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Ecommerce SEO guide for the 2022 holiday season

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Ecommerce SEO guide for the 2022 holiday season

30-second summary:

  • Global recession and cost of living crisis will not dampen the gifting spirit and consumer spending
  • For the 2022 holiday season, ecommerce retailers forecast $262 billion in revenue which surpasses the $205 billion benchmark from 2021
  • If you found yourself Googling “ideas to boost ecommerce holiday season revenue” we have answers for you!
  • Our latest guide uncovers the 8 sides of a robust, proven-to-work ecommerce SEO strategy that will help propel your sales

Holiday season brings with it many things. One of them being ecommerce revenue. Despite the global recession and cost of living crisis, the 2022 holiday season will see people spending. Economists at Deloitte forecast ecommerce revenue of around $262 billion which is a 13.5 percent growth.

The question here is, how do you get a share of this $260 billion ecommerce pie? By working on improving your ecommerce SEO.

Holiday ecommerce sales forecast to grow 13.5 percent

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Search engines push 37.5 percent of all traffic to ecommerce sites, and a whopping 95 percent of these searchers stick to the first SERP. Having an early enough start to your ecommerce search strategy helps you earn visibility in top SERPs, measure effectiveness, test, and scale practices as the peak season approaches.

Ecommerce SEO can help your store rank higher and offer a better user experience by making sure your website aligns with search engine ranking factors.

However, Google, the most used search engine, updates its ranking factors several times a year according to its users’ changing behavior. So, you need to upgrade your marketing toolkit with the latest SEO techniques before the holiday season.

In this article, you’ll find some of the latest and proven-to-work ecommerce SEO strategies to hopefully point you in the right direction as you prepare to dip your hands into the holiday season. 

Let’s dive right in!

The eight layers of a powerful ecommerce SEO strategy

Ranking an ecommerce store is critical to winning those holiday sales. Why? Because people turn to Google whenever they are looking to shop for holiday essentials or presents.

In this situation, an ecommerce website that fails to rank higher may miss out on interacting with holiday shoppers out with their money.

So, here are some key ecommerce SEO techniques to help you to help your website rank higher and possibly interact with holiday shoppers:

1. Focus on keyword research

Holiday shopping begins with keywords. People type in search phrases when they are looking to buy something. And that’s where your opportunity to rank lies. 

44 percent of people start their online shopping journey with a Google search. Keyword research might help you find words to help Google and other search engines connect these shoppers with your web page.

ecommerce keyword research differs slightly from regular keyword research. In this case, your focus is to identify and include search phrases with commercial or transactional intent.

There could be keywords that appear commercial but could have an informational intent and hence may prove detrimental to your SEO.

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The phrase “best winter shoes for women US” may seem like a transactional keyword. But as it appears from the top search result, it has a dominant informational intent. 

Let’s talk about finding these keywords.

Your keyword research should start with brainstorming keyword ideas. Make a list of all the products you sell, and then jump in your customer’s shoes to see how they would search for what you are selling.

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Say that you have a shoe store and sell running and other types of shoes. Your customers may search for your product with keywords like “running shoes” or “buy best running shoes.”

Think of all such keywords.

Backlinko also recommends diving into amazon and typing these root words into the search bar to find more keyword ideas.

amazon keywords - ecommerce seo for 2022 holiday season

All of the phrases in the image above can be used as root keywords for shoe store SEO. 

You can also check out your competitor’s websites to uncover the keywords that they are ranking for.

check competitor websites to find keywords for your 2022 holiday season ecommerce strategy

From the image above, we can see that “Buy best winter shoes for women” might be a good alternative to the “best winter shoes for women” keyphrase. 

Also, scroll to the end of the SERPs to check out the related searches section for more keyword ideas.

refer the related keywords to create a keyword list - ecommerce seo for 2022 holiday season

Make a list of keywords during this brainstorming session. 

Make sure to corroborate the search intent before shortlisting a keyword. Sometimes a keyword may appear to have commercial intent, but in reality, it may be informational.

Finally, run your keyword ideas through a keyword research tool like Google Adwords to determine the search volume and competition.

Low search volume and high-competition keywords are usually recommended. But when trying to rank an ecommerce store, you might benefit from long-tail keywords with low search volume and competition. But these keywords are touted to convert better and may help your website rank sooner.

