Last updated : June 21, 2013
In continuation of the seminars at the International Festival of Creativity that tried to decipher the social media buzz, YouTube's global content head Robert Kyncl shared his thoughts on 'Why be the 30-second spot when you can be the whole show?'. Kyncl spoke on how brands can exploit the platform to reach out to and engage with the digitally savvy audience.
Citing his favourite example, Kyncl said that Brazilian production company Porta Dos Fundos's videos poking fun at brands earned it more than 3.9 million subscribers within nine months of putting up the first video. When the production company was asked if they would do it for television, they declined the offer. The reason: unlike YouTube, there was no two way conversation on television. Besides, the videos could not be shared by the subscribers and fans alike.
Another example was that of GoPro, which was able to build direct relation with the consumers by generating content that not only weaved the brand's philosophy 'Be a Hero' but also allowed fans to generate videos of adventure sports that they had done. Sufficient to say, the brand received a lot of viewers and subscribers.
Looking at the attention YouTube videos generated in the digital world, which in turn translated to consumers, brands have been partnering with YouTube to regularly provide authentic content and ensure that they create and nurture the fan base around the brand.
However, merely creating videos and putting it on YouTube is not enough. In addition, brand managers also employed paid media, social media and PR to get the content noticed.
Kyncl also suggested that while brands need to create content sought by the consumers, they also need to cultivate a community around the brand, which will amplify and shape what the brand's message is. And lastly, he said that once the brands get the attention of consumers, they shouldn't keep them hanging there. They need to regularly engage and put up fresh content by collaborating or tapping into the passionate community that has started building.
Kyncl also showed clippings of testimonials given by brand heads about how YouTube helped in building their brands. One of the clippings showed a brand manager admitting how they were enlightened by the fact that consumers were marketing the product for them. Another brand manager said that considering there is only one medium, the only way to differentiate content is by collaborating with like-minded people, which creates powerful impact.
To enable advertising agencies to tap into this potential, Kyncl said YouTube plans to extend its YouTube Partners programme to advertising professionals. This will allow them access to all the facilities offered by the digital brand by September.