YouTube Advertising: More Than Just Funny Videos

It’s no secret that everyone loves to watch their share of online videos. In fact, YouTube has become the second largest search engine, beat out only by its big brother, Google. From how-to demonstrations to cat videos, even to feature-length movies, YouTube clips are watched, shared, and commented on regularly.

The end result: YouTube has become the new network television, just without the TV trays and battles for the remote.

With such popularity, it’s only natural to want to monopolize these millions of eyeballs. Through AdWords for Video (a.k.a. YouTube advertising), many marketers are starting to do just that. Creating a campaign through your regular AdWords interface allows you now to showcase your brand and serve your potential customers with bright and entertaining videos.

How does AdWords for Video work, exactly?

Get your green screen ready. It’s as simple as filming a video or stringing together some great photos in Google’s Ad Gallery. Next, you choose your ad format, targeted audience, and budget, et voilà!—you’re now reaching the vast audience on YouTube.

Creating your first video

While it’s recommended that you keep your videos short and sweet to account for the short attention span of users, there is no hard limit on video length. Regardless of length, it’s vital to create a video that has your brand and message within the first few seconds of play. This way, your message is heard and absorbed before the user has the option of skipping your ad and continuing onto their chosen video. Need some help brainstorming the perfect video idea? Give us a shout! We have some great stories to share.

Choosing the right ad format

There are a total of 4 different ad formats available through YouTube advertising:

  • InSearch
  • InDisplay
  • InStream
  • InSlate

InStream and InDisplay ads (a.k.a. TrueView) video formats are by and large the most popular and effective formats. TrueView ads show up just before a video and the viewer has 5 seconds to decide whether the ad served is worth their time before the “Skip Ad” button appears. Ads also show as static image ads in the right-hand margins of a page, as seen in the photos below. As an advertiser, you pay only for the view if the user decides to watch more than 30 seconds of your ad or if they click the ad. If your ad is not over 30 seconds, then you pay for the view once your video has concluded.

You also have the option of opting into the Google Display Network, which allows you to expand your reach outside of YouTube.

Target only those who matter

Once you have your video created and have chosen the ad format to present it with, it’s time to determine who you want to see your ad.

Much like its Search and Display counterparts, YouTube advertising can set targeting based on specific keywords, user interest or intent, and demographic information, such as gender and age. You also have the ability to target specific videos and channels (what’s the new song or funny clip people are discussing at your dealership this week? Or the most popular automotive video channel?). And you can also set up remarketing lists built out for both the regular AdWords interactions and YouTube interactions, such as video views and “likes.”

With cost-per-views averaging around $0.10, YouTube advertising is a great way to get your potential clients to interact with your brand. You also have the option of bidding by the click or impression, just like how we do it through traditional AdWords.

Get your cameras rolling!

Through YouTube advertising, you have all the control you’ve learned to love with traditional AdWords, joined with the additional pizazz of a rich media video. Now that you have your Search and Display campaigns running like a well-oiled machine, it’s time to get inside and explore the next largest audience network on the internet: YouTube.

Happy filming!

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