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Video SEO Secrets They Just Don’t Tell You

Video SEO is to be regarded as important to your video content as regular SEO – it does the same job.

It will help your content get found. Working on your video SEO increases your visibility in organic search and across YouTube as a platform.  It will promote your YouTube channel and it also gives your content a visible edge when shared on other social media platforms.

You need to treat your videos as a different type of content that should be optimized for Google algorithms. Here are some secrets about Video SEO that will help you get your videos ranked:

Video SEO keywords need to be researched.video seo

What are the main keywords that best describe your video and business? Can they be combined?  Ensure that you do keyword research to find the most popular search terms for your subject. After all, what good is it to rank for search terms that nobody looks for? After you have chosen the appropriate keywords, then ensure that you ping your YouTube channel to the myriad of update services so that Google and the other search engines will crawl.

Video SEO means you need a catchy title.

Nobody has ever persuaded anyone to read anything when there is a boring title. It’s the same for video. If you want to stand out, be sure to stand out! Make sure your video triggers interest in someone who’s searching, while still using your keywords.

Make A Full Description

Even though technology advances every day, the Google/YouTube bots are still unable to watch your video to determine what it’s about. So this is where descriptions come in. A description box is also a place where you tastefully place some additional keywords, but don’t go overboard. In this way, the bots understand what your video is all about and rank it higher.

Don’t ignore your transcription

There are multiple reasons for this. First we don’t want to forget the hearing impaired. You want to reach them with your message too. YouTube will automatically create a transcription through their voice recognition algorithm, but it’s not perfect.

Which brings us to reason number 2. Because YouTube “knows” what your video says through voice recognition, they learn much about the content of your video for their search results. Make sure you have the correct transcription included in your video’s description to give it an extra good SEO boost. This gives the bots an extra thing for crawl and rank.

Annotations

Do you want to get your audience at certain points in your video to take an action? Do not overlook annotations. Don’t go overboard and have them running over the entire course of the video – no one wants to be closing boxes when they are meant to be watching a video. But strategically located annotations can get your viewers to head over to your website or other web location to take your desired action.

Add calls to action at the end of the video

Most people and companies that post online video don’t follow the basic best practices such as creating “compelling visual content combined with a well-designed title that includes your keywords and a call to action.’’ Generally speaking, the call-to-action should encourage viewers to do something. This includes making a phone call or visiting a site where they may be exposed to a product, service, or content that’s designed to turn them into buyers.

Add Metadata To Your Video Sitemap

You should create a video sitemap so you can provide metadata when you post a new video to “improve Google’s ability to integrate videos into search results,” according to Google. Sitemaps should contain HTML code that identifies video titles, descriptions, and other tags.

These are many of the steps needed, and of course, doing these well to maximize video SEO takes lots of practice.

Keep doing this and you will succeed. Or you can give us a call at Penrose Productions to get on the fast track for video SEO.


GUEST POST – ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters. Her site is http://e.digitworldhub.com/

 

Marketing Videos: what is the ideal length?

Marketing videos are victims of short attention spans.

When considering the length of your marketing video it is vital to keep in mind that the average internet user has an ever-decreasing attention span and lots of distractions which stop them from focusing on any one thing for a long period of time. A study from SumoMe that looked at 650,000 user sessions concluded that only 20% of people actually read articles from start to finish.

That means that your readers are figuratively running for the exits well before they have finished reading your article.

run for the exit

Wistia – a leading video hosting company – conducted a similar study for videos hosted on their platform to find out the relationship between video length and viewer engagement.

Video Length vs. Engagement

Wisita looked at data for 564,710 video and more than 1.2 billion video plays to come up with the following conclusions:

Ideal Marketing Video Length

Engagement is steady for videos up to 2 minutes which means that on average, a 90-second video will have similar engagement as a 30-second video. So, during marketing video production, you should not worry about the length as long as it is under 2 minutes.

After 2 minutes, engagement seems to drop off significantly with every second, and the correlation between video length vs. engagement shows an exponential decay. So, if your video is exceeding 2 minutes you are probably better off cutting it down to under 2 minutes.

The exponential decay starts to level off after the 6-minute mark and the engagement is steady for videos between 6 minutes and 12 minutes. In this case, it is entirely up to you to decide whether to longer or shorter based on your audience and content.

Marketing videos should be under 2 minutes if possible.

To sum it up, the ideal video length depends entirely on the viewer, the context, and the quality of production, but it is best to keep your videos under 2 minutes when you are just starting out.

