5 Keys to Succesful YouTube Marketing

1. Title Properly

It all begins with preparation, the first thing you want to do is proper keyword research. This is by far the biggest mistake I see businesses make when creating the title for their videos. How the search engines work in YouTube is by aligning up what you are searching for with what the video is titled. For example if I title my video “My company’s Sizzle Reel” I am probably the only person that is going to search this term. Think what is your video about? What is the main message you are conveying in the video? Who is your potential customer and what are they searching for to find your solution. Google offers a free keyword planner to help give you ideas. So my business is in Salt Lake City, UT and we offer Video Production Services, a very good title for us would be Utah Video Production or Salt Lake City Video Services

2. Enable and correct the closed captions

The search engines have no way to crawl the audio on your video and thus categorize your videos content that is why taking this step is so vitally important! By enabling your captions the search engines can read your audio file through text and categorize the content properly.

YouTube has an automatic caption reader and it creates a Closed Caption script for every video that has an audio track uploaded. You can go in and edit this caption from the Video Manager tools in your YouTube account. If you have done your keyword research you know your best keyword terms and they are laced throughout your video thus enabling the search engines to read and rank your video accordingly.

3. Write out a proper description

The first thing you want in your description is your business URL next your phone number, you want these to be the first things visible in your snippet. You also want to use your full URL with the HTTP:// included, this becomes a live link in the description and viewers can click directly to your site from here. You also want to create a good amount of keyword rich copy in your description, it is one of the more pertinent areas in video for SEO juice.

4. Use annotations to enhance your video

In the Video Manager you can utilize the annotations to convey a message, add a link to another video or even directly to your website. Annotations can be annoying when they are over used but when used appropriately they enhance the video and communicate information like your phone number or some important information that may not be being covered correctly or as well as you would like it to be covered in the video. It can be used to direct the viewer on what you want them to do such as subscribe or where you want them to go like clicking on another video or clicking through to your website.

5. Share on social media outlets.

Okay so you have done all of the other work on preparing your video to maximize it thus getting the most value in being found on the search engines, now you need to get the word out and get people seeing it. User interaction is important so you want to get it out to as many people as possible right away! Once it is posted on YouTube you can share it through many social media outlets, YouTube provides you with an embed code right below the description and also has automatic share buttons to over a dozen different channels that you can just click on as well.