YouTube Survival 101: How to get your marketing videos thriving in 2018

In the age of the video, your brand wants to make waves on YouTube but you’re already drowning. The good news is you already know modern brands are more memorable with a video marketing campaign. The bad news is no one cares about your videos (or at least that’s how it feels). You wonder how to increase YouTube views and subscribers. After all, your competitors are getting thousands of views and you can barely crack one hundred. Well, we’ve got more good news– no, great news! Your content is probably wonderfully compelling. So, you just have to make it easy to find, and magnetic enough to attract an audience before they even watch your video. No worries! Your Raleigh video marketing masters are here to show you the way. Let’s get you started by optimizing your existing videos.

Optimizing your videos for search

Your title needs a searchable keyword. YouTube is a very search-heavy platform with Google and YouTube searches being the primary way of video discovery. If your audience can’t type in a phrase and find your video, your title might be a big culprit. By inserting a relevant keyword that gets good search volume, you’ll be funneling more traffic in no time.

Your description needs optimization. It’s simple really: include a link and a micro-blog post with your video’s keyword. Your description is more of a secondary reference for what your video’s actually about. However, you need quality information here that’s going to keep them intrigued. Otherwise, they might think you baited them into a useless video. Inspire curiosity, spark some emotion, and give them the info they’ll actually want.

Add a captioning transcription. Again, this is just more text to fuel the search algorithms to your advantage. It’s well-known that YouTube generates their own transcripts, but it’s just as well known that their transcripts are heavy with errors in grammar and mistranslations. Create your own transcript, or outsource it and you’ll be SEO-ready when your audience comes to find you. This also makes your videos accessible to the hearing impaired, which is a hidden advantage your competitors will miss almost every time.

Magnetizing your videos

Create an eye-catching custom thumbnail. Any time a viewer is choosing a video, they’re noticing the attractive thumbnails before they even notice the titles. It’s critical that you capture your video’s message with a few branding and psychology tricks to boost your pre-click appeal. First, keep in mind most traffic is mobile so the image must be readable even when scaled down. Include a short bit of relevant text that gets your audience curious. Overlay this over an image that relates to your video. Need a suggestion? Human faces making eye contact with the viewer and showing strong emotion have been shown to create a connection that fosters engagement. Finally, don’t forget to include your logo in the corner of the image!

Above all else, create compelling videos!

The key to a successful YouTube video is always going to be phenomenal content. You’ll just waste time if you optimize a poorly produced video. As one of the top video marketing agencies Raleigh trusts for creative video content, we at Blueforest Studios want to guide you closer to massive viewer engagement. You’ve already learned a ton from just browsing this article. For more info and guidance, just set up a quick chat and we’ll be glad to help.

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Video Production 101 – A Comprehensive Guide to Video

a lot of businesses in this city, which makes it a challenge to stand out! Not to mention, there are so many marketing avenues available it can be hard to know where to start. Since videos can be easily shared and can pack a lot of information into a small amount of time, they are a great tool to get your name out there, but they need to be done right in order to be effective! If you know you want to create a high-quality video for your business but aren’t sure just how to make it happen, look no further than this quick-start guide from your one and only Raleigh Video Production company – Blueforest Studios

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How to Create the Perfect Company Video

 

In order for your video to make the greatest impact, your vision and purpose need to be clear, and that starts with honing in on what your company is at the most basic level.

you’ll need to do some soul-searching of sorts by asking yourself a few things.

 

  • Ask WHY: WHY are you in business? Was there a great need that drove you to create your company for the consumer? WHY do you do what you do? Is there a major catalyst that keeps driving your company forward?
  • Ask WHAT: What is it that sets your business apart from all the rest? There’s something special about your company, make sure you know what it is so you can tell the world! This is a good time to reflect on the purpose of your organizationWhat are you trying to do with this video? The purpose of your video can vary. Whether you are advertising for an event coming up, trying to get email subscribers, selling a product, or something entirely different, it is crucial that you know just what want to accomplish with your video, otherwise it won’t be effective.
  • Ask HOW: Now that you’ve thought about your what and why, it’s time to focus on how you’re going to get your message across to the audience who sees your video. This is where storytelling comes into play. Consider these basic factors that need to be present to carry your story from start to finish:

What sets your business apart from the competition?

