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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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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.