2. Focus on content

Google now prioritizes websites with descriptive and valuable content. You cannot achieve results with your e-commerce SEO campaign while ignoring content.

Find out what’s trending in the holiday season. What are people talking about? And then create content around topics or products that are trending. 

Focus on optimizing all the content present on your website, along with creating new, informational, and valuable content.

Optimize your product descriptions with relevant keywords. Avoid keyword stuffing, though. Instead, create product descriptions that give users all the information they may need before buying a product.

This may include product details and reviews.

focus on the content in product details and reviews - ecommerce seo for 2022 holiday season

Besides product pages, consider creating a separate blog to post top-of-the-funnel content like blogs, case studies, product reviews, etc. Not only will this enrich your website’s content, it may also help rank your site quicker, drive more web traffic, and generate better leads.

Long-form content, especially blogs, gets around 77% more backlinks than short-form content. Therefore, pumping out informative, unique articles may also help build your backlink profile.

Since we have touched on the topic of backlinks…

3. Yes, backlinks are still relevant

Many people believe backlinks have gone down the hierarchy of ranking factors. That’s not true, though.

Backlinks are as important as ever. When determining your website’s authority, Google relies on the number, quality, and relevance of your backlinks. So, don’t slack off on acquiring links from other relevant sites on the internet.

Gaining backlinks for an ecommerce store may not be as straightforward as building some random blog’s backlink profile.

There are many bloggers that create seasonal content and it could be an opportunity in your ecommerce SEO strategy to get backlinks on holiday season offers and discount pages. Consider reaching out to them and asking them if they could write a holiday season piece on your product and link back to your site, or offer to write a guest post for them to earn a backlink.

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Additionally, there are many product review websites. You can reach out to them, send your product, and ask them to write a review of the product and link back to the product’s page on your website.

connect with product review websites

Brand mentions like these may help uplift your SEO scores since 52 percent of marketers believe brand mentions impact organic rankings.

4. Work on improving website user experience (UX)

Website user experience is an important ranking factor. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

There are various ways you can improve your website’s user experience. The first one is through site structure.

Your website needs to be easy to navigate for the users and crawl for the search engines. And for that, you will have to make sure all your web pages are arranged so that every page within the website is accessible through three or fewer clicks. This is what backlinko calls the golden rule of website structure.

Here’s a representation of what a good website structure may look like:

what a good ecommerce website structure looks like

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And here’s an example:

page footer site links should be clear to the user - ecommerce seo for 2022 holiday season

Once you have improved the site structure, look at the URLs of the web pages you’ve just sorted. Your website URL should tell the user what the page is about with a short but descriptive keyword.

Here’s an example of what good URLs may look like:

shoesforyou.com/athletic/runningshoes

shoesforyou.com/leisure/sneakers

shoesforyou.com/formal

Furthermore, 73 percent of web designers believe a non-responsive web design is one of the top reasons visitors leave a website. I know these are hard words but I should say all your ecommerce SEO efforts could be wasted, if your e-commerce store is not mobile-friendly and responsive web design happens to be a critical ranking factor. So make sure your website is mobile optimized so the design can adjust according to the screen it appears on.

An example of responsive web design:

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Another factor that shapes your website’s user experience is its security. Google, too, prioritizes website security and works to make sure the websites it drives its users to are secure.

Make sure you have a TLS certificate, so “HTTPS” and a little lock appear in the URL bar for the users to know your website is safe.

TLS certificate for HTTPS - site security

5. Page load speed

Page load speed is a part of the website’s user experience. But because it is so important, especially for an ecommerce store, it deserves its own space. 

A drop in page load speed decreases the conversion rates, with almost 75 percent of people tending to change their mind during the checkout process if the website is too slow or taking time to load during checkout.

Since the holiday season usually adds to the website load, your website can slow down. Be proactive and make sure you have enough website resources to handle the holiday rush. 

Google counts a page’s load speed as an important ranking factor and so make sure to remove unnecessary ad blockers, scripts, or optimize everything that can drag your website down in terms of speed.

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6. On-page optimization

On-page optimization includes fine-tuning the relatively smaller website elements contained within the web page.

