How to turn a blog post into video: using Content Samurai

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Have you seen videos like these?

The other day I clicked a link on Twitter to an article that was on CNN. When I got to the post, I noticed there was a video at the top of the page. It may have even auto-started, but that wasn't what surprised me. And I'll be honest, I don't spend a lot of time on CNN, so they may have been doing this forever.

What I was impressed with was that this video, instead of being a video clip of a news report, was a video summary of the blog post. In other words, in 45 seconds, I got a summary of the entire article and I could decide if I wanted to scroll down and read the rest.

The screenshot above wasn't the exact article, but by simply going back to CNN today, I was able to confirm it was a general strategy they are using. And the more I thought about it, the more I liked it.

Here's why I like the idea of turning a blog post into video

A study by Vidyard shows that video drives better results:

  • 41% more web traffic from search than non-users;
  • 27% higher click-through rates;
  • grow revenue 49% faster than non-video users.

Who doesn't want more traffic? Who doesn't want to attract people on Facebook or Twitter?

And that's when suddenly I noticed it all over twitter. I had been watching inline videos from TechCrunch on Twitter for a while without thinking about it.

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If you can do anything to get more people to interact with your content, shouldn't that be something you desire?

The problem is video can feel intimidating… I'm no video editor

I know what you're thinking. Who knows how to create video? What tools do you need? Or who do you have to hire?

It all gets pretty overwhelming quickly, doesn't it.

I'm pretty comfortable with software tools, so I thought, I bet I can figure this out. I tried a couple of options like getting an account at Shakr.com.

I created this video for yesterday's post on LMS plugins. It was pretty cool but also constricting. I could only place text where they told me and I had to pick a template that allowed me to use two lines of text in a couple of places.

Then I found Content Samurai

So I spent some time digging into a variety of options. What I wanted was simple:

  • An easy way to create pages / slides of content
  • An easy way to get text and photos placed / styled
  • An easy way to add audio
  • An easy way to render the final video

You notice the “easy way” theme, right? Because after I spend an hour writing a post, after an hour or two researching, I don't really want to spend another hour creating video.

That's when I found Content Samurai and I love it!

Instead of me writing a whole bunch about it, which I promise I'll do soon, let me show you a video of me using the product. It's seriously amazing.

And if you use my affiliate link (I'm a paying customer of the product and highly recommend this product), you'll get 50% off the monthly fee for Content Samurai.

About Chris Lema

Chris Lema has been working with WordPress since 2005. Over the years he's been a blogger, a speaker at WordCamps, a coach for WordPress product companies, and the founder of the conference for WordPress business owners, called CaboPress. Today he's the VP of Products at Liquid Web, where he manages the world's first managed platform for WooCommerce stores.

Chris Lema

Chris Lema has been working with WordPress since 2005. Over the years he's been a blogger, a speaker at WordCamps, a coach for WordPress product companies, and the founder of the conference for WordPress business owners, called CaboPress. Today he's the VP of Products at Liquid Web, where he manages the world's first managed platform for WooCommerce stores.

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