Want to Advertise Your Brand on YouTube? YT Stars Will Do It for You by David Brbaklic
You remember when Twitter teamed up with American Express to help small businesses advertise on the social network? Well, during a presentation at VidCon, YouTube’s Shishir Mehrotra - president of product management, announced that the company is about to roll out something similar, on their own, though.
The new service called “Video Creation Marketplace” will be… well, exactly that – a marketplace where digital agencies will be able to find YouTube “stars” who suit them the best and who will host their videos, for a financial compensation, of course.
According to Baljeet Singh, Youtube’s group product manager, the company spent tens of millions of dollars since 2007, when they decided to provide revenue to people who create viral content regularly and manage popular channels on YouTube. So far, a growing number of such people manage to get paid by hosting videos for other companies on their channels – a trend that YouTube will try to formalize with the new service, making it easier both for content providers and agencies to interact.
The new service will allow successful content providers, or partners – as YouTube calls them, to create profiles where they will be able to document their past collaborations with brands, or simply fill in basic information such as target audiences and types of brands they are suitable for, in case they haven’t had any experience in advertising. Such a database of YouTube stars will make it easy for advertising agencies to search through, using nothing more than keywords and other parameters they find relevant. From that point onward, YouTube will have no participation in the negotiations between the two parties.
According to Mr. Singh, the platform will be very useful for small businesses, which will be able to achieve great advertising results with smaller amounts of invested money.
“The creativity coming out of YouTube rivals that coming out of creative agencies any day of the week… And we already know that their content performs really well on YouTube,” said Mr. Singh.
A great example that this service has a bright future is the one of Devin Graham, the owner of DevinSupertramp YouTube channel. He started with making videos for smaller brands such as 5k Race, Jet Lev and Dirty Dash, as they found his expertise in shooting super inspirational, lifestyle films (which never generated less than six figure view counts) just appropriate. Now, as his YouTube popularity has grown exponentially, he is negotiating with Intel and Red Bull on several projects.
Take a look at the end result of his collaboration with Jet Lev for example (more than 5.3 million views), below:
I think YouTube is onto something big here, considering the company has approximately million content creators globally. The only thing that stays unclear, is where how YouTube will profit out of the service. The expected launch of the platform is the end of the summer, so we’ll have to wait to find out that one.