5 Ways Social Media Marketing Will Expand Your Video’s Reach

So, you have this spiffy new Ydraw video ready to download and share with the world.

Now what?

Don’t leave what happens next to chance. How you market your video will make a huge difference in how many of the RIGHT people actually WATCH it.

That’s where a social media marketing plan can help. If you’re thinking, “I already have a marketing plan.” Good for you. You’re already a few steps ahead.

But, if that plan doesn’t spell out exactly how you’ll take advantage of the amazingly effective, and mostly free, opportunities on social media marketing sites – then sit down and take some notes.

Your class on Social Media Marketing 101 just got started.

         

          1. GET NOTICED:

Basically, if your business isn’t active on the main social media sites, you may not exist yet to your target consumer.

To give you an idea of how many people are regularly using the most common social media sites, here’s a quick summary of the current numbers, according to Statista:

Facebook: 2.23 billion profiles, with 1.45 billion users visiting daily.

YouTube: Over 1 billion users, with over 500 million hours of videos watched daily.

Instagram: 800 million users and adding over 100 million in the last year alone.

LinkedIn: Over 562 million profiles in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Twitter: 335 million active users visit Twitter monthly.

Pinterest: 200 million monthly active users, predominantly female.

Can you really afford to pass up that kind of exposure?

Or, better question, why would you want to?

       

           2. PEOPLE WANT VIDEO:

Mike Henry said, “We’re operating in a world where ONE GOOD VIDEO can lead to a massive social following.”

Now you have that good video – so what do you do with it?

Not only does social media offer an incredible marketing opportunity, but posts that use video have a much higher conversion rate on all of the social media platforms. Check out just a few of the many powerful statistics on the impact of video in this infographic created by The E Word.

So, if your consumer is browsing Facebook, your video should be on Facebook. If they’re tweeting about their morning bagel, your video should be popping up on their Twitter feed. When they’re scrolling their LinkedIn at lunch, you want that video to smack them right in the face. YouTube? Instagram? Same story – different channel.

Social media allows you to deliver your video to your target consumer on a silver platter.

         

          3. START A CONVERSATION:

You don’t want your marketing plan to be a monologue. Your target consumer really only cares about themselves. If you’re doing all the talking – that doesn’t mean that they’re doing all the listening.

Instead, put your video out there and start a dialogue. Use your video as a springboard into building a community. This will also make your brand relatable and that will attract even more followers.

       

           4. MARKET MORE; SPEND LESS:

Did I mention that social media marketing is …. FREE? That’s right. It costs ZERO dollars to set up business profiles on social media sites and begin posting.

Now, you may eventually choose to pay for ad campaigns that will further your reach, and many companies find it very effective, but you certainly do not have to do that to get started and get your video out there.

Plus, since we already discussed how much more effective video is as a marketing tool on social media, you’ll get pretty good reach without paying another buck.

           

          5. FREE FOCUS GROUPS:

You know the value of focus groups when branding your business or making business decisions.

Well, with social media marketing, you have access to a focus group – 24/7, 365 days a year, that never sleeps, never slows down, and is actively engaging in dialogue on what they like and don’t like.

There has never before been a greater opportunity to talk directly with your target consumer whenever you want than today – on social media.

So, gather information by reading and following their conversations. Or, utilize free tools on platforms like Sprout Social and Hootsuite, where you can access trending conversations pertaining to your target market.

Take it a step further and download apps like Instagram Insights, WhenToPost and Crowdfire to learn more about what is really engaging your target audience and when they’re online looking for it.

You can even learn about your competitor’s performance and connect with Instagram influencers on apps like Iconosquare.

And – yep, you guessed it – it’s all free.

 

The bottom line is – we live in unique technological times that can sometimes present challenges, but in other cases, offer you an incredibly insightful, effective, and affordable opportunity to connect with your target consumer like never before.

Leverage whatever you can to promote your video and your brand!

And, if you have any questions on how Ydraw can support you in developing your own social media marketing plan, please reach out. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Understanding Your Audience | 3 Things to Remember

Understanding Your Audience | 3 Things to Remember

Understanding Your Audience | 3 things to remember when getting to know your consumers.

