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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?


Online video audience to reach nearly 1 billion in four years

According to ABI Research, the number of online video viewers will grow from 563 million at the end of 2008 to 941 million by 2013, as convergence, speeds and services increase their speed to market.

“All stakeholders in the online video ecosystem are eyeing the living room,” remarks ABI research director Michael Wolf.  “With the continued adoption of network-connected video game consoles, …(and) services such as Hulu and Netflix onto third party consumer electronics devices…we see this market for TV-displayed online video continuing to grow.” 

Great news! Not “oh crap, that’s a shock’ kinda news,” but added fuel to help convince my clients – online video is the future of marketing! Not to mention verifying there will be a sizable audience for the original webisodes and other content we are producing. I love tv, don’t get me wrong, I’ve made a living from it, and the web has quite a ways to go before it can provide my clients and our original entertainment the kind of reach tv can. But it’s not far off! For some of my clients, and you know who you are, it’s already arrived! It’s all about niche markets and accountability. So, let me know what you think. Are you using video on the web? Are you thinking about it? What’s stopping you? 

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August 2020