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The Different Types Of YouTube Gaming Videos

YouTube Gaming Videos Different Types

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The 5 Top Types Of YouTube Gaming Videos

According to the ESA's (Entertainment Software Association) 2015 report, over 155 million Americans play video games. Neilsen's 360 Gaming Report (2014) shows that close to two-thirds of the entire United States population plays video games on some device. In terms of sales, an article from Think With Google puts the global gaming market into perspective:

The highest-grossing movie of 2014 to date,Transformers: Age of Extinction. In its 15 weeks at the box office, the film took in over $1B worldwide. By comparison, the Grand Theft Auto V game launch hit that figure in the first week of release last year. It became the fastest-selling entertainment product in history and broke another five sales records along the way, according to Guinness World Records.

For YouTube, gaming videos represents one of the most valuable and searched niches on the world's second largest search engine. Second only to music, YouTube gaming videos top the list for most-searched topics in 2014. According to Forbes, the richest YouTuber PewDiePie is searched nearly as much as Beyonce or Drake.

YouTube Gaming Videos Top Search Query

For marketers, the YouTube gaming community featuring some of the most well-known top YouTubers represents a sizeable and continually growing opportunity to target highly engaged audiences who are proactively seeking out the latest gaming videos for their next consumer purchase. With the inclusion of its recently launched Gaming App in YouTube's first subscription service "YouTube Red", consumers and marketers alike can rest assured that gaming is here to stay and represents big business growth in the months to come.

Here are the top 5 types of YouTube gaming videos driving views, traffic, and engagement today:

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Meet YouTube’s Subscription Service: YouTube Red

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YouTube Subscription Service Launch: Details Announced

YouTube has hinted on and off for quite a while now that it would be implementing a paywall of some sort to enable users to view videos ad-free. Now, via an official announcement on their blog, YouTube debuts "YouTube Red."

The video publishing network will launch what it calls "The Ultimate YouTube Experience" on October 28th later this month. A $9.99 monthly membership fee will enable users to save content for viewing offline. The subscription also includes access to YouTube's recently launched Gaming app and a music app (yet to be released). 

It’s not just an ad-free tier that has people buzzing, but also the fact that YouTube plans to reserve new original content from some of the network’s top content creators specifically for paid subscribers. As reported earlier this week in Wall Street Journal, YouTube has already signed (albeit reluctantly, perhaps via future ad-revenue exclusion clause) Time Warner, Fox Sports, A&E, NBCUniversal, with Walt Disney still up in the air. 

For years, YouTube has worked to further interest in its native content creators, citing them an integral aspect to the network’s originality. Just last year, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki hinted that involvement in helping its content creators grow and assisting in the production of videos would grow (Fast Company). YouTube's 2011 Original Channels Initiative certainly brought original content into the limelight but ultimately failed to elicit the requisite traction.

YouTube’s upcoming subscription service is no doubt an attempt at building upon the foundation created in 2011 and taking things to the next level amidst several existing competitors, Netflix, Hulu, Vimeo, Facebook, and Vessel.

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Who Sponsors Blogs? The Biggest Brands Advertising with Bloggers

Blog Advertising The Biggest Brands Advertising With Lifestyle Bloggers

Who Are The Biggest Brands Advertising With Bloggers In 2015?

As brands search for marketing platforms and social networks to effectively target consumers, many of today's top advertisers are marketing and driving purchases with influential lifestyle bloggers in order to reach and engage massive online audiences. Blog sponsorships and influencer marketing are becoming an increasingly larger part of each brand's digital advertising strategy and an integral facet of how they market to millennial consumers through social media.

We analyzed all sponsored content from January - June of 2015 from the top 100 lifestyle blogs. Collectively, the blogs selected here represent an audience of over 10 million readers. Over 409 million people view blogs each month on WordPress alone. In addition to identifying the top brands who advertised, the study also assessed primary/secondary advertiser categories and the most common types of blog sponsored content.

Top blog sponsors include several retail giants (Nordstrom, Target, Old Navy) in addition to new food subscription services, Blue Apron and NatureBox. Top primary advertiser categories feature Fashion (28.4%), Food (9.3%), and Home (8.9%). Secondary advertiser categories include E-commerce (30.5%), Retailer (29.8%), and Subscription (15.6%).

For an in-depth look at influencer marketing campaigns with top bloggers including social metric measurement, check out our case studies here or subscribe to our industry digest for the latest news and trends in the social influencer space.

