Guide: Using YouTube with Databox


How to connect YouTube to Databox


How to connect YouTube to Databox

To connect a YouTube Account in Databox, go to  Data Sources > + New connection. Type YouTube in the search bar and click on the green Connect button. 

This will open the  Authorization window, which is where you will be prompted to enter your login credentials and authorize the Databox app. 

How much historical data is synced when you first connect YouTube to Databox?

When you connect a new YouTube Data Source in Databox, data for the current year to date is initially synced. 

Certain Metrics may have more or less historical data available. For more information about the amount of historical data available for a specific Metric, please contact our Support Team at [email protected]

Pro Tip: Once your YouTube Data Source is connected and actively syncing data, we store the data that's collected in our own database. This allows us to accumulate more data over time as more data syncs are made so that you can report on more historical YouTube data in your Databox reports. Learn more here

What time zone does YouTube data sync in? 

YouTube data is synced in the time zone set in the YouTube Account. For example, if your YouTube Account time zone is set as EST, your YouTube data will sync with Databox in EST. 

How to access pre-built YouTube Templates

 Navigate to Databoards > Template Library
 In the Data Source drop-down list, select YouTube
 To view a preview of the Template populated with dummy data, click Preview
 To pull the Template into your Account and re-populate it with your own YouTube data, click Use Template
 Select the appropriate YouTube Data Source from the drop-down list to complete the process. The Databoard will be re-populated with data from the selected YouTube Account and can be found on the  Databoards page
Pro Tip: Once the Databoard is available on the Databoards page, it is completely disconnected from the public Template. Therefore, you can further customize this Databoard to meet your specific needs using the Designer.

Popular YouTube Templates

YouTube Watch Time Analysis YouTube Watch Time Performance 

The YouTube Watch Time Analysis Template helps you monitor watch time across all your videos and become immediately aware of emerging changes.
This dashboard measures the watch time performance trends by device for YouTube channel.

How to build a Databoard using YouTube data

 Navigate to  Databoards > + New Databoard > Start Blank
 Click on the Datablock Library icon on the lefthand side of the Designer
 Select the appropriate YouTube Account from the Data Source drop-down list in the Datablock Library
 View the list of pre-built YouTube Datablocks in the Datablock Library. Drag and drop your selected Datablock onto your Databoard    

 If a pre-built Datablock isn't available for your use case, click on the  Visualization Types icon under the Datablock Library icon

 View the list of Visualizations available in Databox. Drag and drop your selected Visualization onto your Databoard
 Click on the Datablock on the Databoard to open the corresponding Datablock Settings on the righthand side of the Designer
 Select the appropriate YouTube Data Source and Metric in the righthand Datablock Settings. This will update the Datablock and it will populate the Datablock with the corresponding data
 Complete steps 4-8 until your Databoard is complete

Popular YouTube Metrics

Views Subscribers Avg. View Duration Trend

Average Percentage Viewed Watch Time Trend Video Engagements

View a full list of YouTube Metrics available in Databox here.

Additional Information

  • Only the top 200 Videos are synced from your YouTube Account.
  • Due to YouTube's API Terms of Service, users are not allowed to create and calculate their own derivated metrics from YouTube's API Data. Therefore, using YouTube Metrics in Data Calculations is not permitted in Databox. 
  • YouTube Data Sources sync every 8 hours for paid plans due to technical limitations on the API level. 
  • YouTube doesn't return data for reports created within the last 48 hours, so the most recent 2-3 days worth of data may not be synced with Databox yet. 

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