Call to Action: new feature on YouTube for non-profitsPosted by Marc | 29-03-2009 19:34 | Category: News
This week, YouTube launched a new “Call to Action” feature for nonprofit partners, which allows them to use InVideo overlays to drive traffic to an off-YouTube web page, where they can collect signatures, email addresses, or even donations.
To pilot test the feature, YouTube placed a video supporting charity:water on its homepage last Sunday, featuring an overlay encouraging YouTube users to donate money to the cause. In that one day, charity:water received a whopping $10,000 from YouTube viewers. Granted, the fact that the video was featured on the homepage clearly had a huge impact on the turnout, but the success of the new Call-to-Action ads is likely going to be a boon for many non-profits.
If you’re a YouTube nonprofit partner, adding a Call to Action overlay is easy. Just go to “Edit Video” and fill out the fields in the section marked “Call to Action overlay.” All you have to do is include a short headline, ad text, a destination url, and upload an optional image, and the overlay will appear whenever someone watches your video.
If you’re a nonprofit organization in the U.S. or U.K. who hasn’t yet joined the YouTube Nonprofit Program, but would like to gain access to Call to Action and other special benefits, you can apply now at www.youtube.com/nonprofits.
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