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Marketing: 10 Ways To Enhance
Your Online Voice Over FootPrint
 
By Dave Courvoisier
Voice Actor & TV News Anchor

There’s no ignoring it. We’re all drawn closer by the Internet. Intimately.

That’s certainly a function of your willingness to use it. But apparently, most of us are on the Internet partly to:
  • bridge the “lonely” gap,
  • learn more,
  • build relationships,
  • explore new digital worlds (online marketing?), and sometimes even to
  • not feel left behind by the pace of technology.
So, we’re out there. We’re on FaceBook (600,000,000 worldwide and growing), YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, VO forums, blogs, Skype, FaceBook Groups and more.
 
We email, we respond to engaging threads about our VO business, and we like to think we contribute in some small way.
 
MAKING A FOOTPRINT

What you are doing with each digital interaction is extending a piece of YOU to the world.
 
You are creating your FOOTPRINT.
 
It’s a digital footprint, and it’s a voice over digital footprint if you’re at all trying to build your VO business using social media.
 
HIGHLY PERSONAL

Much like you build your reputation among friends, family and workmates in your city/town, you are growing your digital image online - and it’s highly personal.
 
Even more so now than before. People seem to be willing to share more on FaceBook than they EVER would reveal to strangers in person (often times to their detriment).

In fact, YOU are your brand in more ways than that fancy logo, and your colorful business card.

BEST FOOTPRINT FORWARD

What, then can you do to leverage this extension-of-you to the best possible advantage?

I humbly submit the following list of 10 suggestions, and some real-world samples for each as a starting point.
Note: YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) according to the effort you put into it, your comfortableness with the medium, the time you can afford to spend, and your ability to creatively build your own list of suggestions.)
THE SOCIAL MEDIA 10

1) CONTRIBUTE
 
Your perspective and knowledge may benefit someone else in ways you never anticipated, and it takes nothing from you.
 
If someone posts a question or topic with which you’re familiar, throw in your two cents.

2) ENGAGE
 
Don’t just lurk. Be known.
 
This doesn’t mean you have to be chatty every day, all day. Just pop up once in a while when you can contribute (see #1), and show yourself.

3) WRITE CONCISELY, PERSONABLY
 
Social media prompts more writing than at any other time in the history of man. We’re writing more now because that’s the main form of interaction online.
 
This takes practice. Space your paragraphs (each sentence is a paragraph) for visual ease, and don’t be wordy. No one has the time any more.

4) AVOID ENDLESS ARGUMENTS
 
Sometimes you just have to make your point and move on. The more emotion enters into an online argument, the more misunderstanding it creates.
 
Call the person and hash it out on the phone, or take it to a private email thread.
 
It’s not likely you want to be perceived as contentious. Prospective clients can find these debates online through simple searches.

5) BE CONSISTENT
 
Don’t change your avatar a lot. If you post your logo, post it everywhere the same.
 
If you’re a naturally helpful person, be helpful online. If you have a zany wit, be witty in a zany way - just try to maintain that personality, and people will come to appreciate your character.
 
They might even recognize your “voice” through your posts, and suggest you for a voice job they think would fit that character.

6) ADD LINKS
 
This is the single most appreciated feature of anyone’s post, tweet, blog, or FB wall update.
 
Making a point? Add the link. Seen a great video? Throw in the URL for YouTube. Just visited a helpful blog? Where’s the address?

7) RETWEET and REFER
 
Flattery will get you everywhere, and when you retweet someone’s meaty tweet, and refer others to a great blog or website, you are flattering the author, which will win you points every time.

8) ASK QUESTIONS
 
You don’t always have to be a know-it-all.
 
When you ask a legitimate question, you give someone else a chance to shine, and you learn something in the process.
 
VO people are usually very helpful, we’ve all been there, and there are no dumb questions.

9) SHARE SOMETHING PERSONAL
 
... once in a while. You don’t have to give your kids’ Social Security numbers, but you might offer that you just finished a big project, and it feels good to be done.
 
Some think these posts are frivolous, but I differ.
 
When done right, they reveal a window into your personality, and you’ll find sometimes you get the most responses to THESE types of offerings.
 
10) POST VIDEOS
 
They’re hot right now, so either link to them a lot, or take a deep breath, fire up your laptop webcam, and do one of your own.
 
I offer some helpful free tips for this at ONCAMTIPS.com. This is a great way to build #1, #2, and #9 above.

Honorable mention: Don’t just “like”…comment and say why. Sometimes those threads run far and wide, and can be lots of fun or very educational.
 
ABOUT DAVE ...
 
Dave Courvoisier (“pronounced just like the fine cognac, only no relation”) is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, writer, producer, voice actor, and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate. He's become the voice over industry's social media tech guru, and writes Voice-Acting in Vegas, a daily blog of adventures and observations in a style that’s true to his friendly Midwestern farm roots.
 
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Comments (5)
Jennifer Dixon
4/23/2011 at 5:31 PM
Thanks Dave.
Straightforward,up-to-date information and ideas.
Very useful!
Cheers!
Jenny Dixon
www.jennymusedixon.com
Scott Larson
4/19/2011 at 5:44 PM
Great advice, I'll use it whenever I can, my wood burning webcam will be a challenge, though, as the smoke gets a little thick (j/k) I appreciate the advice for sure.. Seeya in the trades
Scott Larson
twitter: @slarson
Facebook: imagingradio.com
web: www.imagingradio.com
LinkedIN.. whew yeah you get the idea
Bobbin Beam
4/19/2011 at 11:36 AM
Great tips, Dave. I really appreciate your thoughts and agree that it's not only important to communicate using social media, but to really connect, by just being helpful, engaging and being yourself!
All The Best,
Bobbin Beam
Talmadge Ragan
4/19/2011 at 10:49 AM
Great advice, Dave! And the OnCamTips were concise and right on. Thanks for giving and sharing as much as you do. Practical and inspiring.
Meghan Weimer
4/19/2011 at 1:57 AM
These are great, straight-forward tips. And Dave certainly walks the walk! Thanks for spelling it out for us and for sharing. Other great tools include StumbleUpon, Delicious, and the like.
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