Social Media Management Agency / Marketing Specialists

IBSM BLOG

By: Chris | December 08, 2020

Could YouTube be fantastic for your business?

There are three common beliefs that stop people from jumping in. When you're blocked by limitations, your dreams of achieving more visibility and 
sales don't become reality.

Here's what's NOT required to improve your YouTube marketing:

1. You do not need incredible videography. Raw and authentic is the new beautiful.

2. You do not need to constantly make videos. Instead you need to be strategic.

3. You do not need influencers. Everyone knows that influencers are paid to smile and say nice things about you.

So how exactly do you improve your YouTube marketing? You simply need smart strategies. And that's where we can help. 
Does this sound interesting? 

Contact us today and learn more.

Category: YouTube 

Tags:

By: Chris | January 29, 2020

YouTube Trends: What Marketers Need to Know

Do you use YouTube in your marketing? Wondering how often you should publish videos and what type of content works on YouTube?


Why Marketers Should Consider YouTube

YouTube is sometimes not even part of the social media conversation; it’s just known as a video platform. But it is a social network. It’s also the number-one video platform, second–most-visited website, and second-largest search engine in the world.

Marketers should consider it simply because their target audience is definitely there. YouTube has over 2 billion monthly active users and their consumption is going up all the time on mobile, desktop, and even smart TVs. People are viewing content for longer, which is YouTube’s goal: to increase time on the platform so they can sell advertising to build business.

Emphasizing Quality Over Quantity

YouTube is different from the other social media platforms or content feeds. Content on other platforms is here today, gone tomorrow. Not many people watch a Facebook video from 2 weeks earlier, let alone 2 months or 2 years earlier. But YouTube isn’t a content feed, it’s a content library, which makes it so powerful.

YouTube isn’t about quick tweets and quick Instagram captions. If you put out something more substantial and higher quality, it then has the opportunity to rank in search and be viewed for weeks, months, and years to come. The quality over quantity strategy means creating evergreen content that you put energy into, not just for the first few days of views but so it can be watched years later.

Focusing on Branding Over Marketing

As marketers, we’re used to doing paid ad campaigns where we just want to get some clicks, drive people to a landing page, or grow our email address list. Maybe we want to do a sales promotion and try to get as many clicks and as much traffic as we can quickly. It’s here today and gone tomorrow.

But when you do that, you have to hop from trend to trend, from marketing campaign to marketing campaign. Whereas a business like Nike, which has really built a brand, doesn’t ultimately get you to buy their clothes because of their great Facebook ads strategy. They get you to buy their clothes because of the brand equity and trust they’ve built over decades.

Branding actually builds on quality. It builds on the experience that somebody has with us, as opposed to quickly jumping on a trend and rushing to put out content. In this case, we don’t always think through the experience that someone is having with us.

When you build a brand over time, you want to be known as the go-to expert. You want it to be known that in your area of expertise, or in your area of how you serve people, whenever people show up; you’ll deliver on your brand promise, your value proposition. As things get more crowded on YouTube—and on all platforms—becoming a recognizable brand can also help you beat the algorithm. One of the reasons why people click on your videos is you’re more recognizable; not because of how you look, but because of the way people have known you for delivering.

Don’t just create videos for direct selling; create content that represents your brand. As marketers, we always want to quantify everything. If we put out a great YouTube video, we want to deliver value for a few minutes. But as the video ends, we say, “If you want to go deeper, go download my free checklist, or go install this free app or this free coupon or plugin, or go watch a webinar.” This now sends people into a sales process or a sales sequence.

However, in 2020, you want to do that a lot less—maybe only one out of 10 videos should send people off-platform. That goes back to why YouTube is going to suggest your videos: by adding to their overall time on platform, you’re adding value. Hold off on the sales conversation and develop know, like, and trust on YouTube longer. Of course, eventually you need to send people to your website but if they’re really interested, they’ll seek you out.

Be patient. Slow down. Build trust and build your brand over time, and be less focused on short-term marketing metrics.

Curiosity Marketing

In 2020 and beyond, you don’t have to be so overt with marketing. In fact, if you’re pounding a message down people’s throats, it’s fatiguing. Instead of listing your product—if it’s makeup, for instance, saying the name, URL, exact color, and other details—just show off how good it looks and mention that you ‘love this new eyeshadow’, etc. This is curiosity marketing.

People who are interested will then ask you what it is and the conversation is now happening in the DMs. You can share a link with them directly, or an affiliate link, because they’re actually asking you. So you’re creating interest by putting out valuable content.

Keeping People on YouTube

Keeping users on the platform is what all platforms want: Facebook wants you to stay on Facebook, Instagram wants you to stay on Instagram, and YouTube wants you to stay on YouTube. They’re not going to penalize you for sending people off-platform. They give you the tools to link your website to your YouTube channel and you can use clickable end cards to send people off. But the algorithm sees session starts and session ends.

If you have an email list that sends traffic to your weekly YouTube upload or you have social media influence on Twitter and send traffic to YouTube that way, YouTube notices that you’ve initiated a session, and they love you for it. You brought people to the platform, and the longer they stay, the more you’re rewarded.

It’s actually not just the viewing session on your channel, but the total session time period that you initiate. If they watch other content, a portion of that is attributed back to whoever started the session. The opposite is also true: If you consistently end the session by calling people to go to your website or sending people off the platform, you’ll suffer with the YouTube algorithm.

