Lately there’s been talk at YouTube and those sitting in on some of the YouTube sessions are picking up on some not yet announced news items, features and changes that are coming to YouTube that we want you guys to know about. Here’s some of what we’ve picked up.
Long story short, in their partner bulletin YouTube has mentioned that there’s going to be an upcoming change, where, if you’re a partner, you can link and authenticate your domain to your YouTube channel. And it said you need to something called IRDB, but it turns out, that really has nothing to do with anything. If you’re a partner, all you do is, you go to your settings and on the left side you’ll see something has changed. It’s one of the last things like associated domain or something. You enter your domain and if you sign on to Webmaster tools, it just automatically says, good to go. For many though it just says pending review. i.e. “We’re not sure that’s your website”. Cool. So guys, that’s available for all partners now and it’s supposed to do what for people’s videos?
Google understands a bit about your web site, assuming your domain’s been around for a while. They would realize what you are probably about from their database info and the thought is, or what they said is that they’re going to take that learning – those learnings and use them within YouTube, so hopefully, that would mean that if we wrote, or we did a video called Video Marketing, I would think that would give us a bump, but there’s really no solid indication of what it’s going to do
Another cool thing that’s coming up, that’s –
Pretty soon, in the next couple of months, they’re going to be rolling out the ability for anybody that’s monetized, which anyone can do, assuming your account’s in good standing. They’re going to let you upload custom thumbnails.
I’m curious as to how they’re going to police that. Maybe their content id is going to be scanned – I don’t know, but -Maybe they have like, flesh recognition 🙂
We don’t know exactly how that’s going to happen – how that’s going to roll out or when, but we do know it’s coming and we think it’s coming sooner than many envisage. We also heard that bulk annotations are coming, where you can set – just like default annotations, you know, like recently set channels and channel default so you can set for your meta data, for your description tag, monetization yes or no, that kind of thing, and we talked about that like a week or two ago, but now, it looks like you can do the same thing with the annotations, which many will be excited about.
We haven’t seen exactly what that means, but my hope is it will be like saving a template. If I could just say, hey, put this on all our videos and go to the most recent and this play list, etcetera, that would be great.
So if you use the same annotations on many of your videos it should save some time. Another cool thing that’s coming up is a change to play list and I think they’ve already publicly talked about this before, right?
It’s actually live now and essentially what it does is, it allows you to create a play list where you can specifically start and end times of the videos within that play list, so you could do one to two minutes of this video and then and etcetera.
If you have a video that has some really good content in it, but if it’s like a new person watching the play list and you don’t want them necessarily to start at the beginning – say like you did a Google hangout. You have like an hour long hangout that just automatically got bumped to your YouTube channel, but you want that in there – in your hangout play list, you just want to start at like 34 minutes, because that’s when the action started. The first half hour is just people like getting settled or whatever, and now when you put that in your play list, when people watch through the play list, it will start right at whatever, and end at whatever point you want them to. It’s like pseudo-trimming your play list. Here’s another update and this is another one of those head scratchers. It’s the big gold play button.
Oh yeah, so we heard before we had actually seen this, we heard that anyone with over a million views is going to get a gold play button and we assume that meant that the button on their player is going to turn gold. I’ll tell you about that in just a sec, but they also are working on reward systems for people that have, you know, 100,000 views and even lower and they didn’t say what those are. The gold button is actually, literally a – I think it’s metal. It’s 24 caret gold, but it’s a button about this big that they mail to you. And I’m thinking “Sure. Sure. Yeah , right, sure they will”
It’s like a huge belt buckle, but like way too big for a big buckle, so that’s kind of cool. It’s like if you’re a movie star, I guess you get certain award…lol
That’s kind of cool. Now, this one is significant and I don’t think many of us will honestly understand this one too much. As far as being able to change your channel name through Google Plus to now be your actual name or whatever you’re Google Plus is.
It’s not available to partners, it’s just regular users, but I think it’s – I think they probably got a lot of feedback because there’s some confusion, if you’re new and you set up a new YouTube account, you can’t really customize your name and such and so, somehow they’re going to allow you now to change the name that’s displayed on your videos for your channel.
