10 Tips to Grow Your YouTube Channel for Free

No matter who your audience is, they are likely using YouTube. YouTube is the second most visited website in the world (second only to Google) with two billion active users per month with an average number of one billion video views per day across 91 countries in 80 different languages. YouTube is mainly used for entertainment, music, informational or tutorial purposes. It is so popular because it provides easily consumable content, especially on mobile that eclipses desktop viewing time.

Despite the popularity of YouTube, many businesses are overlooking this powerful platform as a marketing tool.

Why should businesses care about YouTube?

Videos are more entertaining than reading a blog, and can provide the same information comparable to written text that sustains interest.

They are a great way to:

  • Connect with your target audience and reach new people
  • Visually showcase products and services
  • Show client video testimonials
  • Present your business and brand  in a personal way
  • Establish credibility in your industry and grow brand awareness

A study from Brightcove (an online video company) showed that 76% of users are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video.

If you're ready to use YouTube to help your business reach and capture new audiences, here are 10 free tips to accelerate your YouTube channel growth.

1. Use relevant search terms in your video title and description

The title of your video is just as important as the content. Using appropriate keywords in your title will help draw in engagement from your audience, and it will also help YouTube’s sorting algorithm pair your video with the correct viewers. The same can be said about the video description – include relevant keywords here to further support the appropriate pairing of your video with viewers. Using relevant keywords in both your video title and description is an effective way to reach more people on YouTube.

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Test your title by starting to type into the YouTube search bar the words you WERE going to use in your title. Which search results come up? Now try other words (one word at a time because YouTube will autofill based on popular search terms) and you can see what other people are ACTUALLY typing into YouTube. This can give you a better idea of what to use for your video title and what words to use in your description.

Use text that would appear in YouTube search predictions

2. Design an eye-catching thumbnail

The thumbnail image you choose for your video is important because people naturally look at images rather than text. Use your thumbnail as another visual location to engage viewers and convince them to click on your video. Make sure your thumbnail is eye-catching, and if possible, include brief text in the image that relates to your video content - but not too much text where it makes the thumbnail cluttered.

Always use close-up content in the thumbnail image. Many people view YouTube videos on their smartphone or tablet, therefore a close-up image (relevant to your video) will be easier to see on smaller screen sizes to grab people's attention and interest.

3. Consistency with posts

Much like other social platforms, being consistent with posts is one of the most important tips to grow your YouTube channel. The people who subscribe to your channel expect consistent content with regular posting – that’s why they have subscribed. Viewers won’t subscribe if it doesn’t look like you post regularly. YouTube’s algorithm is also influenced by regular posting – it heavily favours channels that upload at least once a week.

4. Include video tags

Think hashtags – but for YouTube! Tags are a great way to further optimise your video. Just like hashtags for other social media platforms, tags can provide extra information about videos to both viewers (to give them additional context on the video) and YouTube’s algorithm (to assist in ranking and pairing the video with searches). To save time, you can prepare tags in advance that are automatically populated every time with every video you upload.

To create these default tags, go to: YouTube Studio>Settings (left side)>Upload defaults>Scroll down to see the Tags section>Add tags>Save.

To add specific tags at the time of uploading a particular video, while on the upload screen, go to: Click on MORE OPTIONS. Here you will see your default tags where you can simply add to them.

To add specific tags after uploading a video, go to: YouTube Studio>Videos (left side)>Select video>Click on SHOW MORE and tags>Save (Top right-hand corner).

Add default tags for your YouTube videos.


5. Collaborate with other creators

A simple and fun way to expand your channel's organic reach is to collaborate with other people on YouTube. Naturally, when you do a collaboration, your video will get views from your regular viewers in addition to the viewers coming from the other channel – this benefits both channels. A common misconception with collaborations is that you must do them with people in the same industry as you. In fact, people watch a variety of content on YouTube, and don’t just watch one topic of a video, so being more creative with who you collaborate with may even expand your reach more so than collaborating with someone from within the same industry.

