Video has never been more popular.
Loved by consumers and marketers alike, it’s hands-down the most engaging way to connect with your target audience.
But video won’t do diddly squat for you if your audience never sees it.
You have to help your audience find your video
Your video is the destination.
Point the way to your video with a video optimisation strategy to help your ideal customers find you.
9 tips to shine a light on your video
In this blog, we’re going to work through this checklist of video marketing strategies to help your audience find you.
- Optimise your video with keywords so search engines can find it
- Choose a thumbnail that coaxes viewers to click
- Use subtitles or closed captioning to strengthen your keyword density
- Add a transcript of your video to reach a wider audience
- Include your video in a blog post
- Create an email campaign around your video using gifs
- Add a link to your video in your email signature
- Share your video on social media channels
- Use links to lift your video view count
1. Successful videos are optimised for search engines
It’s not enough to upload a high-quality video onto your website.
Popular videos are also promoted by their content creators.
For more video views, start with choosing and using the right keywords.
What search queries would your video’s target audience type into the Google search bar?
Use these keyword search terms in the title, description and metatags for your video.
I’ll show you how below.
Target keywords in these locations will help your video rank higher in search results and get more views.
Here’s some detail on how you do this – this example uses a main keyword I often use: ‘recruitment video.’
Add the main keyword to the video file name & title
Before you upload your video, re-name the file name to include your keyword phrase.
Place dashes between each word like this: recruitment-video-hastings-deering
Once you upload [most likely to YouTube or Vimeo] add your title.
Your keyword phrase should be as close to the start of the title as possible while still making sense.
Keep your title under 70 characters. Google cuts off characters longer than this in search results
Add your keyword to the description box
Adding keywords to the description is one of video’s most underused SEO tactics.
It helps search engines better understand the topic of the video, so it comes up in search results for that keyword.
You’d ideally add the main keyword in the first or second line of text in the description box.
By adding a keyword to your video description, you’re increasing the odds that people will find your video when searching online.
Add the main keyword to tags
Your target keywords added to tags add another layer to rank your video.
2. Create attention-grabbing thumbnails
Your thumbnail image indicates what your viewer can expect from your video.
It should show what the video is about at a glance.
If your video thumbnail includes your keyword, that’s a keyword bonus to lift you higher in Google search results.
So be a bit fussy here.
If you upload your video to YouTube, you only get a few screenshots to choose from – instead, select a screenshot from the original video before you upload it.
Save your thumbnail with the keyword or keyword phrase in the file name.
This is another signpost for Google.
Thumbnail impressions count towards YouTube’s algorithm, so don’t skimp on quality.
If you think the thumbnail screenshot could do with more oomph or needs the addition of your keyword, take your screenshot into a program like Canva to pretty it up or add the keyword within a title.
3. Videos are more searchable with closed captions
Captions enhance your video’s accessibility to a larger audience.
With increased views, your return on investment is higher.
If your keyword or keyword phrase is in the video narration, closed captions will give you another keyword boost.
Google’s algorithms take closed captions into account when ranking videos
Yet another way to increase organic traffic.
If you use a video creation tool that allows you to add closed captions, turn on this feature.
If you are working with a video production company – ta da, like us – they can do this for you.
4. A video transcript gives Google more clues
Adding the video’s transcript will improve its discoverability.
And bring more traffic to your website.
- Add the transcript to the video’s description
- Embed it in the website copy below your video
- Create a blog post that includes the transcript
There are many ways to create a transcript from your video – this can be done for you if you’re using a video production company or you can do it yourself by uploading to a site like rev.com. Easy peasy.
Transcripts are important SEO real estate for video content, and you can also significantly improve your click-through rate by adding clickable links to the transcript document.
5. Create a blog post to support your video production
The more types of content you can create around your video, the better.
A blog post adds another layer of marketing punch to your video project and gives you room to expand the topic of your video.
When creating your blog post, include your relevant keywords and the video’s transcript to lift your overall SEO.
From the blog, link back to your video to help increase its views and engagement.
6. Add a video preview to emails
You can’t currently embed video in emails, but here’s the workaround.
You can create a short sneak peek GIF from your video to drag and drop straight into your email.
A 3 or 4-second GIF from your video in an email, with a link below it that directs back to the full video, will give your email a higher engagement rate and get more eyes on your video.
The GIF also gives you extra precious seconds of reader attention, increasing the odds they’ll click your email link to boost your click-through rate.
I create our GIFs directly from a video uploaded to Vimeo – but we have a paid account.
For email, your GIF file size should be no bigger than 500KB, and keep the number of frames to around 15 frames, as this will help optimise the file size.
7. Add a link to your video in your email signature
A link back to your video on every email you send?
Sounds like a great idea to me.
This is valuable real estate we should all make more use of.
Your video just needs to be hosted online so you can copy the URL.
Paste the URL as a hyperlink within your email signature.
You could add the hyperlink to text – or add to a signature image (easy to create in Canva.)
8. Share your video to social channels
Increase the discoverability of your video by sharing it on social networks.
But there’s a great divide between the video you want and need for your website or YouTube Channel and the video content best suited to social media platforms.
So even though you may have started with a longer video, it’s best to use short edits pulled from the longer video for cross-posting to social platforms – to match the short attention span of this scrolling audience demographic!
And because phone viewing is usually with sound off on social channels, you need captions for these versions.
If you post on social media platforms like Facebook and Linkedin, you can also add clickable links back to your main video or the matching blog.
9. Link to your video wherever possible
There are three link types:
- An internal link is any page within your site to another page within your site.
- An external link is a link from one of your pages to somebody else’s page.
- A backlink is when somebody links to your page from their own page.
You can learn more about backlinks here – but the first place to get more video views is with internal links.
- If you’ve created a blog post on a different page, link it to your video
- You could add a link to your video from your About page
- You could add a link from your Contact Us page
And don’t forget to link to your video from your social media posts and email signature.
Have questions? Want to chat?
P.S. The corporate video is here to stay
Video is one of the most effective ways to connect with customers, reduce bounce rates and increase your conversion rate. And the video stats back this up.