Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: Video Marketing Tool – Content Samurai

Video Marketing Tool – Content Samurai

Video Marketing Tool – Content Samurai
Video marketing is something we all know is very powerful but, not everyone likes to be on camera. Brian England asked how I made one of the videos in a previous blog and it gave me the idea to write a post in case it would help anyone else with creating video content. Thank you for the question Brian!

I wanted to share Content Samurai for those of you who fall into the not liking to be on camera category but, really it’s a great tool for anyone looking to add more video marketing to their arsenal because of how easy it is to take content you already have and make it into a video. 

 

Content Samurai allows you to take any written content you have such as a blog post and transform it into a video. I still think it’s great if you make an appearance in your videos but, with this, it’s not a must. There are days where I need to do a video but, don’t look camera ready and this is a great solution. We're planning on using this to take blog content I've created in the past and turn it into videos to add to our YouTube channel.

 

You can get a free week trial to see if you like it. You have full use of the site to really get a feel of how it works. Please note this link is my affiliate link if you prefer to visit the site direction go to www.contentsamurai.com. If you decide to sign up be sure to check for coupons, when we signed up they had different offers and I am not paying the full advertised monthly price because of a coupon code.

Below is an example of a video my assistant created using Content Samurai. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 71 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • January 14 2019 05:13PM

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Amanda, today is really busy, so will need to come back and view this site.  Thanks for the tips! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

NIce shout out to Brian England ! I remember that question.  You should probably feature this on YouTube Thursdays with Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD . I always make it a point to go there to get info on videos.  I will be checking Samuri out right after I finish my comments today.  

THANK YOU!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 5 months ago

Good morning Amanda - I read about it in Brians post but now hearing from you I should give it a try.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 5 months ago

Good morning, Amanda S. Davidson wow....what a nice share... I'm going to check this out and also reblog to share with those who might miss it....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 5 months ago

Amanda,

Nice tip.  Do you know if the videos can be housed on Vimeo instead of YouTube? 

A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Thank you very much, Amanda, for sharing your experience and your recommendation.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Hello Amanda,  Thanks, for this information.  This is good to have and so useful,  Can I reblog it down the road.  This should be feature.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 5 months ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson, thank you so much for sharing, I'm one of those people who doesn't want to be on camera, will definitely check it. Have a great Wednesday!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 5 months ago

Joan Cox anytime! Have a great day. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I just hit edit and selected the YouTube group, is that the right way to do it? I don't use groups anymore and wasn't sure. I hope you find this helpful, we've only had it for about 6 weeks and it's been great to be able to get more content out. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Grant Schneider we really like it and the price is reasonable as well. If you try it I hope it's useful!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Barbara Todaro thank you for spreading the word. I think it could really help everyone with video marketing.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel they can, after you finish making a video the download puts it into an mp4 and then you can house it where you'd like. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Roy Kelley you're welcome. Hoping it helps someone else with video content!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Will Hamm definitely, feel free to share it. We have found it to be really useful and Brian's question made a lightbulb go off that I should share it. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Beth Atalay you're welcome! I hope you have a great Wednesday too! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Great post, what a great idea.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

Thank you for sharing this Amanda S. Davidson , this is GREAT stuff!

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 5 months ago

Hi Amanda... I read about this on Barbara Todaro's reblog. I use Lumen5 for free, but may need to look into this option a bit further.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

This is a wonderful Share Amanda. I like your video very much. Short and to the point in a friendly manner!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 5 months ago

Thanks, Amanda. I will check it out. Sounds pretty interesting. Nice video - short but gets the message across effectively.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 5 months ago

Good morning Amanda.  Thanks for the information about Content Samurai.  I may very well give this a try.

 

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

Nina Hollander  I do really like this service but, free is hard to beat!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Gabe Sanders if you try it out I hope you like it. For the cost and ease of use we've been pleased. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

WOW, cool, I'm going to play with this and see what I come up with. Look for more discussion about it soon in YouTube Thursdays. Thanks for sharing Amanda. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 5 months ago

 

Thanks again, Amanda. And thanks for sharing it to our Group. D 

 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 5 months ago

Hi Amanda - nice video. I had not heard of Content Samurai before; I'll take a look.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 5 months ago

Thanks for the info. What a genius way to create video from text.

Posted by Bernadette A. James, Broker-Associate, Keller Williams Realty SW (Serving Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond and Pearland) 5 months ago

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Posted by Jerry Lucas, Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training (ABC Legal Docs LLC) 5 months ago

Your video looks really nice.  As the others mentioned, simple and too the point. 

 

 Sometimes all these monthly subscriptions quickly add up, so I try not to get too enthused about each new time saving thing.  I saw they charge $47 per month.   

   

How long been using them to create your videos?   Aside from the cost, is there any downsides or things that we should be aware of or that you would suggest we consider?  I have only used free programs in the past.  

 

Thanks! 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) 5 months ago

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I hope you find it useful, thank you for the feature in YouTube Thursdays! You were a big reason I finally started doing videos and I appreciate the tips and encouragement you share with us each week. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Sondra Meyer: we've been using them since November. I agree the monthly fees can add up. There were coupon codes available when we signed up so I'm not paying the $47 per month. I pay quite a bit less, if you'd like to know the amount I'm happy to email it to you. Not sure if it's ok to post it on a public forum.

The downside, in my opinion, is if you don't already have written content to turn into a video this would be time-consuming to use. We're going back to my older blog posts (along with the new ones) and making short videos from the main points that we extract from the posts. This is a supplement tool for us to go along with the videos I'm in to build content on YouTube. 

