How to Optimise for YouTube

How to Optimise for YouTube

How to Optimise for YouTube

Well done, you have created a great video – it is creative, smart, speaking in the same language as your target audience and is of course very entertaining.

But how are you going to distribute this work of art? You will have a plan to share the video on social media and even got some paid campaigns ready to go. And of course, you will hold the video on YouTube – after all, we want some of those 4 billion video views per day, right?

However, unless you have optimised your YouTube channel and video, people are going to struggle to find your video in the first place.  So what steps can you take to optimise for YouTube?

Channel Optimisation

  • Description – Don’t be afraid to write a pretty long description here. You should include your 5 keywords which you would like to optimise for, and if you get to the 250-300 word mark, don’t worry – you can break the copy up with paragraphs and bullet points
  • Add links to your other online assets – You can add links to your website and other social networks, so make sure that you do (and check how much traffic YouTube refers, of course!)
  • Impactful images – YouTube gives you the chance to add a large and impactful cover photo as well as a profile photo. The profile image should be kept simple (just a logo to simple head and shoulders photo), so let your creativity flow with the larger image

Video Optimisation

  • Description (again!) – As with the channel optimisation, your video description should not be too short. It needs to include a strong opening couple of lines as the viewer will have to click to see the rest of the description. It should also include a call to action, i.e. what do you want the viewer to do next
  • Tagging – You have the chance to add some tags to your video, so you should add 5 or so tags which are not only relevant to the video but also to your wider optimisation strategy (e.g. keywords for your channel)
  • Thumbnail – If your video makes it to the viewer’s search results, it is likely that the thumbnail will be the factor which entices the user to click on your video. Make it eye-catching and relevant….but not misleading, there is nothing more irritating!
  • Title – The title is really important for your video. YouTube uses it from an optimisation perspective (so make sure that it contains the keywords you are focusing on) and the user will look at it to see if the video matches what they are looking for

There are other more advanced optimisation tips, but just implementing the above will put you ahead of 99% of videos on YouTube. If you have any optimisation tips for YouTube, please leave a comment and share your knowledge!

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A Guide to Twitter Video

Twitter Video

Twitter Video

It’s no secret that video is going to be big in 2015.  Content marketing is developing at such a rate that stand-out is becoming challenging – video offers a great opportunity to display your content in an interesting and different way.  And Facebook are encouraging users to upload video directly onto their network instead of the traditional route of uploading it onto YouTube and posting the link.

Twitter is not going to be left behind – this week they rolled out ‘Twitter Video’ to Android users (it was launched to iOS users at the end of January).
Twitter is no stranger to video: it released Vine, technically a separate social network in June 2012 on which users can share 6 second videos.  But Twitter Video is different.  You can share videos which are up to 30 seconds long which is a significant – 30 seconds may not sound like much, but watch a 30 second TV advert: you can squeeze in a lot of content, certainly a lot more than you can put into 140 characters.  The video displays as a thumbnail instead of auto-playing, which is a contrast to Facebook’s approach, and if you wish to pre-roll your videos, you will have to still use Twitter Amplify.

Twitter Video is a good opportunity for marketers, but it does come with some warnings.  The key feature of Twitter is being instantaneous – real-time is what Twitter is all about.  So, the best videos are going to be ones which are uploading events that have just happened.  Posting your company’s old 30 second TV is just not going to cut it.  So how can you use Twitter Video?

Working in digital, there are lots of events across the world that I cannot physically attend, so I follow them on Twitter.  Seeing short videos of what is happening at these events will really bring the content to life, so event management companies take note.

Sports events also offer a great opportunity, but not a straight-forward one.  There are lots of copyright issues around the filming of sports – after the 2014 World Cup, the English Football Association stated that it was going to crack down on unauthorised videos of English football being shared on social networks.  However, it is very easy to see videos on Twitter of goals almost immediately, demonstrating how tough it is to police.  Twitter videos will likely increase the number of unauthorised sports videos on Twitter, so it will be interesting to see how sports organisations react.

Twitter video could also be used for something as simple as replying to a tweet – in the right context, a really great way of using the tool.  Or what about simple product demonstrations?  Or quick ‘how to’ guides which would be useful for your Twitter audience, especially as you can pin them to the top of your desktop Twitter profile?  As long as the video is entertaining or informative (or ideally both), you should be onto a winner.

So, in summary, Twitter Video is an exciting addition.  It is super simple to do, especially from mobile where the majority of Twitter users spend their time and it should cut out a lot of the cost of video content: I think ‘rough and ready’ videos will look more authentic and engaging.  But the content does need to be in real-time, relevant, snappy (this is Twitter after all) and entertaining.

Happy filming!