Kourtney asks, “How can you use YouTube for organic marketing?”
YouTube is a search engine. Start by thinking of it as a search engine, rather than a video channel or a social network, even though it’s also those things. Let’s walk through some of the basic tips; be sure to take my free Video SEO 101 class as well!
- Do your research for what people want
- Create content in the 8 minute+ realm. (YouTube likes videos longer than 5 minutes because, ads)
- Follow basic video SEO rules
- Include calls to action
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In today’s episode, Courtney asks, How can
you use YouTube for organic marketing?
Here’s the thing that a lot of marketers get wrong about YouTube. They think of YouTube as a video platform. Now, it is a video platform. You load videos like this one to YouTube, but functionally, the way consumers use YouTube and the way consumers use YouTube for business purposes is that it is a search engine. It’s not a social networks out of video platform. It is a search engine people search on YouTube for stuff they specifically search and a lot of cases for how how do I if you are doing and if you’re in a business where there’s any kind of question about how do i do something like this video,
your YouTube videos should be providing that those answers How do I change a kitchen faucet? How do I grow more organic garden? And how do I qualify leads better? How
do I fill out an RFP in the most efficient way?
YouTube is a search engine. So because it’s a search engine, treat it like a search engine and approach it with a search strategy in mind, which means of a whole bunch of things. Number one, have you done your research for what people search for on YouTube? There are ways to get at this data. The easiest one is go to Google Trends.
And under the the network. Where do you see
content types, there’s web, there’s, there’s mobile, and then there’s YouTube. YouTube is right in there. So you can see what people are searching for on YouTube and compare trends to see what people want.
So there are also I believe in most of the SEO tools, the professional SEO tools, video searches, that’s a goldmine
that tells you exactly what to create videos about. Because about people wanting to people are asking you to for answers to their questions. When it comes to creating video for YouTube,
aim for above the five minute mark. Now
it doesn’t have to be a 60 minute or a 90 minute movie
a cinematic film, but it doesn’t need to be longer than five minutes
Search Engine Land in January of 2018 show that there was a substantial increase in the likelihood your video would be favored by YouTube’s algorithm. It was longer than five minutes because
well ads YouTube’s you do wants to show ads. And in a five minute video, it can show pre roll, it can probably show post role and it can show at least one interstitial in the video.
I personally like to try and aim for around the eight minute mark. And I try not to go with the 10 minute mark. And the reason for that is I like to cross post the video to LinkedIn. And LinkedIn doesn’t allow you to do more in a 10 minute video. But
if you’ve got a topic that you need to explore in depth, go as long as you want. But try to keep it at least to the five minute mark
when you’re using when you’re creating content for YouTube.
If you’ve done keyword research,
and the new question research and you’ve got the video itself, follow basic Video SEO rules. So on YouTube, what are the things that you can customize, you can customize the title, you can customize the description underneath the video, and you can customize the tags that are tagged with and you can also if you don’t like YouTube’s automated transcription, you can provide your own transcript for subtitles. The title is important if you’ve done a keyword research, you know exactly what to put in the title because it should be the the key words plus the logical extensions around them.
So we’ll say
how to brew espresso right how to brew espresso, and then some kind of benefit how to brew espresso and five minutes or whatever the cases but your that’s your title, your description contains what the video is about. And you can it’s not limited to 140 characters, you can put in a substantial amount of text. So you could put in the transcript, you can put in a summary, you can put in links, you can put in all sorts of contact information. So that can go into description, make sure your keywords are in there, too, because you want to make sure that that is in the description of the video.
And then the tags are are sort of the root keyword topics. So if your video is about making us wrestle, then obviously express it would be one of the keywords that goes in the in the tagging section,
you have the ability to upload custom
still images. And a number of folks say that you should do that just so that it shows a inappropriate image rather than YouTube. Just randomly selecting a freeze frame and having an awkward preview photo like you know,
you standard with your eyes closed itself thing.
And then make sure when you’re uploading the video that there’s three tabs, there’s the basics, there is the advanced, which is where you upload your transcripts in your translations. And this that third tab, which is all your metadata, make sure your metadata is configured. Things like the date, the captioning, any paid promotion, disclosure, all that stuff needs to be in there. Because again, as with regular Google, the more data you provide to help YouTube which is Google understand what the video is about, and why it should be shown to certain people by its algorithm, the better your video will do. So make sure you do that. And finally,
when it’s come when you’re talking
about using YouTube organic marketing,
you better have some calls to action in the video. Every video of mine, it ends with a call to action telling people what to do.
And some folks go so far as to just like
hit your right on the nose, say like, hey, down here is the subscribe button hit the red subscribe, and then hit the little bell button
to make sure you get notified every time a new video is posted. The reason for this is that against in in in Search Engine Land article, I think a search engine and vitamin Search
Engine Watch one of the algorithms key metrics is how many subscribers did this video generate. And the more subscribers that this video generates, the more important this video must be because people took an action a tangible action so make sure you have an on network call to action but then also have off network calls to action again, hey and everyone’s saying please subscribe to my newsletter. The reason for this is that I would if you’re using this for marketing at some point somebody has to do something you never want to slowly build on rented land and so if you’re building a YouTube following and it’s a huge YouTube following awesome but if YouTube goes away if YouTube changes its its rules on you, which will you know, search engines Do you don’t want to be held hostage to just that platform. So make sure there’s an off network call to action
as well. I have a full 30 Minute Video SEO
class a free completely free
available on the trust insights websites. I’ll
link in the in the description
for the video so that you can go ahead and get that and they’ll be in the blog post as well that goes with it. So make sure that if you’re interested in optimizing your videos more it’s a it’s a good way
to get going. But that’s how you use YouTube organic marketing create stuff people want remember it has to follow the three evil
same as all your other content marketing as either educate,
entertain or engage, which is a way of saying it has to cause an emotional reaction of some kind to the
videos that it doesn’t make people happy or raid or angry or any kind of strong emotional responses always going to do better than a video that is just purely promotional. Just the same as all of the content marketing. So make sure that your video ultimately meets those criteria. Great question Courtney. Please leave any additional questions or follow ups and look in the comments box below. Leave a comment and of course subscribe to the newsletter and the YouTube channel. Hit the red button
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