Authors: How to Effectively Use YouTube to Market Your books AND Position Your Expertise

I’ve had a YouTube channel for years. Until recently, I didn’t have a focused theme. I was all over the place uploading videos that addressed many topics.

Whatever struck my fancy, I would turn on my camera or iPhone and presto! a video was created.

Although some of my videos received thousands of views, the majority had under 100 views each.  Not a good return on investment for the time it takes to shoot a video and upload it.

The amount of work that goes into a video with 10 views compared to 10,000 views is the same.

This supports the philosophy to plan out marketing regardless of the avenues you choose.

YouTube is Powerful for Marketing

YouTube is one of the most powerful resources for marketing and visibility. However, as I discovered through careful analysis, it takes more, much more, than simply uploading videos.

My goal with my YouTube Channel and videos is to teach viewers how to market their books, sell more books and make more money in their business. With this in mind, I am adjusting my efforts to achieve greater results from my efforts. You will be well-served to do the same.

Be Clear on Your Purpose and Goals

To get the most out of your efforts you need to be extremely clear on the purpose of your channel.

You also need to optimize your videos with a few simple strategies including the title of your video, playlist names, description and call to action.

My focus is all about book marketing and sales. As I create content driven videos, my focus MUST be on the theme at hand. To do so will get me greater results and make it much easier for viewers to benefit from the content.

Video Title

Your title must appeal to your ideal viewer. Create a title that is accurate and clearly describes what people will see. If your videos are part of a series, or theme, add a common phrase  to the title.

For example, for my book marketing videos I start the title with either “Book marketing” or “Book marketing strategies.” This makes it much easier for those interested in book marketing to find the videos.


The playlist feature keeps your videos organized in a way that they are easier to find for your viewer. A playlist is a collection of videos.

Viewers usually enjoy watching more than one video on a topic. Playlists allow them to do so with ease. Playlists allow you to organize your videos into easy-to-find sections.


The video description is an important part of getting lots of views. Keep descriptions concise and compelling. Add in a link to your blog or website at the beginning of the description. Be sure to add in the http:// to the URL.

At the end of your description, add in a CTA – call to action. For example, if you have a giveaway that is directly related to the topic of the video, add that in at the end of the description. Granted, not everyone will take you up on the free offer, but even if 10% of viewers do, this can equate to lots of new subscribers over time.

Even though YouTube has a 5,000-character limit for descriptions, you don’t need to use all 5,000 characters. People want information fast and easy. Less is more in most cases.

Call to Action (CTA)

As the name implies, a CTA is designed to get viewers to take a specific action. You can have a CTA in the video and in the description. Admittedly, I have not utilized the CTA in videos as effectively as possible… until now. Moving forward, I plan to add a CTA to my videos, especially those about book marketing.

Something as simple as “Remember to subscribe to this channel” can result in your viewers taking action.

A CTA in your description can increase your subscriber list size by offering a high-value gift.

The bottom line is this, YouTube can be a great way to serve your market AND increase your influence. As with anything, the more strategic you are, the better.

Think through what you want to accomplish. It’s better to have fewer videos that are fully optimized rather than lots of videos that get you no results.

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Why Smart Authors Use Video to Gain Massive Visibility for their Books

For years I’ve thought of writing a memoir. Over ten to be exact. For the past several months I’ve finally got serious about writing a memoir and am now working on the first rewrite.

It’s been an interesting process. Very different than writing a business book. Yet, there are similarities with writing a business book and a memoir.  Actually, it doesn’t matter what type of book you write, there are “must do’s” any author should pay attention to.

  • Focus
  • Writing time
  • Editing
  • Rewrite
  • Marketing
  • Sales

Most authors are on-board with the writing part, but not always with the rest. Some will write their first draft and leave it at that while moving on to their next manuscript. What a pity. This kind of behavior results in no book sales. None. Zilch. Zip.

Successful Authors Do This

You won’t find me, or any of the successful authors I know buying into this type of mindset. Not at all. Actually, the successful authors I know don’t miss the marketing piece. Nor do they wait until their book is done to put a solid marketing plan together.

Here’s a fact: the reason most books never sell more than $100 in the lifetime of the book is because authors give little, if any thought, to how they will market their books.

