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Data-driven Creativity Produces Most Successful Video Ad Campaigns

Data driven Creativity Produces Most Successful Video Ad Campaigns

Coming up with a great video ad concept is a true art form. But just as a boring or confusing commercial won’t hook a single viewer, the best video ad in the world won’t significantly drive sales if it reaches the wrong people or is distributed over the wrong channels. A successful campaign needs the best of both worlds: effective use of data mixed with inspired creative elements.

Create A Quality Video Without Spending A Fortune

Create A Quality Video Without Spending A Fortune

The higher the budget, the better the video production. However, there are alternatives to time consuming and expensive location shooting. There are several great options for producing beautiful videos that have clear audio without ever shooting anything. We take a look at the choices on offer.

Hump Day vs. State Farm Jake in the Battle of YouTube Memes

Hump Day vs. State Farm Jake in the Battle of YouTube Memes

The challenge for the car insurance business is that talking about their products is kind of boring. So insurers have taken to TV, and to YouTube, with humorous ads that will make their name memorable with viewers. On YouTube, these videos have the added benefit of being shared, re-uploaded, or even re-enacted by people who enjoy them, but who is winning the battle of the memes?

The Top 20 Most Shared Online Video Ads For May 2014

The Top 20 Most Shared Online Video Ads For May 2014

Just where is the line between music video and full-blown ad? If last month’s most shared video ads are anything to go by, it’s a question we are going to be asking more and more this year. Strutting its stuff in the number one spot is a video that could equally be argued as either - “La La La Brazil 2014”, from Danone and Shakira.

Maybelline vs. MAC - What Will YouTube Beauty Vloggers Be Wearing on Date Night?

Maybelline vs. MAC   What Will YouTube Beauty Vloggers Be Wearing on Date Night?

You may have heard of top beauty vloggers like Michelle Phan, but there are tens of thousands of other women on YouTube who are also making videos about similar topics. These videos can range anywhere from a few views to millions of views. Octoly took at look at the data on earned media for beauty brands.

Video Wars: YouTube Versus the Rest of the World

Video Wars: YouTube Versus the Rest of the World

YouTube is, and has been for much of the past decade, the single most dominant force in on-line video. But it's becoming less relevant for video creators as options amass. Now that companies like YouTube, and Netflix, have all contributed in lowering bandwidth costs, the market is ripe for opportunity and change.

What's the Optimal Length for Your Tutorial Video? Shorter Than You Think

Whats the Optimal Length for Your Tutorial Video? Shorter Than You Think

“How long should my video be?” The real question really ought to be “How short should my video be?” Videos are very accessible, and lend themselves to being shared, but unlike display ads, and images it’s up to our audience whether they will click play and choose to watch them or not. So make it easier for them to make that choice.

Who Is Racing Ahead on YouTube? An Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz Case Study

Who Is Racing Ahead on YouTube? An Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz Case Study

Car manufacturers are very familiar with races on the track. But what about competition on YouTube? Today we put the Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz brands to the test to find out how each are doing in terms of owned and earned media. All three are German luxury brands that perform well in the U.S. and across the world. But how well do they do on the world's No. 1 video platform?

6 Crucial Steps To Creating The Most Effective Animated Video For Your Website

6 Crucial Steps To Creating The Most Effective Animated Video For Your Website

Users don't want to sit and read through reams and reams of text on the internet, and with attention spans shorter than ever, you need to work hard to keep visitors engaged when they land on your site. A video is a great way of doing this, so take a moment to read about the most important steps in the video creation process.

How to Make YouTube Collaborations Actually Work for Brands

How to Make YouTube Collaborations Actually Work for Brands

Collaborations are an integral part of the YouTuber community and it is via this joint exposure that both parties have the opportunity to grow their audience at an impressive rate. "Collabs", as they are more commonly known, is a cross-over appearance on someone else's YouTube channel, and is unquestionably an effective tool for all concerned, including viewers.

6 Excruciating Video Production Clichés to Avoid Like the Plague

6 Excruciating Video Production Clichés to Avoid Like the Plague

Video creators fall back on clichés because they’re familiar, comfortable, and self-explanatory. They boil an idea down to a few simple words or one iconic image. The flip side is that clichés are overused, meaningless, insincere, and, yes, generic. Your business presumably has a unique story, so why not just tell it.

Why YouTube Views Clampdown Benefits Advertisers

Why YouTube Views Clampdown Benefits Advertisers

Late last year, YouTube changed their algorithm to thwart companies that send traffic to YouTube videos for a fee. So, how are video seeding companies affected by YouTube’s clampdown? And why is it a plus for advertisers?

Video ROI: 3 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Video Investment

Video ROI: 3 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Video Investment

It's slightly alarming how some organizations treat video as an expense, something on their income statement that should be reduced whenever possible, rather than an investment in their brand. While there is nothing wrong with getting more value for your money, the problem is that the old adage “you get what you pay for” starts to come into play.

The Missing Piece of the Video Ad Puzzle: Content Plus Monetization

The Missing Piece of the Video Ad Puzzle: Content Plus Monetization

Video is an integral part of almost every publishers’ digital content strategy. Or it should be. Much of the conversation for publishers about video advertising centers on content: where to get it, how to optimize it and how to get their audience users to view it. Often missing from the conversation is the other side of the video ad equation: monetization.

YouTube Embeds: Do They Affect The Credibility of Your Website?

YouTube Embeds: Do They Affect The Credibility of Your Website?

If you were to embed a video on your website, would you be seen as more “credible” if that video was a YouTube embed, with YouTube branding a controls clearly visible), or some other video player? The results may surprise you.