Using YouTube’s Analytics – Insight

During my training sessions with non-profits I have noticed that many are not taking advantage of the new web analytics being offered by YouTube. I wanted to write about what you can measure using YouTube Insight, provide tips for improving your YouTube channel, and highlight a few non-profits that I think are doing a great job with their channel.

I think it’s important to know how any marketing initiative is performing, so if you haven’t already, I would encourage you to log into YouTube Insight to see how many people are looking at your YouTube videos. I will show you information such as:

  • how many people have viewed your video over a specific time period
  • Where those viewers come from by demographic and geographic location.
  • how people are finding your videos (web search, YouTube search, link from your website. etc…)

Tips for Improving your YouTube Channel:

Once you’ve taken a look at your numbers, here are a few quick tips to help you increase the traffic to your videos:

  1. Make your account name the name of your non-profit, not something cute that no one will search on.
  2. Use the profile section to describe your non-profit using words from your keyword list.
  3. Link back to your website in the website field
  4. When you upload video content – make sure your video’s file name has descriptive words in it. Ditto with the title and tags.
  5. Add a donation button
  6. Link to you YouTube account from your other social media profiles and your website
  7. Upload your YouTube videos into Facebook (your personal profile or your group profile) and take advantage of the fact that it’s currently the largest video sharing site.

Non-Profits that have Good YouTube Channels

Here are a few non-profits that I think are doing a good job optimizing their YouTube Channel and branding it to look like their non-profit:

Non-Profits YouTube Channels with Potential

And here are some suggestions for non-profits that are doing a decent job but could tweak a few things and do even better:

Amnesty International – they could do a better job incorporating their keyword research, start using tags, and label the titles of their videos with frequently searched keywords.

Google Now Offering Free Document Templates

Very cool. You can now get free document templates from Google – you just need a google account to access. Check it out.

Video about Google’s Free Tools

If you’ve been too hesitant to just dive in and start using Google Analytics, Website Optimizer or Webmaster tools, Google now has a 60 minute training video for you. I encourage everyone to watch and start using the tools.

Google now indexing Flash

And there’s a great post on Search Engine Land about how to make it happen with your Flash files.

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