What I'm loving about my memoir, is knowing that most of how I've marketed my other books applies to marketing the memoir.

High Numbers on Amazon

One area I shine is getting high rankings on Amazon with every book I’ve ever published. Not sure how to do this? Get my FREE report – Hit #1 on Amazon at It’s chock full of great information designed to help you sell more books.

Maybe you prefer to join me for a webinar on the topic of Hitting #1. This is also FREE. Click Here 

Speaking of selling more books, did you know video is one of the best ways to promote your books? Not only that, video is a great way for you to build community.

The stronger your community, the more books you will likely get in the hands of eager readers aka raving fans.

Video Facts

Here’s a few fun facts about video…

FACT! Enjoyment of video ads increase purchase intent by 97% and brand association by 139% ­- Unruly 

FACT!  By 2018, 79% of all Content online will be Video ­- ReelSeo

FACT!  Social Video gets shared 1200% more than links & text combined ­- Brightcove

FACT!  96% of B2B organizations use video in some capacity, of which 73% report positive results to their ROI ­- ReelSeo

FACT! Smart entrepreneurs are getting in the game of using video to market their businesses.

Because I know how important video is to market yourself as an author AND your books, I’ve joined together with video expert, Jeany Park for a one day, in-person training in Portland, Oregon on September 12, 2017.

During this content-filled event, you will learn exactly what you need to do to create power-packed videos and get lots of visibility in front of your ideal clients and readers.

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You will learn:

  • How to do DIY video yourself, and make it look professional
  • The right mindset behind visibility for video
  • How to write copy for video
  • How to brand yourself on video so you don't sabotage your business
  • Where to get the greatest results on visibility for your efforts
  • How to avoid the most common mistake entrepreneurs make when trying to become visible
  • Step-by-step implementation strategy to gain massive visibility
  • Hands-on video instruction, with YOUR SMARTPHONE

If you're an entrepreneur who is ready to gain lots of visibility through the power of video…this hands-on workshop is for you.  Information and registration at (5 spots left)

Jeany Park is the CEO and Founder of Compass Rose Video, a boutique videography agency based in Portland, Oregon, that helps small businesses to connect with their tribe and create massive lead generation by creating polished & effective marketing videos. She leads a team of talented videography professionals who are passionate and dedicated in their craft, and under Jeany’s leadership, partner with clients to help realize their vision into reality. Jeany started out as on camera talent for 15 years, was in the Acting Company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and is also a certified Life Coach. She lives in West Linn with husband Geoff, who’s the CTO of Compass Rose, and with their daughter, Hannah, who’s a Junior at Oregon Episcopal School.

Kathleen Gage is a woman of a certain age who is known as the “no-nonsense, common sense” online marketing strategist, speaker, author, product creation specialist, and owner of Power Up For Profits. Kathleen works with other woman of a certain age who identify as conscious entrepreneurs who are ready to quit playing small in order that they can get their signature message out in a BIG way through speaking, writing, information products and a targeted online presence.

Her clients are driven by making a difference through their own unique voice. As an early adopter of online marketing, Kathleen is known for cutting through the fluff and helping people leave their sob stories behind so they can stop focusing on the past and start looking towards the future. She speaks and teaches about what she believes are the core elements of a successful life: accountability, integrity, honesty, and living with passion and hope.

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The Power of Radio to Increase Your Influence

You’ve finally done it. You’ve written the book. You’ve created the information product. You’ve developed the workshop. book cover

You’ve also developed a nice promotional plan with radio being a primary way you’ll make your market aware of what you offer.

The challenge you feel is knowing how to get, and optimize, the interviews.

Here are a few key things that must be considered. You will gain more traction from any airtime you secure when you have a strong online presence.

Continually grow your online presence through social media channels, article marketing, blogging, guest blogging and other foundational steps to make it easy for people to find you through a simple Google search. The more content you have online, the easier it is for someone to Google your name and have ample opportunities to find your information.

By doing this, you can actually make the most of your radio opportunities. Recently, I was on a program sharing insights about being very visible to one’s market.  Shortly after the show aired I received an email message from a listener. She was very interested in my services.

