Over the past year, I have discovered the value of video marketing. I have been learning how to edit, optimize and upload my own videos which is a rewarding experience.

You do not have to be the next James Cameron to create an entertaining video that generates many views and increases traffic to your site. Below, are some video marketing tips and stats that I have learned.

The basic idea behind using video is to drive traffic to your website/blog and create brand identity. Video marketing will help your website ‘ranking‘ and page results on Google, Yahoo and all other search engines.

The growth of online video has been dramatic. The power of video marketing can put your art business on the map and shouldn’t be ignored!

Having served over 1.73 billion views, YouTube is the favorite when searching for online video. YouTube ranks #2 for search engines after Google.

How to Make Video Marketing Work for You

  • Make Videos Geared Toward Your Audience:
    • Target your niche
    • Demonstrations
    • How to
    • Product reviews
    • Interviews
  • Create a Video Title that Stands Out:
    • Use ‘keywords’ within the title
    • For Search Engine Optimization (SEO) purposes use key words that are applicable to your product, service or brand.
  • Tag & Categorize for Video Search Engine Optimization:
    • Use words or tags that users most likely will be searching for on the web.
    • Add as many keywords as you can and try and match to existing content – this helps your video become ‘recommended’ in the sidebar.
    • Tags are important for SEO purposes.
    • Video optimization is becoming more important as mainstream aspect to search engine optimization.
  • Less is more:
    • Keep your videos to 5 minutes or less for your best chance of creating a highly-viewed video.
    • Research has found that people’s attention span begins to wander after only 8 seconds – keep it short so you don’t lose them.
  • Brand Yourself in your Video:
    • Video is a sure way to create brand awareness within your industry.
    • Be sure and mention your brand/artist name and or logo.
  • Create Your Own YouTube Channel:
    • This is your first step towards becoming a video creator.
    • The opportunity to create a profile for yourself and your content, and link back to your website URL.
  • Promote Your Video:

Below is an example of one of my videos on YouTube.

With these compelling statistics, artists should consider using video marketing. Be smart and optimize your video content by understanding your niche market and engage with your viewer. Do your best to post relevant and entertaining videos.

Good luck! Lori


For more information on video marketing check out: Master New Media, Marketing Jive, Lawrence Bland’s Blog

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by Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of FineArtTips.com, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.

32 thoughts on “How Artists Can Use YouTube Video to Improve Marketing

  1. Chis says:

    Another great article! Really liked the video you put up and agree with YouTube and HD videos are the way to generate traffic and increase brand identiity.


  2. Ron Guthrie says:

    Hi Lori,
    Good article…I’ve been thinking about just this very subject in promoting my website so your presentation here was pretty timely. Enjoyed watching the bird come to life.


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      • Rory Howard-Kyan says:

        Hello Lori,

        I followed you on Stumbleupon the other day, I’m interested in your content. I work for a smal creative marketing company and I share marketing/social media blogs that I also feel you might find useful! I hope to connect with you soon on stumbleupon – user: creatrixmarket


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  10. JeanGerard says:

    I’ll translate your post and put it on my blog Art2dot0.com.

    I find video very interesting and fun but time consuming. I use iMovies and spend a lot of time trying to create short films to promote my activity.

  11. Maria Brophy says:

    Lori, I haven’t seen many articles written with this information. Thank you – it’s very informative! We started doing youtube videos to market the art my husband does, about 3 years ago. It’s been very effective, and it’s fun to do, too.

    I agree that keeping it short is important. I try to keep them under 3 minutes – people have such short attention spans these days!

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  14. Kathy Howard says:

    What a nice video! I didn’t even think of searching videos when I was searching for elements for a still life. I did image searches to get ideas how the fruits really look and how others have painted them. I don’t know when I have painted a still life, but I did it on the top of a 6 inch by 2.25 inch butter dish, when I couldn’t find what my brother wanted and I could afford as a Christmas gift.

    I know that sharing a how-to-video isn’t the main reason for posting a video, but anyone can make a connection with a potential customer by being open and sharing with others. You definitely know how to connect with people.

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  19. Nela says:

    I’ve read this article of yours before, but it took me a while before I managed to create and publish my first video! I don’t have proper equipment and found working with what I have quite frustrating so I don’t know if I will continue doing it.. also it’s not easy for me to act natural in front of the camera, my face is frozen and I can’t smile the way I normally do! Bottom line, video is hard! :) it may give great results but the time investment is significant, at least until you get the hang of it I suppose.

    I love your videos, they look great.

    • Lori McNee says:

      Hello Nela, yes video is hard! I am such an amateur at it myself, so thank you for the nice words about my videos :) Like anything, it takes practice. I haven’t made on in quite a while, and I will be rusty. But, I have a few I will be making after the holidays are over. Good luck!

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