New Approach to Review Videos for Rankings

Review videos can be short and sweet and still get on the first page of Google organic listings.

We’re trying a new approach to review videos for our local clients and it seems to be working well. The key is to get our review videos onto the first page of the Google organic listings.

Anyone interested in internet marketing should know that you MUST be on the first page of Google if you want to get found by people searching. 92% of people never move to page 2 and beyond.

We’ve written earlier about the positive impact that a company’s review videos can have on their marketing experts. And review videos fill a valuable niche when people search for a company and reviews about those companies. Or they may even search for a particular company name, plus the word “review.”

Our new approach is to do videos that each feature one review from a client’s Yelp page, Google page, web page, etc. and wrap an intro and close.

These review videos, while short, sweet and to the point, can be optimized correctly and by using our “review video magic” the video can show up on page 1 of the organic listings, not just the video search listings. Here is an example of the latest video that we did that got us ranked on page 1 overnight:

We just put this up for ourselves a day ago and it’s on page 1 of Google’s organic search already for “Silicon Valley video production company review.”

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Similarly, if one were interested in our company specifically and searches for Penrose Productions + “review” we also show up on the first page of the Google organic listings.

We will continue to test other videos with other terms and report back.

But we’re very optimistic that this will be a windfall for our clients once we post these video reviews.

If you would like a chance to see what these review videos can do to get your business found on the internet and drive people through the door, please give us a call at 650-969-8273

Thanks and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

Short Form Videos: 3 Reasons Why You Need Them in Your Marketing Efforts

Short form videos can help conquer a compelling marketing problem in this day and age.

You have undoubtedly heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, which is correct, and then some. After all, the human brain is wired to process visual information far faster than text; 60,000 times faster actually! This is amply demonstrated in our collective preference for all things visual. We love watching movies, enjoy art, and seeing an event first hand is always more interesting than reading about it in the paper. So if you are reading around a thousand words for every picture you see, try imagining what your brain must be interpreting at 30 frames per second!

short form videoThis is probably why videos are becoming ever more popular a medium for consuming information. In fact 2015 has been called the year of video marketing as more and more brands are making video an integral part of their marketing strategy. Study after study is proving just how important video is. For instance, video is expected to account for 79% of all internet traffic by 2019 according to Cisco. As many as 52% marketers are also already admitting that video content offers better ROI than all other methods. Similarly, both B2B and B2C marketers proclaim that video marketing performed the best on social media.

Among the different types of videos that are available, short form videos have become increasingly popular in the past few years.

And short form videos are…?

Any video which is less than 10 minutes in length is a short form video, although its exact definition and length are a much debated topic. The hugely popular site Instagram recently added videos to their platform which allow users to upload videos which are 3 to 15 seconds in length. So popular were these formats that 1 million new Instavids were uploaded to Instagram within 24 hours of launching their video service! Likewise, the 6 second long Vines have also been well received by the online community. These trends highlight the change in the digital landscape; Youtube is no longer the go to de-facto destination for watching videos, as these platforms are also getting attention.

So, if you still aren’t sold on the importance of short form videos, here are 3 reasons which will convince you otherwise:

#1: Short form videos are all the rage on social media…

…as evidenced by the fact that Facebook owns Instagram, and Vine belongs to Twitter. Truth be told, you can produce some very creative videos which are 15 or even just 6 seconds long. Short form videos also break the viewers out of the monotony of long pieces, and provide them something short, sudden and interesting for a change. Shorter videos are easier to watch on slow connections and are quickly shared as well, making them perfect for social media.

#2: More people are on smart phones now:

According to metrics firm Ooyala, 44% of all video viewings happened on a mobile device in the second quarter of 2015, this is a 74% increase over last year. The study also found that short form videos were being viewed 67% more on mobile devices than tablets, TVs or desktops. Short form videos ability to present information quickly allows people to watch them on the go, making them ideal for mobile devices.

#3: Short form videos present many creative avenues:

Showcase a new product, tell your viewers about a new event, or give them a quick behind the scenes tour, short form videos are perfect for a plethora of different marketing tactics!

Let’s face it, attention spans are getting shorter each year.

As visual content is typically heavy on the bytes, it was hindered by the lack of availability of high bandwidth; which thankfully is no longer a problem. While short form videos are doing great, it is worth noting that the real trick lies in understanding the audience and providing them with an entertaining solution, while respecting their time.

Interested in exploring how short form videos can transform your business? Let’s get the ball rolling- call Penrose Productions today!

Parth Misra for Penrose Productions

Get Me on Page 1 of Google

Today’s business people always seem ask, “Can you get me on page 1 of Google?”

