In the next 60 seconds, 300 hours of video will be uploaded to YouTube

youtube-upload-300x251YouTube’s stats page says that people are uploading 100 hours worth of new videos every minute. ReelSEO says they have it on good authority, that the number is now closer to 300 hours of new uploads every minute and I believe it.

I’ve developed the habit of watching videos every night before I go to bed. More often than not, there are so many new videos in my feed, I don’t have to look elsewhere for entertainment. Let me put this in perspective. I only follow 26 people and I get 3-5 new updates per day. The majority of the people I follow upload videos that are no less than 7 minutes and can be up to 40 minutes. That means, I’m seeing anywhere from an hour to 3 hours of new content per night.

From Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday; it was a record-breaking run

Black Friday may have gotten off to a slow start but the numbers are all in, the dollars have been compared and guess what – we have a winner! Individually and combined, the last five days broke all kinds of records for sales, growth, traffic and change.

Online Sales

Black Friday was a banner day for online shopping with sales up 20.6% over last year. That made it the biggest day in US online shopping history, until. . . .

Cyber Monday broke sales records to become the biggest day in US online shopping history with a 15% increase over last year.

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Mobile Sales

Cyber Monday was also Walmart’s biggest online sales day ever with mobile accounting for more than 70% of the traffic over the holiday weekend.

New report sheds light on the dark side of social sharing

Radium One Dark SharingOnline sharing has a dark side. It’s covert, silent and it’s almost completely untraceable. It’s also a good thing. Dark Social is any kind of inbound traffic that can’t be accounted for. This usually happens because the sharer copied and pasted a link from public point A to private point B such as on a forum, instant message, text message, email or chat.

Radium One just published the results of their survey on the subject called ‘The Light and Dark of Social Sharing – Harnessing the Power of Consumer Connections’

They discovered that 91% of consumers regularly use Dark Social channels in addition to traditional social sharing. 27% of consumers said they only share through dark channels with the percentage rising along with the average age. 46% of those over 55 use only Dark Social vs 19% of those under 35.

Black Friday post game analysis: was it a win or a loss?

walmart-black-fridayBlack Friday 2014 is behind us and the preliminary numbers are in.

Let’s go with the facts from the National Retail Federation and their survey partner Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Overall shopper traffic from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, November 30 dropped 5.2 percent from 2013 (133.7 million unique holiday shoppers versus 141.1 million in 2013). Total shopping, including multiple trips by the same shopper, was also down this weekend (233.3 million versus 248.6 million).

Not so good. . . but not so bad.

Thanksgiving roundup: YouTube URLs, Vine gets pushy and more

inigo montoyaSince this Friday is a holiday (Black Friday is a legal holiday, isn’t it), I thought I’d do my weekly tidbit roundup a little early.

Putting the YOU back in YouTube

YouTube is making it possible to change your YouTube user name to something more fitting for your brand. This is huge because so many people didn’t give a lot of thought to the name they created when they signed up. My YouTube name, TVCyn, was created when I was working as a TV reporter. Now, it’s a little off the mark and not intuitive for those who know my by my full name or often used nickname.

Unfortunately, I don’t qualify for a change because only channels with more than 500 followers are eligible and of course, you can only pick a name that isn’t already in use.

50 percent of teens said Facebook is a snore

25th-Nov-2014-Two-Thirds-of-Teens-are-using-Facebook-Less-FrequentlyFacebook isn’t about to lose its status as the number one social network, but it seems like familiarity has bred a little contempt.

50% of the participants in the new GlobalWebIndex (GWI) Social Summary for Q3 2014 said they were using Facebook less frequently than they did in the past. (Study involved 170,000 internet users across 32 markets)

The percentage gets even larger when you look at just the teens in the US and the UK. 64% are spending less time on Facebook for one big reason – they’re bored.

Actually, it’s all rather chicken or the egg. 29% of teens said they aren’t on Facebook as often because they’re friends aren’t on as often. They’re still communicating digitally, but now they’re doing it via Instagram and messaging apps.

The most popular product on Pinterest is. . . .

The number one, most popular (Based on total number of repins, comments, and likes from the Top 100 brands in the 2014 IR 500) product on Pinterest is not a sexy pair of stiletto heels, a designer dress or diamond earrings. Nope.

According to an new infographic from Curalate, the most popular product on Pinterest is a cozy pair of camp socks from J. Crew. Really. If that was the $64,000 question today, I’d be going home a loser; socks!

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That’s followed by a slightly sparkly top by American Eagle and a military jacket from JC Penney. After that it’s mostly fashion and jewelry with an appearance by Urban Outfitters’ photo printer and a desk from Overstock.com.