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Organic Matters: YouTube Content that Doesn’t Suck

What do you think of when you hear the word “organic?” Healthy? Fresh? How about natural?

That’s exactly what organic content is. Content that people find naturally – without needing a boost from advertising dollars.

If you’re just getting started on YouTube and want to dive into some advertising options, it’s important to first fill your channel with some organic content that supports your brand – and once you’ve done these eight things, your organic content will be a lot easier to find.

As a small business, you may be wondering what types of content people want to see from you… we’re glad you asked.

Customer Testimonials:

Have a happy customer that is willing to share their experience with the world? Have them say it on camera! If a person is considering engaging with your brand or purchasing your product or service, seeing one of your customers raving about you will definitely peak their interest in the best way possible. 

S&S Testimonial

A testimonial for Sword & Shield Enterprise Security that lives on their YouTube channel…and yeah, we made this. Click on it to watch!

Product/Service Demonstration Videos:

Show people how your stuff works – especially if it’s a unique or exciting technique or technology. 

Tutorial Videos:

Beyond just showing people how your stuff works, you can actually teach them how to use it! This is a bit more thorough than a demonstration video. You can also give tutorials on products or software necessary in your particular industry that others may be interested in learning about. This can help promote you as a thought-leader in your industry. 

FCPX Tutorial

FCPX Tutorial

Thought-Leader Interviews:

Is there a shining star in your industry? A person or brand that you admire and want to engage with in a big way? Interview them. Others interested in your line of work will likely be dying to hear from this person, and they’re on YOUR channel! 

Project Reviews/Case Studies:

People love a classic “behind-the-scenes” look. Show potential customers how you’ve helped some of your clients! Once they see your process, they could feel more inclined to work with you. 

YouTube Case Study

YouTube Case Study

Vlogs:

This type of content is quickly growing in popularity. People love to see what others are doing throughout their daily lives. Turn your camera on selfie mode and show people what you’re doing in your office, at a networking event or even on a staff outing! This can really add a personal touch to your brand, and that’s what potential customers want to engage with. 

Event Videos:

Hosting or speaking at a conference? Record the sessions and put them on your YouTube channel! If it’s a particularly hot topic, this could once again position you as a thought-leader in your industry. Also, quick recap videos from events can be used to help promote your future events. 

Schmoozapalooza Boardwalk

Knoxville Chamber’s Schmoozapalooza Boardwalk recap video… yeah, we did this one too. Click on it!

YouTube Live:

Much like Facebook Live, you can go live online from anywhere. This works particularly well at events or for exciting company announcements. 


Hopefully this gives you some awesome ideas for YouTube content you can start creating for your brand. The best thing about these types of videos is that they don’t have to be super produced – but we can totally help with that if you want – you can use your iPhone and simple video editors to make it happen!

[This post is part two in our YouTube blog series. Stay tuned for future posts diving into the crazy fun world of PAID YouTube marketing… coming soon!] READ MORE
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8 Things to Get Right on Youtube

We’re all trying to be found online. The best way to do that? Optimize your online content for the top search engines – Google and its subsidiary, YouTube. Google determines who can see you and how easy it is to see you, and Youtube is a huge part of that algorithm.

It can feel overwhelming to get started on YouTube. However, once you’ve created your channel and want to start uploading videos, just keep these few things in mind to ensure your videos rank highly on both search engines. 


1. Keywords

Keywords are the foundation of an entire YouTube channel. These are the words you want to be found with. Include them everywhere: the title and description, within your video content, or even in the name of the thumbnail file you upload. Sneak them in wherever you can! Do some research to see what viewers are searching for. We recommend using Trends.Google.com and the Google Ads Keyword Planner, but there are a ton of keyword resources out there!

Google Ads Keyword Planner

Google Ads Keyword Planner

2. Title

Of course, this is what your video is called. You need to keep it clear, compelling and concise – less than 60 characters to ensure it won’t be cut off in search results. Also, be sure to include your most relevant keywords first.

3. Description

This is the copy that drives views and engagement on your videos. Always include relevant keywords and CTAs within the first 100 characters, because after that users will have to click “show more” to see the rest of your description. Something most people overlook is including a transcript of the video in the description; however, this drastically improves the video’s SEO as the video content is typically full of the keywords you want to be found for!

At the end of the video description, you’ll include your default channel description, including links to your social channels, video credits, or video-specific timestamps.

YouTube Title & Description

Title & Description

4. Tags

Highlight your primary keywords in the video tags. Tags associates your video with similar videos, broadening its reach.

5. Closed Captions + Subtitles

Utilizing closed captions and subtitles on your YouTube videos further optimizes your video, as well as helps viewers that may need assistance understanding your content. This is yet another opportunity to include the keywords you want to be associated with. There are several ways to add this significant text to your videos: upload a text transcript or timed subtitle file, allow YouTube to automatically time the subtitles, type the subtitles yourself while watching the video, or hire someone to do it for you!

