The internet truly is the great tool, as it had been proven so many times.

As long as one has access, the online world provides an undiscriminating platform for anyone to share their inner most thoughts, political slant or dancing cat videos. Everything is accepted, as an example, it’s how Justin Beiber got famous.

In the information age, content is king and sites like YouTube allow people to share everything from the sublime to the mundane, and some surprising creators are turning that content into serious cash.

YouTube allows people to monetise their channel by putting advertisements in front of their videos. Google takes solid 45 per cent of the ad generated revenue, leaving the rest to the creator of the video — depending on the engagement with the ad, 1,000 views can earn you somewhere between $1 to $5.

With such an even split it can be very difficult to make any genuine money from YouTube but one mysterious woman has made nearly $6 million last year (US $4.9 million) from YouTube ads alone.

What amazing strategy did she produce to captivate such a huge audience you ask?

She opened Disney toys.

Yep. While some of the top earning YouTube accounts include the established entertainment powers of EMI Music and the WWE, this mysterious woman has beaten them all out.
Her channel, DisneyCollector BR, consists of hundreds of videos of a pair of nail-polished hands “unboxing” everything from My Little Pony figurines to Disney-themed Play-Doh.Each video last around five minutes and never strays from the product as a cute little voice guides the viewer through the delicate unveiling of each toy and the ensuing demonstration of its features.

The account has 3,487,218 subscribers, with her top video, “Play Doh Sparkle Princess,” notching a staggering 178,415,686 views and contributing to the mind-boggling total of 4,767,605,816 views across the channel (certainly more by the time you’ve finished reading this).

With the tech-savviness of toddlers these days, it stands to reason that a bulk of the channel’s viewership is young children that love watching the same videos over and over again. A brief scroll through some of the poorly spelt comments consisting of frequent admissions of love seems to support this notion.

It may seem perplexing but the trend of “unboxing” products on YouTube is one that has steadily grown in popularity with YouTube seeing a 57 per cent increase in unboxing videos from 2013 to 2014.

DisneyCollectBR is just the first person to target the youngest demographic with such success.

While the woman’s identity remains a mystery, the New York Times traced the videos back to a 21-year-old woman in New York while Buzzfeed’s “best guess” is a 43-year-old Brazilian woman who lives near DisneyWorld in Florida Whoever she may be, the one thing that is abundantly clear is: she’s a genius. And a wealthy one at that.

 

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If you're not producing video for social media, now might be the time to get started. Or at least this is the advice that online marketing Jayson DeMers is offering.

"I have seen brands use video and micro video to tremendous advantage, to put out content that is very shareable and very popular with social audiences on Facebook, Twitter and Google+", DeMers says. "When executed well, micro video is a very effective marketing tactic."

The social media landscape is evolving rapidly, and therefore, your social media marketing strategy cannot remain static. Instead, it’s important to re-evaluate the business goals, social media campaigns, platform results and revise your strategy at least once a year -- if not quarterly. Being aware of trends in the social sphere can help you design better strategies, apply the most effective tactics and choose where to invest your staff as well as financial resources.

A prediction that Jayson DeMers is making for 2014 is that the visual content will win.

The average social media channel is estimated to have 63 percent imagery elements. Therefore, visual platforms are having an important and increasing role in the social media for businesses. According to a study, 29% of Pinterest users bought an item after posting and re-pinning it on the network.

Another element to keep in mind is the fact that the video content has never been hotter, even more now due to the addition of distribution networks, such as Vine and Instagram featuring micro videos. And we can’t forget about infographics, as they are another effective promotion tool for businesses with both a bounty of data and absorbing stories to tell.

Maybe not every platform will be right, but spending the time to find the visual angle to your business’ story and experimenting with different content formats can help revitalize your social media marketing strategy.

So, join the digital age today and boost your business by working with a professional video production team.  For great deals on video production, contact us now!