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YouTube Teaches You How to YouTube

August 28, 2014 Featured News, YouTube No Comments

photo.jpgThere’s a wealth of instructional videos on YouTube. Tutorial and “edutainment” videos are some of the most watched and shared content on the site. From brewing coffee and cutting watermelons to street fighting and cutting a glass bottles in half with fire and string (in case you needed to know), the topics are endless. But what if you need to learn more about using YouTube itself?

YouTube has had instructional videos about its platform for some time now, but only recently have they made more calculated efforts with results and transparency as the focus. With their Creator Academy channel, YouTube has delivered helpful and engaging instructional videos that used to take hours of scouring online help articles. And what better place to learn about YouTube than from YouTube itself?

Videos on the Creator Academy cover creative strategies like programming and branding as well as the intricacies of monetization and analytics. Topics are presented by both YouTube staff as well as top creators themselves, including Barely Political, Vsauce2, and iJustine. This variety helps ensure that you get an honest, accurate insight into what you’d like to learn. There are also some longer, more conversational videos shot using Google Hangouts with a question and answer format.

Though there may be instructional videos about YouTube from other uploaders, the Creator Academy is by far your most up-to-date and credible source. Here are two of their best videos to get you started:

“Loitering With Intent:” Lessons on Inspiration

0fd4739977459a3caa2decbf1ccf3f07What happens when a couple of friends are down on their luck in the midst of a job-hunt? They make their own work, of course! Which is precisely what Michael Godere, Ivan Martin and a slew of other actors and actresses do in Loitering with Intent, the latest film to be added to The Orchard’s catalog.

The true-to-life film came out of the frustration fellow New York City actors and writers felt about the real-life dramas that come from lack of work in the industry. Director Adam Rapp and his motley crew know what failed efforts in the movies feel like. So they did something about it and created their own work with the help of hand-picked friends and colleagues.

The story: Struggling actors Dominic (Godere) and Raphael (Martin) are on a mission to write a screenplay in 10 days. To do so, they decide a retreat to the Catskills is their best option. But their idyllic, countryside setting quickly becomes the center of house party mayhem when their host’s (Marisa Tomei) crazed group of friends start trickling in. The result? More fodder for a screenplay than the so-called “writers” know what to do with.

The movie itself resonates with many in the film industry, but also those looking for a delightful indie dramedy. The all-star lineup also includes Sam Rockwell, Natasha Lyonne and Brian Geraghty, to name a few. The entire ensemble creates a very special friend-fueled romantic comedy that we’ll soon be dishing out for you in theaters and on-demand. Read more about the deal in Indiewire’s coverage and our official press release.

For your viewing pleasure:

Merch, “Experiences,” Serendipity: Spotify Has Everything But The Kitchen Sink

bandpage_spotifySpotify has really ramped up their fan experience with the roll out of their successful artist merchandise store on verified profiles, incorporated tour info via Songkick and stream counts to help fans find popular songs.

They recently took a step further with the integration of BandPage onto artist profiles. Besides providing fans with the option to buy merch, concert tickets and vinyl, BandPage enables artists to really connect with their fans by way of “Experiences.” These experiences can range from private online concerts to meet and greets to even song collaborations. The sky is the limit! The greatest news is that it is completely free for artists to use! For more info on how to get started with BandPage, click here; and for some FAQ action, click right here.

But wait — Spotify also has more fun on the cards with the roll out of their “Serendipity” app that shows users across the world streaming a specific song at the same time within the last hour. So where was your favorite song played across the globe??

Spotify Serendipity

Chimères: A New Vampire Tale

ChimeresThe newly released Chimères is not your typical vampire flick. Swiss director Olivier Beguin brings the genre some international allure with a dark, romantic twist. The film takes place in Romania — the setting of all true vampire tales — where a romantic vacation takes a violent turn for Alexandre and his girlfriend Lavia. When a car accident sends Alexandre to the hospital, he receives a blood transfusion that supposedly saves his life. But leaving Romania with new blood in his veins, Alexandre begins the metamorphosis into a vampire.

The change is slow-burning and suspenseful, set against the backdrop of a love story. It is this relatable transformation from man to monster that recalls cult classics such as 28 Days Later, according to horror genre resource Fangoria. The site has already given Chimères 3 out of 4 stars.

Chimères has been well-received at genre festivals around the globe, including Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival, Los Angeles Screamfest and Fantastic Film Festival. Ain’t It Cool News calls it a “blood spattered masterpiece” that is equally “touching and haunting… horrific and heartbreaking.”

Chimères will give you a hint at the type of rich, intense Horror flicks The Orchard will be releasing this Fall — Horror fans, stay tuned! You can catch Chimères on iTunes now — trailer below:

Annotations 2: Revenge of the Annotations

My friend Matt Gielen and I discuss all aspects of running YouTube channels from the very small to the cliched 30,000 foot view. Matt’s as old a hand at YouTube as you can get and has done great work leading the audience development effort at Frederator Studios, distributors of the finest animated shows on YouTube. We’ve discussed annotations at length and Matt has written the definitive blog post of 2014 on how annotations could be hurting you. Please go read that! Since his post is so definitive, I wanted to touch on some examples from our network where we’ve also proven those best practices, not rehash them.

For our purposes we’re going to use two videos from our action sports channel, Echoboom SportsStreet Dreams is a feature-length film about skaters and features many popular skaters from 2008/2009. We have uploaded the full film to the channel and it’s currently the most-watched video there.

Street Dreams Poster

The other video is a full scene (what we call a “full part” in Action Sports video) from our release Like a Lion – The True Story of Legendary Skier Tanner Hall

Like a Lion film poster

With Street Dreams you can see that the video, launched in January, has very high close rates on its annotations. This means viewers are actively shutting them off. I consider annotation closes to be anti-clickthroughs. They aren’t simply a viewer passively ignoring your message. They are actively doing the exact opposite of what you want them to do. The clickthrough rates (CTR), in this case on annotations asking viewers to subscribe, are very low in part because there’s a high close rate.

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