6. Having captions can expand your reach

Captions contain the text of the audio used in your YouTube videos. Since more and more users are watching videos on-the-go or in public places, many prefer to watch videos on mute and simply read the captions. A survey of U.S. consumers found that 92% view videos with the sound off on mobile according to a report from Verizon Media and ad buyer Publicis Media. The report also recommends that advertisers caption because 80% of consumers are likely to watch an entire video when captions are available.

80 percent of consumers are more likely to watch an entire video when captions are available.


There are two types of captions: open and closed. Open captions are a fixed transcription embedded within the video that can’t be removed, while closed captions can be turned on or off. YouTube reports that videos with closed caption options enjoy 12% more view time than those who do not. YouTube automatically transcribes captions for your videos using machine learning with speech recognition AI technology. The accuracy of the captions is dependent on audio quality however, since captions are generated by AI.

You can help YouTube get every word right by uploading a transcript rather than trusting their voice recognition.

Making the transcript yourself is one option, but these days, it’s fast, easy, and inexpensive to get an .SRT transcript file from a service like Rev for your video. The transcript will help YouTube understand what topic your video covers, and help it show up as a suggested recommendation.

Adding closed captioning also opens up your videos to a wider audience, including those who may speak a different language or those who may be deaf or have difficulty hearing.

Bonus: If you add open captions, every word said in your video will be searchable on Google.

7. Use YouTube cards as free mini-ads

YouTube cards are a great way to direct viewers to other content online. YouTube cards are small pop-ups that you can choose to appear at any point throughout your video, where you can direct viewers to watch another one of your recent videos, visit your website, or even subscribe to your channel. Viewers can click directly on the card and it will bring them exactly where the cards want them to. It is a great interactive way to link to other content of yours.

A clever thing to do is to have the cards visible moments before the user navigates away from your video. Always make sure that the cards link to your channel's content that is relevant and interesting to your users to keep them engaged and interested in your other videos.

To add a YouTube card to a video, go to: YouTube Studio>Videos (left side)>Select video you want a card added>Cards (right side)>Select a card category you'd like and populate with the appropriate content at a specific point in the video timeline>Save.

8. Don’t forget your end screen

End screens are a great place to consolidate all of the information you want your viewer to see – especially because they made it to the end of your video. Use your end screen to promote your other videos, display contact information, or to provide a link to your website or social media channels. In addition, end screens play a contributing role in extending the total session time of the viewer. Similar to cards, end screens can be used as a place to encourage viewers to take action and view more of your content.

To add a YouTube card to a video, go to: YouTube Studio>Videos (left side)>Select video you want a card added>End screens (right side)>Select the type of end screen you'd like (to promote specific things like another related video or channel) and populate with the appropriate content>Save.

This is an example of an end screen from the small business Adventure Horse Trekking NZ where the owner is using an end screen to promote three other videos she has created.

YouTube End screen example from Adventure Horse Trekking NZ - Client of Cre8ive Marketing in Dunedin.


9. Group your videos in YouTube Playlists

Since 2015, YouTube has incorporated an autoplay feature where, when one video ends, another starts immediately after a few seconds. A great way to ensure that the next video played is from you (and not from a different channel with a related video) is to set up playlists on your channel. Playlists allow you to group related videos on your channel together into one collection, so that viewers can watch your videos consecutively, without needing to continuously make multiple clicks around the webpage.

You could group playlists based on video type or videos that are part of a series – really in any way that you choose!

In this example, the playlist is of client testimonials.

RenoMasters Registered Master Builders Testimonial videos YouTube playlist - Client of Cre8ive Marketing in Dunedin.


Playlists can also play an important role in minutes watched – which is what YouTube is referring to as "watch time". This is important because YouTube no longer promotes videos and channels based on views but rather on watch time. This is being done to prevent people from posting  short three-second videos with clickbait titles and racking up views that mean nothing – this shifts the goal of a YouTube channel to creating LOTS of content and LONG content that people really want to watch.

If you can keep people watching, i.e., through the use of playlists, you will be rewarded by the YouTube algorithm in future searches.

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In addition to playlists, another way to extend watch time is to save important information for the end of the video, and let your viewers know. For instance, you could say something like “and remember to stay until the end as I have a really great bonus to tell you about.” It's a great way to keep people watching to the end of the video.