I think it includes like changing your name or it shows up in related posts and subscription boxes. Like maybe not like your actual URL, but how your name is displayed across other places in YouTube. If your channel name is like, Catlicker 69 and you’re kind of like tired of that name and you wanted to have like your own name, like Tim Schmoyer or Mark Robertson or whatever, now you could display that. Instead of Catlicker 69, it could be – that was really random there.
I do know it doesn’t change the URL right now, because that was one of the complaints I saw.
YouTube home page changes. Now, we would like to actually talk to a YouTube person about this to get more information, but apparently, like none of them would talk publicly about anything. I guess they need to have press people with them or whatever, so we’re just going to tell you the best we understand, the whole YouTube changing.
I think one of the complaints right now is that when you go to your home page of YouTube, the wall is just a – it’s almost like a Twitter feed. It’s the most recent video from your most recent subscription, and if you’re – if I want to see Tim’s videos, but I’m subscribed to somebody who puts up 50 videos a day, I’m going to have a really hard time finding them. I think they’re trying to fix that. I don’t really know what it’s going to look like.
Yeah, I think part of it will have like individual channels down the left side bar, so and it will give you a little number of how many unread or unwatched videos there are and things like that. We knew that the thumbnails are going to be way bigger. It’s going to look like Google Plus, very clean interface so –
Another update that’s coming and it’s already live and this is going to be very exciting for most of you and for us. It used to be that you would upload a video to YouTube, and maybe you wanted private for a little while because you want to do an annotation, you want to get your custom thumbnail up, you want to do all this stuff to it and maybe you want to set it public two days later. The problem was, it would be like at the bottom of everyone’s subscription feed because it is put into people’s sub-boxes based – or subscription feed based on upload date.
Yeah. They fixed it.
Yeah, so now what’s it do?
It shows the right – the day that you set it from private to public, so that’s all with that.
Yeah, so if you uploaded it like last week, and you set it private and then you made it public, like today, it actually shows up in people’s subscription boxes for today, like at the top.
One thing to be careful about, because it’s one person on my panel mentioned this, but if you have a bunch of old private videos that you know, you want to start monetizing, so you make them public, just realize that they’re going to show up at the top of your feed to subscribers.
Making some updates to your Analytics in YouTube and they’re very welcome, the ones I think, at least for me. The first one is, you guys know that the algorithm recently changed to be more related to the watched on videos, and how long people are getting into videos, but there was an indication of like – like are people watching your videos longer on YouTube.com or if it got embedded in a certain site, like on the people on that site – are they watching the whole thing? Now, it looks like you’ll be able to see from everywhere, how long people from different referrals, places and other sites – how long they watched your videos.
Another one is Instant Audience Retention is now [09:17]. It used to be that you’d have to wait for like, a couple thousand, hundreds, whatever views and it would take forever and it would only update once in a while, but now, they’re hoping like – we want people to see instantly what the retention is on their videos from like the very first viewer, which I think is going to be cool.
Also, they’re updating Analytics to include annotation reports. I mean, wouldn’t it be great to know if your subscribe annotation is actually effective or working. Are people clicking on it? They’re having a lot more stats come out about annotations, which I think is going to be awesome and super helpful, especially if we don’t know if our out or end sites are working and things like that.
Yeah, and what I find interesting about it is that, they said in the Creator Playbook, and we mentioned this last year, that annotations that link to other videos, channels and play lists are actually a factor in the algorithm and so, I’m kind of wondering you know, obviously they’re collecting that data, now they’re giving it to us, but you know, what can we learn from that? Maybe, do we need to link to different videos if we don’t see people clicking on them, or are they then going to see that, you clicked on it and they also didn’t watch it very long, so, you know, we’ll be doing some testing obviously to see if we can get some insight on that.
Also, finally – and this one’s kind of cool. Improve device metrics, which means that you will have better analytics that tells you, from people who are watching on a tablet versus a mobile device versus a console on a big screen TV versus YouTube desktop. You’ll have better metrics concerning how the players interact with your video content based on which device they are watching your videos on. I think that is going to be huge. There are a lot of changes and things happening at YouTube and we would love to hear from you in the comments below, which one of these you think, are going to be the most significant for us as creators and as marketers? Which ones are you going to be using the most and be more useful for you?
Tell us below if you got any ideas on how to use this new play list feature because, I’m sure there’s some real interesting creative ideas that can be done. You could do this in YouTube Video Editor, but not with someone else’s video, so, you know. It’d be interesting to see what you could do with that.
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