Video Content Marketing: 10 Tips on how to promote your video – you don’t have to be an expert!

Video Content Marketing: 10 Tips on how to promote your video – you don’t have to be an expert!

Don’t believe the hype!

Your current experience with video content marketing is telling you this.  But you keep hearing things like-

If your not using video in your content marketing then you’re missing out on important online marketing opportunities. 

Is this really true for video content marketing or is it just hype?

Videos on landing pages increase conversions by 86%. (source)

51.9% of marketing professionals worldwide name video as the type of content with the best ROI. (source)

74% of all internet traffic in 2017 will be video. (source)

These stats certainly back video content marketing.

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When you consider that visual data is processed 60,000 faster by the brain than text, it’s not hard to understand why.

However, just having a video on your site isn’t going to convert unless your site is already getting loads of traffic through your other marketing activities. 

Build it and they will come

Nope, not likely.

There is just too much competition online for your audience to find you organically.  You need to make it easy for them to find you.

If you’ve already invested the time and money into creating a fantastic video (or two) and they’re on your website but there are next to no views, you’re probably feeling pretty frustrated. That means 0 return on investment and all the stats on how great video is can not change that. 

Do not despair, your video is not a marketing lemon. 

You may not have a marketing team or content marketing specialist to call on but there are plenty of simple things you can do to get your video out in the online world. 

If you want your video to start bringing in the bacon, then here are a few ideas to get you started.

You Tube

Have you posted your video on You Tube? It is the second largest  search engine on the internet with 1.6 billion searches per month. With a little bit of work you can get this working for you and your video listing better.

Tip 1- Make sure your video title contains your key search word/s. In the first few lines of text under your video, make sure your key search words are in the copy.  Try to use these key words a few more times in the text. 

Why? Because Google and You Tube can’t watch or listen to your video (yet) so the better the text around your video the better they will understand your video’s topic.  The clearer the topic the better it will rank in search.

Tip 2.  Do you have the same call to action in your video description text as you have on your video. For example- ‘Visit www.moonshinemovies.com for more information.’  This link should be in the first line of description text.  This reinforces the message for anyone who reads the copy but it also adds a nice source for links which is great for helping your website rank for organic terms.

Tip 3. Use a Custom Thumbnail. You can do this by either choosing a frame when you upload the video from the video manager tab in You Tube or better yet, by uploading a Custom Thumbnail that you have created- ideally with text such as your videos title.  According to WISTIA simply adding a Custom Thumbnail could up your play rate by 10%.  Tip 5: you need to verify your YouTube Channel in the settings to activate the Custom Thumbnail feature.

Tip 6.  Add a hyperlink to your video itself using the Annotations tool in the Video Manager.

Social Media

Putting your video out on social media is a must.  Visual content is more than 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content (Source). The more ways you put it into the online world the more chances you have of reaching your audience.

However, social media is like a bottomless pit and can easily suck hours of your time with very little return.  In my opinion, social media is something you’ll need to explore and play around with to find the right fit.  Are your customers on Facebook and Instagram?  Are they on Linked In, Pinterest, Snapchat or Twitter?  These platforms are all great but there is no way anyone has time to be consistent on all of them.  Even if its their full time job.

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Tip 6.  Pick your platform.  If you think the majority of your customers are on a particular platform then this is where you should spend your social media time allocation, or at least 80% of it.  Then have a second and/or third platform and dedicate the last 20% of your time to servicing this audience. 

If you find after a few months you’re not getting any traction on your chosen platform, then look at one of the others and explore that.  For example, if you’ve seeing minimal results on Facebook then your customers are probably not there.  Try Linked In or Pinterest?  Personally, I’d do some research, ask your customers what platforms they use.  Check out your competitor pages and see where they are performing well. 

Tip 7.  Always remember, if you really want to engage your audience/ customers on social media then you need to be sharing useful content, not just random comments and a peppering of likes.  If you want your audience to engage, then you need to give them useful information that they value.  You don’t have to create all the content, share useful relevant articles, images and quotes that relate to your customers.

Video on Facebook: You can upload video directly, boost posts for relatively low cost and this allows you to target a very defined audience.  It’s good strategy for those who are social media time poor.

Tit bit- As at Q3 2015 Facebook video viewership sees 8 billion average daily video views from 500 million users- and thats up from just 4 billion video views per day in April 2015. (Source)

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Linked In.  You can upload video to your profile on Linked In.  You can also publish blogs.  If you’ve gone to the effort to create a video then why not write a blog about the same topic as your video content and then embed the video into the blog.  It  doesn’t have to be a lengthy blog, just a relevant piece of content that relates to your video.

Tip 8. Linked In blogs tend to do well for sharing and when you write a blog it alerts your contacts and promotes your blog to them. A useful, relevant blog also has the added benefit of positioning you as an expert.

Google + Add your video to your Google+ company page.  Ask your customers to write you a review.  These reviews can also be added to your company website and other social media platforms. 

Tip 9: Consider asking your really happy customers to film a video testimonial.  It does not have to be long or fancy.  Why- Customer testimonials and case studies are considered the most effective content marketing tactics, identified by 89% and 88%, respectively, of B2B marketers. (Source 2013 B2B Content Marketing Trends Report).

