Five practical steps to improve your video SEO and align objectives with strategy and tactics

Video is becoming an increasingly important element in the modern content marketer’s toolkit. When we consider that YouTube alone is the world’s second largest search engine in the world, there’s a breadth and scale to video that marketers can’t ignore. ‘How-to’ videos, in particular, are very popular and something that brands can take advantage of in order to appeal to their own prospects and customers: Whilst the creation of great content itself is essential, it’s equally important to ensure that the content can be found by your target audience. Search engine optimization is one of the most effective ways of boosting the discoverability of content and a topic covered in depth on Smart Insights previously. Whilst many SEO techniques can be…

Are you using YouTube to market your business?

As one of the biggest search engines in the world and the second biggest website in the world, it’s definitely the place to be. A YouTube channel can help you reach a much wider audience, generate more traffic, more engagement, and more leads and conversions.

So since we’re in the age of video marketing right now, here’s how to become a better YouTube marketer:

Start by developing a schedule

Consistency is always important in content marketing, but it’s really important with YouTube marketing. If you’re posting a video now, another one in a month, the third after another couple of months and so on, you won’t be able to get very far or get subscribers or traffic.

The first step in building a successful YouTube channel is a posting schedule; determine a realistic frequency and plan your content ahead…

Embedding a video on your site can increase conversion rates by up to 80%!

Over the past few years, video has steadily become a more important element of digital marketing. With many social media platforms introducing increasingly video-focused algorithms, social video is fast becoming the most visible aspect of social media marketing. Some companies have also been leveraging video in their email marketing, in some cases resulting in a 96% higher click-through rate. If used strategically, video marketing can benefit to your business tremendously. It has been shown to have a fantastic impact on ROI with a proven track record of boosting brand awareness, increasing lead generation and improving conversion rates. This useful infographic from One Productions will guide you through the process of planning your next video marketing campaign. It provides a practical advice on how to calculate your ROI as well as a useful break-down of the video metrics…

A website video is just the tip of the branded-content iceberg

Gone are the days when a single video on your website would help you stand out. Brands have been using video content to capture the attention of consumers for decades. Perhaps a friendly lizard and a slightly annoying duck come to mind? The concept of the company website itself emerged in the mid-90s, and by the turn of the millennium, it had become a basic requirement for anyone running a business. What began as a novel way to explain what your business offered is no longer enough. Today, in addition to a website, you must develop a strong presence across multiple social media channels and a well-orchestrated content marketing strategy to help you share information and engage prospective customers and clients. [si_guide_block id="85104" title="Download FREE Resource – Top 10 common content marketing mistakes" description="Grow your audience and build interest and leads by…

The latest trends and innovations using VR / AR and interactive video to keep an eye on in 2018

Video is by no means a new marketing innovation, but it seems to be on the rise and considered the number one content consumption channel. It is still regarded as a highly popular method to distribute content to increase engagement rates across all digital channels. According to HubSpot's State of Inbound 2017 report, video is the main disruptor for marketers, yet YouTube and Facebook video are the 2 most popular distribution channels that marketers want to introduce into their strategy in the next 12 months. However, it is important that these trends that are most popular are developed further with new and innovating ways to keep consumers engaged. [si_guide_block id="79375" title="Download Member Resource – Marketing Technology and Media Innovations guide" description="The…

Chart of the Day: Importance of video in digital marketing

As marketers find newer, more creative ways to attract audiences, video usage is becoming a key scope of interest for revenue growth. Video is no longer considered a niche skill or category when trying to expand the types of content that your company can produce. The costs and skills required for video production have gone down tremendously in the past years, making it a highly efficient way of communicating your brand’s story. Alongside the power of visuals, videos can also be used to create an engaging narrative that not only draws the audience in but also helps build relationships with your consumers and prospects. “The State of Video Marketing 2017” study reported that for the fourth consecutive year, over 90% of participants have said that video is becoming more and more important as a form of marketing content. …

Plus examples of what make an effective explainer video

Oscar Wilde used to say that experience is the name we give to our mistakes. However,  you don’t need to be as seasoned as good ol’ Oscar to know that. When it comes to video marketing, you can’t afford to make those mistakes in the first place. Especially when it comes to creating explainer videos. Developing explainer videos capable of summing up who you are in under 90 secs can be truly challenging. You can’t go into it blindfolded and full-out swinging – you need to have some certainties from the get go. But before diving into the specifics and giving you some much-needed insight on the things that you should never do, there’s a question that perhaps you might be asking yourself right now:

Where exactly do explainer videos fit into my marketing strategy?

Well,…

Use video to enhance your digital marketing strategy

Days of old fashioned mass ads “spray and pray” approach to advertising are long gone now and what the modern day advertisers need today is more precise targeting. Video is one approach you may not have considered. Video advertising today is organized more along the lines of a precise laser, rather than of an advertising equivalent of “shotgun” marketing. If the leads are what you are after in your online business, with 61 percent of successful businesses stating that they use video as a marketing tool. The very same tool helps them carve out revenue for themselves, as the research done by Eyeview demonstrated that using video on a landing page alone can increase conversion rates by 80 percent. The future of advertising is here and it offers lucrative propositions for those who can recognize it for what it genuinely is. Brain as an Additional…

3 ways to integrate TV advertising into your digital strategy

Amazon has led the seismic shift from brick-and-mortar stores to e-commerce. Customers now expect free shipping and overnight delivery with Amazon Prime, and the level of shopping convenience has never been higher.

 

For years, Amazon had competitors. But no one can compete with the e-commerce juggernaut anymore. About 34 percent of online sales in the U.S. come through Amazon, and by 2021, that number is expected to grow to 50 percent.

 

Despite this shift from physical stores to the online realm, there are no signs that digital will dominate other forms of media in…

6 top tips for creating a strategic social video on a budget

It only takes one train journey or a merry stroll through our towns to notice people of all demographics are glued to their phones. Much of the content they’re consuming is video and not just any video but mobile first video on social channels. In the marketing world, whenever video is mentioned there is a misconception that it’s budget breaking and therefore it’s overlooked in favour of less engaging formats. However, there are a number of cost saving hacks, which can be applied at different stages of the marketing funnel. These range from the use of phone footage and user generated content (UGC) through to ad spend and obtaining efficiencies through effective targeting. With that in mind, let’s explore how to incorporate video into your social strategies, even on a small budget in order to meet your objectives. [si_guide_block id="53829" title="Download our…

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