“Do not judge a book by its cover.” 

We all know and love that saying. It seems so easy to do, right? Wrong. In fact, that statement is the opposite of what people do. In the business world, how you present yourself matters. On social networks like Facebook and Instagram, your visual aesthetic is the determining factor of your long-term success. Today, we will be focusing on YouTube.

Everybody knows YouTube. YouTube is one of the largest search engines, just right after Google. It also happens to be the second most popular website worldwide. That’s why YouTube marketing is a huge strategy for businesses in every industry. (Don’t even get us started on the magic of YouTube influencers.)

So where does “not judging a book by its cover” come into play with YouTube marketing and advertising? Simply put, the target audience whose attention you’re attempting to capture will judge you based on one important factor: your YouTube thumbnail image.

There are many ways to get free YouTube subscribers and grow your channel. However, people will judge your content by the thumbnail image you show up. You want viewers to actually watch your content. So it is imperative to pay attention to the design, in a way that summarizes your content in a single image.

When you upload a new video to YouTube, the system chooses a random frame as a thumbnail. It also gives you the option to upload a custom image that you’ve previously edited on your computer.

Here are several of the best YouTube thumbnail ideas that will help you get more clicks and viewers.

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YouTube is a competitive battleground for video marketers. So much so, that something as seemingly trivial as your YouTube thumbnail could truly make a big difference in the overall success of your videos.

In this post, we are going to look at all the things you should know about YouTube thumbnails, from the ideal Youtube thumbnails size, through to best practices and examples, and even design tools that could make your thumbnails stand out. Continue reading →