Tip 10: Put your videos on your website.  I know it’s hard to believe, but we hear many stories of businesses that commission videos then forget to upload them to their websites!  This should be a quick and simple process and will improve the visibility of your website dramatically.

I hope you found this helpful, if you’d like to know more please get in touch. I could riff about this until the cows come home!

If you’ve had some good experiences with promoting your own video- please share, it’s really useful for all of us to know what can work.

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Video killed the radio star and I predict that video on demand will kill broadcast television

Please ponder this thought while you rock out to a bit of ‘The Bungles’.

Why Videos are Good for Business – Top 5 Reasons

Why Videos are Good for Business – Top 5 Reasons

Business videos get a lot of hype from the converted, but do they really live up to their reputation?

Is video the king of content?

To answer this question, we need to compare the online communications options we have: written word, still images (photography), graphic design (infographics), audio (podcasts) and moving pictures (video).  

You may be thinking, “What about websites, apps and social media?”  I’ve excluded these platforms as they are the hubs for communication content, not content itself.

From an entertainment perspective, we all know that moving pictures – film, television and video – are streets ahead of all other mediums in terms of their popularity.  But where the communications revolution is taking place today, is that businesses of all sizes are now accessing the power of moving pictures.  This area – traditionally dominated by Hollywood, the television and advertising industries – is now accessible to us all.

So, here are my Top 5 reasons why videos are good for business.

1.  Our brains are visual

Going right back to basics we need to consider how the brain is wired.  

From our very first breath, when we open our eyes as newborns, our brain interprets the world visually.

The ability to hear and speak, comes next – this capacity is written into our genetic makeup – but it takes several years to fully develop.

Then comes reading – this is a learned skill – it doesn’t come naturally.  In fact, the evidence shows us it is a very under-developed skill.  Just 100 words make up around 50% of everything we read. 

And that’s why it’s said ‘a picture is worth a thousands words’, because the brain is designed to ‘read’ images, not the written word.

2.  Stories are how we connect

Audio and visual images – both still and moving – trump the written word because of how we’re built.  

So the question is, “What is the most powerful way to harness sight and sound?”

History provides the answer – stories.

Humans have been using stories to connect with one another and make sense of the world for millennia.  Indigenous Australian cave paintings reflecting Dreamtime stories stretch back as far as 40,000 years.

When we think about business today, there is also a resonance – behind every great business is a great story.

3.  Structured stories are more memorable

The Greek philosopher Aristotle put forth the idea that “A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end”.  Shakespeare took this notion and ran with it, proving beyond any doubt that well-structured stories perform best for audiences.

His work provided the foundations of what we know know as the dramatic structure or dramatic arc – exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.

In my film and video production work, I see the same fundamental principles inform whether a video succeeds in holding an audience’s attention, and fails in its absence.

Modern-day humans are visual animals with a highly sophisticated understanding of story, so failing to structure a story to meet their expectations is fraught – do so at your own peril!

4.  Videos are the most engaging way of telling stories

Life Asked Death, "Why do people love you and hate me?" Death replied, "because you are a beautiful lie and I'm a painful truth".

We’ve narrowed the field down to audio and visual communications as being the best way to tell stories.

I feel the case for video is based on pure arithmetic.  It simply engages one extra sense than audio alone, adding vision is the difference.

Because our brains are so highly tuned to capture and process visual information, this gives video the edge.

That visual processing power can be harnessed to deliver massive amounts of information in a much shorter time. Visuals also have the benefit of being more memorable.

So let’s put this theory to the test…

Is it easier to understand and interpret an instruction on how to use a function on your computer by listening to a podcast or watching a short instructional video?



 

For most of us, the answer is video – because we can see what’s happening as well as hearing what we need to do.  And we remember the key image that relates to that learning more than the narration that accompanies it.

We also see this reflected in consumer behaviour research – we’re collectively reading and listening less, and watching much, much more.

The opportunities afforded to businesses to take advantage of this trend are immense.  The quality and quantity of original video content created for YouTube (the world’s second largest search engine), Facebook (the world largest social media network) and video-on-demand (the future of television) attests to this.

5.  Great stories move audiences to action

However, there is a catch…

I believe there is a big difference between passive and active consumption of moving images.

If we plant ourselves on the couch and let the images wash over us without moving us at all, we haven’t changed.

This is the television culture we grew up with… but the world is changing.

In fact, when we think about television, the bits that are most effective at moving us to action are actually the ads – they say ‘buy this’, ‘do that’, ‘drink up’, ‘bet down’ – and many of us respond.

Now the Internet – with its increasingly popular video services made or curated by us, and social media connecting us all – changes the equation yet again. 

Passive consumption of content is no longer the norm – we want to click, tweet, post, multi-screen and engage with the content we’re presented with.  As audience members, we expect to be activated, and failure to do so often leads to us disengage.

All of us are now empowered to inform, entertain, advertise and move audiences to action.

And from a business perspective, the opportunity is to be be at the leading edge of this communications revolution.

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Mike Hill on location in Myanmar with Yau Weng Wai for Life Asked Death, a documentary film about developing palliative acre in asia for the Asia Pacific Hospice Network

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