Frankly the short answer is that yes we can. It’s all a matter of what you want to get to page one of Google for. What keywords will help people to find you when they search for your product or service?

As we’ve pointed out in an earlier blog post on review videos, when new clients evaluate a business or product that they are not familiar with, they’ll often look for reviews of that business or product. While some will go directly to Google Plus or Yelp or some other review site, often they will do a simple Google search which includes this information:

  • city and/or other location name
  • business or service type
  • followed by the word “review”

Will customers discover your business if they search using that keyword phrase?

One of the quickest ways to say yes to “Get me on page 1 of Google” is to have a review video.

92% of Google searches never get past the first page, so when clients say “get me on page 1 of Google” they are asking a very relevant question. A business MUST be ranked on the first page of the search results. And once you are on that front page, a terrific way to get found is to have a video there. The YouTube thumbnail that shows on the page truly makes your video stand out from the rest of the text-based entries on the page.

get me on page 1 of google

Review videos are a terrific way to get your business viewed in a good light also. For the business that may have some negative reviews online, the review videos will of course feature only the very top reviews. The videos are completely accurate but naturally do not highlight the negative.

Recently I did a video to answer the request of how to get me on page 1 of Google and have posted it here.

As mentioned in the video, since we are the specialists at getting videos ranked onto page 1, we’re looking forward to doing it for you. Your yearning to get me on page 1 of Google will be satisfied – guaranteed!

To get YOUR review video produced and ranked onto page 1 of Google, it’s actually cheaper than you think. To learn more, look at what we do here at Penrose Productions. To get us to get your video ranked in the search engines, give us a call at 650-969-8273.

Review Videos are Great for Driving Business Customers

Review videos can help a business build customer confidence in their product or service.

And when a customer has that confidence, that’s when they’ll pick up the phone or come in the door.

When evaluating a business or product that he or she is unfamiliar with, a new client will often consult reviews of that business or product. While many will go directly to Yelp or some other review site that they trust, many times they will do a web search. Typically this search will consist of this search string:

  • city or location name
  • type of business or service
  • the word “review”

Will this customer find your business if they search using that keyword phrase?

Review videos can make sure that they do find you.

As we’ve mentioned before, 92% of Google searches never get past page 1, so it’s imperative that your business get ranked on that first page. And once you are on that front page, a great way to get listed is to have a video. The YouTube thumbnail that shows on the page really makes your video stand out from the rest of the text-based entries on the page.

Review videos are a terrific way to get your business in the best light as well. For the business that may have some less than complimentary reviews on Yelp, the review videos will of course feature only the best reviews. While completely truthful, the review videos naturally do not highlight negative reviews.

And when clients see all-positive review videos, they are more likely to contact that business.

Let’s show an example of a review video, shall we?

In this video, the search term we are trying to rank for is “Palo Alto home care service review” and after being uploaded a few days ago to YouTube, it is already ranking on page 1 of the search engine results among over 9 million results. In fact, it’s the 6th ranked entry in the organic (non-paid) search engine results. See how the video thumbnail draws the eye?

palo alto home care service review

Here’s the video itself as seen on YouTube:

Our task over the next several days is to get the video ranked even higher on page 1 so that it will be even more visible to anyone searching for that search term. In addition this review video will climb up in rankings for other search terms for which it is not already on page 1.

Since we are the specialist at getting review videos ranked onto page 1, we’re looking forward to showing how this happens.

And if you want YOUR review video produced and placed onto page 1 of Google, it’s cheaper than you think. To learn more, look at what we do at Penrose Productions. To get us to help you get ranked in the search engines, contact us at 650-969-8273.

 

 

 

What are business videos and why should we make one?

Today, business videos step up to fill the  marketing gap left by media advertising and newspapers.

As the internet continues to grow, marketer and customer interaction can happen in numerous ways and one of the best ways to get recognition is through business videos.

So what are business videos and why should I make one? Business videos are videos specifically made to demonstrate any product or brand which a company wants to market. Videos can help a customer understand the product’s features and benefits and they are powerful because a lot of information can be delivered in a short clip. This short clip has a wide reach as it can be used on multiple channels online and offline and via mobile. Business videos engage the audience which is the key to marketing today; after all a product demo on YouTube is easy to find watch and share and you just don’t get this with the traditional marketing methods.

 

What are sales funnels and why are they important?

sales funnelA good sales funnel consists of three levels:

1) The upper level which should be high level ideas and content designed to make potential leads complete an action rather than buy.

