REPORT: More Brands Uploading Videos Directly to Facebook, Bypassing YouTube


SocialbakersShareOfVideoPostsChart650Are brands bypassing YouTube altogether and uploading videos directly to Facebook? Yes, according to the latest research from social media analytics platform Socialbakers.

Socialbakers analyzed more than 180,000 videos posted to Facebook by some 20,000 pages, and head of North American marketing Evan James described its findings in a blog post:

Back in 2012, marketers were not even considering alternative options for sharing video content on Facebook. The standard process was to create a video, publish it to YouTube and share it via Facebook. However, the recent trend is clearly showing that content marketers are directly uploading video content to Facebook, meaning that Facebook is retaining the traffic at the expense of YouTube.

At the beginning of 2014, YouTube clearly had the upper hand in regards to the share of number of video posts, nearly doubling that of the nearest contender. However, as the year progressed, we saw content marketers increasingly uploading videos to Facebook directly, with a 50 percent increase from May through July, trending to surpass YouTube by the end of the year.

We looked at the share of interactions amongst the 120,000 videos, and the trend was obvious: The share of interactions increased for Facebook and decreased for YouTube. This is a serious threat to YouTube as marketers are going to continue to use the network that is most effective for gaining engagement. Basically, there are no signs of the trend reversing from its current path.

So what does this all mean? As Facebook has consistently outperformed YouTube in terms of driving views and engagement, content marketers have reacted and have switched to natively published Facebook videos. The subsequent result: YouTube is steadily losing a key distribution platform as content marketers are shifting to Facebook.

Readers: What did you think of Socialbakers’ findings?