10. Promotional strategy

Promote your channel and videos on your other social media channels, emails, print, business store and website so people know your channel and videos exist.

Theses are some of the many ways to nurture and grow your YouTube channel.

If you need any advice on where improvements can be made on your YouTube channel for improved content and engagement, get in touch with cre8ive@cre8ive.co.nz.

How to Generate a Google Review Link for Your Customers

Customer feedback is one of the most valuable resources for any business. Understanding what your customers love about your products and services, as well as what they wish could be better, can provide valuable insight to both your business itself, and for future customers.

Research has shown that prospective customers look at reviews while considering buying products or services.

Customers may choose not to use your company and go elsewhere if you don’t have any reviews, even if your company does great work and has a great reputation.

How to Make it Easy for Your Customers to Leave a Google Review

Many customers often don't leave a review after having an experience with a business, simply because they were not encouraged to give feedback or they didn’t know how to. Providing a review link soon after they make a purchase or experience one of your company’s services will help generate feedback.

The review link brings them directly to your Google My Business listing where they can easily give their input on how their experience went. A little encouragement on your end can go a long way for your business’ future success!

people read online reviews


Google offers an easy way to generate a review link direct to your Google My Business listing's review section - just follow these steps:

Step 1: Create your @shortname
Log into your account to create your @shortname - a new feature Google added in the dashboard. This is an important part of your listing, so choose carefully. The best names will be simple and easy for people to understand and remember. By creating your business' short name, it will be contained in the link, instead of random letters / numbers.

Step 2: From the home tab, scroll down and you will see "get more reviews."

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Click on this and you will have a couple of ways to share the link - if you click on 'email' you can copy the link for future use.

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The review link will bring users to a page which looks like this:

If you need any assistance with your Google My Business listing or would like a Google My Business audit to see where improvements can be made with your listing, get in touch philippa@cre8ive.co.nz. Our audit also includes our comprehensive, step-by-step guide with our best tips and actionable tactics to help you get more visibility on Google, generate more leads and engagement.

Why Every Business Needs a Google My Business Listing in 2020 & Beyond

What is a Google My Business Listing?

Google My Business (GMB) is a free tool created to help businesses manage their online presence across the Google platform. A Google My Business listing (or account, or profile) can be considered a combination of an online directory listing and a social media profile. Not all businesses can have a listing however, those with physical locations, mobile businesses, individual practitioners and service area businesses are typical examples that can. Examples that can't are brands, organisations, artists and only online businesses.

A complete and optimised Google My Business listing is absolutely important for all businesses no matter the size as it directly impacts how many people find you on Google when searching for your brand, service or products.

Google My Business Provides Quick Information for Your Customers

A Google My Business Listing is important because it gives customers insight and information about your business. Phone number, address, photos, videos, business hours, website link and reviews are all readily available in one convenient place for your customers.

Often users are just searching for contact details, location, and business hours. When they do a search they will type in your business name. Mostly likely the information they will see first is your Google My Business listing, especially if they are searching on a mobile device. Therefore it is vital that all businesses claim, verify and update the content within their Google My Business listing.

Google Owns It, You Can Claim It

Claiming your Google My Business listing puts you in the driver’s seat. It gives you complete control –over what is seen here. It’s important to note that even if you haven’t claimed your listing, it is likely Google already has one made. Google is filling it with information they have gathered or that customers have added, which could include information that is inaccurate, and could potentially harm your business’ success. Therefore, claiming the profile gives you complete control over the information, which is displayed, ensuring its accuracy. You will see something like “own this business” or “manage this listing” about half way down the GMB box – click on this link and you will see whether the listing has been claimed, and if so, which email claimed it. Or it will show you that it hasn’t been claimed and you can follow the steps to claim it.

Verify Your Google My Business Listing

Once you have finished completing your information you will need to verify your listing. Until you verify, Google inputs information from other locations online that may not be accurate or up-to-date. Verifying is simple to do, and can help you control the information Google is providing to customers, which will benefit your business in the long run and you’ll be able to:

  • allow new customers to find you across Google
  • create promotional posts
  • track business analytics
  • respond to customer reviews

Anyone Can Make Edits to Your Listing

It is vital to complete your company’s information because anyone can suggest an edit to your business listing, including your competitors.

