March 28, 2014Published by: Steph Bennett

Tips for Preparing for #BattenVEDA


In the countdown to #BattenVEDA we’ve pulled together some top tips to ensure that you’re fully prepared to get the most out of your vlogging experience this April. Whether you’re new to YouTube or not, it’s always good to check you’ve got all angles covered.

Your YouTube Channel - How do you look?

It’s time to check your appearance and we’re not just talking about you as the vlogger. So, facepacks, hairdresser appointments and beauty sleep aside, you need to make sure every aspect of your YouTube channel is looking great and working to your advantage.

  1. Customise your YouTube URL - Make it easy for people to find you on YouTube as those auto-generated URLs are long, complicated and not really very pretty.

  2. Choose a profile image / avatar - This the first thing people see when searching for you, when you appear in their subscriptions feed and when content is shared to other platforms.

  3. Add a cover image - Make the most of the opportunity to add a touch of personality to your channel showing the world who you are and how you want to be seen.

  4. Get connected - Showcase your presence on other social media networks, blogs and websites right on your cover image. Simply click the edit button in the top right hand corner of your cover image and you’ll be presented with the option of custom links for you website or blog by adding their name and URL.

  5. About You - Introduce yourself in a punchy but informative way and give people good reasons as to why they should watch your videos.

  6. WaterMark - Consider adding a branded watermark in the form of your avatar on to all of your videos. This watermark doubles up as subscribe button which links viewers directly to your channel home page. You can add your own by going to going to to Video Manager, Channel Settings, InVideo Programming.

Your Social Networks - Have you told anyone you’re there?

One of the main reasons we’ve started #BattenVEDA is to build a community for vloggers taking part in the VEDA challenge. The more people that know you’re taking part and where to find you, the more views your videos will receive on YouTube.

  1. Share your YouTube channel - Make the most out of your existing following on social media channels let your friends, fans and followers where they can find you on YouTube and how to subscribe to your channel.

  2. Post links to your vlogs on social media - Each time you upload a video to YouTube for #BattenVEDA, share it on social media too. Tweet it, Pin it, make an Instagram or Vine trailer to entice people to your channel and get them to see the great video content you’re producing.
  3. Use keywords and hashtags - Using keyword tags on your videos will allow YouTube users find you more easily. We would totally recommend using your channel name as one of the keywords as this will help viewers find other videos you produce in the suggested viewing list. Equally, use hashtags on the key topics you’re talking about and of course #BattenVEDA.

Your Tools - What will you use to edit and upload your vlogs?

The tools of the trade vary from vlogger to vlogger but there are some things that are essential for everyone who chooses to vlog: a camera, editing software, memory cards and batteries.

  1. Select your camera - There are no rules as to which camera you should use to vlog so try out a few options and see what works best for you. If you’re vlogging from home or your desk, you could use your laptop or a digital camera or if you’re on the move, a smartphone is a great way to vlog.

  2. Editing tools - YouTube offers it’s own editing suite if you don’t have your own software at home which is pretty intuitive to use. If you prefer to edit on your laptop or PC, basic tools such as MovieMaker and iMovie are a good starting point. And again, if you’re on the move there is an iMovie app which is very cool.

  3. Memory cards & Batteries - There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of memory or battery power when you’re trying to vlog so make sure you always have space available to film and a charger on hand to keep you powered up.

#BattenChat - Let’s talk more about vlogging

For more vlogging tips and tricks join us for #BattenChat hosted by @Battenhall and @StephsBubble every Monday at 8pm throughout April. Our first #BattenChat will take place on Monday 31st March. We’d love you to join us.

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