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3 Tips to UnSuck Your Video Thumbnails and Increase Views

Is Your Video Thumbnail Experience Like This Guy’s?

Are you are struggling to grow your audience on YouTube, Facebook or any other Social Media platform hosting videos? It could be your video thumbnails.

If you are on YouTube and you are using one of the three default random thumbnails they provide, then your thumbnails probably “suck”.

VIDEO THUMBNAILS = A TOP 10 CRUCIAL RANKING FACTOR

Your video’s thumbnail image is one of the 10 most critical factors in getting someone to click and view your video.

Yet, look around on YouTube and you see that it is rather underutilized, despite it’s simplicity.

That spells COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

90% of the best-performing videos on YouTube have custom thumbnails.

Here are three proven ways to have your video’s thumbnails stand out from the crowd and get clicked on.

1. Make Them Engaging

You want to elicit an instant response, a motivation from your potential viewer. You can encourage that response in a few ways:

a) By “Telling a Story”

Your video thumbnails need to say something interesting about what the viewer might find after clicking.

It can be anything: a “teaser”; “dramatic”, say, reflecting triumph over difficulty; “funny”. It can also simulate or show action or movement.

What a Mess!

You have endless possibilities, but your objective is to create interest and curiosity.

b) By “Showing Emotion”

Your thumbnails need to show an emotion, fitting the story.

Happy Day!

Aim for positive emotions. They are usually stronger, as this will elicit a positive response in your viewer. Excitement is also good for a response.

c) By “Being Relatable”

Your viewers will react better to thumbnails they can relate to.

Fun on New Years Eve?

TIP: Put YOURSELF on the video thumbnail. Your story and emotion are best portrayed by a human (and to lesser extent an animal) vs an object. And, people are naturally drawn to other people.

What’s Happening?

BONUS TIP: Get close in on your face and eyes. Thumbnails are small, so a full body shot is less recognizable. Also, we humans find someone’s face and eyes captivating.

2. Make Them Pop

Here you focus more on the technical quality of the image, than the content of the image.

a) By Using “Photo Editing Tricks”

Increase Saturation or “Vibrance”

When you increase saturation you will see greater intensity of colors. Decrease saturation and you will see the opposite – your image will look duller, grayer – flat.

Which Do You Like Better?

TIP: In Photoshop, you have the “Vibrance” option as a better alternative for photos with people. While saturation affects all colors, vibrance is a bit smarter at avoiding skin tone colors and elevating other colors.

Up the Sharpness

Since video thumbnails are rather small, you can use a bit more sharpness to create more definition.

Which is More Interesting?

b) By Increasing Text Size

Your text must also be large enough to be readable. This one below is too small:

Too Small For Mobile

TIP: If it is large enough for your bifocal-ed grandmother to easily read on a mobile phone, then you’ve hit your mark.

Great Size for Mobile and Grandma

3. Make Them Consistent

As you grow your following, you want your viewers to instantly recognize that the video coming across their screen is yours.

You have only a fraction of a second to capture your audience’s attention and entice them to click – especially on mobile.

This one below is an example of what not to do with thumbnails.

Inconsistent and Indistinct Video Thumbnails

By “Branding”

For all the reasons why branding is good for business, you also have the opportunity to leverage the trust you’ve built with your brand via your video thumbnails.

Video Thumbnails Are Instantly Recognizable to His Fans

Here are a few things you can infuse with your brand to create consistency across your published video content.

Include The Obvious

From your existing brand, these should be consistent with your offline physical media and your online properties.

  • FONT
  • COLOR
  • LOGO

Be Creative

This is where you have some flexibility.

  • SHAPES
  • PLACEMENT

Do you want a vertical bar with your logo on the left? A horizontal bar with the title on the bottom? A thought bubble with your text?

Coil Notebook Background – Suggests Teaching Moment
Also Note Consistent Colors, Font in Video Thumbnails

Create Themes

You can use these shapes, placement and color of them to create themes.

For example, product demos, faqs, announcements. Then, on YouTube these can be organized into playlists.

