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Digital video is a key part of consumers’ lives, not just for their entertainment, but also as a source of information for purchases. Over 90% of people surveyed by Google are discovering new brands and products on YouTube, and 40% of those people have purchased one or more of these brands and products. Moreover, YouTube ads are 84% more likely to receive viewers' attention than TV ads — and this attention leads to impact!According to Think With Google, attention paid to advertising is significantly correlated with ad recall for that ad, with YouTube users who both see and hear the ad experiencing higher brand awareness, higher ad recall and higher consideration.
In this article, we break down how and why YouTube ads are effective, as well as how you can make your YouTube creative the most effective it can be.
1. Reach a Wider and Targeted Audience
YouTube has over 2 billion monthly logged-in users – and every day, people watch over a billion hours of video. Paid YouTube ads are also 84% more likely to receive viewers' attention than TV ads. It therefore allow you to reach more people than ever – including the people that you can’t reach on TV.
YouTube Ads also enable you to target specific audiences or behaviours and intentions. Alongside identifying information like age, gender, and geographic location, you also have the means to target videos by Topic, Category, and Keyword.
Creating these specific consumer profiles can be tricky to get right, a free consultation call with a social media ad specialist can help accelerate your strategy.
And with attention paid to YouTube ads 1.8x higher than on other social media platforms, you have even more potential to create that connection.
Businesses of all sizes and budgets can grow with YouTube Ads as you’re in charge of how much you spend; you can set a monthly budget cap and pause or adjust whenever you need to.
While your budget sets the maximum overall spend, your bids set the maximum that you'll pay for an ad to appear. Different bidding strategies enable you to reach your goals within budget, whether that’s to increase views, impressions or conversions.
Under Youtube Ad Analytics, you can learn more about the people who’ve viewed your ad, and gain some insight as to how well your ads are performing. Track impressions, views, engagement and clicks, as well as who you're reaching and for how long. Brand Liftalso allows you to see how your campaign affects the way that people feel about your business through key metrics on recall, awareness and consideration.
This enables you to adjust your campaign, or build on what’s going well, for optimum results.
Sounds good, right? Keep reading to learn how you can create the most effective YouTube ad.
Our Top Tips for Creating an Effective YouTube Ad
1. Grab Attention Fast
Front load your ad with the most exciting, impactful, dynamic scenes to grab the eye and lead the story. You should also consider using unexpected imagery that your audience has never seen before.
“What consumers are responding best to are stories that are told in an emerging heartbeat arc, which instead of starting low, it actually starts high, [with] a great hook to grab attention and keep people engaged. [Along] the way, the ad inserts subtle branding and product cues throughout, so your message isn’t lost.” Pei Ling Ho, Global Creative Director, Google Creative Works.
Testing is valuable, not just because it’s quick and cost-effective, but because it lets you understand what makes your audiences tick. Advertisers can actually see how their ads are performing when they go live on YouTube — and find opportunities to make the same ad even better, just using small improvements from the data they’re seeing for incremental gains.
3. Take Risks
Pei Ling Ho recommends that you "front load your ad with the most exciting, impactful, dynamic scenes to grab the eye and lead the story." To maintain their attention, "use unexpected imagery that your audience has never seen before."
As set out above, taking risks often pays off with YouTube Ads — it's a place where creative risks are not only celebrated, but rewarded.
We are Aura Ads, a unique performance creative agency designed for D2C eCommerce brands. We help clients sell more online and grow at scale with our bespoke video and static creative, delivered on a monthly basis. Find out more about how we can help with your YouTube creative on our website, and book in for a 30 minute chat about how one of our content plans can help your business grow.
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