941 Marketing Challenge Day 16

Now here’s something we hope you’ll really like.” -Rocky (or was it Bullwinkle?)

Do you own a smart phone?

What about a laptop or monitor with a built-in webcam?

If so, then you have absolutely all the hardware you need to be doing YouTube marketing.

Fact: YouTube is the #2 search engine on the planet, processing over 3 billion searches a month. That makes it bigger than Yahoo, Ask, Bing, and AOL combined in terms of search volume.

Fact: YouTube reaches more 18-49 year olds per day than any broadcast or cable TV network.

Fact: Less than 10% of all US small businesses utilize YouTube marketing in any way (either paid advertising or video uploading).

Opinion: Nearly all the tax resolution videos on YouTube are weak, weak sauce.

Today, you’re going to spice things up and become the next YouTube superstar.

OK, maybe not. I mean, let’s be real, nobody goes to YouTube to watch videos about taxes, right?

Actually…

People search for all kinds of stuff on YouTube, including quite a bit of “help” and “how to” content. Bazillions of people treat YouTube just like they treat Google, and use it to look for solutions to their problems and challenges. On top of that, relevant YouTube videos naturally rank higher in Google searches because Google owns YouTube and they incorporate video into search results.

I definitely consider video to be sort of a second tier marketing tactic for professional services, but it is an important consideration these days. Not only is video marketing a direct search and SEO play, but it’s also a way for prospects and clients to get to know YOU. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I see tax professionals “hiding” online, without even a photo or their NAME listed on their own web site (seriously, that’s major marketing mishap, go fix it if that’s you).

Today, I want you to go claim your turf on YouTube. Go to YouTube, create a Google account if you don’t already have one, and create a channel.

Give your channel a service-specific name, maybe even a geographical name, too. For example, “Hampton Roads Tax Resolution” or “Northern California Small Business Tax Help”.

Today, that’s all you’re doing. So, no stress, no worry. You’re just creating a channel.

Tomorrow, we’ll make your palms sweat.