Market Like a Rockstar with Animoto

Showcasing your listings online can be expression of your personality and marketing savvy. You know this, that’s why you showcase homes, maybe even the surrounding community in a special, attractive and unique way…right? The only problem is, some marketing avenues can be costly and time intensive. If you are looking for savvy cutting-edge video from stills, try a service like Animoto for Business.

Animoto has become famous for its upbeat party-style slideshows that feel like a celebration. This effect is caused by a combination of hip production effects and stylish copyright free music integrated with your still photos.? I guess it could also be caused by the founder’s previous experience producing for MTV and VH1.

With production taken care of, now think of the various applications in your business! Brenda from Animoto had no trouble coming up with a few:

  • make the listing(s) more appealing with stunning video tours
  • easily adding powerful virtual tours to website or blog
  • upload Animoto videos to YouTube for traffic generating commercials
  • add to e-newsletters…go viral with featured virtual tours
  • share videos via email
  • highlight parks, restaurants, etc.
  • carrying virtual tour(s) on iPhone
  • creating high-res, virtual tour DVDs for VIP clients

So really, what’s my investment?

It’s pretty straightforward; you will need a subscription to Animoto for Business.? You can start at $99 for 3 months or $249 for the year. ?If you’re reading this post before October 3rd 2008, use coupon code: RE09tech for an additional month added to your account free. ?(You should note that their terms of service states that if your commercial account expires you are no longer permitted to use your Animoto video for commercial use.)

What can I expect from the production process?

Since Animoto requires your still photos, that’s where you’ll start. Browse and upload into your new show.? Then arrange photos in the order they should appear. ?Next pick music from a range of legal “commercial use” music. Then finalize the video by including title, description and cover screen photo. Animoto will take over rendering the photos and sound into a video.? With the commercial version, Animoto branding is scaled back. ??The player will include a small “Powered by Animoto” logo in the bottom right corner and at the end.

What can I do with the Finished Product?
You’ll have full access to download your video (unlimited times) in MP4 and ISO formats. Your finished video can easily be added to your website or blog with supplied embed code. You can also have Animoto burn the physical DVD for $20.

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Animoto for Business also covered at Sellsius

About Reggie

Reggie Nicolay is founder of the real estate technology blog, and is the Vice President of Marketing and Social Media for the Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), a property database for REALTORS®. Reggie was named one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate for 2010 by Inman News.