When someone clicks on “Suggest an edit”, it gives them the opportunity to make some pretty dramatic changes to your listing.

Many times, these “suggestions” are immediately made live on Google, even if you don’t approve them. That’s why it is of utmost importance to proactively monitor and manage your Google My Business listing.

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Improves Local Google Search Rankings

Having a Google My Business listing also improves local search rankings. It’s known that the top three to five results of a google search are the most important – so how do get you get there? One step in improving your ranking is to, believe it or not, complete your Google My Business profile! This shows Google that your business is trustworthy and reliable, and Google will better align your business with accurate search results. Google also uses the primary category that you choose for your business listing to help better match your listing with what people search for, so it’s vital that you ensure an accurate category is selected.

Show up in Google’s Local 3-Pack

Simply creating a listing increases your odds of showing up in the Google Local 3-Pack list which appears before all of the organic results so it greatly increases your visibility.  About 44% of all clicks go to the 3-Pack.

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Google Online Reviews


Arguably one of the most important features of the Google My Business listing is the section specifically for feedback. Potential customers who search for your business can read reviews from your other customers – this helps them make the decision whether to do business with your company or not. You can encourage feedback from customers to be posted on the Google My Business listing by providing them with a quick review link.

Note: if your listing is deemed 'equal' in terms of value (rated by Google) with a competitor's listing, if you have more quality reviews than your competitors, then your listing will appear higher.

Once you have a review – whether positive or negative, you must respond. Use your responses to build your brand; affirm positive experiences and addressing negative reviews helps change the perception of the reviewer and reader, shows you care, gives the reader insight on the issue and ultimately helps your online brand reputation.

Google My Business App

Managing your Google My Business listing can now be done via the Google My Business App (for iOS and Android) which allows for easy editing on the go. Share information on upcoming offers and events, engage with customers in the review section, and quickly upload photos or videos directly from your smartphone or tablet.

Overall, creating and optimising your Google My Business listing will…

  • Give customers all the information they want in one easy location, including reviews which could convert more visitors into paying customers
  • Improve your Google ranking – help your business to appear higher in local search results
  • Increase engagement – drive more traffic to both your website and physical location
  • Star ratings help establish trust, credibility and will boost your appeal
  • Provides another platform for you to stand out from your competitors
  • A Google My Business listing is basically free advertising space on Google
  • Build your brand, increase visibility, and grow your business

Google My Business Audit

If you are unsure about how to best optimise your Google My Business listing, we offer an audit of your listing which will show you where improvements can be made. You will also receive our comprehensive, step-by-step guide with our best tips and actionable tactics to help you get more visibility on Google, generate more leads and engagement.

Get Our Google My Business Experts to Help Manage Your Business Listing

Need help creating eye catching Google Posts visuals? We can help, as well as manage your other Google My Business features, reviews and more. Gain the edge you need to stand out and take control of your local, branded search results. Email us to find out more cre8ive@cre8ive.co.nz.

5 Top Tips for Brand Communications in Uncertain Times

How do businesses navigate this new landscape of professional and personal challenges due to COVID-19, which begs the question:“What’s next for marketers trying to create successful marketing and social media campaigns after a crisis?”

1. Communicate

The most important factor for any business is to simply keep up regular communication - whether it’s via social media, email or the website. Let your customers know what you’re doing to help them, not add to their stress. If appropriate let them know of any increased safety and cleanliness measures you’re taking in whatever way makes the most sense for your brand.

  • RELEVANT - Focus on what is relevant to the audience and do so with empathy and understanding.
  • BE CONCISE People are receiving a lot of communication right now, so be sure you get right to the heart of what you have to share.
  • SHARE POSITIVITY Feel-good stories are especially appreciated in trying times. If it feels appropriate, share positive or inspiring stories that give your audience hope and reassurance.

2. Leverage Your Social Media Channels

Develop genuine relationships with less focus on selling. Social media is where you want to engage with your audience - talk with them, not at them. It’s time to review your content strategy and refocus to the new norm.

