The first two episodes of the AOL Original series ‘Follow Me’ have premiered, and the debut shows offer a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of two YouTube celebrities, Brittani Louise Taylor, and online video boy group sensation Our 2nd Life. So, what lessons can internet marketers and video content producers learn from BLT and O2L appearing on AOL?
The 2014 Reel Summit starts tomorrow and we’ve created a hashtag – #ReelSummit – so that all the inspiring content creators, brands, marketers, and video producers who are converging on San Francisco can share what they’re seeing, hearing, learning, and thinking with their clients, customers, colleagues, and communities across social media.
Bigger. That’s the only word we can use to describe VidCon right now. With over 18,000 attendees, the program is definitely bigger this year, both in physical size and in scope. VidCon has added a ton more Q&As and signings to get in touch with your favorite stars.
186.1 million Americans watched online videos last month, that’s very slightly down from March 2014, but Google sites still dominate the video content properties chart, and VEVO still maintains its rock-solid lead as the YouTube channel with the most unique views.
comScore’s Online Video Rankings are out for March 2014, and they confirm that 187 million Internet-connected Americans watched 46.6 billion online videos, including 28.7 billion video ads. VEVO, ZEFR, Maker and Disney were the top YouTube channels for unique viewers.
The new year has not started out right for the online video industry with numbers dropping across the board in terms of viewers, minutes and ads. But is this an actual depression or just the late winter/post-holiday blues for the online video industry? With the release of comScore’s February Video Ranking numbers we can find out what’s going on. We do know that AOL is the #1 video ad property site again though and that Maker Studios reclaims the #2 YouTube channel spot.
Disney is reported to be in talks to acquire Maker Studios, in a bid to acquire one of the biggest, and most successful YouTube networks around. The deal is rumored to be worth around $500 million and could be a major coup for Disney.
A group of YouTube MCNs and other digital video companies have got together and founded GOVA – the Global Online Video Association. Its goals include working to set industry standards, support those with investments in original digital content and work toward better monetization and wider utilization of that content for advertising and marketing.
January didn’t quite compare to December in the comScore Video Metrix numbers, but it was still a good start to the new year. One thing to always keep in mind here is how comScore defines a video and the fact that Netflix isn’t included in these reports. Still, SpotXchange did themselves proud and topped the video ad property list clearing AOL and the rest by a good margin. Google remained top site overall and MCN VEVO reigned in the YouTube Partner Channels area.
Supernovae explode, flare up and then fade quickly, so it’s an apt name for the company formerly known as Viddy, which was just purchased by YouTube Partner and MCN Fullscreen. I go beyond the dollar amounts to look at what it could all mean for Fullscreen.