Sunday, December 2, 2012

How Your Small Business Can Use Video OnLine

The thoughts I share are based on what I see with the clients videos I manage online.  The focus will be on a simple search change made by Google related to Views Vs. Length of Time a Video is viewed.  Read about this change.

Most small business are only concerned with local business and search is geared to local..  This means the energy/efforts for a small business is branding and finding ways for consumers/clients to find the front door.

I wished I could tell you I have all these expert titles on SEO and I have the secret..I do not.
Still though I can share with  you what is happening and the surprise results.  My efforts to help small business is based on short video clips how to's, demos, intro's and very short stories.  Several years ago I noticed very few production companies were helping small business understand how to use  video online.  Once I discovered this gap I developed my first video package and named  the "Video 6 Pack".

Once I meet with a client I recommend the following.  If you want to brand your business using video online I suggest the following.  Make sure these social networks are part of your tools. Website for your business Twitter, Facebook Personal and Business Page, Linkedin, Google +, YouTube and  Pinterest.  Consider a dashboard like hootsuite or tweetdeck.   Set up a Constant Contact or one of the email marketing sites.  Start a blog.

Your local business is now set up to begin your journey using online video.  YouTube is adding some fantastic tools and part of working with a client is first customizing the channel and teaching clients "how to" utilize all the tools.

Once you have some videos the next step is pushing these out to your social networks.  You can help your cause by asking folks to "help" you.  A good intro to help share..My new video please share with others who you think could benefit using my business/service..  The key is activity keep pushing your videos to your social networks.  Make sure you embed Video/Video's on your website.

Not sure what Video's?  Take five of your most ask questions by your customers/clients about your business and convert to video.

I manage lots of small business YouTube channels and those local business are doing well in search results.  My secret..follow Google rules proper titles designed for local search.  Make sure you describe your video and link your website in description box.  Add proper Keywords ( tags) and make sure they relate to video.  Share those video's YouTube continues adding very nice tools.  If you want to keep up with YouTube set up a Google Alert.

How can your small business benefit using video online?  Establish how to clips,   demos and have a nice intro video.  Start sharing and direct folks to subscribe to your YouTube channel. Comment others videos and share.  They will  do the same.  Ask folks for help  introducing  your videos on their social networks. Once a week share a video ( new) or update one to your social networks.  Embed video on your website, blogs and newsletters.  Trends for Small Business Video Online.

Help yourself by helping  others with posting their content.  Every time you can like, share, 1+,  comment and  tweet  those folks will return the favor.  I like to post trends about online video in  my tweets to build the case for  "why" what I do.

I help small business owners with cost effective branding using video online. My About.me Page has my connections to my social networks.  Keep your business video's short and compelling be creative and remember length watched is better for search then views.