Should I start a YouTube channel in 2021?

Should I start a YouTube channel in 2021?

YouTube has become a large platform where some people seem to make a tonne of money making videos and doing affiliate and referral marketing. Most people say: it’s never too late to start a YouTube channel and I agree. 

However, I would like to make a distinction now.

There are 2 kinds of YouTube channels:

The channel is the primary business

The channel is for marketing to the primary business

One type of YouTube channel is where creating the content is the main offering and you focus on having affiliate relationships and sponsorship deals to generate your income. Some people also like to create Merch merchandise to supplement their income.

If you are a service based entrepreneur, you don’t need to have a YouTube channel at all…you aren’t looking at being famous like Mr Beast. You want to serve more people doing what you love. Right?

This will be a YouTube channel that is an add-on to  your current business – it’s not going to be the main focus of your business.

It’s a part of your marketing. 

The great thing about a YouTube channel is that it can:

  1.  increase your discoverability on a non social media platform 
  2. allow people to get to know you while you are off doing other things like feeding your family or relaxing on the beach.

The kind of account we would create is an addition to the biz rather than the main focus. It would be a marketing channel for us and a way to share our expertise with our potential clients.

 So for people like us the focus is a bit different and what is required it’s a bit less.

Whenever you are considering a new platform for your business I would encourage you to make a 3 months commitment. 

In a 3 month period you can start sharing content and trialing tags, headlines and playlists. After that period of time you will have some results to look at and decide whether it is worth continuing with the platform. 

Before you start your experiment it is good to be clear on what you want to get out of it and what kind of results you want to see.

For example, I don’t really have a massive number of subscribers and most of my content has very few views, however most people who jump on a free chat with me and eventually become clients have all watched YouTube videos of me before they book the free chat. 

This tells me that the videos are working to meet my goal: to get people ready to book that free chat with me which is how I like to intake my clients. 

For you: it will be helpful to decide what is the step that you like clients to take first. 

Is it to sign up for your newsletter list? 

Is it to purchase a small ticket item (inexpensive product) from you? 

If you can create a flow for clients to start to connect with you that is clearly a YouTube stream,  you can measure how many people came to you from YouTube. Then you’ll have a clear picture about whether YouTube has meaning for your business or not.

 If you get to this point of the blog and you have decided you want to go ahead with YouTube I’m going to give you a quick list of tips for the first steps of setting up your YouTube.

  1. Create account
  2. Create channel art
  3. Create a thumbnail template
  4. Upload a video
  5. Choose some tags
  6. Create a playlist 
  7. Create a welcome video 

Some of these actions already have instructions on my other blogs and videos. Would you like more? Ask me in the comments and I’ll make a video for you 🙂

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What is content? And how to make more

What is content? And how to make more

I often hear people say that they are “Content Strategists” or the explain how to “Create Content”.

And although I know what content is, it seems to me to be a weird and jargon-ey term that causes so much confusion.

I was thinking that we could just rename it to: “Sharing your brilliance”

Because that is all we really need to do. We all know so much and have so much brilliance to share. But to clarify: what is content? And how can you make more?

Content comes in so many different forms. 

It can be: 

Image based

Written

Video

Audio

I am sure there are more categories too that I’ve glazed over.

And then there’s the length. I’m calling them micro (or snippet), small and long.

Examples: 

A reel on Instagram = I would say that is a micro-video. 

An Instagram image post with a caption = is a written and image small piece of content. 

A Facebook text only post around 2000 words = a long, written piece of content. 

That same Facebook post on your blog with images as well = is a long, image and written piece of content. 

A podcast of the same article would be = a long, audio piece of content. 

Using Headliner to turn that podcast into a video makes a snippet of video content. 

Transcribing that podcast into a written blog with images = is a long, written and image piece of content

But more important than the classifications and definitions is the purpose.

For a long time I found it really hard to create content and I did not enjoy creating content.

I spent a long time creating content with the idea in mind that I had to do it to reach clients and that content would help me sell my services. The only content I was able to make easily were “how-to” videos. I think these felt easy because they were of service to my clients with low expectations of reward. They were more of a selfless service. 

In the yoga tradition I studied for many years, selfless service is called karma yoga. In karma yoga you work for others and try to release your expectations of reward. 

Recently, I have been loving creating content. Short videos, long videos, short written posts, longer writing. All kinds. And I think what has changed is my frame for why I create content. 

Now, I create content as a practice for myself. As more of an enquiry and creative expression. The things I think about it are more like: 

“How can I say this in 60 seconds?”

