In addition to its growth, video content, in general, is gaining tons of popularity in all forms, with Facebook, Instagram, and even LinkedIn all having some form of video content to compete with Youtube and, more recently, TikTok.
Historically, businesses have spent most of their time running Google Ads or passive social media ads. However, we’ve entered a more robust and intricate digital age where our online presence is more than just what we post or the passive ads we run. There is now more pressure on businesses to create more relevant and audience-specific ads. As a result, our ad strategies need to be more defined, and building a social media ad strategy starting with YouTube advertising is a great place to start.
People want to work with companies they feel connected to, whose messaging, they relate to, and whose causes they can support. People want to work with companies that they can learn from and trust.
By leveraging the Internet and creating targeted advertising, you can set your business up for success by sharing content that educates potential customers on what your company does, what it believes in, how you can fulfill their needs, and most importantly, the people behind the brand.
Video content is now easy to create, and with smartphones shooting videos requires minimal resources. While video content is new and not many people are comfortable being in front of a camera- the benefits of Youtube and video content are undeniable, but we’ll get to that.
Table of Contents
- YouTube Advertising Statistics
- YouTube Ads & How it Works
- 5 Benefits to YouTube Advertising
- Nothing’s Perfect, Not Even YouTube
- Getting Started with YouTube Advertising
YouTube Advertising Statistics
Before we dive into all the details, let’s touch on a few statistics. We can say YouTube is an incredible platform, but don’t take it from us, look at the numbers that represent the space:
- Males aged 25-34 are YouTube’s biggest advertising audience
- India is YouTube’s largest advertising audience
- Over 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
- Over one billion hours of videos are watched on YouTube every day
- 65% of Gen Z agree that content that’s personally relevant to them is more important than the content that lots of other people talk about
- 77% of video marketers use YouTube to host videos
- Millennials trust YouTube more than any other generation
Ok – There’s no denying that YouTube is a powerful advertising platform, but what exactly is entailed in YouTube advertising? How does it work? And what are its benefits? Keep reading to find out!
YouTube Ads and How it works
Before we get into all the benefits of YouTube, let’s talk about what YouTube advertising is and how it works.
YouTube advertising is tracked through Google Ads. These ads then appear on the YouTube platform to maximize your business’s reach. This can look like a video that plays before a user gets to the video they search, or it can show up on YouTube search for people to watch in full. YouTube ads can range from as short as 6-second videos to more than three-minute videos.
Youtube advertising is meant to help your business show up with video content on YouTube or on YouTube’s search results page to maximize its reach. Ideally, businesses will create brief videos that appear to the user at several points while they spend time on YouTube.
There are a few different types of YouTube ads:
- Skippable in-stream ads
- Non-skippable in-stream ads
- Video discovery ads
- Non-video ads
When choosing your ad type, keep your budget, advertising goals, and how you want to pay for any Youtube promotions in mind. Ad payments are based on the ad format you choose.
While Youtube Advertising can be challenging to work with, it is highly rewarding, and businesses tend to see results quickly.
5 Benefits to YouTube Advertising
There are countless benefits to YouTube advertising, but let’s focus on the big 5:
Benefit #1 – YouTube’s Massive Reach
People use YouTube every single day. It has over 2 billion active users, which is the equivalent of almost 1/3 of everyone online (source). Investing in YouTube advertising puts your business in a position to reach those 2 billion people!
But it doesn’t stop at just its reach:
- YouTube users spend nearly 30 minutes per visit on YouTube
- People watch over 1 billion hours of YouTube video content each day
- 62% of users access YouTube daily
YouTube’s massive audience is a great opportunity for businesses to share their message, mission, and values with the public to connect with prospective customers.
Its giant userbase benefits small and large companies with the goal of increasing brand awareness. And they can do this with a relatively low budget!
Benefit #2 – YouTube’s Advertiser-Friendly Costs
Secondly, when implemented correctly, YouTube can be incredibly cost-effective. YouTube has several different advertising options like Cost Per Click and Cost Per View.
If you’re unfamiliar with cost-per-view, it’s when an advertiser only pays when someone clicks on the ad. On the other hand, cost-per-view is just that – an advertiser pays when their ad is viewed. For YouTube, a view is when someone watches the view for 5 seconds or more. However, if the user clicks “skip ad,” it will not count, the advertiser will not be charged, and the ad placement is free.
In addition to saving money based on ad type, YouTube’s ad price point is also lower. An average Cost Per View ad is $0.10 to $0.30 per view.