36 percent of SEO experts believe the title tag is the most important SEO element. Therefore, optimize your title tag so it is descriptive, short, and keyword-optimized.

You can use Moz’s Title Tag checker to see how your title would look on the SERP and optimize it accordingly.

title tag optimization for your ecommerce seo strategy - holiday season 2022

Meta descriptions are critical as well. While they do not influence SEO directly, meta descriptions play a vital role in shaping your CTR. So, take the time to write crips and compelling descriptions.

Also, make sure to include keyword-optimized H2s and H3s wherever possible. And don’t forget to optimize the images on every web page.

7. Make good use of schema markup

Schema Markup is a set of codes you can embed in your web page’s HTML to help Google understand the page. It also enables the search engine to return more informative and descriptive results, otherwise known as snippets.

This is particularly important for an ecommerce site because users want to ensure the website they click on contains what they are looking for. And optimized snippets give them that and hence contribute to improved CTRs.

While Google decides what it wants to display in the snippets section, including what you want to be displayed as a snippet through Schema may increase the chances of Google going with what you have chosen.

user schema markup

8. Optimizing ecommerce stores for RankBrain

RankBrain is one of Google’s most historical updates and is now among the top three ranking factors. This algorithm helps Google rank sites that are contextually relevant to the search queries.

Therefore, prioritize understanding your audience and creating the content THEY need alongside working on the technical aspects of e-commerce SEO.

Additionally, work on increasing your website’s engagement rates since Backlinko believes dwell time is an important ranking factor with RankBrain. And as mentioned above, look for any authoritative backlinking opportunity you get and capitalize on it.

Final words

Finding visibility in the search engine space during the holiday season is critical to help drive business revenue. However, winning with ecommerce SEO is tough but not impossible. You might compete with big sharks like Amazon, who dominate the first page. Therefore, you may have to be smart about your strategies.

Building a content-first SEO strategy can help here as these pages may rank more easily and help channel traffic to product pages that may struggle to rank when Amazon reigns over the SERPs.

So, focus on creating optimized, informative, and user-focused content. Work on the technical aspects of SEO, and continue tracking the latest search engine updates to adapt your SEO tool kit accordingly.


Atul Jindal is a web design and marketing specialist. He has worked on website/app optimization for SEO with a core focus on conversion optimization. He creates web experiences that bring conversations and transform web traffic into paying customers or leads.

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Inside The Decentralized Social Media Platform

Are you interested in the new social media platform aiming to compete with Twitter?

Bluesky is a decentralized social network led by CEO Jay Graber, with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey on its board of directors.

What Is Bluesky?

In December 2019, Dorsey announced through a series of tweets that Twitter would fund a small independent team of up to five people to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media.

The aim was for Twitter to become a client of this standard one day.

Dorsey highlighted several factors prompting this move:

  • The challenges posed by centralized control include difficulties in global policy enforcement to address abuse and misinformation.
  • The shifting value of social media from content hosting and removal to recommendation algorithms. These algorithms, which currently are typically proprietary, direct users’ attention. Dorsey hopes Bluesky would allow for alternatives to be built.
  • Existing incentives in social media often draw attention to controversial and outrageous content instead of promoting informative and healthy conversations.
  • Recent technological advances, like blockchain, have made decentralized solutions more viable. These solutions could lead to open and durable hosting, governance, and monetization.

Bluesky strives to make social networks function similarly to email, blogs, or phone numbers as open systems that facilitate online interactions.

Bluesky developers created the AT Protocol, which is nearing completion.  The AT Protocol aims to make modern social media and online public conversations more akin to the early Internet era when anyone could create a blog or use RSS to follow multiple blogs.

The Bluesky app demonstrates the features of this protocol.

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Bluesky hopes this will lead to new advancements in social media, enabling researchers and communities to solve issues currently faced by social networks, as tweeted by Dorsey.

Social Media Problems Bluesky Hopes To Solve

Most traditional social networks are closed platforms controlled by a central authority that dictates user and developer permissions.

If a user decides to leave a traditional social network, they must begin anew, losing their connections and content. For developers, creating a new app requires overcoming network effects and rebuilding the social graph from the beginning.

Additionally, they risk being shut down abruptly if they try to build using these companies’ APIs.

