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​Niharika Datta is a Content Writer at Vidooly. She started her career as a Human Resource professional but is now pursuing her love for writing. Though she writes about a myriad of ideas, her personal favourite is writing about the latest trends in the content and digital marketing world. An ambivert by nature, she likes to grab a snack with a warm cup of coffee in the company of a good book or a close friend.
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Bloomberg has revealed that Google has roped in 15 million subscribers across its music streaming apps YouTube Music and Google Play Music. The stated figure also includes free or promotional trials. Even though Google is still far behind its competitors, this is quite a remarkable progress considering that subscription-based media businesses have not picked up for Google that much. Spotify Technology SA hit 100 million paid subscribers which was announced recently by the company. On...

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In a major shift in its original content strategy, YouTube has officially announced that it is making all the original series and specials on the Google-owned platform available for free viewing. In its 8th annual Brandcast event, YouTube’s Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl declared that it’s altering its approach towards YouTube Premium originals which will now be made available for free and ad-supported content. Prior to this, all original shows were available for users of...

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We all love Instagram for the photographs that can make anything come alive from the cafe that you visited the previous weekend to the wedding you attended or that vacation you went to. The range of filters and edits can make even an amateur look like a professional photographer. Food photography has capitalized on this phenomenon and has taken a whole new dimension on Instagram. There’s no dearth of food influencers on Instagram anymore. You...

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Taylor Swift is back with a bang! The pop and country music artist just released her latest single “Me!” in collaboration with Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendon Urie along with the music video on YouTube. She’s making headlines after YouTube tweeted to declare that the music video had grossed 65.2 million streams within the first 24 hours of release on April 26th. With 65.2 million views, congratulations @taylorswift13 + @taylornation13 on breaking the record...

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Storytelling dates back to ancient times and has the power to shape people, cultures, and society as a whole. Starting from the cave paintings of the Neanderthal Man, hieroglyphics of the Egyptians to the Greek legends that have been passed on through generations, stories have shaped history, carried on words of wisdom, and formed societal norms. Stories are such a hit with people as they are closer to real life and people can relate to...

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Power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been roped in by consumer durables brand, Lloyd, an arm of Havells India Limited, for their latest ad campaign “Khayal Rakhenge, Khush Rakhenge”. Ranveer and Deepika are being seen together for an advertisement for the first time and it’s already gaining a good response. The ad campaign has received 46.4 Million views on YouTube so far! The Bollywood stars were brought in by one of the leading...

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After a long spell of speculation, Facebook has finally confirmed that the social media giant is working on an artificial intelligence-based digital voice assistant which is set to compete with Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Alphabet’s Google Assistant. Facebook’s efforts towards an AI based voice assistant is being implemented to serve across all augmented reality/virtual reality products of the company encompassing Portal & Oculus. Facebook had been known to have worked on an AI assistant...

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Korean pop band BTS has smashed records again! Their brand new single “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey has become the most viewed YouTube video in the first 24 hours of its release. The song was released as the lead single for their new album “Map of the soul: Persona”. YouTube has also affirmed that the video has smashed the record for ascending to the 100 million views mark by becoming the fastest video to do...

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Tech giants Google and Apple have been ordered by an Indian court to remove the Chinese social media app TikTok from their app stores and block downloads over various concerns. This move is going to badly hurt TikTok’s parent company, China’s ByteDance Ltd., which is currently the world’s most valued startup as India happens to be it’s most favourable market. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued a directive for the tech companies earlier...

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If you’re promoting your business online, missing out on Instagram may hit your business hard. Here’s why. 2018 was the year of Instagram as the platform touched the 1 billion monthly active user mark bringing in ad sales worth $8 billion and has emerged as one of the most influential marketing channels of today’s times. Compared to other social channels, Instagram’s presence is more prominent. It has more than 500 million daily active users as...