3. Exceptional Customer Service - Online and Offline

Whether you are interacting on social media, email newsletters, online chat, on the phone or in person at your bricks and mortar premises - all of these interactions must be continually about providing exceptional customer service.

4. Be Intentional and Have a Clear Strategy

Marketing during a crisis is about showing your customers who you are as a brand. Developing a clear plan is even more critical to being a responsive and focused brand.
Digital Marketing is critical during times of uncertainty to help your business or organisation continue to connect and ultimately generate revenue.

5. Adapt for Now, Plan for the Future

Currently, there is still much uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic - how far it will reach or what the final impact will be. Regardless of what the uncertainty surrounds - whether a virus, earthquake or other impact that occurs beyond our control, for marketers and business leaders, it’s important to be flexible and adapt for now, but to continue to plan for the future.

What is the Facebook Pixel?

Are You Considering Advertising on Facebook?

Then you need to know about the Facebook Pixel

If you’re using Facebook ads or you plan to use them in the future - this is the one key tool you should start using right away.

The Facebook pixel is code that you place on your website that helps you measure the effectiveness of your Facebook marketing campaigns by understanding what users do on your site. The Facebook tracking pixel data helps ensure your ads are seen by the people who are most likely to take your desired action.

The Facebook Pixel is generated within your Facebook Ads Manager account. The default pixel will help you in three main areas:

  • Conversion Tracking: identifies conversions to Facebook traffic (e.g. conversions could be a download of a PDF, a video watched, email link clicked or a sale on ecommerce website).
  • Optimisation: After installation, you can set up automatic bidding to target people who are more likely to convert.
  • Remarketing: Create custom audiences based on groups of users who came from certain ads or, for example, added a product to the cart but didn’t purchase or those that watched a video. Then you can show your ads to such audiences. It also gives you the option to create lookalike audiences

Facebook Pixel - Option to Create Lookalike Audiences

Facebook can use its targeting data to help you build a lookalike audience of people who have similar likes, interests, and demographics to people who are already interacting with your website. This can help expand your potential customer base.

Even if you’re not using Facebook ads yet, you should install the Facebook pixel now. It will start collecting data right away so that you don’t have to start from scratch when you’re ready to create your first Facebook ad.

You Can Use the Facebook Pixel to Collect Data on an "Event"

An “event” is simply a specified action that a visitor takes on your website, like making a purchase. Facebook has 17 predefined standard events and can be used to log conversions, optimise for conversions and build audiences

  1. Facebook has predefined a set of 17 standard events.
  2. You can set up custom events yourself.

Facebook Pixel Standard Events

The standard Facebook pixel events for which you can simply copy and paste standard Facebook event code are:

Website action Description Standard event code
Add payment info Customer payment information during a checkout process. For example, a person clicks on a button to save their billing information. fbq('track', 'AddPaymentInfo');
Add to cart The addition of an item to a shopping cart or basket. For example, clicking an Add to Cart button on a website. fbq('track', 'AddToCart');
Add to wishlist The addition of items to a wishlist. For example, clicking an Add to Wishlist button on a website. fbq('track', 'AddToWishlist');
Complete registration A form completed by a customer in exchange for a service provided by your business. For example, signing up for an email subscription. fbq('track', 'CompleteRegistration');
Contact A telephone, SMS, email, chat or other type of contact between a customer and your business. fbq('track', 'Contact');
Customise product The customisation of products through a configuration tool or other application your business owns. fbq('track', 'CustomizeProduct');
Donate The donation of funds to your organisation or cause. fbq('track', 'Donate');
Find location When a person finds one of your locations via web, with an intention to visit. For example, searching for a product and finding it at one of your local stores. fbq('track', 'FindLocation');
Initiate checkout The start of a checkout process. For example, clicking a Checkout button. fbq('track', 'InitiateCheckout');
Lead A submission of information by a customer with the understanding that they may be contacted at a later date by your business. For example, submitting a form or signing up for a trial. fbq('track', 'Lead');
Purchase The completion of a purchase, usually signified by receiving order or purchase confirmation, or a transaction receipt. For example, landing on a Thank You or confirmation page. fbq('track', 'Purchase', {value: 0.00, currency: 'USD'});
Schedule The booking of an appointment to visit one of your locations. fbq('track', 'Schedule');
Search A search performed on your website, app or other property. For example, product or travel searches. fbq('track', 'Search');
Start trial The start of a free trial of a product or service you offer. For example, trial subscription. fbq('track', 'StartTrial', {value: '0.00', currency: 'USD', predicted_ltv: '0.00'});
Submit application The submission of an application for a product, service or program you offer. For example, a credit card, educational program or job. fbq('track', 'SubmitApplication');
Subscribe The start of a paid subscription for a product or service you offer. fbq('track', 'Subscribe', {value: '0.00', currency: 'USD', predicted_ltv: '0.00'});
View content A visit to a web page you care about. For example, a product or landing page. View content tells you if someone visits a web page's URL, but not what they do or see on that web page. fbq('track', 'ViewContent’);

