Even after seven years of YouTube's existence, brands still aren’t making much of a dent in the ‘YouTube 5,000’, an elite group of channels with at least 43m views each.
Theoretically brands have a much greater advantage than your average YouTuber as they have more money to produce content, however according to Touchstorm’s latest study, The Touchstorm Video Index, only 74 of the YouTube 5,000 channels are from brands.
In November 2013 I took a look at YouTube strategy for brands. I revealed some surprises from the research, and recommended some guidance on how brands can improve their YouTube reach.
Yesterday I talked to the SVP of marketing and production at Touchstorm, Sean Womack, about the topic, and he offered the following advice for brands.
It’s late November, so we’re comfortably past the point where people are no longer agitated that ‘best of the year’ lists are starting to appear already.
In fact I’ve already got my 'Best Korean Pop Albums' and 'Favourite Men’s Health Straplines (abs category)' lists all lined up and ready to go. In a listicle heavy year, this Winter will be the ultimate in year-end countdown meltdown, or Listageddon as I’m pushing for the late November period to be renamed.
Hot off the presses today (I'm sure there's a more up-to-date cliche then that) and towering above the rest is Unruly with its Top 20 most shared ads of 2013.
This one’s good because it’s based on fact, not the opinion of some feckless pundit.
Only 74 of the top 5,000 YouTube channels are from brands.
This research comes from Touchstorm’s latest study, The Touchstorm Video Index, covering Q3 2013 and concentrating on the 'YouTube 5,000', an elite group of channels with at least 43m views each.
Of those 5,000 channels, only 2% are owned by brands. That means there are 4,926 teenagers with webcams, older people with camcorders, vloggers with flipcams, bedroom animators with smartphones and various other fashionistas, musicians, close-up magicians, action figure critics and amateur film-makers who are completely dominating the platform and squeezing out the big companies.
What can brands do about this? Is there any hope for them?
Here are some key findings from the report, along with our own insight, ideas for strategy and a look at the brands who are using YouTube successfully.
Brands and musicians have an uneasy alliance. For every generation defining Michael Jackson and Pepsi coupling, there’s a whincingly regretful pairing of Iggy Pop and Swiftcover.
In the last few years, more and more recording artists are hooking-up with large brands in order to reach a wider audience and make up for dwindling record sales, and it seems brands are much more willing to invest in the music industry lately, especially in terms of live music and event creation.
American Express has recently linked many different media strands together, including live music, online streaming, social video and social media, to create Unstaged, a channel that caters for an online, music hungry audience while offering effective brand promotion.
Let’s take a look at the ways American Express Unstaged brings the offline, online with storytelling.
The YouTube comments section, I think I can say without hyperbole, shows humanity at its very worst.
This trolling, homophobic, misogynistic, spam-filled netherworld where most ‘conversations’ end with one commenter comparing the other commenter to Hitler, is the most poorly managed outpost of intolerance and ignorance.
However, YouTube has unveiled new changes to clean up this town; changes that will bring prohibition style peace to a violent gangland. The new comments system is Elliot Ness, Mary Whitehouse and The Father from The Road all rolled into one.
So what are these changes, and how have the YouTube community reacted?
I think we all know how this will play out…
To begin I'm going to repeat a headline I read last week: 'Facebook is more popular for native advertising than Twitter'.
This headline derives from Hexagram’s latest report on native advertising. The report elaborates: Facebook is the third most-popular channel for native advertising, with Twitter still lagging far behind.
However… if you’re anything like me, you might not know what native advertising actually is, and all of the above information may just merge into the background of data white noise.
As a relative newcomer to the digital marketing world, I've decided to begin a series of 'beginner's guides' to uncover what is meant by certain terms, trends and technological advances in digital; being both a travel guide and a personal investigation.
So if you're tired of being the person nodding and smiling at the back of the room, feeling increasingly powerless in the face of overwhelming jargon, come with me and we'll embark on a voyage of discovery together.
Don't worry, you don't have to talk to me or look me in the eye, you just have to sit there.
This weekend sees the first ever YouTube Video Music Awards streamed online. In many ways, it’s like a lot of other music awards: there’s glitz, there’s glamour, and there’s Lady Gaga, One Direction and Rihanna (though Cher’s invite is presumably still in the post…).
However, the YouTube awards are different in one major way. Any videos shared across Facebook, Twitter or Google+ since September 2012 contribute to deciding the winner, alongside user votes.
Just over a year ago, in August 2012, Nielsen revealed some research that revealed YouTube as the number one music discovery source for under 18s – a figure that can only have grown in the past 12 months. Arguably, this makes these awards the most relevant of all.
While scouring the internet for ideas and information I often stumble across interesting and innovative social campaigns that deserve to be highlighted to the masses.
Until now we didn’t have a forum in which to share these examples, so this is my first attempt at rounding up some of the most interesting campaigns that have launched in the previous month or so.
Whether comments are made on a blog, or spread across the social web, every business wants customers to make a (positive) noise about them.
But while they are great for increasing engagement, comments come with problems of their own.
In a week which has seen YouTube finally take steps to clean out the well of eternal torment that it uses as a comment section, and Popular Science is doing away with the chatter altogether, I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at the various systems in place around the web designed to keep us talking...
Kia has produced one of the year's most memorable adverts, and with the use of Lady Gaga, Twitter, the VMAs and Shazam, the brand looks set for some great 'traction'.
The advert featuring Lady Gaga’s new single, Applause, and a handful of America’s Next Top Model cast members premiered during the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) show on 25th of August, racking up 10.1m live viewers.
The Kia Soul demographic fits well with that of the VMAs. With many first-time drivers tuning in, the moderately priced and trendy car was a hit, as seen by some of the many tweets.