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Announcement: Touchstorm to Unveil VideoAmigo Marketing Suite at VidCon

NEW YORK, July 1, 2015 – Touchstorm, a technology-based services company that builds YouTube audiences for the world's largest brands, is unveiling VideoAmigo, their new suite of marketing tools and services, in time for the 6th annual VidCon in Anaheim, California. Since its inception in 2010, the convention that celebrates, discusses and informs online video has drawn a rapidly growing crowd of creators, fans, industry and brands worldwide. More than 300 influential YouTube Creators will be there this year, as well as an expected 20,000+ attendees.

Touchstorm plans to connect with hundreds of YouTube creators at this event, revealing their VideoAmigo stats and allowing fans to see if their favorite stars really walk the walk.

Alison Provost, Touchstorm CEO, said “We’ve been building these tools and technologies behind the scenes for years while we’ve helped some of the largest brands in the world with content strategy, production, and YouTube channel management. Now we’re excited to open these tools up to the market, and VidCon is the perfect place to do so.”

The VideoAmigo Marketing Suite allows brands and creators to stop guessing at their strategy and start winning on YouTube, with data and insights needed to run successful video campaigns. With VideoAmigo, brands can find searchable, popular video topics to own, as well as the right creators and channels to partner with. Creators can grow revenue, build audience, engage fans, and attract killer sponsors.

Touchstorm’s proprietary data taxonomy, the Touchstorm Video Index (TVi), narrows the world of video topics to provide more marketing and performance metrics on channels, videos and searches than has ever been possible. VideoAmigo, which runs on the TVi classification system, uncovers unique insights that allow brands to compete and win in social conversations.

 

About Touchstorm

Touchstorm (www.touchstorm.com) is a technology-based services company that builds video audiences for the world's largest brands. To accomplish its vision of helping brands and audiences fall in love again, the company grows YouTube channels organically, building engaged audiences for brand channels. Touchstorm uses a suite of software technologies to build these brand audiences at scale, including VideoAmigo™ the Video Marketing Suite powered by the Touchstorm Video Index™ (TVi™). Headquartered in New York City, Touchstorm is an independent, woman-owned company.

 

Topics: YouTube Video Analytics YouTube YouTube for Business

Get The Super Bowl Score Before The Big Game!

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Which Brands are Winning the Ad Game on YouTube?

If you’ve gone to YouTube at all lately, you’ve likely noticed the plethora of Super Bowl ads and teasers by the various brands that plan to advertise on game day. Super Bowl commercials have long been a highlight for many, and the sole reason to tune in for others. Over the past few years, brands have experimented with airing teasers or full, official commercials on YouTube – days or even weeks before the big game. Why would they do this?


Building anticipation is the main goal. You want people talking about your brand. Airing ads ahead of time generates hype and increases overall brand recognition.  It’s yet another way for a brand to engage with their audience.


The ads range from sentimental and/or patriotic to ridiculous, funny and out-of-the-box. The point is to be memorable. What better way to remain in viewers’ minds than to be accessible 24/7 on one of the most popular sites in the world? Viewers can pick early favorites and look forward to seeing them again during the actual game. They can tell friends and family to watch for specific ads as well. Now, Super Bowl ads are water cooler topics for weeks instead of a couple of days after the game.


Since last year, Touchstorm has been tracking the ad-related content uploaded to YouTube by these brands — before, during and after the Super Bowl — to accurately assess which brands have the most staying power. Using tracking metrics like Views, Subscriber Conversion , Likeability, and Velocity, we determine which ad campaigns are most successful as a whole. The rankings are updated daily on our Super Bowl Scoreboard, available here: tstrm.li/SBScoreboard


Chatter about online entertainment has been louder than ever this past year. Every trade magazine is discussing YouTube and the important role it plays for brands (not just for the Super Bowl, but for brand equity in general). YouTube star Bethany Mota was a contestant on TV’s Dancing with the Stars. Internet interviewer Grace Helbig is about to begin her own prime-time talk show on E!


What does all this mean? There are more eyeballs on more screens than ever before. So it only makes sense that advertisers would jump at the chance to get those eyeballs on their Super Bowl ads before the game to get the most out of the $150k per second ad buy. How many viewers are watching each ad? Do they click the “like” button? How fast are these ads growing in virality? We’re here to measure all that. On our Scoreboard you have the ability to look at all of the advertisers side by side and truly compare the effectiveness of their campaigns.


