>>PART 1 of a 2-part article on branding your YouTube. << Before even posting a video, it is important that your YouTube page best represents what you will be posting. It doesn’t matter whether you are an actor, restaurant, hotel, medical device company or non-profit.
People are only really given 10 seconds (if they are lucky) to impress and it begins with the information and the visual representation of your YouTube page.
YouTube Channel Name
You need to think about the name you pick for your station. It should be a name that represents you (and isn’t ideally taken, as you won’t be able to use the same name as someone else). This could range from your personal name, company name, a stage name to the name of a specific product you provide (this can also include the name of your Vlog, if that is the purpose of your YouTube station). It is important to think of your name on YouTube like a good URL name.
If the name is already taken, you can think about what the focus is of your videos or the location. For example, if there is already a page called XYZ (and it is the same as yours) then try XYZBoston or XYZVideo. Now if XYZ is a large company, you will want to revisit the name overall. Either way, people will know you by this Channel name so make it good!
Next, you want to think about what best visually represents you/your channel. This visual representation needs to be shown in your profile image as well as cover page in order to be properly branding your YouTube channel.
YouTube Profile Image
If it is for a company, stick with your logo as that is what is your primary bit of marketing collateral that people recognize you with. If your channel is based on you as an individual presenter or a few presenters, use a personal picture. You are your own logo at this point and you are your own branding as you are directly providing the service (ex. tips/tricks, entertainment)
The other thing you can do is create a professionally staged photo and incorporate the proper typography. You see these types of images all of the time for podcasts.
Here are some examples of professional staged photos with typography work:
YouTube Cover Page
It needs to represent what you do or talk about. It should have the same energy, creativity, conceptual thinking as what goes into your videos (this is the first thing people see when they visit your channel after all).
It could be a collage of images from the different videos you have, it could be an image of the product/service you provide or of you/your team. It is all about what message you are trying to convey and what is the purpose of your channel.
We also recommend the name of the station/company/persona the channel has to do with and the official website (if one exists) listed on the cover page. The text can also encourage people to subscribe to the channel!
Also, try to be as consistent as possible to other branding that already exists online. For example, both Twitter and Facebook also have you create a profile image and cover page. For brand continuity sake, try to make all profile images and cover-pages the same across all social media. This is your branding/voice and you want to make sure it is consistent, not scattered and random as it reflects on the work you do!
YouTube Channel Trailer
A nice feature that YouTube has implemented in channels, is the ability to have a featured video that will auto-play anytime someone visits the channel. This is great if you are trying to pitch yourself to your ideal audience. You can create a YouTube Channel Trailer that quickly talks about the value of your channel, who you are and how they can benefit from subscribing.
We would recommend a video between :30 seconds and 1:30. 1:30 is for a video that has multiple engaging elements that gives someone a reason to watch. If it is just you talking to the camera, keep it to :30 seconds. You can do a lot in :30 seconds in order to be properly branding your YouTube channel.
Here is an example of a great featured intro video:
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|For more than a decade, Evin Charles Anderson has explored the intersection of performance, production and promotion. As the CEO and Creative Partner of Waverley Knobs, featured in Lifehack and CEO Blog Nation, he helps clients shape, shoot and share unique and engaging brand stories that inspire action, innovation and change. Evin’s independent, Hollywood and commercial film experience and marketing expertise means he not only knows how to visually tell a story for his clients, he knows how to position that story for real-world impact and business results.
In addition to running Waverley Knobs, Evin is a professional actor and director, as well as co-creator of the podcast Branch Out: THE Marketing and Digital Media Podcast. He also teaches acting, directing and marketing classes for the City of Cambridge in Massachusetts. Evin’s film Paperthin has been featured at The Magwill Film Festival in California, and Waverley Knobs’ short film, The Heist, has been featured in Examiner and MobileMovieMaker.