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Video Ads Land on Flipboard and They Won’t Auto-play

Hot on the heels of Spotify, another mega-site is embracing video advertising via its mobile app. This time it's Flipboard, the content curation social platform with 100 million active users. And, unlike Facebook, the video ads won't auto-play so the user will have the option whether to view them or not.

Four Video Ads that Define the Scottish Independence Referendum

With the vote for an independent Scotland just days away, both camps have taken to the internet to argue their case. As we have come to expect in the modern age, video advertising is playing a huge part in conveying each side's respective message to Scottish voters, who are being asked to answer either Yes or No to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

The Top Ten Most Viewed Video Ads on YouTube: August 2014

Every one of the 10 most watched videos ads on YouTube in the U.S. for August 2014 generated over 1 million views, with the top ad attracting an incredible 8 million. The average length of the video ads featured in this month’s chart pan out at around 3 minutes, with the YouTube audience sticking with those ads for at least 2 minutes.

Facebook Video Auto-play Driving Up Mobile Costs (How to Stop That)

Facebook’s video auto-play feature has had a mixed reception from users who either welcome its convenience, or who find the whole format to be incredibly intrusive. No matter which camp your feet are firmly planted in, if you have the feature enabled, videos that start to play automatically as you scroll through your News Feed could led to increased cell phone costs.

Spotify To Run Video Ads in Exchange for 30 Mins of Free Music

Lovers of free music should be thrilled to hear that Spotify will be rolling out a half hour of it via its mobile app in exchange for simply watching a video ad. In a new trial, due for release later this year, anyone using the iOS or Android Spotify app will be given the option to also watch a 15-30 second video ad in return for 30 minutes of ad-free listening.

YouTube Tags, Community Strikes, and Video Ads Conversion

How do you write optimized YouTube Tags for Video SEO? How do you appeal community guidelines strikes? How can you improve TrueView conversion? We answer these questions and more this week on ReelSEO TubeTalk, the best podcast for YouTube Video Marketing Tips.

YouTube Valued at $40 Billion, Worth More Than Twitter [Report]

A new report claims that YouTube could be worth up to $40 billion for its parent company Google, itself valued at around $400 billion. YouTube is also on course to grow from $5.9 billion in video ad sales this year to $8.9 billion in 2016.

32 Amazing YouTube Facts & Stats to Tweet & Share [Updated]

Ever wondered how many hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every 10 seconds? Or how many billions and billions of hours of cat videos, how-tos, music videos, beauty tutorials, and unboxings we watch every month? YouTube is an amazing space and so generates some incredible stats - we bring you 33 of them. Enjoy!

Americans Spend 33 Minutes a Day Watching Video on Smartphones

Not only do Americans spend 33 minutes per day watching videos on their mobile devices, but they are willing to sit through video ads of between 15-30 seconds in return for free TV or movie content. In the UK, 32% of adults in the UK use their Smartphones every month to make a purchase, and 53% of adults are on their mobile devices while watching their TV screens.

Does Video Have the Power to Change Midterm Election Results?

The midterm elections in the United States are coming up Nov. 4, 2014. During these elections, 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested along with all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives. Plus, elections will be held for governor in 36 states. We ask, does video have the power to change election outcomes this fall?

Unruly Rolls Out Nielsen OCR for Video Advertisers, Marketers

Three-quarters of video views happen outside of YouTube, so it's vital that publishers and advertisers have the data available to measure reach, share, and performance. Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings provides clients with those metrics, and they have partnered with Unruly to help advertisers deliver greater efficiency.

How Long Can Brands Really Keep Viewers Engaged with Trackvertising?

As "trackvertising" and brand placement in music videos becomes more common, it will be interesting to see if brands can find creative ways to keep fans and consumers engaged without over saturating the market to the point they become disinterested, like what happened with product placement in movies.

Always vs. Dove: Viral Video Success Doesn’t Mean YouTube Success

Two big brands, Dove and Always, launched well-publicized campaigns on YouTube using documentary-style videos that encourage viewers to challenge cultural perceptions about women and girls. The videos themselves are very compelling, and were seen by millions. But did they succeed in growing the reach of their respective YouTube channels? Unfortunately, in large part, they did not.