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10 Ways YouTube Changed the Music Biz

YouTube-logo-full_color (1)This year, YouTube celebrates a decade since its launch in February 2005. For those of us who were scouring the internet for videos from the very beginning, you know how much has changed since YouTube’s start-up days. This is especially true when it comes to music. From cover songs to music videos that went viral, the video platform not only changed how we discover music, it’s also created new revenue streams for talent. Let’s take a look at 10 milestones that shaped the YouTube music business as it exists today.

1. Discovery
Can you imagine what the world would be like without this guy? Whether you’re clicking on suggested videos, searching for that awesome band that opened the show last night, or browsing the platform to find pretty much anything else (literally), YouTube has proven to be an incredible discovery tool for all its users. It’s a priceless avenue to success for previously unknown singers and musicians, athletes, pop culture icons, models, and comedians.

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Short But Sweet: Using Album Trailers to Build Buzz

February 18, 2015 Featured News, YouTube 1 Comment

Album TeaserWe recently talked about the benefits of bootstrapping your album release promotion on YouTube through simple but effective lyric videos. Treating YouTube as the music streaming service that it is by using these videos is a huge benefit for drawing on search and discovery. With that in mind, we can take simplicity one step further with a well-planned album trailer to supplement your release. These short, but punchy videos can draw a lot of attention when used the right way, ultimately expanding your reach and awareness.

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Don’t underestimate the power of short-form content. With decreasing attention spans and increased noise in the music industry, you need to get your message across unobtrusively, but with precision. An album trailer accomplishes both of these goals incredibly well.

Often lasting only 30 seconds, these little videos can pack a punch. The idea is to introduce and announce your album with vital information for the viewer to immediately take action. Displaying a compelling visual with key information and action items gives the user what they need without wasting their time. In 30 seconds or less, they know when and where to get more of your music.

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In The Moment: The Value of YouTube’s Real-Time Analytics

YouTube-logo-full_color (1)YouTube Analytics are an incredibly powerful tool that provide a wealth of knowledge and insight into your channel’s performance. However, normal analytics typically have a delay of 24-48 hours, leaving you waiting to track recent performance. Perhaps you’ve noticed this delay when the view count gets “stuck” at 301+ on a newly published video. That’s just YouTube validating the views to make sure they’re authentic, but if you’ve worked hard to set up a premiere with a partner or are meticulous about tracking video performance, the delay can be a bit frustrating. Fortunately, YouTube recently rolled out a feature to provide real-time analytics for your videos.

Real-time analytics are estimates, but still very useful. For individual videos, YouTube provides two data graphs:

1) Hour-by-hour for a sliding window of the last 48 hours

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2) Minute-by-minute for a sliding window of the last 60 minutes

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YouTube has stated that there is a few minutes of latency between when the views take place and the data populates the graph, but obviously this is a much shorter wait than 24-48 hours for normal analytics. Most importantly, you can use this real-time data to gain valuable intel to improve your channel’s performance. For instance, you could see how initial video views are affected by the time you publish in order to find optimal times to post new videos. Or you could see how views correspond to social chatter and make improvements to your strategy on the other platforms.

To view real-time analytics, head to the analytics section of your channel and click on “Realtime.” To get even more info out of your YouTube analytics, check out our post on vidIQ‘s Google Chrome extension here.

New Year, New YouTube Goals

January 20, 2015 Featured News, YouTube No Comments

With every new year come New Year’s resolutions. For some folks, these can range from: eating healthier, saving money, or breaking bad habits. But what about your YouTube goals? Don’t worry, it’s not too late. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions every YouTube creator should have, along with reasons for why these resolutions will help grow your audience.

1. Develop a Programming Schedule That You Can Stick To

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Captivate your audience by building a cohesive viewing experience across your channel. Come up with a long-term plan and develop a content strategy that is feasible. One tactic for doing this is to come up with a theme to hook your audience. These can be weekly, biweekly, or monthly — whatever works for you and your channel’s content. Throwback Thursday, for example, is a popular theme that lends itself to pointing toward older content.

Are you unsure as to what time and day is best for publishing new content? Here’s a yearly calendar you can refer to from Tubefilter.

2. Create End Cards

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End cards are a great space to promote additional content, and are proven to be most effective in getting clicks from fans without disrupting the viewing experience. The additional content can be the next video in a series, a link to purchase merch, or a call to subscribe to the channel. Click here for some examples.

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Audits, Insights, Music Key: A Look at YouTube’s 2014

December 9, 2014 Featured News, YouTube No Comments

YouTubePlayYouTube’s been up to a lot this year, all culminating in the launch of their long-awaited subscription service, Music Key. To help you pinpoint the highlights, we’ve put together this chronology of YouTube events to note:

January

YouTube launched a new comment management feature, making it easier to flag, remove and reply to all the comments you get on your awesome videos. This was a direct response to channel creators requesting a solution after YouTube nixed their in-app inbox.

February

YouTube turned itself into an honest wom… erm… service by auditing videos and removing fraudulent views. True fan engagement just can’t be bought.

April

Playlists got some love with new data reports in YouTube Analytics. An essential part to your channel’s success, playlists are a great way to increase watch time, encourage a lean-back viewing experience and cross-promote in interesting ways.

May

Fan Insights launched, giving channel creators additional info on their most influential fans. With more than just your standard numbers, but not enough to put you in the creep-zone, Fan Insights allow you to create Google+ circles of your top fans and reward them in a personalized way for their support.

June

Just as February brought on view audits, June followed suit with subscriber reviews. YouTube removed all inactive accounts from subscriber numbers, inducing a slight dip in subs that month for most channels, but giving you a more accurate picture of your channel as a whole.

July

With mobile-everything growing in spades, YouTube launched a Creator Studio app to open up basic channel management and analytics on-the-go. Because who wants to wait until they get home to see the latest view count on that new video?

August

It’s not just mobile though, smart TVs are making themselves indispensable these days too. So YouTube improved its TV app – starting with Xbox One — with better navigation and channel pages.

October

YouTube’s Creator Academy is awesome. If you haven’t looked through it yet, you now have no excuse: as of October, it’s available in 20 new languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian and more.

November

Music Key lands to wrap up the year’s big events. Launched in the U.S., U.K., Finland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, Music Key offers features like art tracks, album playlists, topic channels and more. We’ve written about the launch, and gone into more detail on each feature, too.

That’s it! Pretty good year, YouTube. Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve in 2015!

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