YouTube Shorts celebrates one year in Nigeria, launches “the multiformat creator”

  • In April 2022, Shorts containing content sampled from long-form videos generated 100B views.

  • With the launch of Shorts, artist and creator channels uploading both Shorts and long-form are seeing better overall watch time and subscriber growth relative to that only uploading long-form.

youtube shorts one year in Nigeria
Broda Shaggi and Taaooma

One year ago, YouTube introduced Shorts in Nigeria to further our mission to give everyone a voice and help creators grow their audiences and be inspired by new video formats. Since its inception, has grown into a community of more than 1.5B monthly logged-in users globally.

At the heart of YouTube’ journey are the voices of our creators and artists. When we introduced Shorts, we knew that we were bringing an important new format to the YouTube repertoire. For artists, the path to success has never been more demanding, so we’re designing products like Shorts to make YouTube THE place for them to connect with their fans and grow long-term, sustainable music careers.

We’ve been hard at work innovating and refining the product features our community knows and loves to incorporate this new video format into the broader YouTube experience. Here are some recently launched highlights:

  • Video remixing: Utilizing content from the world’ largest video library, creators on YouTube can put their own spin on the content they love from YouTube using our latest video remixing features, Cut and Green Screen to Shorts on iOS (coming to Android soon).

  • Cut: The ability to use a 1-5 second video segment from any eligible VOD or Short in the creation of new Shorts content.

  • Green Screen: The ability to use up to a 60-second video segment from any eligible VOD or Short as the background for their original Short video.

  • Multiformat analytics: Evolving the in-depth analytics, we recently rolled out a new design for YouTube Analytics which allows creators and artists to see insights and performance data for specific content across our different video formats: VOD (video on demand), Live, and Shorts. This allows them to individualize and optimize their content strategies more effectively to make the most of the platform for both reach and revenue opportunities.

As YouTube introduces new products, we’ve seen the birth of a new trend unique to the platform: “the rise of the multiformat creator and artist.” Moving seamlessly between different video formats on YouTube — from Shorts, Longform, Live, and Audio — these multiformat creators and artists create an infinite flow of content combinations to maximize their creativity, reach, community connection, and revenue. This interplay between video formats mirrors the of today’ viewers, who expect content to suit their active lives, varied interests, and wide-ranging attention spans.

This approach is yielding real results for both our creators and artists. New insights include:

  • In April 2022, Shorts containing content sampled from long-form videos generated 100B views.

  • With the launch of Shorts, artist and creator channels uploading both Shorts and long-form are seeing better overall watch time and subscriber growth relative to that only uploading long-form.

Neal Mohan, YouTube’ Chief Product Officer, said: “Shorts have become an essential part of the YouTube experience for our creators and viewers. Now being watched by 1.5B logged-in users every month, the product is growing thanks to the creativity of our community. While we’re still at the beginning of our journey with Shorts, we look forward to continuing to innovate the product so our creators can continue to express themselves, connect with their audiences, and increase their reach and revenue opportunities on the platform.”

Lyor Cohen, YouTube’ Global Head of Music, said: Everybody knows that our mission at YouTube is to become the leading revenue generator for the music industry. Money is great, but it’ not enough. Building artist fandom is equally important. We want YouTube to be THE PLACE for artists to connect and create meaningful relationships with their fans and grow long-term, sustainable music careers; Shorts, combined with long-form video, is proving to be a critical way to do that. It’s our job to make sure that once fans find their life’s soundtrack on Shorts, they are met with prompts that encourage them to dive deeper into an artist’s repertoire. YouTube is the only platform that can bring that experience to and we are ALL IN on making it happen.

These Shorts creators and artists are using YouTube to lead the next wave of the creator economy. Here is the list of the top 10 trending Shorts videos in the past year in Nigeria:

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