I am sure you all know the importance of Youtube these days in your marketing, the issue is to get people to subscribe and also to be able to update videos easily when something might change, this is where YouTube Annotations come in. So today I am going to show you how to use Youtube Annotations to add a subscribe button to your videos, and also below discuss some other great uses for the Youtube Annotations.
Lots of people have no idea how to do this so here goes…. before I get you to watch the video the YouTube Annotations option is amazing you can use it for all sorts of things. Let me give you some ideas:
- Add a message inside video
- Add your website address
- Add Phone number or contact details
- Add a comment
- Add a link so people can be sent some where else
- Add a text watermark
- Now let me expand on these ideas…
- Add a message inside the video:
If you want to get a message across to people you might talk about on the video you can also add the message there to rein force what you just said. It’s a great way to add reminders. You can make the message as long as you want, but I would be inclined to keep it short and sweet.
Add your Website address:
If you look on Youtube you will find 1000′s of videos with no links no under the video and none even in the video itself. With the new layout of the Youtube you will need to keep this in mind and be more vigilant in making sure you have your web address or URL on the video itself.
If you don’t have a website, or you want people to do something else like call you, or visit you at your place you can add in this as well. And as you will see in the video you can drag it out and make it show on the screen for as long as you need to.
Add a comment:
Really same as above in the add a message. The good news is if something changes and you don’t want to change the video then you can go in and just add an annotation. It’s just brilliant.
Add a link so people can be sent some where else:
I love the fact that you can send people to either another video, your channel, subscribe page and a few other options in there, it’s excellent so if you have a series of videos on a topic then you can send people from one to the next one, that is sheer genius.
Add a text watermark:
I am not sure if you have had people steal your videos but I have, so I make sure I make it as hard as possible for them to do that. I am not talking about taking my video and putting it on their site I am talking about copying it using Camtasia or something like it and then putting their own details on it. Grrrr anyway to stop that it’s a good idea to add comments or web address’s in places where it makes it hard to get them out of. So think about how you going to do that, now not every video of yours will be taken and ripped off but some generic ones you may have had made for you can be. So if you don’t have Camtasia then use the annotations to slow the people down abit. It won’t stop them totally but it’s a start.
I have started to use this as a watermark as most do not want a picture of me sitting in there video so this works quite well, the other thing that works well is putting your web address in as a watermark. In saying that you would need to use a program like Camtasia to do it for you. The You Tube Annotations does not really do as good a job as this picture, but as I said it’s a good start.
So here goes the Video:
How to Use Youtube Annotations To Add A Subscribe Button
Something you need to understand and realise is that if you bring the video from YouTube into your website or if someone else takes your video from YouTube and puts it on their site the Annotations don’t go through on the video. So best to make sure your important stuff is already in the video like your web address etc. Annotations is for veiwing in Youtube. But at any rate they are fantastic tool to use, so thank you Youtube.
Hope that had some useful information for you and you can use it to grow your Subscribers and also to send traffic to where ever you need to send it.If you are looking for more posts on Youtube then I have a few written and there will be more coming as Youtube changes over. So more Youtube goodies.
That ends the lesson on How to Use Youtube Annotations.