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YouTube, owned by internet giant Google, has revealed an important statistic regarding the mushrooming growth of online video at its annual flagship event, Brandcast. CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed that India is YouTube’s largest and fastest growing market, as per data released by ComScore till January 2019. With a whopping 265 million monthly active users, India has left behind the U.S. to rise as the uncontested winner in the YouTube race. Susan Wojcicki further added, “YouTube...

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In January, internet mammoth Google had revealed that the company will unveil a Political ads Library that will ensure higher transparency to election ads posted online. As promised, Google’s Transparency Report has recently been released and gives a breakdown of political advertising on Google which includes the amount spent by political parties, candidates and members of the Lok Sabha who have purchased online ads on its platform as well as partner platforms such as YouTube....

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Have you ever moved away from a website because it took too much time to load? Ever chosen a faster website over a slower one? You’re definitely not alone. When it comes to the elements to a robust digital marketing campaign, we give higher priority to the design factor, ad targeting or conversion rate optimization. But there’s another angle that we should not forget and that is the website speed. Website visitors these days don’t...

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Facebook removes ad targeting options to restrict any kind of discriminatory targeting in certain categories. According to the announcement made by the company, advertisers on the social media platform will no longer be able to implement age, gender and ZIP code targeting for housing, employment and credit ads.  This has come after a settlement on lawsuits filed by National Fair Housing Alliance, the Communications Workers of America against Facebook for discriminatory practices. The company will...

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“I have a dream and it’s not to own a condo or cruise. My dream is to see every slumdog with a shoe” – Divine This quote by Vivian Fernandes a.k.a Divine is a sharp contradiction to what Indian hip hop has been traditionally associated with. There was a time not long ago that Indian hip hop conjured up an image of Honey Singh rapping about the ‘Blue Eyes’ or ‘Brown Rang’ of ladies who...

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The online video community cheered on as Vidooly hosted it’s first ever flagship event StreamCon Asia 2019 on 8th & 9th March at Pullman, Aerocity, Delhi-NCR. The event’s success was evident from the fact that the venue was thriving with the presence of top brands and online video stars. There was a reservoir of valuable conversations, insights, experiences, and points of view by our panel of speakers. StreamCon Asia’s biggest success factor was the fact...

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Gear up for the next big thing in the world of online video! Vidooly announces the launch of StreamCon Asia 2019, a gathering of online video community, which is going to be the largest event of its kind in the continent. Content creators, OTTs, brands, influencers, marketing geeks, advertisers, and fans of the online video industry will unite under one single umbrella of StreamCon Asia, scheduled to take place on March 8th-9th at Pullman, Aerocity,...

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Facebook is a marketer’s favourite! More than 2.2 billion people are using Facebook and about 96% of social media marketers all over the world believe that Facebook’s ROI is the best. The platform is not just a way to connect with friends or colleagues, it’s a great way to be able to sell your products or create brand awareness. Sponsored content is another fresh and effective way to reach your target audience on Facebook. Let’s...

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Facebook now enjoys 2.23 billion users logging in every month. Not to forget that Facebook video has become a rage in recent times. According to the latest statistics, 71% of people have increased online video viewing just within the last year. Combined with these statistics, the love for food amongst the online audience is taking food-related content to the next level. People are largely turning to social videos for recipes, tips & tricks and kitchen...

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YouTube’s monthly user base in India has reached 225 million as it completes 10 years of presence in our country. India has been on YouTube’s radar for the past two years as we have risen as the most engaged market in the world for the video-sharing platform. It’s interesting to note that currently, a whopping 460 Indian YouTube channels have crossed the 1-million subscriber mark, as against just 2 channels two years ago. 51 more...

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Marketing has evolved because of how the preferences of today’s generation have changed so much. Traditional ways are no longer working as the millennials do not like intrusive selling techniques. They’re more inclined towards having good experiences with brands and establishing a rapport with them. It’s more about meaningful connections rather than just buying a product or service and forgetting about them. Branded content helps brands do just that. At a time when the audience...