I wasted no time hopping on the phone to have a conversation with her. Because she heard me on the show I didn’t need to ask the obvious question, “How did you hear about me?”

She actually offered this information. “I did a quick Google search and found lots of information on you. This made me realize I definitely needed to talk to you.”

Had I not had a great presence online (which I continually work on) she likely would not have been eager to contact me.

If you don’t have a strong online presence you would benefit greatly from putting daily effort into content distribution. Again, whether it be through social media channels, article marketing, blogging, guest blogging and any of the many ways to be seen online, do something daily to raise your visibility.

However, take a very targeted approach. As well, you need to diversify your efforts without spreading yourself too thin.

As you do this, also seek out opportunities to get on the air. Two excellent resources for this are Help a Reporter Out (  and Radio Guest List (

Before submitting your information consider the following:

  • What is the theme of the show?
  • What type of guest experts are the host and/or producer looking for?
  • Who listens…who is the audience?
  • How long is the interview?
  • Are there other guest experts being interviewed?
  • Will you be required to promote your segment? If so, what is expected?

By far, radio can be one of the best ways to gain visibility and promote a book, product or speaking engagement. However, you may not be able to overtly promote.

If this is the case, the best thing you can do is develop your storytelling ability. As you are asked questions, answer with a story.

For example, if you are an expert on health and nutrition with a newly released book, you can share case studies that you have written about in your new book.

If you are a mindset expert, you can give examples about how the listeners can expand their mindset with daily meditation with a subtle mention of the meditations you’ve created in your new info product.

Let’s say you are a dog trainer and you have a video series on the three top ways to leash train a rescue dog. This is where you can direct people to your video series.

The main thing with radio is to be engaging, entertaining and relaxed. The more you are able to do this, the easier it is to mention where people can get more information about you, and makes it a natural part of the conversation.

2 Experts On Video and Visibility

If you’re not in the game of video, you’re likely on an uphill climb for visibility. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, video is one of the best ways to build trust from your market.

Two of my colleagues have been using video very effectively for many years. Denise Wakeman and Brian G. Johnson both know the power (and profit) of video marketing.

Here's what Denise Wakeman has to say about  The First Step for Developing Your Video Marketing Plan

Nothing beats live video for creating buzz, engagement and amplifying your brand and message. You may also be considering using video for training, lead generation or customer support. As with developing any marketing strategy, you need to answer a few questions first:

  1. What’s the outcome you want to achieve by using video?
  2. Which video platforms will help you best achieve your desired outcomes?
  3. Which platforms does your audience spend the most time on?
  4. What resources do you have to create video?
  5. What do you want your viewers to do after watching your videos?

If you’re new to video, my suggestion is to keep it easy when you start. You don’t need to invest in expensive equipment right away. Use a webcam and your smartphone to learn the video tools you want to use to kick off your video adventure.

Denise Wakeman
Online Business Strategist

brianBrian G. Johnson is a master at using video to drive visibility, trust and traffic.

Here’s what he has to say about his experience.

For more than nine years I've been leveraging the power of video to drive visibility, trust and traffic and you can do the same! Today smart phones have made the process of creating and publishing video easy and with this simple tip you can ensure that videos you publish reaches a bigger audience.

By uploading videos that are optimized for YouTube search you create an archive of videos that are found months and years after you hit the upload button. If that is, you pay attention to what YouTube users are searching for and you incorporate those phrases into your videos, here's how.

Target YouTube Keyword Phrase

Prior to creating a video for my YouTube channel: I always research YouTube to understand the exact phrases that YouTube users are searching for when looking for videos similar to what I'll be creating.

When a YouTube user searches the site YouTube will provide search “suggestions” that I can target. Access these search suggestions by searching YouTube and you'll access a list of “suggested search terms”.

These suggestions are the very words and phrases that people are searching for on YouTube. I do this prior to creating any video, as it allows me to incorporate these words and phrases into the video I will create.

Incorporating The Target Phrase Into The Video

Once I have identified my target keyword phrase I mention that very phrase at the beginning of my video. Here's an example for a recent video:

“Are you wondered how to ethically influence people?”

