If you’re in the business of videography or video production, it’s likely that you’re already using Vimeo as your hosting base of operations. There are no annoying pre-roll or pop-up ads, you can make your videos downloadable, the layout is clean and pretty, and the community is largely professional and well-behaved.
But if you’re new to Vimeo or are using the free Vimeo Basic account, it’s time to take a serious look at upgrading to Vimeo Plus. Why is that worth $59.99 a year? Lots of reasons, but a few big ones stand out.
1) A lot more storage
One of the things that makes me nervous about other video sites is that most don’t actually store your videos. Instead, they convert your upload and stream it. That means that if anything happens to their server, or they decide for some reason to take your video down, you better have it backed up on a hard drive.
Vimeo, on the other hand, is a safe haven for your files. And while the Basic version only allows for 1 HD upload a week, Plus lets you upload unlimited HD videos up to a limit of 5 GBs per week. At 260 GBs of upload storage per year, that’s a ton of space to keep your most treasured videos – or clients’ videos – safe and conveniently available.
2) 24-hour email support is awesome
One of the most frustrating things on Youtube is the turn-around time (or lack thereof) of their customer service. Issues in the media world never spring up when it’s convenient, so having a support staff on-call is a huge benefit.
While Vimeo Basic already gives you access to their email support staff, Vimeo Plus guarantees that you’ll receive an answer to your question within four hours on any business day. That means you’re not left twiddling your thumbs for hours on end hoping that you might get a response to your issue.
3) Unlimited albums, groups, and channels
I am OCD when it comes to organizing my media, and Vimeo Plus gives me the tools to go wild with that organization.
Vimeo Plus lets you create multiple channels so you can keep your cat videos totally separate from your professional resume tape, and the Groups function lets you create groups to attract and network with like-minded users. It’s a perfect way to not only connect with the community but also to keep your profile both professional and personal at the time.
I’m willing to bet a slice of pizza that once you try Vimeo Plus, you’ll never go back the basic version. I’ll even bet two slices if we go to Percy’s Pizza (the best dollar slices in New York City), that’s how confident I am.