Golden Era of Online Video

I believe we are on the verge of a golden era in online video -original content and advertising, much like the golden era of cinema and television that has long since past. I liken the current state of online video (and video for mobile devices) to the pre-golden era of cinema and television for several reasons.

Think about it.

We are in an experimental period much like these two well established mediums were in their infancy.

– Format?
Is 3 minutes too long for online viewing? Can I develop characters in two minutes or less? How often between releases of webisodes? In cinema, The first film shown publicly was of women exiting a factory – one shot. Not exactly worth repeat viewing. It took years to develop the concept of two hour, long-form narrative through editing. In the early years of television, most shows were variety shows, which were simply the visualizing of radio shows and vaudeville acts of the time. It took Lucille Ball to come along and develop a three-camera setup to shoot a story – creating sitcoms. Think about it, before the 1950’s, sitcoms didn’t exist. Now it’s a staple of television programming. The same will happen with online video, and has already begun – short, comedic webisodes and informative how-to videos seem to be prevailing.

– Monetizing online video?
Pre-rolls, Post-rolls, overlays, banner ads? In the early days of television, marketers would sponsor tv shows and Milton Berle would hold up an Alpo can and speak directly into the camera plugging the product. Dog food sold to the masses, but too obtrusive. Then someone decided to make 30 second breaks and develop a creative around a product to help build brand. They called it a commercial. Think about it. The 30 second tv commercial format hasn’t been around that long. It was developed during the golden age of television. That will happen with online video as well. But it will be much more targeted, trackable, and transparent.

Give your audience good content. Be transparent. Your audience will appreciate it, come back for more, grow, and in the end, buy what you are selling. The golden age of online video is right around the corner, are you ready?


4 Responses to “Golden Era of Online Video”

  1. 1 Rob
    January 8, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I am finding that I don’t mind pre-rolls, if they are short. And in the case of Hulu, I don’t mind adds sprinkled throughout. I just want them short. 30-60 at most. If it is longer, my mind and attention wanders. I am on a computer after all with a lot more things available for me to use, read or play with.

  2. 2 Kael Yriarte
    January 9, 2009 at 3:08 am

    This Is Great! You Have My Full Support; And, I Will Let My Alum Know About It As Well…

  3. March 30, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I agree with your prediction and call for quality – thanks for the post.

  4. July 10, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Hi Ted,
    Listen; we’re on the same exact page………..and that being said; WHAT’RE WE GONNA DO ABOUT IT? I agree with what you refer to the ‘golden era of online video’……..it’s ‘verging’ and I want to be RIGHT IN THERE ON TOP OF THE HEAP. Something like the ‘Viral Video Vixen’ or a ‘Progressive’ Insurance type TV Rep; or TUTORIALS sponsored by big companies; SOMETHING BIG; something unique; SOMETHING TO SEPARATE ME FROM THOSE WHO’VE NOT YET CONSIDERED THIS GENRE OF NEW AND OPEN-ENDED POSSIBI8LITY!!!!!!!! I’m visualizing a ‘QVC’ online; (hey; my idea but you are WELCOME to think and elaborate, mate!)……..sort of like halfway between the tv show and ebay with a host. I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT.

    Lets do it!

    I’m TRULY open and SO READY TO WORK MY FRIGGIN BRAINS OUT since the time- MY TIME TO SHINE- just happens to be RIGHT THIS SECOND!

    Give it some thought and email me; I’ll send you some pix and my contact info; would REALLY like to brainstorm w/you guys; this is something that ‘Joe Average Person’ (for the sake of argument I’ll call myself that JUST THIS ONCE) needs people like tedhead and me to get this puppy off the ground.

    I’m waiting for your call.

    xx Rhona

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