Similarly, content creators may lose their audience if the platform changes its rules.

The AT Protocol is designed to change this scenario, offering a more open, democratic, and innovative environment for users, developers, and content creators.

How To Get A Bluesky Invite Code

There are several ways to get an invitation to Bluesky.

You can sign up for the waitlist and wait for an invitation to join from Bluesky.

Screenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

You can ask your friends on other social networks if they have an invite.

You can search Bluesky invite code on Twitter. Check the latest results and reply quickly to get an invite. (This is the method that worked for me.)

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Twitter, May 2023

You can even buy an invite code for Bluesky on eBay.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from eBay, May 2023

How To Create Your Bluesky Account

Once you have your invitation code, you can create your account on the website or the Bluesky app from the Appstore oder Google Play.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

You can choose the default Bluesky server ([email protected]) or follow these directions to use your own domain ([email protected]). You can change to your own domain later in your account settings.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

Next, enter your invite code, email, password, and birthdate.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

Finally, choose a user handle. You can change this later in your account settings.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

How To Edit Your Bluesky Profile

Once you’ve completed your account setup, you will want to visit your profile and edit it before connecting with others.

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You can add a cover photo, profile photo, display name, and 256-character description.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

While there is no specific field for links to your website or other social profiles, you can place a link in the description.

How To Post An Update On Bluesky

Bluesky allows you to post 300-character updates with text, up to four images, and links.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

Note that all profiles and posts are public, and the user content you share is subject to Bluesky’s Terms of Service.

Within the Terms of Service, Bluesky notes that when you share any content (such as text, images, or videos) on a platform or service provided by Bluesky, you give Bluesky and its related companies the right to use and share that content.

With these terms, Bluesky can use, copy, modify, distribute, and display your content in various ways, including promoting Bluesky and its services through social media channels.

They can do this without paying you. On the upside, they won’t use your content in any sponsored content without your permission.

How To Build Your Bluesky Network

To find people to connect with, use the search to find posts and users with specific keywords.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

You can reply to, repost, and like posts by other users. The three dots offer additional options, including translating and sharing with other networks.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

Switch to the Users tab to find related accounts to follow.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

When you visit another user’s profile, you can follow them or use the three dots to find more options, including one to add the user to a list.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

Bluesky Lists Vs. Twitter Lists

It’s essential to note Bluesky lists are not like Twitter lists.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

On Twitter, you add users to lists when you want to follow them more closely.

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On Bluesky, you add users to lists to mute their activity.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

When you create a Bluesky mute list, it will be visible on your profile. You can, however, follow other users’ mute lists to ignore the same group of users privately.

In addition to public mute lists, you can access more ways to moderate the content you see on Bluesky in the Moderation section.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

Here, you can update your content filtering settings, mute an account, or block an account.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

My Feeds

My Feeds allows users to create custom algorithms for displaying content.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

This feed, created by the Bluesky team, shows updates from those you follow and the people they like.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

How To Change Your Bluesky User Handle Or Domain

As mentioned, you can visit your account settings to change your user handle.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

You can also update your user handle to use your domain instead of @bsky.social.

Bluesky Social: Inside The New Decentralized Social Media PlatformScreenshot from Bluesky, May 2023

The Next Step In Decentralized Social Media

Bluesky may present an approach to decentralized social media that could mitigate many issues plaguing traditional social platforms today.

Bluesky appears dedicated to ushering in a new digital communication era with the AT Protocol’s continued development.

With the issues it aims to solve and the open standard it seeks to establish, Bluesky could be the blueprint for the future of social media. It remains to be seen how well Bluesky will perform once it comes out of beta.


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3 Steps To Building A Winning Holistic Search Strategy

A multi-channel, holistic approach to search marketing is a must in today’s digital marketing space.

You can maximize digital shelf space by removing silos between teams and finding synergies on how paid and organic search can work together.

On May 10, I moderated a webinar with Wayne Cichanski, Vice President of Search and Site Experience at iQuanti, and Erin Wilson, VP of Marketing at HomeEquity Bank.

Cichanski and Wilson demonstrated how to combine insights and data from paid and organic channels to create a cohesive search strategy that enhances online visibility.

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Step 1: Learn The Power Of Integrating Your Paid & Organic Search Strategy

SEO & SEM each have different roles, places, and advantages.

