What's the difference between a viral video campaign that gets millions of views, shares, and likes and an equally valuable one that languages in the backwaters of YouTube? Daniel Harmon is the co-founder and the creative visionary of the Harmon Brothers. You may not have heard of the Harmon Brothers but they're a big deal. The agency has delivered over 1.4 billion video views—that's B, billion—with over $350 million in consequent sales to their client lists which includes brands like Squatty Potty, Purple, Chatbooks, FiberFix, and Poo-Pourri. On this episode number 194, Daniel will reveal the Harmon Brothers' unique approach to a viral video, which has been so successful that they've launched online courses teaching their techniques at the Harmon Brothers University, and published a book explaining their methods, From Poop To Gold. If you've ever wondered if there's a proven formula for creating a viral ad, stick around because you're about to learn from someone who's basically unlocked the secret to success with a viral video and bottled it.
Some of the biggest influencers and internet celebrities of the 21st Century rose to fame via YouTube. While you may think that they happened to get lucky by being in the right place at the right time, there’s actually a lot of work and smarts that goes into a successful YouTube strategy. YouTube has a tremendous audience and is the second largest search engine after Google, so it pays to understand what makes the YouTube algorithm tick, and then to create, optimize, and to format your content in ways that most appeal to the algorithm. One man who lives and breathes YouTube is Derral Eves. Derral is the founder and CEO of Creatus and of VidSummit. He’s also one of the first people to be a YouTube-certified expert in audience growth. One of Derral’s claims to fame in the world of viral videos is Squatty Potty’s pooping unicorn ad which won a Webby award and which he produced. This episode number 190 is packed with massive value for anyone who ever uploaded a video to YouTube or plans to. Derral and I will be diving deep into video content, YouTube algorithms, recommendation engines, and even AI. With this knowledge, YouTube will surely become one of your best marketing weapons. Now, on with the show.
For years, you've probably heard people say that you should be using video in your marketing. It makes sense. After all, YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google. If you don't have a YouTube strategy, you're missing out on a ton of traffic and a massive opportunity to promote your brand. While creating video content is cheaper and easier than ever, it can still be intimidating if you're unfamiliar with the medium or if you're a perfectionist like me. If you're ready to unlock the power of video marketing, keep reading because this episode is going to be a masterclass from a true expert. Sunny Lenarduzzi has been called a master marketer by Entrepreneur.com. She's helped brands like Hootsuite develop winning social media and video strategies and she runs her highly successful YouTube channel, which has amassed over 260,000 followers and has been praised by Forbes. From scripting to why you need a loyal community of fans, Sunny will be revealing tried and tested techniques to help you leverage video to its maximum potential.
YouTube is the second most popular search engine after Google. If you’re advertising anywhere online and you’re not advertising on YouTube, you are missing the boat. This episode number 155 is a deep dive into YouTube Advertising best practices. We’ve covered this topic before. All the way back in Episode 32, we had Tommie Powers also known as Tommie Traffic talking about how he built an eight-figure empire off of YouTube advertising. It’s a great episode. In this episode with Tom Breeze, who is an agency owner that specializes in YouTube advertising, it’s a wholly different perspective and I think you’re going to enjoy it. Tom Breeze is the Founder and CEO of Viewability, which specializes in YouTube advertising and boasts an impressive client list of international personal and corporate brands. Viewability is now the world’s largest performance-based YouTube advertising company.
When you embed a YouTube video on your page, don’t let it autoplay. Instead, make sure your viewers need to click to start the video. This may seem counter-intuitive, but YouTube doesn’t count any viewing activity for embedded videos that autoplay. If your website’s visitors manually start the video, you get the credit you deserve for the time they spend watching it. Jeff Martin, the Senior Vice President of Search and Social at Touchstorm, joins me to share this and many more tips related to YouTube. In this super tactical episode, we talk about all things YouTube including keyword tools, search ranking trackers, optimizing your thumbnails, the importance of descriptions, and whether having your YouTube content translated is worth the extra effort.