6. Cards + End Screens

Cards and End Screens take your YouTube content to the next level by providing viewers the chance to really engage with your videos. Video cards are rectangular notifications that appear over videos, and you can include up to five of them. End Screens extend your video 5 – 20 seconds. Utilize both of these to poll viewers, link to external websites, or direct viewers to your YouTube channels or other videos. This allows people to continue engaging with your content beyond the first video they watch.

Cards & End Screen

Cards & End Screen

7. Thumbnails

Along with the title, a video’s thumbnail is what gets people to watch it. It is the small, clickable image that represents the video. A good thumbnail can instantly grab people’s attention and differentiate your brand on a platform clogged with standard thumbnails, so always be sure to upload a custom one rather than the auto-generated ones from YouTube. Thumbnails can affect your search ranking on YouTube, too. Since your video’s click-through rate is one of the most important ranking factors in YouTube’s search algorithm, an eye-catching thumbnail can make a huge difference in ranking high in searches. The YouTube Creator Academy reports that “90% of the best performing videos on YouTube have custom thumbnails. 

Thumbnails

Custom Thumbnails

8. Engagement

Once you’ve uploaded a video on YouTube, you’re not finished there. You need to also actively manage engagement (likes, comments, views, etc.) on your videos. YouTube’s algorithm follows the audience, paying attention to engagement signals such as video likes and comments. It’s important to encourage and nurture these for a higher search ranking.


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BSM Team at Knoxville Chamber Digital Marketing Series

Follow this eight-part checklist for all your organic YouTube content, and you’re off to the races! Your videos will be heavily optimized, and more people will likely see them because of it.

We recently spoke at the Knoxville Chamber’s Digital Marketing Series. Our presentation, “Push Play on Growth,” covered all things related to YouTube marketing. We’re going to be taking a ton of that information and turning it into several blog posts, so be sure to stay tuned for more content in this series! If you have any questions related to YouTube content creation or advertising, drop us a note!

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YouTube Marketing – That Was Easy!

Youtube is a home for both the inspired and the strange, a place where viral videos plant their seeds; and of course, the global archive of first steps, big fails, and cat videos. But that’s not all. Youtube is also a highly effective place to market your business, and it’s easy! You just need the tools.

As a digital marketing agency in Knoxville focused in video production, we work with both small and large clients on creative content and we’ve learned that businesses sometimes devalue how Youtube could help them. So, we’re here to tell you that it can help you and definitely should be part of your 2018 marketing plan.

First, how big is Youtube, really? (2018 Youtube specs)

  • Over 1 Billion users (one-third of internet population)
  • More than half of total Youtube views come from mobile
  • More 18-49 year olds reached on mobile alone than any cable TV network
  • One billion hours watched daily

Youtube is a massive database that entertains a diverse and vast audience. If done well, your business will see a huge increase in Google search rankings, social engagement with customers, leads, and brand exposure overall through Youtube. But how?

 

Local Youtube Marketing Examples:

Mike’s Golf Shop (Chattanooga, Tn):

Time spent: 40 seconds; Views: 700,000

So, you’re telling me that if I’m looking for golf clubs, this is the wrong place?

  • Mike is a character. His brand is who he is, which is one of the most important tools of Youtube. We can show our brand, our company culture, or be informational. In this case, Mike did all three.
  • The viral nature of Youtube has sprouted out of the social media integration abilities of it, making it easy to target a specific audience, especially if you are already using other social platforms (ie. boosted posts on Facebook).
  • Youtube is owned by Google so your Google Search ranking is affected by the title and keywords in the description of the video, as well. Mike’s Golf, for example, is the first organic results on Google in his area.

Let’s take a look at another example, even closer to home for us.

 

Crawl Space Ninja (Knoxville, Tn):

Time Spent: estimated. 1 – 2 hours; Views: 1,000+ (Some videos have over 100K views)

Crawlspace Ninja does some really great stuff on Youtube as well. As you can tell, it’s more information based than Mike’s. Goals are the same, but the path is different.

  • Both wanted to grow sales by way of brand awareness. They stuck to their own brands and used social media.
  • In this case, Crawl Space Ninja brands themselves on Youtube as a “self-help” channel with videos that will build them a returning customer base that trusts them.
  • They can continue building loyalty while finding more customers along the way by using Youtube pre-roll and SEO tactics.

 

These two guys are just a couple examples of how you can grow your business through Youtube. Block out a day and create some engaging content. Youtube is a huge marketing gold mine and you need to be getting your share!

Give us a call if you need help and check out our most recent work!

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Set the Tone with the Drone

When it comes to promoting an event, showcasing a large area or simply dazzling an audience with a landscape shot from an aerial position – the quality of video a drone can provide goes uncontested. If you’re a real estate agent trying to sell a house, a drone would be perfect to showcase the entire property. The usual photo found on a real estate site just doesn’t convey the size. It doesn’t deliver the big picture. If you’re an event planner – you can convey the vibe of your event with an aerial video. Just check the clips below for an example. With sweeping shots, awesome landscapes and seamless footage of an event, home, etc. – it’s going to draw attention, and hold it. Drone event coverage is becoming more and more popular for marketing purposes. If you’re looking for that competitive edge, you just found it.

