Every day we consume tons of content. According to DoubleVerify research, the average amount of time users spend browsing information online doubled in 2020.
The same research has shown that the audience of such corporations as Netflix, Disney+, and YouTube grew by 40–50% during the last year.
Video content manufacturers are having their good times now. And a growing audience provides an opportunity to earn more money.
In this article, we will focus on how to monetize video content in 2021 effectively.
There are many ways of earning money from your content:
Each of these models has its high and low points as well as some peculiarities. Choosing which technique to use depends largely on the needs of your project.
Let us discuss two most popular methods—paid access and advertising.
According to a Dataxis research, the number of video content platforms using advertising is growing every year.
The main advantage of this technique for the viewers is evident: users don’t have to pay for the opportunity to watch the content. This creates further advantages:
The key disadvantages:
The key point to consider when opting for the advertising model is that it only fits channels with a large audience. The more people watch your video content, the more attractive your channel is for advertisers.
When you start your project, no ads are needed. Once you’ve attracted enough viewers, you can start using monetization techniques. If you manage to create a large audience and to insert relevant advertising in your content, your initial spending will be justified.
The most important question is: how to integrate relevant advertising in your content to make the model work well? How to make this integration bring profit to both you and your advertisers and to prevent your users from getting annoyed by the ads? Let’s take a deeper look into it.
This issue needs to be examined from the viewpoint of marketing as well as from the technical point of view.
From the viewpoint of marketing, the first thing to consider is whether the advertising is organically connected with your content and meets the needs of your target audience.
If you mainly focus on sporting events, advertising women’s cosmetics during your live broadcasts is hardly going to be relevant.
Analyzing the structure of your target audience and choosing the ads that will be interesting to your viewers requires professional marketing experts’ advice.
It’s not only your content topics that matter. Even the minutest details may turn out to be very effective:
All these aspects need to be considered and tested. You should check the reaction of your viewers to different approaches and opt for the most effective ones.
This is where technical issues become important. Use the technologies that make it possible to implement different ad insertion techniques and analyze their effectiveness.
Let’s discuss two ad insertion methods: AVOD and BVOD.
AVOD (Advertising VOD) implies inserting ads while the video is playing.
There are four ways of inserting ads into in a video:
You can use VAST/VPAID protocols to make ads visible to users.
VAST is a protocol allowing the video player to launch ads at certain times during the video.
VAST makes the video player fulfill certain instructions and decide:
VPAID is another advertising protocol allowing you to specify the rules for the video player to follow when showing ad blocks. Its main distinction from VAST consists in its ability to show interactive ads and record the audience’s reaction to the ads.
VPAID provides statistical data allowing you to estimate ads effectiveness.
This protocol allows you to insert ad blocks users are able not only view but also interact with in the following ways:
At the same time, this protocol monitors users’ actions allowing you to gather detailed statistical data, test different approaches, and make conclusions concerning the effectiveness of the ads integrated into your videos.
BVOD (Broadcaster VOD) is a variation of AVOD used by TV channels broadcasting TV shows with ads.
It gives you the opportunity to watch TV shows later, rewind the broadcast, and watch extra materials not included in the main content body.
The ad’s position in such videos can be specified using special SCTE-35 marks in the video stream or using the chunk schedule (chunks are short segments that videos are divided into in order to speed up content delivery).
All these technologies make it possible to specify the ad’s position in the video stream, track user interaction with the ad, receive statistical information, and make conclusions concerning the effectiveness of the ad integrated into your video. Yet they fail to solve another pool of tasks that need to be fulfilled in terms of effective ad insertion:
There is a technology that is capable of solving all these problems. It is called Server-Side Ad Insertion.
There are two opposite technologies: Client-Side Ad Insertion and Server-Side Ad Insertion.
Client-Side Ad Insertion implies that when the player decides that it’s time to show advertising, it stops the main video, sends a request to the server where the ad is stored, receives the ad and shows it.
Server-Side Ad Insertion (SSAI) merges the video content and the ad to form an inseparable video stream.
To use SSAI you need an intermediate server that will retrieve ads from the ads server and insert them in the main video. The ad block positions need to be specified in advance, and the server inserts them in the video before the content is delivered to the user.
The ad format in this case is changed to fit the video format. The ad is divided into small segments to speed up its delivery to the user.
Yet there is one important detail to consider: this technology requires high computer performance. It is necessary to retrieve the ad from the server, transcode it for the purpose of making it meet the necessary formats, integrate it into the video, divide it into segments, and deliver it to the user. And all this needs to be done fast and without any delays.
This is why using this ad insertion technology requires a high-capacity server.