“I wonder if anyone agrees with this?”

“How clearly and simply can I explain this in writing?”

“Can I explain those instructions in writing?”

“I wonder what my peeps think about this idea?”

And now I never really think: 

“I need to create this so I can sell my offer/service”

If I want to offer my service I just do it. I create a separate post, or separate piece of writing that speaks directly to the offer. 

Sometimes, while I’m developing offers, I do some research and get excited about that topic so I’ll naturally share about it, but since I separated my selling and my content, my content feels a lot cleaner and a lot free-er. I feel that I can experiment more and genuinely share with people who I care about. 

This is my story around creating more content. 

I wonder – what do you think about when you try to create content? Could those thoughts be hindering your ability to create content like mine were? 

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How to figure out what you should blog and write about

How to figure out what you should blog and write about

Great!

You’ve decided that it’s time. You are ready to start writing and sharing your brilliance with your audience and the world. Your next thought now might be: What you should write about?”.

In this blog I will share some ways to generate ideas for your writing so you can have a big list of inspiring topics to dip into whenever you sit down to write.

This information also applies to “what should you make videos about” if you are into making videos.

A couple of important things to consider are:

What topic/s do you want to write about?

and

What do your ideal clients seek information about?

1. Talk to your people

Current Clients

If you are doing sessions with your ideal clients, you are getting great ideas on tap. Every session can provide you with ideas for writing.
What was the client’s challenge?
What did you do to help them?

I’m sure you’ve had days like me where you seem to say the same thing to about 5 people in the one week. THIS is great information to share as a written blog or video.

Friends + Market research

Current clients are a reliable source of ideas but you may not have many or any of those yet!
Other people that are YOUR people are your trusted friends. You could also have market research conversations with people who would be perfect clients with no pressure for them to buy from you.

The sole purpose of those conversations is to find out what they type in the Google search bar when they look for solutions or what questions and challenges they have around your topic of expertise.
You can do this more informally by being a great listener at parties and gatherings.
People are a great source of ideas.

A side note about your own ideas

You may not have a problem thinking up great ideas on your own.
Yay! 

Why are you reading this article?? LOL 🙂

Your own ideas are great, however I would make one loving caution about your own ideas. 

You may find that when you write from your own well of ideas that your writing doesn’t do as well as you had thought. As in: it doesn’t seem to get a response from your audience. 

If this is happening, I would suggest that you may be writing at a level too far ahead of your current client’s level of growth or understanding. 

Sometimes I write articles that I think are gold and no-one gives any hoot about them. And other times, I create something that I think is throwaway and that everyone already knows and people go mad over it. 

So, if you are experiencing this, I encourage you to have some conversations with friends who are like your ideal clients. Have those client or market research conversations to make sure you are speaking the right language for where your people are right now. 

2. Use the Google search 

Bring to mind a topic you want to write about. I used this method for MailChimp. 

(i) Type the idea into the Google search bar and don’t click search. 

Have a look at the drop down. 

Do you see a bunch of suggested search ideas?

These are ideas for blog articles or videos. 

(ii) Further down the page it might say “People also ask” with a bunch of questions and drop downs. The headings of these drop downs are also great titles for your blog. 

These two options give you ideas that the Google robot has noticed people asking a lot. So even if you don’t have conversations with people because you are clear on your topic, this method can help tease out a lot of ideas that a lot of people have definitely searched for in Google.

Creating articles that help you be found via Google search is a method of blogging that uses Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Google is a search engine, and you can focus on optimising your website and blogs to show up better in Google search.

If you are interested in how to grow your business with a blog, I have a course about that. I delivered it with the brilliant Melanie White. I also have an SEO course with the ONLY person I recommend for SEO, Karen Phillips. This one is called “How to get the right website visitors”. Both of those courses can help you with your SEO if this is important to you and your business. 

3. Use the YouTube search 

Similar to the Google method above, you can type your topic or vague idea into YouTube and see what other content exists on the topic. Simply type your idea into the YouTube search bar and look at the ideas that drop down. 

Once you have mined those ideas, click “Search” and have a look at the kind of content other people are creating and the other titles being used. You can write an article with the exact same title if you like!

Now listen though: DON’T GET INTIMIDATED IN THIS STEP

Even though other people may have already created content that you want to create, no-one is quite like you. You have a particular configuration and lens to see life through that is of unique value to the world.

So PLEASE still go ahead and write that blog!

