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This post was written by Benny Luo and originally appeared on NewMediaRockstars

One of the biggest things I see talked about in the online video industry is “driving views.” While having this ability is important and necessary to succeed, I believe that producing engaging content is more important in the long run. You can use every trick in the book to drive millions of views, but if your audience doesn’t engage with your content, views don’t matter much (at least in my opinion). With YouTube recently announcing that watch time and comments will be the focused measure in whether channels will be rewarded in the future, this makes the aforementioned more important than ever. So, without further ado, here are 5 ways to increase viewer engagement with your YouTube videos.

1. Be Dependable and Consistent

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It’s said by many that putting out content regularly is a great way to drive traffic to your YouTube channel. However, consistency is also important in increasing audience return rate, which thereby increases engagement. Craig Benzine (WheezyWaiter) told NMR that “The best way to increase engagement, in my opinion, is to be a dependable source of entertainment or information. People need to know that there is going to be follow up, and the way to get them to know that is by being consistent.” When we asked Jimmy Tatro (LifeAccordingToJimmy) on the best ways to stay consistent, he said to “Develop a schedule that your subscribers can rely on. If you’re going to post videos on a certain day, they’ll be expecting that every week; it’s all about consistency”

2. Converse with your audience

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Always find ways to talk to your audience outside of your videos. As Chris Thompson  (SupRicky06) told NMR, “Treat engagement online like a conversation in real life. There has to be two sides for it to work. Make sure you respond to your audience on your various social media pages, and you will see a vast improvement across all of your platforms.” As artists with an online presence, we at NMR feel it’s important to block out time every day that is strictly devoted to directly engaging with your audience. Remember: in the social media era, if you don’t engage with your audience, they won’t engage with you!

3. Utilized Annotations and Create a “Call-to-Action”

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Having your viewers watch your video from beginning to end should NEVER be your only end goal, in my opinion. You need to take advantage of the fact that viewers are watching your video. In simple terms, you need to make sure there is always a “call-to-action” after they watch your video; this can be as simple as telling your audience to subscribe and follow your social media accounts. The annotations feature offers a great way for you to add links within your video. While YouTube doesn’t allow external links in their annotations, you can use these opportunities to link your suscribe URL or to your other videos. See NMR’s example above.

4. Check out the YouTube Live Streaming Feature.

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Fullscreen Senior Talent Manager Abe Lim told NMR, “A great new feature YouTube has enabled for partners is YouTube Live Streaming. With YouTube Live Streaming, you are able to connect with new and committed viewers on your channel.” Taking advantage of this valuable tool allows you to connect with your subscriber base live, thereby increasing discussion and more views on your channel.

5. Daypart your YouTube videos

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Uploading videos during times of highest engagement on YouTube could go a long way in driving interactions and views. ReelSEO reports that the best time to upload is during the week, preferably Wednesday and Thursday, and between 12pm and 1pm PST to make sure it’s ready during peak traffic time at 2pm.

Want more info on finding success with your YouTube channel? Get more views and subscribers with our newest eBook, “3 Keys to Audience Success for YouTube Channel Owners.”

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  • peter parker

    Although these are a little general and obvious, I still found this article useful to clear my mind a little bit. I own a couple of youtube channels, and tips like that really do help. Hope it helps others too ! increase youtube views

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  • Carmel decroz

    I done few of the methods what you mention on the above article, which increase youtube views

  • Sheena Mathieson

    Thank you for this useful informaiton. Becuase I’ve been looking on how to get youtube views on different tips from other blog.

  • Amber Rose

    Awesome stuff, I freaking love YouTube for its limitless traffic potential… I embed YouTube videos on my blog by using beautiful skins provided by to enagage my audience and to remove YouTube logo from embed videos, maybe you should use this too.

  • John

    Fantastic article. These are some really great tips especially using annotations to create a call of action. I really like that. Thanks John

  • John Halfacre

    Thanks for the great article! Engagement is vital to any Youtube campaign. I really have learned alot thank you. Youtube is a marketers dream with so many opportunities. Thanks again for sharing.

  • Abhimanyu Godara

    Very informative! I’ve seen lot of YouTube influencers using/promoting their personal chatbots to engage with their viewers. I think it’s a good way to have automated Q&A style conversations with fans and followers. Here’s an example

  • Mary Grace Faulkerson

    Nice article, thank you for the tips! You can boost youtube views by using a provider like BuyRealMarketing.

  • Jenny Roberts

    Thank you for the tips!!! It is useful, i am looking on how to increase my engagement on youtube, this is great help!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  • Samuel Roy

    It is more effective information, these are the most important steps need to consider for increase
    more viewers for YouTube.

  • Artem Hromovoj

    I just developed YouTube Engaging Subscribers tool and want share this for audience. I hope it`s helpful

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    Great !! Really Helped Thanks

  • Malthus Butler

    These are great ways indeed! Managing and keeping track your whereabouts on YouTube are key factors. It is also important to stay updated and update your viewers. This blog has its points like #2 where you ALWAYS want to engage with your viewers. Thanks, Benny! This would surely benefit new and old comers of YouTube.