How To Use BuzzSumo: 15 Things You Can Do In 30 Days
By Louise LinehanOct 26 2020
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Published February 11th 2020
BuzzSumo has been synonymous with content marketing insights for over five years and in that time content marketing has evolved.
Encompassing new techniques and strategies, we built out influencer identification functionality to help you collaborate with important members of your target communities, and as the content floodgates opened we built tools that helped you uncover content ideas to stand out from the crowd and bring value to your audience.
In that time another trend was bubbling away. A trend that we are addressing today.
The explosion of video.
Inspiration starts with a search across BuzzSumo, and the YouTube Analyzer is no different, simply input a keyword or phrase and hit enter to get started.
The YouTube Analyzer will return the top content for that keyword which you can rank by views, upvotes, downvotes, engagement and much more to find the videos that excite, engage or indeed enrage the viewer.
This is your entry point to the world of video. Immediately we can see the most viewed videos for your keyword, and so we can start to understand what type of videos get noticed and learn from their successes.
Find out how else you can use BuzzSumo for YouTube ideas here.
Next step in any content marketing strategy is validating the demand for our content before we open our wallets and create.
By hitting the analysis tab we can get a sense of the trends for any topic. Let’s take “Artificial Intelligence” as our example. We can see that the content for “Artificial Intelligence” is being created at a steady pace and the “views after seven days” metric is trending upwards indicating a steady increase in the viewership of “Artificial Intelligence” related videos.
It’s worth calling out this new metric, and why we’ve used it as a key data point in some of our analysis features in the platform.
Views typically keep creeping up over the weeks and months that pass after publishing a video, thus giving older content an advantage over fresh, new videos when compared side by side on view count metrics. The “views after seven days” numbers allow you to benchmark the relative popularity of a video within the first week of it being published.
Once you’ve tested your keywords you’ll want to understand better what videos work, what length your titles should be, what day of the week you should publish and how long should the videos themselves be to set them up best for success.
In the example of “Artificial Intelligence” viewers respond best to longer content, over the ten minute mark, they’re looking to understand the topic or be told a story, however snack sized 1-3 minute videos still resonated well within the community and might present a better opportunity for ROI versus the costs involved in creating videos that are 3 or more times as long.
Don’t forget about the existing ideation features we have across BuzzSumo if you’re feeling stuck for a topic to create around. Our topics explorer and question analyzer can be your source of instant inspiration!
Every platform is different and often what works on one platform hasn’t been done well on the other, yet.
After all, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be looking for hyper successful articles that you could recreate as videos, adding value and potentially ranking in the first page of search results in very competitive niches.
The beauty of the way BuzzSumo gathers data is that any insights we can pull for your channel we can replicate across any other channel, there are no authentication elements to consider so you get a view on your competitors’ channels and of course their videos.
Although certainly not a competitor, Brian’s BuzzSumo guide is in fact legendary in its own right, Brian’s channel is something we might want to understand better to learn from his success and create videos that add as much value as his do!
By clicking on the “full insights” button beneath any video, an incredibly helpful pop up will appear, showing you a wealth of information about the video itself.
You’ll get channel insights, too.
At a glance find out if this channel is hot or not, we show the growth metrics right in the one pager and some top level stats to help you understand the account quickly.
As we scroll down the page, things get even more interesting.
The YouTube Analyzer will show you where any video has been embedded or linked to across the web.
This is interesting for a number of reasons, first off, you’ll better understand where the video is being seen and what contexts it’s being linked to.
More importantly in this case is how we can easily see the “hooks” from the featured video that have become their own stories across the web.
Use these insights to better focus the narrative of your video or campaign to drive press coverage and interest, let the previous videos do the work for your content.
It wouldn’t be a BuzzSumo product without us also ensuring you get a view over the people sharing your video, at the foot of the one pager you’ll find a list of accounts who have shared any video, you know what to do here, reach out and thank them if it’s your video, reach out and let them know about your better video if they’ve shared a competitor’s video!
Working with an established YouTuber could be a great way to get the most out of your video marketing in a short period of time.
You may choose to collaborate with them on a project or simply send them some sample product to review.
Finding the right YouTuber will be key to getting a return on that investment.
We’ve combined our simple search with a robust relevance algorithm and powerful filters to make sure you can find the right fit for needs.
Filters are your friend when it comes to finding that YouTuber to work with, we have launched with country filters, language filters and category filters to make your life easier.
Once you have your clean list you can find established YouTubers by ranking by video or view count and trending, growing accounts through ordering them by subscriber or view change metrics, attach yourself to a content rocket ship.
Video has always been a medium with a lot of advertising, this can be useful for some marketers to understand but a distracting influence on the data for other users, this is why we’ve build an Ads filter for your to quickly toggle on or off adverts from your data.
Whilst some marketers will want to get a look at organic content insights, we realized that there are thousands of marketers and media types who’d love to draw back the curtain on their competitors’ ad strategies.
We’re just launching the YouTube Analyzer today and yet our early access customers are already suggesting great ways of using the functionality to better plan their video content.
We’re excited to see how you, our community, use the new features as part of your workflow and will be keeping a close ear out for your feedback over the coming weeks so we can make sure we build towards the problems you need solving.
Let us know how you’re using the YouTube Analyzer by clicking on the feedback link in the app or reaching us through intercom with your thoughts!
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