There were some amazing takeaways and tips for brands, creators, and video marketers from this year's Social Media Marketing World. We're a long way from the days when social media marketers viewed video and YouTube as a small piece of the content marketing pie, at #SMMW16 video took its place as king of online content.
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.
The largest cloud video network on the planet is yours to use for free! YouTube is amazing – you can use Hangouts for quick-n-dirty webcasts, or go into a more complex setup mode for real professional web-casting. But is being free to use a sustainable business model for anyone except YouTube?
Searching for a live event to watch on YouTube used to be a simple affair. But then YouTube changed the navigation and made it that bit harder to find the broadcast you wanted. Luckily, we have a list of URLs that cover live events in all of the categories you need.
You got an account in good standing? 1,000 subscribers? You're set up with SMS verification? You too can start Live Streaming YouTube in a few weeks. Right now, many creators should be able to see an "Enable" button that gets them closer to live nirvana (the state of being, obviously not the band).
The highly-coveted YouTube Live Stream is being made available to Congress. How will politicians use this new tool to their advantage? Will they use it at all? Who will want to watch politicians talk about anything for an extended period of time? We shall soon see.
YouTube may have pulled off a masterstroke when it came to their April Fools Day shenanigans, declaring "The End of YouTube." Behind that April Fools joke was a very successful marketing plan, and it appears to have worked like gangbusters.
There are some whispers about the availability of YouTube Live Stream for everyone. No, no...we must settle down. Only people who already have it can use it, and it's merely improvements to the service as-is. Still, we'll discuss why this rumor took shape.
No wait, there's more! In Part 2 of the YouTube Wish List, we talk about how nice it would be to interact with your commenters better than just the comments section. And more people getting a chance to use that YouTube Live Stream would be awesome, too.