- “The views that you generate will count towards your overall YouTube viewer count”
- “The average cost of reaching 100,000 viewers is around $2,000”
The cost of your YouTube ads depends on your video quality, targeting, and goal, but there are ways to make the most out of your YouTube ad spend.
YouTube is a cost-effective advertising option for so many businesses because, in addition to a low price point, you can also set your budget and put a limit on how much you’re willing to spend. This will prevent you from overspending!
Benefit #3 – Get Streamlined & Targeted
Regardless of where you run ads or how – you want to make sure they reach the right audience, and this all starts with knowing your audience and having a robust targeting platform (Looking at you, YouTube!).
We want to speak to people who are interested in what we offer and willing to buy.
What’s great about YouTube is that they have both basic and more advanced targeting options like:
- Including/Excluding keywords
This way, once you do the research, know your audience, and put together your buyer persona, you can dive in and set your YouTube ads up for success.
Being intentional and specific about your targeting allows advertisers to save money while still reaching their audience. While it takes research to find your target audience and trial and error to perfect your YouTube ads, it’s cost-efficient and beneficial to your overall ad strategy.
Benefit #4 – Learn From Your Ads with Thorough Reporting
YouTube advertising is measurable – you can track a video’s success through the clicks, views, engagement, etc. Performance analytics help us determine whether or not a strategy, budget, or advertising avenue is resonating.
These reports allow you to learn about your consumer’s behaviors and how they engage with your content. This information can help make future content more personalized.
YouTube metrics help create campaigns and streamline your strategy. Paying attention and referencing back to your reporting can increase the success of your campaign. Through your reporting, you can see what works and doesn’t work for your audience. Additionally, you can see if anyone dropped off your video or how long they watched for. This can help with future content.
They say, “if you’re not measuring your marketing efforts, you’re wasting money,” and while it’s a little harsh, it’s true. Having insight into your ad performance can help to right any wrongs or optimize your ads. This information can help create more relatable and customized content. If you’re spending money on advertising without researching your audience, looking at your historical reporting, and revisiting your monthly reporting. You could be spending money on ad placements that aren’t beneficial to reaching your goals. You want to ensure that your money is going to the right places, at the right time, and creating content that resonates.
Benefit #5 – A Platform Built with Advertisers in Mind
Lastly, the flexibility of YouTube! With so many different ad formats and targeting formats – businesses can do what works for them.
With YouTube, you have full control over how much you spend, when you spend, where you spend, and you can pause your ads whenever you want.
Thankfully, the YouTube ad platform is user-friendly and understands that businesses are always changing. That’s why it’s set up to work with the advertiser and not force the advertiser to work with the platform.
Nothing’s Perfect, Not Even YouTube
No matter how many benefits a platform has, there are still disadvantages that a business should consider before diving into YouTube advertising. It is YouTube’s targeting. I know. How can targeting be bad? We just said it was good? So, YouTube’s targeting is both a pro and a con. Because while you can get incredibly targeted on YouTube, it’s still challenging. YouTube’s users are choosing the category they want to watch, so it’s not a perfect science.
Additionally, while you can be strategic on YouTube (to an extent), there’s no way to guarantee where your ad will play. It could be completely unrelated!
While you can narrow down keywords and even exclude certain keywords, it’s not always guaranteed.
YouTube advertising is a great option for many businesses, but you can’t expect perfection.
Getting Started with YouTube Advertising
When you look at YouTube’s user base and the popularity of video content, it’s easy to understand why YouTube advertising is essential. YouTube ads are easy to set up, user-friendly, targeted, and cost-effective.
It’s no surprise that 70% of people have bought a product after seeing it in a YouTube ad!
Investing in YouTube ads can get your business in front of more people, leading to more clicks, traffic, and sales.
So rather than running traditional advertising like TV or Radio, which can be costly to create and buy ad space on. Consider creating video content and running ads on YouTube.
Make it a goal to connect with your customers or potential customers in more authentic and intentional ways – like targeted ads catered towards the people who are most likely to work with you, not content that’s shared with little to no strategy behind it like TV or Radio.
Nowadays, video content is easy to make and consume. People every day are turning to YouTube to learn about products and services. It’s a cost-effective avenue, and there’s no pressure to create a cinematic experience. With YouTube ads, a smartphone and good lighting are more than enough for companies to put their content and personality out there, share their product/service, and connect with their audience.
While creating content is much easier, putting together an ad strategy can be intimidating. Youtube has diverse formats to pick and choose from, and sometimes, it is hard to figure out which avenue will help businesses fulfill their goals.
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