 

The Blount County Partnership

Of the various events we’ve covered for the Blount County Partnership, two of our favorite drone videos came from the Tour de Blount and The Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon events. Both events involved fast-paced participants – bikers and runners – and we wanted to be able to catch all of the action with our drone. At times, the drone could barely keep up with the cyclists (its max speed is about 35mph!) but we ended up getting some awesome footage. Blount has some pretty diverse terrain, too, and we managed to capture and incorporate some unique footage that we shared with the Partnership and Vacation Races (they hosted the events).

Tour de Blount – Maryville, TN 2016

The Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon – Maryville, TN 2016

Charlotte Fair – Charlotte, NC 2017

Southern Expo hosts several fairs throughout the year. We created a short video that could showcase all of the rides and attractions, and this footage ended up in several TV commercials in Charlotte, North Carolina, Huntsville, Alabama, and Bristol, Tennessee. With a smooth flight and a view of all of the rides, people from all around could see just what these fairs were made of.

 

When you’ve got footage like this for your event, people tend to notice. It’s not just a video that captures a lot at once – it’s fun to watch, too! If you’d like us to share your next big event, retail listing, or anything else, just give us a call at (865) 206-7296 or fill out our Contact Us form. Producing quality videos is what we do best!

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Video Production – Is it Part of Your Marketing Strategy?

In the world of digital marketing, it’s important to cover all of your bases – and content is king. We’re talking about blogging, social media, sharing pictures, and posting videos. A lot more goes into that list, but today we’re going to set our sights on video production and how crucial it is for your marketing endeavors. Seriously – did you know that in 2017, videos will account for almost 70% of consumer traffic online?

Videos require some extra effort, but they’re absolute gold for an audience. Think about it – it’s instant gratification. Unlike having an article that elicits the “too long, didn’t read” response, a video can be more engaging and hold an individual’s attention longer. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a video is dynamic. A typical video is around 24 frames per second, so you’re actually getting 1440 pictures per minute! It can deliver a lot of valuable information in a short amount of time. Videos are gaining strength in the marketing realm, too, and the social media giants know it.

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Ask the Right Questions

Before you get started with anything, you need to make sure you’ve got a solid game plan. That means asking yourself a few questions, such as:

  • Who is my audience?
  • What kind of voice do I want to take? The tone you use should be consistent throughout your videos.
  • What is my goal – is it fostering brand awareness? Selling a product or service? Or are you trying to establish yourself as the authority figure on a certain subject?

Once you’ve got the answers to these questions, tell yourself this – keep your focus centered on the story you’re trying to tell, not making the next conversion or sale. If you’re doing a good job, these things will take care of themselves.

Keep it Short and Fun

In other words, make sure your videos don’t suck. You’ve probably seen them before – the video that catches your attention for one reason or another, but shortly into it you find yourself scrolling on, wondering why the heck you wasted those precious seconds of your life. The longer the video, the less the engagement. That’s not true for every situation, but it’s pretty close. Ideally, a video that’s anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes long should do the trick.

Got a Hankering for Some Video Production?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware that video production is our bread and butter. At Big Slate Media, we do what we love and we love what we do. You might have some ideas for a video bouncing around in that brain of yours. We’ve got the means to give life to the dreams. Give us a call at (865) 206-7296 and let’s talk about it.

Check out our Success Stories or our YouTube Page to see some of our work.

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Facebook’s Video Algorithm Change – What You Need to Know

Facebook’s video algorithm change will again be affecting the news feed and how videos will appear to users. Specifically, this update is going to focus on ranking and “percent completion.”

What does that mean, exactly? Essentially, longer videos will now have a higher chance to appear in news feeds, depending on a couple of factors. It’s not so much the case for shorter videos, but we’re told the change will be slight.

Facebook's Video Algorithm Change

The social media giant is at it again. Facebook’s video algorithm change will affect longer-length videos.

How to Make Facebook’s Video Algorithm Change Work for You

This is good news for the marketing world, because sometimes we need a longer video to say what we need to say. As the Facebook Newsroom post stated, “The best length for a video is whatever length is required to tell a compelling story that engages people, which is likely to vary depending on the story you’re telling.”

So, the gates are open for you to post longer videos, but they have to be engaging to the viewer. The length of the video itself won’t help, it still has to meet a certain amount of “watch time.” In other words, a percentage of the video must be watched in order to factor in to Facebook’s new algorithm. If people watch your longer videos and stay with them, their news feed is more likely to show other videos of similar length and material. This won’t just appear in the news feed, either, but in the ‘Suggested Videos’ section of the video currently being watched.

Let Big Slate Media Handle Your Video Marketing Needs

At Big Slate Media, video production and marketing is our bread and butter. Facebook’s video algorithm change only gives us another advantage to work with, and we’d like to use that to take your business to the next level. If you’re interested in making commercial, posting a video online or getting some sweet footage with our drone, give us a call at (865) 291-0005 and we’ll set something up!

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