Vidyard tracks and identifies viewers using browser cookies.
Each time someone watches a video, Vidyard will check for an existing
visitorId value in the viewer’s browser. If one does not exist, a new
visitorId will be added to the browser to keep track of and associate view data with the viewer for every video they watch going foward.
Key tracking behaviors
There are a few things to be aware of in regard to how Vidyard handles tracking cookies:
- Vidyard will always track when viewers watch your videos, even before they become identified. If and when a viewer becomes identified, Vidyard will associate previous anonymous viewing data with the viewer based on the
visitorIdin their browser.
- If a viewer clears their browser cookies, they will be considered a new viewer and assigned a new
visitorIdthe next time they watch a video.
- Since cookies are unique to a browser, if two people share a single computer, their viewing data will be associated with the same
Identifying your viewers
All viewing data remains anonymous in Vidyard until you can associate the viewer’s
visitorId with an email address. View data is only shared with connected MAP/CRM platforms once a viewer has been identified.
There are 5 main ways to identify a viewer:
- Sharing video via email with a tracking token
- Adding a Vidyard form to your video
- Using the "vyemail" parameter
- Setting up an integration with a MAP (marketing automation platform)
- SSO-secured sharing pages/hubs
Sharing video via email with a tracking token
A tracking token is automatically added to your video’s link when you use Vidyard to share a video via email. You’ll find the Vidyard add-in in Gmail, Outlook, and many other popular email communication tools.
- Learn how to share your videos in Gmail
- Learn how to share your videos in Outlook
- Learn how to share your videos via email directly from Vidyard
When your recipient clicks on the tokenized link in an email, Vidyard will direct the viewer to the video’s sharing page and associate the view with their email address.
Here’s an example of a tokenized video sharing link:
Note: tracking tokens have their own set of behaviors to consider, depending on which email platform you are using and the number of email recipients. Learn more.
Adding a Vidyard form to a video
A form is a type of Action (CTA) that allows viewers to self-identify when watching a video. A basic Vidyard form contains a single field for an email address, but more custom forms might contain additional information fields.
When your recipient submits their email address in a form, Vidyard will associate the video view with their email.
Forms can be added to different positions in a video (before, during, or after playback). You can change settings to set whether the form is skippable, mandatory or only appears for brand new visitors to your page.
Using the vyemail parameter
vyemail is a value that you can manually add to a video’s sharing link or embed code to associate the viewer with an email address.
When added to a video sharing link, it looks like this:
Most commonly, the
vyemail parameter is used to identify viewers when sharing your video as part of an email marketing campaign from your MAP, CRM or other email marketing tool (for example, MailChimp).
When combined with an email merge tag from your marketing platform,
vyemail allows you to uniquely identify each viewer in your campaign’s email distribution list.
Simply add the email merge tag from your marketing tool to
vyemail following the
= sign. This indicates where each recipient’s email address will be dynamically inserted upon sending your message.
- Learn more about identifying viewers in an email marketing campaign
- Learn more about using query parameters
Integrations with marketing automation platforms
Vidyard has integrations with several common marketing automation platforms (MAPs), including HubSpot, Marketo, Oracle Eloqua and Salesforce Pardot.
When a viewer watches a video on a page with your MAPs tracking script, the integration allows Vidyard to look up the viewer’s email address from your MAP. This assumes the viewer has previously been assigned a cookie from your MAP and their email address has been obtained through interactions with your various marketing assets and activities (forms, webpages, email campaigns, etc).
In addition to sharing viewer/visitor identities, the integrations allow Vidyard to pass video view data to your MAP’s contact records. The data can then be used in lead scoring and segmentation, automation workflows, and reporting.
- Learn more about the HubSpot integration
- Learn more about the Marketo integration
- Learn more about the Eloqua integration
- Learn more about the Pardot integration
SSO-secured sharing pages and video hubs
You can use single sign-on (SSO) to require that viewers authenticate to your company’s identity provider system (IdP) before they are permitted to watch videos on a Vidyard-hosted sharing page or video hub.
Common IdPs include Okta, Azure, OneLogin, G Suite, and many others.
When pages are secured with SSO, Vidyard obtains viewers’ email addresses as part of the SAML assertion received from your IdP when they sign in to access the page with your video(s).
This means that Vidyard can always identify permitted viewers on pages that require sign in via your IdP.
- Learn more about how to restrict access to your videos with SSO