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You, Too, Can Use YouTube – 5 Tips for Marketing on YouTube

23 Jun

By Tim Busbey, owner, Addison’s Compass Public Relations

We all know YouTube was responsible for introducing the world to the phenomenon that is Justin Bieber. Without YouTube, the world would have never heard of Rebecca Black and her ubiquitous tune proclaiming the joys of “Friday.” And we’ve all seen the hilarious videos of babies laughing or kids dancing or dogs doing tricks. While the video sharing site is great for entertainment, it also can be a valuable marketing tool for businesses.

With digital video cameras and easy-to-use video editing software, creating simple videos to help promote your business is relatively easy for most computer-savvy business owners. Or if it is beyond your area of expertise and you have some marketing budget to work with, there are plenty of businesses that can help. Once you have created videos, YouTube is the perfect place to post them. The site is free to use, is easy to use and has a massive audience.

A recent study found that 77 percent of users come to YouTube expecting to watch only one video but end up watching more. The average YouTube user spends 15 to 25 minutes a day on the site. As of February 2011, YouTube has 490 million unique users worldwide per month, who rack up an estimated 92 billion page views each month. More video content is uploaded to YouTube in a 60 day period than the three major U.S. television networks created in 60 years.

Those numbers are staggering and show the vast potential YouTube offers business owners. Just like any marketing tool, you need to find the best ways to use YouTube to maximize your results. Here are 5 tips for small business owners to get the most out of YouTube:

1) Create and customize your channel

Setting up a channel on YouTube is simple, and customizing it is important. You should add your company’s branding, customize the colors to compliment your company’s look, and add relevant information and links. Your channel serves as your company’s homepage on YouTube. Make sure you take the time to make sure it looks the way it should.

2) Keep up with comments

Once you have videos posted on YouTube, people will be able to make comments about them. You should do your best to respond to any comments that are left, even if it’s just a simple “Thank you.” Be sure to respond to negative comments, too, especially if they are relevant and non-offensive. However, if there are comments which contain offensive language or are spam, you should delete those comments. YouTube does give you the option of moderating comments before they go live, so you can catch any offensive posts before they go live. You may want to use this option, especially if you start receiving a lot of comments that need to be deleted. But if you do, you need to keep up with moderating the comments. Otherwise, you will just end up with a backlog of submitted comments that never actually make it on your channel.

3) Engage your fellow YouTube users

Like any other social media site, the key to thriving on YouTube is interacting with other YouTube users. You should check out content on the site, comment on appropriate videos and add them as your favorites and make “friends” with relevant YouTube users. People will see you commenting on other videos and will check out your channel to see what you have to offer. And anyone who checks out your content is another potential customer.

4) Tag, you’re it

The key to letting people find your videos is tagging them appropriately. For example, if you are a dog groomer, you may tag your videos with “dog” and “dog grooming” and “grooming” and “pets” and many other related words – anything that may help people find your videos. Don’t be afraid to use too many tags. The more relevant tag words you use, the more likely your video will be found when people search on YouTube.

5) Promote your YouTube videos elsewhere

Like all your marketing tools, it’s important that you make them all work together whenever possible. When you post a new video on YouTube, let people know about it. On social media sites, on your website, on your blog, in an email blast. There’s no point in having a video up there if you aren’t going to let people know about it. Every video view is another potential lead for your business. Don’t let any opportunity pass you by.

At Addison’s Compass Public Relations, we can offer assistance to any business needing consultation to get started using YouTube. We can help you create promotional ideas and content that will engage your customers. If you are local to us in Ohio, we do house (business) calls too!