YouTube is the wild west of entertainment if you have a young family. One minute your child could be watching a short clip of Thomas the Tank Engine, the next they could be watching a parody of the show that is wildly inappropriate for children. But now, thanks to a new app called HomeTube, YouTube may find itself much more family-friendly.
Every one of the 10 most watched videos ads on YouTube in the U.S. for August 2014 generated over 1 million views, with the top ad attracting an incredible 8 million. The average length of the video ads featured in this month’s chart pan out at around 3 minutes, with the YouTube audience sticking with those ads for at least 2 minutes.
Facebook’s video auto-play feature has had a mixed reception from users who either welcome its convenience, or who find the whole format to be incredibly intrusive. No matter which camp your feet are firmly planted in, if you have the feature enabled, videos that start to play automatically as you scroll through your News Feed could led to increased cell phone costs.
To an outsider, video codecs can seem almost impossible to understand. But, in reality, the main concepts behind codecs aren’t so convoluted, particularly when an expert takes the time to break down the meanings. Filmmaker David Kong has created an excellent video tutorial that does just that.
Lovers of free music should be thrilled to hear that Spotify will be rolling out a half hour of it via its mobile app in exchange for simply watching a video ad. In a new trial, due for release later this year, anyone using the iOS or Android Spotify app will be given the option to also watch a 15-30 second video ad in return for 30 minutes of ad-free listening.
YouTube’s Ads Keyword Tool is no more, but we’d argue that it had become less and less effective over time anyway. For video marketers and advertisers in 2014, we suggest 4 free keyword research alternatives to use as part of your marketing strategy.
Now that Facebook users are watching 1 billion videos on the site every day, any opportunity to make that video content accessible to all users is welcome. Facebook has now enabled the ability to add closed captions to videos uploaded to its site (if you are in the U.S.).
With digital video now available on an unprecedented number of devices, U.S. based 18-34 year olds are watching 53% more of it than this time in 2013. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s just the Millennials who are consuming more online video. Those aged between 50 and 64 are watching 60% as much, while those of us lucky enough to fall into the 35-49 age bracket are watching 80% more.
Facebook’s drive to make video content an integral part of everyone’s New Feeds is paying off handsomely as the site has reported that users of the social network watch an average of 1 billion videos per day. Video views have increased by an incredible 50% between May and July of this year, and around two-thirds of daily views are via mobile devices.
AOL has announced that the first four episodes of “True Trans with Laura Jane Grace” will premiere on the AOL On Originals home page on October 10, 2014, in a special advance celebration of National Coming Out Day. The 10-episode series follows Laura Jane Grace, the transgender pioneer and lead singer of the punk band Against Me!, who came out as transgender at the height of her music career in 2012.