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Priming your brand’s YouTube channel for success Q: What do the graphs below represent? A: A channel primed to grow exponentially upon releasing a viral video. Many YouTube channels—creators and brands alike—struggle to reap the benefits of a “viral” video. The individual video performs extremely well, but the channel fails to take advantage of that breakout hit to grow its subscriber base, and viewers never watch another video on the channel. After the release of MisterEpicMann‘s infamous ‘How Animals Eat Their Food’, on April 8, 2013, the channel’s total views increased from 3.4M to 123M in the span of 30 days (from April 7, 2013 to May 7, 2013)—and subscribers […]

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5 steps to a branded video that doesn’t feel like an ad It’s brainstorming time: you’re gathered with your marketing team in a small room, an empty whiteboard leering menacingly at you. The mission: create a YouTube ad for your brand. And then someone asks the inevitable question: “How do we make this go viral?” Stop right there. The question you should be asking instead: “How can we create a video that viewers will choose to watch?” Here are a few tips to keep in mind when your brand is creating an ad for YouTube. (We define “ad” here as a video designed to be distributed through TrueView or a promotional video […]

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Earned Media Through TrueView [Infographic] It’s the bane of any YouTube viewer’s existence: you click on a link to that new viral video your friend sent, only to be served with a nonskippable ad that you’re forced to watch. Enter TrueView: an ad format that allows viewers to choose to skip the ad after five seconds. Advertisers pay for this view only when the viewer clicks the ad or watches 30 seconds or more—a “true” view. In the age of on-demand and DVR, forcing ads on viewers is no longer in vogue. And that’s where TrueView comes in. Have you seen the viral “First Kiss” video? Of course you have—and […]

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