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FACEBOOK INTRODUCES NEW FEATURES THAT ALLOW USERS TO SHARE & TRACK THEIR LIVE VIDEO COUNT

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There’s no doubt why Facebook’s live video feature is scaling the popularity charts these days; it allows its users to create and share content on their timeline. The company rolled out this feature to all its users earlier this year, in August, 2015. The newly added features are so designed to attract more users to the platform.

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The addition of live video feature provides more broadcasting options to users; it was previously possible only through a page or a personal profile page of a user. But now users have the luxury of broadcasting a video within their own set of groups as well as their event pages. Broadcasting live videos in event pages gives a natural touch to the proceedings, as it allows participants to share videos with other viewers who were previously unable to watch it.

New interactive features to increase User Engagement

Here are some extra features that are designed to increase audience engagement level

  • Live Reactions: Users can make use of the live reaction pack to respond to the video posted on the timeline.
  • Replay Comments: This feature enables users to watch replays along with comments of other users while watching the recorded broadcast of the live videos.
  • Live Filters: Now users can make desired changes to their live videos by making use of Facebook’s five filter pack. The company is currently testing it, before making it available to the users. Besides that, the company is also testing the ability to draw or doodle on videos.

Ways to discover Live Videos

Similar to what one does with Periscope, users can now make use of Video Map Feature to discover Live Videos on Facebook. Also, users can search, share and invite friends to watch live and recorded videos on the basis of their interests, creators and topics.

New ways of tracking Video Metrics

Besides the above-mentioned features, Facebook has added some new metrics to track viewership of live videos on it’s platform. During a broadcast, the new tracking feature takes note of the total number of live viewers. The new chart shows the count of live viewers tuned in to watch live video broadcasts. Users can make use of Page Insights and the video library section to leverage these newly added metrics.

Above mentioned features can be expected to be rolled-out to all Android and iOS users in weeks to come.

PINTEREST REPORTEDLY WORKING TO BUILD SUPPORT FOR VIDEO ADS ON ITS PLATFORM

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Taking inspiration from Facebook, Twitter and Periscope’s success with video streaming, Pinterest is currently working on an interactive ad format, by including support for video ads on its platform. In fact, the company started planning on streaming live video ads on its platform after launching Cinematic Pins in May, last year. According to a recent report by Digiday, last year Pinterest allowed some advertisers to test their video ads on its image-sharing network. Besides that, the company is apparently working on building the video ad product and testing it internally.

According to information from credible sources, the company is building support to autoplay video ads on its platform, whenever a user pauses over the video feed. As of now, the company is still determining the ideal video length on the platform.

As per Digiday report, the company is in the process of adding more resources to its platform to co-exist with the already existing Cinematic Pins.

Pinterest is trying to replicate the success of the number one ranked social networking platform, Facebook, which is currently attracting over 100 million hours of video playback on a daily basis. But to attract the same kind of audience response on its platform, Pinterest, the fourth-ranked social networking site will have to compete with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Periscope, to name a few

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WHAT ONE REQUIRES TO BE POPULAR ON YOUTUBE, REVEALS A GRAPEVINE STUDY

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There goes an expression, “Stars are not born, they are made”. Well, it indeed is a fact that talent alone is not enough to make you popular on YouTube with its millions of subscribers. In fact, it’s not at all as easy as it may seem. So, what does one require to be popular on YouTube?

According to Grapevine’s survey, of a total of 1,861 creators on YouTube only 2% have over 100K subscribers, 9% have in the range of 5K to 10K subscribers, while the remaining 89% creators have less than 5k subscribers on their YouTube channel. The survey was conducted by a company called Grapevine Logic that provides a platform for brands and social creators to collaborate and work together seamlessly.

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Let’s see what Kimberley Bond, Grapevine Logic’s co-founder and community director has to say about the creators hitting the 100K subscriber base on their YouTube channel.

YouTube creators are certainly not born overnight, and it takes a lot of work each and every week and each and every hour to build your channel to celebrity status.

Becoming an overnight YouTube sensation is not just about acting endearingly in front of a webcam and uploading it on your channel. It is more about years of dedication and hard work in spite of knowing that it’s tough to reach a base of thousands of YouTube subscribers.

