YouTube recently began rolling out unlimited video streaming for all users. The Google-owned video site has been demonstrating the worth of online video to individuals and brands alike for years, and has stood out as the go-to video sharing site above its competition.
But being the most popular doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best or only option for your business. Live streaming, chatting, easy sharing and other features are also readily available on other video platforms, and have been for years. Below are ten YouTube alternatives you might not have considered. And a few have made the news quite recently.
YouTube Alternatives for Small Businesses
Vimeo is a community of creatives and like-minded individuals who share their work through online videos. The site includes creative tools like music and visual filters, as well as sharing options and a built-in community of other users. It also recently improved its video player for speed, social sharing and ease of mobile use. According to comScore, Vimeo is one of the top 10 video sites in the United States, as of December 2013.
The platform offers a free account with one HD video upload per week. Users who want to add more videos, or gain more processing or need a professional or business account can upgrade starting at less than $10 per month, on up.
This French video-sharing website allows users to upload unlimited HD videos for free. Categories include music videos, short movies, TV shows, humor, sports and more. It also includes a community where users can find and follow other accounts, watch live shows and interact with other users.
The site gets about 2.5 billion video views per month and over 112 million unique monthly visitors. It also offers 35 different localized versions of the platform in 18 different languages.
Users of this app can create 6-second looping videos and easily share them via Twitter and other social media sites. The Twitter-owned site is popular with young people and experienced a 403% growth in 2013 according to a study by Global Web Index.
In addition to sharing videos, users can also follow other users and browse by category or most popular.
This popular photo-sharing app added video functionality in June of last year. It’s similar to Vine in some ways, but allows up to 15 seconds of video and offers visual filter options.
It also has a larger user base and engagement than Vine and many of the other video sharing options, with 150 million monthly active users and 1.2 billion likes per day.
This social video platform allows users to chat one-on-one with other users without downloading any extra software. The browser-based platform also offers public forum type conversations, as well as a free platform for business meetings.
Founded in 2011, the platform has hosted conferences and chats with big names such as Anderson Cooper, Miley Cyrus, One Direction and more.
Another online chatting option, Google Hangouts, is available both on PCs and mobile devices. It allows users to host live video calls with up to ten friends via video or voice. For those who want to reach a larger audience, Hangouts On Air offers a platform for live streaming discussions or other content.
Google has approximately 540 million active users across its platforms each month, and 300 million active just in the Google+ stream.
Flickr is best known for images, but the platform also provides video hosting. Users with a free Flickr account can upload 2 videos of up to 90 seconds and 150MB per month. Pro users can get unlimited uploads for $25 per year.
The Yahoo owned service also has a pretty respectable user base of over 87 million. As with many of these platforms, it allows users to browse and search photos and follow other users.
This presentation and infographics service isn’t really known for videos. But users of SlideShare’s silver, gold or platinum paid plans do have the option to upload and share videos.
The platform, which gets about 51.6 million monthly visitors, also allows businesses to collect leads on their content, add branding and access analytics.
Screencast.com offers a video hosting platform with a heavy focus on privacy and control. Users can choose to share their videos publicly by embedding them on their blog or website, password protect them or share them with only certain people.
A free account includes 2 GB of storage and 2 GB of monthly bandwidth. Users who need more can sign up for a pro account at under $10 per month.
Animoto is a video site centered around creation. Users can upload photos or videos and add themes, music and text. Animoto can then put together a full video or presentation that users can share via social media or embed.
The Pro accounts for business range start at around $249 per year, and include unlimited videos and storage, as well as branding options and increased licensed music.
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