34 Ways to Use YouTube for Business

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YouTubeYouTube’s (s goog) not just for posting silly videos of sleepwalking dogs and other embarrassing moments — it can also be used as a highly effective business tool. You can use it to show off your expertise, share knowledge, market your products and connect with customers, colleagues and prospects.

Here are 34 ways to use YouTube (and other video hosting services) for business.

Expertise and Thought Leadership

  1. Upload recordings of presentations you’ve given, to demonstrate authority and public speaking skills.
  2. Share slides from presentations that weren’t recorded.
  3. Create short videos of valuable tips of interest to your clients and prospects to show off your expertise.
  4. Conduct an interview with an expert.
  5. Turn your podcasts into videos, to expand your reach.
  6. Engage with the YouTube community by leaving comments and uploading video responses to videos on topics related to your business or industry.
  7. Enhance your videos using YouTube’s special features, such as annotations, audioswap, insight, language options and quick capture. Also see what’s cooking in the YouTube Biz Blog and TestTube for more  upcoming features.
  8. Record an important meeting to share with employees, shareholders and others, as appropriate.
  9. Marketing and Advertising

  10. Set up a channel to reflect your brand and engage with others. Here’s an example from The White House.
  11. Choose a user name that reflects your brand for your channel URL.
  12. Add your channel URL to marketing collateral and social network profiles.
  13. Post customer video testimonials to add to your credibility.
  14. Put together a creative video explaining your product or service.
  15. Show your product in action using movie trailer-style: fast, creative and catchy.
  16. Show the results of someone using your services.
  17. Promote your events using recordings of previous events.
  18. Introduce your staff to add authenticity.
  19. Take viewers on a tour of your offices and city to help them feel connected with you.
  20. Ask others to use your product in their videos (like product placement in movies) and cross-promote each other.
  21. Post links to your videos on various social networks.
  22. Look into YouTube Promoted Videos to reach your target through contextually-relevant search results.
  23. Use Google AdWords on Google Content Network, which includes sites like YouTube. These use text-based ads and don’t require a video from your business. Research the Placement Tool to identify the best placements for your ads.
  24. Earn money from your videos by entering into a partnership with YouTube.
  25. Run a contest.
  26. Add Call-to-Action overlays to your videos to drive traffic to your web site.
  27. Study your channel’s performance with the integrated Google Analytics and YouTube Insight to make the most of your videos.
  28. Display company information in every video including name, URL, phone number and email address.
  29. Customer Service

  30. Create “how to” videos to help your customers use your product or service.
  31. Post solutions to common product or service problems.
  32. Answer customer-specific questions using videos. Imagine how surprised a customer will be when you point them to a video with the answer!
  33. Embed videos on your web site on appropriate pages, including customer support and product tours.
  34. Post a blog entry discussing a problem and include a video for visual support.
  35. Go the extra mile by adding closed-captions or subtitles to your videos. Remember that not everyone can watch or hear videos in the same way.
  36. Show a work-in-progress project to a customer for review and approval, without the need for a face-to-face meeting or in-person demo.

How do you use YouTube for business?

14 Comments

Branding Tips

I always believed that Visual communication delivers more precise & easy transmission of information than textual. Thanks for writing this article, it enhanced my perception about digital marketing!

Mani

Thanks. Useful information. I have two questons.

  1. Do I have to pay for using YouTube for commercial/business purposes? How much?

  2. How long they keep the videos? Is there any storage size limit per account?

Kati

Go to their website and find out.

If you can’t try and answer your own questions then you’re not cut out for business.

matt

Ouch. Harsh unhelpful response. I was googling “youtube business account” hoping to find help. Instead I found these comments.

Evan

Wow very impressed with the list! I’m going to share this and use these ideas myself!

Colin Minto

There are conflicting views on how much YouTube charge a businesses for the various channels; user, brand, partner.

User channels are free, but how much do the others cost and what is the eligibility criteria?

Also what’s your opinion on YouTube ultimately charging for all business usage leaving personal activity as the only free usage channel?

Many thanks.

Peter Hoffer

Great tips. While it is important to focus on the content of the video, the comments section is also a great opportunity to engage with potential customers and open a conversation.

RankUno

Adding to the above 34 points, this is what I have to say:
1. Allow external sites to embed your videos in their pages
2. Make use of social bookmarking sites to promote your videos.
3. Add captions to your videos and annotations in video content to improve their crawlability.
4. Keep all your video files in one directory. This will help the crawlers find and index all videos.

Laurie Dunlop

NetStrategies created Internet Marketing TV which we load onto YouTube and other video distribution sites as well as Podcasts. We use “episodes” to help our customers learn more about different Internet marrketing topics.

JoanneRoach

We use youtube to host story videos which are then used by teachers on their interactive whiteboards. Although it is free content it totally underpins our paid-for business. As a small company we could never have started off making video available so early on, it is a massive help.
Some of these suggestions are great, will get cracking! Thanks.

BizCrusader

Interesting and comprehensive list of ideas for You Tube. Your philosophy is a very “open door” approach–might be good for some while bad for others. Thanks for the tips. I’ll pass it along.

Zemalf

Great list of tips! Good for any blogger and Internet entrepreneur, let alone businesses. Not using YouTube is like passing the biggest (nearly) free advertisement campaign that runs forever :)

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