 

Getting the most out of your video marketing campaign can be as simple as understanding your audience. Maybe it doesn’t actually sound so simple – and here’s the thing – it’s not. If you want to broaden your marketing horizons you must use social media. Social media has become so much more than just glorified chat rooms and photo boards. Sites like Facebook have become a community in and of itself where people interact, make new friends, create their own awareness campaigns, and much more. And even if you’re on board with social media for your business, creating a website, Facebook, and Twitter pages will not ensure that people will come to you. You need to act and interact, post often and respond to your follower’s questions and comments. Get your business out there! Developing a solid marketing strategy to use with social media will allow you to reap the maximum benefits from your efforts.

But to do that you have to know a few things: Who exactly are you trying to reach? Who is your target audience? What appeals to them? Trying to understand who your audience is can be daunting, but here are a few key ways to get to know the people who will be buying your product:

 

1. Research

This is perhaps the most important and direct way to get to know your audience. Input gathered from real live people can help to design your marketing campaigns to be the most effective. A few ways to gather information from your audience includes:

–          Conduct surveys and/or take polls throughout your current following to find out what they like, don’t like, how they watch online video, what they feel they would add, and what is important to them. Asking questions is the easiest and sometimes most efficient way to interact with your visitors.

–          Using web analytics is another popular way for businesses to see what kinds of people are visiting their site. Google Analytics is the preferred analytical tool – easy set up and completely free!

–          There are sites such as Rapleaf that makes sure everyone using the internet has a great experience. To use these sites, a business sends a list of all user emails. The site then searches its database for those specific email addresses and provides you with information about the person using that email address, such as age, gender and location.

 

2. Know the Social Media Types

There are three distinct categories of consumers who spend their time online. First, there is the silent majority. These are the observers, they don’t usually post often, share often, or respond often. It may seem fruitless to chase after this group, but they are the largest group and are always watching. Second is the vocal minority. These are the people who share posts, videos, links, etc… They are always commenting on things others have shared and are anxiously interacting with others. These are the consumers who will spread the word about your business to their silent majority friends. Cater to them. The third and smallest group is the social authorities. These are the trailblazers – the ones with great online influence who have successful blogs or sites of their own. If you can get in good with these guys, you’re about set.

 

3. Ask Questions

Conducting surveys is an excellent way to gather information, but if you really want to go deep, you need to do a little digging yourself. There are three specific questions you should always ask when trying to get to know your audience:

–          What are the customer’s preferences for content?

–          How do they discover, consume and share content?

–          What do they talk about on social media sites?

 

Once you have in mind who your target audience is, there are a few things you should do to keep them coming back. These include tailoring your future marketing campaigns to appeal to them. Make sure the aesthetics of your site, images and videos appeal to them. For example, if your business is trying to appeal to an older generation, use mostly muted colors, a clean design, conservative graphics and a classic font. If you’re marketing toward teens or young adults, use eye-catching graphics, creative design features and bold, popping colors.

 

Remember, social media and your audience’s behavior is always changing. Stay on top of any changes by pursuing an active role across all the social media platforms. Be a part of the action; listen to what your audience wants. Do what you can to make sure your business will never be left behind.

 

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+Jessica Anderson

New Whiteboard Animation Video Benefits Social Media

New Whiteboard Animation Video Benefits Social Media

Whiteboard animation videos have shown great success in social media methods with Ydraw.

 

These videos develop an engagement with the audience that is not found in other online videos, benefiting any social media campaign by creating fans.

 

Whiteboard animation videos are increasingly successful in helping Ydraw with their social media efforts around the web. Unlike other video marketing strategies, Ydraw’s whiteboard animation videos connect with viewers in a way that will promote devoted social media followers.
 

With whiteboard animation, Ydraw has seen the engagement of the viewer, or the time span that the viewer watches the videos, to be much longer than that of other videos. This animation technique consistently has shown a great impact on viewers and the dwell rate of how long they will view a video on YouTube or Vimeo.

 

As stated by an interviewed source in ReelSEO,

 

Pictures are worth a thousand words, but videos are worth a million…

 

Videos, specifically whiteboard animation videos, add a personal touch that is not seen anywhere else in video.

 

The viewer actually gets to watch artwork come to life before their eyes, as they are taken through the whole process of the development of such intricate animations and illustrations. This will then develop a sense of engagement and connection in the viewer, inviting them to watch more and more of the video. Most viewers of Ydraw videos find they look forward to watching future videos, as whiteboard animation videos are mesmerizing in all ways.

Placing whiteboard animation videos on social media allows it to reach more people.  If someone sees a great video they are more likely to share it.  Which is free marketing for your product or company!  Ydraw knows this, and recommends that all companies seek out various social media platforms to help promote their videos.

Written by Alecsy Christensen