When we started working with Lil Wayne in mid-2013, he had very strong followings on both Twitter and Facebook but had no YouTube channel or official presence in the video space. His management team, The Blueprint Group, was interested in developing an online audience around Lil Wayne’s visual content and was also seeking marketing collateral to promote ticket sales and VIP experiences for his upcoming European tour. Lil Wayne’s previous European dates had been thwarted due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, so the management team needed to find an intimate and genuine way to instill confidence in his fans across the water.
To meet these objectives, we created Lil Wayne’s official YouTube channel from scratch and worked with The Blueprint Group to develop an original web series entitled “Lil Wayne Tour Passport: #FromUStoEU”. This series was created to document the groundbreaking stage show that Lil Wayne was currently touring America with and preparing to bring to the United Kingdom. Primarily focused around the touring production staff and containing less than 10 seconds of on-air screen time featuring proprietary footage of Wayne, the series achieved over 600k views.
Based off of the success of the Lil Wayne Tour Passport series, we launched a more intensive weekly program entitled Weezy Wednesday that helped amass a much larger group of fans and subscribers on Wayne’s channel. The Weezy Wednesday series has earned over 25MM views and 1.4MM hours of watch time to date. Across these two original series, the videos on Lil Wayne’s official channel have received over 397k clicks on annotations that link out to his priority marketing objectives including sales of concert tickets, merchandise, and albums.
In addition to Lil Wayne’s original series we’ve released exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and “leaked” singles from upcoming records on Lil Wayne’s official channel. Through our Content ID operations we’ve prevented and/or monetized tens of thousands of fan-uploaded videos containing Lil Wayne’s content. All said and done, Lil Wayne’s channel has earned over 161MM views and gained over 673k subscribers.
- Launched March 27, 2013
- To-date metrics: 69 videos, 161MM views, 673k subscribers, 2 original series
- Released 17 singles that has earned over 112MM views cumulatively
- Over 155k clicks on cards and end screens that prompt viewers to watch more videos on the channel and subscribe to the channel
- Over 396k clicks on annotations to live tickets, merch, albums, and personal website
- Received YouTube Silver Play Button Award