YouTube reaches 1 billion monthly active users, highlighting demand for video content

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by Brafton Editorial
​YouTube marketing just got a lot more grown up as the video-streaming site hit another monumental benchmark.

​While here at Brafton we tout the ineffable value of video marketing, many brands have put off visual content production because they aren’t sold on its effectiveness. Well, Google recently announced that every single company on Ad Age’s Top 100 brands now run campaigns through YouTube and the video-streaming site has reached another milestone – 1 billion monthly active users.

To put into perspective the magnitude of YouTube’s reach, the company provided a few facts:


  • One in two people visit YouTube on the web.
  • Ten Super Bowl audiences make up YouTube’s monthly viewership.
  • If YouTube were a country, it would be the third largest nation in the world.

YouTube marketing can reach a highly active consumer base as long as brands understand the right language and tone to use to engage their ideal online markets. Google’s AdWords Agency blog credited a lot of YouTube’s growth to what Nielsen calls Generation C. These consumers are not defined by their age, but by how they access online content. Google outlines the 4Cs this generation thrives on when using YouTube: Connection, creation, community and curation. Gen C YouTube users connect with video content on all screens, create and upload original media, engage with the site’s community and curate videos that matter to them most.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce notes that Generation C consumers influence $500 billion in annual spending in the Americas alone. More, these highly connected consumers watch much less TV than other demographics, and choose to engage with web content across platforms instead. The C consumers are ideal audiences for entertaining video marketing campaigns shared on Google’s social video platform.

Facebook was the only social media network to reach 1 billion monthly active users up until YouTube’s recent announcement (see our Social Media Horse Race for an overview of how networks stack up in terms of users). Clearly, this changes the entire social-media game, and further emphasizes the need for companies to leverage the power of video content. Check out Brafton’s YouTube Marketing Playbook to understand how to make the video-streaming network an invaluable component to your brand’s lead generation and nurturing efforts.

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  • Revolution Video

    I wonder if these numbers will change the content that is loaded to YouTube. Especially after Vimeo’s paid offering and the other sites that spring up for more serious video hosting, I wonder if YouTube will become a place where corporations can benefit more.

    • TedKarczewski

      Hi Revolution Video-

      Great to see you back in our comments section ;). I’ve heard some talk about YouTube developing a paid product – something like, paid channels. But I don’t think that’s necessarily going to help corporations profit more from the site.

      I actually attended SES NY this past week, and in a presentation from Orabrush’s Austin Craig, I saw just how a company (admittedly small) can profit from YouTube marketing directly. He and his company basically flipped the traditional marketing funnel around. Instead of creating a product, distributing offline, and then taking to the web, Orabrush began as an online entity and worked its way into distribution centers. This type of practice is becoming increasingly standard in the world we live in, so channels like YouTube will inevitably play a bigger future. Not just because it has 1 billion MAUs, but because visual media is engaging in and of itself. It’s not about how many views a particular video gets, but more about the influence the few people who did watch the video have. Are they more likely to promote via their own networks? Are they loyalists who will buy time and time again? Video just has to graze the surface – reach the 5 percent of people who will propel a marketing campaign further, and then revenue will start to rise. Get creative with script writing and have some fun.

      Thanks for reading!