5 Minute Youtube Marketing Challenge

Okay I have a fun youtube marketing challenge for you today.

This is a competition brought to you by Tyrone Shum.

He happens to be a very knowledgeable guy in both video marketing and the outsourcing area as well.

But as this article is all about video marketing with Youtube let’s just focus on that part so without any further ado let’s get this started!

What is the 5 Minute Youtube Marketing Challenge?

It’s basically a non-official youtube video competition ran by Tyrone Shum with help from his video rising star friend Justin Teoh.

Tyrone Shum & Justin Teoh

The prize is a Canon 600D camera (worth $700 USD) and I think it’s the T3i Rebel model.

I’m not 100% sure on it since I don’t own one but I do know they are the real deal!

Canon 600D
Canon 600D

How do You Participate on this Video Challenge?

It’s fairly simple to join the video challenge:

  • On each week you’ll get an assignment that’ll teach you something
  • Then you post your video result as a video response to their video
  • And you’re all set, easy peasy!

How do You Win the Camera?

Super simple.

The youtube channel with the most views after six months gets the prize!

However you cannot buy viewers or subscribers in other words, DO NOT CHEAT and keep it real! ;-)

My Recommendation for You

I know Marketing With Sergio has a lot of readers (I can interpret stats!) but I also know you are all very busy people too.

For those that aren’t way too busy, I would recommend you to join me on this competition.

It’s not really about the prize, it’s about learning how to:

  • get more views
  • receive more comments
  • and get more subscribers on our channels!

Your First Assignment

Tyrone Shum and Justin Teoh will be your hosts and they will explain everything way better than me.

Remember, you need to post your video response on their video.

Note: Watch their whole video so you get proper instructions on how to name your video too.

My Video Marketing Challenge Response

This was my video response and also the first one I have ever done.

So my first assignment: check!

Apparently this technique (video responses) is not widely used and it’s proven to drive awesome traffic IF you post your video responses to relevant videos of course.


If you are scared of video NOW is when you have the perfect excuse to get started.

Some people have told me in private that I have lots of experience doing videos and honestly, that’s far from the truth.

If you go to my youtube channel you can see on my first videos I couldn’t even talk without shaking or mumbling and it was so bad that I had to make a little challenge for myself so I could overcome my terror of being on video.

For this competition you don’t need to make a script or anything (you’re not making a movie) just let Tyrone and Justin know how many subscribers does your channel have and how many views, put that on a video response to their video and that’s it!

Don’t worry if your numbers are worse than mine, we are all video newbies here. ;-)

Hope this helps and what are you waiting for?

Go shoot that video already!


PS. You can check out my man Rod Gomes and his first video here to get some inspiration: Rod Gomes First Video (video is private now, a shame since it was an awesome vid!)

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    • Jens P. Berget
    • August 18, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    You’ve got a lot more subscribers than me. I believe I got 2 or 3 :)

    On the other hand, I have just created a few tutorials. I’m going to follow your progress on the YouTube marketing challenge, not just because I really need to learn this stuff, but I really enjoy watching you grow and how much your marketing evolves. It’s awesome.

    By the way, I have just bought a new camera a Canon 650D :)

    1. Reply

      Hey Jens, well we all had to start somewhere man!

      I don’t worry at all for new subscribers but I do think it would be cool that at least the important videos were spread around.

      Maybe if you used your youtube channel on your social media icons on your blog would get you more viewers, it’s not there, is it?

      I think the video challenge is going to be fun. I mean I didn’t even know how to post a “video response” haha (already did that) but I’m pretty sure I’ll learn a lot more with these awesome guys.

      Btw congratulations on your new camera man! Considering you live in a wonderful place with really cool scenery I can’t wait to see your newer pictures.

      The still image you see from Tyrone and Justin above was taken from a paused video, these guys seriously know how to shoot in high quality and I think you’ll be able to do the same really soon.

      Those DSLR cameras are just FANTASTIC!

      Thank you for the kind bit on your comment, I think my progress has been one hell of a ride too.

      Take care and speak soon Jens! ;-)

      PS. What’s your Youtube channel? I subscribe to all my friend’s channels so maybe I’ll be your 3rd or 4th subscriber ;-)

      PPS. And don’t forget to write a review on your new camera, I want more information on those cameras from friends!

    • Patrick Griffin
    • August 18, 2012

    Hi Sergio,
    You certainly like your video challenges…which is a great thing for me to be able to say considering that you were terrified of making videos not so long ago.

    I shall be following your progress on this but I don’t think I will take part in the challenge myself.

    Actually I think I will put more efforts towards my technology blog rather than the marketing one which I had been previously focusing on. Actually it is becoming less and less about marketing anyway and more about random stuff that I am not sure exactly what to do with it right now.

    But the funny thing is that I was talking to the guy I do the tech blog with yesterday about videos – I tend to look after most of the writing and he does the video side of things. Our YouTube video channel has been up around six months or so now and it is close to hitting 240,000 views. (239,490 right now)

    By comparison my personal YouTube channel is sitting with just 2,598 views and 23 subscribers.

    Once again keep us posted on your latest challenge and good luck.


