Obviously the more you can budget, the greater your reach. But, you can’t just upload your content, throw in some money and then “set it and forget it.” It’s essential to keep an eye on which ads do better so you can grasp an idea of what your audience wants to adjust your bids accordingly in real-time. Keeping a social media scorecard is a great way to keep track of your efforts and make sure that they are worth your resources.
Any opportunity to showcase links to your other social networks, blogs, website etc is worth utilizing. With YouTube’s latest upgrade to the look and feel of the channel there’s new ways of displaying your other online properties. Many brands, like Oralbrush and Dell as seen below, choose to utilize the space about their channel at the top right of the dashboard as a place to link to their Twitter, Facebook, blog, website and other destinations of relevance to their YouTube audience. It also allows for a brief description of your channel which should be utilized with keywords and natural phrasing in mind, much like the optimization of your metadata above.
Lastly, Google has recently changed the way they present video in search results. Previously, video results were lumped alongside all results. Now, Google is employing a new video carousel which presents the top video results separate and apart from the rest. There are an average number of 8.5 videos on the carousel, meaning if you can get your videos highlighted here, your chances of attracting views are significantly higher. It’s not like an amusement park, there is only one ride, and it’s vital your video is on it.
With one billion hours of video watched daily by over one billion users, YouTube seems like an automatic ticket to visibility. But clicking that upload button is just the first step in securing your place as a successful video creator. If you want your videos to meet those eyeballs—and bring in business—you'll need to be smart about your YouTube marketing.
This annotation can be especially helpful because it not only allows you to display text, but also the opportunity to add a link to another YouTube video, YouTube playlist, YouTube channel or the ability for a viewer to subscribe to your YouTube channel. Links to other websites can only be displayed in text form, requiring a user to type the URL displayed in an annotation into their browser as opposed to clicking. Unless it relevant, stick with sending traffic to other destinations within YouTube and keep links elsewhere to a minimum.
Channel optimization, much like video optimization, means optimizing for the algorithm and the audience. You need to use keywords, metadata, and other best practices to perform better in search and suggested videos. You also need to create a viewing experience that rewards continued viewing and makes the channel appealing to the viewer right off the bat.
The traffic sources report shows how viewers are finding your content online. This provides valuable insight on where to best promote your YouTube content. For example, you can see if viewers are finding your content through YouTube search or Twitter. To view more in-depth traffic reporting, click on the overall traffic source category. This data can help refine your YouTube marketing strategy. Be sure to optimize your metadata based on your findings.
The video is simple. Which would you rather do – read a 30-page instruction manual or watch a 3-minute video? Complex processes are easier to demonstrate than they are to explain. It’s time-consuming. A professional-looking video will require pre-production (scripting, casting, location scouting, props), production (lighting, sound, teleprompter, shooting) and post-production (editing, graphic effects, soundtrack).
Search engines love videos because they see them as high-quality content, so to this end, using videos in various types of content as well as on your main web pages can work wonders for your SEO -- as long as the videos themselves are optimized properly as well. This means incorporating the right keywords, a solid meta description, and also a strong title.
It’s clear that video marketing is growing. It’s also clear that both marketers AND consumers want more of it. What might not be so clear is how easy and effective video marketing can be for businesses of all sizes. Hopefully, 73% of marketers are reading this because they’re about to find out why a lack of time, budget, or other resources do not have to slow down your video marketing growth!
Product reviews and demo videos can be created by brand ambassadors in exchange for free products. If you can find people in your industry looking to boost their social following, this can be a great way of essentially getting free advertising. Doing this can also help you to find out information about the product if the people doing the video reviews have a lot of engagement and comments. So in a sense, it can function like market research.
The longer a video will be the more messages you can deliver. However, the shorter it will be, the more powerful it will become. Also, it will glue all your viewers if it is short. This becomes a dilemma for most of the video marketers, and deciding duration becomes a headache. The decision is in your hands, and no one can tell you which side of the video duration can bring you the most benefits but only you according to the factors you have can decide this. However, one thing you should keep in mind that whether it is a 60-second animated video or even a three-minute video, getting the attention of viewers is important in any of them. You lose attention and you lose the game.
No, it isn’t an eternity but, if you were on your phone and looking directly at an advertisement, it’s a significant enough amount of time to make a brand impact. The point is, there is enough time to transmit your message and a call to action. For those 3-5 seconds, your over-stimulated audience will have their eyes locked on your content. Make them count.
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.
