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Why Matt Cutts Likes Explainer Video.

Shawn 03.17.2014

If you haven’t seen College Humor’s awesome series “What if Google was a Guy”  – you’re welcome. It’s based on the premise that if Google were a guy in your office, your search queries would seem ridiculous or embarrassing.

We all laugh, because obviously Google isn’t a guy. “Google” is a thing made of algorithms, science, future bits, and lol catz.

Except, Google search results are programmed, coded, and monitored – by people. People like Matt Cutts.

If you don’t know who Matt Cutts is – he’s kind of officially the “Google Guy.” Literally.

Matt Cutts Google GuyI typed in “Google Guy” – and even with the success of College Humor’s video – Matt Cutts was still the first search returned in the News category. Keep in mind, I didn’t search “Matt Cutts,” or “Google Webmaster,” and yet Matt Cutts was still the first real result.

So why talk about Matt? What does he have to do with video production? Nothing really – he’s the head of Google’s Webspam Team and has nothing to do with video production whatsoever. He does know a thing or two about SEO though…

As head of this crucial team, Matt deals with thousands of SEO and ranking queries every month, so it’s safe to say when he has news, he’s got a captive audience of avid readers waiting with baited breath. Let’s just say frontpage rankings aren’t a problem for this guy. So, why does Matt – who loves blog posts, for the record – use explainer video as his go-to medium instead of posting his news in a forum or writing a text-only blog?

Matt uses video because people like it.

In a recent post about the decay and fall of guest blogging, Matt used not one but four videos to break down each factor and policy change affecting this complicated topic and explain the new criteria – and people ate it up.

Matt dives into SEO minutiae that would confuse SEO experts – and manages to not just communicate the updates, but charms his audience into understanding them with his personal touch. Each video is from “Matt” – not just a Google Webspam dude.

Explainer video lets Matt keep his audience in mind (so important!) while getting his message across. Four videos to talk about best link-building practices – that’s why you’re the “Google guy,” Matt.

Also, he recently stated on his awesome blog (seriously, you should be reading it) how email responses – even great ones – don’t compare to video explainers:

Answering emails provides the illusion of progress, but it’s one of the least scalable ways to communicate. When you answer an external email, you’re usually helping one person in private, as opposed to helping many people at once like with a video.

Explainer video is more than just demonstrating the value of a product or highlighting its features. It’s an opportunity to engage your market – your audience – with updates to your services, and to give helpful answers to their many, many questions.

Use video to explain yourself, and you might become the go-to “guy” in your field.

If you have any questions about SEO, Google, or spam – just watch more of Matt’s videos at Google webmasters and you’ll be fine.

Shawn

Born in Southern California, Shawn grew up surfing, eating In-N-Out, and growing his hair long. After graduating with a Liberal Arts degree from CSU Long Beach in 2005 he left the crowded freeways behind and spent the better part of a decade traveling the world living for stretches in Rome, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and Brooklyn. He writes novels as well as copy, loves learning keyboard shortcuts, and plays his grandpa’s old lap steel guitar. You can hear his band at ponieswillbiteyou.com

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