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A List of Economical and Feature Packed Video Hosting Options

Page last updated September 14, 2018.


When creating videos, choosing a video platform to host them on is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.
I’ve created a comparison discussion below to help you choose wisely.


*YouTube has over 1.5 billion active users every month making it the most popular video host of all. Some enterprising users have even used YouTube to create their own full-time v-logger career. Since YouTube is second only to Google in number of users, the potential SEO value of optimized videos makes this video platform extremely attractive.

In addition to hosting videos, YouTube is also a social channel . It also happens to be owned by the largest search engine, Google, which means it packs a one-two punch of a massive user base, and potentially higher rankings in search results.

If you’re plan is to reach a huge audience, want to gain followers on YouTube, or want to monetize your content, then YouTube may be for you.

It’s free to upload videos to YouTube, but you’ll have ads displayed either before your video, or inserted within longer videos. If you join the YouTube Partners Program, you’ll have the opportunity to earn revenue from these ads, though unless you’re driving serious view numbers, it’s likely to be more of an irritant than a monetizer.

Pros:

  • YouTube videos are shown at the top of Google search result pages for easy viewing.
  • You can easily embed YouTube videos into your website or landing pages.
  • Creating playlists of related videos you create helps your audience consume more of your content on repeat.
  • Easy video sharing on other social media platforms.
  • YouTube has a built-in community where people can subscribe to your channel for updates on when you post videos.
  • You can make extra money for your business through the Ads platform. 
  • Increase your brand awareness
  • Potential to go viral 
  • Drive social share

                        YouTube increases the chances of more shares                                     across social networking platforms as the                                               videos themselves are very easy to share.                            

  • Watch videos on the go
  • Categorise your video content

                      YouTube allows you to easily categorise your video                          content.

                 This enables you to group related content so your                 users do not have to scroll through hundreds of                     videos.

  • Keyword tags 

                        YouTube allow you to choose keyword tags to                                       classify your videos which helps users discover                                    your content.

  • Track video performance 

Cons:

  • Low security on YouTube videos so your videos can be ripped and stolen.
  • Some videos take time to buffer or load within the YouTube platform.
  • YouTube suggests related videos that aren’t always relevant.
  • Viewers can get annoyed if there are ads that pop up before they can watch a video.
  • You must be very wary of potential copyright infringement with images, music, etc. 
  • Reduced control of your brand.
  • Negative video comments and ‘trolls’.
  • Dealing with the clutter
  • YouTube relies heavily on advertising to generate revenue

COST:

Free hosting for video creators and for viewers to watch.


 If you want to embed an ad-free video on your website, don't want other video teasers to show at the end of your video,or want to share videos longer than 15 minutes, then Vimeo or Wistia may suit your needs more efficiently.

*Vimeo

*Vimeo’s basic free plan allows you to upload up to 500MB per week, for a total of 25GB a year. You’ll also get access to some privacy settings and basic statistics.

Videos are ad-free by default, and cross-device compatible, with no limits on bandwidth, file size or duration (as long as it’s within your plan’s monthly limit.)

Vimeo’s community isn’t as robust as YouTube’s, so your potential audience is a bit smaller, but the platform has a reputation for high quality and more professional content — a plus for businesses and creative professionals alike.

If you’re looking for a more professional look to your video platform, Vimeo could be a great fit.

Pros:

  • Unlimited video length on paid accounts, making it a great fit for course creators or those hosting online conferences and summits.
  • Higher quality video display than YouTube and other video platforms, especially on full screen.
  • There are no advertisements or pop-ups on Vimeo.
  • Vimeo has become quite popular for short films, online courses and professional documentaries.
  • Advanced video analytics within the Vimeo dashboard tool.
  • Powerful analytics, customization, and community.

Cons:

  • Lower searchability and exposure than YouTube.
  • To get the most out of Vimeo, you must invest in a paid account with a monthly fee.
  • No packages include unlimited video uploads so if you produce a large number of videos, Vimeo is not for you. 

Cost: 

  • Starts at $7/month (Billed annually) for a Plus account with 5 GB/week
  • Access full pricing information HERE.

While *Wistia does offer a free plan, with a branded video player, bandwidth is limited to 200GB and storage is capped at 25 videos. Once the bandwidth limit is reached, the video is unavailable.

Paid plans start at just $25/month for an unbranded player and 100 videos, with the option to pay 33 cents per gigabyte over 200GB. Enterprise options start at $300 for a terabyte of bandwidth with discounted overage rates.

Paid plans gain an unbranded video player. Where Wistia really stands out is their advanced analytics and other features such as, heat mapping, engagement, and viewership graphs allow you to hone in on viewer habits while

The major downside is if you exceed your bandwidth, Wistia can get expensive fast, so if you expect to drive a great deal of traffic to your video, it may not be the cheapest hosting option. Learn more about Wistia’s benefits over YouTube here.

Pros:

  • More detailed analytics than any other video platform including heat maps, video engagement metrics, and more.
  • You can adjust the display dimensions to better fit your website from any device since it’s also mobile responsive.
  • Videos can be password protected on Wistia for private viewing.
  • You can add call-to-action links and lead capture forms within the tool.
  • Wistia works great for SEO because you can include keywords in your video descriptions and titles.
  • Specifically built for business owners, Wistia has become a popular choice among online entrepreneurs and content creators.
  • Integrations with HubSpot, MailChimp, Marketo, and WordPress make it easy to embed videos wherever you want, and social media features like ‘Watch Within a Tweet’ make it easy to share.

Cons:

  • While this video platform is costly, it’s one of the most powerful options on the market.
  • Pricing is based on how many videos you upload so if you have many videos even at shorter lengths, you’ll have to pay up.
  • You must have a paid account in order to customize the video player’s branding.

Cost:

  • Free account for up to 3 videos, $99/month for 10 videos
  • Complete pricing info HERE.

*Dubb - Video Communication Platform - Video Yourself TM

Founded in 2017, Dubb is a video communication platform that offers business users a platform to send personalized, trackable videos.

Based in Los Angeles, the company was founded by deep technologists with specialties in marketing automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The Dubb platform features a mobile app, Outlook Add-In, website, Slack app, and Chrome Extension (with integrations to LinkedIn, Instagram, Gmail, and more).

The company was built on the premise that everyone should have the ability to share intelligent, visually engaging content with others without the need for special tools or technical skills.

The mission of the company is simple: to change the way people communicate in business using video. Dubb - Video Your Self™.

PROS:

  • You share personalized videos of greetings, presentation walk-throughs, screencasts, sales pitches which help increase reply, engagement and sales conversion rates.
  • A video communication platform that helps people build relationships by sharing trackable camera and screen videos.
  • A  free version is offered with no credit card required to test the platform. You are encouraged to properly set up an account to see the value it can have for your business.
  • DUBB integrates with numerous social networks.
  • Extensive analytics are provided.
  • Video email creation and distribution.

CONS:

  • DUBB is a Chrome extension, so if you are using another browser, you're out of luck.
  • It is more a sophisticated sharing and embedding tool than a strict video host.

COST:

  • Starter app - free forever, no credit card required.
  • Small Business level - $19/ month
  • Full pricing details HERE.


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