One strategy for keeping people on-platform is to link to other videos. You’re keeping the conversation going longer on YouTube to extend that time on platform. As counterintuitive as this might seem, would you rather get 100 people off of YouTube to your email list, or grow your YouTube channel to 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, so now you can get thousands of people to your email list over the next couple months and even years? It’s a long-game approach.

Every social platform is monetized by advertising. Therefore, if YouTube can keep people on the platform longer, they can show more ads and make more money and then you’re an ally of the platform.

View Velocity

YouTube cares a lot about view velocity. How fast is your video getting views once you make the video public? This is influenced by your subscribers, external traffic, interest, and people clicking on your content. If you upload your video at the peak of when your own audience is on the platform and it’s going down, that’s going to affect your view velocity.

Simply uploading that video at a more strategic time of day could determine the long-term destiny of that video being watched and ranked. It could also potentially generate new viewership for your channel for weeks, months, and years to come. So this is definitely an important metric to pay attention to.


Did you enjoy reading this article?
Did you learn anything new? 
Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Category: YouTube 

Tags:

By: Chris | February 17, 2019

How to Use YouTube Stories: What Marketers Need to Know

You’re familiar with Instagram Stories, but have you tried YouTube Stories? YouTube is very different than Instagram and requires a different approach.
In this article, you’ll discover how to set up and deliver stories on YouTube.


First appearing early in 2018 under the name of You Tube Reels, YouTube Stories are similar to the Stories formats on Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media platforms. YouTube has noted that it may take up to 4 weeks for the Stories feature to roll out to some creators after they reach the 10,000-subscriber threshold.


Comment moderation on Stories is the same as comment moderation on regular YouTube video. The tools available on your regular video uploads are also available on your stories.

How long do YouTube stories last? Lifespan is a key difference between today’s YouTube Stories and other story formats. Rather than the widely used 24-hour lifespan, YouTube stories remain viewable for 7 days.


How Fans Watch YouTube Stories

YouTube stories are available only via the mobile YouTube app. There are two ways to see YouTube stories from the channels and Watch pages you subscribe to: through your Subscriptions feed or a channel’s Stories tab.

View YouTube Stories Through Your Personal Subscriptions Feed

Open the YouTube app on your mobile device and tap on the Subscriptions icon at the bottom of the screen.

At the top of the next screen, you’ll see a string of profile pictures. Channels with Stories content are shown at the left end of the bar. If a channel has a new story you haven’t seen, their profile picture will have a colored circle around its edge.

To open a story, tap on the profile picture.


View YouTube Stories Through a Channel’s Stories Tab


Open the YouTube app on your mobile device and tap on the Subscriptions icon at the bottom of the screen. Next, find and tap on All at the right side of the Subscriptions feed to reveal a list of all of the channels you subscribe to.

Tap a profile picture to visit the creator’s channel. At the top of the channel, swipe left on the navigation bar to reach the Stories tab. Tap Stories to see a list of active YouTube story content, and tap any story to open it


Navigate and Watch YouTube Stories Content

At the top of each story is a player that shows line segments to indicate how many stories are available to watch from this particular creator. You can then tap any segment to view a previous video or image in the story, or to skip to the next video or image in the story.

You can also pause any story by pressing a finger to the screen. Simply lift your finger to let the story play on.


Swipe from right to left to watch another channel’s story, or swipe from left right to watch a previous channel’s story.

Tap in the Comment box to leave a message, and tap the Comment bubble (on the left side of the Comment box) to reveal and engage with other comments.


How to Create YouTube Stories for Your Channel or Watch Page


YouTube stories are produced only in the YouTube Play app rather than YouTube Creator Studio.

First, open the YouTube app on your mobile device and then tap on the camera plus icon on the upper right side of the navigation bar.

Next, tap the Story icon (which is a round circle with a plus sign inside it).

From here, you can add a saved photo or video from your mobile device to your YouTube story, take a new photo, or record a new video.

Add an Image or Video to a YouTube Story

To add a photo to your story, tap the capture button in the same way you would take a regular photo.

To record a video for your story, hold the capture button, and when you’re done recording, release. Stories video can be up to 15 seconds in length.

From here, you can edit your story using a variety of editing tools to remove footage or add engaging elements before you post it to your story.

You can also add music to your story, use a filterinsert video links, and add text or stickers


Pro Tip: Create a story on Instagram or YouTube, and save it to your device. You can then re-post it to Facebook, Instagram and/or YouTube.

View Performance Metrics on YouTube Stories


To see the number of views and comments on an individual story post, open the story and look at the bottom of the player. To see the total number of views for a complete story, look at the Stories tab on your YouTube channel page.

Remember, stories and their comments disappear after 7 days, and you’ll only see the number of views and comments on an active story. However, story creators can see comments on a story for 30 days in YouTube Studio.


The whole point of YouTube Stories is to engage your community on a more informal and regular basis, so responding to comments is important.

Conclusion

YouTube Stories has come a long way since Reels first debuted. While it’s still in the early days and the feature won’t be rolled out to just anyone with a channel, it does raise another point in favor of working to build a thriving and engaged YouTube community.

Use the tips above to acquaint yourself with creating, managing, and using YouTube Stories now so that when your channel hits 10,000 subscribers, you’re ready to go!


What do you think? Does your channel or Watch page have YouTube Stories yet? Are you enjoying YouTube stories from other creators? How will you use this new feature? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Category: YouTube 

Tags: YouTube Stories