yt and fb The rapid rise of online video over the last decade means that businesses not taking advantage of it for marketing purposes are missing out on a lot of traffic. According to a Cisco Global IP Traffic forecast, “IP video traffic will be 79 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2018, up from 66 percent in 2013.”

YouTube is still seen as the main player for online video services although Facebook has quickly established itself as a major player in the brand marketing segment. As of November 2014, after last year’s boom of premium ad options for native videos, Facebook has surged ahead of YouTube video posts. Following the proliferation of social networks sharing has become as prominent as searching. YouTube introduced easy video upload yet a lot of content users do not know about will surface through social networking.

The rise of the ubiquitous viral video, attributed to YouTube, is also the result of sharing via Facebook and Twitter. Marketing strategy for online video content should consider the nature of the video and ultimately its potential lifespan. Video on YouTube is longer staying, with more in-depth content users will actively search for. Facebook’s focus is on short and superficial, relying on exposure through social buzz; once out of the news feed exposure dramatically decreases. Choosing your online video marketing strategy platform should reflect the video content generated by your brand for the right brand focus.

Facebook’s main advantage is in the nature of the platform: extensive and constantly rising social user base. Preferential treatment is given to its native videos when determining what users see in their feed, together with the recently introduced autoplay video content in news feeds within its App Install ads.

YouTube on the other hand is investing into community of creators of staying quality. Something to keep in mind about YouTube is that, unlike Facebook where content is tied to the platform, link sharing is possible wherever your online coverage is supported.

One study examining the inherent differences of Facebook video and YouTube links discovered that although there are 8 times as many YouTube links shared compared to Facebook, engagement rate for Facebook is 40% higher with twice as many comments than YouTube. Deciding which platform fits your needs doesn’t necessarily have to be about exclusivity as both can be used despite their seemingly divergent focus.

Michelle Phan, covered in our recent post, is a user whose content fits the YouTube model. She also advertises new videos on Facebook to direct her audience to YouTube using call to action at the end of a short Facebook video. With this approach she has gained positional advantage of both platforms to promote content and drive YouTube views with different content to fit Facebook posts for more efficiency.

BuzzFeed is an example of another approach with brand content that falls right between both platforms. BuzzFeed’s strategy is to maximize views and exposure by using both platforms to get content up and to as many people as possible. This approach also takes into account that each platform has different ways of content discovery. Also in BuzzFeed’s case preference among its users for one platform is not necessarily constant; a big hit on Facebook can be a flop on YouTube and vice versa.

In the fast changing online marketing environment it is important to implement the right strategy for your needs to get ahead of the competition. If you are interested in collaborating with a professional video marketing company we want to hear from you so that we can assist you in developing the right product for your needs. If you are interested in having a collaboration with a professional video marketing company, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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One of the new changes from this year in Facebook is represented by the amount of video present on the news feed, amount that has tripled since last year, to the joy of many users and advertisers who discovered this option.

There is only one person who can foresee who big will the video be on the social network, and that is Fidju Simo, the Director of Product in charge of video. Simo and her team are planning to tweak the website’s design in order to facilitate the way marketers can buy video ads and allow them to monitor their campaigns.   Her efforts are central to Facebook tapping the U.S. online-video advertising market, which is estimated according to EMarketer Inc. to  reach $7.8 billion this year, up 30 percent from $6 billion in 2014.

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“We’re just really at the beginning of understanding what video on Facebook is about,” Simo said. “We want to make sure that we’re really communicating on how people are engaging with video so marketers can really understand.”

Facebook has released a progress report  about video on the social network, including how users and brands have boosted the amount of video in the news feed by 3.6 times in the past year. In addition, the number of video posts per person has jumped 75 percent, with more than half of daily U.S. visitors watching at least one video a day, the company said. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a November public question-and-answer session that in five years, most of Facebook will be video.

Facebook now has to create new metrics for marketers to evaluate their video-ad campaigns, including how many people clicked on a link at the end of a video.

