Nearly three years ago, I wrote The Ultimate Guide to Video Marketing on YouTube. I understood relatively early on in the growth curve of digital video and YouTube that both would play a significant role in the future of marketing. A year or more ago, however, a 9 year-old helped me see the true potential of digital video for sales and marketing.
With roots in search engine optimization (SEO), I’ve long extolled the virtues of YouTube, as the world’s second largest search engine. Unfortunately, the full potential of the video social platform didn’t fully come into focus until my son shed light through his interest in skateboarding and bracelet-looming.
Last Spring, I noticed my son’s rubber band bracelet creations were getting increasingly complex. I also noticed his skateboard knowledge and abilities improved drastically in a short period of time. I asked him how he learned these new skills and he replied “YouTube.” Like many other young web surfers, my son was using YouTube as his PRIMARY search engine and educational tool.
I quickly realized that my son was not alone in relying heavily on YouTube videos as a primary if not sole information source. If he was searching YouTube for “how-to” videos on... Read more
As companies look to enhance their marketing initiatives, they must be sure that video is a component of their strategy. In 2012, online video accounted for 57% of consumers' internet traffic, and that number is expected to reach 69% by 2017. Furthermore, over one billion users watch six billion hours of video per month on YouTube, and US digital video spending is expected to double in only three years from $4.1 billion in 2013 to $8.04 billion in 2016. This infographic takes a look at key trends in online video behavior, and what business should be aware of when using video to enhance their marketing strategies.
You can review the full infographic and find out more information here.