But these differences help provide insights into gaps that the other marketing school of thought has.

As such, these two channels can work very well together given a cohesive strategy that integrates both of their beneficial aspects.

So, how do you go about understanding the data that each process brings to the table?

How do you tap into the power of these two channels without needing to increase bandwidth?

One way is to start maximizing your digital shelf space.

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Start By Maximizing Your Digital Shelf Space

Between paid results, organic results, People Also Ask (PAA), stories, local map packs, the AnswerBox, video carousels, and more, there are many areas in which you can own a higher market share of a SERP.

Screenshot by iQuanti, May 2023

So when you think about a cohesive strategy, you’ll need to consider these are these steps:

  1. Review total digital shelf space.
  2. Know what keywords trigger what.
  3. Build assets to acquire.

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After going through these steps, you can now start merging strategies.

Bring Different Tactics Together

Next, focus on synchronizing your research and common messaging across organic site pages, paid search ads, social, display, email, and thought leadership.

You can do this by:

  • Carrying the messaging across the entire funnel.
  • Using dual rankings to elevate impression share.
  • Increasing the halo effect by driving paid to organic.
  • Modifying bidding strategies for branded, non-branded mid-funnel vs. lower.
  • Discovering and building a common foundation between paid and organic.

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Step 2: Understand The Roles Of Your Marketing Channels

Understanding the roles and expectations for each channel sets them up for maximum contribution.

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But before you start, understand that customer centricity is vital. Always consider your customer’s needs, preferences, and behaviors.

Then, leverage each channel for different stages and behavioral needs of the user.

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Knowing each channel’s defined role means you’ll know what to expect and measure in each corresponding stage.

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Step 3: Deliver A Connected Search Program

To understand the roles and expectations for maximum contribution, start attacking the SERP positions and journey milestones collectively by:

  1. Measuring them together.
  2. Identifying key themes along the journey.
  3. Developing bid strategies.

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Increase Conversions With Paid Branded & Non-Branded Search

Hinsichtlich Branded Search, focus on maximizing conversion & reducing leakage by occupying a secondary position from a neutral test bed site to push down competitors.

In other words, you can push the competitors down from the top by having a high-visibility listing.

In a Non-Brand Search, a good approach is to segment intents by conversion potential. This quadrant better explains this:

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YouTube-Marketing: Ein Leitfaden für Einsteiger

YouTube, the second most visited website in the world, has changed how we consume content and created a huge marketing opportunity for brands.

But how does YouTube marketing work, and how effective is it as a marketing channel?

In this guide to YouTube marketing, you will learn the different types of videos that produce the best content marketing results and how to leverage this top social media platform.

What Is YouTube Marketing?

YouTube marketing is the process of promoting a brand, product, or service through video content on the YouTube platform.

This type of marketing involves creating videos to increase brand awareness, engage a target audience, and drive sales and revenue.

The key to successful YouTube marketing is to create high-quality, engaging video content that resonates with your target audience and delivers value.

YouTube viewers say good content tells a good story; It’s relevant to their interests, expands their perspectives or ways of thinking, and makes them feel something emotionally.

Organic YouTube Marketing

There are 10 types of organic videos that brands can use for YouTube marketing:

  • Social media videos (e.g., YouTube Shorts, Stories, and Community posts).
  • How-to videos and/or explainer videos.
  • Branded stories (e.g., short films, series, and/or documentaries).
  • Interviews with influencers and/or subject matter experts.
  • Thought-leadership videos with company leaders.
  • Stories about your organization.
  • Customer testimonials, case studies, and/or success stories.
  • Product demonstrations, either animated or actual.
  • External training videos and/or formal education on topics.
  • Livestreaming videos (e.g., YouTube Live and Premieres).

More than 500 hours of content are uploaded to YouTube every minute, so it’s a crowded space. That’s why YouTube marketing is not just about uploading a video and being organically discovered.

YouTube Paid Video Marketing

If you’re establishing a new brand or channel on YouTube, you can get faster results with a paid strategy as you organically build your number of subscribers.

There are several YouTube and Google Ads solutions that support different business goals and marketing objectives – from increasing brand awareness to building consideration or driving action.