    1. Reply

      Hi Patrick, considering this challenge requires just one video a week to keep up with, I’m down for it and yeah bro, I certainly was terrified of videos in the past and I’ll NEVER forget it! LOL

      A lot of people (but not everyone) are fed up on the Internet Marketing niche already so I totally understand that you’re slowly moving out to something else.

      Technology blogs are a huge opportunity and it really doesn’t surprises me that the techie blog has so many views and almost 1K subscribers already so congratulations for that!

      I have seen a few videos from that channel and the video quality is just freaking amazing.

      It has great transitions, awesome sound, decent lightning but most important, the content is very, very good so I’m thinking it’s only going to get bigger really soon.

      A marketing channel from us little people is not sexy, doesn’t entertains and just attracts people that are learning how to do the same thing, that’s why I believe personal marketing channels aren’t big.

      On the other hand… that Steve Kardynal (“Call Me Maybe” video dude) is really something isn’t he?

      I know for sure I wouln’t be dancing around my room wearing bikinis with lipstick on to get more viewers and subscribers, it’s just not me. LOL

      I think that guy studies art or goes to film school, something “artsy” so if you needed an explanation for his videos, that’s the one. ;-)

      Thanks for stopping by Patrick and thanks for your feedback. Hope you have a great weekend and I think you’re doing a great job with the technology blog so do whatever you need man!

      PS. What camera are you guys using for the technology channel?

        • Darren Dunn
        • August 20, 2012

        Hello Sergio,

        thank you very much for your kind words regarding our website and YouTube channel. Both I and Patrick work very hard on this and we hope it’s to be as successful as we can be.

        We currently use a Canon EOS 550D (T2i) to shoot the videos with, however the 600D would be handy due to its flip out screen. (So if you win it, Let’s talk again :) )

        As for lighting, I use two soft box studio lights. I’m really pleased that you commented on the transitions and the content, as we take pride in not only producing videos which are good to look at, but also are informative.

        Once again, thank you!

        Darren :)

        1. Reply

          Hey Darren, thank you for the detailed information and now I know why your videos look so damn good!

          If I do win the camera (not my main purpose for the video challenge but hey, I don’t want to be left out either) I’ll be definitely contacting you in case you have some tips for an old video newbie dog like myself.

          Keep doing what you’r doing with the teche blog and thank you for taking the time to visit this site, it means a lot! ;-)

          PS. You’re doing a terrific job so far!

    • Ty Wagner
    • August 19, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    It’s nice to see you’re doing the challenge man!

    I would love to take part in the challenge as well. I only have one video on my Youtube channel at the moment and don’t know exactly what I can constantly upload videos on. I thought about reading the articles on my blog and posting them as videos, but changed my mine. I’m still “video shy” so this might be the perfect opportunity to just, “Do It”. ;-)

    1. Reply

      Hey, thank you Ty and there’s one only thing that can take video shy away and that is repetition my man.

      Looking forward to see your videos very soon on YT and let’s just do it man, I’m the living proof you can’t die of being scared of being in front of a video camera so let’s take advantage of it! ;-)

      PS. Your site looks awesome man, good job!

    • Chetz Togom
    • August 20, 2012

    Hi Sergio!

    What a perfect timing! I’m just starting to give myself a video challenge for my traffic experiment.

    So this is awesome. I only have 5 subscribers and around 2k views. Let’s see what that number would look like after 6 months eh? hehehe..

    All the best bro!


    1. Reply

      Hey Chetz, well just hop on my man and hope to see your video response for the video challenge, it’s just one video a week so it won’t drift you away from what you are currently working on.

      At least, that’s what I think, talk soon and thank you for your support! ;-)

    • Richard Smith
    • August 20, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    Have been busy getting my first WSO set up but saw that Chetz liked your page. Thanks for sharing this.

    I am actually going to share your blog post with a link back as its a really valuable post.



    1. Reply

      Hey there Richard, thanks in advance and hope that WSO turns out to be what you were expecting of it!

      I still haven’t done a WSO of my own but I do have something planned to release one in the short term.

      I’m not too crazy about it since I know that the WF can be a bit rough for the newcomers but I definitely want to have at least the experience of saying “I know what it is like”.

      Good luck and let me know when it goes live to check it out! ;-)

    • Mark
    • September 3, 2012

    Videos are great for traffic but I am too shy to appear in them myself

    1. Reply

      Hey Mark, I used to shake when I was doing my first videos but the good thing is that after accepting in your mind that you don’t have to be perfect on camera, it instantly becomes easier to get it done.

      You can see my first video here (I was terrified): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAw7B2L5I9M

      And on my second one, you can see an almost immediate improvement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2bLrPbnEwI

      It’s just a matter of really wanting to do it and just get on with it.

    • Tyrone
    • September 18, 2012

    Hey Sergio,

    Awesome write up and you are doing really well in the challenge. Justin and I am loving your videos and it’s amazing what you are accomplishing right now. Keep it up.

    1. Reply

      Hey Tyrone,

      First of all, reading this comment absolutely made my day man!

      Thank you so much for visiting my website and for all the help provided on the YouTube Challenge. I look forward to go through the whole training as I’m starting to see many improvements here and there and really grateful to be learning this much video marketing from you, it’s really an honor.

      Thanks again for the awesome feedback and follow up inside YouTube and have a great day! ;-)

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