Online Video Tips for Small Business (MSNBC)

Get some coffee or program your TiVos, kids.

That video I shot Sunday for MSNBC Small Business (see MSNBC/Amex site) is going on television not the web (glad I didn’t quite realize that when I shot it, or I might have gotten nervous).

It airs this week 3/20/11 at 7:30am EST and will re-air Saturday, March 26th at 5:30am EST. This timing should work well for small businesses and entrepreneurs since they never sleep. And the YouTube peeps? They’ll still be awake from the night prior.

In the meantime, you can check some of the tips I shared with AOL small business, or buy Beyond Viral (Wiley) at your local bookstore or Amazon. And tell your friends at ABC and CBS they should book me. 🙂

Oh- I made an epic mistake on the video that I’m hoping people think was intentional because it’s so blatant. Be the first to notice it and comment below, and you get a free piece of cheese (and maybe an autographed copy of Beyond Viral if I actually remember).

Even Cute Puppets Loathe Geek Squad

Thanks, MrHogg. My feelings exactly. My Best Buy strike (driven by my horrible experience with the Geek Squad) took a one-day hiatus when I couldn’t find a power cord for my Mac. It was torture walking through that place, and it gave me greater resolve to continue my strike. I would imagine Best Buy has lost thousands from me since its moron driver called the police on me for videotaping him (and then Best Buy couldn’t muster an acknowledgement of the episode much less an apology).

Robert C. Buckingham is an angry loser who reviews books for a living

Rube Goldberg Music Video Scheduled to Go Viral This Month

Ashton Kutcher Made OK Go's Rube Goldberg Music Video Viral in the Summer of 2010

Sparked by an Ashton Kutcher tweet moments ago, a new video featuring OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass,” music video became viral in the coming weeks on YouTube. The video, currently seen fewer than 50,000 times, is projected to surpass 1 million views by March 14.

The director, James Frost, told WillVideoForFood he expects by April 1 the video “to have a thousand millions views,” and appear as the first Google search result for “Rube Goldberg machine.”  Kutcher added that by April 19 it will be YouTube’s 19th most-viewed and most-favorited music video of all time because it’s “ass piss awesome.”

The band said it expects national media coverage about the viral video success in mid summer of 2010, and expects a Good Morning America reenactment scheduled for October 14, 2010 when ABC finally catches wind of the viral success via an intern’s sister.

The viral video was directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs. It was produced by Shirley Moyers, and is the official video for”This Too Shall Pass” off of the album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.” The video was definitely shot in one take, in a two-story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.

The Rube Goldberg machine, using no CGI or trick photography, was designed and built in one night by the band, along with members of Synn Labs ( ) and a homeless guy known as “Patchy.” Patchy was not available for comments, but the band reports he will be available for media appearances in May, pending contract negotiations.