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Global Ad Blocking Movement Prompts Major Change From IAB

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IAB Reverses Stance On Ad Blocking, Says It Scraped Dimes Only To Lose Dollars

In the wake of alarming ad blocking statistics and publisher trends, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has completely reversed its initial stance on the growing ad blocking movement. Earlier last month, at its 2015 MIXX Conference (September 28-29th), SVP Scott Cunningham called the ad blocking movement "highway robbery," and implied that ad blockers aren't playing fair (Adweek). Additionally, the IAB characterized ad blocking as "a war between engineers" with a business model that needed to be removed.

Only a few short weeks later, the IAB debuts its new digital advertising initiative, LEAN, prefacing its rollout with a message: "We Messed Up." LEAN, which stands for "light, encrypted, ad choice supported, non-invasive ads," is a brand new set of guidelines from the IAB that addresses the importance of digital ad user experience. These new directives won't supersede existing advertising standards. Instead, IAB's LEAN aims to help marketers and content providers establish advertising standards that are conducive to a favorable consumer experience. Cunningham writes

We were so clever and so good at [targeting users with ever-heftier advertisements] that we over-engineered the capabilites of the plumbing laid down by, well, ourselves. This steamrolled the users, depleted their devices, and tried their patience.

In a conscientious effort to improve overall user experience, LEAN will address such aspects of ad tech including the volume of ads per page, user targeting both before and after sales, capping retargeting, and more citing the need to be "just as good, if not better, at moderation" vs. reach and scale.

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Influencer Marketing News, Stats & Trends Week 10-12-2015

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GoPro, Facebook's YouTube Killer, Forbes' YouTuber List

This week's influencer marketing news, stats, and trends roundup features several industry firsts across the YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and publishing landscape.

  • GoPro launches $5M annual awards program for content creators including weekly cash awards Of $5K (for best photos, raw clips, video edits). SVP of Entertainment, Zander Lurie, keen on “sharing revenue with our user;” believes this initiative will help launch careers (cites top YouTuber successes of PewDiePie and Jenna Marbles in Adweek feature)  
  • Facebook to launch its own YouTube (Re/code)
  • Forbes publishes its first YouTuber list charting their earnings. Follows in the footstep of other traditional and mainstream publications (see Variety's second annual Digital Stars vs. Celebrities ranking) giving increasingly more dedicated coverage on the YouTuber phenomenon spearheading online video views.
  • Google To Advertisers: Spend 26% of your TV budget on us if you want to reach 15-34-year-olds (Business Insider). Announced at Brandcast (YouTube’s annual advertising event in London), this statement by Google's UK managing director, Eileen Naughton, follows Google’s Q2 statement “YouTube now reaches more 18 to 49-year-olds than any single US cable network.”
  • New Report From Millward Brown: Teens & Adults Watching Equal Amounts of Online Video vs. TV (16-45-year-olds)
  • Continuing the Hollywood digital talent arms race: UTA signs both makeup YouTuber Kandee Johnson, and Annoying Orange creator, Dane Boedigheimer. Last month WME signed Caspar Lee, Elise Strachan, and Casey Neistat (Tubefilter)
  • Just in time for the holiday rush, Reuters profiles how the phenomenon of YouTube unboxing is driving gift lists.
  • LG Electronics Australia gives phones to 30 Instagrammers in targeted effort to drive brand engagement (CMO)
  • No longer just the platform for fashion & beauty brands, mobile gaming companies are now starting to run ads on Instagram (WSJ)
  • 75% of marketers are using influencer marketing (Adweek)
  • Launched October 5 to promote Shoppable Video Ads, "Awesome Stuff Week" YouTube's new channel featuring top YouTubers reviewing products elicits over 3.4 million views to date

videos from GoPro, Facebook, and Forbes below the fold: 

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How To Use Instagram For Marketing

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3 Best Tips On How To Use Instagram For Marketing

Once considered a niche social media network, Instagram has shattered both user and brand expectations over the course of the past five years. According to AdWeek, Instagram and its parent, Facebook, are likely to control up to 65% of the social media budgets of most brands in 2016, which equates to approximately $16.3 billion. The real surprise here, though, is that it’s not Facebook that’s driving these numbers up -- it's Instagram. Engagement on the platform continues to be a major part of Instagram's appeal when compared to marketing on other social platforms. When stacked up against Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn, Instagram continues to be the clear industry leader (see 2015 Forrester research here). 

