Video is on the rise - big time. Youtube dominates the market, however even with its re-design it’s pretty poor at discovery. Social networks spark virality, however offer a terrible viewing experience due to all the non-video clutter.
Although neither offer formal ad opportunities at present, they’ll ultimately be able to increase views, interaction, and virality as both platforms have built social into the core of their products.
i strongly encourage everyone to play around w/ both products and see what you think. Shelby’s strength is its social curation and any screen compatibility, allowing users to pull videos from their Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr feeds.
In addition to social, VHX offers a list of non-social channel including Boing Boing, Buzzfeed, and more. It also allows users to create and embed playlists making it a great solution for blog content.
Also, if you’re looking for music videos, the founder of VHX hacked together a Pandora for music videos called Music Video Genome. They don’t promote it, so it’ll be our little secret, okay?
In conclusion, video curation is the future of content and will continue to eat up market share of people’s online viewing time in the coming years. These two players are ahead of the curve and are definitely something to keep an eye on.
Ogilvy’s Advanced Video Practice had a full house this week to discuss Youtube’s re-design and its impact on clients’ video strategy.
Hilarious sketch exaggerating the startup lifestyle and personalities. Sadly, none of the companies we’ve been talking with embody such a persona.
Shelby.tv - Social Video Curation
We’ve met with the good people at Shelby a few times now and have been really impressed. They’re an early-stage NYC company from TechStars gaining impressive traction.
The product curates videos from your social streams. To log on, you connect your Twitter and Facebook profiles; and within minutes Shelby pulls in all the video links that your friends have posted and serves them to you continuously.
The strength of this format is that its’ lean-back and continuous. Users don’t have to search, the content comes to them, and its harder to stop watching because videos are loaded with no delay between one another.
For brands, there’s no built-in ad platform to date. However, for brands with strong social followings, there’s a big opportunity. Brands can curate their own video channels within Shelby, post the link to that channel, and get people engaged in their content right away. It’s simple, free, and can help boost views for video content.
Moving forwards, Shelby will build out further ad opportunities in 2012, and has a few other tricks up their sleeve that you should stay tuned for.