All Live Shows are Themed This Way

Many Simple Ways to Up Your Video Thumbnail Game

Using these simple ideas, you will banish any default video thumbnails YouTube or Facebook provides (which “suck”) .

More importantly, you will be leveraging your thumbnails to brand your content, attract more viewers and grow your audience.

More Thumbnail Tips – Click Here

Tools and Templates for Making Thumbnails – Click Here

Go Deep on YouTube Optimization – Click Here

Developing an Effective Digital Advertising Campaign

According to an article released by eMarketer earlier this week, 2019 marks the first time digital advertising spend in the United States will likely exceed traditional advertising spend.

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With the number of hours consumers spend online, this milestone shouldn’t surprise you. Digital marketing allows companies to deliver a much more personalized message to a hyper-targeted customer base. While you should not ignore traditional media, shifting your focus to the digital space can help your business grow.

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Boost social media engagement with giveaways

Giveaways and contests are fun ways you can reward your followers and boost social media engagement. They are also a great way to promote your product.

It can be hard to get your followers to comment, like or share your posts. Giving away a great prize from time to time could help keep your readers motivated. Your followers will be grateful and happy to engage with your brand.

To do a giveaway you could either use your company’s social media channels or partner with influencers to host or promote it.

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Do not sell, share a story

Inspire your costumers sharing something to connect them emotionally with your product, at the end they will buy.

Everyone loves a good story, or should we say gossiping?

People love to be entertained. Get their attention with a funny story, ask questions, share behind the scenes information about your business, etc.

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As George Bernard Shaw said, “The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business”.

Most of the time, as consumers we navigate the internet to look for answers, after all, we do not want people selling us anything.

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Resend Emails to Non-openers

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How can you make sure that important emails you send are being received by your constituents? One easy way is to get personal with your constituents and monitor who’s opening your emails and who isn’t. (By the way, recipients who haven’t opened your email are called non-openers.) I suggest you give those non-openers another chance so you won’t have this conversation with them again, ever: Continue reading

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Use Facebook Live to attract customers

A Facebook Live campaign can boost your brand’s exposure online and increase customer engagement.

Facebook Live is a free feature of the Facebook app that allows you to stream real-time video to your audience from your smartphone. It was released in April of 2016.

Did you know that marketers prefer Facebook to create live videos followed by Instagram?

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Promoting Experiential Gifts in Valentine’s Day Marketing Campaigns

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A painting class is one of many experiences that can be given as a gift this Valentine’s Day.

Think Valentine’s Day marketing campaigns only benefit candy, flower, and jewelry companies? Think again. According to the National Retail Federation, 40 percent of individuals want to receive the gift of a special experience, such as a fun trip or concert tickets. With consumers estimated to spend more than $20 billion this holiday, you should use digital channels to illustrate how your brand delivers memorable experiences.

Explore four ways your organization can tap into this niche and improve your Valentine’s Day marketing campaign.

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Get More Comments on your Social Media!

Want to get more comments on your social media? Lucky for you, engagement is a strong force in the world of social media and there are plenty of ways to get more comments on your social platforms. For the sake of time, we will assume that you’re already putting engaging content out there. Now we just need to figure out how to get more comments. This blog will go over four clever ways to get more comments on your social posts. Continue reading

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What’s your hashtag strategy for Instagram? #whyitsimportant

Have your Instagram posts plateaued?  Did you know that Instagram posts with at least one hashtag average 12.6% more engagement than posts without a hashtag?  The quality of a hashtag is extremely important but yet so often overlooked.  Yes, hashtags are #everywhere.  And in most cases, they are thrown into the content and not utilizing their true potential.  Once known as a simple pound sign, the hashtag is a powerful tool that goes beyond aesthetics.  Continue reading

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Haters are the early warning detection system for your business.

Discerning brands strategically use social media as an extension of customer service, with skillfully prepared teams in place for unexpected online situations. Nobody likes loud, verbal haters. While it might be easier to not deal with online negativity, these situations need to be addressed in a timely manner.

