Cadbury showed off its baking skills and rustled up a yummy chocolate cake for Facebook's 10th birthday, Mercedes took us for a snowy but blistering ride around its test track, and Ralph Lauren's Polo Bear got his own Winter Olympics kit. Welcome to the best of the week's branded Instagram videos.
In terms of viral video advertising, how did brands fare last month, and what ads worked for them regarding engagement, sharing, and general social buzz? Will it be the last month that a 'prankvert' hits the top spot and how many Super Bowl ads will we see in February's chart?
Twitch, the video gaming live streaming video platform, is ahead of Facebook, Hulu, Amazon, and Tumbler when it comes to the market share of peak U.S. internet traffic. It ranks fourth, behind Netflix, Amazon, and Apple. Not bad for such a young company.
Netflix is putting a lot of time and energy into modeling neural networks and so I strip out the amazing technical jargon and look at it from a "what does it do for online video and video viewers" as opposed to a "how many GPUs does it take to train an artificial neural network in under a week?" See, why I took the other approach?
Google is caving in to pressure over its internal metrics and allowing comScore to integrate directly into another product. This time, it's DoubleClick getting some TV-like metrics as well as some brand lift surveys and measurement, all in real-time. This could ultimately allow for broad spectrum, cross-platform, cross-media programmatic buying thanks to comparable metrics in one interface.
Verizon promised subscribers that their FiOS (Fiber Optic Bundled Service) would be 'an even FASTER way to transfer data for Internet and TV - literally connecting you to all you love at the speed of light.' Some of those subscribers would beg to differ and are complaining about slower speeds when connected to Netflix.
YuMe and Interpet crunched some numbers on a couple multi-device campaigns and came back with some positive results in terms of things like brand rating, recommendation and purchasing. Without the full reports it's hard to gauge the numbers in terms of 'should you be moving budget dollars into these types of ads.' Hopefully, more information will make for more conclusive determination on the impact of these types of ads.
Due to its sheer size and popularity, YouTube has always commanded the lion’s share of the attention and buzz when it comes to video marketing. However, it’s important to look beyond YouTube and consider additional video distribution networks,
The VoD market is alive and well in Spain with many companies supplying video on demand content to Spanish paying subscribers. The conditions are ideal for Netflix to make a move but there's no sign of them expanding into the country anytime soon.
Chromecast may be as cheap as chips to buy, but not every TV, cable, or other broadcast provider is on board, and many may never be. Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Comcast have their own plans for distribution, and Chromecast probably isn't on any of their lists.
Susan Wojcicki will face several strategic challenges as the head of YouTube. She'll need to figure out how to significantly increase the number of advertisers who are using TrueView in-stream ads as well as dramatically increase the amount of money they spend on YouTube.
TV Everywhere is increasing according to Adobe who tracked 574 million-plus TV Everywhere video streams, more than doubling the amount of streams they tracked in 2012. Mobile devices are leading the way and iOS takes the largest portion of the views, of course.
Benedict Cumberbatch helps the Count on Sesame Street, Australia shows us what a very bad idea it is to play truant from school, Instagram goes all 80's and Sir Fedora wins the internet. Watch the pick of the must-see videos of the week.
Search on Google for a music video, song lyric, artist or band and the chances are you will see a new type of search result. Player sized thumbnails are being returned for the top music queries, which is handy for the user, but is it all skewed in favor of YouTube?
Amazon has teamed up with FreeWheel to begin ramping up video advertising at the world's largest eCommerce site. The possibilities are mind-boggling when you think about the amount of behavior data they probably have stored on shoppers.
On this week's Creator's Tip we show you how to add specific formatting tags to your YouTube videos to remove the window-boxing, or black bars around them, and how to make them either display in wide-screen or to remove the wide-screen aspect.