Another thing about affiliate marketing is the payout percentages as well as how these people track your viewers who are clicking on these links. Every time someone clicks on one of your special tracking affiliate links, a little cookie is put onto that person’s computer to track what they purchase. The best part about the cookies is that if you link to a specific product, they don’t have to purchase that product. Anything they purchase on that website, you get commissions for. So they could click over with your affiliate link and that cookie and decide not to purchase that, but purchase a whole bunch of other things, and you get paid commission off it.
A YouTube channel serves as a hub for all your companies video content, allowing you to present your product, service or mission to a platform that sees over 800 million unique users visit each month. Today we’ll explore four ways to optimize your YouTube channel to ensure your videos are being discovered, watched and shared by looking at examples from existing innovators.
YouTube provides you with a way to feature some of your other videos on every video being watched. It’s a bit like free advertising for all your other content. The best part is, you can decided which video(s) to highlight—whether it’s a specific video, playlist or your latest video. YouTube also allows you to decide at which point the featured content should appear.
There will be two images that you choose. The first will be your account’s picture, which will work similar to Facebook’s profile pictures. The second will be your channel art, which will be displayed at the top of your channel much like Facebook’s cover photo. You need to choose these images wisely, as they’ll be one of the first things that users notice about your brand. In the example below, my account picture is the picture of me, and the flowers are my channel art (please note, this is only an example account).
2. Choose your channel icon — Upload a square, high-res (800×800) image that is recognizable and looks great when displayed at smaller resolutions (so use text sparingly). This image will be your channel’s icon throughout all of YouTube. If your channel is linked to G+, you can use an image you’ve previously uploaded to your G+ account. You can access this from your YouTube account page.
Once you've taken care of these five main forms of metadata, there are many other customizations in the Creator Studio. You can access this by clicking on your channel icon and choosing "Creator Studio." The Creator Studio gives you a more detailed view of each of your videos, with options to add cards and end screens, translations and transcriptions, along with various tools to personalize your channel, interact with your audience, view analytics, and more.
The fact has already been mentioned that making videos is a task that is neither easy, nor it is cheap but surely what comes easy won’t last long, and this exactly is the case for video marketing. Great ROI is an additional benefit alongside all of the above-mentioned benefits. Although each of the above-mentioned benefits comes together to increase the ROI still you can count ROI as a major benefit of video marketing.
You can also incorporate a logo directly into your videos with a branding watermark, which appears on the bottom right corner of all of your videos. This can help with brand consistency and provide a reminder to new viewers whose channel they're on. When a viewer hovers over the watermark, they're prompted to subscribe to your channel. See it in action on Strawburry17's channel.
You can easily choose from still images pulled directly from your video, or you can design a unique thumbnail with your preferred photo editing tool. Whichever you choose, pick an image that is attractive and indicative of what the video is about. SciShow's channel offers an example of a great combination of clear and concise text and visually interesting imagery.
17. Add your logo as a watermark — This is another great branding opportunity, as your logo will appear in the lower right corner of your videos as a clickable link leading back to your channel page. To upload your logo, go to https://www.youtube.com/branding. The image for the watermark should be a PNG or GIF file (1MB max) and ideally have a transparent background.
As a platform, YouTube excels at hosting most video types. Hosting on YouTube is free so many brands find it convenient and efficient to host their video content there. Content hosted on YouTube is easily shared and embedded elsewhere. If you were to host your content directly to your website, you run the risk of lengthy page load times. In today’s fast-paced online world, long load times are a major no-no which makes YouTube a yes-yes. 
Following the URL, include your most important keywords in the first few sentences of your description because some of your description. This is because depending on the length, gets hidden behind the show more tab. Aim to have at least a 250 word description using key phrases you’ve researched for the title of the video. Remember to keep your videos balanced with use of key phrases, while remaining natural.
Support videos help answer common questions about your product or service; explain how to use certain functions, or address common customer issues. Not only are these videos helpful, but they also convey that you’re a business which supports its products and is transparent is helping users. A great example of the reach of support videos is IKEA, which has benefited hugely by sharing videos demonstrating how to put together a range of its furniture line.
This annotation can be especially helpful because it not only allows you to display text, but also the opportunity to add a link to another YouTube video, YouTube playlist, YouTube channel or the ability for a viewer to subscribe to your YouTube channel. Links to other websites can only be displayed in text form, requiring a user to type the URL displayed in an annotation into their browser as opposed to clicking. Unless it relevant, stick with sending traffic to other destinations within YouTube and keep links elsewhere to a minimum.
Also, the playlist bar automatically plays an entire playlist once you begin watching one of the videos from the selection, which provides another opportunity for more than one of your videos to be played in front of a user who you’ve already gotten the attention of. This feature doesn’t come off as abrasive because it’s very easy for a user to stop, play, pause, skip or return to your YouTube channel by interacting with the playlist bar at the bottom of the browser at anytime.
Augmented reality has been in here for a few years now. It has made marketers more accessible to use video in their social media campaigns. The campaigns that have augmented reality gather more interaction and engagement. Additionally, augmented reality videos are useful in the retails space as people can view the product virtually through these videos. For example, using augmented reality, viewers can see how a product will look on their face or body.
Videos can bring whatever you want for your business. As many things as you want could be brought on the table only if you create a video with the right set of things. We have discussed almost every factor that is important in making your video marketing successful. Thus, now let’s have a look at what happens in your business when you do everything right in your video marketing campaigns.
Survey your followers. You may have a big email list of fans who may not yet be customers. Use a simple tool like Polldaddy or SurveyMonkey to ask your followers one question: What challenge would you like us to help you solve? Gini Dietrich, CEO of Arment Dietrich and lead blogger at Spin Sucks, has some great advice on surveying your audience in this episode of The Actionable Marketing Podcast.
#OverheardAtCoSchedule covers the things we talk about behind the scenes at CoSchedule. It’s what you’d hear if you joined us for a cup of coffee—ranging from how we’ve made the transition from customer support to customer success to the framework we use to choose the next features to build into CoSchedule. It’s culture combined with growth techniques in immediately actionable takeaways.
Video is engaging.  Ever try to have a conversation with someone when the television is playing in the background? You can’t help but sneak a peek over their shoulder from time to time. Video is a magnet for eyeballs. Video is often more expensive than a print or email execution. It requires the proper equipment to get the best quality of videos. Also, hiring professionals can cost you a high amount.
“A series playlist allows you to mark your playlist as an official set of videos that should be viewed together. Adding a video to a series playlists allows other videos in the playlist to be featured and recommended when someone is viewing a video in the series playlist. YouTube may use this information to modify how the videos are presented or discovered.”
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