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.
Your social following can grow from your YouTube videos due to provided calls to action in your annotations like the subscribe feature, making it as simple as possible for YouTube users to receive your future YouTube content. Using a call to action is surprisingly effective, proven to increase engagement as compared to not including them in your videos. Asking your viewers to subscribe to your YouTube channel is the most successful social call to action on YouTube but that doesn’t rule out the benefit of drawing attention to your other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more.
Following a formula can help you write keyword-rich titles that people still want to click. The formula uses the pattern shown in this video by Gillette. Start the title with a broad category (How to Shave). Then add your main keyword with a compelling reason to click (Shaving Tips for Men). If your video is for a brand, add the brand name at the end (Gillette).
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).
So I’d love for you guys to think about using affiliate marketing as a way of selling other people’s stuff. And if you’re going to talk about it anyway for free, you might as well use the affiliate link, which is usually the situation which I use it. But you can also make maybe a dedicated a channel about product reviews and things also. Or just consider making your own stuff that you’re going to sell as well.
I think one of the easiest ways to do it is actually when you’re going to do a review video. So if you’re reviewing a specific product, I would link to that product so your viewers can actually go purchase that product as well, especially if it’s something that you love. That’s probably the easiest way to integrate affiliate links. And it’s also a great way to monetize any video that’s not sponsored. So any time you have favorite things or your favorite products or reviews, you can throw in an affiliate link to help people know where to find the product you’re talking about.
Video is engaging. Ever try to have a conversation with someone when the television is playing in the background? You can’t help but sneak a peek over their shoulder from time to time. Video is a magnet for eyeballs. Video is often more expensive than a print or email execution. It requires the proper equipment to get the best quality of videos. Also, hiring professionals can cost you a high amount.
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.