5 Must-Haves for Launching a Video Streaming App

It’s evident that the average viewer is no longer tethered to their laptops or televisions, and content creators have no reason to be either. Our data shows that having a branded app increases subscription video signups by 20% and reduces audience churn by 33%.

#1 Branding that looks like you

Strong branding makes it easy for your fans to find you. That’s why as a creator you should have complete creative control when it comes to designing your app.

#2 A video player that just works

This should be an obvious one. Ensure your video player works seamlessly across all devices. All apps on the Vimeo platform are powered by our video streaming technology, which allocates traffic across multiple content delivery networks to reach your audiences with the speed and quality they deserve and expect.

#3 Compelling community features

Once your video is published, focus on creating a sense of community and sustaining engagement. A good app becomes a great one with features that enhance user experience such as access to subtitles and moderated comments. On average, top Vimeo-powered apps generate tens of thousands of comments across their videos.

#4 In-app subscriptions

Good design is often invisible. It can also be the difference in persuading a one-time viewer to become a subscriber. Vimeo apps offer in-app subscriptions and payment services to build customer loyalty.

#5 Impactful Analytics

Knowing is half the battle. To grow your audience, you need to first understand the value of every subscriber. Clear metrics will help you succeed – it could be knowing how much time your audience spends with each piece of content, or what your average monthly revenue is per user. Vimeo OTT apps capture detailed data and analytics to help you to be more proactive in audience engagement.


Find out more about the essentials of launching a streaming video app and how it can become an audience-building tool in our report: “Streaming everywhere: the video app revolution.”