Facebook’s Q1 Earnings Report

While Facebook’s revenue amounted to less than expected ($3.54 billion rather than the $3.56 billion in revenue expected by analysts), its mobile video ads proved to be a massive success. Mobile ads have increased the company’s revenue and its share price this quarter.

Video ads gained a lot of attention in the quarterly report, with it being revealed that a whopping 4 billion videos are watched on the platform every day.

Sheryl Sandberg, facebook chief operating officer spoke about the benefits of video ads for SMBs at the conference.

“I think all marketers have the opportunity to do video and that’s pretty exciting, including SMBs (small & medium businesses) who would never be able to hire a film crew and buy a TV ad. We’re seeing those put video in. Over 1 million SMBs have posted videos and done really small ad buys around them. And that’s pretty cool because I don’t think there are probably 1 million advertisers who have bought TV ads in that same period of time.”

The popularity and accessibility of Facebook’s video ads means that businesses and advertisers who can’t afford professional TV advertisements, can obtain massive reach by creating a simpler video ad and posting it to Facebook. If you want to try out creating a free video ad for yourself, check out Viddyad. Let us know what you think too. We’d love your feedback.


Twitter Tests Auto Play Video Ads


Facebook introduced it in 2013, and now Twitter also wants to reap the benefits of auto-play by testing it on some of its videos. Initially Twitter is testing this limitedly; those in the US with iPhones and iPads will begin to see some videos play automatically on their newsfeeds. Similar to Facebook, the video will play without sound until the user decides to press ‘play’, introducing sound and a larger screen.

Twitter wants to determine whether people are more likely to actively click play and decide to watch a video, or if they would pay more attention to a video that they see playing automatically as they scroll through their feed.

The company’s testing doesn’t apply to all types of videos uploaded to Twitter. Videos from the 6-second video app created by Twitter and Vine videos will not be trialed for autoplay. The testing will however apply to promoted videos from the site’s Amplify program that is used by companies to distribute their videos to audiences outside of their following on Twitter.

When it comes to counting views, Facebook considers a video viewed after it has played for 3 seconds. So far Twitter counts a video as viewed once the play button is clicked. If a video ad is eye-catching, a viewer is more likely to have their attention grabbed and to continue watching a video once they see it playing. But of course you knew that right?

Try it out for yourself. Create a free video ad at viddyad.com today and post to Twitter.


#Mobilegeddon – Google Changes Algorithm April 21st 2015

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Google changed its algorithm on April 21st, so if your site isn’t mobile friendly now, you should join the #mobilegeddon movement if you want to keep your mobile search engine rankings.

Google’s announcement of this change means that mobile-optimized sites will be given preference over non-mobile-friendly sites, directly impacting their search engine rankings.

So, why is this important for your business? Well, roughly 50% of all Google searches come from mobile devices. The number of people using smartphones and tablets to carry out online tasks is constantly growing. It’s crucial that a user gets just as good of an experience visiting your site from their phone as they do from their computer. Makes sense, right?

Find out here if your site will be affected by the upcoming changes. If it didn’t pass the test, fear not, you can follow Google’s simple steps to make your site mobile friendly. Also you can always add video to your site of course – as sites with video on their landing pages are 53% more likely to get seen by Google than static sites.

Of course you can find more on that here on our blog or at Viddyad.


YouTube Make Video Autoplay Default

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As is often the case with a new feature being introduced, it is met with uncertainty. With YouTube’s default autoplay, however, users have come around to it and realized its benefits pretty quickly. The user has the option to disable the autoplay function simply by un-selecting the option from the sidebar, but when autoplay is embedded, one of the ‘suggested videos’ will play next.

There are definite upsides to the new feature. Google will save your viewing history and will provide your suggested videos accordingly. Before the autoplay feature automatically plays the next suggested video, there will be a 10 second countdown, in which you can pause the video if you wish to leave a comment or you can begin typing in the search bar which will cause the countdown to pause.

The feature will lead to users staying on the site for longer, with videos continuously playing that are tailored to your taste. This is a benefit to YouTube as well, and puts them back in the game with Facebook who already have default autoplay and Twitter who have begun testing it.

These efforts towards audience retention for videos and video ads is good news for marketers as now there is a growing number of channels that videos can be advertised on.

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Facebook’s video ads go from strength to strength


When Facebook announced its 2014 end of year results, they showed off a huge increase in revenues, and monthly active users. The annual achievements from Facebook far outshone those of other social media giants, including Twitter.

Following such growth, people are naturally eager to know how Facebook plans to maintain this high level of growth for this year.

The answer is likely to lie in video ads. The long awaited video ads have finally been launched by the company, and are now being shared with the mass of Facebook users. The potential expected from this area is expected to bring Facebook more astonishing results next year.

The video spots, which will be in demand for advertisers, will ensure a lot of revenue for the company. During the video testing phase, facebook was in a position to be very careful in their decisions on which partners would be involved in the testing of the videos. Each of the marketing partners was charged a cool $1 million a day to participate- a price they were all willing to pay due to the proven success of video ads. Their success is further enhanced on Facebook as they have the ability to utilize vast amounts of user data to maximize of their benefits.

It is estimated that Facebook’s revenues will rise by 6% in 2015 largely due to the proportion of the estimated $600 billion spent by marketers to get in on the company’s video ad action. This proportion continues to grow to keep up with the number of users online that continues to grow. Unlike other ad platforms, digital and video ads can be targeted towards particular groups and it is possible to measure the results of these ads.

In a survey conducted earlier this year, 63% of marketers said that they already have or are planning on purchasing video ad space on Facebook in the next 6 months. The percentage that did not will likely have their minds changed with the figures presented on video ads in 2015.