Social Video

9 publishers with the biggest Facebook following… and what they’re doing right

May 11, 2018


Facebook is where social video got its start, and after all these years it’s still where lots of audiences turn to for daily news, entertainment, and lifestyle video content. As news consumption on the platform continues to grow, a number of publishers are delegating more resources to make videos for Facebook to capitalize on its large and constantly growing community. Here, we took a look at the 9 leading publishers on the platform to find out their secrets to success.

1. MTV 

MTV continues to make strides in the video department and it shows on its Facebook page, which has accumulated over 49 million Likes. The leader in millennial and Gen Z content has amassed up to several million views daily on videos covering popular artists, lifestyle trends and politics. MTV is currently hiring additional personnel to ramp up their production of original and short-form video content – so we expect to see their presence on the platform continue to rise. Check out how MTV made this video for Facebook that generated over 500K views within the first 2 hours it was posted:

2. History  

History has become much more than just a television network, as its Facebook page has developed quite the following with over 42 million Likes. It all started with the appointment of former News UK creative content director Tiffanie Darke as Editor in Chief, who has since revamped History’s digital presence with social video content. Darke and her team have been able to leverage History’s vast archive of memorabilia to reach hundreds of thousands of video views daily, like this video for Facebook about the Yellowstone National Park hot springs.

What Happens When You Slip Into Yellowstone's Hot Springs?

Yellowstone's hot springs are efficient and deadly.(Via Did You Know)

Posted by HISTORY on Saturday, August 5, 2017


3. Tasty 

Following the initial launch of the Buzzfeed Food Facebook page in 2012, it became clear that their team struck social video gold. The page quickly brought in over 100 million video views monthly, later resulting in social video accounting for half of BuzzFeed’s revenue in 2016. Tasty, another BuzzFeed food brand launched in 2015, quickly trumped its sister page, becoming the premiere recipe Facebook destination for recipes and one of the social media giant’s biggest pages overall with over 87.7 million followers. In September 2016, Tasty generated 1.6 billion of its 1.8 billion total views from their videos for Facebook alone. Check out their Facebook square video on how to make sliders that tallied nearly 200 million views!

4. TMZ 

With over 7 million Facebook likes, TMZ has clearly figured out how to make videos for Facebook – and their winning formula in social video just so happens to involve the Wibbitz video platform! Their popular Facebook playlist TMZ Quickies consists of short-form, Facebook square video summaries created in the Wibbitz Control Room, which have pulled in more than 689,000 video views on average over the last month. Some of their best performing content surrounds reality TV stars, like this video on Blac Chyna that tallied over 900K views.

5. Blossom 

In addition to being the leading provider of lifestyle content for millennial moms, Blossom has also built a following of over 22M likes, become the #1 video for Facebook page in views per post, and become the owner of Facebook’s most viewed video of all-time. Their record-setting video has 379 million views and counting. Parent company First Media boasts three prolific social brands (Blossom, So Yummy and Happier) that combined generate over 900 million monthly video views on the platform – 100% of which are organic. Video for Facebook has clearly been the driving factor to their success – as evidenced by their #1 video on the best ways to reduce clutter.

6. China Daily 

China Daily, the premiere English-language Chinese news organization, just keeps on growing, thanks to a sound social video strategy. After launching their Facebook page in 2015, China Daily has amassed over 21 million likes. As of April 2016, the China Daily website saw 52 million page views daily. The large audience can be attributed to their ‘Learning Chinese’ series of videos for Facebook, which boast an average of over 100,000 views each, like this one on summer desserts in China.

Beat off Summer heat

Ever wonder how the emperors in ancient times beat off #summer heat? You could not miss this episode of Know China, Learn Chinese! #desserts

Posted by China Daily on Friday, August 4, 2017


7. ESPN 

As Facebook and other social platforms are stealing viewers from the TV screen by signing lucrative streaming deals with major professional sports leagues, TV networks are finding the need to prioritize digital video now more than ever. ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, is currently making a shift towards mobile video in particular and it’s already paying off. ESPN’s Facebook page – which boasts over 18 million likes – garners hundreds of thousands of views daily on their Facebook square videos that are fully optimized for mobile screens. Some of their best content is packaged in short, 15-second blooper snippets that pull in hundreds of thousands of video views, like this video on Yankees player Aaron Judge.

8. Fox News 

The leading conservative news channel has been successful in luring its dedicated and growing fanbase online, racking up over 15.6 million likes. Fox News is consistently among the top Facebook pages, tallying tens of millions of engagements monthly. More specifically, they know how to create captivating live videos for Facebook. In April 2017 alone, Fox News generated more than 2.6 million live video engagements on their Facebook page. The network also attracts fans of their TV shows by uploading popular segments on original shows like “Fox and Friends.”

"Saturday was a huge win for the United States, it was a huge win for the United Nations, it was not a good day for North Korea."Nikki Haley went on " Fox & Friends" to discuss the new sanctions put on North Korea.

Posted by Fox News on Tuesday, August 8, 2017


9. New York Times

The New York Times has developed a large social media presence boasting over 14 million likes on Facebook. The heralded award-winning newspaper has honed the art of social video, with 82 percent – or 72.6 million – of NYT’s total video views coming solely from followers watching short-form videos on its Facebook account. Perhaps even more impressive is the NYT’s ability to capture the millennial audience. Forty percent of the NYT’s traffic comes from the millennial demographic, showing that even at 165 years old, “The Grey Lady” can speak to a younger audience – and what they want is social video. Check out this video for Facebook on North Korea, which picked up 245K views.

North Korea Hit Hard With Sanctions.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that could drastically reduce North Korea’s annual export revenue. It was a win for President Trump, who has urged China to pressure Pyongyang to curb its nuclear program.Read more:

Posted by The New York Times on Monday, August 7, 2017