  1. Character: A good story has to have a main character. Who is yours? 
  2. Value: What value does your business provide? Maybe it’s a service or product unique to your company, or maybe it’s something different. Whatever it is, you want to tell the customer what they need!
  3. Threat: What threats stand in the way for your customers? For instance, perhaps cost or inconvenience stands in the way of the customer receiving this value they’re searching for.
  4. Resolution: This is where your business swoops in to save the day! Your story and video should come to a close by driving home the point that the service you provide will solve a problem for your prospective customer. You should also include a call to action at this point, so that the audience has an easy way to take the next step.

 

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QUICK TIP: Is there a story of something or someone related to your company that represents your purpose in a meaningful way? If so, awesome! Personal stories are extremely relatable to an audience, so this will be the best way to tell your story.

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Generating Sales and Conversions from Your Video

 Once you’ve got a story and you’re ready to tell it, it’s time to get a video produced that will generate results

Check out our info-graphic below for some information on how to do this:

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Promoting your Video:  So you’ve gone through the video production process and you know your video is perfect for your business! Now, it’s time to make sure your customers see it. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Pick the right channels: If your Instagram account only has 10 followers and you haven’t posted on it in 2 years, then this probably is not the right channel to share your video. In order for your video to gain traction, you’ll want to post it places where you already have some audience built up (We can help if you’re just getting started). FacebookTwitter, and Youtube are great options, of course with a link back to your website!
  • Reach out to other bloggers and share your video with them – hopefully they’ll want to share it with all of their followers as well, which increases your audience exponentially.
  • Optimize your youtube channel: Your Youtube channel can be a great place to get customers to keep watching one video after another about your company – make sure that you make it easy to subscribe and that your videos are high quality and in line with your purpose and brand. 
  • Run paid search ads and embed your video on your landing page: Paid search ads can be a wonderful tool, but you want to make sure that they’re effective! If this is something you don’t have any experience with, consider hiring a professional company to handle this. Run paid search ads on Facebook or Instagram with a CTA (Call to Action) Like the one below:

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Here are a few Examples of awesome Raleigh company Videos: With all of the businesses in the area, there is no shortage of example videos you can look at for inspiration! Check out a few that we think are extra awesome.

The Exploris School: VIDEO

Butter Ball: VIDEO

Overwhelmed yet? Maybe it’s time to hire a professional…

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How to choose the best video production company:

 

At this point, you might be feeling in over your head. Producing a quality video takes a lot of resources – and not everyone has access to fancy cameras, the best editing software, and the right marketing tools. Lucky for you, professional video production companies exist just for the sake of helping businesses like you create successful videos that will generate the results you’re looking for. Here are some tips for how to choose the one that’s right for you.

 

  • Look past the reels: Even though a highlight reel can be a great introduction to a video production company, you need to make sure you see plenty of samples of a company’s work before committing. Looking at a sampling of work will give you an idea of what you could expect, and if the type of work they do is what you are looking for in your own video

 

  • Ask if they understand your company: Give the video producers plenty to work with! You will want to spend time speaking with them about who you are as a business, and make sure they understand your brand and the story you want to tell.

 

  • Ask about marketing: Once the video is produced, will you be on your own, or does the production company offer marketing packages to ensure your video gets to the desired audience?

 

  • Budget: While of course a well-produced video can produce a high return on investment, you don’t want to break the bank either. Look to hire a video production company that fits within your budget, so that you can enjoy the results without stressing your finances!

 

Still need more information on choosing the right video production company in Raleigh? Click here for more tips!

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Why Blueforest Studios?

You’ve decided you want to hire a professional video production company in Raleigh to make your video, so why choose Blueforest?

  • Focus on storytelling – Our brand storytelling approach ensures that your video gets at the heart of your company’s purpose, making your video impactful and effective. We get that your company is important to you, and we take time to get to know who you are so that your story is authentic.
  • Skills and experience – You’ve read this far, so you know how much goes into making a quality video! We have the skills, tools, and experience to get the job done right and on time, giving you the freedom to focus on the day to day of your company. With Blueforest Studios, you can trust that experienced professionals are going to deliver a product that generates real results.
  • Value – We are committed to providing excellent video production at affordable price points, and also offer Blueboost, our VSEO marketing package that ensures your video gets shared on the right channels and viewed by your desired audience!
  • Our Work History–  Are you curious to see who we’ve worked with in the past? Check out some of our work!

Ready to start brainstorming? Click below and we’ll help you determine how you can use video to up your marketing game!

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Upcoming Fall Seminars at Blueforest Studios

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Nonprofit Storytelling Seminar October 18, 2016

Do you know what it takes to tell a marvelous, memorable story?

Learn the steps to becoming a master storyteller at our Storytelling Seminar, back by popular demand.

