In this week's Producer Tip we talk about capturing good audio for your videos, but we also talk about engaging with viewers in the comments section of your videos. Even if you get so many comments that it's impractical for respond to them all, at least try to respond to some of them every time. It humanizes you and even those who never comment see your engagement and perceive you as being someone who's reachable, someone who listens to them, and invites interaction. It will only spur other viewers to engage and feel like they're a part of your video.
Engaging The Community Around Your Videos
We asked our Facebook friends to give us their best tips for online video, and they came through with flying colors. Here are a couple of the best video producer tips we received:
- Vickie suggested: "Do not use camera microphone. Use an external mic or even have it go into the audio recorder if your camera doesn't have a jack." I love it, because camera microphones are very, very poor.
- Jayce added: "Do all you can to get comments, likes, and video responses within the first 48 hours of publishing. This greatly helps YouTube rankings." Yes it does! Another good tip.
If you want to leave a comment on our video with your own producer tip, or even create a video response, over the coming weeks we'll pick one or two of the best to be featured in our weekly producer tip video.
The Importance Of Responding To YouTube Comments
The comments section of YouTube is what really humanizes you, which helps the audience feel like they're engaging and interacting with you. Even if you get, like, hundreds of thousands of comments on your videos–where it's just impractical to respond to every single one, at least say, "hey, I'm going to respond to the first 500 comments."
And these people who are coming after the 500, at least they feel like you were actively trying to engage and be a part of them. And the people who watch a video but never actually leave a comment, at least they may see that you're engaging with other people. It makes them feel as if they're a part of something, and that you value them as the audience.
So definitely comment. And it's so much fun, I mean… why wouldn't you?
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For this week’s Creator’s Tip I actually went to you guys on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/reelseo and I said, “Hey, give me some of your best tips for people who create online video. What do you got?” We got a couple good responses from you guys. I’m going to share with you my two favorite ones. The first one here is from Vickie and she says, “Do not use camera microphone. Use an external mic or even have it go into the audio recorder if your camera doesn’t haven’t a jack.” And I love it because yes, camera microphones are very, very poor. They fail epically.
Jayce shares, “Do all you can to get comments, likes, and video responses within the first 48 hours of publishing. This greatly helps YouTube rankings.” Yes, it does and I love the comments. Guys so comment below and share your Creator Tip that you have for us. Maybe we’ll highlight it in an upcoming week. Or better yet, why don’t you just click right there and leave a video response and then maybe in the next coming weeks we’re going to pick one of them and feature you guys as one of the Creator’s Tips creator expert people and you’ll get full credit and everything, link to your YouTube channel.
I really liked his advice about the comments because the comments section on YouTube is what really humanizes you and what helps your audience really feel like they’re engaging and interacting with you. And even if you get like hundreds of thousands of comments on your videos, which is like impractical to respond to every single one, at least say hey, I’m going to respond to the first 500 comments. At least people who are coming after the 500, at least they feel like you’re actively trying to engage and being a part of them.
And the people who watch the video who would actually never leave a comment, at least they see that you’re engaging with other people. It makes them feel like they’re a part of something and that you value them as the audience. So definitely comment. And it’s so much fun. I mean, why wouldn’t you?