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Perhaps the WORST Financial Educational Video of all time…

I want to take you back in time.

Back to a time when Joe Simonds was a complete digital dunce.

Back to a time when I knew nothing about how to do videos, when I had no idea how to properly upload videos to YouTube, and I certainly had no idea how to create leads from my videos, or even how to create leads online for that matter.

In fact, I think my first couple of videos were so bad that I probably scared away more people than anything else (just wait until you see it below)

YouTube Marketing can be very hard at first, but…

I will be completely honest with you…mastering YouTube was incredibly hard for me.

For my “in front of camera” videos, I had no idea that I needed lighting, I had no idea that I needed good sound (like a microphone), and I had no idea how to optimize my videos on YouTube.

To make matters worse in terms of my time involved per video, I even had videos where I had to do upwards of 20 takes, just to get a 3 minute video filmed.

And for my “off camera” videos, I had no idea how easy it could be to just screen-capture a PowerPoint presentation with a voiceover and throw it up online with NO camera equipment or fancy video software at all. I wish that someone had showed me that tip back when I started!

My biggest lesson learned in regards to Video and YouTube Marketing:

My biggest lesson, or really my biggest mistake, was not getting more help. Instead of taking a course right off the bat (instead of a year after bloodying my nose), or paying a consultant to help me, I decided to buy my own camera equipment online (without consulting with anyone about the best camera equipment), and learned every single step the hard way…by trial and error.

Long story short, it cost me months of my time, and tens of thousands of dollars in total equipment and software costs because I kept buying different things that I thought would help me get out of the hole that I had dug myself into…

Which brings me to the proof that my stubbornness brought upon me…my epically horribly first round of videos.

These have been in the video vault of shame for quite some time. Only to make it out on days like today to remind us all that even the toughest things can become easy after persistent use. And that even the worst obstacles can be something that you laugh at down the road.

The worst financial educational video of all time…

Note: This video is no longer public, and nothing in it can be construed as investment advice. Seek the council of a licensed financial professional, and someone who knows how to do a legit video, before ever buying an annuity.

A couple points of where this video failed miserably:

  • Horrific lighting
  • My camera was focused in on the background and not me
  • A light suit that made me look orange
  • Why am I holding the camcorder remote control in my hand?
  • Why am I showing off the Houston backdrop instead of myself?
  • Sound quality is pitiful
  • And any other mishaps that you can find are encouraged below in the comment section

YOU CAN DO THIS, and I want to save you TONS of time

Here is the GREAT news:

  • You can do this.
  • Even though it is hard, it isn’t impossible. I am proof of that in my horrendous first videos.
  • And the irony is that some of my most watched videos of all time are just me screen-capturing a PowerPoint presentation and my voice. In other words, NO Camera, NO fancy equipment, NO big production just to get a nice video done.
  • The best news is that I can SAVE YOU tons of of time, tons of embarrassment, and tons of trial & error time.
  • How you ask?

Well my brother and I are offering a 5-day video based course (however, you can take it at any time) that teaches you everything you could possibly need to know from start to scratch regarding YouTube marketing without any camera equipment, lighting, microphones, etc.

It is everything that I WISH someone had given me when I first started out. In fact, knowing what I know today, I would have paid tens of thousands for this course.

It will help you shave off tons of time, and help you create leads faster than ever. And the coolest news is that you can even do it all with no web developer, no coding, and you don’t even need a camera. Moreover, it will help ensure that you never end up with one of the worst financial educational videos of all time.

Finally, even if you don’t take our course, I urge you to take someone else’s course (or hire it out), as this really is the future of marketing for financial advisors. Not to mention, it will enable you to work less, help more people, make more money, and spend time doing the things you love to do.

P.S. – If you have not yet registered for our free online seminar training course, then click here to get started.

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Fernando Godinez

Fernando Godinez is the CEO of Advisor Internet Marketing. He’s been the architect behind some of the top financial advisors online presence in the country and help them triple their practice through online lead generation. Over the past few years he has been responsible for generating over 500k leads through online marketing and lead generation campaigns for independent financial advisors.

  • Joe Simonds
    11:16 AM, 20 September 2014

    A few of you have emailed us this week about learning more about our private YouTube marketing training for financial advisors. Find out everything here –

  • marty carmo
    11:42 AM, 20 September 2014

    Hey Joe, lucky for you your neighbor didn’t come out on the balcony naked!

    • Joe Simonds
      12:06 PM, 20 September 2014

      Haha. That just would have added one more “take” to my 15 or so to finally nail this video…

  • Willi
    11:52 PM, 18 February 2016

    Emily Campbell – All of the photo’s are great and capture the saicepl day. My top three favorite include: shot of your eye lashes/dress, the two shots (one on Haley’s face and the other on Adam’s) when seeing each other for the first time before the ceremony, and the shot of the grandparents. The first time seeing eachother is precious and the grandparent’s shot is priceless!!!! Congrats again Mr. and Mrs. Roebuck!!!!

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