Video on Instagram was launched with a good deal of fanfare a year ago on June 20, 2013. But its first birthday came and went on Friday without much celebration. The site confirms that 200 million active Instagram users have shared 20 billion photos, but they’re strangely silent about the number of videos shared in the last year. Is it because Instavids are getting less shares than Vines or YouTube videos?
On YouTube, brand videos site side-by-side with user-generated, or fan-made videos. These independent creators may choose to make videos supportive of the brand, or they may act as detractors. Coca-Cola has a very active World Cup ad campaign running on YouTube, but one fan-made video is catching all the views. And the brand aren’t responding to this particular meme.
YouTube has over one billion unique visitors each month, but it’s underutilized by brands. YouTube has been educating brands on a new content strategy framework called “Hero, Hub, Hygiene”, which outlines the types of videos the site recommends they create for their channel to grow organic viewership and subscribers. We take a look at a new cheat sheet for that strategy.
The process of creating a successful branded video, one that has the potential to go viral, doesn’t have to be based on pure chance. The key is to have a systematic plan that uses engagement, timing, distribution, and strategy to build the initial audience of your video. We give you five essential tips to boost your video marketing strategy.
The FIFA 2014 World Cup hasn’t even started, but its ads have already outperformed this year’s Super Bowl. In fact, the top 20 most shared World Cup commercials have already attracted almost a third more shares than the top 20 Super Bowl 2014 ads – months after Super Bowl Sunday.
As a brand, creator, or video marketer, there is nothing more exciting – or nerve-racking – than tracking how your video content is performing in the hours, and days after its upload. We know that 42% of social shares occur within the first 72 hours, and that those shares can be tracked across Facebook, and Twitter. But how is that video faring on YouTube in terms of views per hour?
The challenge for the car insurance business is that talking about their products is kind of boring. So insurers have taken to TV, and to YouTube, with humorous ads that will make their name memorable with viewers. On YouTube, these videos have the added benefit of being shared, re-uploaded, or even re-enacted by people who enjoy them, but who is winning the battle of the memes?
Just where is the line between music video and full-blown ad? If last month’s most shared video ads are anything to go by, it’s a question we are going to be asking more and more this year. Strutting its stuff in the number one spot is a video that could equally be argued as either – “La La La Brazil 2014”, from Danone and Shakira.
FIFA 2014 kicks off in a couple of weeks, and some of the world’s biggest brands are already cashing in on the attention that the soccer tournament is attracting. Nike, and Samsung top the chart of the most shared World Cup focused video ads, according to a new report from our friends at Unruly.
For our viral video predictions this week we have a bunny eating raspberries, which is just about the cutest thing ever, Austria’s winning entry for Eurovision, a Digital Short from SNL, and a really horrifying clown prank. Enjoy!