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YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to help artists sell concert tickets and promote upcoming shows

Starting [November 14], we will begin featuring hundreds of artist’s upcoming U.S. tour dates on their YouTube videos. Fans enjoying an artist's official music video on YouTube can now learn about upcoming concert listings and with a simple click, go to Ticketmaster to purchase tickets.

It will eventually be expanding globally..

We’re just getting started. We’ll be rolling out this feature to all artists who have Ticketmaster shows in North America with plans to expand globally. And, as part of our ongoing commitment to support artists, we’ll continue to find additional ways to make meaningful fan and artist connections.

You can see what that looks like on this +Halsey video :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdYFuCp3m9k

Learn more on the YouTube Blog:
https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/11/a-new-way-for-artists-to-sell-tickets.html
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Facebook introduces new tools for the Creator Community of video makers and live streamers

There is a new Facebook Creator app and Creator portal.

The Facebook Creator app includes:
Live Creative Kit:  Creators can add intros as openers to their live broadcasts, outros that conclude them, custom live stickers that viewers can use to interact, and graphic frames to create a consistent brand.

Community Tab: Connect with fans and collaborators with a unified inbox, which centralizes comments from Facebook and Instagram, and messages from Messenger.

Camera & Stories: Use fun camera effects and frames and easily crosspost content to other platforms. Creators can also access Facebook Stories to engage with their fans.

Insights: Easily access metrics to inform content creation, including analytics about your Page, videos and fans.

The app is currently only available for iOS, with Android version available in "the coming months".

Facebook for Creators portal
https://www.facebook.com/creators#

If you become a member of the Facebook for Creators Group you may be considered for early access to new features and tools.

Learn more from Facebook: https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/11/announcing-new-tools-for-the-creator-community/
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Australian creators succeed on YouTube

Google has released some stats about Australians creators on YouTube, and outlined a number of programs that support Australian YouTubers.

* More than 1800 Australian YouTube channels with more than 10,000 subscribers and more than 400 Australian YouTube channels with more than 100,000 subscribers.

* every minute more than one hour of content is uploaded to Australian YouTube channels

* more than 100 Australian channels earned more than $100,000 and more than 2000 Australian channels earned between $1,000 and $100,000.

* 90% of views of Australian videos came from overseas

YouTube is investing in Australian Creators

Skip Ahead

A joint initiative by Google and Screen Australia that provides project funding up to $250,000 for Aussies with an established subscriber base who are creating exciting new content on YouTube.
More info: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/funding-and-support/television-and-online/production/skip-ahead

YouTube Red Originals

YouTube Red came to Australia in 2016. The first Australia YouTube Red Original show is Fruit Ninja - an animated series created in partnership with Australian game developer Halfbrick.
Watch it: https://www.youtube.com/user/fruitninja

YouTube pop-up Spaces

. . . YouTube hosts pop-up Spaces in order to support a diverse range of creators in different cities. YouTube has hosted three pop-up Spaces in Sydney, two of which were hosted in collaboration with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
These are announced on the Google Australia Blog, and eligible Creators ahould get an email:
https://australia.googleblog.com/2016/11/first-ever-youtube-pop-up-space-sydney.html

VidCon Australia

For the first time in 2017, in partnership with YouTube, VidCon came to Australia, connecting more than 7,000 aspiring YouTube creators, industry partners and fans. With a suite of creative workshops, Q&As and networking events, VidCon supported the whole online Australian ecosystem to build and strengthen key connections, develop creators’ skills and careers, and foster a thriving and collaborative online video community.
Get info about VidCon Australia 2018 in Melbourne:
http://vidcon.com/news/vidcon-australia-confirmed-return-2018-massive-debut/

Ones to Watch mentoring

Ones to Watch is a mentoring program pairing experts in the creative industry with up and coming Australian producers. As a program partner of
that initiative, YouTube runs an annual workshop for participants in creating content for YouTube.
More info: http://www.spaa.org.au/ones-to-watch/

Create Queensland

Provides creative YouTubers with funding, production resources and expert support to develop high-quality digital content, and reach new global audiences.
More info: https://advance.qld.gov.au/entrepreneurs-startups/create-qld.aspx

