Hiring a professional and affordable transcription service like Virtuadmin will give you a valuable transcript for your video providing accessibility, indexing and higher search engine results.
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Hiring a professional and affordable transcription service like Virtuadmin will give you a valuable transcript for your video providing accessibility, indexing and higher search engine results.
Videos are becoming increasingly important for B2B marketing. Companies with dedicated video marketing strategies generate more leads, earn more revenue, and enjoy better brand awareness than those engaging in all other forms of marketing.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are great places to get eyes on your video content, but prospects aren’t necessarily in work- or buy-mode as they scroll through these platforms.
We do know, however, that 90% of B2B decision-makers use search to research business decisions. To reap the benefits of video marketing, your videos must be optimised for search. By following a few best practices for video SEO, you’ll enjoy more visible video search results and drive more organic traffic—and qualified leads—to your video content.
In its general search and video search functions, Google ranks videos using the same ranking factors as written content—content quality, the number of backlinks, and RankBrain are the most important signals. When hosting videos on your site, the tasks for optimizing video content are similar to those for written content and images.
Similar, but not identical. Here are five steps you should take to improve your search rankings so your videos stand out in search results:
Providing both a video and transcription on a single page offers dual benefits: it caters to different reader preferences, and it makes video content more likely to appear in general Google searches.
Video transcriptions can be optimized for search in the same way as any other text-based site content. While this may seem to break duplicate content rules, transcriptions actually provide a good user experience by catering to different learning styles. While some visitors may prefer videos, others may prefer reading. In fact, 85% of business executives prefer reading over watching videos when making business decisions.
Full transcripts provide more engagement SEO opportunities, while highlights are good for long videos and can encourage more views by teasing readers with compelling content that’s discussed in more detail in the video. Ultimately, use the approach your audience prefers: you can poll them to find out, or do some A/B testing to see which approach drives the kind of engagement you’re looking for.
Read the remaining 4 more tips for video optimisation on Marketo Marketing Blog.
A .srt file is a common name for the extension SubRip computer files and a commonly used file format for subtitles or closed captions on videos. The benefit of using a .srt file is that when it is added to a video to create the captions it enables search engine crawler bots to index your video more accurately due to the additional text file.
Although automatic captions are generated and all videos that contain speech when uploaded, Google and all other search engines do not consider them accurate enough to use as reliable information about your video content.
Creating a .srt file to add to your video is quite easy and involves six easy steps. These 6 steps are taken from a post by Andrew Meer on Techwalla
Divide each subtitle phrase into numbered sections when creating an SRT file. Type “1” (without quotes) and then press “Enter” to start creating the first subtitle phrase.
Enter the time span to display the subtitle phrase when playing the movie. For example, if you want the first subtitle phrase to be displayed from the second minute to the third minute of the movie, type “00:02:00 –> 00:03:00” (without quotes) and press “Enter.”
Type the subtitle phrase and press “Enter” to finish creating the first subtitle phrase.
Type “2” (without quotes) for the second subtitle phrase and follow steps 3 and 4 to create the second subtitle phrase. Do the same for the other subtitle phrases that you want to create, but ensure that you separate the subtitle phrases into numbered sections.
Save the file in the SRT file format after you finish creating it. To do so, click “Start” and then click “Save.” Select “All Files” from the “Save as type” drop-down menu. Next, type a name into “File name” field and type “.srt” (without quotes) after it. Click “Save.”
Depending on the length of your video, podcast, or webinar depends on the length of time it will take to actually produce the transcript to add to your video. Outsourcing the creation of the transcript process may well be worth considering.
At Virtuadmin I have created many transcripts for closed captioning purposes. If you would like to hire me to quickly create your transcript please get in touch at email@example.com. Alternatively, I have active freelancer profiles on People Per Hour and Fiverr and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process.
Top marketing professionals have voiced their opinions of YouTube Marketing for this coming year, 2017.
In an article written by Lisa. D. Jenkins, in Social Media Today, where the Pros have made their predictions in what they think will happen to video marketing. Although they are talking about YouTube, the second biggest search engine to Google, it is largely about video marketing for businesses and the marketing direction it could take.
