2016 sees video firmly at the forefront of consumer consumption, whatever the platform, whatever the device. Traditional media publishers and new players in digital media must deliver video content to the audience on the audience's terms.
Who would have thought that a video about a Chewbacca mask would not only go viral across the Internet, but would shatter all Facebook Live records in just 4 days! And, with over 140M+ views, a number of brands are also benefitting from the exposure.
In October 2015, Xbox hosted a six-hour live-streamed event on YouTube which helped Halo 5 break sales records for the brand. Over the course of the event, around 8M viewers tuned in, with a dedicated 700K gamers staying for the full 6 hours.
Adoption of live-streaming video by brands has soared in the last few years, due to apps like Periscope, and new features like Facebook Live. Even YouTube is rumored to be launching an live-streaming app called YouTube Connect. It's a trend that video marketing teams need to consider as part of their digital strategy.
The VidCon 2016 Industry Track will give attendees 22 different sessions where they can hear how to unlock the secrets behind the major video platforms. Brands, agencies, marketers, and creators won't want to miss this event!
In 2015, the average Twitch user watched over 130 more minutes of video each month than the average YouTube viewer. In fact, the average Twitcher is on the site for over 7 hours per month, and that's a huge marketing and advertising opportunity for brands.
Video marketers should be taking advantage of all platforms to make their video content stretch as far as possible. If you are using Periscope, it's worth thinking about uploading your best broadcasts to YouTube so you can better engage with your entire audience.
YouTube is updating the site with 10 new shiny things to provide a better experience for all. New features include better comment management to flush out those trolls, plus access to more analytics data via mobile devices.
The Meerkat app works with Twitter to bring live-streaming video to the social network, and it's creating quite the buzz in the online video industry. As long as somebody has the link to your Meerkat stream they can view it on their desktop or iOS devices.
A new report from Nielsen confirms that digital TV consumption is growing at a phenomenal rate, while traditional broadcast TV viewing is on the decline. That being said, TV still accounts for an average of about 141 hours watched each month, compared to 11 hours a month for online content.
Reel Gamer is a resource that helps gamers build their audience, both on Twitch, and on YouTube. The site created specific video content around a particular event, and generated a huge 380% increase in views on Twitch overnight. Read about how it did it, and what it takes to engage an audience to that extent.
The barriers to entry for live-streaming branded video content have never been lower. It's easier than ever to broadcast a live event out to an engaged audience, but there are many factors to consider such as cost, delivery and accessibility.
On this week's Creator's Tip, Jeroen "JW" Wijering, the co-founder of JWPlayer, and one of the world's leading experts on optimizing video for mobile, shares some very useful tips on how to optimize video content for on-the-move consumption.