Video content is the most dominant format across social media channels, with the
medium having a powerful ability to capture audiences in a way that still imagery never could. Ever-evolving, digital video has marketers scrambling to create, and react, in pursuit of magic viral
moments and real engagement with consumers. It's hard to imagine a world before this was common practice, but before TikTok, Instagram, and the now defunct Vine, the year 2005 founded video giant
YouTube and changed the world as we know it.
Me at the zoo
Seventeen years ago, co-founder Jawed Karim posted YouTube's first ever
video, Me at the zoo, and the digital landscape was changed forever. Karim, arguably the internet's first Vlogger paved the way for Vine, Instagram and the behemoth that is
Me at the zoo, is notable for being YouTube Day 0, however in 2022, that 18 seconds of elephant facts would be buried in the 500 hours of footage that is
now uploaded every minute (Google). Let's take a look back at how video sharing has evolved since then to become an essential cornerstone of
Nike Futebol apresenta: Reinventando Ronaldinho
Uploaded in 2005, Nikes ad featuring football player Ronaldinho is
considered one of the most iconic moments in marketing. Promoting the new Nike Tiempo football boots, Ronaldinho successfully attempted the crossbar challenge four times, leading to widespread
speculation surrounding whether or not the video was a hoax.
Pioneering what we now consider viral video, the three-minute clip was the first YouTube video to reach 1
million views. While the original video no longer exists on YouTube, Nike releases it intermittently to celebrate its success, reinforcing the video's cultural significance as the catalyst of YouTube
advertising and viral content.
YouTube created a new platform for comedy, with content creators like Shane Dawson amassing
millions of views, and established career comedians like Dave Chapelle posting 2020's No. 1 trending video. You'd be hard-pressed to find a millennial that can't recall being sent a click-baity
hyperlink, only to be pranked by a clip of Rick Astley's 1987 song, Never Gonna Give You Up. As to why Rick Astley? No one really knows. While getting RickRoll D was always irritating
and occasionally funny, the trend became culturally iconic, spearheading the popularity of bait-and-switch YouTube pranks, and demonstrated a lighter side to internet trolling.
"history of the entire world, i guess"
YouTube revolutionized education by creating easy, visual access to widespread teaching tools. Entrepreneur and business titan
Elon Musk notably said, "You can literally learn any skill you want for free on YouTube. You can become a person of value in a matter of months. Just a few years ago this wasn't possible."
history of the entire world, i guess is a perfect example of a homemade educational piece which achieved viral popularity. The video compresses the entire history
of the world into a concise twenty minutes. With its digestible style, the video to date has garnered over 142 million views. Once upon a time, access to information was gate-kept by academia and
The rise of the internet and the dematerialization of educational tools changed everything -- How-to searches on YouTube grow more than 70%
each year (Google), with content being created by anyone who has the expertise and desire to share their knowledge. YouTube has essentially
assisted in democratizing education. Whether you want to learn a new language, perfect a winged-eyeliner or fold origami, YouTube will help you find a way.
You - Chris Brown Cover - Justin singing
Youtube launches the careers of content creators, catapulting the lucky few to superstardom. In 2007, a then 13-year-old Justin Bieber
began posting videos of himself on the platform, covering hit songs such as Chris Brown's "With You." These posts lead to his discovery by music manager Scooter Braun, and ultimately his signing to
Usher's record label. None of this would have been possible without the visibility and interconnectivity that YouTube brings.
Fast-forward to 2022 not only is
Justin Bieber one of the most successful stars of his generation, but YouTube has been with him every step of the way. In 2020 the artist released Justin Bieber: Seasons in
collaboration with YouTube Originals. In its first week, the intimate 10-part docu-series recorded 33 million views, a record at the time for most watched original content on the platform. YouTube has
evolved to become a premier destination for music video releases and content from the biggest names in music, from Dua Lipa to Kanye West.
When KONY 2012 was first released by charity organization Invisible Children, the global audience went into moral panic. Who was Kony, and how did we not know about him? The
viral video brought to light atrocities of Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony and his forced recruitment of child soldiers. It was the first video to accumulate 1 million likes, and today has been
viewed over 103 million times. Off the back of this campaign, Invisible Children raised a staggering $32 million, a testament to the videos persuasive narrative. However, shortly after KONY
2012 was released, Invisible Children began receiving backlash.
Many said the content was avoiding inconvenient facts about the Ugandan conflict, inciting clicktivism and
encouraging white savior complex. Others said the video took away from bigger problems in central Africa and lacked essential context. The co-opting of documentarian techniques allowed unfact-checked
narrative to flourish, highlighting the importance of journalistic ethics and functional differences between new and old media. KONY 2012 became a key discussion artifact on
interconnectivity, virality and how to represent humanity in the digital age and journalism.
Everyday Is The Same
If you havent heard of this
icon, your teenage sister definitely has. Emma Chamberlain is one of the most well-known Gen-Z creators of recent years, with her videos garnering millions of views. The key to Emma's popularity is
her relatability and authenticity, showing vlog style videos completing tasks that others would consider mundane: picking through a dollar store haul, going to Trader Joe's, make-up free and wearing a
As a result of her meteoric rise, Chamberlain is now an ambassador for luxury brand Louis Vuitton and has secured exclusive invites to 2022's Met Gala and
Vanity Fair Oscars Party, solidifying her status as a celebrity and style icon. Off the back of her YouTube success, Chamberlain launched a lucrative coffee company and apparel collections, seemingly
allowing her to announce her retirement from the platform earlier this year. In an age where Gen Z idolizes vloggers over pop stars, Chamberlain's prominence in contemporary pop culture is an
undeniable indicator of the omnipresent influence of social media's impact on global celebrity culture.
Today, the immersive capacity of video is the standard in
social media. YouTube continues to evolve its offering to create new and dynamic ways for creators to develop their profiles and connect with widespread audiences. The team at New Moon understands how
to navigate the ever changing intricacies of YouTube, finding the most authentic, influential and rising voices, and using digital video as a medium to tell engaging brand stories.