4. Use Keywords Everywhere

Keywords Everywhere is a free tool you can add to your Chrome browser. It enables you to see more when  you do a Google search, when you do a YouTube search and when you view YouTube videos. It actually does way more than I use it for. I am not a major ninja at it but this method of using it simply will definitely help you find writing ideas. 

So, once you have installed Keywords Everywhere to your Chrome browser and you look at your results using the above Google and YouTube methods, you will see a bunch more info on the side:

These are just more things to, hopefully, spark inspiration for you. The beauty of these methods is, Google is such a large database. Millions (or billions) of people are using this every day. And it’s free for you to mine for ideas. Yay! 

Have these ideas been helpful for you? Let me know how you go and tag me in your social media post if you used this method 🙂

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How to share Facebook + Instagram videos in a MailChimp campaign

How to share Facebook + Instagram videos in a MailChimp campaign

Do you like to make video content on Instagram and Facebook?

And then, of course, you’d love to share it with your newsletter subscribers in MailChimp…

But MailChimp will only let you embed YouTube and Vimeo videos….so how do you do it???

It IS possible with this manual workaround 🙂

You will need this video to watch along and pause me to make it happen. Some vague instructions are outlined below the video. 

Basic written instructions

 

Basically, this process involves grabbing a screenshot of your social media video post, turning that into an email suitable sized image and linking the image in the email to the social media post. 

Which sounds great as a one liner, but there are a few hurdles, like what size should the image be and how to get the correct URL for the social media video. 

So let’s get to it. 

  1. Go to your social media video on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Take a screenshot of the video
  3. Find the URL of the video. If you’re in Instagram it’s relatively easy from the desktop to get the URL. You DO have to make sure you’re in the actual post page and NOT the preview. But if you’re on Facebook, it can be confusing. You need to find the permalink of the post which you can find by clicking on the time it was posted. This is displayed under the name of your page like the image above. Once you click on that link, you get the URL of the video. Not making sense? Check out the vid.
  4. Now it’s time to go into Canva and create an email freindly image. What do I mean email friendly? Well, if the image is too large, it won’t send well from MailChimp, so it’s better to resize it first. PLUS, this way you get to add a “Play” icon on top so it’s clear to click play and watch.
  5. Once inside Canva create a custom image, like 500x500px. 
  6. Then you can import your screenshot. 
  7. Drag the image into the design space. 
  8. Click “elements” on the left sidebar and search for “play” – you can choose a play icon you like. You can change the colour or whateer you like. 
  9. Now it’s time to download your design. Click download – png or jpg is great. 
  10. Go to MailChimp and start your email campaign. 
  11. Once you’re in design mode, drag “Image” over from the right sidebar  options.
  12. Pop your image in
  13. Link it to your video url/permalink
  14. Voila!

Now you should have a link in your email from people to view your social media video! 

How did you go? 

 

Let me know if you have more questions and I’ll make another video to help you 🙂 

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YouTube success resources

YouTube success resources

Video marketing is SO GOOD for your business and YouTube is a great place to be since it’s the 2nd most used search engine after Google and the 2nd most downloaded app after Facebook.
I have really grown to love video marekting once I rewired my neural pathways to stop screaming at me every time I tried to make a video.
Nowdays, most of my clients have “met” me via my YouTube videos before they book a free chat or work with me so i highly recommend video for leverage in your marketing.
I have a heap of blogs on this website about YouTube covering:
with more to come.

I love to answer your questions…

So, if you have any YouTube questions, please email me or pop your question in the comments of this blog. 

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Lumen5: turn your blog into a video with this free AI tool

Lumen5: turn your blog into a video with this free AI tool

Do you want to create videos for your online presence?
Are you a writer of blogs?
If you’d love a robot to do the work for you then you are probably going to love Lumen5.
If the words AI freak you out, or you don’t know what they are – let me explain a little.
AI is artificial intelligence. Which sounds like sci-fi. Which sounds like robots. But it’s actually just a nifty, time-saving video creation tool.
Don’t be frightened.
The future is here and it’s saving you time 🙂
Lumen5 is a free online tool that turns your blog into a video. It’s as simple as putting the URL of your blog into their webpage, reviewing the video it created and then downloading it. 

What I especially love about it:

You get to review the images and words the AI chooses and add more slides. 
It previews the words from. your blog in the sidebar for easy copy and paste to edit the words. 
It has a video library or you can import your own. 
You can do voice overs. 

I’m not an affiliate or anything – but this is nifty and I like it. I hope this helps you today. 

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