We used to use free programs too but, video is an area we have been focusing on since the end of 2017. I've upgraded certain things in order to put out better content. I give most anything a year to test out ROI, if it's there I keep it and if it's not it gets cut from the budget. Hope this helps!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

I have been swamped the past couple of days, so I am just getting to reading this post.  Thanks for tagging me in it, I definitely need to check out this website and take advantage of the free trial at least.  I have to come up with some ideas for videos first though, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 5 months ago

This sounds like something that's made for camera shy people like me. 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 5 months ago

Another excellent resource to add to the real estate toolbelt. Thanks for the information for this tool, Amanda.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) 5 months ago

Very interesting topic, will check it out and see what more that more information there is on this topic, Video is great way to visit with potential clients. 

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) 5 months ago

If you use this service to create your videos and pay their monthly fee for say, 6 months, could you then delete the account and the video will still be on YouTube. Probably a dumb question . . .

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) 5 months ago

That is a great alternative to make sure you still get out a weekly video.  Sometimes we will film a bunch of videos that can be used at a later date as well.  

Posted by Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local. (Blue Olive Properties, LLC) 5 months ago

LOVE THIS, Amanda!  Thanks for sharing the tool and how you implement video : )

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) 5 months ago

Thanks, Amanda, I will be checking out this video tool.

 

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) 5 months ago

Great Amanda S. Davidson ...the simpler the better and the "preview" makes this sound like even we can do it !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 5 months ago

Nicely done and very professional looking. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 5 months ago

Brian England thank you for asking the question. I wouldn't have thought to post about this if you hadn't!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Carol Williams it's definitely a great alternative for anyone that's camera shy =)

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

I like it alot. I have used other Samurai products. Kathleen Daniels you might like this too, email for sharing!

Posted by Corinne Guest, Barrington Lifestyles (Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company) 5 months ago

Margaret Goss not a dumb question at all. You could, after you finish making a video you just download it from Content Samurai into an mp4 and then from there you can upload it anywhere you'd like. If you deleted your CS account you'd still have all the mp4 files that you downloaded/saved to your computer. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Kevin Mackessy thank you for adding that. Great advice. I've gotten so that I do that too and wish I'd thought to do it sooner. I find I get in a groove if I do a few at a time. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I have no doubt you can do this in your sleep. Super user-friendly!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Thanks for sharing. Always looking for more tools to use and put to work to help create new and additional content.

Posted by Stephen Turner, The BIG Guy of NEW HOME SALES (Gemcraft Homes (TriCorner Realty)) 5 months ago

Hello Amanda S. Davidson  Is this the paid version or the free Version ? The free version is only good only for the first week?

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 5 months ago

Thank you Amanda S. Davidson - I will look into this.  And I will definitely use your affiliate link if I decide to take the plunge.  Thanks again Corinne Guest for tagging me.  It's been a whirlwind morning.  

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) 5 months ago

Hannah Williams there isn't a free version for Content Samurai. The trial does allow you to keep the videos you make and they don't have a watermark but, you're correct that it's just for a week.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Kathleen Daniels thank you, I appreciate it. I hope it's helpful. I read your reply to Corinne Guest about your list growing and growing. It never stops does it?! Have a great weekend. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Hello Amanda - one of the many terrific aspects of being a member of ActiveRain is how a question can lead to a blog post that can help so many.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 5 months ago

Michael Jacobs I couldn't agree more. Questions and answers lead to all of us learning more and I'm grateful for that. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson ,

I'm so glad that Brian England asked this question! Congratulations on your well deserved featured post and introducing us to an important tool to have in our arsenal!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 5 months ago

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR I am too, he's such a great part of the Rain! Thank you!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Hi Amanda, I just looked into this and will probably use it for a couple of videos.  Getting apt copyright free video and images for a marketing video is always a problem and being able to put something like this together so quickly is great.  Thanks!!

Posted by John Henry, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 5 months ago

Excellent info, Amanda. I was expecting to see your lovely face on there, but I wasn't disappointed with the content. Well done.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 5 months ago

John Henry I agree, it can definitely be a challenge. I'm happy to hear you think this might be helpful for you! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Mike Cooper, GRI thank you! I'm finding this is great to increase the amount of content we can put out and helps me when I just don't have enough time to be in a video :) I hope you're having a good weekend!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Really nice work! Thank you for posting about this tool. It seems like everybody and their brother has come out with a video creation tool in the last couple years, but your output looks great! I'll check it out!

Posted by Jon Boyd, Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent (Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor) 4 months ago

Jon Boyd thank you, I appreciate your feedback! So far this one is our favorite and I have to say it has really helped fill in when I'm not able to be in a video. I hope you find it useful. Have a great weekend!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 4 months ago

I'm subscribed and look forward to many of you jumping on board with me too....  Some unique video ideas at my channel for sure

 

I'm here to check out

Posted by Jay Seville, Northern Virginia & SE NC Beaches ((owner) JustNewListings.com Realty, Inc.) 4 months ago

Jay Seville thanks for stopping by. Just subscribed to your channel.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 4 months ago

Finding different ways to create content is the name of the game.  Just checked out your youtube channel, always like to watch new content.  

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 4 months ago

Morgan Evans thanks again for stopping by my youtube channel. I subscribed to your and Eileen's channel. We can never have enough ideas for content!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 4 months ago

This is excellent stuff! Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us! When I sign up I'll definitely use your affilliate link. 

Posted by Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales (Davis R. Chant, REALTORS) about 1 month ago

Good morning, Amanda S. Davidson wow... what a great marketing tool.... I'll bookmark this one.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 1 month ago

Karen Rice I'm glad you found it useful! I'm still using the service and pleased with the outcome. I appreciate it!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) about 1 month ago

Barbara Todaro thank you! 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) about 1 month ago

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