|Type of site||Video hosting|
Vidyard is a software company headquartered in Kitchener, Canada that creates software to host and analyze video performance. Founded in May 2010, Vidyard aims to provide customers with the analytics and tools they need to drive business growth through video.
Originally starting as a fourth year design project at the University of Waterloo, cofounders Michael Litt, Devon Galloway & Edward Wu launched the company in August 2011. On November 17, 2011, Vidyard announced $1.65 million in seed funding from investors including; Softech VC, YouTube Co-founder Jawed Karim, Y Combinator (company), and GMail creator Paul Buchheit. Among the graduating class of Y Combinator, Vidyard was listed as second among five startups to keep an eye on, as well as fifth among the top 15 startups in Canada.
Michael Litt was going into his last year of school while he was creating short explanation videos for companies along with co-founder Devon Galloway. A majority of their clients were putting their videos online with YouTube and Vimeo, but were complaining about both products. While brainstorming ideas for his end-of-curriculum design project, Michael Litt decided to build Vidyard, to address the video hosting issues that his clients were having. After graduating, he applied to Y Combinator and began raising funds to launch the company.
A/B Split Testing
Multiple thumbnails/splashscreens can be uploaded for each video. Percentages of how often each thumbnail will appear can be specified in a dashboard, and the playthrough clicks are counted and analyzed for each thumbnail.
Content can be scheduled to push to multiple social platforms including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. When a video is uploaded to Vidyard, it simultaneously gets uploaded to other services, along with the metadata and tags. In addition, videos from YouTube can be pulled into the Vidyard player, meaning videos do not have to be hosted on the service itself.
Call to Actions
Vidyard offers two different kinds of call to actions. A popout call to action is a customizable frame that slides out from the player at a specified duration of the video. Video marketers generally use this feature to "place a contact form, a buy button, a landing page, and more at the end of videos."
The second kind is a final call to action, which redirects the player or the entire page that the video is embedded on to a different location.
The Vidyard player can be customized by the user through a dashboard. The player skin (style of the controlbars, and other on-video elements), the colors, as well as animations can be specified by the user. Vidyard also offers watermarking on all uploaded videos. Players can be embedded via a script code, iframe, or lightbox.