Screen Queensland’s YouTube Entrepreneur Program

Screen Queensland’s YouTube Entrepreneur Program is open to proposals from content creators with targeted strategic plans to expand their YouTube audience and business and invests in strategies to increase or diversify content,
improve skills, boost marketing, collaborate with other content creators within and beyond the YouTube platform, or engage new audiences in innovative ways.
More info: http://screenqueensland.com.au/initiatives/queensland-originals/youtube-2/

Some of the top channels mentioned:

+Aunty Donna
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_mneEC0wc29EGGmIsN_xLA

+Eddie Woo
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq0EGvLTyy-LLT1oUSO_0FQ

+Wengie
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD9PZYV5heAevh9vrsYmt1g

+Troye Sivan
https://www.youtube.com/user/TroyeSivan18

+Mighty Car Mods
https://www.youtube.com/user/mightycarmods

+RackaRacka
https://www.youtube.com/user/Therackaracka

+SketchShe
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4FVKG3QEgghwbnPDtfC1-Q

+Draw with Jazza
https://www.youtube.com/user/DrawWithJazza

Learn more on the +Google Australia blog:
https://australia.googleblog.com/2017/11/youtube-australian-story.html

Get the full report YouTube - The Australian Story
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19P0L-uL4oQsOov4PhaEmlP3uBAWA9_vn/view?usp=sharing
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YouTube may expand non-ad-based monetization options to video on demand (i.e. non-live streams)

If you are a live streamer on YouTube, you don't need to rely exclusively on ads for monetization.

Fans can Sponsor a gaming channel:
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6304294

Or fans can give money during a live stream using Super Chat:
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/7277005

Ryan Wyatt YouTube’s head of gaming, told Polygon the company is working on seeing if there are opportunities to take monetization strategies from the livestreaming section of the site and apply that to video on demand (VOD). On the streaming side, Wyatt said the company is “doubling down on efforts to make products that are non-ads” and there’s potential for that to work on the VOD side of YouTube, which is still predominantly what the site is used for.

“VOD gaming is so much bigger than live gaming,” Wyatt said. “How do we serve that audience with other ways they can monetize outside of advertising?”

And hopefully those features would be available to non-gaming channels as well.

Learn more on +Polygon
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/13/16643072/youtube-monetization-adpocalypse-livestreaming
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YouTube Creator update: In-video notifications of a Featured Video or Playlist will be discontinued December 14

Recently, we’ve taken a look at how successful the interactive bar is and how often people actually use it. We’ve come to realize that very few actually click on it. In fact, only one in twenty people click on the suggested link. Even worse, for the small percentage of users who do click on the link, they’re often taken to a live stream that no longer exists. As a result, many folks complain that it feels like spam.

That’s why, just like with paid channels and annotations, we’ll be removing the ability to promote a featured video, playlist or live stream via these in-video notifications starting on December 14, 2017.

You can still promote your videos and playlists on your channel using Cards and End Screens
https://creatoracademy.youtube.com/page/lesson/cards

Or add links to the video description
https://creatoracademy.youtube.com/page/lesson/descriptions

Get the details and ask questions in the YouTube Help Forum
https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!category-topic/youtube/fbbagTPah5A

Learn more in the YouTube Help Center
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6147702
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YouTube will age restrict "bizarre" videos targeting children

Earlier this week, a report in The New York Times and a blog post on Medium drew a lot of attention to a world of strange and sometimes disturbing videos on YouTube aimed at young children. The genre, which we reported on in February of this year, makes use of popular characters from family-friendly entertainment, but it’s often created with little care, and can quickly stray from innocent themes to scenes of violence or sexuality.

It's a spammy process, with algorithms creating keyword combinations used to churn out new videos.

As John Brindle describes it:

And yet, there is something weird about a group of people endlessly acting out the implications of a combination of algorithmically generated keywords: “Halloween Finger Family & more Halloween Songs for Children | Kids Halloween Songs Collection”, “Australian Animals Finger Family Song | Finger Family Nursery Rhymes”, “Farm Animals Finger Family and more Animals Songs | Finger Family Collection - Learn Animals Sounds”, “Safari Animals Finger Family Song | Elephant, Lion, Giraffe, Zebra & Hippo! Wild Animals for kids”, “Superheroes Finger Family and more Finger Family Songs! Superhero Finger Family Collection”, “Batman Finger Family Song — Superheroes and Villains! Batman, Joker, Riddler, Catwoman” and on and on and on. This is content production in the age of algorithmic discovery — even if you’re a human, you have to end up impersonating the machine.