These are all valid predictions, YouTube is a great way for increasing visibility of your product or service, and love when these predictions come out in the early parts of the year, this year being no different.
The 9 Top YouTube Predictions for 2017 by the Pros are:-
With statistics in 2016 for the total number of hours of video watched being 3.25 billion, combined with the vital fact that YouTube and other video hosting platforms do not index videos with automatically generated captions.
What does this mean for marketers, entrepreneurs and anyone else wishing to utilise the power of video marketing on YouTube and such like? Upload a transcript in the format of a text (.txt) file to your video.Video search engine bots, just like Google crawler bots that are curious about your content and how to index it, therefore getting higher search engine rankings, cannot read images, GIFs or hear the audio speech. What the SEO bots rely on when the post is not in a contextual format, is text, tags, meta and other more in-depth search engine strategies.
YouTube search engine bots, just like Google crawler bots that are curious about your content and how to index it, therefore getting higher search engine rankings, cannot read images, GIFs or hear the audio speech in that video. What the SEO bots rely on when the post is not in a readable text format containing keywords, tags, meta and other more in-depth search engine strategies.
In number 3 on the predictions list, YouTube embraces quality over quantity, adding an additional transcript immediately tells YouTube about your content, therefore giving it a higher quality rating over others that have no transcript at all.
Number 5 on the predictions list, ‘YouTube Marketers Focus on Educational Content Delivery’ expert Zontee Hou’s prediction, explained “instead of the 30-second video demos of recipes that have taken over Facebook, success on YouTube will require companies to create 1- to 5-minute in-depth demos, courses, and series that answer the viewers’ questions”.
So for educational content that you want to be visible to everyone, even if it is 5 minutes long, you could add a transcript to it for just £5 if you are paying in Sterling, or $5 if paying in United States Dollars.
With The total number of people who use YouTube – 1,300,000,000 and over 30 million visitors per day, can you afford not to add a transcript?
If you have any questions at all about how to add a transcript, how to create one, or about my video transcription service, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Most college and university students who use closed captions and transcripts on video and multimedia find them helpful as a learning tool, despite them not regularly being made available, according to new research from Oregon State University.
One of the first surveys of its type, of 2,124 students across 15 public and private universities nationwide, found that 98.6 percent of students say captions are helpful, with 75 percent of them noting that they use captions as a learning aid in face-to-face and online classrooms. For video transcripts, students referenced the tool as a learning aid 85 percent of the time.
More than half of students surveyed said captions help by improving comprehension. The most common reasons students use captions are to help them focus, retain information and overcome the poor audio quality of the videos, while transcripts are often used as study guides and to find and retain information.
The national study, conducted by the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit in collaboration with 3Play Media, also shows that among the students surveyed, only 13 percent had registered with an office of disability services and less than 12 percent require academic accommodations. Of all respondents, 19 percent cited having difficulty with hearing and 37 percent have difficulty with vision.
"Many people associate the use of closed captions and transcripts only with disability accommodation, and that can mean they are not made widely available," said Katie Linder, director of the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit and author of the study. "One hope for this study was to help educate university administrators about how a range of students are using these tools, and that making them more available could help more learners."
According to Linder, closed captions and transcripts are now a legal obligation for universities that receive federal funding when they create videos for courses and for institutional purposes, to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access.
"Despite this, many institutions do not understand the legal obligation, or they only associate these tools with disability accommodation and do not consider how they could be helpful to all students," Linder said.
The study found that almost 100 percent of survey respondents had at least one course, either face-to-face or online, that included some video content. However, more than one-quarter of respondents were unsure about the availability of closed captions and almost one in five were not sure about the availability of transcripts of the videos in their courses.
"Not only is captioning often necessary for accessibility compliance, but, as the study shows, 75 percent of students use captions as a learning aid to improve their focus, retention, engagement, and comprehension when watching videos for class," said Lily Bond, director of marketing at 3Play Media, a company that provides closed captioning, transcription and subtitling solutions.