Facebook Pixel Custom Events

You can use custom events in place of standard events, or to collect more details than Facebook pixel standard events can provide.

For instant, you could use Facebook pixel tracking to record views of a specific category on your website, instead of tracking all views. Perhaps you want to separate kitchen renovation interest from bathroom repairs based on which sections of your building company's website they viewed. Or you could filter all purchases to measure just those of women’s shoes over $40.

Custom events use URL rules based on specific URLS or URL keywords - this extra code is called parameters.

These allow you to customise the standard events based on:

  • How much a conversion event is worth
  • Currency
  • Content type, or ID
  • Basket contents

You can learn more about custom conversions in this Facebook help article.

Your Facebook Organic Page Reach is Declining

How Does the Facebook Algorithm Work?

Each user’s News Feed is like the front page of a personalised newspaper. It includes recent popular updates both from their personal Facebook friends and from the businesses they follow.

If Facebook displayed every single update, users would be overwhelmed by the mountain of content. Instead, Facebook uses an algorithm to predict what each user will find most interesting. In other words, the more popular the content is, the more likely your fans will see it.

The algorithm’s job is to determine how much power a particular post has.
The number-one factor is engagement. If the algorithm sees lots of people engaging with your post, then the algorithm shows the post to more people.

Your post gets some initial reach in the first few seconds. Maybe 1% of your fans or friends see it. If that engagement is high, more people will see the post.

The number-two factor is the content. If other people are interested in the content of your post, it gets a bit of a bump. This includes:

  • The number of people interacting with the post
  • The number of reactions, comments, and shares
  • Posts coming from friends or family

Engagements also have relative power. An example of relative power is when a story appears in your News Feed because one of your friends liked, shared, or commented on it.

Low Engagement with a User

The Facebook algorithm gives credit to Pages who have received feedback from a particular user (posts, comments, likes, tags, and shares).  So, if a user consistently interacts with a page, more page posts are likely to show up on that user’s page.  However, if a user rarely interacts with a page, the opposite is true, and page posts tend to be rarely seen by a particular user. Therefore, a Fan may be reading, even enjoying, your page posts, but unless they engage with you, your posts will not end up in their News Feed.

That’s why your job is not only to post content regularly, but figure out what kinds of updates will get your fans to do something. The more you can inspire your fans to click 'Like' on your updates, to leave comments, or to click 'Share' to spread your words to their friends, the better your 'reach' numbers will be.

Then it becomes a cycle; you post content that gets 'Likes' and comments, appears in News Feeds, increasing the chance of more Interactions.

Tactics to Mitigate the Facebook Algorithm

Here are some tactics to help with your organic reach:

  • Ask questions in your post - aim for closed-ended questions, those with a yes/no true/false type answer so your audience doesn't have to think too hard
  • After you post, like your post
  • If you have another Facebook page, share your post to this page, if appropriate.
  • Respond to every single comment, preferably with ANOTHER question for the commenter to make them comment again.
  • When you respond to comment, tag the person in it for extra notification on their homepage.
  • Click 'like' on every comment, even your own.
  • Post when your fans are online (your Facebook Insights will show you this)
Reply comments Facebook Cre8ive Marketing
Example of the Business Page Admin replying to a customer which has lead to the customer replying to this comment.

