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Vimeo Announces Two New Social Sharing Features
By Joanna Lentini, February 14, 2018 @ 12:10 PM (EST)
Source: Vimeo

Vimeo has announced two new social distribution features for users of the video-sharing platform. The new features, “Simulcast” and “Publish to Social,” are intended to help members of specific Vimeo payment plans grow their audiences. With one click, users are able to share their videos on other social media platforms—natively. Since Facebook prefers native uploads, the video will benefit from greater visibility. Users will also be able to track the performance of the video through the dashboard.

The other new feature, Simulcast, opens up live-streaming of videos to any RTMP-enabled destination, such as Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, and Periscope. The live video only requires one input stream, which translates into lower bandwidth costs and an easier workflow. Live videos will be automatically archived by Vimeo. Both of these new social distribution features are sure to make the video-sharing platform all the more dynamic. Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo said, “Our new social distribution tools will give Vimeo creators a wider audience, deeper engagement, and a fundamentally simplified distribution process.”

See the press release below.


Vimeo Launches Social Distribution Tools to Help Creators Grow and Engage Their Audience​

Today, Vimeo announced two social distribution tools designed to help creators expand their audience while simplifying their workflow. First, the launch of Simulcast allows live events to be simultaneously streamed from the Vimeo platform to multiple destinations including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Periscope. Second, Vimeo's Publish to Social feature allows creators to natively publish their videos to Facebook and YouTube with just one click. Both features are available to members of specific paid Vimeo plans, with more social platforms to be added in the coming months.

“We are committed to helping creators succeed anywhere - on and off Vimeo. As ad-supported platforms become increasingly walled off to keep content on their sites, we are building new ways to be an agnostic distribution hub, so creators don't have to choose,” said Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo. “Our new social distribution tools will give Vimeo creators a wider audience, deeper engagement, and a fundamentally simplified distribution process.”

Highlighted features of Simulcast include: 

  • More viewers, higher engagement: Ability to simultaneously live stream events directly from Vimeo to any RTMP-enabled destination (including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Periscope and more). Creators can now stream to multiple destinations from a creator’s website to their social pages to expand audience reach.
  • Saves bandwidth costs: With Simulcast, live events streamed to multiple social platforms require a single input stream, as opposed to separate streams for each destination. This means less bandwidth costs and a simpler workflow, especially for events where bandwidth uplink is limited (like conferences or an outdoor event).
  • Simplified workflow: When the live event is complete, the stream is automatically archived on Vimeo, so creators can manage, review, or share high-quality post-event videos.

Highlighted features of Publish to Social include:

  • Single distribution hub: Creators can publish their videos directly from Vimeo natively to other social platforms (including Facebook and YouTube), with just one click. Instead of having to upload videos to each social platform separately, creators now have one home where they can manage their entire distribution strategy.
  • Increased audience reach: Since social platforms like Facebook favor native uploads, creators can gain better visibility and higher audience exposure on those sites.
  • Stats and performance dashboard: Ability to see side-by-side stats for each social platform (including plays, likes, and comments), so creators can track how their videos perform across the web.



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