Other channels do away with the human actors to create infinite reconfigurable versions of the same videos over and over again. What is occurring here is clearly automated. Stock animations, audio tracks, and lists of keywords being assembled in their thousands to produce an endless stream of videos.

But beyond just the spammy content, there are scores of videos where popular characters like Peppa Pig, superheroes and princesses are depicted in horror, violent or sexual situations. It's not clear if these are created by bots or humans, but they certainly use and benefit from the same keyword stuffing and other tricks.

YouTube's algorithms will show related videos and recommendations based in part on what you've been watching. When kids watch these videos, and keep clicking the next one, they are shown more.

In response, YouTube has updated their policies so that videos with "inappropriate use of family friendly characters" will now be age-restricted.

Age restricted videos cannot be monetized or show in the YouTube Kids app.

The first line of defense for YouTube Kids are algorithmic filters. After that, there is a team of humans that review videos which have been flagged. If a video with recognizable children’s characters gets flagged in YouTube’s main app, which is much larger than the Kids app, it will be sent to the policy review team. YouTube says it has thousands of people working around the clock in different time zones to review flagged content. If the review finds the video is in violation of the new policy, it will be age restricted, automatically blocking it from showing up in the Kids app.

YouTube says it typically takes at least a few days for content to make its way from YouTube proper to YouTube Kids, and the hope is that within that window, users will flag anything potentially disturbing to children. YouTube also has a team of volunteer moderators, which it calls Contributors, looking for inappropriate content. YouTube says it will start training its review team on the new policy and it should be live within a few weeks.

Read more about the weird content in John Bridle's post at +Medium with examples:
https://medium.com/@jamesbridle/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-c39c471271d2

Read more about the YouTube policy update at +The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/9/16629788/youtube-kids-distrubing-inappropriate-flag-age-restrict
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Recent YouTube updates and bugs from +Creator Insider​.
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YouTube Kids update: kid profiles, new parental controls, simpler design for younger kids

When you sign in with your Google account, you get:

Kid profiles to customize your kids’ experience: Now you can create a profile for each of your kids. Even better, kid profiles work across all different devices!

App design tailored to your kid’s age: When you enter a date of birth on the kid profile, YouTube Kids changes the way the app looks. Younger kids will get less text, while older kids will get more content on the home screens.

A new setup process: The new app parent setup process will give you detailed information to help you make the right choices for your family before your kids use the app.

Passcode for kids: Kids can set a secret passcode to get into their profile (and keep their brother or sister out). Don’t worry, you can always override their passcode.

YouTube Kids is available in 37 countries:.

Kid profiles are available in the following markets: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Zimbabwe.

Get all the details on the YouTube blog
https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/11/introducing-kid-profiles-new-parental.html
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Activate your Nonprofit on YouTube

In this series, find out how YouTube can help your nonprofit by creating the right types of stories and videos to tell , and utilizing your YouTube channel to promote discovery and engagement around your movement.

Take the free +YouTube Creator Academy course:
https://creatoracademy.youtube.com/page/course/nonprofits

Watch the +YouTube Creator Academy videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcMKaWrWN3o&list=PLNK-BjPLYzROAAxBv-UBRrff6KLlXtkum

Enroll in YouTube for Nonprofits:
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/3367463
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New YouTube TV app for Android TV, Xbox, Apple TV and Smart TVs

So today we’re excited to unveil the new YouTube TV app built for TV devices. In the next few days, you’ll be able to stream live TV through the new YouTube TV app on Android TV devices including NVIDIA SHIELD and TVs with Android TV built-in, such as Sony, as well as on the Xbox One family of devices (Xbox One, Xbox One S, and soon Xbox One X).

In the coming weeks we'll be launching the new app on Smart TVs, such as LG, Samsung, Sony, along with Apple TV. We also recently expanded our TV device support by launching voice commands with Google Home paired with Chromecast.

Check if YouTube TV is available in your area (US only):
https://tv.youtube.com/welcome/

Learn more on the YouTube blog
https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/10/lean-back-and-watch-youtube-tv-with-new.html
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