Better Online Content: use the right video URL on Facebook

(First in a new “Better Online Content” series of posts: quick tips on creating more effective content that takes advantage of the social web’s unique publishing environment.)

People on Facebook like to stay on Facebook.

It’s a “walled garden” and most folks want to stay in it rather than be diverted to other websites.

Therefore, when you share video content on Facebook, it makes sense to share it in a way that allows the video to play within Facebook so people don’t have to leave the site to watch it.

Content Tip

Here is my tip for this post:  When you can, share a YouTube URL for a video rather than a blog post URL, because with a YouTube URL, the video will play right there in Facebook.

Here is a screenshot from one of my Facebook Pages:  it is a post from the Delaware Tourism blog with an embedded video, as seen when the blog post URL is shared:

Example of a video blog post URL share on a Facebook Page

Takeaway:  readers must click through to another site to see the video.

Now, here is basically the same information, but instead of the tourism blog post, I’ve used the actual URL of the video on YouTube:

YouTube video URL screenshot; what a YouTube URL looks like on Facebook

That way, the video plays within Facebook (they can click the arrow to watch it) and this makes it easier to get people to pay attention to your video content.

To find the YouTube URL, mouse over the Share box on the video on a blog post. It will usually give you a special YouTube URL that works well in Facebook.

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4 Responses to Better Online Content: use the right video URL on Facebook

  1. MissDazey says:

    I will watch videos more often the actually are on post on Facebook or Twitter than going over to a website. However, isn’t getting people to actually visit a website and/or blog one of the points. Don’t companies want people to visit their sites, read more about the company etc?

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Please keep you videos coming Sheila, I do watch them.
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  2. Sheila says:

    Hi Miss Dazey,

    Sure, marketers want to pull people off of their Facebook Page to go to their website, but you have to have something really compelling to get them to do that. Otherwise, make it easy for them to stay on Facebook, since that’s what they usually prefer to do.

    And thanks for the video comment – I am way behind in my editing – do have some other ones coming!

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