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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Shakira’s and Activia's ‘La La La’ Now Most Shared Video Ad Ever

An ad for Danone’s Activia yoghurt starring Colombian pop princess Shakira has become the most shared ad of all time. The three-and-a-half minute music video – “La La La (Brazil 2014)”, released in partnership with the World Food Programme - has overtaken Volkswagen’s Super Bowl commercial “The Force”, which has held the number one position since February 2011.
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5 Social Video Facts Every Marketer Should Know About the World Cup and Super Bowl

The World Cup turned out to be the biggest marketing event of all time, and the Super Bowl is, of course, the annual Belle of the Advertising Ball. Both attracted millions in sponsorship and merchandising rights, and we present 5 key findings that brands can learn from as they launch their next tentpole marketing event.
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Crime Fighting Video Advertising Fraud

If you run a digital business today, you are also inadvertently in the crime fighting business. Video ad fraud is a real and ongoing issue in the ad tech community. YuMe CEO Jayant Kadambi offers four points that digital video ad companies should all be driving home to combat the issue.
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56% Of Viewers Ignore Online Video Ads, 20% Will Watch Every Time

A new report states that 56% of viewers skip video ads most of the time. More encouraging news comes in the form of 20% of respondents confirming that they are prepared to sit through video ads, and 24% of those questioned indicating that great video ad content will make them stick around until the very end.