Narrowcasting is the practice of tailoring your marketing materials to specific buying personas. This helps your message to be clearly understood since you can speak in specific industry terminology and go into depth on use cases or details only your target would understand. In turn, narrowcasting helps pre-qualify leads. Anyone that doesn’t find your content of value, or even doesn’t understand what you’re talking about, probably wasn’t a good lead to send to sales anyway.
In that case, it might be best to respond to those questions with a link to your video. If you created a video as part of a larger campaign or global trend, be sure to include relevant #hashtags where appropriate to ensure your video is included in the conversation. If you created a video to build awareness around your brand, consider posting the link in your profile bios.
If someone has found your videos, you want to encourage them to subscribe and to keep watching. This shows them that you have more great content to offer, and actually increases the chance that they’ll subscribe if they like two or more of your other videos. It also helps users to more efficiently browse your content and find videos that they’re interested in.
Putting your keyword into the title of your video while also saying your keyword throughout the video is a great way to drive home the point of what your video accomplishes, to both viewers and search engines. In line with Google’s shift toward natural language search and high-relevancy content, matching auditory keywords within a video with those utilized in video titles signals that you’re not spamming users and that your video follows through on its title.
You can have fun with it, but be sure it's descriptive: If you're not Rihanna or Ellen DeGeneres, putting your name in the title probably won't help you much. Your channel name should have personality and be unique—it's worth Googling to be sure the name you choose isn't already associated with another brand. But don't go so far out on a limb that no one has any idea what your channel is about: The name also needs to be relevant.
With the basic profile complete, it’s time to add a few finishing touches! Before we move on, it’s important to get one thing straight — you can customize the way your YouTube channel looks to subscribers and unsubscribed visitors. This means that unsubscribed viewers would see different featured content than dedicated, subscribed viewers. Pretty cool, right?
Optimizing your metadata helps get your videos discovered by a relevant audience more likely to watch your video. The more views a video gets in a short time period of time, the higher it will rank for a variety of key phrases related to its subject. All and all, the first step to your YouTube strategy should be to follow Zappos in the steps described above and optimize your quality video content from the beginning.
A clever innovation used in this video was after the first nine seconds of the video, when the note annotations changed over to spotlight annotations. Expert Village used both forms of annotations on this video series because note annotations draw more attention and take over more of the screen visually; therefore changing over to spotlight annotations after the first nine seconds removes the more distracting calls to action from the video experience, but still keeps them in a smaller form with the use of spotlight.
Begin with a review of your existing video content. Which formats and topics have you covered, and which have you missied? What's working and what isn't? A thorough audit will help to pick out the strengths and weaknesses of your current videos and suggest areas for improvement. Check out our blog post for a guide to conducting your own video audit.
Videos are amazing for getting all sorts of messages out there, and if we think in terms of practicality, a short, unique explainer video can do a world of difference when it comes to educating people on the ins and outs of your particular product. By using storytelling and unique types of media you can easily catch people’s attention and hold it while they’re actually entertained.
He is the co-founder of NP Digital and Subscribers. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies. Neil is a New York Times bestselling author and was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 35 by the United Nations.
Use of video in email marketing has been on the rise in recent years. The reason? Simply put: it works. In fact, just using the word “video” in the subject line of an email was found to increase open rates by 19% according to Hubspot. What’s more, the click-through rate of those emails was also increased by 65%! These are major numbers, especially when you can repurpose video content you already used for your socials or other campaigns to make the email impact.
You in this time cannot leave SEO behind even if you want to. In order to achieve success in SEO, you have to consider getting the videos on the ground. Videos are the gold mine of SEO. The reason behind it could be keywords game, key phrases integration, link building, backlinks or even conversions. Even Google loves video, and you cannot keep the fact out that YouTube which is the biggest video marketing platform is owned by Google and getting videos on the same surely impacts a lot on the Google rankings of a site.
YouTube’s search algorithm takes into account many factors to determine what videos show up for what keywords. Keep this in mind when naming your playlists because it’s one of the factors YouTube takes into account to determine the subject matter of a video. Keep the title short, descriptive and use YouTube’s Keyword Suggestion Tool as a reference for finding keywords with a substantial global monthly search volume. Make sure when you’re using this tool to search with exact match types and to only use it as an approximate estimate on the value of certain keywords.
You can make money on YouTube by doing affiliate marketing, which is including links to products you review and use in your videos that will track a purchase. If someone makes a purchase using your affiliate link, you receive a small commission for the sale. Melea is an expert in affiliate marketing and joins us to give us some tips for how to make money on YouTube with affiliate links.