YouTube Advertising - Video Ads
Video is the future of advertising. In a world where prospects are constantly bombarded with information and there is limited space and time to read, let alone absorb key messages in text form, the saying “a picture speaks a thousand words” is true now more than ever. Especially if that picture is a moving one so that everything you want to convey to potential and present customers can be shown to them in a few short seconds.
Video ads are not only more accessible, because of their concise, often relatable nature, but they are also more shareable, which inevitably means that just by designing your ads in video format, you can increase your audience.
What is YouTube Advertising?
YouTube advertising is a form of video marketing done through Google Ads. By posting your video ads on YouTube and optimizing them so that they will be displayed to potential customers in their search results, you are providing relevant content to the right target audience and maximising your reach.
YouTube advertising utilises a pay-for-placement system which allows companies and brands to reach relevant audience members among YouTube’s over 1 billion users through the use of targeted advertising.
This means that your ad, whether it be in the form of a video, banner, or text, will be shown to users either before the Youtube video starts, as a video overlay, or in the right-hand margin of the page, depending on what you specify.
YouTube advertising is a cost-effective way of reaching a large and diverse user base. This means that no matter what your offering is, whether it’s niche or appeals to a broader customer base, with over 1 billion users, YouTube is where you’ll find them.
Our commitment to providing your business with leads and achieving growth, not just today, but far into the future, ensures that you’ll have a growth partner that is prepared to go the extra mile to achieve the results you want, not a fly-by-night agency looking to make a quick buck before moving on.
The Search Republic is a YouTube digital marketing agency with combined decades of experience. We are a team of PPC experts who make it our mission to attract your ideal target audience to your website through YouTube advertising. We make data-driven decisions and use analytics to ensure the success of your YouTube advertising campaign.
You see, the growth and success of your business is our business! We don’t just want to direct a ton of leads to your site if they aren’t relevant leads that are unlikely to convert to sales. This is why we prioritise quality over quantity when it comes to lead generation.
When you choose The Search Republic for your YouTube Google advertising campaign, you are choosing a team of experts who care about your business’s performance in the long term by using Google best practices to optimise and monitor each campaign for the long term.
Benefits of YouTube Advertising
One of the many benefits of YouTube advertising is that it increases your visibility and in turn, your reach. YouTube is the world’s second-largest search engine as well as the biggest video-based social platform, with its videos reaching millions of users each day.
So, whether you’re a niche boutique business whose target audience is very specific or you’re a large holding company with a lot of smaller brands under its belt, every business can find its target audience within YouTube’s massive user base.
To ensure that your precise audience is targeted, YouTube has lots of targeting options for campaigns and you can select as many as you want to narrow down your audience as much as you see fit.
Additionally, because of YouTube’s huge reach, your brand awareness will also increase, prompting viewers to search for your brand after seeing one of your ads. This is why making sure your website is search engine optimized is also so important. This is something else The Search Republic can help you with!
And, lastly, YouTube advertising is very cost-effective and doesn’t require a big budget to begin with. In fact, starting off with a low financial investment will allow you to track and measure how your ads are performing in order to narrow down a more defined audience that best resonates with your offering. As you learn more about your audience, over time you can start investing more in the quality of your campaigns based on what your audience responds to and what works.
Types of YouTube Ads
Within the Youtube platform, there are four main ad formats. They are:
Skippable in-stream ads
These ads play before, during, and after the video content. After 5 seconds of the ad being played, the viewer is allowed to skip the ad. As an advertiser, you only pay for the ad if the viewer chooses not to skip the ad or if they interact with the ad. The ad must be at least 12 seconds long but it’s recommended to keep them shorter than 3 minutes so you don’t lose their attention.
Non-skippable in-stream ads (including Bumper ads)
These function the same as the above. They play before, during, and after the video content, depending on what you specify, but these ads are 15 seconds shorter than skippable ones and as their name suggests, viewers will not be able to skip them. With non-skippable ads, you pay for every 1000 impressions an ad receives.
Bumper ads work the same way except they are only 6 seconds long. Because they’re so fast and the content has to be really snappy, they’re best used for awareness campaigns.
Video discovery ads (formerly known as In-display ads)
In-feed YouTube ads consist of a thumbnail image from your video with three lines of text describing it. The ad may appear in YouTube search results, near related YouTube videos, or on the YouTube mobile homepage. The ad is meant to entice YouTube users to click on it.
Non-video ads (Overlay and Display)
YouTube also offers non-video ads for those who don’t have a smaller budget.
Display ads appear as an image on the right-hand sidebar and include some text and a CTA with a link to your website.
In-video overlay ads, as their name suggests, appear as an overlay to video content from monetized YouTube channels. They appear as a banner and hover over the video content. Ideally, these ads will appear over relevant video content. Overlay ads are a great way to supplement other in-stream video campaigns.
The Search Republic Approach to YouTube Advertising
When creating an effective YouTube ad campaign that will direct leads for your business, the first step is understanding your business and offering as well as your strategic goals and your budget.
We then conduct extensive market research by deep-diving into industry data, analysing your competition and target audience as well as their trends and behaviours. This is all done to ensure that the right type of YouTube ad is used so that you get the results you want.
A clearly-defined strategy is then created. This includes crafting your tailor-made go-to-market YouTube advertising strategy, which is aligned with your business goals, target audience. When our strategy has been approved, implementation will begin, which involves the rolling out of the strategy through the YouTube platform.
We don’t stop once your Youtube ad campaign is up and running, we monitor its performance on an on-going basis, optimising it along the way to ensure you get maximum ROI.