I mention the phrase right at the beginning of the video. If a YouTube user searches for that phrase “how to influence people” and lands on my video, I want them to know in seconds that I'm going to give them exactly what they want.

Incorporating the Target Phrase Into YouTube Meta Data

Next, I create a short title for my video based on my target phrase. Simply add your target phrase into the title of your video. Next, I create a list of phrases that again contain my target phrase and I add those phrases as “tags”. Lastly, I incorporate my target phrase into my video description and upload.

By the way, this content is known as YouTube meta data and it helps YouTube to better understand what you're video is about. Furthermore, by focusing on one specific keyword phrases your making it easy for YouTube to understand and thus rank your video for that very phrase.

These three steps can lead to more visibility and traffic, they certainly have for me. However, before I leave you I feel it's important to mention what's most important. That is to create engaging videos that keep users watching. Do that and as you upload new videos to YouTube you'll create a powerful YouTube channel that become a huge asset for your business.


Brian G. Johnson


From zero opt-ins to 66% conversion rate with one change – video

Like many experts, I use Facebook advertising to drive traffic. In a recent campaign, I went from zevideo on pagero opt ins with one landing page to a 66% opt in rate with one simple change: adding video to the landing page.

We were targeting people who are NOT familiar with who I am or what I do. Without the video all they knew was someone “behind the curtain” wanted their name and email address.

With video, I became a real person to them. There was a much higher level of the know, like, trust factor.

From zero to 66%… that’s huge. Imagine if we hadn’t been willing to experiment with video on the landing page? We could have made all sorts of assumptions as to why people weren’t opting in.

The reality is this: video works.

Benefits of video :

  • Brand awareness
  • Easy to create
  • People become familiar with you and your message
  • You can build a loyal following

These are just a few benefits of using video in your overall marketing.

patI use video in many different ways – but one of my most favorite, and effective, are the impromptu videos I shoot with my I-phone. I use those to build the ‘know, like and trust’ factor. The content varies from health and wellness, through to public speaking tips, to travel recommendations.

These tend to be the videos that get the most interaction too – especially on FB. People like to see the real person.

Pat Mussieux
Business Consultant

Not in the game of video yet? Perhaps this will convince you it’s time; according to comScore, an online engagement tracking company, just over 45% of internet users viewed at least one video per month, and the average user is exposed to an average of 32 videos per month.

That’s one per day. Chances are, it’s even more. Think of your own video viewing behaviors.

It’s likely when you’re looking for a quick solution to an immediate problem you go right to YouTube. One search likely brings up a boatload of videos specific to your issue.

Whether it’s a video showing how to bake a cake, a meditation video, how to change a dryer belt, or a proven book marketing strategy, video draws in viewers. Check out the number of views on a video by Debra Berndt-Maldonado.

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Many people avoid using video in their overall marketing for a few simple reasons.

  • They claim they don’t have the right equipment.
  • They freeze when the record light goes on
  • They don’t realize how much opportunity they are leaving on the table

louVideo accelerates the sales process and gets you results faster, because video builds ‘know, like and trust' better than any other marketing tool.

According to Aberdeen Group, “Video users grow revenue 49% faster than those who don't use video.”

Lou Bortone

According to MavSocial, in one survey conducted by Demand Metric and Ascend2, when it comes to making use of videos in marketing, video is the preferred form of content used for building brand awareness (52%). It is followed by lead generation (45%) and online engagement (42%).

These numbers are huge.

  • Cute puppies
  • Playful cats
  • Pranks
  • Brand awareness
  • Push button marketing.

All of these are reasons people shoot video. Another reason is that instant stars are born. With shows like The Voice, all of the contestant’s performances are immediately available online. More than one contestant became an overnight sensation due to the number of views and downloads their star-level performance received.

Again, if you’re not in the game of video, isn’t it time. You can get started shooting video with your phone. The quality of video we can get from our Smartphones is incredible.

Video makes you money.

feliciaUse video to create a connection by allowing your personality to shine through. Someone recently told me they love watching me because I’m fun and thought-provoking. That has brought me sales – because people are paying attention to me, especially on Facebook. Last week I was asked to share a product for a good friend, but already had my own emails scheduled.

