The State of JW Player

Highlights, data, and fun facts from 2017

As the New Year begins, we’ve put together a snapshot of what JW Player has been up to in the last 12 months. 2017 was a huge year for our company as we sped up our growth, doubled the size of our staff, developed 36+ new features, and brought video to more screens than ever.

The industry’s moving rapidly—and we’re in the fast lane. Here are highlights from our year in video.

Video Will Make Up More than 80% of Online Traffic

Are videos on 80% of your webpages?

According to Cisco, by the year 2021, 82% of all internet traffic will come from video. Yes, 82%. If 2021 seems far off, consider that video already accounted for 73% of all consumer internet traffic in 2016.

  At JW Player, we don’t take these trends lightly—we see them as game changers. Video isn’t just a nice-to-have anymore; it’s become essential to any publisher’s success. If video consumes about 80% of all internet traffic, then it’s a good idea to put it on 80% of your webpages too. As your video partner, we draw on our industry expertise and data to show you how.

 

JW London Insights

Recapping our first conference in England’s capital

JW London Insights was a success! We were so happy to explore the future of visual storytelling and digital advertising with experts around the industry and some of the best video publishers from across the UK and Europe. The event not only provided great insight into being a video-first publisher, but it featured conversations on hot topics like virtual reality and the fight against fraud in video advertising.

   

Less Ads, More Revenue

How LittleThings Improved Play Rate and CPMs with a “Less Is More” Strategy

In 2016, the CEO of feel-good website LittleThings, Joe Speiser, set an ambitious and unexpected goal: “Every quarter we’re going to remove [a piece of video advertising] from the site until we can’t anymore.” As he revealed at JW Insights 2017, Justin Festa, chief digital officer, tried to be the voice of reason. “Okay, it’s going to cost us money.” But Speiser said, “No, it won’t.” The CEO had cause for being optimistic. The previous quarter, LittleThings had seen significant boosts in play rates and average CPMs after removing all outstream video ads.

Meet JW Player at IBC 2016

jwplayer-at-ibc The JW Player team is excited to be headed to Amsterdam's IBC 2016 conference. Each year at IBC, broadcasting professionals in every discipline from strategy to technology gather to debate the evolving landscape of electronic media and digital entertainment. This year, JW Player will demo some new products we're proud of: our new live streaming product (JW Live), our advanced video recommendations product, and our latest video publishing workflow and analytics tool updates. If you'll also be at IBC and would like to meet some of JW Player's product and engineering team members (or learn more about our player, platform, or video delivery solutions), there are a couple of different ways for you to connect with us:

Customer Spotlight: WWE

The JW Player team is always hard at work developing products that meet the needs of our customers' evolving video strategies. This video series highlights the unique value that JW Player brings to customers. This week we're following Arno Van Mosel, Director of Media Operations at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).