Adding featured images or thumbnails to your YouTube videos will make your videos more encouraging to people view your channel. It actually adds life to the content of your video.
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Joe Troyer: I want to do something really cool, if you guys want to do it. How many of you guys have noticed we’ve been putting thumbnails on each of our YouTube videos? You guys seen that?
Joe Troyer: So one of the things that I’ve found playing with some of our thumbnails and looking at other channels is that your thumbnail is one of the things that could make or break your views. Your thumbnail is that important. It’s much like your title. It’s got to sell the click.
Joe Troyer: So we’ve made a couple of templates. Essentially this is a template. So this is a template. This is a template. This is a template. So we have three thumbnail templates that we’re using right now. Zoom in a little bit here on YouTube. So there’s a white one with a picture and some text. Then there’s a blue one with text and a picture. And then there’s a full size image for the thumbnail with like a gray area over it, like a little overlay and then white text above that. How many of you guys would want my featured image templates or these thumbnail templates? Give me some feedback in the chat because if so maybe we can do something cool.
Joe Troyer: Yeah. Okay. How about on YouTube? How about YouTube? We got some feedback. Okay.
Joe Troyer: So what I’d like to do is I’m going to spend the next 10 minutes and John, I really want you paying attention, all right? And what we’re going to do is I want you to keep track of the thumbnails that I like. But what we’re going to do is we’re going to go through all the research that we went through today. And I’m going to tell you if I like a thumbnail. John, what I want you to do then is I want you to rebuild the thumbnail template. And once we rebuild the thumbnail template, John, let’s just do this inside of Canva so it’s super easy for everybody on here to take and to use in case they don’t know Photoshop. I’m going to have you rebuild the ones that I like in Canva, including ours for everybody, our three ones and then the all the ones that that we like, and that I like, that we like as a group and let’s build those inside of Canva. Those will be our new templates to use and then we’ll give them away to everyone that’s on this call as well. Does that sound good? Sound like a plan guys? Yes. No, maybe so. I mean, you guys were excited about just getting my three. I’m talking about giving you like a dozen now. Does that sound good? John, you follow me brother?
John: Oh yes.
Joe Troyer: All right, fantastic. So definitely this, this one, this guy the deep end. So let’s grab like basically both of these. So if you do a search for how to rank in Google maps, let’s create a template for both of these. This one is okay. I don’t think it’s great. That one sucks. This one’s okay. Let’s do this one as well, Ranking Academy. John?
Joe Troyer: You guys, tell me if there’s any others that you guys see that you like fricking love. Let me know because you guys are getting them too. You guys like this one, this Chase Reiner one? I try to just show it real quick and then it goes away. One more time. Just look at the bottom of my screen. Yes, no, maybe? Yes, all right. So let’s do this Chase Reiner one as well. How to rank on Google maps. That one’s going to be hard for you guys to recreate and for me to recreate, like me standing here like this. So let’s go into another key word phrase. So let’s just open up a bunch of these guys’ YouTube channels. Boom, boom, boom. We’re going to make this quick and dirty here real fast.
Joe Troyer: All right, Think Media, videos. Oh, I like that one John, how to find video ideas that get massive views. That one’s definitely good. If you guys don’t have a green screen shot too, you wouldn’t even necessarily to have yourself or a picture of anybody in it. That’s one of the reasons I like that. A lot of him are him in them. Like obviously this guy is a huge personal brand so I’m trying to take that into consideration too and make sure that these are things that you guys could actually replicate. So let’s move on from him.
Joe Troyer: Brian Dean seems to be in love with himself. Check that out. What’s Brian Dean’s template? A picture of him, his logo going up and down and then whatever the title is. I don’t want to rip any of those. Jessica is just a little too mommy blog design for me personally, so I’m not going to yank any of those.
Joe Troyer: So let’s do this before and after one. So I think that you guys could do well with a before and after like this. It could be on any topic. So if you run an agency, before and after. You run a weight loss clinic, before and after. You do, it can just apply to so much. So let’s do one like this John.
Joe Troyer: This one’s just, again, just a little too much personally branded. Okay. [Address 00:08:01]. I actually like this template that just popped up. That’s what she said. Sorry, I’m immature. I’m a five year old. I like this template a lot, John, this video, how to go viral on YouTube for a small channel by Vanessa Lau. I’m just going to look through here. Oh, this guy, Kevin David, I was looking at, he has some good videos. Let’s take a look at his thumbnails. Videos, so again, like so much of the personal brand happening.
Joe Troyer: All right. Need some suggestion for you guys on the featured images. I’m doing my best to find. So let’s see, what else? What other keyword phrases could we go after? I had to close out my browser so that keyword research that I did is gone. It’s not gone, but I can pull it up for you guys. Show, rank and rent is kind of a topic similar to pay per call. It’s a business model I don’t really believe in. I think if you can do rank and rent, like you might as well be doing pay per call.
