of digital marketing in 2015. But we know that 2016 isn’t the year to start using video in your outreach- it’s the year to start engaging with and measuring its impact. Whether they be personal recordings or high quality productions doesn’t matter, since video is already the most engaging form of content. What matters is how your viewers interact with your videos, beyond just a watch.

In the past, we’ve looked to views and watches to determine a video’s success. However, number of views is becoming more of an irrelevant metric, since watches don’t truly help you gauge the level of a viewer’s interest. What you need to know is if your videos are generating responses. Does your audience follow your call to action, register for your event or download a piece of content, and more importantly, have you given them the means to easily do so? That’s why we’ve created Engagement Pages, or customizable landing pages to host not your videos, but your other digital content. By combining multiple digital components onto one page, you not only create a viewing experience unique to you/your brand, but an interactive one as well that furthers interest and inspires action. So here are 3 parts of the OneMob player page that will help turn your watches into meaningful responses.

 

1) Response Form:

  • Tried and true, the response form is your viewers’ direct line to you. Whether you’re trying to set up a meeting or gather feedback, our form makes it easy to get the responses the you’re looking for. Your viewers can reply back with their own written or video message, and a date and time that’s convenient for them to meet. This ability to directly reply right on the page starts the conversation off, right away. Talk about efficiency. Here are a few examples:
    • Recruiter asking a hiring candidate to create an introduction video 
    • Real estate agent booking appointments with interested buyers
    • Sales person getting a first meeting/call

 

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Click the page to hear how OneMob Customer Success Lead, Kyle, begins account activation. 

 

2) Iframe:

  • If a direct response isn’t what you’re looking for, there are more ways to engage. With our new Iframe, you can replace the response form with any additional content of your choosing. Whatever you include, just having that side by side view of your video and supplemental content creates a more interactive experience for your viewer. Amp up your custom pages with:   
    • Informational content, such as one sheeters or articles
    • Downloadable applications, contracts & proposals
    • External web pages or links to support articles
    • Interactive maps or virtual tours

 

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See how this agent provides a 3D home tour to go with her own listing video. 

 

3) Custom Button:

  • By adding a supplemental button below your video, you can direct viewers to whatever that next step may be. Label your custom button with proven CTA’s:
    • Download the latest case study, report or whitepaper
    • Sign up to see a demo or start a free trial
    • Read more or get the latest news from a featured article
    • Visit your website’s homepage to learn more

 

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Here’s an support video that provides instructions and a link to live assistance. 

 

We know that video should inspire and attract viewers to go beyond a watch. That’s why we’ve built all these features to inspire not only more views, but more actions. And to help you measure the results of your efforts, OneMob brings you the analytics to prove it, with not only the number of watches, but the viewer information, shares, clicks, replies, etc. By giving you both more opportunities to engage and greater insights, OneMob shows you how your digital content is performing and making your profitable.

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OneMob Sponsors Inman Connect, Helping Realtors Sell With Video

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OneMob is excited to sponsor Inman Connect, a 4-day conference that brings together the best of real estate and technology in New York City later this month. Produced by Inman, the leading source for real estate news and technology, the event will feature some of the biggest names in the industry to discuss the future of real estate and the latest trends in sales, marketing and customer outreach.

OneMob will be there to show real estate agents how they can sell more properties with video. With the OneMob platform, brokers and agents can record or upload videos of  listing, send to clients and then track engagement. Instead of sending YouTube videos, agents can build a custom video player page tailored to their clients, which are fully branded and trackable. Companies such as RE/MAX, Wells Fargo, and Meritage Homes use OneMob to leverage video with their clients more effectively. To learn more, read here on Inman, or visit www.onemob.com to get started.

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4 Reasons Why You Absolutely Need Video In 2016

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Marketing gurus predicted 2015 to be the year of video marketing, and they were right. With 96% of B2B marketers using video in their marketing strategy, video has proven to be the most engaging form of content. So engaging, that it has made it’s way into email marketing, content marketing, social SEO and demand-generation programs to help marketers improve results, increase brand awareness and strengthen customer relationships. But video is not just for marketers. Quickly catching on in the sales, customer success, support and human resources sectors, the momentum behind video is quickly picking up in 2016. So if you aren’t using video now, you sure as hell should be.

Here are 3 reasons why you need to make video a part of your arsenal this year, no matter who you are.

