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Leverage api.video’s Analytics to enhance your content strategy

Take a look at the two methods you can use to retrieve data for your videos and live streams with Analytics.

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November 23, 2023

Understanding your audience is key to successful video and live stream content delivery. Whether you deliver your own content, or develop a mobile app which enables creatives to deliver their own, leveraging data and analytics can help you. With api.video's Analytics solution, you gain vital insights into the viewers’ preferences and behaviors, enabling you or your users to make data-informed decisions in content creation, and engage better with the audience.

 

In this tutorial, we’ll go through two methods that you can use to retrieve analytics data for your videos and live streams.

What data?

The mainspring of api.video’s Analytics solution is play event data. Play events determine the number of times your video or live stream had viewer engagement.  

api.video’s solution analyzes and groups play event data by these dimensions:

 

  • the date and time of the play event,
  • the ID of a specific video or live stream that generated play events
  • the countries where your viewers are based,
  • the device type your viewers are using, like phone or computer
  • the browser your viewers are using, like Chrome or Firefox
  • the operating system that your users are running, like iOS or Windows  

api.video helps you read and filter this data, enabling you to segment and understand your audience better.

Requirements

Before we discuss the two methods, let’s talk about some requirements. api.video can only generate analytics data when you meet these simple requirements:

 

  1. You have already uploaded videos or broadcasted live streams.
  2. These videos or live streams already had viewers that create play events.
  3. You used the api.video player to deliver your content. You will meet this requirement when you integrate one of api.video’s Player SDKs, or embed the video or the live stream into a website, or simply share the video or live stream URL with your viewers.
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A glimpse into api.video's Analytics

You can also use a different player solution, however, you will need to integrate api.video’s analytics plug-ins, which are available for hls.js, video.js, Android, and iOS.

 

Once you fulfill these requirements, you’ll immediately be able to retrieve analytics using both methods discussed in this tutorial.

 

Note that when using api.video’s Sandbox environment, the extent of data that you can retrieve is limited to the last 24 hours.

The no-code way

By far the easiest method to get analytics for your videos and live streams is through the Analytics page in the api.video dashboard. The dashboard shows the number of play events grouped by some of the most useful dimensions that can help you answer questions like:

 

  • Which videos or live streams are the most popular this week?
  • What time of the day is your content most engaging?
  • Which country are most of your viewers based in?
  • Which devices, browsers, and operating systems are viewers using the most?

The integrated way

For those that prefer a more hands-on approach, we’ll dive into how you can leverage our API to retrieve analytics data and build out some typical Analytics use cases.

1. Set up the api.video client

Let's initialize the api.video client SDK in your environment, using an example in Node.js:

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2. Create a request

The client SDK will require your API key, which you can find in the dashboard. Check out the Authentication guide if you want to understand the different authentication methods you can use with api.video.

 

Let’s say you want to know which one of your videos performed the best in the last week:

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Notice that we’re passing in from and to, which determine the time interval that you want to analyze. We’re also adding videoID as the dimension, which will give you result for every videoID available in your project.  

Here’s an example response payload for this request:

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In the response, value shows values for the dimension we set in our request. In this case, since we requested dimension=videoId, each value field in the response returns a video ID.  

plays returns the number of play events.  

Now let’s try a different dimension: let’s see how a specific video performs across different countries where your viewers are based.

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Notice that we’re passing from, which determines the starting time of the data analysis. We’re adding country as the dimension, which will give you results for every country where you had viewer engagement. We’re also adding a video’s ID value as the filter, which will filter results in the response payload and only shows analytics for the specific video that the ID belongs to.  

Here’s an example response payload for this request:

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Check out the complete list of dimensions and example response payloads for both success and error cases in the API reference.

3. How to use this data?

When building an application or website where you serve videos or live streams, you can find some creative ways to leverage analytics data:  

  • Create data visualizations for your users. This could include graphs and charts showing views over time, peak viewing periods, or geographic distribution of the audience.
  • Localize Content. Use geographic data from play events to tailor content to specific regions, accommodating regional preferences or languages.
  • Create recommendations. Find the most popular, or even the least popular videos and show them as recommended videos for your viewers.

Conclusion

With api.video’s Analytics solution, you're not only delivering content; you're unlocking a world of data that helps you connect more meaningfully with your audience. Whether you're aiming to expand your reach, tailor content to specific regions, or simply understand your audience better, api.video’s Analytics is your gateway to smarter content strategy.

 

To start using api.video and see how this works, sign-up for a free sandbox account now.

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