"As the use of video in higher education becomes more commonplace, making captions and transcripts more widely available should be a priority for institutions."
The survey was voluntary, conducted online and contained 46 questions. All study participants were college and university undergraduate and graduate students, mainly undergraduate, over the age of 18, and the majority of them came from the public, four-year institutions.
"In many ways, this study is just scratching the surface of what we know about how students use and perceive closed captions and transcripts in the college and university classroom," Linder said. "Additional research related to student use and perceptions of closed captions and transcripts is welcomed and encouraged."
A summary of the findings is available online at http://bit.ly/2eKmswJ, as well as a downloadable version of the full report.
* This report first appeared on http://phys.org/news on the 1st November 2016.
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Advancements in technology mean quicker and faster, more capabilities and devices and so on, digital technology grows in cyberspace. This provides more opportunities for the transcriptionist to provide digital transcription services remotely at competitive cheaper costs.
Transcribing is a niche skill-set that is not really spoken about but such a vital expertise that requires a lot of training, fast typing, and typing experience. Digital technology advancements are now enabling virtually anything to be recorded and if narration or natural occurring speech is within that recording then it should be transcribed.
Entrepreneurs, Business Coaches, Bloggers, Marketing Experts and much more are all utilising transcription services for the benefit of their businesses. They record podcasts, videos, webinars and video blogs for clients and readers. They hold teleconferences, teleseminars and business meetings for accuracy and productivity. Eighty-eight percent of businesses say that video is an important part of their marketing strategy; all should be accompanied by a transcript.
Here are the top 7 advantages of a transcript:
Virtuadmin offers a professional and secure quality low-cost transcription service; it is my passion to provide you with the most accurate transcript possible. With over 20 years experience audio typing, transcribing and video captioning Virtuadmin are flexible and would love to work with you, either for either a one-off transcription or on a long-term collaboration.
If you would like to make an inquiry or get a free quote, there is a contact form in the ‘Contact Me’ section of my website and would be pleased to assist you. All audios and videos are secure with Virtuadmin with the latest firewall protection systems for enhanced security. Why not let me give you a quote?
Every single audio or video that is recorded in a variety of different formats; interviews, podcasts, webinars, video’s captioned, motivational speeches, business conferences, student lectures is unqiue to the speaker and the participant/s. Whatever is spoken you have taken enough care and organisation to record it so that you have a record of what was said. The thing is you need it in a permanent ‘hard-copy’ of what what spoken in the form of a transcript. Why you ask?
Well computers, hard-drives, servers, cloud based servers are wonderful things but are vulnerable to attack and your audio or video starts with you. Whatever you have recorded was important enough for you to record it in the first place, but what happens if that audio gets corrupted and no longer playable? You have lost that important interview, coaching call, student lecture, business tips speech or whatever audio or video that you took part in.
The new age digital world is a wonderful place but it can be hacked, viruses can be spread and all the data that was precious can be gone in an instant so why not get it transcribed? As soon as your recording is complete you can send it to your transcriptionist straight away. They should already have an active Dropbox account or similar like Google Drive to share the audio or video files. The sooner they receive the audio or video the sooner they can turn it around for you and your audience, participants or clients get their copy of the transcript.
Depending on the length of the audio or video/podcast, the amount of speakers, quality and clarity of speech will generally dictate the time to transcribe and cost. The transcriptionist will have to take these things into consideration when pricing an audio/video for transcription etcetera. It’s rare to get a recording that cannot be transcribed, calls in cars, conversations via skype can be challenging due to the background noise while travelling in the car can cause interference and a slow internet connection on Skype.
Before hiring the transcription service of your choice after research or recommendation it’s always helpful to forward a copy of the audio first so that you as the client and your virtual digital transcription service provider are sure that they can both fulfill the agreement of recorded audio or video speech into a text, word or other format of your choice can be met.