In Google Ads, you can create compelling video campaigns with various video ad formats to engage customers in different ways on YouTube and across Google video partner sites.

For paid YouTube advertising strategies, there are three main approaches:

1. Ads For Increasing Brand Awareness

  • Bumper ads: Highlight your brand’s most memorable messages with quick, non-skippable ads up to six seconds long.
  • Non-skippable in-stream ads: Make sure potential customers see the full story with a non-skippable ad that plays before, during, or after their video on YouTube and across websites and apps running on Google video partners.
  • Masthead ads: Reach a massive audience in a short amount of time by featuring your brand’s ad at the top of the YouTube home feed on desktop, mobile, and TV screens.

2. Ads For Boosting Interest And Consideration

  • Skippable in-stream ads: Reach as many people as possible on a budget with ads that allow viewers to skip the ad after five seconds and run before, during, or after a video plays.
  • YouTube BrandConnect: Connects creators in the U.S., Canada, or the U.K. with brands for branded content campaigns.

3. Ads For Driving People To Purchase, Subscribe, And Take Action

  • In-feed video ads: Use images to reach people as they browse their YouTube Home and Watch Next feeds, Discover feed, and the Promotions and Social tabs on Gmail.
  • Video action campaigns: Reach as many people as possible on your budget with skippable ads that run before, during, or after a video plays.

How Can Marketers Use YouTube?

Businesses and brands can use YouTube in various ways to achieve their marketing goals.

Out of the 10 types of YouTube videos you can produce (listed above), a survey from the Content Marketing Institute found 5 types of these videos produced the best content marketing results.

1. Social Media Videos

Social media video brand campaigns on YouTube have one thing in common: They provide value to their audience. They also have an emotional hook that will stimulate sharing.

Examples:

  • Dove India launched Project #ShowUS, a social video campaign intended to challenge stereotypes of what is and isn’t considered beautiful.
  • Gillette launched We Believe: The Best Men Can Be, a social video campaign aiming at a modern interpretation of manhood.
  • BuzzFeed Video and Purina Friskies launched Dear Kitten, a social video campaign featuring an older house cat teaching a kitten how to be a cat.
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2. How-To Videos

How-to videos educate audiences. Brands can use these to build trust and credibility with the audience, as well as establish themselves as an expert in their industry.

Here are some recent examples of successful YouTube marketing campaigns that used how-to videos or explainer videos:

  • L’Oréal has created a series of how-to videos, helping to fulfill the beauty aspirations of consumers worldwide. This includes How To Apply Lash Idôle Mascara by Lancôme USA, which has 15.6 million views.
  • Samsung India used ‘how-to’ videos to promote its latest Galaxy A73 5G, including How To Take Screenshots With A ‘Palm Swipe’ On Your Samsung Smartphone, which has 60 million views. These videos provided in-depth demonstrations of the features and capabilities of the devices, helping consumers to understand the value of these products.
  • Google used explainer videos to educate consumers about its various products and services, including A (Home) Movie About How Google Search Works, which has 91 million views. These videos are helpful in simplifying complex topics and making them accessible to a wider audience.

3. Branded Stories

The key to success with branded stories is to create engaging and compelling content that resonates with the target audience and supports the brand’s overall marketing goals.

Here are a few examples of successful YouTube marketing campaigns that used branded videos in recent years:

  • Clash of Clan’s Lost & Crowned tells the story of Larry’s first day on the job, guarding the Red King’s crown with his big brother Peter on a late-night shift. What could possibly go wrong? This short film got 62.5 million views and 1.3 million engagements.
  • Hyundai Worldwide’s Hyundai x BTS I Hydrogen Documentary is a short documentary that aims to increase Gen Z’s involvement in hydrogen and to make a difference through solidarity. The use of infographics also helps people understand hydrogen better. This documentary got 12 million views and 124,000 engagements.
  • Patagonia’s The Fight For America’s Public Lands is a feature-length documentary about America’s system of public lands and the fight to protect them. One part love letter, one part political exposé, this film got 2.8 million views and 18,200 engagements.

4. Customer Testimonials

Brands can showcase positive customer experiences and testimonials in their YouTube videos, helping to build trust and credibility with the audience.

