In the past, video marketing was generally reserved for businesses with deep pockets. After all, you had to hire a team to shoot the video, actors to be in the video, and editors to make it all look good. Throw in a price for costumes, makeup, and *gasp* a set and you’ve got yourself a whopper of a price tag. Pile on the fear of it being a mediocre ad with your entire budget promoting it and you’re sorta screwed (use our Video Production Cost Estimator to get a good idea of the potential costs of making a video using a production company).
The video is memorable. When a video is amazing, it can be in the minds of viewers for a long time. But here’s the big caveat to that: if you’re not careful, people will remember the video but forget the product or service is promoted. How often have you seen a great commercial, and perhaps even told someone else about it, but be unable to remember who the advertiser was? Sometimes people want to cut to the chase and just quickly scan an article or checklist instead of watching a video. If you do use video, make sure you give viewers an alternative way to get your message.
Just as the YouTube Creator Academy preaches getting to the point quickly in channel trailers, Brian Dean of Backlinko asserts the first 15 seconds of your video is the ideal portion to optimize. Why? Because viewers will decide within that first 15 seconds whether your video is the real deal. Once you’ve got their buy-in, your video will naturally accrue greater watch time, improving your ranking signals.
Asking people to subscribe to your channel is a must-do — and yes, people will actually subscribe just because you ask! But if you give them a reason to, they’re even more likely to hit that red button. “Subscribe so you get my next video first!” or “My subscribers get exclusive content” and “Subscribe so you can enter my giveaway” are examples of language to try.
When uploading content to YouTube, each individual video (as well as the main channel page) allows for supporting text and descriptions. This is an ideal location to place additional information about your company, brand, or message. It is also an opportunity to include links to your website, app, or social pages. These links create a powerful backlink to your brand which promotes your SEO.
Amazon’s obviously a really big one. It’s an easy one that a lot of people like to use. So I would start with Amazon if you’re new to affiliate links. The other places I would check would be CJ.com, LinkShare.com, ShareASale.com, and ImpactRadius.com. They’re like the affiliate networks or the houses that house all the different brands inside. So you can find the Wal-Marts and the Targets or whatever inside those networks. So once you get approved for their service, you can just start applying to all those different ones.
YouTube provides you with a way to feature some of your other videos on every video being watched. It’s a bit like free advertising for all your other content. The best part is, you can decided which video(s) to highlight—whether it’s a specific video, playlist or your latest video. YouTube also allows you to decide at which point the featured content should appear.