However improbably, December has already arrived, and with it, the traditional impulse to take stock of the year drawing to a close and try to imagine what we’ll be getting ourselves into with the next one. Digital marketing is particularly rich soil for this treatment both because of the blinding pace at which the underlying technologies evolve, and the fact that most of us in the field are more than a little inclined toward the sentimental. Accordingly, we at Anvil enjoy making a formal exercise every year out of having this conversation, and it’s time to have it again, so take a break from wrapping presents and meet me over at the crystal ball.
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A lot of people feel that their fellow citizens who believe in conspiracy theories are wrong—if not crazy. A recent poll found that voters who buy into these theories are in the minority, but that the minority, in some cases, is substantial.
Regardless of the controversy about them, the speed with which information about the latest conspiracy theories spreads through social media still reveals lessons about general human nature that marketers can use.
1. The Government Hired Adam Lanza: Focus on Being Trustworthy
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Conspiracy theorists have a knee-jerk response to distrust and suspect the government and the establishment generally. Whenever something terrible happens, such as the 9/11 attacks or the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, conspiracy theorists emerge to say that the federal government has had a hand in it because of some political agenda.
While most people don’t distrust the US government quite this much, everyone can name examples of when our leaders at the highest levels actually did behave deceitfully: Watergate, Iran-Contra, etc. John Hardwig published a scholarly paper in 1991 suggesting that conspiracy theories are part of a growing skepticism of experts and the establishment, by everyone.
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With over 6 billion hours of video watched each month on YouTube, this social channel is one to be reckoned with. If you don’t currently have YouTube as a part of your digital marketing strategy, you may want to rethink this decision.
Here are 3 reasons why digital marketers should include a YouTube plan for 2015.
1. Extend brand equity
Video provides an opportunity to deliver a brand’s message and values in a livelier and more personal one-to-one format. A video can be incorporated in to email signatures, digital advertising copy, website landing pages and other social media channels. According to Digital Sherpa, click-through rates increase 2-3 times when an email includes a video, and 75% of users will visit a website after viewing a related video.
2. Improve search engine ranking
A properly optimized YouTube video can increase placement in organic search results. Google assigns search engine relevancy to YouTube videos, and YouTube itself is actually the second largest search engine on the internet.
3. Create One-of-a-Kind Content
You are an expert in your industry. Create videos for your YouTube channel that will be informative and present really useful information to clients and potential customers. “How To” videos provide online exposure, credibility and authority.
Video Marketing Through YouTube
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All great marketers know – if your content isn’t performing well, you will need to dive into your analytics to see what’s really going on. The only way to optimize your content is to analyze your data, pinpoint areas of improvements, make the necessary changes and test - and it’s no different with video content.
While it might sound daunting to make changes to a complete video, it doesn’t have to be. There’s a formula to it really: divide your video into three distinct parts—Acts 1, 2 and 3—then analyze your drop-off rates for each section. When you think of your video as three separate pieces of content, it makes it much easier to analyze each section for variables and look for areas of improvement.
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Knowing a few simple steps to optimize video content specifically for SEO (which includes deployment and distribution) will elevate awareness and give you the edge you need to differentiate from competitors. To be honest, optimizing your videos for SEO isn’t rocket science, it’s actually pretty straight forward, but it is important you get it right from the start.