Facebook doesn’t break out revenue from video ads, for which it has been charging $1 million or more a day for 15-second spots, people familiar with the situation have said.

Facebook “is coming on strong and has the potential to put pressure on YouTube,” according to an EMarketer report  that said social media will change the rules for video advertising.

Facebook has been taking more steps to improve video ads. In September, the company unveiled an ad server tool called Atlas to let marketers get data on how often individuals saw ads and on what device -- something that’s essential for video now that 65 percent of Facebook’s video is viewed via mobile devices. In July, Facebook also agreed to acquire startup LiveRail, which will help it serve video advertisements outside of the social network.

“LiveRail will make it so that publishers can be more efficient, and Atlas can help them understand how it helped their business,” said Brian Boland, a vice president focused on ads at Facebook.

As Facebook Director states, this is really the year wherea lot of investment and advertisers are now embracing the fact that we are big in video and new investments will be made in this direction.  If you are interested in having a collaboration with a professional video marketing company, please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

 

 

In this world of technology and sharing, keeping your followers updated has become an essential factor in any business. A very good example is Beyonce’s Facebook page, where she shared a 4 minutes video with behind the scenes to see the preparations for her live performance last month at the MTV Video Music Awards. The impact  of this video is very simple to count: in the first four hours, Facebook users watched the video 2.4 million times. On YouTube, the four-minute clip garnered just a few thousand views during that time.

What is the difference between these 2 methods of promotion? Many of the singer’s 64 million Facebook fans have spotted this video in their news feeds and shared it with their friends, while the people who saw it on Google’s YouTube did not have such an easy way to spread their enthusiasm and letting their friends now. According to the  head of digital at Parkwood Entertainment, Beyoncé’s management company, they are using Facebook a lot as an empowering and a connection tool: “For us, Facebook has become the primary platform that we use to communicate content to fans.”

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YouTube is still the big gorilla of online video, especially as an archive for work with lasting appeal and as a place where creators can make money from ads sold around their material. But Facebook’s ability to use social connections to make content popular fast, along with changes the social network has made to its news feed to showcase video better, have helped fuel rapid growth in the amount of video viewed on the service over the last year.

In  June, Facebook had  about 1.3 billion monthly users worldwide and started serving  up to an average of a billion video views a day, two-thirds of them on mobile devices. About 100 million new videos are uploaded every month. While that is a small fraction of YouTube’s traffic, it is up significantly from just a few months ago.

Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, said that video was still in its infancy on Facebook. Ordinary users are just starting to learn how to shoot great video on their smartphones, and most professional video creators do not yet know how to use the social network to amplify their audiences. The company itself is just beginning to grapple with how to give its users a satisfying video experience on the site.

Facebook also needed to upgrade its infrastructure to host more video and deliver it quickly and smoothly — a goal the company is still working on, along with other improvement. “We don’t support embedding right now. We should,” Mr. Cox said in an interview, referring to the ability to incorporate a Facebook video into other sites. “We need to make sure people have good controls over how and what videos they are seeing.”

Video creators are still plumbing the mysteries of what type of video does best on Facebook, so be prepared for more news here. Perhaps nothing demonstrated Facebook’s strengths in video more than the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” this summer’s social media phenomenon in which millions of people, from celebrities to unknowns, poured buckets of ice water over their heads and challenged others to do the same to raise money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other charitable endeavors.

Between June 1 and Sept. 1, Facebook said, more than 17 million videos related to the challenge were shared on its service. Those videos were viewed more than 10 billion times by more than 440 million people. Unlike YouTube, which places ads before and around many of the videos on its site, Facebook does not get any direct revenue from video traffic other than from a few videos similar to television commercials that are bought specifically as ads.

The business world is more and more prepared for businesses using video marketing strategies to grow. If you are interested in having a collaboration with a professional video marketing company, please do not hesitate to contact us!