Any creator worth their salt knows that music can make or break a video. Using stock music can work great, but Lickd – the world’s first chart music licensing platform for social video creators – wanted to test how much better videos can perform if popular chart music is used instead. 

The perfect creator to put Lickd to the test? Pro fitness YouTuber, Growingannanas (Anna Engelschall) of course. Anna has over 270,000+ subscribers and consistently delivers top quality fitness videos to keep her followers healthy and happy. It was time for the ultimate challenge of stock music vs. chart music. 

The case study

Anna created two videos for her channel, both had similar workout content, both were published in the same week but there was one huge difference…One of the videos had a killer chart music soundtrack from Lickd.

After six weeks the data for all key YouTube metrics was collected and analysed to reveal which video performed better. 

The Results

fitness case study results

4,400+ extra playback hours

The biggest difference between the two videos was playback time in hours, with the video featuring music from Lickd receiving 17% more playback hours (31,731) in comparison to the video using stock music (27,240). This proves that viewers spend more time watching videos with a soundtrack of well-known songs. 

Winning watch time 

Watch time is the total accumulated time people have spent watching a video on YouTube and is the main way the YouTube search and discovery algorithm decides which videos are promoted. Watch time is 8% higher for the video using Lickd music, showing that 1) people watch videos for longer when there’s an engaging soundtrack and 2) investing in trending tracks can help creators supercharge their channel’s growth.

Increase in views 

Views were 10% higher for the video using Lickd claims-free music, receiving 201,661 views compared to 182,682 which the video using stock music received. 

Better comment rate 

The video utilising popular claims-free music received 10% more comments than the video with stock music. There were numerous comments complimenting the music choice, with messages such as “Amazing workout and fire music! Loved it!”, “I love the new music”, “The music and the workout is so on point!” and “Keep the fun music coming”. 

Impressive impressions

The video using Lickd music gained 12% (equal to 200,000) more impressions than the video using standard stock music. Impressions show how many times the video’s thumbnail was shown to viewers on YouTube. YouTube uses many factors to determine which viewers are likely to watch a video, including video popularity. 

Subscriber success

Lickd’s popular playlist encouraged 4% more viewers to subscribe to Anna’s content, contributing to her impressive growth. 

Ad revenue growth

fitness playlist case study ad revenue results

Week-on-week ad revenue growth for the video using Lickd’s claims-free music excelled that of the video using stock, growing at almost double the rate, with a weekly average growth of 17% compared to 9% for the video using stock music. If this rate of growth continues over the long term, ad revenue for the Lickd music video will greatly exceed that of the stock music video.

Our case study proves the power of a killer chart music soundtrack. Subscribers connect with popular tracks and enjoy the content more, resulting in better metrics across the board.

At Lickd we’ve reinvented music for online content creators and have a catalogue of over 800,000 pre-cleared tracks for creators to choose from.  

Fitness playlist

Lickd fitness playlist

Check out Lickd’s  fitness playlist for an epic selection of workout beats. Treat your subscribers to a motivational soundtrack that will help them reach their health goals and supercharge your growth goals. Boost your burpees with Becky Hill, crush your crunches with CamelPhat and smash through your mountain climbers with Mabel, with over 150,000 top quality tracks, Lickd’s got you covered. You get 25% off your first track so get started today. 

Anna’s YouTube channel continues to grow

Since completing the music case study with Lickd, Anna’s channel has nearly doubled in size from 270,000 subscribers to 463,000 just a few short months later. Anna’s top quality videos featuring Lickd music keep her audience coming back for more, as you can see from the videos and comments featured below.

youtube comments growingannanas
youtube comments growingannanas
youtube comments growingannanas

If you want to boost your engagement and grow your channel like Anna, consider using popular music from Lickd. Sign up today and get 25% off your first track.