Recently I’ve started to use videos when replying to certain types of emails that I get from people.
For example, when someone emails me or even sends me a message on Skype or Facebook chat, asking me a question about something I have been finding that a lot of times it’s easier to just shoot a short video answering their question than it is to write out a long email.
This is especially true in regards to answering an email question where a screenshot video would be best to use.
The challenge in the past has been that making a screenshot video was time consuming and clunky, but there is a software out now called Jing that allows you make this process very simple.
It’s actually not a new software, I first heard of it way back in 2008, but it has gone through a lot of improvements lately that make it way easier to use.
Here’s a brief introduction to it:
The software now allows you to shoot up to a 5 minute video and upload / host it on their servers and the to easily share that video with someone via email or by sending them a link via chat.
I’ve now started using this a way to communicate with people much more easily that typing out long emails.
You can also shoot short video clips using your webcam software and attach those to your email as well, or upload a quick video to YouTube and then send someone the link.
I’ve found this WAY more effective at communicating the message than sending a longer email which most people kind of skim through and end up missing certain key points.
The cool thing too is that Jing is a free software ( click here to get it ) and so is YouTube, so you can either use Jing to do a screen capture of your computer screen or shoot a quick webcam video and upload it to YouTube and then email someone a link to watch the video where you answer the email questions on video.
I have actually found this to be faster than typing out an email, and people LOVE the engagement they get from a video rather than just TEXT.
Try it out if you haven’t already. 🙂