Video traffic currently accounts for more than 64% of total global internet traffic. And the video share is growing, estimated to hold 80% by 2019. Additionally, some 85% of companies now look for ways to integrate video into their marketing strategy. This is because videos can entice, engage and entertain above and beyond what text can. Additionally, viewers now know which platforms they should turn to if they are looking for something specific. For example, people looking for music, gaming or tutorials will turn to YouTube. But Instagram Video is where people go if they want to learn about brands or see behind the scenes celebrity footage.
Online video is now developing so rapidly that it can be nearly impossible to keep up with it. As a result, only those businesses that integrate video marketing and SEO in their overall digital marketing strategy can continue to have a niche in the market. While content remains of vital importance, it looks as if there is now a shift towards video content. Video marketing is the 21st century tool for businesses to generate leads, build brand awareness and have open lines of communication with their customers. Through video, a customer can easily be guided through each element of the sales funnel. What is even more important, however, is that it is possible to truly track video views and engagement. Any video marketing team will tell you how essential this metric is.
One of the things most video marketing and SEO professionals now focus on is uploading native videos to Facebook. Each day, some 1 billion people visit Facebook. Each of these people watch an average of four videos per day. A lot of these views are counted because Facebook has autoplay (which can be turned off), but the views still count towards SEO. However, these views only count towards the popularity of your video if it is natively uploaded. When you use native upload, you also have the added benefit of being able to use Video Playlist and Featured Video features. The benefits of uploading to Facebook, clearly, are huge. Looking at the statistics for June 2015, some 8,452 videos were uploaded. These videos were viewed a total of 1 million times. As good as this may seem, however, uploading to YouTube is equally important. In that same month, they generated 1 million views over just 5,919 videos. This demonstrates that people require less videos on YouTube for it to be popular. Because of these discrepancies, video marketing and SEO are very much about having a presence across all platforms. This is also why a single sharing button that places the same content on multiple platforms is so important to a business' overall success.
The Different Kinds of YouTube ads
In broad terms there are two kinds of YouTube Ads: ‘skippable ads and non-skippable ads.’
Non-skippable ads are ads that force people to watch. They can only be 15-20 seconds long.
These kinds of ads get better engagement, but they also have a higher abandonment rate.
These ads also tend to get a bad rap because they seem forceful. But if your ads are good, and the ads are targeted effectively, they don’t need to represent trouble.
Skippable ads are also known as TrueView ads. These are ads that don’t force people to watch. These can be shown in two ways: ‘In-stream’ and ‘In-display.’
Now, YouTube doesn’t really say that there is a maximum length for TrueView video ads.
What they do provide, however, are some suggestions — especially for the In-stream ads.
51% of In-stream run for 15-30 seconds.
If you want to make your ads longer than this, you may want to keep your In-stream at around 3 minutes (as YouTube has suggested).
In-display ads don’t exactly have a suggested maximum run time. These ads can be used to take people directly to a YouTube video, so you can get away with them being long. 25% of videos watched on Tablets are 60 minutes plus,.
So if the video you want to advertise is long and of value — In-display may work best for you.
In any case,if you’re creating a YouTube ad from scratch, you might want to keep it short so that it is easy to create.
You don’t have to stick to the suggestions provided, though doing so, will reduce the chances of your ad being rejected.
You can also create a form of YouTube Ads called In-Display Ads. These are ads that are shown in the search listings, related videos section or as video overlays.
You’ll notice there that there is a box on the far right that mentions ‘On partner websites.’
Because we’re only advertising on the YouTube site, this option is not open to us.
In-display ads aren’t as invasive as the other types of ads that we’ve discussed so far. That doesn’t mean that they’re not any good, though, as they can still generate results for you campaigns.
YouTube is the 2nd biggest search engine in the world.
If it costs too much for you to advertise in the Google search listings, you can advertise in the YouTube search listings instead.
Relevance is important. 48% of US mobile users prefer seeing ads that are related to the content they are watching.
As these videos appeared to be relevant, a significant percentage of the people would find them in the listings, would click on them.
And then a percentage of those people would become subscribers, and a percentage of those would eventually become customers.
If you want to quickly find some popular keywords that are related to your offering, just do a search on YouTube.