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The 5 Best YouTube Sponsored Videos

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YouTube For Brands: 5 Best YouTube Sponsored Videos With Top Influencers

Branded content is as much art as science. It can be even more so when working with YouTubers. Brands have taken a variety of approaches from working directly with YouTubers to engaging with YouTube influencer agencies. YouTube creators are fiercely independent and conscientiously protective of doing anything at all to avoid alienating their audience by "selling out." YouTube audiences with a high component of Millennials have a low tolerance for branded content that doesn't match the authenticity of the YouTuber. Included in the lexicon of describing sponsorships are terms such as branded content, YouTube sponsored videos, native advertising, native sponsorships, and more. Regardless of the terms, the goals of engaging the audience are the same (see our post on top YouTube channels to work with).

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The Rise of Top Fashion Bloggers at New York Fashion Week

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Top Fashion Bloggers Sit Front Row & Center At New York Fashion Week

As expected, this year’s NY Fashion Week was rife with stylish trendsetters and fashionistas, however there was one noticeable change in attendee demographics. No longer are the top fashion designers, print magazine editors, and worldly socialites the first names invited to the biggest-name fashion shows. A new set of industry leaders, the stylish fashion bloggers, sat in the coveted front row seats.

Whether it was the modelesque personal style influencers, the editors of top online style publications, or the well-known YouTuber beauty gurus, these top fashion bloggers were placed front and center, fully decked out in the brand’s newest designs. The strategic seating chart guaranteed that these top fashion bloggers had access to shoot and share those perfect Instagrammer photos.

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YouTube Influencers Move Beyond Sponsorship Problems

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YouTube Influencers Confront Sponsorships, Partner Progam Issues

Several YouTube influencers have recently called out YouTube's monetization problem (i.e. very low CPMs for partners), most prominently Jason Calacanis (we've written our own response to Jason's post). Calacanis brings up several good points around channel monetization. Calacanis shares that with a mere $1.50 CPM rev share standard for most channels no one, save the few Jenna Marbles of the world, can make enough money getting paid directly by YouTube to sustain production costs and produce great content. Some YouTube influencers do get an unspecified higher CPM and large networks are able to sell some of their inventory directly to advertisers at a higher CPM (usually coupled with branded content ad buys or integrated YouTube sponsorships).Read More>>

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Native Advertising: The Downfall of Display Ads

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Native Advertising Solves Display Ad Problems

Ad Age published a post stating that close to 50% of online ads aren't ever seen. The post was vague about precisly which ads it was referring to (display, instream, search, etc.), but we can make some guesses at what's going on here, what's not working, and why native advertising is taking over:

  1. Display ads are commoditized, cheap and easy. No one's really checked if they work -- if display ads are amounting to real, branded engagement, awareness, and bottom-line boosting conversions. Everyone stares at their click through rate (CTR) and prays it's at least above average. When it is, the customer is happy but this prompts more ads.
  2. Most advertisers don't really know what they're doing. Many brands put out a massive amount of re-targeting ads at a PPC price, proceed to let them run amok on low quality sites, and at below-the-fold placements.
  3. Visitors have trained themselves to ignore display ads. We consume so much online content these days that everyone is trained to look in the usual places for the content and avoid the places where display ads lie (side rail).
  4. Visitors have trained themselves to multi-task. It used to be that an instream ad guaranteed a view. Now, a visitor can open a new tab or window, write an email, text a friend, and check back in 30 seconds later to watch their original video.

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Jason Calacanis Rants On YouTube Partner Pay, MCNs

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YouTube Partner Pay: Will You Make Money? 

Jason Calacanis wrote a great article about YouTube Partner pay, producing online video content as a YouTube Partner, and  MCNs (multi-channel networks) as a threat to YouTube's current model. He points out the current, fundamental problem with YouTube: making money as a YouTube partner.

There are currently three ways to make money as a YouTube partner:

  1. YouTube Grant Program - as part of YouTube's grant program, the creator is paid directly by YouTube to produce content.
  2. Adsense Payout - payout is based on a revenue share. For most YouTube partners, the payout works out to be around $1.50 CPM (not the best Cost Per Impression in the world of online video).
  3. Advertisers - custom, branded content sold directly to advertisers and published on your channel.

As a participant in YouTube's grant program, Calacanis realized that YouTube will not pay him indefinitely to produce content. By analyzing his video views and search traffic, Calacanis came to the realization that his video content won't pay out enough (via Adsense) to support production if YouTube isn't paying. Many YouTube partners who were paid by YouTube to produce content have also come to the same realization.

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