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This Is How Successful YouTubers Run Their Channels

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This Is How Successful YouTubers Run Their Channels

I am in my thirties, not ‘old’ technically but I have had the good fortune of living through the technological boom. I have seen the before and after effects of these advances and watched the lives of my family and friends transform with these advances. To name a few:

  • the invasion of personal computers into our homes
  • the pervasiveness of easily accessible information
  • gone are the days of sitting through ads on the TV channels to catch a good movie or a series, thanks to the advent of DVRs
  • instant connectivity with people around the world. From text messaging, to phone calls, to video calls, social media and more
  • one of the biggest advances of all (in my opinion) – the invasion of YouTube into our lives.

I still remember getting on YouTube years ago and being fascinated with the different cooking videos that I was able to access. That soon led to the discovery of various other channels for crafts and activities and many other things. Now you can watch entire movies and TV shows and myriads of other things! With billions of users and viewers, it is no wonder that YouTube quickly turned into a business avenue for many folks. Millions of people now run successful channels on YouTube, some have monetized their channels and some have not. But the strategies to make the channels a smashing success remain the same.

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You can follow these strategies and have roaring success as well! These strategies will work for people who are looking to start their own YouTube channels as well as those that have started their channels but are struggling to get viewership and more.

  • Compelling Content

There is no substitute for this. The content you put on your channel HAS to be worth watching, not for you but for your intended audience! It has to draw the viewer’s attention to stay and watch the entire content. It is a known fact that the human attention span is only 8 seconds(lesser than that of a goldfish’s span of 9 seconds!). So if the video is not engaging in the first few seconds, you already have lost the viewer!! So ensure the content is engaging from the start to the finish and is so compelling that it makes the viewer want to leave a comment or reach out to you. I have seen all kinds of contents do well, if it is well-made – from tutorials, inspirational, informational, entertainment related, how-tos, reviews and many more.

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  • Customize your channel

Let’s say you produce good content and put it on your channel, but that is not enough. How do you ensure that your target audience can reach that content? Customize your channel so it reflects what your brand is. Have an introductory video that outlines what they can expect from your channel. Have a relevant channel name too. The more niche your channel is, the more easily it can stand out and draw the right target audience. Don’t try to be all things to all viewers!

  • Add relevant meta-data

Simply put, meta-data is information about your video and includes tags, description, thumbnails, category, title and even closed-captions. The more succinct, clear and concise you are with your meta-data entries, the easier it is for the YouTube algorithms to find your video and display it when searched for. Many people presume they can get away with misleading entries. Youtube penalizes such owners by barring their videos from playing. Another common mistake is to disregard the thumbnail entry. Thumbnails are like trailers to your movie. Again by creating a custom thumbnail that speaks relevantly to your video, you have a higher rate of success.

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  • Consistency and Frequency

Posting consistently and at a regular frequency is a must. It is perfectly fine to post a video only once a month, if that’s what you can do. But let your viewers know that ahead of time in your intro video and your channel description so they know what to expect. And then live up to your commitment. Posting too frequently feels like spamming. So maintain a healthy balance and STICK to the frequency you commit to.

  • Engage

In addition to posting videos, engage with your audience. Reply to comments and answer questions. Use the annotations feature on YouTube to get your audience to take action, such as click on a link to subscribe, or go to your website, to share or to even simply comment on the video. Once you get to a level of comfort with your audience, you can even seek audience feedback on recommendations and preferences.

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  • Social Media

Share your video on other social media platforms. Don’t rely on only YouTube’s search and suggested videos feature for people to find you. Additionally, remember YouTube is a social platform by itself! So engage with other YouTubers’ and comment on and share other relevant content. Build relationships with other YouTubers’ as well.

What other strategies have you used to climb the success charts on YouTube?

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Last Updated on August 25, 2021

Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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