What a surprise! The latest figures from comScore show that online video viewing continues its upward trajectory — 87% of the US internet audience watched online video in September 2013, consuming 46 billion content videos (average length, 5.1 minutes) and 22.9 billion ad views (average length, 40 seconds).

All that amounted to 1,248 minutes of online viewing per viewer, or 20.8 hours in the month. Just out of curiosity, how do you personally stack up against that? Setting aside your ‘professional’ viewing, did you actually watch any nonprofit-sponsored online videos out of pure personal interest?

Another study, released by Google, whose YouTube captures the lion’s share of online viewing, indicates that 41% of all traffic to YouTube originates from a mobile device! Just two years ago, that number was only 6%. In November, YouTube will introduce a functionality that permits a mobile user to download a video to their device, then go offline and watch the video within a 48 hour window.

So test yourself against that ‘new norm’ as well … how much of your online video viewing occurs via a mobile device?

Meantime, Pew Research has just released its latest ‘must read’ study on online video, indicating, for example, that 31% of American adult internet users have uploaded or posted video online (with 18% posting their own creations). The most frequent online viewers include the college-educated and those with household incomes of at least $75,000.

Most viewed content? Comedy/humor, educational, how-to and music videos. 57% watch news videos, rising to 70% of those with incomes $75,000+. Plus, 40% of online viewing males and 30% of females say they watch political videos, as do 44% of college grads. That compares to only 25% of males and 8% of females watching ‘adult’ videos … Hmmm, I won’t ask!

Fittingly, Pew has summarized some key findings in this 2-minute video.

But I urge you to read the full report.

Donor-originated video … are you encouraging it? Can you think of a more powerful donor engagement opportunity?

Tom

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