2) The Mid-level where your content is more in-depth allowing you to better qualify your original leads.

3) The lower level; this content should help you close the sale with your now pre-qualified buyers.

A good sales funnel can help turn more leads into customers and then retain them.

Good business videos help in reaching a wide range of leads before helping covert them into customers. However before making business videos several things should be taken into consideration:

1) Firstly the actual money comes from the lower level of sales funnel so business videos are particularly effective at targeting the lower level of sales funnels.

2) Try to keep business videos targeting the upper levels of the sales funnel brief; you want your potential lead to want to know more and have to continue through the funnel to find more.

3) Strategy is important; so try to come up with a good plan of how you will use video in your sales funnel before you start.

Business videos are an engaging way of interacting with your audience and can provide you with massive social proof due to the viral nature of being able to share videos online; they are the perfect promotional tool in today’s market.

For your business video, call Penrose Productions at 650-969-8273. We’re the experts in business videos.

Best San Francisco Video Marketing: Get on Page One of Google

The best San Francisco video marketing is to get the video listed on page one of Google.

The best San Francisco video marketing is difficult but worth it. A recently study confirms that video has better conversion than any other forms of digital content , with 71% of respondents indicate that video performs better than text and images. Getting no. #1 position on Google will not only give terrific visibility, but huge traffic influx as well. According to a recent post on Search Engine Watch, the first page of listings in Google’s organic result receives over 90 percent of the traffic. Fewer than 10% of searchers even get to page 2 and beyond.

Why is video marketing huge today?

If you run a business in the Bay Area (or even nationwide), here are some quick facts to help you get the best San Francisco video marketing:

  • Do what the big boys do: over one third of large brands generated over hundred content marketing videos per year
  • Approximately 71% of respondents confirm that video converts better than any other content.
  • Brands get terrific ROI from their YouTube Channels.
  • 86% of study participants use some form of measurement to evaluate video marketing effectiveness. As we’ve written before, you should measure your videos’ effectiveness.

YouTube visibility brings huge ROI.

Many companies and brands use video exposure on websites such as YouTube to get a high return on investment. However, to get on page 1 and appeal to that 90+% of traffic, you need to make video content that people want to watch.

It doesn’t matter if you make a gorgeous video no one gets to see it.

YouTube marketing experts know what potential customers want to know when they see any video:

  • What the Product or Service Can Do
  • How the Product or Service Can Benefit
  • How They Can do it Themselves

 Learn From the YouTube Experts

When it comes to video marketing, there is no magic bullet. We at Penrose Production are the best San Francisco video marketing company, and we can get your videos on page one of Google. We optimize videos, optimize titles, add descriptions and tags, create custom thumbnails, and add an interactive annotation to make videos search engine friendly.

Here’s an example of a YouTube video that we have optimized to rank for “Best San Francisco video marketing.”

This video is ranked on page 1 of Google for the keyword phrase “best San Francisco video marketing.” We’re sure you’ll agree that the thumbnail draws your eye and makes it most likely to be clicked:

 

The YouTube thumbnail is the key.

Getting on page one of the Google search results page is obviously important. Most searches on Google will not show more than one video on page 1 (there are exceptions, and we can help exploit that). And when there are just one or two videos there, they really stand out and attract the viewer’s eye due to the video thumbnail. And that thumbnail can even be customized to highlight a sale, special offer, etc. to entice the viewer to click on it. Don’t let your video be relegated to pages 2 and beyond.

best san francisco video marketing

For the best San Francisco video marketing, come see us. The video marketing experts at Penrose Productions help businesses grab a portion of that 90% of organic traffic that comes due to page one positions In Google and other search engines.

Get found, get clicked, get business. Don’t let your business be anonymous.

 

Obstacles to Video Marketing Success

Recently we read about video marketing success in a report that was published in June 2014 entitled “B2B Video Marketing: B2B Benchmarks and Best Practices.”

video marketing success as found in demand metric studyThis report was produced by Demand Metric Research Corporation in partnership with Ascend2, and it was sponsored by VidYard. The report was a study in which 398 marketing sales and business professionals worldwide were polled regarding their use and video marketing successes with B2B videos. And all of the respondents had either used video for BtoB marketing or were planning to.

There were a number of interesting findings in the study.

One included what the respondents felt were the obstacles to video marketing success. We were dismayed (but not surprised) to read that 47% of the people responding to the survey cited a lack of budget for their video has an obstacle. Fully another 45% indicated a lack of in-house resources or a problem.

I suspect strongly that these two categories are both largely the same respondents to the survey.

