YouTube Shorts are the newest way for you to market and create content for your business. This social media platform is already connected to YouTube, so it’s that much easier for existing businesses to integrate Shorts into their social media marketing strategy if they are already YouTube users. Here’s why YouTube Shorts are the newest social opportunity for your business.
What are YouTube Shorts?
YouTube Shorts are YouTube’s effort towards short-form video. Similar to platforms like TikTok, short-form video has gained popularity in recent years due to it’s lightweight and catchy nature. Users also prefer this type of experience since it provides instant satisfaction and doesn’t require as much commitment when compared to longer video content. Shorts videos are 60 seconds or less, vertical (mobile 9:16 ratio), and show up in the designated YouTube Shorts app or on the “Short Shelf” within the existing YouTube app.
In the Shorts environment, YouTube shows an endless loop of videos to you that YouTube thinks you would like. YouTube bases this loop on your interests, searches, and watch history. The appeal of this short-form video loop is its “stickiness”. Each 60-second clip is immediate gratification after the next, which keeps users swiping.
How to Create Shorts
You can create a YouTube Short by uploading a video, filming the video within the App, or sampling available content from other YouTube creators, then using the Shorts editor to add music, text, and more. Keep in mind, if you sample content or music from another creator and that creator deletes that video, any Shorts that sampled the deleted video will automatically be set to “unlisted” and scheduled for deletion in 30 days.
You can add Shorts as another content hub on your existing YouTube page or create an entirely new YouTube dedicated to Shorts. The ladder is what is recommended if you believe adding Shorts will disrupt your current audience. For example, if your existing audience enjoys the way your content is already set up on YouTube, they may be turned off by Shorts, and that is when you would want to create a new YouTube page for your Shorts. On the other hand, keeping your Shorts connected to your existing YouTube page creates a home base for all of your content for watchers to enjoy.
YouTube Shorts for Businesses
Businesses have already begun using Shorts in creative ways to market them and their businesses, and it’s time for you to start now! The earlier you start adding content to Shorts, the more likely you are to show up on someone’s loop. This is because YouTube is doing everything they can to promote the new short-form video platform, and will reward creators who are attempting to share their content through it.
Another great thing about Shorts is that users don’t actually search for you to find you. YouTube puts your content right in front of people they think would like it, which adds viewers to your page organically and increases your potential for leads and new customers. Once they see your Short, they have the option to subscribe.
Shorts Best Practices
With Shorts, you only have 60 seconds (sometimes less) to grab the attention of your audience. The great thing about Shorts is that users can decide within a few seconds if they want to keep watching, but this is vital for creators to keep in mind. To combat this, creators must make the first few seconds of their Short captivating and keep the rest of the content shared in the video snappy. To add, Shorts loop if the user doesn’t swipe next, so when creating Shorts, pace the video accordingly and optimize it for replayability.
Another best practice is to keep your content relevant. Make sure to keep up with trends on the App. Whether it’s a popular song, moment, event, or practice, keeping up with the times is extremely important on a platform like this. Lastly, make sure your videos are rewarding. This could mean that your Short provides a solution, teaches the user something new, or simply entertains them.
All in all, the Shorts you create for your business on YouTube need to execute a promise to be successful. Viewers need to be shown a reason to keep watching within the first few seconds of a video, and then by the end of the video, they need to feel that reason was fulfilled. Start using YouTube Shorts for your business today to stay socially relevant and attract more leads to your business. Need some help with YouTube Optimization and setting up Shorts? Call Us Now! (302) 407-0431
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