Facebook Users Watched 740 Million Videos in April. . And Only Came in Second


posted on May 23, 2013

If you think 740 million video views sounds like a lot, prepare yourself for a shock. According to the latest comScore Video Metrix’s report, YouTube visitors (in combination with other Google properties) watched 13 billion videos in April. Yes, billion with a ‘b’.

What’s really fascinating is the rate of the climb. Look at these charts for April and February.

comscore april

comscore feb

In three months, the list, particularly in number of videos viewed is incredible. In February, Facebook had just crossed the half a million mark. Now, they’re almost at 750 million. The difference in the number of unique viewers isn’t as drastic because, let’s face it, we have to be reaching the max pretty soon, right? But as you can see from the last column, it’s not about more people, it’s about more minutes per person.

In February, Facebook users watched 19.9 minutes, now they’re up to 25.

Google viewers jump from 362 minutes to 401 minutes. That’s over six hours of viewing per person. There’s no way that number is coming down anytime soon. Not with more people posting more videos every minute of every day. Add in all of the streaming TV and movie options, webshows, online news broadcasts. . the internet is bending under the weight of all this video.

The good thing for marketers is that a large portion of this content comes with an ad attached.

Americans viewed a record 13.3 billion video ads in April, with Google Sites ranking first with 2.4 billion ads.

Video ads reached 53 percent of the total U.S. population an average of 82 times during the month.

Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 63.

Other notable findings from April 2013 include:

  •  84.7 % of the U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
  •  The duration of the average online content video was 5.6 minutes, while the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes.
  •  Video ads accounted for 25.5 percent of all videos viewed and 2.3 percent of all minutes spent viewing video online.

On a related note, YouTube star Felicia Day is creating her own vlogger network. She put out a call to all of the “Geek and Sundry” fans to submit their best YouTube videos and those submissions will then be evaluated by her staff and her followers. The best of the best will get to join the new vlogger channel.

The new network is a smart way to keep fresh content on the channel at all times and it’s a sweet tip of the hat to all those fabulous fan creators who don’t have the following Ms. Day has. I think it’s a great idea that will become more popular as the video-sphere continues to grow.




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