YouTube sees 90% lift in searches for football highlight videos during the last year

In advance of this weekend’s Super Bowl LII game, YouTube has pulled together data around how people are watching — and searching for — sports-related video content on the site, and a few of the growth stats are quite remarkable.
There has been a 90 percent increase in searches for “football highlight” videos during the last year, YouTube reports. The company says that in addition to the rise in search activity, watch-time of sports highlight videos skyrocketed 80 percent between 2016 and 2017.
Watch-time growth of sports highlight videos on YouTube

Highlight videos were not the only sports-related content getting more views. Sports-related interview videos saw a 60 percent increase in watch-time, and funny sports video watch-time was up 50 percent.
YouTube reports 70 of the top 100 sports videos on its site have “great,” “greatest” or “best” in the videos’ titles.
Along with the rise in “football highlight” searches, YouTube found “how to” sports video searchers have doubled since 2016 and

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YouTube SEO 101

Based on Alexa traffic rankings, YouTube is the second most visited site on the web, right after Google. Unfortunately, a lot of digital marketers still treat it like any other social media site. But success on YouTube isn’t about posting content, it’s about optimizing your content — just like your website.
It’s easy to find videos with millions of views and videos with almost none that are basically the same. The difference between success and failure often boils down to a few elements.
When it comes to YouTube SEO, a lot of the optimization work can be encapsulated into a process that you can apply to all your old videos and then to each video as you publish it. And you’re about to learn that process.
Here’s what you need to know if you want your content to rank number one on YouTube for the keywords you care about.
The basics
This section contains the essential background information you’ll need to understand

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YouTube using Redirect Method technology to fight terrorist video content in search results

In its continued fight against terrorist video content, YouTube announced it has rolled out a new search feature based on the Redirect Method technology designed by the Google tech incubator Jigsaw.
According to the announcement, YouTube will now display a playlist of videos aimed at debunking “violent extremist recruiting” content when people search for certain keywords.
The announcement did not include specifics on what the “certain keywords” are, but Jigsaw’s site covering its Redirect Method project listed the following statement explaining how it worked with Moonshot CVE (an initiative that uses data to counter violent extremism messaging) to determine relevant keywords:
For the English campaign, Moonshot CVE created 30 ad campaigns comprising 95 unique ads and over 1,000 keywords. The keyword generation was focused on terms suggesting positive sentiment towards ISIS.
YouTube says the goal is to offer more resources and content that may be able to “change the minds” of people at risk of being radicalized by terrorist organizations —

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What marketers need to know about addressable TV and OLV

Today, billions of dollars are spent on TV advertising, and at the end of the day, for many demographics, there are still very valuable eyeballs worth targeting through traditional TV advertising.
But buying power is shifting toward the digital natives who access content when and how they want it. For example, the #1 show, “The Big Bang Theory,” has a median age of 55, while ratings for the 18-49 demographic dropped by 11 percent YoY, according to a recent article in The New York Times. That is a big drop-off of a key audience demographic.
As digital-first consumers age, their buying power increases and the balance of power begins to shift. Many of those now in the most coveted demographics identify as digital-first media consumers. Traditional TV is often not at the top of their list. While many big brands still utilize traditional TV as their primary means of driving awareness, it is important for marketers to understand the

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Report: Releasing Super Bowl ads early jump-starts lifts in brand search

It’s no secret that most Super Bowl advertisers see a surge in search volume on and immediately following game day. What is not so well known is how much of a bump advertisers can gain by releasing their ads, or ad teasers, as is increasingly common this year, ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.
Technology company Quancast pulled some data for Search Engine Land to help answer that question. A look at five brands that have released their ads online ahead of Super Bowl LI shows the impact can vary widely, but all five saw a lift in brand searches in the days after release.
CPG brands Snickers and Budweiser saw by far the biggest jumps in brand search volume. Snickers has garnered attention for its four teaser ads in which the brand touts it will film the first live commercial, starring Adam Driver, during the game. Buzz around those teasers drove brand searches up 2,669 percent. Budweiser’s ad telling the story of its immigrant roots led to

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YouTube reports 224% jump in refugee-related searches since start of elections

Tracking the 2016 presidential election trends, YouTube found refugee-related searches on the site have increased 224 percent since last April, when the 2016 presidential candidates began announcing their campaigns.
YouTube listed refugees, immigration, gun control, economy and health care as “some of the most searched” election-related topics during this election cycle. Among these five political issues, refugee searches accounted for three times more growth than any other topic.
Video searches for immigration topics — an election-related issue attached to the refugee crisis — saw the second highest amount of growth in searches, at 51 percent.
Top YouTube video search trends for political issues

YouTube also reports a 294-percent increase in paid views for candidate ads since October 2015, claiming that it “essentially sold out” of its reserve ad inventory before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada primaries.
More on YouTube’s election trends report can be found on our partner site at Marketing Land: YouTube: 2016 presidential election-related

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