Learning how to use Instagram for marketing is an essential part of building a brand and driving profitable engagement, awareness, and affinity in the digital age. Here are three top tips to get you started:

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5 Top Fashion Bloggers on Instagram

Top Fashion Bloggers On Instagram

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The Top Fashion Bloggers On Instagram

From blogging to fashion super stardom, here are the top fashion bloggers on Instagram commanding a combined audience of over 15 million followers and collaborating alongside the world's biggest brands. As reported by data insight firm L2, fashion and beauty brands are seeing rising rates of engagement quarter upon quarter (for more info, see Digiday's article "Why Fashion & Beauty Brands Love Instagram"). Though some brands are priced out of Instagram's monthly ad spend, many of Instagram's best brands are successfully marketing on the platform by creating sponsored content with top influencers.

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The Different Types Of Social Influencers

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The 5 Types Of Social Influencers You Must Know

"Social influencer” may not yet be a household term yet, but its usage is growing exponentially. This is especially true in the world of digital, social media, and influencer marketing, where many top brands are teaming up with social influencers in order to effectively market to consumer audiences online. Social influencers are also referred to as digital influencers (digital superstar Bethany Mota recently referred to herself as such during her speech at BeautyCon 2015), creators (as termed by YouTube), or social media influencers.

According to a Nielsen report, “92% of consumers around the world say they trust earned media, such as recommendations from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising—an increase of 18 percent since 2007.” With the rise of social media sharing and video publishing platforms including Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube, online consumers follow select social influencers for the latest news, trends, and lifestyle recommendations. Interest from today’s biggest brands is growing, too—60% of marketers are upping their spending on social influencer marketing, according to a recently published AdWeek article.

Here are five types of social influencers worth paying attention to right now:

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3 Ways Social Media Stars Are Changing How Brands Market

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With Top Social Media Stars, Brands Are Now Marketing Online In An Entirely Different Way

Social media marketing has long been an important element in the success of major brandsfor most, a proactive, well-thought through social media strategy means the difference between mass consumer renown or obscurity. Techniques may have changed with the rapid development of new and emerging social media channels, but getting the word out remains crucial. Even the best products and services will fail if no one knows about them. Since the rise and rapid proliferation of social media sharing and publishing platforms including YouTube and Instagram, there has been an intense shift in the direction of digital marketing. The newest trend? Marketing with social media stars.

Top social media stars (YouTubers, Instagrammers, Snapchatterscollectively known as social media influencers) are gaining a great deal of attention from today’s top marketing houses, due in large part to the amount of influence they hold over many different sectors of the Internet. In a 2015 article published in Adweek, a study found that influencer marketing produced an average return of $6.85 for every marketing dollar spent. According to an iMedia Connection article noting the marketing differences and results between YouTube star Ryan Higa and traditional celebrity Robert Downey Jr., Google paid top YouTuber Ryan Higa $75,000 per appearance to promote products such as the company’s Nexus One smartphone (a fraction of Downey's $12 million). 

Here are 3 ways social media stars like Higa are changing how brands market across all channels online:

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Instagram Sponsored Ads vs. Influencer Marketing

Instagram Sponsored Ads vs Influencer Marketing Who Wins

How Do Instagram Sponsored Ads Fare Against Influencer Marketing?

Instagram is quickly becoming the most effective tool on the Internet for brands that are looking to take their marketing efforts to the next level. According to a recent AdWeek article, Instagram is projected to bring in $1.6 billion in ad sales in 2016, and $2 billion by 2017. It’s no secret that brands across all industries are looking toward Instagram as the next big thing in digital marketing. But many brands are asking the same overarching question:

What’s more effective: influencer marketing or Instagram sponsored ads?

To answer this difficult question, it’s important to develop a strong understanding of what both of these tools bring to the table. Instagram sponsored ads are designed specifically to be inserted between real user posts on a feed. The intention is to create brand awareness without coming off as a blatant advertisement. In many ways, Instagram sponsored ads are similar to advertorials, which cleverly disguise advertisements as journalistic pieces. (For more information, see Digiday's article on "Native Ads or Advertorials?").

Yes, Instagram sponsored ads can boost awareness and get a brand’s name out there, but just how well are they really going over with users?

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