Weekly Round-Up #329: Videos, Digital Businesses & College Finances

Weekly Round-Up #329: Videos, Digital Businesses & College Finances

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This week we take a look at how video can improve your sales and why it’s so important to optimise your video content, digital business ideas you can try around an existing job and what you’ll need to consider when saving towards going to college – how much you’ll need to save, when you’ll need to start saving and more.

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Welcome to this week’s round-up, I hope you’ve had a fun and productive week.

This week we take a look at how video can improve your sales and why it’s so important to optimise your video content, digital business ideas you can try around an existing job and what you’ll need to consider when saving towards going to college – how much you’ll need to save, when you’ll need to start saving and more.

Video Optimization Guide For Your Website: Quality & Speed – WebsiteBuilderExpert

According to some statistics up to 96% of online shoppers check out video videos of products before they decide to make a purchase.

A product video is a great way to showcase the capabilities of the item you’re promoting, explaining the features in a more easy to understand way than text and can show the product in use in a variety of scenarios.

What people don’t like however is waiting for videos to load, being too small to view properly or being blocky and pixelated thanks to terrible rendering.

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With all that has happened around the world amidst the coronavirus pandemic, there has come a new understanding behind the way businesses and consumers function. In the short time that people have been sheltering in place and social distancing, many businesses have been forced to close their brick-and-mortar operations and...

While uploading to an online service can help with some of these issues, preparing your video before upload to Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo etc. can make the experience a lot more pleasant for the viewer and could help convert viewers to sales.

In this article WebsiteBuilderExpert looks at some of the important stats behind video use, what the ideal settings should be and how you can speed up delivery of your video content.

How To Find The Right Business Idea As A Digital Entrepreneur (37+ Business Ideas For 2023) – Kulana Media

You might be looking to change your career or perhaps start a side hustle, but where do you begin?

A digital business would be a great starting point as they allow you to work from virtually anywhere – well – virtually (see what we did there?!), you can set hours around any existing job you have and more often than not the overheads are lower than a bricks-and-mortar based business.

So what types of digital careers are available? Kulan Media has put together a list of over 37 ideas in a variety of sectors so we’re sure that you’ll find something that suits your available time and interests.

20 Best Jobs You Can Do From Home (And How To Get One) – WikiJob

If you’re not interested in becoming a digital entrepreneur around a current job, how about some different types of working from home jobs you can do full time?

During the pandemic companies realised that staff could be as productive (if not more so) working from home and the business could also save money on expensive office space overheads.

If you’ve always worked in a “traditional” office setting then you might not know what options are now available to you now so WikiJobs have put together a great list of resources of what you need to consider before you taking the decision to make the move.

The Mental Health Benefits Of Playing Solitaire – Play-Solitaire.com

It used to be that when Windows 3.1 was released playing Solitaire was seen as a bit of a waste of time. If you were having a break you would fire up Solitaire, Freecell or, if you were a masochist MineSweeper and take a ten minute break to unwind.

But what if we were to tell you that this wasn’t a waste of time and you were in fact doing wonders for your mental health? Well this article from Play-Solitaire goes through some of the benefits and if they convince you, you can play solitaire directly from their website without having to install any software!

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Understanding Your Finances: A Guide For College Students – UpgradedPoints.com

In this all-inclusive guide, you’ll find out everything you need to know to
regarding managing your credit and finances as a college student.

From when you’ll need to start saving and how much per month you need to put away, how you can apply for scholarships, loans and many more ways of funding your time studying.

UK Road Rage Report – CompareTheMarket

You might think that us Brits are one of the politest nations but when we get behind the wheel it can be a whole different matter!

“Road rage” comes in many forms but what are the most common causes and where in the UK is the most road-rage prone place – the answer might surprise you!

What Makes A Successful Digital Transformation? – Tech.co

If concepts like the “cloud”, “internet of things” and “real time analytics” confuse you – you’re not alone.

If you use tech you’re probably using some form of this one way or another, from Siri and iCloud to a nest thermostat, these are all now part of our lives. But what about when it comes to business?

Tech.co takes a look at how you can use this technology in relation to your business, what the benefits are and the different types of digital transformations you can make to improve your business.

Important Ways To Support Indigenous-Owned SMBs In Canada – Chase

Supporting small/medium business is often highlighted – American Express has it’s “small business Saturday” promotion (which isn’t really relevant if you don’t use Amex) – but what isn’t often highlighted is the importance of supporting Indigenous-Owned businesses.

While this article focuses on Canada, I think you could take some very good advice from it as to why supporting Indigenous businesses in your country is a really, really important thing to do.

What Are Standard Photo Sizes? – iStock

Photo sizes can be super-confusing.

We’ve covered them in a recent post (link below) where we go over the current social media sizes that are being used but what about if you’re producing photos and printed marketing materials?

Personal Development Through Positive Self-Motivation
In order to be personally effective, we need to continually develop ourselves and in order to continue this development we need to be morivated. In this article Harrish Sairaman looks at why self-motivation is so important and how it can affect our personal development.

There’s brochures, banners, posters – the list is almost endless but iStock has a great starting place for you to check them out to give you a rough idea of the sizing you’ll need – bear in mind the measurements are in inches so you will have to convert them if you’re outside the United States, Liberia and Myanmar.

You Might Also Like: Social Media Image Size Guide (2022)

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With many image types available across multiple platforms it's difficult to know which size is the right one to use. In this article we cover some of the major social media platforms and the main images sizes you should be using.

Have A Great Week

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up, as always if you have any links you like to share with me and my readers please contact me through the website or send me a tweet.

Until next time, Stay Productive!

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