As a marketer, you understand the importance of storytelling, as well as the difficulties in crafting your message. Grabbing the attention of a busy and distracted audience to help support your cause can be tough. If you feel your organization’s purpose is getting lost in the clouds, there is a simple tool at your disposal!

A great story will forge a deeper understanding of your organization’s mission. We can help you unearth and develop that message.

Discover how to convey your message in a way that inspires and engages, at our Storytelling Seminar in October.

This seminar is free to nonprofits and only a small fee for others.

Light breakfast including fruit and snacks plus coffee will be provided.

Nonprofit Seminar: Leveraging Your Video Online November 2, 2016

We work with many clients who have videos that are only applicable to a small target audience. We want to make sure that those targeted audiences find those videos–and learn about their clients and their services. Don’t you want to learn how to reach your target audiences with video?

Here’s a sample from Homes By Dickerson, a custom home builder in Raleigh. There are only a few thousand people in Raleigh that are looking to build a custom home each year, but Homes By Dickerson would like to be on top of their list. They worked with our team to create this amazing video and we followed up with optimization.

For our clients that select it, we include BlueBoost – a service by which we optimize and promote the video on YouTube as well as provide recommendations to get the most out of the video asset. YouTube is the number 2 search engine – right behind Google, so it makes sense to take advantage of both platforms in getting our message, and our client’s message, out.

During our upcoming nonprofit seminar, we will provide an overview of the top 7 steps to properly optimize your YouTube video, as well as how and when to place video on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. We will also talk about when videos can be used in email marketing – for instance, is it acceptable to send an old video to new subscribers?  We encourage participants to submit their questions in advance and we’ll be ready with an answer.

Registration is free for our nonprofit friends and just a small fee for others.

Sign-up for Learn To Leverage Your Video Content Online today!  Want to learn a little more about the class?  Check out this video.

Kathy Hughes Langfield and Kimberly Corrigan will be sharing their expertise during this 90-minute interactive seminar.  We will also provide light snacks, coffee, and soft drinks to get your morning started right!

YouTube Blog: How to get the related videos to make sense!

How does YouTube decide that a police chase is related to a birthday prank video for our boss?  This and many other questions arise when using YouTube for our business and for our clients.  We once had a client who had the ‘Top 7 Reason’ in his description; well it turned out that the number 7 brought on a bunch of crazy videos in the YouTube algorithm.  See on the screen shot below that 4 of the 6 related videos were produced by our company – however the other two (with motorcycles) seem totally random.

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Since YouTube can’t actually watch the video it is relying on the title, description, tags, and captions that are included with the video. In the case of our client with the “Top 7” we made it into a “Top 6” and the totally unrelated videos disappeared and others that were actually related started to appear.

So why should you even worry about the related videos?  If YouTube thinks that your video is about police chases, it may not return it as a result when people are searching for Birthday Pranks; and if you really want to be known for Birthday Pranks than you will be unsatisfied with the results.

The power of YouTube really lies in the fact that it’s the number 2 search engine  – so you want to make sure that YouTube knows what your video is about and gives it as a potential result when people search YouTube and more importantly Google.

For instance, we definitely want to rank high for our own name – and if a potential client sees our website, social media channels and a video by us they might just click on the video.  Imagine if your business’s video was ranked high for your most important keyword??

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So the next time you post a video be sure to go back and check on all the text associated with the video and for the ‘related’ videos that show up.  This might give you an idea for what YouTube thinks your video is about. You can also check your YouTube analytics after several days and many views to see what keywords your viewers are entering when they find your video.  We always go back and check our videos and our client’s videos to make sure that the keywords and phrases match the content and those related videos.

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What is Blueboost?

You may have heard us refer to ourselves as an integrated video production company and wondered to yourself, “what exactly does that mean?” Well, it has a lot to do with a service we offer called Blueboost. Blueboost is a 27-point proven process for optimizing the amazing video we’ve Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 3.39.12 PMproduced in order for you to achieve maximum return on your investment.

Why is this necessary?

We’ve learned from experience that there’s a disconnect between video production companies and marketing teams. Sure, you put a lot of money into making a great promotional video or commercial, but what does that matter when nobody sees it? Or worse – no one acts on it? Blueboost is a part of our process to make sure that doesn’t happen. Not only will we ensure that you get the highest quality of video, we’ll make absolutely sure that people actually see it.

How can I learn more?

Watch the video below! You can also give us a call or shoot us an email! We would love to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your video production experience in greater detail.

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imgres Wondering what the 300 is about? No, it’s not the movie – there aren’t any spartans.

