This is a social media platform basically, but this could be in the list of your video marketing platforms for two reasons. The first is that it is one of the most visited sites in the world, and it can make you reach your target audience easily regardless of what industry or domain you are working in. The second reason is that you can post a video easily on this platform.
A YouTube channel serves as a hub for all your companies video content, allowing you to present your product, service or mission to a platform that sees over 800 million unique users visit each month. Today we’ll explore four ways to optimize your YouTube channel to ensure your videos are being discovered, watched and shared by looking at examples from existing innovators.
I recommend that your account picture (which you set through your Google account) is some sort of brand logo. If you’re a one-person business, it can be a professional headshot of you. Ideally, it should match your profile pictures on other social media accounts for instant brand recognition. This works both ways; if ones of your followers from another site comes across your YouTube, you want them to recognize you so they’re more likely to watch. And, vice versa, if a viewer Googles you, you want them to be sure that the Facebook profile they’re clicking on is actually you. To change your channel art, just click on it when editing your profile.
After the induction of digital mediums, we have seen that each of the marketing strategy and plan one thing is integral, and that is video marketing. Including videos has become a part of marketing plans that is non-negligible. It could be either social media video animation, product video, teaser or even an explainer video. These videos have become the base of advertising. We see these on TV, digital mediums, social media platforms and even more.
Correctly optimizing your videos title, description and tags is an important way to help YouTube and Google’s search algorithm determine the subject of your video and help it rank in the search results for relevant searches. Again, the metadata is only a small piece of the puzzle and will only help take your videos to the next level if you’ve got quality content to share with your audience.
John Lincoln is CEO of Ignite Visibility, one of the top digital marketing agencies in the nation and a 2017, 2018 and 2019 Inc. 5000 company. Lincoln is consistently named one of the top marketing experts in the industry. He has been recipient of the Search Engine Land "Search Marketer of the Year" award, named the #1 SEO consultant in the USA by Clutch.co, most admired CEO and 40 under 40. Lincoln has written two books (The Forecaster Method and Digital Influencer) and made two movies (SEO: The Movie and Social Media Marketing: The Movie) on digital marketing. He is a digital marketing strategy adviser to some of the biggest names in business.
Your tags will help YouTube better understand what your video is about. That will help it place your video in relevant searches and as suggestions on other relevant videos. Performing a quick YouTube search for one of the keywords in your title will help you identify more potential tags. For example, if your video is called "How to Use Old Clothes to Make New Styles," you might search the word "clothes" and see what the suggested searches are.
Did you know that YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google? As a Google product, YouTube has climbed to the top with over 4 billion videos being viewed every single day and a staggering 60 hours of video getting uploaded every minute. Uploading and marketing your videos on YouTube can help give your content visibility in both YouTube and Google search.
Buying decision can matter on how you bring out the information about your products or services. A Product video is the best tool to influence your target market. Presenting the product beautifully as well as with something that you think can come in handy or could be liked by your target audience can increase the chances of impacting their buying decision. No matter what we talk about one thing that you should never forget is that your content is what brings the power to your videos. No doubt videos are more powerful than any other kind of content; however, still, your well-researched content will take it where you want it to be.
Video content is often hosted on YouTube or other video sharing sites and embedded directly into your website. Not only is this a useful tactic because hosting videos on your own, tends to prolong the loading time, but when posting a video to YouTube, you have the option of populating the “description” box with links to other areas, such as your website and social pages.
Engagement reports help you learn what content is resonating with your audience. Here you can see what viewers are clicking, sharing, commenting, and promoting. You can also see how your cards and end screens are performing in your engagement reports. Cards and end screens reports help you learn what your audience is engaging with so you can optimize your calls-to-action in future videos.
This ties together your channels and brings a consistent experience to your viewers and subscribers. Many features for branding your YouTube channel are free and should be taken full advantage of. Customizing the background of your channel, showcasing your other social networks and creating a custom header are just a few of the many ways to brand your presence on YouTube.
Well, the strategy is the backbone of any plan that you have got. If the strategy is right, the plan might work or else it might backfire like you would have never even imagined. Your strategy initially should revolve around your objectives, but it should have creative ideas, not just limited plans. When it comes to video marketing, an idea that you can get into strategy is to launch a couple of teasers and trailers before you bring out the actual video.
I do not think this is how most people use YouTube. YouTube videos are more like blog posts, and fit more effectively into the niche of content marketing. Sure, people will comment—but they do so in a manner similar to how they comment on blog posts. They come to view and digest videos, not necessarily share their thoughts about the day. Because of this, you should approach YouTube as content marketing instead of social media marketing.
Include a full transcript of your video in the blog post. If you’re a words guy like yours truly, you’ll want to read along and reference the material after you watch the video. It’s a nice way to flesh out your blog post while using the content you’ve already created. Provide a link to your video to a service like Rev and get your full transcript without typing a thing.
Optimizing these key sections of your video content will help rank your videos in both Google and YouTube. It’s important to note that content is king – if your video is the type of content your audience wants to see then these optimizations will help further a video’s reach. If your video content stinks, then optimizing your metadata is going to do very little to extend its visibility. For a worthwhile example of optimized metadata on YouTube, we’ll take a look at the Zappos YouTube channel.
There are many options for editing tools and software. Depending on your operating system, your computer may come with free editing software such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. These programs provide basic editing tools, like the ability to cut clips together, add titles, and add limited effects and color correction. There are also higher end, more expensive options such as Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere CC, which offer an array of editing tools. YouTube even has its own online editing platform you can use to compile your clips and edit together your video.
You can also incorporate a logo directly into your videos with a branding watermark, which appears on the bottom right corner of all of your videos. This can help with brand consistency and provide a reminder to new viewers whose channel they're on. When a viewer hovers over the watermark, they're prompted to subscribe to your channel. See it in action on Strawburry17's channel.