Hiring a professional transcriptionist like Virtuadmin may seem a little daring compared to other big companies with their fancy website and assurances but please consider this; what is the process when you visit one of these sites? Can you speak directly to your transcriptionist and explain what little tweaks you would like from your transcript? Can you speak about the environment in which it was recorded and the background details of why and the subject matter? Most probably not. You have security that they have secure servers, confidentiality agreements (we do too just ask!) and secure payment methods but once you’ve fired off your audio and paid for it what then? Can you chase it up to inquire about the progress? Again probably not, why? Because most big outsourcing transcription companies and organisations break the audio’s into tiny little segments that get sent to many different transcriptionist if the audio length requires it.
This breaks it down to make it more cost effective for the business that is transcribing your audio but many transcriptionists are listening to your audio what if this audio contains sensitive information? Is each and every transcriptionist expected to sign a confidentiality agreement (we have one in place for you) or non-disclosure agreement? This is getting time consuming and costly before you’ve even got your transcript!
The many other benefits include accessibility for the hard of hearing, they may hear some of what what was said but having the transcript alongside the audio would ensure they they do not miss out on any important details and especially helpful for students. Some people who are listening to your audio or watching your video, listening to your podcast rather than auditory and therefore would benefit from an accompanying transcript to get a better comprehension of what was being explained or taught. Adding a transcript to a broadcasted podcast, video or webinar will enhance the Search Engine Page Results because by adding a transcript the search engine trawlers have a lot more information about your podcast, video or webinar rather than just a title and maybe a brief description. With the spoken text in your niche it is by nature your transcript will be keyword rich in your subject area giving SEO bots more information to rank it higher.
To conclude the benefits of hiring a freelance transcriptionist is phenomenal and very cost effective. If you have carried out your research well, asked the right questions before hiring your potential freelance transcriber this should far outweigh the initial expense of the transcript. Again a freelance transcriber should be more cost efficient than bigger corporations due to the lower overheads that virtual digital transcribers have to bigger competitors. You’ll get better accuracy, efficiency, flexibility of the format of your transcript, time-stamps, names included, intelligent or strict verbatim and probably a lot more. More importantly virtual assistants with transcribing / audio typing skills will probably have a wide range of knowledge and experience with a higher skill-set in areas of professions and topics covered in your niche, but that is just one of the questions to ask when searching for the “right” transcriptionist to meet your requirements for your uniquely recorded audio or video.
Thanks for reading and if you can think of any other benefits to having your audio or video transcribed please do comment on the advantages for you at the end of this post, I will be sure to update it.
YouTube is not just about funny & entertaining videos. It has over 1 billion members, and you can tap into this crowd to find your target customers. I’m going to show you how to drive floods of targeted traffic to your website or blog.
This is not just your average “look at my stats” traffic, but high-converting traffic. Basically I’m going to walk you through how to profit from YouTube traffic.
Video viewers are 64% more likely to make a purchase.
Additionally – I will show you the secrets to get your videos to rank not just in YouTube, but Google as well. This is one of the things that 90% of businesses using video today get wrong. And believe me, showing up on the front page of Google with a laser targeted keyword can mean a huge difference in your results using video to market your business.
What are “closed-captions” and why would you hire a freelance transcriptionist to produce a transcript for your video? That’s what I want to answer and why an accurate transcript of the speech spoken in your video helps it rank higher in your niche when someone makes a relevant search. Marketing in the new-age digital has been rapid in development and utilisation has expanded over the years.
To add closed captions (or subtitles) to your video as opposed to open simply means to add visual text to your video that the viewer has the option to them on or off. Open captions are burnt onto the video and you don’t have that option although they are used for example in films or programs that are in a different native language to the viewer, which I for one are grateful for!
Closed-captions were originally developed for the hearing-impaired and in years gone by in the early 1980s provided by Digital Teletext services essentially for this purpose. The late former senator “Thomas Harkin” complained that on airline flights passengers with hearing impairments couldn’t watch the films on-board because they lacked subtitles.