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If you are a content marketer, you cannot ignore sponsored content. It’s all around social media now. As such acquiring a new set of target audience is not a piece of cake. Holding their attention is even tougher. However, sponsored content takes care of both aspects. As brands try to figure out how to cut through the noise and make their content visible, sponsored content makes it possible to not only reach the relevant audience...

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There was a time when vertical video was looked down upon in terms of quality and professionalism. But now the scenario is quite opposite! Vertical video is on the rise and it is revolutionizing the way we consume social video. Be it Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook the trend of vertical videos is catching up fast. Snapchat has especially played a huge role in the rise of vertical video. Snapchat boasts of more than 10 billion...

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Food content is now one of the most sought-after categories on YouTube. Come to think of it, you loved that white-sauce pasta you had at that cozy cafe you went to with your friends. You want to recreate that recipe at home for your family. Wouldn’t you instinctively turn to YouTube to search for the recipe? You’re not alone as the online video audience is increasingly turning to Food channels on YouTube for cooking tips...

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Each day, video content is being consumed with vigour! People are generating billions of views and watching billions of hours of content on the video-sharing platform. But there are some content categories that rule the audience’s hearts and minds more than the others. You must have come across various categories of video content such as unboxing, product reviews, music, DIYs, and much more. As the new year begins, let us find out the top 10...

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YouTube has emerged as the top destination for internet users worldwide. If you go by the numbers, YouTube currently has about 1 billion users spread across 91 countries and 80 languages. One billion hours of content is watched daily on the video-sharing platform. Combine it with the fact that there’s no concrete competition to YouTube and that makes it the king of video content. Download Vidooly’s annual report on YouTube India by clicking the link...

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Apart from the content and the title of the video, a thumbnail forms an integral part that compels you to click. You may have invested a lot of time for the actual content like animation, scripting or audio effects, but if you can’t come up with a catchy thumbnail, you’ll be losing out on a lot of views. Thumbnails are equally important when it comes to social video. This article will focus on how you...

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YouTube videos with black bars became a problem in 2008 when YouTube switched to a widescreen mode. Although it was a beneficial move as the video player became bigger, it left a lot of videos with horizontal or vertical black bars. That isn’t a very pleasant viewing experience for anyone. The video will look something like this. If you want to fix this problem, you don’t have to edit your video again to re-upload. That...

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Soon, Instagram may become your next shopping destination. The Facebook-owned company will unveil in-app shopping features in India in mid-2019. Earlier this year, Instagram announced that people will be able to follow links within stories to make purchases. Now, the Instagram shopping feature is being expanded by making a ‘Buy’ button available to the users of the social media app. In the beginning, hitting the ‘buy’ button below the image of the product you like will...

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Video is turning into the next big thing! And YouTube is undoubtedly the hub of all video content in the world. Approximately, 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube everyday and 300 hours of content is uploaded on the platform. So, it’s important to tap into the power of video content for your brand or even as an individual content creator. As you can fathom the volume of content on YouTube by these stats, it...

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And we thought YouTube was all about cat videos, vines, DIYs and music! Turns out that’s not all. Family YouTube channels have been gaining momentum since some time and family vlogging has become a big deal. Families who vlog turn their mundane, day-to-day experiences into fun ones and share it with the world. Time Magazine has actually observed that the time spent watching family vlogs grew by 90% in the year 2017. Families who become...

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Cisco has pointed out that video will account for 82% of the internet traffic. Not only that, 74% consumers are of the opinion that there’s a link between them watching a social video of a brand and making a purchase decision. That’s how important a video is for your brand. But is it enough just publishing videos on your YouTube channel or social media platforms? Creating videos and creating good videos have a different impact...

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‘Google Chromecast’ may not be a well-known term but a binge watcher may definitely have heard of it. A Chromecast lets you stream all your favourite shows, web series and movies on your television set. Isn’t that awesome that you’ll be able to watch the latest episode of that Netflix original you’ve been following, on your 42-inch LED TV? However, the ride will get smoother if you know some of the Google Chromecast hacks. Let’s...

