In his January video marketing piece, Tom Tsinas reminded us of the importance of incorporating images, audio, and video into our content. He wrote: "As search engine marketers, we all know that content is king and that content is more than just text. Images, video and audio each represent a fantastic opportunity to drive traffic to our clients sites." In this post, I'd like to share two examples that demonstrate how important that statement is.

One of my responsibilities as editor for a chiropractic news website is to make sure content is optimized in a way that provides for those fantastic opportunities Tom talks about. On a recent Sunday evening I was preparing a news piece regarding a story that involved pharmaceuticals being found in numerous US Metro water supplies. I felt it was a well-written article but it needed an image to make it complete. A photo was added and properly tagged for relevance to the article. Post was published and I went on to my next task.

What's an Image Worth?

How long did it take to include an image and did it really make a difference? I figure it probably took me less than three minutes to locate, crop, apply tags to, and include the image in the post. Not a major task. (It's important to mention that the chiropractic website I edit for is indexed by Google News, which provides an advantage to getting article traffic.)

How nice is it to wake up on Monday morning with a fresh cup of coffee and your image appearing smack dab top and center of the news homepage? I'd call that one of the fantastic opportunities Tom was talking about.


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Looking at the screenshot we can see there were more than 650 related news articles on the topic (that number grew to over 1200 by midafternoon). The chances of my websites article getting the top position are almost nonexistent (they are usually reserved for major news outlets), but the inclusion of an image provides for that opportunity we speak of. Guess what? People click on images. If I were my client, I'd have been very pleased. Lesson: include an image in every post.

Simple Video and Local Television News

Tom's post was more focused on the opportunity of utilizing video, rather than images, so let's take a look at an example that work for me (which involved no cost). Back in August of 2007 I shot a 90 second video of a friends 11 year old daughter speaking about his chiropractic business, and I uploaded it to YouTube. I pretty much forgot about it after that. Six months later he informed me his local small business was getting new clients as a result of the video.

I was impressed that this small business could attract new local clients from a YouTube video, so I wrote a post about it (which included an image and the video embedded into the post). Less than 24 hours later the chiropractor's office was calling me to say a local NBC news channel had read the post, watched the video, and was coming to the office to interview the doctor and his daughter. The story ran on the Tuesday night local evening news... Local tween hits it big on youtube.com. I checked that one off as a fantastic opportunity.

Last week Jeff Quipp wrote about using Using Digg to Get TV and other mentions in off-line media. I had not utilized that method but you can bet I'll be doing further research on it.

Michael Dorausch is the Founder of Planet Chiropractic, a website launched in 1998, that specializes in alternative health topics, and just about anything related to living a chiropractic lifestyle.