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August Meetup - Why Video MUST Be a Part of Your Blog Marketing Strategy

For our August Meetup, we are thrilled to have Amani Channel and Monique Johnson speaking about the major benefits to using video on your blog and how to get started. They will cover the top five videos you should create today for your blog as well as nine steps on how to make a video.

Manuel's Tavern is our venue sponsor for August, and we'll be meeting in their North Avenue Room. They have plenty of free on-site parking available. The Meetup officially begins at 7pm, but feel free to come a few minutes early to mingle and grab a drink or bite to eat. Our speakers will begin at 7:15 and there will be time for a Q&A session after their presentation, so bring your questions along!

August Topic: Why Video MUST Be a Part of Your Blog Marketing Strategy
Using online video puts a "human" behind your blog that people can engage with and creates a virtual handshake. Most importantly, it inspires your audience. As a blogger, being able to demonstrate how to do something on video is much easier than writing about it. Whether you sell ebooks, membership courses or other digital products, video is absolutely essential to attract new customers and build your online brand. 

Amani Channel, MA is a former broadcast news reporter whose reports, content, and commentaries have been featured on NPR, CNN, Fox News Channel, HDNews, local news stations, and online outlets. He blogs at http://webvideochefs.com.

Monique Johnson is the creator of http://BothSidesoftheCamera.com. Her goal is to help entrepreneurs and bloggers charm the camera, create awesome videos and connect with their audience. Ever since she got a position at a startup based on a video she created, she’s been addicted to learning everything possibly that she can about online video production and marketing over the past five years.

After the Meetup: Mobile Video Academy - There's no better time than now to learn the ins and outs of video production, and Amani Channel, MA and Monique Johnson have joined forces to make you mobile video rock stars. This inaugural Mobile Video Academy class will teach you the ins and outs of basic mobile video production.
 - Mobile Video Gear (Apple and Android) Production
 - Techniques
 - Mobile Applications
 - Intro to Video Marketing

Mobile Video Academy is designed for small business owners, bloggers, and independent brands that are looking for DIY video production solutions. Be prepared to think outside of the box, innovate and create as Channel and Johnson lead this cutting edge media course on Aug. 23, 2104 in Decatur. You can learn more about the event on Eventbrite (Metro Atlanta Bloggers affiliate link) or Facebook

Metro Atlanta Bloggers Meetups require a nominal $5.00 fee from members attending that month. This fee covers dinner and travel expenses (if necessary) for our speakers, as well as advertising costs (business cards, social media advertising, website hosting, Meetup costs, etc.) to help our Meetup reach more bloggers around Atlanta.

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  • Tiffany W.

    Our November Meetup is this week! Super affiliate Lynn Terry is sharing her secrets and strategies for generating revenue through affiliate marketing! RSVP here - http://www.meetup.com/MetroAtlantaBloggers/events/216460552/

    November 3, 2014

  • Tiffany W.

    Our September Meetup is coming up on Thursday the 18th at SOHO! Dan Morris and Rachel Martin of Blogging Concentrated will be presenting "How to Make $2000 a Month From Your Blog" You can get all the details and RSVP here - http://www.meetup.com/MetroAtlantaBloggers/events/202642602/ It's going to be awesome, we hope to see you all there!

    September 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I keep telling people "You won't believe the most amazing seminar for $5" that was the most helpful evening I have attended in such a longtime...Thank You!!!

    2 · August 23, 2014

    • Monique J.

      Really glad you enjoyed it Kellie! Please let us know if you have other questions about video. Be sure to come to next month's meetup that will blow you away even more.

      August 24, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      Thank you so much for your feedback Kellie! I'm so glad you enjoyed Monique and Amani's presentation, we hope to see you at the September Meetup!

      September 5, 2014

  • Brenda

    Amani Channel and Monique Johnson both did a splendid/excellent job with explaining the process and importance of a Video in a Blog and You Tube...Good job guys as well as Tiffany Wong!!! See you guys next month! Brenda Vines Mitchell

    4 · August 21, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      Thank you for coming out Brenda, it was great to meet you and Bruce! I hope to see you next month when Dan Morris and Rachel Martin speak!

      1 · August 21, 2014

    • Amani C.

      Thanks! Brenda!!!

      August 26, 2014

  • kimberly D.

    Love this event, very helpful. Thanks

    1 · August 21, 2014

    • Monique J.

      Thanks for coming out! Be sure to come to next month's. Dan Morris will blow you away!

      August 24, 2014

  • Shonda B.

    Thank you Tiffany, Amani, and Monica for an insightful and fun meetup last evening! I look forward to future meetups! :)

    2 · August 21, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      You are welcome Shonda, thank you for coming out! I look forward to seeing you next month!

      August 21, 2014

  • Tiffany W.

    Amani and Monique are giving our members 50% off of their Mobile Video Academy this Saturday. Just use discount code "mobilespecial" when you register at http://mobilevideoacademy.com. It's only $49.50 with the discount, which is a steal!