Just your friends, family and employees whom you need to convince to watch your video within the first 24 hours it’s posted. While they are watching it, they should like it and share it if it’s appropriate. #Google and #YouTube want to serve content up that people are interested in and they MAY start suggesting your video if there are a bunch of views, likes, shares and comments in a relatively quick time frame.

It’s all about engagement – so after you select our Blueforest Studios Video Team to make a great video for you, get the most out of it online. We can optimize it for you and even promote it through YouTube Video promotion…but those first few days have to be organic.

For instance, our team produced this video in the spring. When the client was ready to go on the road, they needed to get a little buzz and some views. We worked together to get those views quickly and YouTube rewarded us by pushing the video as well!

Check it out:

More BlueBoost tips will be coming soon.

Post your questions and one of our experts will reply as soon as possible!

SEO – Simple, Efficient, Optimization

YouTube-SEO-Organic-Example-for-StandUp-PouchesWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; when it comes to Youtube, optimize, optimize, optimize!! Seriously – it takes only a few minutes of your time and makes a HUGE impact on the amount of views you get. Aside from – well – making a good video, this is the most important element to consider when uploading. If you’re aiming for viral status, there’s no way to achieve that level of popularity without it.

It’s pretty simple, really. It consists of loading your description, tags, etc. with a lot of keywords to make the video more readily found by search engines. Believe me, you don’t have to be an Youtube connoisseur to make effective use of SEO. There are also plenty of sources to help you optimize (we love VideoLC and ReelSEO).

On the flip-side, we understand that it CAN be tricky or confusing to navigate if you’re new to the process. Even we had to Google it, attend training sessions and experiment with it for awhile before we learned the gist. If you simply don’t want to commit the time or hassle to learning the ropes, there are other options, such at BlueBoost.  BlueBoost is a service of Blue Forest Studios that will take your video and get it seen online.

Ask about our mini-case studies for All Weather FIrestarters, Greenshield Organic and Rhett Rotten!

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How Many Likes Should Your YouTube Video Have?

So the question always comes up about how to make videos go viral. But I like to ask: how do we make a video effective? In order to make your video effective (after you’ve hired Blueforest Studios to produce an awesome video), you need to do a little Video SEO.  I know it sounds like voodoo to some but it’s really pretty straightforward and you can find out more in our previous posts.

Once you do all the Video SEO and the video is live, what’s the next step?

This is really the easiest part of all – one would think!!  ​

LIKE your video!!  And, how many people do you have in your family, organization, or small company?  That’s how many likes you should have on Day 1!  Now, I don’t suppose that your CEO who gets paid 7 figures is browsing YouTube and liking videos, but if she happens to watch it on YouTube she should like it too!

If you have decided that YouTube is the right platform for your video then use it for all it’s worth. Of course, you’re not going to get 1 million views and you don’t need that many views. What you do need is the right people in the right market watching your video. And taking action! (that’s another post coming soon).

In YouTube’s semi-secret algorithm they look at views, likes, and shares to determine which videos to recommend – in addition to all the Video SEO stuff.  So if your video gets posted and instantly gets a bunch of views, likes, and shares, then YouTube will start recommending your video more than if you didn’t have those.

Your homework – right now – is to go to your channel or a friend’s channel and like a video or two. It’s a low investment in time and you’re not pushing or self-promoting…though you should do that too!  But we’ll take baby steps.

If you want to see our most “Liked” video check it out below.  There’s a few reasons why people like it more than the others.  What do you think they are?

 

The Newest Tool in Marketing: LinkedIn Video Ads

A source from Reel SEO recently reported on a blog from LinkedIn Marketing Solutions that stated the professional networking site would now accept video ads in order for their clients to market to other business professionals. All it requires is a YouTube URL to a video of maximum 30 seconds and some simple text to go with the video.

As we all know, the primary appeal for advertising on LinkedIn is its targeting power. Fortunately, video ads allow you to target by a wide variety of factors such as location, company, job title, school, skills, group, gender, and age.

According to the source at Reel SEO, LinkedIn’s establishment as a social network of professionals could ensure it’s suitability to reach the exact audience you want in the realms of company, job title, and skill set. Video ads could serve as the perfect targeting solution for products like business software and services, online video platforms, and video production services. Check out the article and see what you think.  Tell us what has worked for you!

Your next question might be who can create short effective ads for use on LinkedIN?  You might have guessed that we would be happy to help.  Check out this 15-second TV spot that we created.  If we can convey all that information in 15-seconds we can certainly help with LinkedIN ads!