Marketing on YouTube is more than just pumping out videos and hoping for views. You need to have a solid understanding of the platform and who uses it, so you know what to create. The latest YouTube stats can give you the insights and understanding you need to successfully market on the platform.

We put together some of the most vital social media statistics for YouTube to help you understand the platform better. Let’s take a look.

YouTube data and channel statistics

Before getting into general YouTube stats, let’s get personal. If you currently manage a presence on the platform, you can check your channel statistics using YouTube analytics. (Also, if you don’t have a brand account on YouTube, now’s a great time to create a channel.)

Access the YouTube analytics tool by going to studio.youtube.com or by clicking your profile icon and selecting “YouTube Studio.”

Once you’re in YouTube Studio, you can click on “Analytics” in the left hand panel to access your YouTube performance analytics. There are several reports available but if you’re just looking for a general overview of channel performance, check out the Channel Overview Report.

channel dashboard in YouTube Studio with arrow pointing to the "Analytics" button on the side panel

The Channel Overview Report will provide you with a graph measuring how your views, watch time and subscriber count are trending over time. On social media, consistency is key. If you’re updating your channel at a regular cadence, you should see gains in channel growth over time.

If you’re noticing a dip, check out these creative approaches to promoting your YouTube channel.

YouTube usage statistics

Understanding how people use YouTube will help you assess whether it’s a worthy investment. Things like how many people use the platform and how much time they spend can give you an idea of its standing among social media users.

1. YouTube has 2.49 billion monthly active users

According to the Digital 2024 Global Overview Report, YouTube’s potential ad reach totals 2.49 billion users. That’s half of the 5.04 billion social media users worldwide, making it the second most used social platform. This speaks volumes about the platform’s popularity among social media users.

2. YouTube now has 100 million paying subscribers

An increasing number of people are paying for the platform’s Music and Premium services. Based on the latest YouTube user stats, there are now 100 million paying subscribers on the platform.

bar chart showing the growth of youtube paying subscribers

3. People spend 48.7 minutes on YouTube each day

With a daily time spent of 48.7 minutes, people are spending more time watching YouTube videos in 2024. This indicates a growth in YouTube engagement, making the platform ideal for engaging your target audience.

4. Viewers watch 1 billion hours of YouTube videos per day on their TVs

On that same note, internal YouTube data shows that YouTube viewers are watching an average of 1 billion hours of content each day on their TVs. So there’s a need to focus on creating high-resolution videos suitable for TV viewing.

5. The average user spends over 28 hours on the YouTube app

Based on the Digital 2024 report, worldwide users spend an average of 28 hours and 5 minutes on the YouTube mobile app. While this data is only for Android users, it speaks volumes about the growing use of YouTube among mobile users.

YouTube audience and demographics statistics

Looking into YouTube stats on audience and demographics can help you understand who is using the platform. This gives you an idea whether the platform is ideal for reaching your target audience.

6. YouTube users skew male

Roughly 54.4% of YouTube users are men and 45.6% are women. (There’s no data on other genders available at this time.)

7. The largest age group using YouTube is between ages 25 and 34

Users aged between 25 and 34 account for 21.3% of YouTube’s user base, making them the largest age group to use the platform. The second largest age group is between ages 35 and 44. Additionally, YouTube is popular among young adults aged between 18 and 24, with this group making up 15.5% of the platform’s user base.

bar graph showing age group distribution of youtube age demographics

8. India has the largest YouTube audience, followed by the United States and Brazil

There are approximately 462 million active YouTube users in India, making it the network’s largest audience by country. The United States comes next with 239 million users while 144 million users are from Brazil.

9. The United States drives the most YouTube traffic

A high user count doesn’t necessarily translate to higher traffic. In fact, the U.S. contributes the most YouTube traffic (21.93%) compared to other countries. In comparison, India, in second position, contributes to just 8.11% of the platform’s traffic.

YouTube advertising statistics

If you’re planning to run YouTube ads, you need to gauge the platform’s advertising performance. Whether this involves looking into the ad revenue or the best ad formats, it’s essential to study a few vital YouTube advertising stats.

10. YouTube’s ad revenue crossed $30 billion in 2023

The platform’s annual ad revenue for 2023 amounted to $31 billion–up from the previous year’s $29.2 billion. This makes up 10.25% of Google’s global revenues.

bar chart showing the percentage share of Youtube's ad revenue among Google's total revenues

11. Consumers find YouTube ads to be more relevant than linear TV advertising

YouTube ad targeting capabilities create a highly tailored experience for the end user. According to a 2022 study, 59% of respondents agree that YouTube ads are more relevant than ads on linear TV or other streaming apps.