    1 · August 20, 2014

    • Jeanie

      Update - I switched to Chrome & the button worked fine :)

      1 · August 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I loved it too. Thank you so much for setting this up. I look forward to the next meeting. Louise Cook cook

      1 · August 21, 2014

  • kimberly D.

    Love this event, very helpful. Thanks

    1 · August 21, 2014

  • Tiffany W.

    Apps for creating cool edited videos for social media - Vidstitch, PicPlayPost, and Vont

    August 20, 2014

  • Tiffany W.

    Lenses that you can attach to your phone http://photojojo.com/store/

    August 20, 2014

  • Tiffany W.

    Rode Smartlav Lavalier Microphone plugs directly into your phone, no need for an adapter - http://www.rodemic.com/microphones/smartlav

    Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Microphone (http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/9c6eca17168eef6f/index.html) is great but you'll need an adapter like the one below.

    iPhone & Android 1/8 in mic adapter for 3.5mm mic jack

    August 20, 2014

  • Tiffany W.

    The monopod Monique mentioned can be found here - http://www.istabilizer.com/products/istabilizer-monopod

    August 20, 2014

  • Tiffany W.

    I can't wait to meet everyone in just a bit! If you need to reach me this evening, the best way is to text me. My cell is[masked]

    August 20, 2014

  • Christine V.

    Hi! OK to pay at the door?

    August 20, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      Yes, tonight we are accepting payment at the door. See you in just a bit!

      1 · August 20, 2014

  • Tiffany W.

    For those of you have that haven't been to Manuel's Tavern before, here's a link to their menus:

    Food - http://www.manuelstavern.com/menus.html
    Drink - http://www.manuelstavern.com/drink.html

    August 20, 2014

  • Shonda B.

    Hi Tiffany, I looked so forward to attending this tomorrow but my financial account was hacked and I had to cancel all my credit cards and my replacement cards haven't arrived. I will see you all at the next meetup. Have a good time!

    August 19, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      Oh no Shonda! That's a real pain, I'm sorry you are having to deal with all of that. You are more than welcome to come and pay at the door if that works for you. If not, hopefully we'll see you next month!

      August 19, 2014

    • Shonda B.

      Good Morning Tiffany! Thank you and I will be there, since I can pay at the door. Thank you!! :)

      1 · August 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am in the wrong room. I am in with the Atlanta film festival folks

    August 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No. I live 15 minutes away. No biggie.

      August 19, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      Whew! Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow Bob!

      August 19, 2014

  • LaTrenda G.

    I will try to make it tomorrow. I really want to learn about adding video to my blog.

    August 19, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      I hope you can make it out Trenda! Amani and Monique are also doing a workshop this Saturday on mobile video if you are interested. You can get all the details here - http://bit.ly/1m2RBEv­

      August 19, 2014

  • Michelle H.

    Right now, it looks like I won't be able to be there this time.

    July 21, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      We'll miss you Michelle! Next month we have another awesome speaker lined up, hopefully you can make it then. :)

      August 19, 2014

  • Barbara Mays B.

    Not sure if I can make it out that night - my plans seem to be fairly liquid until about a week before hand these days. *sigh* Glad you put this all togehter, Tiffany!

    July 18, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      Hey there you! Are you going to be able to make it out tomorrow night?

      August 19, 2014

  • Amani C.

    What's your biggest question or challenge with video?

    August 14, 2014

    • Andrew B.

      @Armani Channel, I'm looking through my videos and they are not as bad as I imagined lol. I guess the thing I have in mind is what I only see in production. I try to make sure my videos have a reasonably strong start and finish. But I think I'm kind of middle of the road still. Here is one of my typical videos: https://www.youtube.co...­ and here is one where I actually really like the ending: https://www.youtube.co...­

      August 16, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      I think my biggest challenge is that I just don't know why (or how) I should incorporate video, so I don't have a lot of passion behind my efforts when it's time to try and record things. It's something I've done occasionally in the past, but never really a purpose or plan. And certainly not with any decent editing skills! O.o

      August 16, 2014

  • Shonda B.

    I am really looking forward to this!! :)

    1 · July 31, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      Awesome! I'm excited to meet you Shonda!

      August 1, 2014

    • Shonda B.

      Can't wait to meet you too, Tiffany!

      August 1, 2014

  • Amani C.

    Looking forward to it! I want to know about your biggest challenges, or fears when it comes to DIY videos.

    1 · July 31, 2014

  • Ashley

    Have you looked at JavaVino? I think they have a private area.

    1 · July 16, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      I have not Ashley, but I will now! Thank you for the suggestion!

      July 31, 2014

  • Mickey M.

    Any idea what part of town this will be in?

    July 15, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      We actually looked at some Marietta locations, but were concerned they may be too far for some members. I'm not totally opposed to that area for future events though, as we may find that we end up with a good bit of bloggers from around the N. Atlanta area. I'll definitely keep you in mind for those suggestions in the future!

      July 15, 2014

    • Tiffany W.

      Thanks for the suggestion Lindsey, SOHO is now our venue sponsor for September!

      Mickey, I've just updated the event, we'll be at Manuel's Tavern for our August event.

      1 · July 31, 2014

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