Essentially you want to make it appear there’s a ton of 'activity' happening on your post, and Facebook will reward your efforts with more organic reach, in other words, increased reach into people’s News Feed.

BONUS - if you achieve a good organic reach for a post, it will impact positively on the next post. On the other hand, a post with low engagement will negatively impact the subsequent post. That is why you are better to have one dynamite posts than many low-engaging posts.

Content that your Fans Love

There’s no substitute for content that is of value to your fans to increase your reach and engagement. Stop posting content that you think is important and instead focus on what your Fans want to see. Although Facebook's algorithm is skewed to show more posts from friends than business pages, you can still get around it with good content. Here is an example from Lululemon who consistently post informative, interesting posts for their fans.

Cre8ive Dunedin Facebook Post content fans love

Show Your Human Side

People don’t do business with businesses - they do business with people. Make sure you profile your staff, customers and other personal sides to you and your organisation. Take this example that Nadia Lim, the New Zealand celebrity chef, entrepreneur, food writer and television personality posted on her Facebook Page to celebrate Father’s Day that gained excellent traction with engagement levels.
Cre8ive Dunedin Facebook Post engagement Tips Algorithm
If you employ these tactics in your overall Facebook strategy, your Page will be in a better position to maximise as much organic reach as possible. And remember, if you have an important message that needs to be seen by your Fans - you need to pay! Facebook is no different to paying for an advert on the radio, TV or newspaper.

How Your Business Can Benefit from Google My Business

What is Google My Business (GMB)?

Google My Business is a free marketing tool businesses can use to manage their online presence and visibility. Instead of clicking through to the website, Google is making it easier for searchers to do almost all of their research about a company without leaving the search results page.

Having a fully optimised listing that shows all available information about a business has been shown to increase calls and enquiries. If your business is listed in Google My Business, you should take the necessary steps to claim and verify your business.

There are three easy steps to claim and verify your GMB listing:

1.) log into the Google account you want linked to your business

2.) head to google.com/business and select “start now”

3.) enter your business name, address, and details (this is where you’ll indicate whether you deliver to your customers, choose your business category, and add the contact number and website for your business).

There are several methods for verifying your Google My Business listing. A good option is to have a code sent to the business’ phone number or have a postcard sent to the business address. Once you have claimed and verified your business, you are able to manage your listing and take advantage of the features offered by Google My Business. If you are a new business, one of your first steps should be to create your GMB account.

There are two places you want to be found in local search: the map section and the organic listings underneath the maps. The businesses that appear in the Maps section tend to get 33% of the clicks on any given search and the organic listings get 44%. There are a number of factors that contribute to your local Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and proper Google My Business optimisation is one of them.

How to take advantage of GMB features to optimise your listing

Manage key information on your business profile

Properly managing your listing involves making sure it includes correct and relevant information to your business that users will see when they search for your business. Your listing should include your business location, phone number, hours, a business category and description. If you offer multiple services, make sure you include multiple categories. In your business description (750 characters) you will definitely want to include your category keyword and your city in this description, preferably a few times without looking artificial or spammy. This is vital to help your rankings in local SEO.

Completely filling out all of the necessary information and making as many additions as possible helps give users a better idea of your business and the products/services you provide. It is important to note that your listing should maintain an identical name, address, and phone number (also known as NAP) as all other webpages associated with your business to help with Search Engine Optimisation purposes or, in other words, assist with your online visibility. Following these steps will help to outrank your competition in Google Maps.

Share photos and videos

Uploading photos is a necessary step to improving the credibility of your business; customers are more likely to view your listing if there are photos related to the business that they are able to view. A logo should be included so customers can easily recognise your business. You should also choose a cover photo that you want Google to feature and display at the forefront of your listing; uploading a cover photo to your listing should make it the preferred photo, although Google may opt to show another image if it deems it more relevant.

Additional photos should be added to showcase different features of your business; additional photos can include interior/exterior photos, product photos, staff photos, etc. Within your GMB listing, you can specify what images are from the inside or outside as well as photos of your team, photos of your work, and even specify photos of food and drink for restaurants. Include several for each category that you can. For extra ranking ‘points’, make sure to change your photo file names to contain your business name, category, and location.


