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Video Advertisers: Your Target Audience is Watching and Engaging via Mobile

Did you know that more than half of YouTube views and 65% of Facebook video views occur on mobile devices? The ever-increasing overlap between mobile usage and video consumption means that the top 3 priorities of video advertisers and marketers should really echo those of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki - mobile, mobile, and mobile.
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Will iPhone 6 YouTube Meme Hurt Samsung Too? #BendGate

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the bendy iPhone 6 Plus and the #BendGate meme that has tarnished Apple's reputation. The biggest sales ever of the newest product from technology's most beloved brand took a big hit this week when some videos like "iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test" from Unbox Therapy were uploaded to YouTube to show how the phone could be bent. Now other phone manufacturers, like Samsung, are coming under the same scrutiny.
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Correct Vertical YouTube Videos With This Nifty 2 Second Trick

Although it would be super-cool if everyone that filmed video on their mobile devices shot the footage in landscape, that's not always realistic. However, you can be pro-active and use one of the little tricks that the Internet offers to make the viewing experience more bearable. By taking a couple of seconds to install the following bookmarklet, you can transform any video on YouTube that's been filmed in vertical into something much more watchable - hurrah!
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Videos Are Coming to the App Store: Tips for Marketers and Developers

With more than 1.2 million iOS apps now available in the App Store, many developers struggle to stand out from the crowd. Many have used video to build awareness for their app outside the App Store, but to woo potential users inside the store, their medium has been text and images only. Apple is changing all that with the launch of iOS 8. From September 17th, App developers will be able to upload a 30-second video and App Store visitors will start seeing thumbnails of these videos.
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Spotify To Run Video Ads in Exchange for 30 Mins of Free Music

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.
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Creator Studio App for iOS: One Stop Shop for YouTube Creators

Google has released the Creator Studio app for iOS devices and this app is no slouch. With the increasing importance of mobile in the video market, this app provides a one stop shop for creators to see all of the most important details about their channel on the go.
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Duration of Mobile Video Impacts CTR and Completion Rate Differently

How does the duration of the mobile video ad impact metrics like completion rates and click through rates? Does a longer ad mean more drop off and less clicks or is there some plot twist in the story? The only way to truly find out is to dive right in and check out what the Mobile Marketing Association's latest research came back with.
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Skippable Mobile Video Ad Completion Rates Low, CTR Near Non-skippable

The Mobile Marketing Association has put out its first report on mobile video benchmarks. As a first go round it's not bad and offers some interesting insights, while lacking some more specific information. Still, it does a decent enough job of looking at CTR and completion rates for skippable and non-skippable mobile video ads in three major formats, linear video, interstitial and value exchange (incentivized).
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AOL Partners with Miramax on Free Movie Streaming

Miramax is sorting out a deal with AOL to run ad-supported full-length films on the latter's On network. This is the first foray into long-form for AOL, so many eyes will be watching, from both a technical aspect (can they pull it off) and from a consumer aspect (I can watch Pulp Fiction without a subscription?). It also could become the case study on how to fully monetize a massive movie library since Miramax already has multiple SVOD deals.
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How to Disable Auto Play Videos on Facebook [Tutorial]

Facebook introduced video ads, and of course, they made them auto play. We show you how to turn off auto play videos as much as possible through the standard web browser interface and the main mobile apps on Android and iOS. It's not all 100% thing on mobiles, but at least you can cut down on it. However, you will need to do it for each device and browser you access Facebook through.
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Amazon Fires Major Salvo in OTT War with Fire TV

Amazon wants to set your TV on FIRE! Oh, wait, they announced the Fire TV, that must be why they have been doing all that Kindle-ing. They have priced their OTT device at $99 but it comes chock full of tech and has the content to back it up. So the question is, will it generate a response with its intended audience, and will the competitors, pardon the pun, fire back?
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13 Essential (and Not so Essential) Chromecast Apps

Chromecast is a handy little device but if you want to get the most out of it you are going to want to install a ton of apps that will let you stream and beam content from your PC or mobile device straight to your TV screen. Luckily, there are already some great apps on the market, with the promise of more to come.