Instead, I went onto Facebook and shared the information there and ended up on the leaderboard – that means I was one of the top affiliates in the promotion. Why? Because when people are watching your videos, and liking them, and commenting on them, Facebook shows more of your posts to more of your friends. They pay attention. And when they pay attention, they can see your messages about buying from you.

But that’s ONLY if they LIKE you. They get to like you by “you being you” on video. That's the secret sauce to how it all works. So be the you that you are in real life, whether that's fun and silly, thoughtful and serious, loving and sweet, helpful and friendly, or some mixture of all of the above! Be you!

Felicia Slattery
Communication and Public Speaking Consultant

There are tools that make video management incredibly easy. My buddy, David Perdew, just released Simple Video Management System that makes managing your video simple. His system gets videos to play consistently across all browser and mobile devices AND you can effortlessly manage all your videos from one area.

Click here to get your own plug in.

Be watching for more video tips in upcoming posts.

Top 10 Trending Videos of 2014

Video has become one of the best ways to get your message out to market. There are videos for virtually anything you might have an interest in. Some are fantastic, while others leave a lot to be desired.

Video marketing is a hot trend that you should consider adding to your marketing mix if you have not already done so.

Do you know what the top 10 trending YouTube videos in 2014 were? Shira Lazar and Yousef Erakat, AKA FouseyTUBE, show you the hottest video trends (videos, channel and stars) of 2014! Including…

  • Top prank
  • Top wedding proposal
  • Top Channel
  • Top mainstream musician
  • Top mainstream celebrity
  • Top traditional brand
  • Breakout viral video of the year
  • Music video of the year
  • Music video parody of the year
  • Most viewed trend of 2014

Watch the full video about the top 10 videos at

You might be wondering why you should care. Here’s why; when you see what’s trending, the number of views the videos get and the number of subscribers a channel gets, it’s likely there is a great opportunity for the creators of the videos and channels to hear “Cha Ching!”

It’s always a great idea to pay attention to what’s grabbing attention. Who knows, you might get a few ideas before creating your next video.

Want to learn more about trends and how they impact you? Join me on January 15th at 4 p.m. Pacific for “2015 marketing Trends You Need to Know About.” This is a private event for Power Up Insider Club members. During this member-only webinar you will learn how to fully position your products and services in a way to ride the wave of hot trends.

Not a member? Join for only $27.

Not only will you receive weekly business growing lessons, you will also have a spot reserved for 2015 marketing Trends You Need to Know About Webinar.

This webinar will be recorded so even if you can’t make it live, you will get the replay. But! You must be a member of the Insider Club.

Have you watched this video?

Chances are you've received messages from friends saying, “You just have to see this!” while sharing the latest and greatest videos ranging from simple “how to” videos, cute animal videos, business training videos, spiritual videos, and everything in between.

There are incredible advantages to creating videos to spread your message to the masses. By far, videos are one of the best ways to build name recognition, create a following, become a recognized expert in your industry and so much more.

No one will argue that video is HOT! But what makes one video go super viral while others barely get seen? There is a definite formula for success.

There are billions of views every single day on YouTube. Then there are the videos hosted on websites, posted on social media and other video locations. It's mind boggling.

Imagine getting just a tiny bit of the daily views. 1/100th of 1% would be incredible for virtually anyone.

Let's assume you are creating business videos and you want lots of traffic. To get the most out of your efforts the following tips will make a huge difference.

1. Focus on current events. Videos that deal with current events and timely issues tend to do much better than those that are not relevant to what is happening in an industry, market or client-base.

2. Utilize keywords viewers search on. This is absolutely essential to the success of your video.

3. Controversy works. Think about the videos you are “drawn” to. Many likely have controversy as part of the appeal.

4. Make the videos engaging.

Not sure how to get the most out of your efforts. My buddy Lou Bortone definitely knows the latest and greatest about video creation and marketing. Actually, Lou is recognized as one of the earliest adopters of video and a world renowned and undisputed expert of video.

Lou created a short (get this) video series on how to create great videos; those that get watched, shared and create a buzz.

The video series is absolutely FREE so check it out while Lou has it available. Click here to access.

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