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Black Friday on YouTube [infographic] Historically, Black Friday was a one-day shopping extravaganza, full of door-busting deals, extended shopping hours, and the occasional tug-of-war over the last remaining (suspiciously understocked) toy. In recent years, consumers have reshaped this free-for-all into a week-long event, avoiding long lines the day after Thanksgiving in favor of shopping on their own time, from the comfort of their homes. This evolution has changed the way retailers reach their customers and also transformed consumers’ buying process—inserting YouTube and mobile devices squarely into the process. Shopping research on YouTube In a recent study, 64% of people cited YouTube as the single most […]

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4 ways to drive YouTube traffic to your brand’s website Though most video creators call YouTube their home, most brands still rely on their own websites to communicate and fulfill their brand promises. But viewers on YouTube are very easily distracted, so how can you get them to click through from your brand’s video to your website? Annotations A clear and targeted call to action (CTA) is a must: viewers need to know exactly what they’ll get if they click away from the video they’re watching. Annotations are a great way to convey that information. Issuing a clear, simple CTA in the hyperlinked annotation informs your viewer of the value […]

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The power of mobile video [infographic] By now, there’s little doubt that mobile is the future of video—look no further than your pocket for proof. Screens are getting larger, data speeds are skyrocketing, and “selfie” is now officially enshrined in our collective lexicon. Even CBS is cutting the cord. Crazy, right? Maybe we should have seen this coming. After all, smartphone adoption in the United States has surpassed 60%, up from 36% just two years ago. Mobile download speeds doubled in 2013, and monthly data usage on mobile devices rose to 1.5 exabytes per month—50% more data than the entire internet used in 2000. But where […]

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3 ways your brand can think like a YouTube creator YouTube is a hugely powerful marketing medium: 1 billion unique monthly users, 80% non-U.S. traffic, and daily subscriptions 4x higher than they were last year. But how can your brand take advantage? Brand marketers, don’t be fooled: YouTube’s massive audience and seemingly low barrier to entry does not give you permission to simply repurpose TV ads—in the case of YouTube marketing, repurposing is depurposing. Instead, mimic three best practices from successful YouTube creators: content, consistency, and community. Content Users turn to YouTube to explore their passions. So top brands on YouTube create useful, unique, and relevant video while keeping the […]

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Introducing Generation Z [Infographic] If you’re like us and pay attention to Digital Media landscape, you’ve probably heard a lot about Generation Y, or as we at Fullscreen like to call them, “The Connected Generation”. Gen C is a formidable and sought after demo for many marketers, and for good reason – they drive almost $500B worth of spending per year. However, closely behind Gen C is a new and even more connected generation, referred to as “Generation Z”. By most accounts, these family-data-plan-killing youngsters aren’t dissimilar from their predecessors. But as Gen C ages, the heirs to the digital throne will be comprised […]

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YouTube’s newest insights on teens and millennials Every three months, Google releases its YouTube Insights report, chock full of fantastic data and trends straight from the source. These reports are always useful, but the most recent edition shed especially interesting light on the continued infatuation teens and millennials have with YouTube, as well as their enormous purchasing power. Here’s what we learned from the study! YouTube’s reach YouTube continues to be the go-to social network for teens and millennials, beating out behemoths such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the top spot. This domination doesn’t stop at social networks: according to Nielsen, YouTube reaches almost 50% of […]

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The well-traveled YouTube [infographic] In search of adventure and advice, potential travelers are flocking to YouTube to watch travel content. According to a recent study by Google, travel content viewership is at an all-time high, increasing 118% year over year. But how has travel content viewership skyrocketed? Traveling curiosity Two-thirds of U.S. consumers watch travel content when considering and planning travel, so YouTube is prime destination for travel brands to connect with potential customers. When searching for travel content, consumers focus on destinations, attractions, or travel research—these make up 88% of all travel searches. The most successful travel content, surprisingly, is not user-generated content—it’s […]

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Channel Plus YouTube scorecard: Chevrolet Here on Fullscreen’s Channel Plus team, it’s always nice to find a brand on YouTube that “gets it.” YouTube is unlike any other social network, and deciphering what it takes to run a successful channel is a feat unto itself. That’s what made reviewing Chevrolet‘s channel such a pleasure—many of YouTube’s best practices have already been implemented. With a couple adjustments outlined below, we’re confident the Chevy channel can build upon its established success and further distinguish itself as the benchmark for automotive brands on YouTube. Design Design is where Chevy needs the most help. While it appears that Chevy […]

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Gaming on YouTube: A marketer’s best friend It’s no secret that gaming rules the roost on YouTube—look no further than PewDiePie’s 29 million subscribers for proof that gaming and YouTube go together like peanut butter and jelly. What might be surprising, though, is that these hordes of gaming fans don’t just visit YouTube for gaming highlights or snarky comment threads but as a vital part of their buying decision lifecycle. In fact, 92% of gamers turn to YouTube to help them research a title before purchase. Gaming content and purchase behavior In a gamer’s decision buying lifecycle, YouTube plays an indispensable role in molding the likelihood of […]

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