If there’s one obvious trend across the web, it’s the move to premium video content by most major publishers, often those with a traditionally static offering. For instance, News of the World has announced it will be moving behind a paywall with exclusive video content as its biggest draw (source, NMA).
News of the World joins revamped sites like BBC News, AOL, CBS, IGN, Microsoft and many, many more that are forcing their video content to the forefront of their offerings – no doubt driven by the huge demand from their users.
One look across the homepages of these sites and you’ll find video content immediately, now in many cases with “top 10” most watched videos alongside most read articles.
Over the next 6 months I predict that you will start to hear far more announcements from major publishers about video content becoming a top priority for them. For brands, this is fantastic news because there are far more places to run your pre-roll ads against high quality content.
In the US, video advertising is booming with 3.6 billion online video ads watched in July this year, reaching almost half of the US population. Back in the UK and we’re in the midst of the start of our very own online video boom that’s only going to get louder.
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