If you’re only starting out on YouTube, a great option for a first video is to just sit down in front of your camera and introduce yourself. Welcome your new viewers and subscribers to your channel and tell them who you are
Reel in your audience by talking about all the exciting new content they can expect from you. Give them a compelling reason to subscribe and learn more about your business. Have a plan and structure ready for your first but don’t spend hours overthinking it. You don’t want this to sound scripted and mechanical.
Here are a few different types of introductory YouTube videos to get you inspired:
Make a Channel Trailer
A channel trailer is your opportunity to make a good first impression when viewers initially find your channel. It’s the first video they’ll see, as it’s positioned right at the top and plays automatically when they’ve clicked through.
Keep it brief and focus on the unique features of your content. Update your channel intro frequently with clips from the best videos or funny bloopers to whet potential subscribers’ appetites.
Consider creating an Intro for your channel trailer and all your subsequent videos. If you’re only getting started, free stock footage can offer great options to experiment with. Just take a stock video and edit it to fit your unique channel. Consult with the marketing department to ensure your intro encapsulates your brand voice.
Have a Q&A Session
Use a Q&A session to introduce followers from other social media platforms to your new YouTube channel. If you’re bringing followers over to YouTube, ask them to submit questions for your first Q&A on your new channel.
Submitting questions and getting an answer from experts in the business themselves helps to put a face to your company and create a more personal connection with customers, as they feel heard and understood.
This is also a great opportunity to host a YouTube premiere where people can submit questions via live chat. Live content is trending on social media, so this is a good way to connect your YouTube channel to other platforms and broadcast to other accounts. To complete this cycle, create snippets of your Q&A session and use them to boost your social media content.
Upload Behind the Scenes Footage
Give your subscribers a peek behind the lens of your camera and show them how you prep your videos, record them, and edit them. Everyone loves a good tutorial and showcasing your video production process is an incredibly authentic way to do that.
Give your audience some insight into the processes involved in creating your high-quality content and give them advice on how they can do the same. To add a bit of fun, you can also include some outtakes from your last few videos.
Introduce a Friend or Family Member
If one of your friends or a family member is also comfortable in front of a camera, consider introducing them to your audience. This type of video makes your subscribers feel part of a community, as they get to see who you are through the eyes of the people closest to you.
Start the video with a general description of you and what your friends or family members think about you. Follow that with some prepared questions about yourself and you’ll be able to give your viewers a well-rounded image of yourself.
Tell Your Subscribers about Your Experiences in a Story Time Video
Share a story from your life experience that might be interesting to your subscribers. Quirky and funny stories work well for this type of video and they don’t only provide entertainment but also help your audience to get to know you better.
Make sure you create an eye-catching thumbnail that portrays the most dramatic moment in your story to put on your video. YouTubers often craft a thumbnail image that draws their audience in with an over-the-top expression on their faces.
Draw Your Life in a YouTube Video
Draw My Life videos involve YouTubers illustrating their life story on a whiteboard while they narrate their experience in a voice-over. These videos usually portray key events in content creators’ lives and form a coherent story up until the present moment.
You can create this kind of video when you start your channel but also later to tell your subscribers new information they might not know about you. Update the video whenever you feel like you’ve gone through major changes in your life.
Start a Discussion Live
Use your YouTube channel to initiate a thought-provoking discussion. Introduce your topic and opinion in a live video to get as many views as possible and ask your audience questions. They can voice their opinions in the comments or even reply with a reaction video.