12. Vertical video can increase conversions per dollar

Vertical video—meaning video filmed and viewed in portrait mode, rather than landscape—has exploded in popularity on the platform since the launch of YouTube Shorts. People have been watching YouTube on a variety of screen sizes for quite some time. Now, marketers have the tools they need to optimize for mobile viewing.

Tailoring YouTube ads to adhere to content consumption preferences can drive a noticeable lift in ROI. Vertical creative assets delivered 10% to 20% more conversions per dollar on YouTube Shorts when compared to landscape assets.

13. Skippable ads perform better than non-skippable ads

Consumers like having a choice, even when it comes to the ads they view. So it’s no surprise that giving viewers the option to skip an ad translates to better-performing ads.

Twenty-nine percent of marketers agree that pre-roll skippable ads are the most effective YouTube ad format. In comparison, only 7% believe that non-skippable ads are effective.

14. YouTube Shorts is quickly becoming a top video advertising platform

Advertisers are increasingly turning to video platforms for short-form video advertising. And YouTube Shorts is quickly gaining ground as one of the leading platforms for short-form video ads. In a survey of ad buyers, 43% say that their largest clients are advertising on YouTube Shorts.

So it’s time to reassess your YouTube ad campaigns to focus on short-form ads and stay ahead of the curve.

YouTube video and marketing statistics

You can learn a lot about YouTube marketing by looking at how other marketers are using the platform. Similarly, the types of videos people watch on YouTube will give you an idea of how to market on the platform. So let’s take a look at some key YouTube video stats in addition to the platform’s marketing statistics.

15. Marketers plan to increase their use of YouTube videos in marketing

Marketers are reassessing YouTube’s place in their marketing mix. About 66% of marketers intend to increase their use of YouTube videos. Additionally, 59% plan to increase their organic activities on the platform.

16. YouTube is the second most effective platform for B2C content marketing

The number of marketers using YouTube for organic content marketing increased from 55% to 67% between 2022 and 2023. This growing usage is a result of the platform’s effectiveness.

In fact, YouTube is the second most effective social platform for content marketing after LinkedIn. Eighty-six percent of content marketers consider it at least somewhat effective.

chart listing the top social media platforms and the percentage of people who find each effective for content marketing

17. YouTube is the number one platform for viewing live content

Among social video viewers in the U.S., 52% use YouTube to watch live content. This makes it the most popular platform for watching live content, putting it ahead of Facebook and Instagram. So if live video is a part of your marketing strategy, YouTube Live is the perfect place to execute it.

bar chart showing the percentage of social video viewers who watch live content on different social media platforms

18. YouTube Shorts averages 70 billion views per day

Speaking of the popularity of short-form videos, YouTube Shorts now gets an average of 70 billion views each day. Marketers can ride on this wave by creating more videos for YouTube Shorts to engage their audience.

19. YouTube Shorts is the top short-form video platform for discovery

With so many views each day, it comes as no surprise that YouTube Shorts is the #1 short-form video platform for discovering new products and brands. All the more reason to add YouTube Shorts to your video marketing strategy.

20. The most viewed YouTube video of all time is “Baby Shark Dance”

Parents, this one is probably more than familiar. The viral hit took off in 2016 and shot to the top of the list of most viewed YouTube videos of all time.

The video has almost 14 billion views, as of January 2024.

YouTube influencer statistics

Knowing the top influencers on YouTube helps you understand which influencers have an impact on the platform’s user base. This can then inform how you work with influencers on the platform. Additionally, it gives you an idea of the types of content that are popular on the platform. Let’s look at a few YouTube statistics on the platform’s top users.

21.  T-Series – 261 million subscribers

YouTube channel homepage for T-Series

The most popular YouTube channel is T-Series with 261 million subscribers. According to the latest YouTube channel stats, T-Series has amassed more than 249 billion views for 20,000+ videos.

22.  MrBeast – 244 million subscribers

MrBeast ranks second overall with 244 million subscribers. His channel has amassed more than 44 billion views for just 780 videos.

23.  CoCoMelon – Nursery Rhymes – 173 million subscribers

Coming up next is the nursery rhymes channel, CoCoMelon with 173 million subscribers. Interestingly, the channel has more views than MrBeast at over 179 billion views. With the channel having uploaded 1,000+ videos, it could be an indicator that video posting frequency impacts your YouTube views stats.

24.  SET India – 169 million subscribers

Another Indian channel to make it to the list, SET India is the fourth most popular channel with 169 million subscribers. The latest numbers show that the channel has 160 billion views with 131,000+ uploads.

25.  Kids Diana Show – 120 million subscribers

Kids Diana Show ranks fifth with 120 million subscribers. The channel has a total of more than 100 billion views with 1,100+ videos.

Turning these YouTube stats into action

These key YouTube statistics give you insights into the platform and its marketing landscape. Transform these insights into action by downloading our useful YouTube strategy template.

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