 

1. Video is THE Most Engaging form of Content 

With nearly 200 million internet users now consuming online video each day, one thing is obvious- that video is the most engaging form of content. While YouTube has been the long standing dominator of digital video, consumption has extended into social media, with channels like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat creating their own audiences. That’s why in 2015 we saw Facebook hit 8 billion daily video views and Snapchat earn another 6 billion views. With each platform racing to innovate with new ad formats and attractive features, video is now omnipresent in our digital experience. Regardless of the nature of their content; whether they be high quality productions or personally recorded messages, video is clearly capturing audience’s attentions.

To no surprise, video has made its way into the world of B2B, with 93% of marketers using video for online marketing, sales or communication. Not only is visual content more engaging, but it’s provenly profitable- in fact, 52% of marketing professionals worldwide name video as the type of content with best ROI. But the success isn’t limited to marketing, as video is quickly becoming an instrumental part in sales and customer experience in 2016.

 

2. Enter Into the Next Phase of Digital Sales

In very recent years, we’ve seen social media take its place in the sales space. Twitter and LinkedIn have proven valuable for sales reps to connect in non-traditional ways; cue the typical break in scenario in which the sales rep finds that he and his prospect share the same alma mater. While those channels help to facilitate a connection before the first email is sent, the opportunity to share diverse forms of content is even more prominent. Call it “sales enablement 4.0” or whatever you want, but in the next wave of social selling, video will be a major game changer by increasing the value of your content and your efforts. This is already underway, with 56% of B2B sellers indicating that sales results have been positively impacted by using video.

 

3. Deliver and Capture a Great Customer Experience 

With buyers gaining more autonomy and knowledge of a product on their own, buying on complete viewability will become the norm in 2016. Buyers will make decisions based on their knowledge and perception of not only a company’s product, but of their experience with it as well. Take Uber for example. Instead of taking a taxi, most people now would rather wait longer for their car to arrive and even pay more. Why? Because they know what their experience and transaction will be like based on previous experiences, and are willing to pay for convenience. In fact, 55% of customers would pay extra to guarantee better service. This knowledge has become a major motivation, with Gartner predicting that 89% of companies will compete mainly on experience, and that the experience itself is now part of decision-making criteria.

So how can companies best capture this experience, and be sure that they are delivering a seamless one to their prospects and clients? How can they be better at answering questions, offering support, on boarding, etc? When it comes to making a choice, what will make customers think about their experience with you and your product? Video will help deliver that great customer experience and ultimately build relationships, reminding clients why they want to keep coming back, year after year.

 

4. Tie Effort to Results

In the past, the majority of brands looked to free sites like YouTube and Vimeo to host their digital content. We’ve cautioned against this for a few reasons, the first being that these free hosting sites are impersonal. YouTube is better suited to entertain the masses, not to deliver an individual message. Remember what we said about the importance of providing an optimal customer experience? The same idea applies when watching and interacting with a video. The type of video  doesn’t matter- the medium itself has already proven effective. What matters now is the viewing experience. When you turn your digital assets to Youtube, all control on your end is vanquished. Unsupported content, comments and the inability to add additional content make it more of an open forum then a one-on-one conversation. Even when hosted privately, the only data that is supplied to you is the number views or watches, which is why Marketing professionals predicted 2016 to be the year that “views” becomes an irrelevant statistic.

While the use of video for B2B sales and marketing is prevalent, the inability to accurately measure results, whether it be engagement or ROI, is a major reason why companies struggle to justify making a greater investment in video. Since video has traditionally been used in content marketing and generating brand awareness, measuring the actual ROI that video marketing efforts deliver has been cited as the biggest challenge by marketers. But with 73% of marketers saying video has positively impacted their results, and another 56% seeing the impact in sales, the benefits are undeniable. Ultimately, what we need to know is not how many watches our videos are getting, but if those videos are actually helping close deals and make renewals.

 

Conclusion

In 2015, we saw the influence of online video skyrocket, both in our personal and professional lives. Video found crazy success in marketing, with sales and customer support quickly catching up. No, we’re not saying that reps are going to start Snapchatting their prospects in 2016, but even that doesn’t sound entirely impossible. While we looked to video to help us engage in 2015, 2016 will be the year where we’ll measure engagement, and its impact on our business. And as video’s influence continues to grow in the coming years, professionals will look beyond the content itself, and into the experience surrounding it.

With these ideas in mind; engaging with video, creating optimal user experiences and measuring analytics, businesses will look beyond free video hosting sites to maintain their digital assets. With OneMob, reps can host, distribute and track all their videos with complete control. So stop turning over your video assets to the Wild Web, and contact us to see how you can control the way you connect. 

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