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While we always strive to write thoughtful, objective, and useful articles, from time to time there is specific content on ReelSEO that we like place in this featured section. These hand picked articles are meant to feature information beyond the typical news item and are ones that we pride ourselves on. Whether just because we spent a ton of time researching and creating them, or whether its just because we like them, we hope you do as well.

A Brief History of Video Marketing on YouTube

A Brief History of Video Marketing on YouTube

The history of video marketing is constantly evolving and has been through a huge transition since it first hit the internet. In the last 20 years, we've been on a journey from personal, to viral, to social video marketing, and YouTube has been center stage for most of it.

Watch Time: A Guide to YouTube's Most Important Ranking Factor

Watch Time: A Guide to YouTubes Most Important Ranking Factor

YouTube switched it's algorithm in late 2012 to focus on a new ranking factor called, "Watch Time." In this post, I take you through the history of YouTube's algorithm and ranking factors, discuss the reasoning behind why they've changed to "Watch Time," dive deep into the definition of watch-time, and highlight several best practices designed to influence and optimize for YouTube's most important ranking factor.

Reddit + Video: A Comprehensive Guide for Video Marketers

Reddit + Video: A Comprehensive Guide for Video Marketers

Proclaiming your website to be the "front page of the internet" takes some chutzpah, but in the case of Reddit, there is a lot of truth in that assertion. Reddit attracted 135,017,412 unique visitors in Aug 2014, and is arguably, the source for everything shiny-new, and popular on the internet today. Read our tips for reaching your target audience on the site.

4 Free Keyword Research Tools Video Marketers Should Be Using

4 Free Keyword Research Tools Video Marketers Should Be Using

YouTube's Ads Keyword Tool is no more, but we'd argue that it had become less and less effective over time anyway. For video marketers and advertisers in 2014, we suggest 4 free keyword research alternatives to use as part of your marketing strategy.

Facebook Users Watch 1B Videos Per Day, 65% Via Mobile

Facebook Users Watch 1B Videos Per Day, 65% Via Mobile

Facebook's drive to make video content an integral part of everyone's New Feeds is paying off handsomely as the site has reported that users of the social network watch an average of 1 billion videos per day. Video views have increased by an incredible 50% between May and July of this year, and around two-thirds of daily views are via mobile devices.

33 Amazing YouTube Facts & Stats to Tweet & Share [Updated]

33 Amazing YouTube Facts & Stats to Tweet & Share [Updated]

Ever wondered how many hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every 10 seconds? Or how many billions and billions of hours of cat videos, how-tos, music videos, beauty tutorials, and unboxings we watch every month? YouTube is an amazing space and so generates some incredible stats - we bring you 33 of them. Enjoy!

How to Smash the Corporate Barriers That Kill Video Marketing Success

How to Smash the Corporate Barriers That Kill Video Marketing Success

It's rare that a marketing department or agency doesn't encounter some kind of resistance to their video marketing efforts, but when that resistance is coming from high up in the corporate management chain, you will need all the tactics at your disposal to change opinions. Learning how to avoid the cultural pitfalls that are holding you, your team and your company back could transform your video marketing potential.

71% of Marketers Confirm Video Converts Better Than Other Content [Study]

71% of Marketers Confirm Video Converts Better Than Other Content [Study]

Incorporating video content into your digital marketing strategy is an incredibly effective way of reaching your target audience. But it never hurts to have some research that backs that approach up, right? A new study confirms that online video has been found to convert better than other forms of digital content, with 71% of respondents indicating it helps conversion and lead generation.

Experts Debate Winning Video Metrics for Brands in 2014

Experts Debate Winning Video Metrics for Brands in 2014

Online video is consistently showing its value well beyond the one-off viral hit. For the evolution of video marketing to continue, it is important to define what constitutes a "win". At the 2014 ReelSummit, a panel of top video industry experts discussed what kind of video marketing performance metrics, tools and tricks to track, and why.

The Industry Experts Talk Building Your Brand on YouTube

The Industry Experts Talk Building Your Brand on YouTube

The meteoric growth of YouTube has given brands the opportunity to reach their target audiences directly, without having to go via traditional broadcast channels. At the 2014 ReelSummit, industry experts discussed how brands can capitalize on the popularity of YouTube, along with the best methods to reach and connect with their audience.

Micro-Video Marketing Strategies for Brands on Vine & Instagram

Micro Video Marketing Strategies for Brands on Vine & Instagram

In a very short space of time, micro, or short-form video content has become a vital marketing vehicle for many top brands and creators. At ReelSummit 2014, we put together a stellar panel to analyse the current trends for micro-video and which direction it may be heading in. The panel discussed the state of the industry, and why and how brands should look to invest in short-form video content.

Forget Viral! How Industry Dynamics Drive YouTube Performance

Forget Viral! How Industry Dynamics Drive YouTube Performance

Pixability gave attendees at the 2014 ReelSummit some exclusive brand data on YouTube, which highlighted how earned media is driving more engagement and views than branded content could ever hope to. Independent creators, and viewers with their own agendas, are driving the way content is performing and being consumed. His presentation is mandatory viewing for brands who are looking to get it right on YouTube.

4 Ways Brands Can Suck Less & Reach More on YouTube

Do you know how many brands are in the top 100 most subscribed to channels on YouTube? Just 6! YouTube is the ultimate litmus test for brands and at the 2014 ReelSummit, YouTube expert Brendan Gahan walked us through how brands can successfully build communities on YouTube.

5 Totally Tubular Secrets to Brand Success on YouTube

5 Totally Tubular Secrets to Brand Success on YouTube

YouTube has more daily views of its video content than Facebook posts get likes, and a recent survey of teens indicated that YouTube was their preferred social network. So, clearly every video marketing campaign should include the site as part of its strategy. At ReelSummit 2014, Allison Stern, Co-Founder of Tubular, presented "five secrets to success on YouTube," highlighting common brand pitfalls.

YouTube Search & Discovery - Creator Discovery Handbook Part 2

YouTube Search & Discovery   Creator Discovery Handbook Part 2

In the latest in a line of resources aimed at arming video creators and marketers with the right tools to promote their video content, YouTube has released the Creator Discovery Handbook. We've already covered the first part of the Discovery Handbook, specifically Watch Time, and the YouTube Homepage. In this post, we'll be taking a look at what YouTube recommends about video search and discovery.