Content Marketing

Top 8 Video Hosting Sites for Business

Updated: February 2017

Video is booming. It’s proving to be an excellent online marketing avenue for businesses. More and more people are buying online, or finding businesses to buy from online. Video is one of the fastest ways to build trust, as text and images can only do so much.

Video can show your professional personality, and your business experience and expertise a lot faster and clearer than just displaying text and photos.

When your business is looking to host your videos, the size of the space required can really add up, so just hosting them on your normal business website hosting may not be enough.

Here are some free and paid options you may want to consider when hosting your videos. But before you go ahead with a free option and discard the paid ones, you should really look at what you get, and what videos you are allowed to upload.

Some sites have strict “commercial” and “copywriting” restrictions that you need to adhere to.

FREE

Vimeo

“Vimeo was created by filmmakers and video creators who wanted to share their creative work, along with intimate personal moments of their everyday life.”

YouTube

“Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original-content creators and advertisers, large and small.”

MetaCafe

Since 2003, “Metacafe is one of the world’s largest video sites, attracting more than 40 million unique viewers each month (comScore Media Metrix). We specialize in short-form original content – from new, emerging talents and established Hollywood heavyweights alike. We’re committed to delivering an exceptional entertainment experience, and we do so by engaging and empowering our audience every step of the way.”

Wistia

Wistia provides professional video hosting with amazing viewer analytics, HD video delivery, and marketing tools to help understand your visitors.

PAID

Sprout Video

“SproutVideo is simple, effective video hosting for businesses, non-profits and organizations.”

Viddler

“Viddler is a platform for video publishers. Viddler is built by a team of talented developers, designers, and architects.”

Vzaar

“It all started in March 2007 when Ken Moss, Adrian Sevitz and Ian Snead decided to build an online platform to help eBay sellers supercharge their businesses with video. Today, vzaar’s services have become even more sophisticated. This professional quality online video platform is used by media companies, marketing agencies, corporate communications, e-commerce, web applications and non-profit organizations.”

Vidyard

Vidyard provides the tools to help every company leverage video across their business. Vidyard can help you to generate demand, control your brand, etc…

Have you tried any of these video hosting platforms? Have you had a good experience? Can you recommend any others?

Feel free to share below.

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19 Comments

  • Sheila Atwood

    Fiona,

    My video career is short.

    I have used YouTube and I am currently using Screencast.com. I use Jing for short instructional videos and Screencast.com hosts those videos.

    I have been interested in learning to use Amazon S3 as a hosting option that is cheap. But you have listed a couple that look like some good options I need to check out.

    Thanks

    • Fiona McEachran

      @Sheila Atwood, Hi Sheila, Wow thanks for sharing those extra resources. Yes, I was at a seminar last weekend of Armand Morin, and he recommended Amazon S3, so I would definitely add that to the list as well.

      Thanks for stopping by Sheila. You are such an excellent wealth of information 😉

    • Fiona McEachran

      @Nick, Hi Nick, I had a close look at Vimeo before posting their site here. But if you work for Vimeo… that would be really helpful to know.

      I noticed in their “terms” that they don’t want businesses posting “commercial” and self-promotional videos, but I think if you work in the creative industry, or your business is related, then Vimeo could be a good spot to keep your portfolio.

      Thanks for bringing this up. 🙂

  • Byron Lee

    I like Google Video (PR7) and it’s dofollow and Daily Motion which is the same as Google Video…not to mention Youtube which is a PR 9 and dofollow now. Link some juice to Vimeo which is nofollow but a PR9 and watch it show up in the SERPs.

  • chris crafton

    You did a great job of breaking down which sites work best for the types of videos a business wants to host. I’d like to throw our name in the hat, too, ecorptv, we’re a video hosting and sharing site dediated to business video. In the video hosting jungle, choose the path that works best for you.

    Chris Crafton
    eCorpTV.com

  • Doug Arley

    I use a kinda new service Playwire.com and it has been good so far. Lot of options, especially to generate revenue, but still new.

  • guru

    irackit.com is pretty good, can do multiple uploads of up to 3GB each, at the same time and can also make your content private with password protection

  • Keith

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I am using Youtube at present but find the quality of my video is poor. I’m looking around for a better option. So far Vimeo and Wistia look good to me. Note that Vimeo has a business option.

    Any others that allow for embedding of high quality video and still perform well?

  • scott meyer

    I have used brightcove for quite some time but as of today they have stopped geographic analytics…..very disappointing for such a robust video hosting vendor….looking at viddler

  • Josh

    Thanks for the sites, I use irackit.com and make my videos private sometimes. the limit is 3GB and you can do multiple uploads. I like the way they allow embed of videos with your own sizes. I tried uploading music, and photos pretty good.