Optimizing Your Video: Expert Answers to 10 Important Questions

Marketing is pivotal to increasing the virality of your video content. Businesses are using video more as a integral part of their marketing mix. However, what good is video if no one knows where to find it? You can spend a million dollars producing the most cinematic 30 seconds of your career and only get 20 views on YouTube if you don’t optimize the video. In this post, digital marketing specialists Jose Victor Castellanos and John D. Saunders from Unity Digital Marketing, took the time to answer some very important questions on optimizing video.

Marketing is pivotal to increasing the virality of your video content.

Businesses are using video more as a integral part of their marketing mix.

However, what good is video if no one knows where to find it?

You can spend a million dollars producing the most cinematic 30 seconds of your career and only get 20 views on YouTube if you don’t optimize the video. In this post, digital marketing specialists Jose Victor Castellanos and John D. Saunders from Unity Digital Marketing, took the time to answer some very important questions on optimizing video.

Q. Why is it important to optimize video once you’ve posted it on YouTube or your website?
A. Catellanos: “Because the Search Engines are designed to read and index HTML on web pages, not electronic files (video). Video without a title and description will not index well on the Google and Yahoo search engines

Q. How do you properly backlink your videos, podcasts and screencasts?
A. Catellanos: YouTube has a feature in the Video Manager drop down when you edit the video known as Annotations. This feature is excellent for maximizing your video’s marketability, so be sure to read this section carefully.

Q. Is it important to use proper grammar and spelling? Is it okay to abbreviate or use acronyms?
A. Saunders: Proper spelling is crucial. If you have misspelled a word, the search engine’s may not find your video. Perform a spell check, and have someone else read what you’ve written.

Q. What happens if you have a broken link for your video?
A. Catellanos: In the event that you have a video posted on your website that was embedded from YouTube, once you delete that video from YouTube, you should replace it with another video. (Don’t forget to remove the code.) If someone is searching for video on your website and they aren’t able to view it, they may leave or “bounce.” The Bounce Rate is something that can greatly affect your ranking. A little maintenance will go a long way.

Q. What does the Google Keyword Planner do and how is that different from the YouTube Keyword Tool?
A. Catellanos: Google’s Keyword Planner is geared for Google searches. YouTube’s Keyword tool is just for searching within YouTube. When you are filling out the description use the keywords most used in Google. This will get better results unless you are looking for a YouTube following.

Q. Is it necessary to include a location or your geo targeted market?
A. Catellanos: “Only if you are a small business that wants to do business locally or within a certain area. Be careful if your target market is worldwide or nation wide, posting your immediate area can limit you.

Q. Does the number of times that you use a keyword make a difference? What is the proper amount and does the length of content matter?
A. Saunders: The number of times a keyword is used can be vital to the success of any video marketing. Your keyword should be included in your title as well as your description. Your keywords should take up approximately 3 percent of the text. Be careful not to overload your content with the keyword too much.

Q. Does refreshing your content help?
A. Catellanos: “This can depend on what you are doing. Sometimes updating the content can cause the search engines to think it’s new, and therefore longevity and amount of interest (number of views) tends to give you seniority in the search ranks. Be cautious when updating if you take down a video or replace it with something new.

Q. Is it important to title your video exactly the way someone would search for it on Google?
A. Catellanos: Yes. The closest you can come to how someone would be looking for your product or service the better. Exact matches heed better results.

Q: If you get penalized as being a spammer, can that affect how Google ranks you in other areas of the Internet?
A. Saunders: Yes, you can be flagged and they can block your YouTube account. They can also put blocks on other social media sites that you are associated with.

If you’re going to spend time and money creating your videos and you want to make the best use of them, follow these guidelines and your video marketing will be far more useful. You want to remember that it’s a video, not text. Search engines are designed to read text not watch a video. While it’s great to create video it’s only effective if you have the video optimized.

Author: Eve Grey

If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then an effective direct marketing sales conversion video can be worth 10,000. Online Video Marketing Deep Dive shows how fusing direct marketing with video marketing delivers sales. As technology has driven fundamental changes in direct marketing,

Eve Grey has been in the film industry for over 20 years as both an actress and a film maker. She currently works as a Producer and Director for one of the leading automotive advertising firms in the country. Eve also is one of the featured bloggers for Herman Advertising and 12 Grove Productions in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Eve studied comedy at the 2nd City in Detroit in 1999 and spent 4 years studying acting at the Actors Workshop in Royal Oak, Michigan. She is also an Automotive Sales Veteran and has a degree in Human Service from University of Phoenix. Miss Grey is also a board member for American Advertising Federation in the Fort Lauderdale chapter. In her spare time she works on a television show in development called "Families of Deployment".

2 thoughts on “Optimizing Your Video: Expert Answers to 10 Important Questions”

  1. Looks like I taught the boys well Eve…Only thing is, they mentioned ALL the mechanics of getting a video indexed/ranked on the search engines…but they never really touched on the true aspect of video marketing…"The Actual Marketing" of a video product, company branded video or niche specific video.

    Having a nice video up on Youtube all titled, described and keyword-ed out is great but when Seomavericks.com wants to turn up the heat and get as much bang for our marketing buck as we can, we take that same video and upload it to roughly 150 "OTHER" high paged ranked video sharing sites.

    Now your casting your net…By simply SEO-ing a video and uploading it to Youtube ONLY…you’re missing a huge market share and potential visibility as well as the backlink juice you gain by spreading the video around…Seomavericks.com is a firm believer of casting our clients nets as far and wide as possible…and to do this you have to think outside of the mainstream thought process and out smart, out-perform your competition on all levels.

    By increasing the amount of video sharing sites you submit your video to your really setting yourself up for a ton more views thus exponentially increasing your traffic to your web properties or wherever you may be driving the audience to with your calls to action.

    All The Best,
    Mark Battalini
    Seomavericks.com

  2. Question for Castellanos: How important is the "Category" choice in You Tube to the sharing of our videos? What if they don’t fit any categories very well?

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