YouTube can be a great springboard for film directors, bands and solo artists, designers and many others. If you plan on building your own image on the world’s largest video search engine, it’s vital to know how to draw reactions and feedback over your videos. Solid feedback means popularity plus it makes you better at what you do by outlining the weak points you need to further work upon. How to attract relevant feedback for your work? Here are some tricks and apps that will work for you.
First things first: obviously, YouTube has its own internal system for rating videos and jotting down reactions. However, any content maker who’s been there knows the thumbs up and down are scarcely satisfying or relevant. Comments, at their turn, tend to be fugitive and rarely constructive, but rather unrelated to the work. What to do if you need more valuable feedback?
Share your videos across social media
Take advantage of any social network you can popularize your videos to. The first step is to perform the automatic synchronization between your YouTube channel with the profile on Google +, Twitter, Orkut and others. This way all your uploads will be visible for your friends in any community, so that they can voice their opinion.
Have a feedback form on your videos
A lot of YouTubers seem to enjoy this new method of gathering feedback. It’s a short form linked in the description of the video that guides users to fill in a few fields with their thoughts over the particular video. The advantage of the feedback form is that you can direct visitors’ responses over the topics that you are interested in. It’s good to also ask them to opt in for a newsletter, so that you will enlarge your fan base. You can use an online form builder to create the form and host it without needing to put up a web page or server. Here is a short tutorial on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=OZJOPa6vchY
Embed your videos in forums and request appraisals
Discussion threads are excellent for gathering feedback. There are some forums around YouTube, where channel owners can discuss their work. The most prominent of these are: YouTube community forum, YouTube forums, YouTube talk. A good idea is to also search for niched forums related to your field of interest and chat upon your videos with professionals in the branch.
Post YouTube video responses
Give to get. Posting a video response to a popular broadcast in your own niche is beneficial for your exposure. A lot of people will click on it and, if it’s of good quality, you will get visitors to your channel too and feedback for other videos.
Use dedicated tools and apps
Involver is a great app that incorporates your YouTube channel as a tab on your Facebook page, just as the YouTube application does, and (the best part starts here) it creates an interactive forum where fans can comment, share and subscribe to all your video content. All these features are free. There is also a paid plan that enables you to post comments, sharing and subscription on your Facebook wall automatically or manually.
TubeGraph – it allows users to rate videos dynamically and mark the parts they enjoy best, instead of giving a global evaluation. While the video is playing, viewers can drag a slider up (to state they like it) or down (if they don’t like the part). The application assemblies the average of different users’ opinions in a graph that shows the most interesting parts of the video.
This guest post is submitted by Laura Moisei. She writes for 123ContactForm online form and survey builder. She enjoys blogging and keeping in touch with the latest tech news.