Video, video, video, the Facebook feed will be all videos in five years.

That’s the words of Facebook vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Nicola Mendelsohn earlier this year.

Vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Nicola Mendelsohn.

The last 3–4 years we’ve seen videos explode in social media. With the emergence of Snapchat and Vine the rest of the social networks followed, and there’s now no social networks that doesn’t take video seriously.

By next year (2017) video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic, according to Cisco.

This means that if you’re doing marketing for your startup, you need to start looking for someone who can handle a camera.

Digesting information

This is what it’s all about — digesting information in a time where information is overflowing.

Videos and pictures helps you present a story faster and smarter than through written words:

  • Faster: You only need a minute to explain a concept, an idea or news through video, as the audiovisual combination lets a person take in more information compared with only audio or text.
  • Smarter: All social channels are adapting in way that favors video. Research has shown that the chance of people clicking on a link more than doubles by using a pictures or a video in the post. It’s also smarter, because video is convertible, meaning that if you shoot a video, you can make that into both written content and audio content.

And if you’re not convinced by my words, Axonn Research found 7 in 10 people view brands in a more positive light after watching interesting video content from them.

It’s important to add that video is not only great for attracting clients and customers from your own channels, but your chance of being featured in media outlets and tech blogs, also increases a lot with the use of video.

VR and 360 degrees

You’ve hopefully understood by now that video will essential to spread the word about your startup.

But if you want to be in front of the trend, you should look into VR and 360 video as well, according the Facebook VP Mendelsohn:

In five years 360 videos will feel very common, as it today is a bit new and interesting.

The big question is when virtual reality will become mainstream. In other words, when is it worth to dedicate resources to VR marketing?

The 2016 Virtual Reality Industry Report estimates that there will be 135.6 million VR headset in use by 2025, of which 122 million will be mobile. So if you want to be in front of the trend, you should at least put it in your notebook as something to watch out for.

There’s no doubt where to invest your marketing budget the next years.

Too expensive?

Renting a professional video team has been, and still is way too expensive for a startup. However, as the video gear is getting cheaper by the year, and the quality and user friendliness increases, most people can learn how to make a corporate video, and that at a reasonable price.

I won’t go into what kind of gear you should use for your films, but a fast google search will get you on the right track.

To get you going with videos – check out and subscribe to the itnig Youtube channel.

Som examples:

Technical events: the most essential content is the code the presenter is using, that’s why you should emphasize on recording the screen during the presentation. But to not miss the human touch, it’s works great to include a small video bar inside the code screen:

Video podcasts: As mentioned before, the content is always more important than the quality, but for longer content, quality also counts. Using different camera angles that both captures the whole room, but also close ups, is key. It’s also important with good sound quality, which doesn’t need to be expensive at all:

Interviews: Make sure you have a decent microphone, and if the interview object is sitting the same place the whole talk, make sure to use a tripod. Use open questions, and not cut too much:

 

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Essential Podcasts for Entrepreneurs & Tech Lovers

Podcasts are a great way to discover new subjects and new people. Whether you are a tech lover or an entrepreneur, bellow you will discover podcasts for entrepreneurs you should – without a doubt – listen to. 

Itnig Podcast with César Migueláñez, Bernat Farrero and Carlos Pierre
Itnig Podcast with César Migueláñez, Bernat Farrero and Carlos Pierre

« Masters of Scale » 

with Reid Hoffman

The host: Reid Hoffman decides to turn to the corporate world instead of pursuing a university carrier. He worked for Apple, Fujitsu for then starting his own business: SocialNet and left it in 2000 to join Confinity. Confinity gives life to Paypal after fusionning. Finally, in 2003, Hoffman co-founds LinkedIn. He is Master of Scale’s host. 

About: The podcast welcomes some of the greatest entrepreneurs. You will discover throughout the talk how they managed to take their companies from 0 to a lot of zeros. You can listen to Masters of Scale’s special guests like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Selina Tobaccowalla (Evite), Brian Chesky (Airbnb) or Nancy Lublin (Crisis Text Line). Must-hear: one of the top tech podcasts for entrepreneurs.

Listen to the podcast: On their website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Youtube

The Team: Reid Hoffman, June Cohen, Deron Triff and Jai Punjabi

« Rocket » 

with Christina Warren, Simone de Rochefort and Brianna Wu

The hosts: Christina Warren started as a Freelance Writer. Then, she worked at Mashable as a Senior Tech Analyst and Tech Correspondent and ended the journey at Microsoft as a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate. About Simone de Rochefort, she is  Senior Video Producer and co-host of The Polygon Show. Brianna Wu founded her first startup at the age of 19, Giant Spacekat. She was Head of Development at the time. She is now running for US Congress. 

