Video Killed the Radio Star but not the Accountant

If you’re a music trivia buff I’m sure you’re familiar with the song, ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’. This catchy (but annoying) tune was a massive hit for The Buggles in 1979 and 35 years later the lyrics provide an important message for every accounting firm in Australia. Let me explain …

Video is now a critical part of the marketing landscape and YouTube is now the second biggest search engine behind Google. Cisco project that by 2017 two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic will be driven by video. The statistics around video are compelling including:

  • 78% of people watch video online at least once a week
  • 55% watch video online every day
  • 57% of consumer internet traffic will come from video by 2015
  • 500 years worth of content is uploaded to YouTube every day
  • 700 YouTube videos are shared on Twitter every minute

I recently blogged about the importance of being on the first page of a Google search. Research indicates that on average, page one gets 91.5% of all traffic while page two manages less than 5% and page three just over 1% of traffic. You can read that blog here but the real ‘kicker’ is the fact that you’re 53 times more likely to get a page one listing on Google with video content on your website. Clearly, video is now an essential part of an accountant’s marketing arsenal.

We recently recorded a series of videos for members of our Accountants Accelerator Group and are in the process of posting them on their websites. The videos are brief, generally ninety seconds to two minutes long and they have been corporatized to include an intro and out-tro. If you’re looking to rejuvenate your ageing client base with Gen X and Y clients then it’s time to get with the video program.

To help accountants, we now offer a video production and editing service that includes the scripts, recording and editing. The search engines crave this content and if you ignore this shift in consumer behaviour then the Buggles lyrics might come back to haunt you including the line, “Pictures came and broke your heart”.

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