YouTube Stats

By Matt Weston

Explore video

As the World Wide Web has evolved and developed, so too has the concept of online video. Here we explore some YouTube stats and video stats from other sources.

What started off as a relatively small feature of the Internet has rapidly become a key facet of the Web, both in terms of its usefulness as a marketing tool and its importance in conjunction with social media sites such as Twitter.

According to Cisco (the networking manufacturers, not “Sisqo” the “Thong Song” guy) it is estimated that by 2017, Internet video traffic will make up 69% of all global consumer Internet traffic.

Meanwhile, the good people at YouTube claim that their website has more than one billion unique users visit their doors each and every month.

Here’s some other fun YouTube stats:

  • Over six billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube
  • Mobile devices make up almost 40% of YouTube’s global watch time
  • 80% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
  • There are now a million creators from over thirty countries around the world earning money from their YouTube videos

So why has video become so popular on the Internet over recent years?

One possible answer is that video is easy for people to digest and to “share” – to pass on to others via social media channels.

Faced with a long text document, many will soon lose interest, whereas a still image is more visually arresting but perhaps doesn’t say enough.

Meanwhile, a video is the perfect combination of educational and attention grabbing, and so is the perfect medium for getting a message across – particularly for instructional “How to” videos or videos created for a specific target audience.

In recent years businesses have identified this trend, and are aware that 90% of consumers watch online video, and that 57% of consumers say that product videos make them more confident in a purchase and less likely to return an item.

More importantly perhaps, research has found that the inclusion of video increases a customer’s time on a website by 9%, and that they are 64% more likely to purchase a product than other site visitors.

The YouTube stats and other video stats speak for themselves. Video is on its way to becoming the number one marketing tool.

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