Some recent examples of successful YouTube marketing campaigns that used customer testimonials, case studies, or success stories include:

  • AmeriSave Mortgage has created a series of customer testimonials. For example, Christine’s Refinance is the story of how AmeriSave’s loan originators helped Christine, a single mother, get a low rate when she decided to refinance her mortgage on her New Orleans home – saving her hundreds of dollars a month while also allowing her to pay off debt. This customer testimonial got 3.9 million views.
  • Sell on Amazon has created a series of studies; for example, New Republic, which shares the case study of the digitally-native footwear brand, got 8.5 million views.
  • Shopify has created a series of success stories; for example, Maye-Williams Active, which tells the story of the 100% Black-owned activewear company, got 22 million views.

5. Interviews With Influencers

By partnering with influencers or subject matter experts, brands can tap into their expertise, reach a new audience, and establish a strong connection with their target market.

Here are some recent examples of successful YouTube marketing campaigns that used interviews with these individuals – or even people on the street – to create engaging and informative content on YouTube:

  • Nike’s campaign, You Can’t Stop Us, featured a series of interviews with various athletes and influencers. The videos highlighted the resilience and determination of these individuals and showed how they overcame challenges and continued to pursue their goals despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Luxe Collective, which buys and sells pre-owned luxury brands, has created a series of street interviews; for example, the video, Stopping People On The BUSIEST Street In Europe To Ask 1 Question, has 34.5 million views.
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What Are The Benefits Of YouTube Marketing?

YouTube marketing can help businesses grow their brand and reach new audiences on the video-sharing platform in several ways.

Reach A Global Audience

YouTube has over 2 billion monthly logged-in users, making it the world’s largest social video platform. And every month, they watch over a billion hours of video on YouTube.

There are localized versions of YouTube in over 100 countries worldwide across 80 languages. This enables brands to reach a massive global audience with customized local campaigns.

Reach Your Potential Customers

YouTube.com is the no. 2 most visited website globally, behind Google.com. This means the video-sharing site is the world’s largest social media platform.

YouTube enables virtually any business in every industry to reach potential customers when and where they’re searching, browsing, or watching video content.

Integrated With TV Viewing

Despite its origins as a website and its evolution into a mobile app, YouTube is now being watched by a growing percentage of Americans on connected TVs (CTVs).

According to Insider Intelligence, 38.1% of the time spent daily on YouTube in 2023 is on connected devices like smart TVs and game consoles, 48.5% on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, and only 13.4% on desktops and laptops.

So, how do you leverage YouTube for your brand in today’s multiple-device era?

Engage The Segments That Matter Most To Your Business

YouTube enables advertisers to go beyond demographics to target affinity segments (people whose interests and habits relate to what their business offers) and in-market segments (people actively researching or planning to purchase products or services like theirs).

So, YouTube connects you to the people who matter most to your business, from foodies down the block to business buyers of industrial food-service equipment for commercial kitchens across the country.

Engage Consumers At Every Stage Of Their Journey

Videos tend to be more engaging than other forms of content, such as text or images.

A Google/Talk Shoppe study in 2020 found 75% of respondents said advertising in YouTube videos makes them more aware of new brands or products.

And Google data found 90% of people globally say they discovered new brands or products on YouTube.

To bolster brand awareness and convert leads, many brands use a full-funnel YouTube marketing strategy encompassing multiple objectives.

Measure Channel Performance, Brand Lift, And Conversions

You can use YouTube Analytics to better understand your video and channel performance with key metrics like watch time, views, likes, shares, and comments.

You can use Brand Lift surveys to measure the effectiveness of your video ads with key metrics such as ad recall, brand awareness, and consideration.

And you can use Google Analytics 4 (GA4) to measure engaged-view conversions (EVCs) from YouTube. This enables you to measure all the different stages of the buyer journey.

How Effective Is YouTube Marketing?

The effectiveness of YouTube marketing can vary depending on several factors, such as the target audience, the relevance and quality of the content, and the marketing goals.

However, when executed correctly, YouTube marketing can be a highly effective tool for brands and businesses.

It also helps to have an accurate model of how people use YouTube to move through the customer journey on their own terms to understand how to make your video marketing more effective.

Research reveals TikTok’s impact on the consumers’ purchase journeys and found the path to purchase on TikTok looks more like an “infinite loop” than the traditional funnel, which William W. Townsend first proposed in 1924.

