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How Brands Use YouTube in a Multichannel Strategy

Elise Ngobi
February 14, 2020
Last Updated On
April 3, 2023
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Content in motion is on the rise across visual channels this year. Brands are finding new ways to incorporate video content into everything from email marketing to Pinterest, but YouTube is surprisingly still uncharted territory for some brands. So, how are brands successfully incorporating the video medium into their multichannel strategy?

Content doesn't have to be recent to resonate with your audience.


YouTube is the world’s third most used website, behind Google and Facebook, and it’s the second largest search engine after Google. Considering YouTube is solely video, its share of online usage is huge. 73% of U.S. adults use YouTube on their mobile devices, compared with 69% for Facebook, 37% for Instagram and 28% for Pinterest, and the percentages continue to fall from there for other platforms such as LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, and Reddit.

YouTube dominates in terms of content consumption, with 2 billion active users, and 1 billion hours of content viewed per day. That said, there are still many brands out there for which YouTube is a horizon yet to be explored—a distant land where the locals speak in different metrics, the sun rises and sets according to a different algorithm, and the engagement window lasts forever. The gulfs between brands’ subscription figures only solidify this notion. Across established brands, some have millions of subscribers, while others have just a handful.

YouTube presents the opportunity for brands to deepen their connection with consumers through storytelling and education. With brands investing in video content across marketing channels, YouTube is where your long-form content should live before you slice and dice it for other mediums. This means that you can maximize your content, while creating a consistent visual story across channels.

We looked at some of the leading brands’ YouTube channels to see how they’re using the biggest video search engine in the world as part of their multichannel marketing strategy.

Long-form Brand Messaging

YouTube offers brands the chance to tell their story without cutting out the details. It’s every brand marketer’s dream to have a platform where you can share an unfiltered, uncropped, untrimmed narrative of your brand’s message, mission, and core values.

Google


Shopify


Gillette


Spotify

Lights, Camera, Product Education!

Beauty brands are often ahead of the curve when it comes to adopting different formats and branching out to multiple channels — and YouTube is the perfect place to educate customers on products and how to use them. But it’s not just beauty brands leveraging YouTube — brands across industries are creating compelling videos to tap into audiences’ eagerness to learn and get lost in a never-ending stream of video content.

NARS


Fenty Beauty


OUAI Haircare


Huda Beauty


Behind the Scenes

Behind-the-scenes content performs well across the board. Brand fans love getting a behind-the-scenes look into the world of their favorite companies, especially when it involves some familiar faces from Hollywood. This is a minimal effort tactic that can make a big impact on your reach. 

Vogue


Puma


The Ellen Show


REVOLVE


The Birth of Influencers

YouTubers were arguably the first influencers. Bloggers who were early to the YouTube game amassed millions of followers and some have created successful brands of their own. Brands are using their star power and cult followings to create viral videos of their own.

Vogue


Nike


Allure


Sally Hansen


Series

With or without influencers, series offer  comfortable cadence and regularity of TV, but on-demand, and not too long. Series topics vary from fireside chats, interior design, clothing hauls, time-travelling through trends — the possibilities are endless. 

Urban Outfitters


Allure


Pretty Little Thing


Cosmopolitan


Shopify


Architectural Digest


In an ideal world, brands will be where their customers are. This means that brand marketers will have a grasp of the social media demographics they want to reach, and will know where their customers spend their time online, what their favorite apps are, and what types of content they like to engage with. YouTube is one part of the journey to an impactful multichannel strategy, but its potential for engagement offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity for brands to build deeper, longer lasting connections with their fans.

Use Dash Hudson To Support YouTube Strategy 

Dash Hudson can be your YouTube account’s most effective tool. Brands need a comprehensive marketing tool that can take your video content through all stages — from planning, to posting, to measurement. 

Sophisticated social marketers can use the Scheduler tool to map out and plan their content, while Video Topic Segmentation lets you sort your content into custom segments, by what performs well, by content pillars, and more. Competitive Insights and Benchmarking let your brand set goals in relation to industry competitors, review their best-performing content

From there, marketers can measure their performance and surface valuable data that help inform your strategy at every stage.

FAQs

How to repurpose YouTube videos for TikTok?

Often, the YouTube content you produce will be too long for TikTok — to repurpose content for TikTok, select 30-60 second clips and trim your video content. From there, be sure the video is sized for TikTok (1080 by 1920 pixels), and add a TikTok Trending Sound

Can I use YouTube videos without permission? 

While you can’t necessarily use any YouTube video without permission, ‘Fair use’ means that certain copyrighted material can be used without obtaining permission from the creator. However, brands can reach out and request that you remove their video from your site (or wherever else you might share it) if they can prove why the video doesn’t qualify for an exemption from copyright. 

Can a YouTube brand account have multiple channels? 

Yes, brands can have multiple channels. Brands might want to introduce new channels to focus on a charitable foundation, a different region, or content with a different goal than their main channel. To add a second channel, simply head to the YouTube channel switcher and select ‘Create New Channel’, then go through the usual steps to create a YouTube channel for your brand.

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