Getting The Most Out of Your Youtube Profile

If you’ve ever had a video made, you most likely uploaded it to YouTube. But does your profile look as good as your video?
Today, we’re going to talk about getting the most out of your YouTube profile.

First and foremost, YouTube is a social sharing site so you want your profile to be inviting. Don’t just use it as a place to host your video, make it an extension of your website.

Use the same header on your YouTube channel as you have on your website. And make sure you have your company logo on your channel as well.

Fill out the “about” section. This is where you can put a description of your business, links to your web and social media sites and an email address where people can contact you.

If you connect your YouTube channel to your other social media sites like twitter or Google plus, you can set every video you upload to automatically post to those sites as well.
When you upload a video, YouTube also gives your video an embed code so you can put it on your website or blog.

One of YouTube’s most helpful resources is the analytics page. Here, you can see the demographics of who’s viewing your video, where they’re viewing it from and how long they’re watching. This is a great way to see if your intended audience is viewing and engaging with your video.

If you have multiple videos like blogs or tips, you can put them in a playlist so viewers will be more inclined to watch multiple videos in one sitting. You can embed your playlist to your website so viewers can watch from your website or your YouTube page.

You can put a clickable box on your video called an annotation.
This can be used in your video to send viewers to related videos you’ve made. Or, if you link your website to your YouTube account, you can put a link to your website in annotations. This is great if you’re doing a product video and want to link viewers directly to the product page on your website.

We hope these tips help you get the most out of your YouTube channel. Check out some of our other blogs for more detailed information about some of the topics we talked about today. If you have any questions about any of this, give us a call at 314-843-3663. That’s 314-Video-Me. Thanks for watching, and I’ll be CN U on video.

Changing Your Thumbnail (Picture displayed before your video plays)

When one of our customers views their video for the very first time, one of the most common questions they ask is “How can I change that picture that shows up before my video starts playing?”

Well, that picture is called a thumbnail and it’s important because it’s what’s visible when the video isn’t playing and can be the deciding factor of whether or not someone wants to watch your video.

Today, I’m going to show you how to pick your thumbnail.
When you upload a video to YouTube, it randomly chooses three spots in the video to be used as the thumbnail. To get to where you can change this, go to your Youtube account and choose “My channel.” Once on your channel, click video manager and from the list of videos, click edit on the video whose thumbnail you want to change. You’ll see the three options to the right of the video preview.

If you upload your video to Vimeo, it will randomly generate 8 thumbnails and it will also allow you to scroll through your entire video to let you pick any picture you want. To do this, go to your video page and click settings under the video player. From there, scroll down to the thumbnails sections and pick the thumbnail you want to use.

Don’t panic if the thumbnail doesn’t change right away when you click back to your video. If you have your video embedded on a website, it may still show the old thumbnail for a while but give it a few days, it’ll catch up.

Now, if you are less than impressed with the thumbnail options and you don’t feel that any frame of your video is eye-catching enough, both sites allow you to upload a custom thumbnail. We talk about designing your own in a separate video.

Remember, thumbnails are like miniature marketing posters for your video – make them stand out and viewers will click them.

We hope this was helpful and feel free to check out some of our other videos. If you have any questions, give us a call at 314-843-3663 that’s 314-VIDEO ME. Thanks for watching and I’ll be CN U on video.

Putting Your Video on Your Website

Putting your video on your website may be the most important step you take in the whole production process. But it can also seem intimidating.

First, you’ll want to upload your video to youtube. It’s easy to go to youtube, set up an account(if you don’t already have one) and upload your video.

You probably don’t want to just copy and paste the URL from the address bar to your website. Doing that will only post the link on your website. To get the video to appear, you’ll need to copy what is called the embed code.

To get this code, go to the video you want to share. Underneath that video you will see a button called “share”. Click that and you can choose Embed.

Before you copy the code, click “Show more” and uncheck “Show suggested videos when the video finishes.” This will make sure the only video your audience sees is yours.

In the “Show More” menu, you can also set how big your video will appear on your page. If you want it to make an impact, pick a bigger size. If it’s going to be off to the side, make it smaller.

Once you have the settings how you want them, copy the embed code, then paste it into your website anywhere you would normally put text. This will put a viewable video in that spot.

We hope this was helpful and feel free to check out some of our other videos. If you have any questions, give us a call at 314-843-3663 that’s 314-VIDEO ME.