YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has confirmed that 50% of traffic to the site now comes from mobile devices. More and more viewers are watching YouTube video content via their tablets and smartphones, and this trend has led to an increase in watch time on the site by 50% per year. Oh, and a new ad-free subscription service may be on the way.
With video consumption sky-rocketing across all devices and all demographics, brands need to make video marketing a central component of their online promotional campaigns. No longer can brands continue to ignore YouTube if they want to reach their target audience.
Adobe and Nielsen have just announced they are collaborating to track and measure digital assets including online video, and online TV. But the new system can only measure online video in terms of reach, and size of audience, when engagement should be the metric that publishers and advertisers need to track.
The growth of online video continues, as the latest benchmark report from Adobe confirms that we watched 38.2 billion videos in Q2 2014, an increase of 43% year-on-year. Thanks to major sporting events, online TV views increased by a staggering 388%.
80% of YouTube views come from outside the U.S., and nearly 70% of views come from non-English speaking countries. If you want to reach an international audience, then translating your closed captions into other languages gives your brand a huge opportunity to expand your potential share of the global market.
Remarketing is a very powerful marketing tool that you can use to track viewers around the Internet after they watch one of your videos on YouTube. It is also a very effective way to build up your YouTube subscriber base. We tell you how in this week's Creator's Tip.
Activision's 'Call of Duty' YouTube channel has more than 2.3 million YouTube subscribers, and has generated over 500 Million views. 'Call of Duty' has also earned its parent company a 9.4% share of voice on YouTube with owned media. But 'Call of Duty' influencer videos (earned media) have been viewed 9.7 billion times, almost 20x the number of views for the brand's owned videos.
Did you know that searches on Google for makeup hit a high in October as millions of people search for inspiration and ideas in the run-up to Halloween? And that Generation C turn to YouTube for their makeup tutorials, and their mobile devices to get product reviews as they shop for cosmetics? We bring you the latest on how video is changing the way we search and shop.
We're all about YouTube Playlists on this week's ReelSEO TubeTalk podcast. We discuss creation, curation, and why Playlists are an essential way to drive Watch Time, which is YouTube's number one ranking factor.
Revenue from online advertising hit a record high in the U.S. in the first half of 2014 at $23.1 billion. Digital video ad revenue alone grew by 13% to $1.5 billion, but it's Mobile that's on target to outgrow Search and banner advertising.