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Getting interactions with annotations and cards
One of the advantages of using YouTube is that not only can you get people to watch your video, but you can also add interactivity.
The first way to do this is by including links in the description. Make sure you include the “http” or “https” from the URL and it will be clickable. That’s nice, but a better way to do this is with annotations and cards.
Annotations allow you to direct people to other videos or to your website. In order to do that, though, you need to set your website as an associated website. This prevents you from linking in the video to random sites, turning youtube into a haven for spam.
Cards are different. While annotations are very basic, cards put up a nice graphic inside the video and leave a little “i” behind after an initial display of the card. For more on cards, and why they may or may not be an improvement, check out this video from The Frugal FilmMaker (https://youtu.be/nInIGrHXFA0)
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