Many organizations are seeking to come up prominently in searches that relate to the location where they provide much of their service, and video is often a big piece of coming up prominently —video makes you stand out in searches. So it stands to reason that tagging YouTube videos with location information helps your efforts.

Tagging YouTube videos at upload and in the video manager

YouTubetagsWhen you upload a video, on the basic settings, you’ll see on the bottom right a box where you can fill in tags. If you want your video to come up on location-related searches, filling in your location and your industry here certainly makes sense. You can also add tags by going through the Video Manager–click the little down arrow next to edit, and choose “Info and Settings.”YouTubeInfoandsettings YouTubegeotaggingThe “Info and Settings” screen also give you the option to add a video’s location. In addition to the “Basic info” there’s a tab for “Advanced settings,” where you can designate whether viewers can add comments, view ratings, see the statistics, watch it without age restriction, and embed the video elsewhere on the web. It also includes options for licensing, syndication, caption certification, recording date, whether it’s 3D, and

Tagging YouTube videos through the video’s description and transcript

For searching, it’s at least as important that your phrases appear in the video’s description, so make sure that you have key phrases there. An uploaded transcript with the right words will help, too. Here’s a video that has “Washington, DC” three times in its description:

Even as global connectivity increases, at times it’s really important where you are. Videos are a great way to create a sense of place—and gain marketing and fundraising benefit to boot.

If MiniMatters can help you with business video, fundraising video, association video, or other video production needs, we’d love to provide an estimate through our online form, talk with you at 301-339-0339, or communicate via email at [email protected]. We serve associations, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses primarily in Washington, DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia.