Starting A YouTube Channel For Your Business.
Ready to take the plunge a start up a YouTube channel for your business?
That’s a great idea ! It seems that something like 300 hours of video are uploaded to the YouTube platform every minute and so with that sort of exposure why wouldn’t you want a “piece of the pie”?
OK, before you get started you’ll want to determine the types of marketing videos that you want to create.
Keep in mind that you need a good balance of variety while still sticking to your overall theme. The last thing you want is to confuse subscribers who are used to finding one type of content on your channel with a whole other thing.
On the other hand, viewers enjoy a variety of video content, and there are different ways that you can produce quality content while still sticking to your theme and brand.
Depending on the type of channel you are planning to create, you’ll be able to offer a variety of content.
For example, if your channel is being created to promote other products and services, consider creating case-study style videos that highlight the progress your existing customers have made.
You could easily mix those types of videos in with product highlight videos, product review videos and even unboxing videos if you sell physical products.
Another type of marketing video is a How-To, DIY or Tutorial. This is a good idea for when you want to demonstrate to potential buyers exactly how to use one of your products.
If your company sells home furnishings, then a How-To video about how to arrange furniture is a great way to showcase your products and educate the consumer.
Another good marketing video idea is a Listicle. These are especially popular for when you have several points to cover.
For example, a baking company may want to create a listicle video that discusses their most popular bakery treats. They can go over each dessert they offer, and then next to it on the screen list, promote an event that it would be ideal for.
And for practically any type of company, a funny, behind-the-scenes, candid video is sure to engage viewers. Show some bloopers from videos you’ve created, how you come up with video ideas, and anything else that helps viewers see the human side of your business.
For example, a telecommunications company could shoot a video of their customer service department. In between shots of representatives helping customers, some employees could be shown having fun. This is a great way to humanise your company and connect with your audience on a deeper level.
It’s worth saying again: consistency is key when it comes to creating a successful YouTube channel.
This means that you’ll want to create a content plan that involves uploading content on specific days of the week.
You’ll also want to make sure it’s a schedule you can stick to since your subscribers will begin to rely on content updates on those days.
Know Your Audience…
In order to both maintain and grow your YouTube audience, it’s imperative that you know all about your current viewers and overall market. You’ll want to be able to create a visual snapshot of who your average customer is.
In truth, market research should begin long before you create your YouTube channel. The more you know about your target audience, the easier it will be to create engaging content that they’ll be interested in.
When you’re inside of your YouTube admin panel, head on over to the Analytics tab.
This is going to give you a tremendous amount of information concerning your content and the type of visitors you’re getting as well as what they are spending time watching.
On this page, you will find:
View Counts– the number of times your videos are being watched;
Average Watch Time– how long people stay on each video;
Revenue Generated– money earned;
Interaction Rate– physical engagements with content.
Pay close attention to the demographics section as well, because this will tell you:
Location in the world that your videos are being played;
Age range of viewers;
Gender of viewers.
Use this information to help your channel grow by knowing who your market is and what they want from you.
For example, make sure that your videos are being watched where you primarily offer your services. If they aren’t, then think about marketing video ideas that can help localise your content.
Depending upon the type of company you own, you’ll want to make sure that the age group and genders it’s meant for are also watching your content. If they aren’t, then come up with some new marketing videos that target these specific groups.
Once you review all the available information, head on over to the comments section on each of your videos. Take some time to see what kind of comments your videos are getting, and reply to ones that will help educate your viewers and promote your channel.
And finally, the YouTube Community profile is a fairly new feature that’s starting to become quite popular. It’s basically a timeline for you to post and interact with your followers.
This is where you’ll want to post pictures that are relative to your channel, polls that will help you understand your audience, and even some fun, engaging content.