Instant SmartPhone to Blog Video Marketing

by on December 14, 2012 · 12 comments

iPhone iMovie video project

Ok, here’s my little video post by email experiment:

I’ve been looking for ways to blog more – every day if possible. With a backlog of over 65 blog ideas, I’ve been looking for ways to streamline my blogging workflow.

So here’s what I’m doing in this experiment.

First, capture a short video on my iPhone 4S. I’m using an Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lapel mic to get better audio (this mic is $17 on Amazon).

Once the video is captured, you can edit it in iMovie directly on the iPhone. iMovie allows you to trim, cut out clips and in my case add a short intro piece. You could add music too.

Editing in iMovie on the iPhone

Editing in iMovie on the iPhone

Once it is saved, then you can just share it directly to YouTube from iMovie. Type in the title and description, and it is uploaded to your YouTube Channel automatically.

Uploading the movie to YouTube from iPhone

Uploading the movie to YouTube from iPhone

Next it asks if you want to view the video. It takes a few minutes to process on YouTube before it is available to view. But once you view it, you can grab the link and share it via email.

iPhone Video in YouTube

iPhone Video in YouTube

Since I’ve set up the Post by Email feature in WordPress JetPack 2.0, I can just email the video to my blog, and voila – instant video blog post.

All that from my iPhone. I didn’t even need to touch the computer at all. I think I’ll be doing more of this!

p.s. I added the screen shots and some extra text after the fact from my MacBook.

p.p.s. If your YouTube video is just a link in your blog post instead of actually embedded, use the JetPack shortcode embeds to make it viewable inside your blog post. If you have JetPack for WordPress installed, just add the video in your email like this:


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Yvonne Herbst December 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I love it! Will wonders never cease … I have no idea how I survived as a teenager in the 60s and 70s without all this newfangled technology .. thank you for sharing this great tip and how-to, Don!


Don Campbell December 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

You bet Yvonne – thanks for stopping by and commenting!


eileen lonergan December 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I had a client ask me this question last week! Awesome, thank you!


Andrew Bamford December 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

This is great Don more evidence that people are going mobile. I’ve got an HTC so wondering if theres an android version too.


Don Campbell December 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Andrew – yes I’m sure you could do all of this from an Android phone too. Google’s tools on Android are very good, and I know YouTube is included.


Don Campbell December 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Wow – look at the App YouTube just released: YouTube Capture.

It allows you to capture video directly to YouTube from your phone. This makes it even faster, unless you want to add your own header or do editing.


Tom Bickel December 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Hi Don – I am interested in being able to do something similar. My question is about your mic. How long does the cord extend? It doesn’t really cover that in the tech specs. Also, have you ever looked at any wireless versions?


Don Campbell December 18, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Hi Tom,
The cord is 20 feet long – so it gives you plenty of room to move around if you need to. I did look at wireless mics but they were very expensive – in the $500 – $700 range.


Sarah Budy April 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

Great post Don! Actually one of the most useful ones I’ve read in a long time ( for me) I’m going to be trying this too! Thanks!


Don Campbell August 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Sarah – let me know, I’d like to see your videos!


Brad Redmond August 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Cool beans – Don. May to try this myself.


Don Campbell August 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Hi Brad – great to hear from you man. How are you?


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