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Best strategy for just starting out with business?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by Kyle787, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Kyle787

    Kyle787 Junior Member

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    I started an LLC finally just to be safe when developing web sites for clients. Now I want to expand into making videos as well. But to start out, I know I will need some type of sample video or two to show other potential clients.

    If I planned to charge $100-150 per video, should I walk into a random restaurant and offer one for free to use as a sample, or just charge a very reduced rate like $15-20?
     
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    I learned to never undersell yourself. If you can only rely on discounts to get customers, you should probably work on your pitch.believe in what you sell and if you I insist on the discount, offer a 10% discount, not a 90% discount.
     
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    YoungGuns Regular Member Premium Member

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    I recently read some WSO that was about offering a video service for $100-$300 (the seller said they used $197). The method was that they'd target biz websites that already had written testimonials and offer the service of having an actor convert/make a video of one of their testimonials. They guy got the actors from fiverr...one of which was actually a trained experienced professional, interestingly enough.

    As for just walking into restaurants, if you just must work with restaurants, I think you'd want to warm them up first. Also, restaurant managers are typically very overworked people, so be sure to go in on a early weekday between rushes...otherwise, you'll never be considered.
     
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    I have done video for many years and I don't know what kind of video you want to do for a business for 100 dollars. If you don't have lights you are not going to get a good picture, you need to have at least a semi decent camera so you can adjust color make sure you get a good picture, then you still have to edit and add text, music, transitions, logo, then render and either load on youtube or burn to DVD.

    You need to charge at least $300. If you have skill you should be able to make a video that looks like 600 - 900 dollar job for 300. If you can't make a video look like a thousand dollars than maybe just stick to something else.

    Finally since I am part of the BHW community I can extend my help to you if you need any advice as far as programs and plugins. I use After Effects CS4 mainly. I know maybe you use mac ok your better than me but if not I use Premiere as well but I find the ability to really get down and dirty with editing is better with After Effects and I always want to use cool effects so why bother with Premiere. I worked a couple versions of vegas too. If you do all that for so cheap you will end up working hard and never really making it.

    If you need to do a job or two for free then do it. If you have the skill you can blow your customer away. I do 3ds max and I can make some serious amazing looking stuff plus after effects has so many great programs. just pm me if you need any tips to getting the right software.

    That's just my point of view. Hope much success for you. Peace.
     
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  5. Moneymaker13

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    Theres always Animoto. Thats what I plan on using when I get into the video business. I have a Digital SLR.
     
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    keliix06 Newbie

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    That's a slideshow, not a video. I have a video camera that does 1080P and actually looks halfway decent, but I would never dream of using it for someone who was paying me. You need a real camera for that. Unless, of course, you don't care about the quality of your work.