So… check the score and see who’s winning the ad game before the game. Coca Cola won the Super Bowl ad game last year with their polarizing ad #AmericaIsBeautiful. While some people disliked the ad or found it offensive, many thought it was a beautiful celebration of America. Most important, it was memorable. Who do you think will be most memorable this year? Let us know in the comments below! Check our scoreboard daily for up-to-date rankings, and look for our recap report in early February when we declare an official winner.

 

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Topics: Video Content Strategy YouTube Video Analytics YouTube for Business YouTube Analytics YouTube Video Marketing

#AmericaIsBeautiful: How a Controversial Coke Ad Won the Big Game on YouTube

SuperBowl2014chartSince the Coca-Cola America Is Beautiful ad ran during the Super Bowl, it ignited a media and consumer firestorm. And it’s been fascinating to watch the ad unfold behind the scenes on YouTube, which is what our Video Scoreboard reveals.

The Coke ad now tops the chart in Effectiveness for the brand, displacing the Budweiser Puppy, RadioShack, Microsoft Empowering and others. But it still lags in views. How’s that?

Unlike most other Super Bowl ads that kicked off their mega campaigns prior to the big game, building views and momentum along the way, Coke held the ad back, revealing it first during the game. These are two different campaign approaches and our Video Scorecard is revealing which is the most effective strategy.

Given its late start, Coke is still middle of the pack in Views, a measure most people have been using to anoint the Super Bowl ad champion. But what’s most telling, is the Coke ad is now #3 in Likeability (compared to all others in the Super Bowl category), and #1 in Velocity. The true measure is Effectiveness, however, and it shot into the #1 slot today.

The Effectiveness metric is the coveted one, as it blends all key metrics—Views, Likes, Subscriber Conversion and Velocity—with a formula that presents a numerical ranking of the most effective ads at building audience for the brand.

Views and shares are fine, but those can be bought. Genuine audiences are built based on true ad success, and Coke has the right stuff.

Keep checking back to see how it climbs. The data is changing every day!

Topics: YouTube Video Analytics YouTube

Who Are the Real Winners of This Year's Ad Bowl on YouTube?

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New Touchstorm Video Scoreboard reveals the real winners in the Super Bowl ad game—and it’s not who you think

As the world’s greatest advertising event peaked Sunday night—hats off to the Seattle Seahawks—we’ve reached a tipping point, where YouTube is the true scorecard for measuring Super Bowl ad success.

While Doritos and Budweiser topped the charts in views and shares, the real measure of success is the brand’s ability to amortize the cost of the ad—particularly one worth more than $4 million—over weeks of hype. Is the ad really working for the brand and helping it move from mere awareness to trust?

We have the formula to show which ads are actually succeeding in building audience, not just awareness. Our new Touchstorm Video Scoreboard is the first (free!) live dashboard showing which brands are on the leaderboard everyday after the Super Bowl.

While certain brands are winning the popularity game, are those ads really working for the brand? And can the ad help build audience for the brand over time? We break it all down.

See who’s on top of the Touchstorm Video Scoreboard.

Our dashboard is built on a four-part formula of views, likability, velocity and subscriber conversion, and gives Super Bowl advertisers a level of analysis they’ve never seen. The result is their only ability to look precisely at their own video performance and how it compares to their peers.

Here’s how it works:

  • Views: Not only how many views the main ad receives, but adjunct creative is combined to arrive at accurate, total view counts.
  • Velocity: How long a brand is able to sustain interest in the ad, including when that interest peaks and starts to decline.
  • Likability: A comparison view of relative passion generated from each ad, showing which ads were genuinely more popular with viewers.
  • Subscriber Conversion: Which brands’ ads are better at generating YouTube subscribers, the critical measurement required for a brand to succeed on YouTube.

 On the live Video Scoreboard, those four metrics are combined and weighted to reveal the Top 10 ads in overall brand effectiveness. Check daily because results will likely change over time.

Have fun with it. Think about what the dashboard means to your own video marketing, and keep an eye out for a dashboard that you can apply to your own channel. (More on that later…)

Check it out!

Topics: YouTube Video Analytics