YouTube – No Longer Lost in Translation

Prabin     22 December 2015



Ever feel like your YouTube channel videos are getting lost in translation? It’s estimated that more than 60% of YouTube channel views come from outside  of your home country. So would  you like a more cost effective way of reaching  those prospective international customers using one of their 75 other recognised languages?

It just got a lot easier – Youtube has now got you covered with the introduction of their new translation & subtitle service.

There are more than a billion Youtube  users across the world, and it is estimated that two out of every three people who watch your channel may also speak a different language.

To ensure international viewers can discover, love & understand your content, Youtube has recently launched new translation features.


Youtube Logo


The new translation tools enable  you to create titles and descriptions in as many as 76 languages, as well as subtitles for the video to help with the discovery of your content or channel.

According to Vladimir Vuskovic, product manager for YouTube Globalization, “countless videos that might have been relevant to viewers went unseen because of a search process that was limited to a single language.”

After recognising missed opportunities for a global audience, YouTube has been testing the new tools with a range of established clients and is already seeing success.

Since  news & lifestyle website VICE trialled  the new translation features it doubled its daily watch time from Portuguese & Spanish speakers. The translation option may be beneficial for emerging artists & brands, however, more importantly, the services are also a  significant opportunity for  growing YouTube’s overall audience.

Social media specialist,  Daniel Aguayo at Digipendent Media believes the opportunities are immense.


Youtube Map


“From a content creation aspect, the No. 1 growing video content creation sector is East Asia and Thailand…If you can translate Mandarin, Cambodian, Thai and different languages in the Indian dialect, that’s another three billion people nobody’s talking to because of the language barrier.”

That’s 3 billion new prospects… Time to rethink your international strategy & opportunities on Youtube?

Learn more about  how we can help optimising your Youtube channel here.

You can learn more about the crowdsourced translators and contributors here.


Author: Prabin

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