Here we go again. Video marketing is so cool, the price is right, the results last a long time, the exposure is incredible, but…
Here’s a copy of the letter I got today:
Subject line: Attention required on your Vimeo account
Hi Dave Sherwin:
We see that you are using Vimeo for uploading commercial content. We’re sorry, but as stated in our Terms and Conditions of Use, on our Community Guidelines page, and on the upload page itself, Vimeo is for noncommercial use only, and we cannot host this content for you. Please take 1 week to move your videos to another hosting service. Whether your videos are public or private, they must still abide by our Terms and Conditions of Use.
After 1 week, we will review your account to determine whether you are in compliance with our Terms. If you are not, the offending videos and/or your account will be removed by a moderator.
For more information on our content policies, please visit http://vimeo.com/guidelines
If you believe this was an error, please reply to this email in a civil manner with your reasoning (“I see other people do it” is not a valid reason. We deal with as many policy violations as we are able to.).
End of letter.
Sigh. Did I know they don’t allow commercial videos? Yes. But the great thing about Vimeo is they allow videos longer than 10 minutes, so I flew under the radar for a long time, quietly posting over 60 videos there in the last year or so.
Luckily, they were nicer than Youtube or Facebook, and allowed me a week to make other arrangements. BTW, I asked for an extension of 3 weeks to get my videos moved, hopefully they’ll be OK with that.
In the meantime, I’m glad to tell you I have found a FANTASTIC solution! Well, I actually didn’t, I used some of my Social Marketing Blackbox webmaster time and had THEM find it!
But I digress.
Drumroll please… the solution to this thorny problem? vzaar. That’s the solution. Not for videos that you want to go viral, or get natural traffic, of course. Those still go to Tubemogul. But if you have commercial, product related videos that you embed on your blog or page and you want COMPLETE control over them, this is the best solution I have found. Check it out. It’s a lot better to use it now than to find out 60 videos later!.