Screenshot from TikTok.com/business, March 2023

But the ‘Messy Middle’ of the Purchase Journey model was based on research by Google’s consumer insights team in the U.K., which found that consumers loop between exploring and evaluating the options available to them until they are ready to purchase.

Infografik „Think With Google“.Screenshot from Thinkwithgoogle.com, March 2023

There is also a third model of a similar looping process for discovering new videos and sharing compelling content, inspired by reading “The People’s Choice,” a book by Paul Lazarsfeld, Bernard Berelson, and Hazel Gaudet, published in 1948.

Greg Jarboes YouTube- und Videomarketing: Eine Stunde am TagImage from author, March 2023

This landmark study of American voters during the 1940 and 1944 presidential elections found that interpersonal interactions and word of mouth were more significant than mass media for most voters.

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Based on their research, the authors proposed a two-step flow model of communication. The first step, from media sources to opinion leaders, was a transfer of information, but the second step, from opinion leaders to their followers, also involved interpersonal influence.

YouTube marketing works much more like word-of-mouth marketing and a lot less like mass media marketing. The journey people take to become loyal customers isn’t a straight shot down a funnel. Stuart Hogg accurately observed in “Customer journey mapping: The path to loyalty”:

“In reality, this journey is often more like a sightseeing tour with stops, exploration, and discussion along the way – all moments when you need to convince people to pick your brand and stick with it instead of switching to a competitor,”

Once you understand how the social video platform works, then you are much more likely to achieve the six key benefits of YouTube marketing that are spelled out above.

YouTube Marketing Tools

Here are some of the best tools to help you with YouTube marketing:

Audience Research Tools

Tools like Find My Audience Und SparkToro can help you to understand who your most valuable customers are on YouTube and which YouTube channels, social accounts, websites, press publications, and podcasts they engage with – so your video marketing efforts can be better targeted and more effective.

Keyword Research Tools

YouTube Analytics, Google Trends, and YouTube Search Predictions are just some of the keyword research tools for YouTube.

These will help you find relevant keywords and identify popular keywords and topics related to your brand or industry, which will help you optimize your YouTube videos for search.

Video Editing Software

Uploads of short-form content on YouTube have grown 135% in Q2 of 2022 compared to 2021, according to Tubular Labs.

To keep up with this trend, you can use video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple’s Final Cut Pro oder iMovie to edit and enhance your YouTube videos, including adding music, sound effects, and special effects.

YouTube Thumbnail Makers

If your account is verified, you can add a custom video thumbnail on YouTube.

And tools like Canva, Placeit, Und Adobe Express can help you create stunning YouTube thumbnail images for your videos that will increase your YouTube views and subscribers without design skills or expensive graphic design software.

Social Media Management Tools

Schedule and monitor your videos on YouTube and respond to comments as well with tools such as Hootsuite, Sprout Social, Buffer, or Later.

You may also use them to veröffentlichen your videos on other social media platforms, helping you to reach a wider audience and drive more traffic back to your YouTube channel.

YouTube Directories

Der YouTube Creative Directory contains lists of 15 collaborative partners for every stage of production and 5 affordable do-it-yourself platforms.

Meanwhile, the YouTube Services Directory can help YouTube creators, artists, media companies, and other content creators find service providers to help them grow their businesses.

Digital Analytics

Measuring your results starts with YouTube Analytics, which helps you understand your video and channel performance with key metrics and reports in YouTube Studio.

It incorporates the data and reports available in Google Ads, as well as Google’s lift measurement tools, which enable you to get fast, actionable results across the entire consumer journey.

And it includes Google Analytics, which collects data from your websites and apps to create reports that provide insights into your business.

Zusammenfassung

By now, you’ve learned the benefits of YouTube marketing, a two-step flow model for effective YouTube marketing, and seven types of marketing tools that should be in your toolkit.

So, is that enough storyboarding? Are you ready to shoot something?

Well, before you do, you may want to read 10 YouTube Marketing Strategies & Tips (With Examples).

Of course, you can always shoot first and ask questions later. But it never hurts to learn lessons from other brands that have developed content strategies that have resonated with 21st-century consumers.

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