How do I connect Klipfolio and YouTube?

You can set up a connection between Klipfolio and your YouTube data to display your video metrics on a dashboard.

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What options do I have for visualizing my YouTube data?

Create data visualizations based on pre-built options or build your own. The choice is yours!

Pre-built by Klipfolio

In collaboration with industry experts and adhering to current best practices and trends, Klipfolio focuses on getting the most out of your data and presenting it in meaningful, actionable visualizations. Our pre-built content, including pre-built data sources, pre-built Klips, and pre-built dashboards can act as a complete solution or as a starting point toward custom building.

 

  • YouTube pre-built data sources: Data sources provide the foundation for Klip building, so we suggest you create a data source as a first step (before building Klips and adding them to your dashboard). Our pre-built data sources focus on the most sought-after YouTube data and are found on the Service Connectors page, available from this link or from your list of data sources. When you select a service connector from this page, the data source for that service is automatically added.

  • YouTube pre-built Klips: Pre-built Klips enable you to quickly set up a dashboard using predefined visualizations that display common key metrics. Pre-built Klips are found in the Klip Gallery or, for White Label customers, in the Integration Gallery.

  • YouTube pre-built dashboards: Pre-built dashboards provide an efficient and effective way to gather thematically-related Klips into a single, purposeful dashboard. Pre-built dashboards are found in the Dashboard Gallery.

Custom-built by you

Taking the time to learn how to create your own data sources and Klips unlocks your data and enables you to control, manipulate, and transform it, leading you to unprecedented insights into your business.

 

  • Custom data sources: When you create a custom data source, you can either use the pre-built data source as a starting point from which to write your own query or you can write your own queries from the ground up and build a data source from scratch. You create custom-built data sources in the Service Connectors page, accessible from this link or from your list of data sources.

  • Custom Klips: Using our Klip Editor, you can construct and manipulate your data, including integrating multiple data sources, to produce unique, custom-built data visualizations. You create custom Klips from either your list of Klips or your Dashboard.

 

Regardless of whether you choose pre-built, custom-built, or a combination of both, before you start building Klips and dashboards you need to connect to YouTube data in Klipfolio.

How do I connect to YouTube data in Klipfolio?

When you connect your YouTube data to Klipfolio, you will be prompted to connect your YouTube account by entering your username and password. Make sure you enter the username and password for the Google account connected to your YouTube channel.

Doing so will create a token that enables Klipfolio to securely access your YouTube account. Your token looks like George@ Google. You can use and reuse the same token every time you connect to YouTube.

Note: You manage your connections (tokens) to Google in Klipfolio under Connected Accounts in the Account section.

How do I add a YouTube pre-built data source?

To add a YouTube pre-built data source:

  1. Navigate to the Service Connectors page in Klipfolio and choose YouTube from the list.
  2. Select a pre-built data source from the left section of the Pick a Data Request page.
  3. If this is your first time connecting to YouTube:
    • Click Connect an Account. Enter your Google login credentials and click Next. If prompted, click Allow Access to enable Klipfolio to securely access your YouTube data. Click Next Step.
  4. If you have connected with YouTube before:
    • Select an existing connection (token) from the drop-down list and click Next Step.
  5. On the Configure Data Source page, select your YouTube Channel from the drop-down list.
  6. Click Get Data or, if you want to modify the pre-built data request, click Switch to Custom settings.
    Note: If you switch back to the Basic settings page after making changes in the Custom settings page, your changes will not be saved.

If you clicked Switch to Custom settings:

  1. On the Configure Data Source page, modify the Query URL to get the data you want. You can use the existing information in the Query URL text box as a base. It was auto-filled based on the pre-built data source you selected on the Pick a Data Request page.
  2. Click Submit.

How do I add YouTube pre-built Klips?

In the Klip Gallery or, for White Label customers, in the Integration Gallery you can browse individual YouTube pre-built Klips and add them to your dashboard. You replace the sample data that is included in pre-built Klips with your own YouTube data by clicking the menu in the Klip and selecting Connect your data.

How do I add a YouTube pre-built dashboard?

In the Dashboard Gallery, you can browse and add pre-built YouTube dashboards. You replace the sample data that is included in pre-built dashboards with your own by clicking Connect Your Data at the top of the dashboard. Note that our pre-built dashboards, for example our Social Media Command Centre, include several social media related services and don't focus solely on YouTube data.

How do I create a YouTube custom-built data source?

If you choose to create a custom YouTube data source, you will need to enter your YouTube Channel ID into a specific spot in the query.

You have two options for getting a channel ID:

  1. You can find your YouTube Channel ID in your advanced account settings page in YouTube.
  2. You can find other channel IDs by going to the channel homepage and navigating up to the URL.

To create a YouTube custom-built data source:

  1. Navigate to the Service Connectors page in Klipfolio and choose YouTube from the list.
  2. On the Pick a Data Request page, click Create a custom YouTube data source.
  3. If this is your first time connecting to YouTube:
    • Click Connect an Account. Enter your Google login credentials and click Next. If prompted, click Allow Access to enable Klipfolio to securely access your YouTube data. Click Next Step.
  4. If you have connected with YouTube before:
    • Select an existing connection (token) from the drop-down list and click Next Step.
  5. On the Configure Data Source page, adjust the Query URL information to replace any generic placeholder query information with your own. For example, replace <channelID> with your own channel ID.
  6. Click Submit.

If you want to edit a data source that you already created, check out How to edit or reconfigure a data source, and get step-by-step instructions.

How do I create a YouTube data source from scratch?

You can choose to build a data source from scratch. Klipfolio connects to hundreds of services in the cloud that have a REST API. If you take the time to learn your service’s API to create queries for the data you want, your possibilities are endless. Here’s a quick overview video on APIs and Klipfolio:

  Klipfolio API's 101

If you need assistance using APIs, enlist a data analyst or developer.

Use the Google API Explorer to build and test your queries before you use them to bring data into Klipfolio.

Refer to the YouTube API documentation to discover more data requests.

When you are happy with your query, click Submit, and then save and name your new data source. You're now ready to use it to build a YouTube Klip.

See the reference table below for API related information and sample queries.

API Documentation YouTube API documentation
API Explorer Google API Explorer

Authentication Method

OAuth Token Authentication
Response Format JSON
Sample Queries

Top 10 Most Viewed Videos:

https://www.googleapis.com/youtube/v3/search?order=viewCount&part=snippet&forMine=true&type=video&maxResults=10

List of Channels:

https://www.googleapis.com/youtube/v3/channels?part=snippet&mine=true

How do I create a YouTube custom Klip?

You create custom Klips from either your list of Klips or your Dashboard. You choose a data visualization format, for example, a pie chart, gauge, or table, and decide whether you want to use an existing data source or create a new one. In the Klip Editor, there are limitless opportunities to modify, relate, and display your data. See the following related articles for more information and get building!

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