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YouTube's Top 20 Most Watched Video Ads of the Year

YouTubes Top 20 Most Watched Video Ads of the Year

The season of lists continues and YouTube has just released their Top 20 Ads People Choose list for 2012. That's an important distinction: these are advertisements that people wanted to watch.  And that's what brands need to do when they create online content.  Because as ...

Move Over Viral, We've Entered the Age of Social Video

Move Over Viral, Weve Entered the Age of Social Video

As social video becomes of more prominence in online video buys and of increasing interest to brands in all verticals, it seems helpful to have a full look at the current landscape of social video, its players, buying tactics, strategies, results from social video campaigns, as well as what's on the horizon for social video.

The Ultimate Guide to Optimizing YouTube Closed Captions for E-commerce [Step-by-Step Tutorial]

The Ultimate Guide to Optimizing YouTube Closed Captions for E commerce [Step by Step Tutorial]

The emergence of YouTube as an e-commerce selling tool has been well documented on ReelSEO as far back as 2010 with "Video E-Commerce and Video SEO for Retailers". Many experts have blogged about using the power of YouTube to promote products and burnish brands. My ...

Should You Join a YouTube Network? The Pros and Cons of YouTube Partner Networks [Reel Web #67]

Should You Join a YouTube Network? The Pros and Cons of YouTube Partner Networks [Reel Web #67]

On this week's Reel Web, we cover several online video related news items from the past week including the new YouTube studio space just opened in Los Angeles, updates to VYou's video Q&A platform, and more.  We also spend some time addressing a common question ...

Tutorial: How-to Create a Custom YouTube End Slate / Card [Creators Tip #64]

Tutorial: How to Create a Custom YouTube End Slate / Card [Creators Tip #64]

Creating a custom, interactive end slate (A.K.A. tail slate, outro, end screen) for the end of your YouTube videos is something that I recommend in all of my talks and to all my clients looking for best practices in YouTube marketing.  They offer a great way to ...

A Formula for Viral Videos is Revealed: 7 Key Elements for Viral Content

A Formula for Viral Videos is Revealed: 7 Key Elements for Viral Content

So, at about this time in our study of viral videos, we should know a few things: it's rarely an accident.  I'm about to break down a formula from the good people at Salesforce, who were kind of enough to make a video about this ...

Top 5 Video Advertising Network Recommendations October 2012

Top 5 Video Advertising Network Recommendations October 2012

So comScore was late this month with their Video Metrix numbers. They once told me that they only put out one press release a day so as "not to confuse the journalists," which I found sort of offensive. I also find the way they track ...

8 Simple Ways to Build & Grow Your YouTube Audience [Creator's Tip #63]

8 Simple Ways to Build & Grow Your YouTube Audience [Creators Tip #63]

Online video creators thrive when spending time developing new content ideas to entertain and grow their audiences.  After all, being creative is what drives creative people.  However, to be 'reel' successful, it's just as important for creators to focus their time and energy on building ...

How To Outrank the Competition in YouTube Search [Reel Web #63]

How To Outrank the Competition in YouTube Search [Reel Web #63]

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been a ton of changes at YouTube including a major change to their search algorithm, new annotations functionality, testing of a completely overhauled site design, and a lot of other stuff.  In this week's ReelWeb, we take ...

Research Finds B2B Marketers Increasing Investments in Online Video for Content Marketing

Research Finds B2B Marketers Increasing Investments in Online Video for Content Marketing

It's been kind of a B2B week for me and what I've got covered. Earlier in the week LinkedIn announced that they've now got video ads. Today I've got some research from Brightcove, Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs that generally talked about content marketing for ...

TED Outlines Formulas for Winning Video Ad Campaigns in Ads Worth Spreading Report

TED Outlines Formulas for Winning Video Ad Campaigns in Ads Worth Spreading Report

For the third year, TED and YouTube will be looking for the top 10 global ad campaigns in the Ads Worth Spreading Initiative.  And while TED does a good job of finding and showing ads that truly hit the mark, they didn't stop there.  They ...

4 Common Video Strategy Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

4 Common Video Strategy Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

In my time at VideoBloom, I've worked with a lot of clients both big and small on a very wide spectrum of video projects. The most insistent problem I've seen over the years is having a poor or non-existent video strategy.  A brand can spend copious ...

A Case Study in How to Release Your Short Film Online

A Case Study in How to Release Your Short Film Online

This week, Vimeo reprinted an article from Short of the Week creators Andrew Allen and Jason Sondhi called "How We Launched Our Film Online: The Thomas Beale Cipher."  These filmmakers wanted their film to be seen by a larger audience after 8 months of festivals, ...

How to Analyze & Manage Viewer Sentiment for Online Video Marketing

How to Analyze & Manage Viewer Sentiment for Online Video Marketing

Have you ever posted new video content and received an immediate reaction from your audience? Whether it was positive or negative, you probably measured this reaction through comments, shares, likes/dislikes, and other data.

8 Awesome Ways to Use Your Car to Shoot Great Video

8 Awesome Ways to Use Your Car to Shoot Great Video

A lot of times, amateur filmmakers forget the everyday objects and items they use everyday which can be used to enhance their videos.  They are easy to overlook.  After all, that rolling chair in your office couldn't possibly be used as a dolly, could it?  ...