Today transcripts have additional resource value and have many different time-saving purposes like Tweets; blog posts ideas; social media post headlines; incentive to potential clients to participate in a webinar; marketing interviews that are transcribed can often be enough to provide literature to create a course/e-course; material that can be printed into a hard copy and provide a point of reference are to name a few. The bonuses of a transcript in itself that are naturally included in your text document for a one-off fee, probably more affordable fee than that of a video editing business or outsourcing organisation.
So why add a transcript to a video? Video and video marketing has evolved rapidly since the coming of the digital age and with the Internet, mobile phones that can record video and upload it to the net pretty much instantly are all channels for businesses and marketers to get their product or service out there to a much larger audience than ever before.
Anyway, so all that said how does a transcript help Search Engine Optimization when its included on a video? It’s about accurate text when you add the transcript to your embedded video. The search engine bots like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Explorer and others they have more content information due to the transcribed text document and this enable them to rank your video higher because there is more video content information. Having a video transcribed by the nature of the script it is keyword rich because it is your niche that you are speaking about. This could be personal or professional, for profit or for non-profit but a transcript will give search engine trawlers a lot more detail other than that of just the title, subtitle, and of course the video and its content.
So if you are not currently using video in your marketing strategy for your business hopefully the advantages bullet-pointed above have given you some thought for inclusion of video marketing with a transcript in your future marketing strategy?
I love being a transcriptionist and the challenges of keeping up with who is speaking and typing what is being spoken. I always aim to give as accurate a transcript as possible when listening to people or someone to speaking. I dislike using inaudible’s and a time-stamp to indicate where I just couldn’t hear what the person said, or there was unexpected sudden background noise.
When I agree to transcribe an audio I try to get a listen first but at the same time I have to keep in mind the client wants a quick decision and try to gather as much information and make a quick decision as quick as possible. This involves downloading the files, transferring the file to my transcription software player to use in conjunction with my foot pedal, headset and ergonomic keyboard. This is time-consuming and not really covered in the overall amount that I would probably earn.
If there is interference in the background then my software player does have processes that can help minimise this and enhance the speech. Nearly always this helps to clear the audio to enable a more accurate transcript to be delivered back to you.
So for me, the challenge is better when the audio is clear and good speech clarity because I enjoy the audio’s much more.
Video’s where I can add the captions to them to enhance Search Engine Optimisation for a relatively small fee compared to large organisations that wish to take a whole lot more for pretty much the same job regarding SEO and using transcripts as a better, more efficient organic way of getting higher results in searches nearly always have good audio and much quicker to transcribe.
The client may also require research into the topic around the recording subject matter and it is always helpful to know if this is the case in advance. I can then account for the extra time when giving a delivery date as I really do not like missing a deadline for an audio and not having the full information may result in this. Give as much information including the nature of the audio, interview, video, as possible it does help.
So the audio quality and as much information as possible are just two of the challenges I face. If the processes on my software player do not work I have to try and figure out another way to clear up the audio and I go to great lengths to do this first before I ever turn down an audio. All again in my own time before I decide if I can give you a good quality accurate transcript for your hard earned cash!
If I can clear up the audio I’m on a buzz before I start as I know then that it will be as accurate is it possibly can be by anybody that hears the same audio, trying at all times to make it as perfect as possible. A challenge overcome and feeling good to get that transcript delivered back to you on or before the agreed time.
Time-stamping may not seem time-consuming but it can add extra time to your transcript but a service that is available. Every 15 minutes or so is not too bad but every 2 minutes or five minutes does not enable an even flow of transcription to begin because the transcriptionist is watching the time clock of the audio to see when to place the next time stamp. It is just something that because we have to stop and start continually no rhythm is gained and why an extra cost is sometimes involved and time added to the delivery date.
Please do not hesitate to leave me your experiences or challenges as a transcriptionist or typist at the bottom of this post, or if you are interested in my service, would like to see the templates I use for transcripts, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be in touch right away.
If you are thinking of learning touch-typing or a typist already but may wish to try diversifying into transcription again please get in touch either at email@example.com and I will send you links and give you all the help I can to assist you in starting your new career.