Analytics – Oh look at the numbers! PT2 Artefacts.

Artefact 1 – Short Video (MediaCityUK TimeLapse) 

So far the video has 1591 views, 122 likes and 7 comments and is on 16 playlists within YouTube.

My aim for this video (after looking at other similar videos) was to gain more than 300 views in a week.  I set up a targeted promotion schedule on Twitter and Facebook using the free version of Buffer. I targeted the tweets at local businesses in the area and production companies. This resulted in over 50 likes and 20 retweets and mentions over the week on twitter.

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As you can see from the data above taken straight from YouTube, my views were in my targeted area and effective tagging ensured my video appeared in the suggested video section of YouTube – thus gaining more views.

I believe if I kept pushing the video or/and had not made a point of it being for a university master’s degree then it would have gained even more views.

 

Artefact 2 – Remix (John Lewis Advert)

So far the video has 10,876 views which is crazy and has had more views than my other two artefacts combined. I think this is to do with both the content of the video and the time I released it. As mentioned in the blogpost  about the artefact I have exceeded the video length of a minute by quite some way, however this was important to the context of the video to be kept as close to the original as possible.

 

I released the video at 8pm only 12 hours after the original advert was released, I had a very sharp curve after about a week and the video currently features on 171 playlists in youtube and has been shared on all major social networks. As the video it was based on lost momentum over the next two weeks the views on my video also dried up. I feel that if the advert had been better or more in line with what the public were expecting than I would have had more views as a result.  Below is a breakdown by age group of the people who have watched this video.  I was surprised to see such an even male/female split as I was expecting more women to have watched the video comparatively.

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Artefact 3 – SuperCut (Leonard Cohen)

So far the video has 65 views and 5 likes, this is by far the least views any of my videos have got on this module, a large part of this is down to the fact I didn’t promote this video on any social media and left it to do its own thing.

This artefact was also longer than a minute as it had to be the length of the original song: YouTube analytics state that I had 80% of watchers stay until the last 20 seconds of the video.  I don’t think people would have clicked to watch the video if it had been less than a minute because they would know the length of the original song.

I think I was a little late to make this video as he died on the Friday and I didn’t make the video until the Sunday. It was also highlighted to me that I missed an important tag ‘tribute’ off the YouTube tags section, which means I will have missed out on some traffic.

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From the data taken directly from YouTube analytics above you can see this artefact has had a wide and diverse range of views, this has probably come from people organically searching for a video similar to mine and it either coming up in the search results or as a suggested video.

 

Analytics – Oh look at the numbers! PT1 Social Media.

WordPress Analytics

I have a website and a blog that is used professionally, and while some of my blog posts are duplicated a lot are not suitable content for the normal readers of my site – so I had to create a new site dedicated to this module – that’s the blog you are looking at right now!

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Above is the wordpress analytics chart for my blog visitors.  The three spikes (Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 21) are all weeks that I have launched an Artefact, but the 2nd artefact didn’t link directly back to my blog – I think this shows. The third spike is probably due to a review post about the Artiphon Instrument 1 – a kickstarted musical instrument that’s been a year in the waiting.

On my busiest day I had 179 visitors to my blog – this was as expected to the Artiphon review post. I have accessed a wider audience by using tags that get my blog higher on Google searches. I have had a few comments on my blog, one even from an external reader who blogs from America and his blog reflects similar things to my own.

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Statistically my best day is a Friday at 2pm, and this could be for a few reasons; one being that it’s during the scheduled class time and other students might be online and looking at their blogs.

Why didn’t I use my normal YouTube Channel? 

I have a professional YouTube channel that I use for work with clients and I didn’t feel it was fair to start this module with 100,000 views and just under 100 subscribers so I used a secondary channel that I don’t promote and save for more experimental work (started for an experimental cinema module in my undergrad degree). This means the views on my videos are related to the promotion in this module rather than any views from people who have subscribed to my channel. You can read all about my YouTube channel and artefacts here.

Twitter & Instagram – why do we care? 

My twitter analytics are rather interesting, while I tweet a bit (I forget!) the module has focused my attention on tweeting (I could still do better), as you can see from the stats above my followers jumped dramatically as well as my impressions. This correlates to the release of my first artefact.

I have used the #MSCRET on Twitter to both promote my own items but also to share fellow students’ work to help them gain higher views. I extended this further by creating a youtube playlist of all the class’s artefact videos (that I could find).

Instagram is another social media I have had for years but really under used, but with a focus on #ing and uploading relevant media I have seen a jump of around 400 followers and 80% more likes on posts. This could still improve, but I don’t own a cute pet and I am not a great cook – so there are limits.

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What about Facebook?

I opted not to use Facebook at all this semester to promote my blog or artefacts, although I have a large number of ‘friends’ (700+) I didn’t feel it was the right people to target, combined with the fact I have some clients on Facebook and as I have stated before – I don’t want them all knowing I have returned to study.

Pop Culture Megamixes – Artefact 3

I love supercuts (a.k.a pop culture megamixes).  They are great ways to ingest large amounts of data in a short space of time. Like, seriously, I think they can be beautiful.