Joe Troyer: I like this one. It’s very simple, Darrel Rosser’s. So John, here’s one how to make money from rank and rent. Let’s get that thumbnail. That looks good. Let’s use Chase, let’s reinvent or copy Chase Reiner’s. This is just a background image. This is a nice color and then an overlay color. That’s super simple. It’s very similar to Becker’s here.
Joe Troyer: So SMMA, Social Media Marketing Agency. That wasn’t a bad one, but it’s definitely very much personally branded. This was a good one. You guys like this one? Give me a one in the chat if you like it. Give me a two if you don’t. This live SMMA cold calls type of look.
Joe Troyer: Frankie says Joe, did you do a training a while back on setting up in stream video ads? I sure did. I’m not if it’s out on the YouTube channel or not yet. Again, at any given time, we have anywhere from 20, 30, 60 days of content that’s like unreleased, that’s sitting there waiting to get scheduled. So heaven forbid, God forbid anything happened to me, I was sick, I just went on a hiatus for a month, that wouldn’t stop you guys all from getting amazing content from me every single day.
Joe Troyer: Okay, so they like this template. So let’s do this one as well. And John, when you get a second, can you just tell me where we’re at in terms of a count? How many did we come up with?
John: There are already 10 templates.
Joe Troyer: 10 templates, all right. Let’s find one or two more and that’ll be it. So does that 10 include our three John?
Joe Troyer: So let’s try to get to 15 then. See if we can get the 15. So then that’ll be essentially a dozen new templates plus our three templates. And this will keep you guys for getting, this will give you guys all the designs that you guys need. And we use these, just so you guys know, we use these as the thumbnails on YouTube videos, but we also use these as the featured images on the blog as well.
Joe Troyer: So Scott Lindsey, thanks for the feedback brother. He said, he gave me one. He said he’s got some good layouts. He’s not a fan of the colors though. We can definitely change the colors. That’s not a problem. So let’s see what he’s doing.
Joe Troyer: So let’s do this. Let’s do sort by most popular. So let’s, John, let’s do this one. Google ad words tutorial 2018 for beginners, Jason Welling. And then let’s see if there’s any that are different enough. Nah. Yeah, let’s do this one too, the aspiring entrepreneur. This is a good one where guys we could keep this overlay color going and you wouldn’t even need to have your personal image here. And I think it would still look good. So let’s do this one as well. Building the business you love, the aspiring entrepreneur. If you guys have any feedback, let me know in the chat. Any others before us? Nope.
Joe Troyer: All right, so let’s do YouTube, let’s do some searches. YouTube in stream ads. Let’s go to a different niche. Let’s do, so Shopify is obviously like a huge rampant market. Frankly, I think 99% of people that are doing Shopify shouldn’t be doing Shopify, but that’s a story for another time. So let’s say like Shopify marketing. All right, I like this one. Let’s do this one. And again guys, I’m trying to find ones for you guys that aren’t influencer driven, that aren’t just like people in the images. Because I’m assuming most of you guys probably don’t want to use those. So if we could do this one, Jarvey Instagram tutorial 2019, the best settings for beginners. And then obviously this background image could always be about whatever it is your topic is on, just a screenshot of the website.
Joe Troyer: So let’s do SAPA Five Facebook ads, Facebook DS. It’s hard to find one without people in them. Oh, that one’s good. Shopify. Google product feed. That’s a good one, okay one. This guy, man, he looks like he’s about to shit his pants. Look at the look on this guy’s face. It’s like oh no, it’s going to happen. All right. I really like this one. It’s a personal brand one, but let’s do this one. Shopify zero to 10,000 tutorial with Google shopping 2018, Marco Rodriguez, The Ecom Project. And then could you give an update of count Ryan, or I’m sorry, John?
John: Already 15.
Joe Troyer: That’s 15?
Joe Troyer: All right, fantastic. So if you guys are excited to get this swipe file, we’re going to put all of these in Canva and we’ll send you guys the link once it’s done. If that sounds absolutely fantastic and you guys are excited for this, do me a favor and just type in the chat box and just say thanks John. Because John is really the one that’s doing this. We went out, we found the templates. We all liked them, but John’s the one that’s going to put all of these in Canva for you and make them nice so that everything’s layered and everything shaped so that you guys can truly take these and run with them. And you guys can have great, fantastic featured images or thumbnails. All right. So John, you’re getting tons of love in the chat.
Joe Troyer: So John, I’m sorry, I’ve got to put you on the spot a little bit. When do you think is realistic for you to be able to get this done, given your other responsibilities and projects you’re working on? You thinking end of next week maybe?
John: Yes. Currently I have a bunch of projects so…
Joe Troyer: Nah, you don’t have any projects man. I don’t know what you’re talking about.
John: Okay, maybe end of next week.
Joe Troyer: Okay. Awesome guys. So the goal will be by Friday of next week. And so let’s John, if we can try to release this video on YouTube next Friday. And then next Friday when this gets released, we’ll also include the link for everybody to go download all the featured image templates or thumbnail templates in Canva.