Google’s standards and sizes for photos:
Format - JPG or PNG
File size - between 10KB and 5MB
Minimum resolution - 720 x 720 pixels
Quality - the photo should be in focus and well lit, and have no significant alterations or excessive use of filters
Size for each image type:
Profile image - 250 x 250 pixels (minimum 120 x 120; maximum 5200 x 5300)
Cover photo - 1080 x 608 pixels (minimum 480 x 270; maximum 2120 x 1192)
Shared images - 497 x 373 pixels (minimum width 497; maximum 2048 x 2048)

Since 2018, you can add video to your listing. Just like photos, videos can be uploaded to share through your listing to add variety and give you a competitive edge. Video is a great way to show people what you do and what to expect when choosing to do business with you, in an engaging format.

Google’s video requirements:
Duration - up to 30 seconds long
File size - up to 100MB
Resolution - 720p or higher

Publish custom posts

Just as you publish posts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. so can you post on Google My Business. Small posts (limited to 1500 characters which translates to about 250 words) including an image and a call-to-action button can be made to share things like promotional information, updates, announcements, etc. Posts essentially act as mini-ads for your business. There are several different categories for your post including “What’s New”, “Event”, “Offer”, and “Product”. GMB also offers a variety of call-to-action buttons to incorporate in your posts like, “Book”, “Order Online”, “Buy”, “Learn More”, “Sign Up”, and “Get Offer”. Posts automatically expire one week after posting but can be republished.


Once your post is created, it will show up in your GMB listing so that it can be viewed and shared by Google users. See the Pegasus Rental Cars example below.

Make use of the Questions & Answers feature

By enabling the Q&A feature on your GMB listing, you allow people to ask any questions they may have regarding your business. If you choose to have this feature activated, it is important to take the time to regularly monitor and answer any queries that are posted to your listing. It is also important to note that both you and other Google users can answer questions, so you will want to keep tabs on questions already answered as well to make sure the information provided is correct. To answer a question, navigate to your listing and opt to “See all questions (#)” under the Q&A section then select the question you wish to answer. Keep in mind the profile you have made the Google search under, as Google will include “Owner” in parentheses following the company name if you are using the Google account that is tied to your business account; this will let customers know that your business has personally responded to the query.

Respond to and encourage Reviews

Each business listing also gives customers the ability to post public reviews of your business. Operators should regularly read and reply to customer reviews. Replying to customers is strongly encouraged, as it demonstrates that you care about what they have to say and the experience they had with your business.

In a survey from research firm Dimensional Research, 90% of consumers who recalled reading online reviews claimed that positive reviews influenced their decision to buy. In order to boost your review numbers, you should actively encourage customers to review your business; make it as easy as possible and provide them with the link. When reaching out to your customers, try and stagger your requests so that you have new reviews coming in periodically and not simultaneously. Keep in mind that having fresh reviews makes your business look even more credible.
Engaging with customers through reviews is an easy and valuable tool when communicating with former, current, and future customers that allows you to cultivate a relationship with your client base.


If you need any assistance regarding your Google My Business account, feel free to send us an email or call 03 474 1075

How to Create a Google My Business Listing

Every business that operates offline or online must have a Google My Business listing. Your first step in creating an account is to check that you don’t already have one as Google could have created one for your business already. If this is the case you will need to claim it. Search for your business name and if nothing appears on the right hand side, then you will need to create your account.

If it does appear with the words “Own this business?” you will need to click this link and claim your business.


Go to www.google.com/business to set your account - you will need a google account to move forward at this point. Follow their instructions but if you would like some more help, here is a video that walks you through the process:

To create a Google My Business page simply follow the instruction within this video. When you get to the end of setup and you haven’t validated your business using a mobile number, then you’ll need to request a postcard containing a code from Google.
When you get this code you can validate your business and finish updating your listing so that you can:
  • allow new customers to find you on Google Search and Maps
  • promote your business with photos and posts
  • track analytics
  • respond to customer reviews

Once you have set up your listing, you'll want to make sure it is fully optimised to ensure your business appears higher in local Search Engine Optimisation.

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