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YouTube has become a source of entertainment and fun for people of all ages in just a decade. Some of the world’s biggest brands already have their own YouTube channel, like Google, BMW, Disney and Lego. But big brands are not the only ones capitalizing on YouTube as a promotional venue. Companies of all sizes and types are embracing YouTube to deliver their messages and strengthen their sales pitch.
There is no denying that YouTube presents a huge opportunity to reach and engage with diverse audiences, but only when done right. Here are some of the biggest challenges that marketers face on the platform.
1. Targeting the wrong audience
Many marketers make the mistake of targeting the wrong audience, resulting in visitors slipping away regardless of content quality. It is easy to believe that your video is going to appeal to all sorts of demographics, so you may end up choosing the wrong audience.
To avoid this mistake, it is important to determine your customers’ demographics. Unless life on Earth is threatened due to oxygen running out and you are the only one selling oxygen, not everyone needs whatever you are offering. So, who is your target customer? Women, men or both? Young or old? Married or single? Other demographic segments to focus on are cultural background, occupation, income, educational level and location. Basically, this is statistical data about your customers’ identities. You also want to know what their lifestyle, interests, attitudes, values and pain points are — all of which offer insight into your audience’s personality and purchase intent.
It is also a good idea to look at various consumer touch-points that can help you define your audience. Ask your sales reps and consumer service teams what your clients’ interests and pain points are. Use analytics tools to find out your audience’s topics of interest, keywords and search terms as well.
2. Not having an objective
It is essential to define your marketing objectives so that you can create the right type of video content. Examples of marketing objectives are to increase leads and sales, decrease churn or grow brand awareness. You can use different types of video content based on your marketing objectives and your target audience. Examples are unboxings, interviews, events, behind-the-scenes glimpses, Q&A sessions and how-to guides.
Think of the type of emotion that you want your potential customers to feel. Do you want them to feel inspired, excited or moved? Emotions that you want to avoid are feelings of frustration, stress, dissatisfaction and neglect. Evoking negative emotions will cost you lost opportunities and revenue. Focus on emotions that drive value for a business.
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3. Sharing poor quality videos
As video is swamping the internet, it would be a huge mistake to offer poor-quality videos to lower costs. Good videos appear professional and make your audience feel something. To make your video look professional, pay attention to details such as lighting, audio and camera work. Lighting is one aspect of video production that can make a …….