We’ve enlisted quite a number of effective technological solutions. Integrating them into your website on your own and making your website work properly and without delays is a challenging, time- and money-consuming task.
Yet there is a faster and cheaper solution to this problem—using an advanced streaming platform.
A streaming platform is a special service using a set of technical solutions that allow you to deliver your video content to the users.
There are many types of such platforms, and all of them feature different functions. Some streaming platforms present a complex service where the platform provider takes on the whole broadcasting process from video capture to playing the video on the users’ devices. Other streaming platforms allow you only to upload your content and deliver it to your users.
Some platforms can be used as a single service only. Other solutions can be fully integrated into your website.
G-Core Labs Streaming Platform is a complex solution for live broadcasting as well as for videos shown on request. We provide turnkey video streaming services that can be fully integrated into your website.
We offer stable streaming solutions and can integrate broadcasts and video calls into our clients’ services. Our portfolio features even a telemedicine platform developed for the Duchy of Luxembourg. You can view all examples of our work in the Case Studies section of our website.
As for the advertising tools, our platform supports all the technologies mentioned above.
It will allow you to easily upload videos with ads and deliver your content to millions of users with the video quality being up to 8K.
This model can be implemented in many different ways. You can sell one-time access to certain videos, provide monthly or yearly subscriptions, or publish additional materials with paid access (for example, you can provide a free live broadcast of some event and then sell its recorded copies).
SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand) is rapidly growing in popularity now. In the last 10 years the total revenue of subscription business has grown by 437%. This result is significantly greater than that of other sales models.
Subscriptions are offered by many industry giants including Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, etc. This business brings the companies immense profits.
For example, in the first quarter of 2021 Disney+ brought the Disney company $2 billion, which is 4 times as much as in the first quarter of 2020. By March 2021, the number of their subscribers reached 100 million.
The key advantages of video content subscription are as follows:
Yet this model isn’t deprived of some drawbacks:
If you don’t generate video content on a regular basis but want to earn from it, opt for one-time paid access.
You can opt for TVOD (Transactional Video On Demand). This technology implies renting videos, with the users getting paid access to your content for a limited period of time and being able to watch it a limited number of times. Alternatively, you can use EST (Electronic Sell-Through), which implies selling videos and giving your users full access to them without any time and viewing limits.
Another model is called PVOD (Premium Video On Demand). It implies providing paid access to your content allowing one to watch the videos earlier than everyone else.
This method is usually used together with SVOD, TVOD, or with the advertising model. The Mulan movie recently produced by Disney+ is a typical PVOD example. To watch it on the first days after the release, the users needed not only to buy subscription but also to pay an additional fee making up about $25.
1. Your video content must be unique, interesting, and useful. It is very important for the users not to be able to find a free analog of your content.
According to a poll conducted by the Digiday online magazine, 43% of video content producers believe that creating a product the audience will be ready to pay for is the most difficult task when opting for the paid model.
News is a typical content type that users are hardly ever ready to pay for. Many mass media opt for the advertising model instead of paid subscription because their audience can easily find other sources of information that are completely free.
Specialized periodicals publishing reports with exclusive expert comments, research, and other similar things are the only exception from this rule. In such cases, the subscription model can be used.
The New York Times is one of such publications. You can read some articles on their website for free but if you need access to the core materials, you’ll have to pay for it.
2. All technical issues need thorough consideration. How are your users going to pay for the access to your content? How are you going to track the payments received?
The payment system must be well-designed and convenient for your clients.
3. Your content needs efficient protection against illegal copying.
If malicious users steal your content and publish it online, you are at risk of losing the greatest part of your profit.
Using reliable protection is a must. In our blog, you can read an article on how to effectively protect your video content.
G-Core Labs Streaming Platform can differentiate video access rights for different viewers and check if their payments have been received. Before showing a video to the user, the system requests your app for the information on whether the payment has been received, and either allows or blocks the video depending on the response.
We can protect your content against unauthorized user access and illegal copying. Our platform meets all modern safety standards:
We’ve discussed different approaches to content monetization, yet these solutions can be combined in one. You can give your users free access to videos with ads, and if they don’t want to get distracted by advertising, they can opt for a paid subscription and watch your content without it.
This method is currently used by YouTube. This website offers paid Premium subscription allowing its users to watch videos without ads.
This method can be pretty effective. A Deloitte research has shown that 40% of users are ready to pay subscription fees in order to watch videos without ads.
This model is very convenient for content producers. You earn money from the users who are ready to pay subscription fees and show ads to those who aren’t.
This approach is a client-oriented one because you offer your users to make a choice on their own.
You can test our platform for free to make sure that it fits your project needs.