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Captivate Your Audience

Having a difficult time getting the attention of consumers? Captivate your audience by providing them with engaging content. In a world of instant gratification, you have to provide content that will capture someone’s attention within seconds. Take a look at what you’ve been posting. What has been working? What hasn’t? Sit back, do some research and then captive your audience with these three steps. Continue reading

Three Steps to Improve Your Digital Marketing Strategy

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Whether you’re the VP of Marketing, or you’ve just landed your first gig in the digital marketing field, these three steps can help improve your overall digital marketing strategy. Continue reading

Understand Your Target Audience

Understanding your target audience is important when looking to improve your market outreach.

If you’re missing the mark with your audience, ask yourself if you truly understand them. Here are 4 factors to consider when understanding your audience.

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Three Ways to Keep Your Content “Alive” on Social Media

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What’s worse than stale potato chips? Stale content on your social media channels. Whether you are a leader, business owner, or entrepreneur, it’s advantageous for you to keep your content “alive” on social media. In fact, make this a non-negotiable priority. And, it’s actually easier than you may think.

So, without further ado, here are three awesome ways to keep your content from going stale across your social media channels.  Continue reading

Maximize Your Brand Awareness on Social Media Like Adidas

Social Media Like Adidas... Red Adidas Shoe

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Today, one of the most iconic brands in athletic apparel is transforming the social media game. Adidas is chiefly synonymous with athletic shoes. While you may recognize the brand for their quality and style, you might also want to explore how to maximize your brand awareness on social media like Adidas.

The brand produces more than 850 million product units annually. So it’s no surprise that Adidas is cultivating an undeniable influence on social media, specifically Instagram. If you want to maximize your brand awareness on social media like Adidas, get ready to incorporate some of the brand’s tactics in your own strategic efforts.

“Change the game, run the world.”  – Adidas

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Tips to Edit Video for Social Media

Image of multiple screens with film strip in back ground for tips to edit video for social media Now that you’ve shot your video, it is help to have some tops on how to edit video for social media. This is where you can really shape your message, and tell your story. Editing is like putting a puzzle together with all of your pieces, and the best way to get Continue reading
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Hard Proof: Advertising Creative Drives Sales

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Does advertising creative drive sales?  Indeed it does, according to two recent studies that have electrified the industry. The findings are significant:

  • Highly creative ads show double the sales impact of those that are less creative.
  • Advertising creative drives sales 5x as much as media spend.

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Toyota TRD Air Filters

You like to breathe fresh air. So does a Toyota engine. Genuine Toyota TRD Air Filters are engineered specifically for Toyota vehicles to keep harmful airborne debris, dirt and contaminants from reaching the engine. As a result, the aids in preventing premature wear to internal components. A clean air filter improves engine performance and fuel economy – benefits owners can all appreciate.Toyota TRD Air Filters

A free-flowing design allows for maximum air to enter your engine with minimal resistance, and free of damaging debris. This combination can give the engine added power and better fuel economy. Enhancing the clean air flow without disturbing the calibration of the mass airflow sensor results in smoother, easier air intake and better overall performance without negative side-effects. Continue reading

Top Tips for Managing a Website Development Project

Managing your agency's website developmentTasked with managing your agency’s next website development project? No doubt that it’s a challenging and complex task. Checklists for this process vary by role. Factors like agency size and whether the site will be developed in-house or outsourced influence project management as well. If you are working with a vendor to outsource your website development project, these tips are for you.  Continue reading

Chevy Performance Connect and Cruise Systems

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industry-exclusive Chevy Performance Connect and Cruise Crate Systems. Factory designed and engineered transmission and engine combinations for a variety of GM vehicles with automatic or manual transmissions. These factory-matched duos come with key components you will need, including the electronic control module and all wiring harnesses. Continue reading

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If done right, best practice push notifications will continue to bring users back to your app.  Making and keeping a connection to your users is critical.  Push notifications can be an effective, affordable way to keep your app users engaged.  It is critical to strike the right balance between informative messaging and spam-like behavior that turns users off.   Here are 3 best practices that will help you get the most from your program. Continue reading

Mind Healer

The mind can be our healer. So says Dr. Lisa Rankin in her book “Mind over Medicine .” According to Rankin the mind can create that healing or sickness based on our feelings and beliefs.  Every cell is creating either sickness or wellness

Mind Healing

Whether or not we feel love or even anger affects our wellbeing. Using some of the latest scientific research she shows us examples of our inner MD (our thought life) that knows exactly what to prescribe.