About: In this podcast, you will discover three passionate women and their “geek conversation” as they like to call it.  No guest speakers, but you will be able to listen to a panel of tech subjects from Apple to Comics, you will not be disappointed. 

Listen to the podcast: On their website, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Spotify and Castro

« This week in Startups »

with Jason Calacanis

The host: Jason Calacanis starts as an internet industry journalist in New-York. In 2003, he co-founded Weblogs, Inc and then a few years later he joined Sequoia Capital, launched the web directory Mahalo. He also founded ThisWeekIn.com. Furthermore, he created This Week in Startups podcast and a startup named Inside.com. Finally, he was part of the creation of the Sydney Launch Festival. 

About: Either you are looking to start your own company, or you are a successful entrepreneur, or you just love technology, this podcast will give you a peek to the entrepreneurship world. You will hear stories of all kinds! On his website, you will also find his events and some research on transportation, healthcare and more. This is one is part of the tech podcasts for entrepreneurs not to be missed.

Listen to the podcast: Apple Podcasts, Youtube, SoundCloud and RSS Feed

You can also subscribe to their newsletter in order to receive episodes directly. 

The Team: Jason Calacanis, Jacqui Deegan, and Tony Agapiou

« Recode / Decode » 

with Kara Swisher

The host: Kara Swisher is an American journalist specialized in the technology industry. She first started to work for an alternative newspaper in Washington for then working for the Washington Post. She wrote articles for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and wrote her own books. Finally, in 2014, she created Recode, a website dedicated to the latest technology news. In 2015, she initiates Recode Decode. 

About: The weekly podcast welcomes tech experts and great entrepreneurs. They review how they got there, what’s on their mind about the current industry and what they would improve or create. Her recent guests were Elon Musk (Tesla CEO), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg. 

Listen to the podcast: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn

« K Fund PodKast »

with Jaime Novoa

The host: Jaime Novoa’s background is quite diverse. He is a writer and an investor, but he also worked in data analysis and social media analysis. In 2014, he founded Novobrief, a newsletter for startups. Then, in 2016, he becomes an investor at K Fund and he founds, in 2019, Dealflow, a weekly tech newsletter. 

About: The podcast discusses startups, entrepreneurs and Venture Capital. You will discover enterprises and their story. From data science, unicorns or digital platforms, you sure will find more than one interesting podcast. 

Listen to the podcast: On their website and Soundcloud

« Clockwise »

with Dan Moren and Mikah Sargent

The hosts: Dan Moren is an active author and writer as well as podcaster. He was a Senior Editor at Macworld. Today, he hosts two podcast shows: Clockwise and The Rebound. As for Mikah Sargent, he started as a Website Designer and Developer for then switching as a Senior Editor at Newsy. He now hosts few podcasts such as Clockwise on Replay FM or on TWiT.tv. 

About: The weekly podcast discusses technology and welcomes each time 2 special guests. For 30 minutes, they address 4 topics where all four speakers get to elaborate on the matter, highlight the issues and expose their thoughts. 

Listen to the podcast: On their website, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Spotify and Castro

« Itnig Podcast»

with Bernat Farrero

The host: Bernat Farrero starts his career as a Developer. In 2009, he founded Itnig, a startup ecosystem that organizes entrepreneurship events. They also have a coworking for startups, a podcast and a fund for early-stage projects. Furthermore, he is a Founder of Factorial, Quipu and Camaloon. He is also a Board Member of Playfullbet, GymForLess and Parkimeter. Finally, he hosts Itnig’s weekly Podcast. 

About: The podcast welcomes every week a new guest. If you wish to learn from successful entrepreneurs, you are on the right platform. The discussions turn around Technology and its industry. You will come across guests like Carlos Pierre (Badi), Vincent Rosso (BlaBlaCar) or Oscar Pierre (Glovo).

Listen to the podcast: Youtube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Ivoox, and Google Podcasts

You can subscribe to their newsletter if you want to receive the podcast’s link every Monday. 

Whether you are at an early stage of your project, an investor or you are just curious, these podcasts for entrepreneurs give you the opportunity to be updated on tech and business news. Also, you get to learn from successful international entrepreneurs, which can definitely be very useful for your business.