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It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or a pro. You can find a decent number of premium video editing software for free. A ‘freemium’ video editing software helps you out with almost all simple to complex functions like chopping out parts of a video, audio mixing, effects, colour correction and much more. To be a good video editor, you don’t need high-end paid software, unless you’re producing a Hollywood sci-fi flick. You can...

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Churning out new ideas for your next content piece has never been easy. Be it your next blog post, newsletter or a social media post, you must have experienced reaching a deadlock. And even if you do have ideas, you don’t know whether it will appeal to your audience or not. I’m sure you already know traditional ways of finding out new ideas for your next content piece. But have you considered generating content ideas...

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Did you know that Instagram influencer marketing is a $2 billion industry? The social media platform has evolved massively since its inception as a mere photo sharing app. Instagram influencers are now utilizing the platform to make a living through paid posts and brand collaborations. Instagram influencer marketing has existed since time immemorial. It even dates back to the times of Queen and the Pope who used to endorse medicine to convince the common people...

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When Instagram found out that users missed out on 70% of the posts on their feed, they announced a new algorithm. An algorithm that promised to let you see the posts that you care about the most. But the workings of the algorithm remained a burning question until recently when the Facebook-owned company revealed how does the Instagram algorithm work. When the Instagram feed was tweaked from chronological to algorithmic, people anticipated a drop in...

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Being a social media marketer, you probably think that you’re doing it all. You’ve created a presence on all social channels, you’re capitalizing trends, delivering the right content and capturing the right audience. But if you’re still struggling with results, then you’re missing out on a key ingredient – Emotional Intelligence for marketing. Chances are you’re amongst the 80% marketers who assume they’ve got a comprehensive view of their consumers’ info. But in reality, 63%...

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Have you hit a roadblock while creating your next content calendar? Do you find the same blog posts at the top of your ‘best performing content’ list month after month? Not sure what is the next content piece which can prove to be a hit with your audience? You’re not alone in this struggle. About 60% content marketers find it hard to produce content consistently while 65% find it challenging to create engaging content. Content...

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The battle continues! YouTube is set to be conquered by a Bollywood music label, T-series. T series subscribers are helping the brand win the subscriber war. PewDiePie has been the uncontested king of YouTube for the last 5 years now and boasts of a 70 million subscriber base. However, T-Series is gearing up to take the throne and the subscriber war has been the talk of the town lately. T series vs PewDiePie : What...

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Did you know that “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, ft. Daddy Yankee is the most viewed YouTube video in the world? It has garnered 5 billion views so far. No wonder, there’s a music video on the top of that list as official music videos are one of the most consumed video content on the internet. However, if you are an artist in the music space, how do you promote music videos on YouTube? How do...

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Staying abroad and away from your family? Having a best friend who lives in another country? We’re sure you must have used video calling apps by now to stay connected. It becomes indispensable if you’re owning a virtual business. You need reliable and free video calling apps to connect with your team members. Video calling is now everywhere as all mobile devices have high-resolution front cameras. If you own a smartphone or a tablet, all...

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When it comes to promoting your brand on social media, Facebook and Instagram usually emerge as the preferred platforms. However, if you’re ignoring LinkedIn marketing and not including it in your social media strategy, then you’re making a big mistake! LinkedIn isn’t just a place to hunt for jobs anymore. The platform has matured into a pulsating network of professionals over the years and is now a top marketing junction. Whether you are a startup...

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Did you know that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text? Top that with Facebook users watching 8 billion videos every day! And, this is excluding the statistics on Youtube, Snapchat, and other social media platforms. The staggering figures mentioned above, only prove that video storytelling is a powerful medium for delivering a seamless user experience. However, the question today is, how can you use video storytelling in social media marketing?...

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Video marketing surely has risen to heights we have never seen before. Predictions say that by 2019, as much as 80% of consumer internet traffic will be directed towards watching video. It is evident that whatever your product or service, you will be left behind if you do not have a sound video marketing strategy in place. When it comes to video marketing, the biggest social platforms are your ticket to reach a wide array...