I have been doing a little coaching with a friend lately and yesterday the subject of Jing came up.
She ended up downloading it while we were on the phone and was SUPER-stoked about it.
In case you don’t know what Jing is, it’s basically a tool you can use to take pictures or videos (with a 5 minute maximum) of whatever’s on your computer screen.
You simply take your image or video, hit “Send to Screencast”, and it will automatically upload your content and give you a URL you can use to share it.
You don’t have to mess with FTP… it automatically does all the uploading for you.
If you don’t yet have Jing, here are 3 ways you can use it:
1. Respond to emails with it like I mentioned in this post.
If your assistant forwards you a couple emails he/she can’t answer, simply take a screen capture of your email inbox, go through each email one by one, and record all your responses. Have your assistant dictate your responses and “answer” several emails within the course of 5 minutes.
You can also answer people yourself with these. Sometimes if my business partner sends me a ton of emails, I’ll simply open up Jing, respond to them in rapid fire, and then send him the video. It’s SO much faster than typing!
It’s also how I make time to email my mom almost every day. ;) (She loves it!)
2. Make personalized videos to your customers. If you want to reach out to someone, or just answer a complex question… simply make your customer a quick personalized video.
I’ve had so many people thank me for this. They feel special for getting their own video, and like I said, it’s faster. Talk about a win-win!
3. Create training videos for people. I am forever using this tool to explain to my assistant how to do something.
I just quickly make a video showing her how to do something, send her the link, and presto.
I also do copywriting critiques with Jing. I’ll go through a sales letter, make a couple key points about the copy, and then send someone the URL. It’s SO fast and SO easy for a tech dunce like me.
Bonus: You can also use this to take screenshots. For example, just this morning, I wanted to show my designer something on the footer of a blog that I didn’t like.
I took a screenshot of the footer, made an arrow pointing to what I didn’t like (you can edit pictures in Jing), and then sent the URL to my designer. Boom – instant clear communication.