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This Is How Successful YouTubers Run Their Channels

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 December 10, 2019

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

Highly motivated employees are essential to the success of any business. Most people spend a third of their lives at work.[1] That’s a significant amount of time away from home, apart from the people who make us happy and the things we love to do. So keeping employee motivation high is essential for creating an office environment that gets the best out of our people.

But do you know what motivates your people?

It’s simple:

  • Is their work stimulating?
  • Does it challenge them?
  • Is there room to grow, a promotion perhaps?
  • Do you encourage creativity?
  • Can they speak openly and honestly with you?
  • Do you praise them?
  • Do you trust your staff to take ownership of their work?
  • Do they feel safe in their work environment?
  • And more importantly, do you pay them properly?

Every one of these factors contributes to the general happiness of your employees. It’s what motivates them to come into the office each day and work hard, hit goals, and get results.

In contrast, an unmotivated employee is typically unhappy. They take more sick days, they’re not invested in seeing your business succeed, and they’re always on the lookout for something better.

Stats show that 81 percent of employees would consider leaving their jobs today if the right opportunity presented itself.[2] So it’s up to you to set aside time and energy to create a work environment that benefits every one of your employees.

These seven strategies will help you motivate your people to consistently deliver quality work and, more importantly, to stick around for the long term.

1. Be Someone They Can Rely On

You rely on your people to turn up to work each day, to come to you when they have a problem they can’t solve, to be honest, and to always engage professionally with customers.

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But this is not a one-way street. You, too, need to be someone your team can rely on. They trust you to have their backs when a client is unreasonable, to know that the decisions they make are in your best interest, and to make good on your promises.

If you say you’ll attend an important meeting, be there. If your company makes a profit and you’ve said you’ll pay a bonus, pay it. The goodwill of your people is something you never want to test, let alone lose.

Be reliable; it’s astounding how much this motivates your people.

2. Create an Awesome Company Culture

There’s no denying that company culture trickles down from the top. Your leadership and attitude massively influences the attitudes, work ethic, and happiness of your staff. If you’re always stressed-out, overly demanding, and unreasonable, it’ll create tension in your office which will adversely affect your employees’ motivation levels.

In fact, the HAYS “US What People Want Survey” found that 47 percent of staff who are actively looking for a new job, pinpoint company culture as the driving force behind their reason to leave.

So if you have high staff turnover, you need to determine whether your company culture might be the motivating factor behind your churn rate.

Here are four ways to build a culture that keeps your employees highly motivated.

  • Be conscious of the image you present. Your body language and attitude can positively or negatively impact your employees. So come to work energized. Be optimistic, friendly, and engaging—this enthusiasm will spill over to your people and motivate them to be more productive and efficient.
  • Appreciate your people and be reasonable. Celebrate your team’s achievements. If they’re doing a good job, tell them. Encourage them to challenge themselves and try new things. And reward when deserved. If they’re struggling, help them. Work together to find solutions and be a sounding board for their ideas.
  • Be flexible. Give your people opportunities to work remotely—this is highly motivating to staff, particularly millennials. They don’t want to be battling traffic each day on their way to work. They don’t want to miss their kids’ baseball games or ballet rehearsals. Stats show that companies that offer flextime and the ability to work from home or a coffee shop have happier and more productive employees.
  • Create employee-friendly work environments. These are spaces that inspire and ignite the imagination. Have you ever been to Google’s offices? No headquarter is the same. From indoor slides and food trucks, to hammocks, and funky work pods on the wall, gaming rooms, and tranquil interior gardens, there’s something for everyone. It’s a space where people want to be, catering to their need for creativity, quiet, or team building; you name it.

So take a look at your company culture and ask yourself, Is my business an attractive workplace for talented professionals? Does it inspire commitment and motivate my people? What could I do to improve my company culture?

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3. Touch Base with Your Team Weekly

Make time for your people, whether you run a remote business or work in an office, set aside time each week to talk to your people one-on-one. It’s non-negotiable.

When there’s an open line of communication between staff members, work gets done. Don’t believe me? A study by Gallup found that 26 percent of employees said feedback from their leaders helps them to do a better job.[3]

Your people want to feel trusted. They want to take ownership of their work, but they also need to know that when they have a question, they can reach out and get answers. If you’re unwilling to make yourself available, your team will quickly become unmotivated, work will stagnate, and your business will stop growing.

So block off time on your calendar each week to touch base with your people, even if only to let them know that what they’re working on matters.

4. Give Them the Tools They Need to Do Their Jobs Well

Imagine trying to run your business without electricity. How would you contact your clients? What would happen when your phone or computer battery died?

Technology is super critical to the success of your businesses. It allows you to work more efficiently, to be more productive, and to handle matters on-the-go. That’s why you need to give your people tools that will make their jobs easier.

Make sure their equipment is in good working condition. There’s nothing more frustrating than a laptop that takes ages to boot up. It’s got to go. Replace outdated software with new software. Don’t make your designer work in Coreldraw; give them access to the most up-to-date version of Adobe Creative Suite. Take it a step further and buy them a subscription to Shutterstock or Getty Images.

Make working for you a pleasure, not a pain; and watch your employees’ motivation levels rise.

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5. Provide Opportunities to Learn and Upskill

Would you believe me if I told you that 33 percent of people cite boredom and a need for new challenges as the top reason for leaving their job?[4] If you want to retain your talent, you need to upskill.

Thanks to technology, we live in a rapidly evolving world that demands we change with it. A copywriter is no longer just a writer; they now need to be experts in SEO, Google Adwords, CRMs, and so much more.

A pastry chef needs to be a food stylist, photographer, and social media manager. An entrepreneur needs to be a marketer—or at least take ownership of the marketing message for their business—if they hope to scale.

Technology makes all of this possible. No matter your location, your people can continuously expand their knowledge and gain new skill sets—something that’s highly motivating to employees. They want to know that there are opportunities to grow and develop themselves.

If you won’t invest in your people, then your business becomes just another job to tide them over until they find where they truly belong. So be the company that sees value in developing its people.

6. Monitor Their Workload

Overworked employees tend to be unproductive and unhappy. Your people cannot be at full capacity every day, month to month. Something’s got to give. They’ll become deflated and their work will eventually suffer, which will negatively impact your business.

What I like to do is implement a traffic light system. It helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of my business. So there’s red, yellow, and green:

  • Red means they’re fully loaded.
  • Yellow means they’re busy, but they can potentially take on more.
  • Green means they haven’t got enough to do.

I use this traffic light system because I don’t want my team members to be stressed out of their brains all the time. If they are, they won’t make good decisions and they won’t do good work.

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If my people are regularly overloaded, I have things to think about. Perhaps I need to hire a new person to help ease the load or take a closer look at what projects are good to go, and which can take a back seat.

And this is why #3 is essential. If I’m regularly engaging with my people, I’ll know that while they’re coping with their workload, it is impacting their performance and health, and I’ll take action.

7. Don’t Mess Around with Your Employees’ Pay

Never mess around with your people’s salary. As a business owner or high-level manager, it’s easy to forget that most people live from paycheck to paycheck. Delayed compensation can mean a missed bill payment, which could result in costly penalties they can’t afford or hits to their credit score.

So it’s your job to ensure that you pay your people on time.

The Bottom Line

A motivated team is an asset to any business. These people never give up. They get excited about coming to work each day and can’t wait to test a new theory or tackle a particularly tricky challenge. They’re proud of the work they do. And more importantly, they have no reason to leave.

Wouldn’t you rather be part of their success story than the business that drove them away?

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