A supercut is a compilation of short video clips of the same type of action, and the purpose is usually to create a comic effect. The word was apparently coined by Andy Baio, in a blog entry in April 2008. He defined it there as a “genre of video meme, where some obsessive-compulsive superfan collects every phrase/action/cliche from an episode (or entire series) of their favorite show/film/game into a single massive video montage.”

Supercuts have transcended; in the last 10 years they can come out of the dank belly of the internet and meme culture and are now recognised as a media format of their own.

But why do we love supercuts so much? I think there are a couple of reasons for this, for one it buys in to our love of lists (and we all know the internet loves lists – here’s looking at you BuzzFeed) secondly it allows us to relive the best bits of something again without having to watch the whole product from start to finish. Wanna see a selection of all the best cuts in Strangers Things? There is a supercut for that; wanna see a selection of the best examples of the Heroes Journey? There is a supercut for that; wanna see Tom Cruise run from every film he has ever been in – guess what? There is a super cut for that too!

Looking at supercuts in more detail has spurred me on to make my own supercuts, not just as my 3rd artefact but as a thing that I do beyond this module. So to that end- below is my first SuperCut Showdown dedicated to the late and great Leonard Cohen.

Interesting side note, Ian saw my video and that spurred him on to make his Remix Artefact.

Since making the supercut above I have made another based on the Oxford Dictionaries Word Of the Year list.

Artefact 2 – Christmas Advert Remix

As mentioned before in a past blogpost I decided to edit the John Lewis advert for my remix artefact. The main reasons for this are:

  • It’s topical
  • It will hopefully spread quite far
  • It should be relatively quick to make

The advert came out at 8am on Thursday 10th November (a departure from the normal Friday release date due to remembrance day). By 11am it had over 700,000 views and by 10pm it had over 6 million. Below is the advert as released by them.

It’s a bit of a departure from recent years when our heart strings have been pulled via cute animals, lonely old men and sad snowmen, but it didn’t stop it trending it Twitter, featuring on all the major news websites and it didn’t stop EVERYONE talking about it.

It did give me a dilemma though as I had a pretty clear idea of what to do to a sad video, but one that was meant to be happy and funny? I am not as good at that. I looked at just replacing the music with the original – but that was boring; I looked at focusing on the dog – but again there wasn’t much scope there. So I went funny, and focused on the trampoline as you can see in my version below.

I have used the same meta data as the original advert to hopefully gain some views.  What I do notice this year is that people so far haven’t done many parodies but have focused on reaction videos but this might be a time thing and could change in the next few weeks.

I have kept the video length closer to two minutes like the original advert to help gain more views and I also kept the opening frames as close to the original as possible for the same reason.  If Leonard Cohen had died on Thursday I would have swapped the music for his, unfortunately the timings didn’t match up and I had already made my remix.

Artefact 1 – video

That’s my artefact (above) – look at how boring it is. It’s OK to agree, I made it boring.

Here is someone else’s (above) from a few months ago.  It has less than 100 views which is kind of surprising considering the style they have used.  I also found this video, which is a few years older and made by other students, which has over 300 views – it is my goal to beat the view count on this video. I set out to do this by:

  • Sharing media on several platforms to get engagement
  • Sharing at times that encourage engagement
  • Targeting online accounts to get the video to spread further
  • Using tagging on YouTube to find an audience

Bonus video – filmed using the GoPro egg timer, it was going to be the main artefact but I didn’t like the light bleed and lack of clarity.

Why did I make this artefact?

Because I tried something else and it didn’t work and everyone loves a good timelapse. I had an animation made and had planned to project it on to something all Halloween-related however the projector was not bright enough and my phone didn’t pick up the action.

So as this didn’t go so well and with only 4 days until the deadline I had to find something else that was engaging and relevant. I fell on the idea of a timelapse because a) I had the kit to do so and b) they are an ‘easy sell’ for engagement as you can tag locations and businesses as well as local news groups.

How did I make this artefact?

I used a few different mobile apps to create this video, however I didn’t film it with a mobile phone for a few reasons, mainly that the contrast settings on the iPhone6s I have wasn’t good enough to pick up any differences in the clouds – thus making it a really crap timelapse. I did however edit with LapseIt and worked out the best time of day and direction with the app Magic Hour, both of these apps I talked about in this previous blog post.  Magic Hour is particularly useful as it helps you work out how long you are going to be taking images for, which means you can easily see how long you want to leave between images. I opted for a photo every 20 seconds.

Here is an image of me taking an image during the timelapse, as well as an image of the GoPro setup, Below is an image of the 4 other people/groups of people who where also taking images or videos of the media city at sunset on a Tuesday night in October. I also found an Ian (but more about that in his blog post).

How am I going to get engagement for this video?

I have set up a schedule of sharing the video on Twitter (the average tweet has a life of 40 minutes and a half life of a few hours), I have posted once on my own Facebook profile (something I really hate doing) and have encouraged others to share the content further. I even shared it on LinkedIn.

With twitter I have used simple hashtags including #mscret and #mediacityuk which means it will hopefully get picked up by local businesses and other class members. I have in other tweets tagged the university with their handle and a few local to Salford news/views accounts. The combination of these two things has lead to 5 retweets from businesses that I didn’t follow or have any other interaction with before today (Wednesday).