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To attract YouTube subscribers, creators dedicate a lot of their time doing research to finalize the video content before uploading it on their YouTube channel. As per Grapevine’s study, 70% of YouTube creators with at least 100K subscribers devote at the most six hours of their time in creating a video. The remaining 30% of YouTube Stars devote at the most eight hours of their time in creating a video to upload on their YouTube channel.

“As [creators’ subscriber bases] get larger and more people are watching, there’s pressure to be of a certain quality level,” adds Bond.

With the increasing subscriber base, the pressure level keeps mounting on creators to create something new so as to keep their audience glued to their channel. According to Grapevine Logic’s survey, 50% creators with a 5k subscriber base upload at the most two videos on their channel on a weekly basis. Whereas, 75% of the creators with less than 5k subscribers, upload only one video per week. The remaining 22% of the creators only upload one video on a monthly basis or even less than that.

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8 WAYS TO RANK HIGHER IN YOUTUBE SEARCH RESULTS

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YouTube is not only the biggest & most popular video sharing platform, but it’s also the 2nd most used search engine on the internet. And as you already know that visual content is currently ruling the web, you must host your videos on YouTube as it can get your business a lot of exposure.

Unfortunately, you are not the only one who will be trying to enlarge the business using YouTube. So how will you secure higher ranks for your videos in YouTube’s search results?

Well, there are some tricks & methods using which you can boost your rankings on YouTube.

  1. Customized URL
    The first thing you’ll need to do is optimize your YouTube page. There are many aspects you can work on to make it more user-friendly, which will improve your rankings. If you have 500+ subscribers and your channel is more than thirty days old then you can claim for a vanity URL. A memorable & catchy URL will benefit you in many ways.
  1. Establish yourself as an authority
    Establish your brand authority by adding your website’s URL in the “associated website” section. Also, add links to your social media pages. But before adding your website URL, make sure that your site is well designed & has proper content structure.
  1. Customize Your YouTube Homepage
    Take some time and setup your home page correctly. To increase discoverability, include relevant keywords in your description. The “featured video” is your chance to engage the audience, as it starts to play automatically. So ensure you set the best video for it.  Try highlighting your playlist so that users can navigate through your videos easily.
  1. Increase video engagement
    To rank higher in YouTube search results, higher views alone will not do the trick, as YouTube also consider the total time spent as a ranking factor. You may have seen many videos that show something else in the picture and then turn out to be a scam.  So your video must not only attract but also engage users for as long as possible.
  1. Optimize the Title And Description
    Title & description of your videos play a major role in boosting your ranking. Including relevant keywords in title is crucial; but don’t overdo it or else you will make your title too complex to understand. Keep it short, simple yet descriptive. I know it’s hard, but road to success is never easy!
  1. Tag the way you Search
    Tagging your videos correctly is the key to getting maximum views. The best rule to follow while tagging videos is to “tag the way your search”. For instance: If you give SEO tips then you could use “SEO tips for websites”, “Beginners guide to search engine optimization”, “SEO tips for YouTube”. Long tail keywords are better than single keywords as they boost the chances of your video being found for those terms and the competition will be less for niche-specific terms.
  1. Add Transcripts
    Adding transcripts to your videos also helps in gaining higher search rankings as it informs search engine bots exactly what the video is about. It gives the bots lots of relevant text to crawl & your keywords also occur more naturally this way. But make sure that that the transcripts are 100% correct & are in the same language used in the video.
  1. Increase the number of Likes and Shares on your videos
    The number of likes, shares & comments also boost your rankings. Include embedded videos on your website & ensure that your website has one-click social sharing button. Post your videos on as many social platforms as possible. Reach out to the bloggers of your niche and ask them to upload your content or mention the link in their blogs. You can also market them via emails, but expect very little click through because people generally don’t click on video links on emails.

Conclusion

By understanding the ranking algorithm you can manipulate it a little in order to rank higher in YouTube videos. But ultimately, it all comes to content. So these tips & tricks will work best if you have “Great Content”.

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