Empowered with this knowledge, we can choose health over sickness. Imagine yourself whole and at peace, strong and happy. This is possible when we tap into the healing potential of our minds. Not only can reading her book change your life, it might just save it!

Examples of some of Rankin’s stories are the woman who’s cancerous tumor shrank down to nothing during radiation only for the doctors to find out that the radiation machine was not even working. But she believed the machine was in fact working. Or how about the man who had a heart attack but refused doctors orders to have an emergency bypass performed. He went home, changed his diet, started walking and praying. After several months in to his new lifestyle change, a repeat visit showed his incurable heart condition had disappeared.  And our last amazing example talks of a new research drug for chemotherapy called EPOH. It was getting marginal positive results, but one doctor was getting wildly successful results. The reason? He simple changed the name of the drug to HOPE when discussing the treatment with patients.

Is it true? Is it possible? Do we as people or patients help control the healing process? Will our curiosities allow us to dig deeper into this phenomenon? The truth is that most doctors will admit that there seems to be an unknown between the mystical and the physiological and that what connects the two may be our powerful minds.


 

Social Media & Photography

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How Social Media Marketing Can Grow Your Business

Social media and photography seem made for one another. It comes as no surprise that one of the first steps many photographers take when starting their business is to share their work online. But if your desire is to grow and make money from your work, which platform is best for you?  Continue reading

Engage. Inspire. Entertain. Tell the story of your wine.

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Facebook video views, what is a real view?

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If the  Facebook video views are not dissected and one is relying on those inflated Facebook video view numbers, we’re afraid that everyone is being fooled. Let’s talk about Facebook video views and let’s get real. What are accurate Facebook video views? According to the latest statistics on a Facebook video view, if the video is watched for three seconds it is counted as a video view.  Within both Instagram and Facebook if a video is viewed for three seconds it counts as a video view. Let’s compare the Facebook and Instagram video view to a You Tube video view. In a You Tube world a video view must be viewed for thirty seconds to count as a true video view. This brings us to the question is three seconds in Facebook really long enough to qualify for a video view? Continue reading

I Hate It: How to Respond to a Bad Review

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Are Bloggers Talking About Your Wines?

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If they are not already, you absolutely want to find a way to get bloggers talking about your wines. Data collected by BlogHer shows that 87% of people have made a purchase after reading a blog review of it. There are more than 1,300 wine bloggers currently writing worldwide. It’s the new media. Continue reading

Super Bowl or Ad Wars?

This is a picture of the Super Bowl 50 logo with the Vince Lombardi TrophyIn The Digital Age, Super Bowl Ads Rule Super Sunday.

If you tuned in expecting an offensive showdown in Super Bowl 50, you got quite a different outcome. The game turned out to be a defensive battle. And while defense can win championships (congrats Denver), it doesn’t generate much excitement. So what else is there to do when the game you spent hundreds of bucks to host is a snoozefest? Why, take to social media and check the buzz on all the commercials of course! Continue reading

Cedar Ridge Preserves Nature and Minds

Cedar Ridge Preserves Nature and Minds

Imagine educating your kids in Dallas’ most beautiful nature preserves. Well you can. It may be just a few miles away but it’s hundreds of miles from the madness of carpools, appointments and over scheduled kids.

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While there are many nature options available, Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is a Dallas treasure. Perched on the edge of the Edwards Plateau off Highway 67, it’s the ideal place where both parents and kids can truly take a breath, relax and revel in Dallas’ own slice of the hill country. Besides the views at an elevation of 775 feet, it’s where the Blackland Prairie meets the limestone escarpment of the plateau. It’s one of the few places in Dallas kids get to see native grassland, wildflowers, and spectacular hills all in one place. Not to mention, those incomparable Texas sunsets and coyotes serenading at dusk and morning!

 

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