Creating compelling content was another major factor users said was another obstacle to video marketing success.  To us this merely underscores the fact that many of the people in the B2B marketing world do have an understanding of the need for Media Marketing, but do not have a strong comprehension of what it takes to create a successful video. In the remainder of the study, B2B marketers indicate strong understanding of the process. This indicates that they know how to what to do with the videos once they have been created.  However it did not seem that many of them on grasped what was necessary to create those videos in the first place.

As a professional video production company, our job is to lower those barriers of entry to B2B marketers who realize the need for good strong videos.

Obviously if they do not understand how to get them created efficiently and effectively, they are not going to continue with the video production process. The plain truth of the matter is that many videos are not very expensive to make and instead can be produced at a price that’s returns a great ROI. Many videos such as this one below have in the relatively simple production cycle and do not require extensive (if any) use of video cameras and the recording of video and audio on location or in the studio.

As you can see in this video we have not used a video camera to create the visual images necessary to communicate, yet it is a video marketing success. Instead we use the video editing process to merge graphics, narration and music. We also have the ability to use stock footage in video production as well, also avoiding the need to hire a camera and crew.

The primary challenge begins with the lack of an effective media strategy before beginning the video.

And as it turns out this was the fourth greatest obstacle to video marketing success as defined in the study. In fact 33% of the B2B marketers realize that they lacked an effective strategy. This indicates some awareness of the problem, however a full 26% of the of people who responded suggested that producing studio quality video was also an obstacle to video marketing success as mentioned above. Studio quality video is NOT necessary in order to effectively communicate the message and of course this is particularly important when budgets are limited. So if we may be so humble we would like to suggest that you contact us at Penrose Productions so that we can discuss with you ways in which the video production process can be effective for you and maximize your ROI.  Time after time we have seen that he budgets do not have to be nearly as high as you fear.

Video Content Must Be Engaging

Show and Sell: Video Content Engages Consumers

Why do consumers love great video content?

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There are a million and one businesses that rely heavily on their online presence to drive promotions and sales.

But there is one thing that almost all of them have in common: they all seek to connect with their customers in a meaningful way.  The good news is that there is no shortage of ways to accomplish this goal. Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Google advertisements are just a few examples. However, a new survey from Animoto suggests that there is one medium that can increase sales for almost any business: quality video content.

In the survey they note that video is a huge factor in the purchasing decision:

  • 73 percent of all consumers are more likely to purchase after watching videos explaining a product or service
  • 96 percent of all consumers find videos helpful when making purchase decisions online
  • 71 percent of all consumers say watching video content produced by businesses leaves them with a positive impression of the brand, service or company

The benefits of creating high quality videos to promote your products or services have been well documented.

After Google, Youtube is actually the second largest search engine on the internet. Consumers look for videos to inform them about product reviews, customer satisfaction, and just the overall vibe that a company is putting out. Here are a few of the reasons why every business owner should be using videos to promote their company.

Have you ever heard the expression “You only get one chance to make a first impression”?

This is especially true in the world of business. When customers conduct an online search for your product, and they are able to find helpful and informative videos, it leaves the majority of people with a positive impression of your company. Consumers appreciate videos because they allow them to have a higher level of confidence when making purchasing decisions. According to the survey, a whopping 93% of respondents reported that videos are helpful in deciding which product to buy, as well as how to best use the product after it is purchased.

Every business owner knows that their job doesn’t end after they have made a sale.

Continuous engagement and customer support is crucial if you want to earn consumer loyalty and repeat business. This is another area where businesses will find videos to be extremely helpful. The survey found that not only do videos encourage customers to research and purchase additional items from the same brand, but they actually cause a company to be perceived as being more trustworthy. With this in mind, most business owners would probably agree that they can’t afford not to have quality video content to back up their products.

Just because video content provides an excellent medium for finding and connecting with customers, it doesn’t meant that just any old video will do.

Video content is critical. If your video is too long, many viewers will be turned off and may choose to skip your video altogether. 83% of the consumers in this survey reported that the ideal video for a product or service is five minutes or less. It is also important to organize your video content in a meaningful and approachable way, so several smaller videos are often a better choice than one hour-long installment.

Creating video content can be a bit intimidating if you have no prior experience doing so.

If you aren’t a professional videographer, don’t worry, we specialize in helping you create professional and engaging videos on whatever topic you desire. So if you would like to promote your business, increase your web traffic, or just make it easier for customers to find and connect with you, contact Penrose Productions for help in creating quality videos. It’s great place to start.