Videos are the most influential medium of communication. It is estimated by 2019, 80% of all web traffic will be video. It’s high time to start incorporating video to your marketing strategy.
You need to understand a few best practices to make your strategy successful.
Start at Square one
Define goals for your video marketing strategy, whether it is to;
- Drive conversions
- Spread brand awareness
- Increase backlinks
According to Eye View Digital, videos can increase conversions by 80%. Users prefer watching video clips rather than reading the text. Video saves time.
Spread Brand Awareness
Informative videos on products or services promote brand growth.
Creating videos that are prime for social sharing and backlinks is beneficial. What videos are commonly shared?
- If they provide a solution to a common problem
- If they educate on a hot topic
- If they entertain
Such videos get high engagement. Creating backlinks increases authority for your website.
Here are the top 10 tried-and-true tactics for Video Marketing for Search Engines
1. Mobile Optimization
A large portion of video consumption is on mobile devices. The mobile consumption surpassed desktop years ago. You need a responsive website and upload videos on YouTube and Vimeo.
2. Create a Video Sitemap
Creating and publishing many videos on your website can be challenging to rank them. Create a separate video sitemap for Google to have a better idea of your videos and content you publish.
The same way a website page is optimized with Meta title and meta description; the same can be done for a video. Search engines will access the title, description, and tags to rank and identify your video.
4. Add the Video to Your Website
Video content is more engaging. You can use video schema to help crawlers understand the video content you share.
5. Video Filename
It is a simple strategy. Name all video files on your computer and include targeted keywords descriptions.
Sharing videos on different marketing channels, such as social media, will increase engagements. Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook posts garner the most engagements.
On the socials, sharing is enabled. The more backlinks created and shared, your site ranks better.
7. Transcribe the video
Search engine crawlers do not watch video content. Video transcription provides crawlers with an idea of your video for a better understanding of your content.
8. Create an Engaging Thumbnail
A captivating thumbnail will grab the attention of users. Make your video thumbnail standout by uploading from the video or a separate picture that is perfect for the topic.
9. Keep Length in Mind
Length is crucial when making videos. For tutorials, longer videos make more sense. However, for promotional videos, make them short and precise.
10. Encourage Like & Comments
Encourage viewers to like, comment, and share on your videos on YouTube and social pages.
11. Don’t Lose Focus on the Whole Picture
The focus on your video is to entertain, educate, or guide a user. You may observe al the right practices but fail on the whole focus of your video. The message must be clear.
The in marketing, from the message to how it is passed along.
Here are a few things to consider when determining the video content strategy:
- Personas: Establish key user personas for your target audience. This helps in determining the tone of the video.
- Stage of the Journey: Create a video that targets the correct stage of the user’s journey and their position in the funnel. An example is a short video for the awareness stage but a detailed video for the consideration phase. In the later phase, testimonials and CTAs are ideal picks.
- Topics that suite video search: understanding areas where your videos can rank high is an insight for a successful strategy.
Observing the best professional practices and maintaining a clear, concise will expand the video messaging reach.