Vimeo vrs YouTube
I like YouTube and share videos, tips and tutorials every week; however, I value some differences on Vimeo. One difference on Vimeo is when I upload a video for a client to review, they can add their comments at time-stamped places in the video. This week’s tutorial demonstrates this feature, and see the screenshots below.
The biggest difference is that I can REPLACE a video on Vimeo. On YouTube, if I need to edit a clip, I can do that (and edit on Vimeo), but if I need to replace a video after sending out a link, I have to send out a new link (on YouTube). For example, if I have provided a link to a client and then updated it on Vimeo, I can replace the video, and I don’t have to ask them to use a new link.
What is different on Vimeo
The interactive ‘clickable’ elements or features! (many are upgraded features on paid plans)
- One option is the ability to collect email addresses. You can invite people to join your email list.
- Branding reach can include inviting people to learn more about your products.
- You can track interaction with the video as part of the analytics
- Self-directed viewing experience, including branching, where viewers can choose their own journey. There are clickable decision points (such as timestamps and chapters). These can be through a hotspot or split-screen video between two or more videos.
- Adding quizzes and polls to your videos is part of using the videos for learning. These are player calls to action.
I currently have the Pro plan and am using Vimeo as a more professional viewing experience of my speaking and facilitation samples. When completing a speaker proposal, it often requests video examples of me speaking. I have uploaded these recordings, which are not public, and then shared the links within the proposals. Vimeo does not include ads, whereas YouTube does. I also just discovered that I could add my logo to Vimeo videos and LINK it to my website – wow! I may also explore the feature of selling videos on demand.
What’s the same on Vimeo and YouTube
- Both have closed captions
- Both have end screens
- Both have video chapters
- Both can add my logo
- Both can be used to host videos and embed them elsewhere
- Both have the capacity for monetization
- Both have analytics
Hot Bonus Tip:
- Different platforms can be used for different purposes! However, it’s also OK to pick your favourite platform and stick with it.
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