So, if you’re reading this, you’re trying to figure out if you really need to jump on this whole video advertising bandwagon. Lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place. Let me break it down for you. First, let’s talk about traditional advertising.
TV Spots & Other Traditional Marketing
When’s the last time you sat through a TV commercial? I mean, sat through it and watched it? If you’re like me, commercials are only something you “see” if you didn’t pay for the upgraded non-commercial version of whatever streaming service you’re watching. And even then, do you really watch them? Aren’t commercials just bathroom, texting, and phone scrolling breaks?
What about Billboards, Radio, Magazines, and those dreaded junk-mail flyers? How often do those advertisements break through your day and really get your attention?
Why Digital Video Advertising is so Powerful
Now think about the last time you watched an ad on IG, or the ad you watched to get to your YouTube video, and then the one you had to watch because your video paused to play it and then continued.
Now when these ads popped up, did you walk away from your phone and get a snack, or did you just impatiently sit through it? I’ll bet you sat through it. I’ll also bet these ads were slightly more interesting to you than the ones you tune out on the radio, ditch on TV, and the junk-mail you toss in the trash. Wanna know why? It’s because the video ads you see on IG and Youtube and everywhere else you go online are targeted to You.
Traditional Advertising is great and serves its purpose, but it’s more of a Slap and Stick method. You slap your ad on some media channel and see what sticks with whoever sees it.
Target Your Video Advertising to the Right Demographic
Digital Advertising, and specifically Video Advertising, allows you to direct your hard-earned marketing dollars specifically at your target demographic. That’s right; you get to direct your ads, right at the specific demographic that needs your offerings most. What do you think that will do for your sales? Since we’ve already established I like making bets, I’m gonna go ahead and bet I’ve got your attention now, so let’s dive into video advertising.
It’s where the people are.
According to a Google-commissioned Nielsen study, in March 2020, YouTube reached more adults ages 18 to 49 in the U.S. than all traditional TV networks combined. No matter where they are, people always have their phones, aka the internet, aka the ability to see your ad in their back pocket.
Video Advertising Cost Advantages
One of the biggest advantages to online video advertising is the cost. Why spend a fortune on junk mail, radio ads, and prime-time viewing slots, when the internet is always accessible and being viewed by someone.
The real-time data analytics you can get back from your video ad campaign is almost limitless. You can see how many people view your ad at any given time, where they’re located, how long they viewed it, and even get instant feedback on what viewers do and do not like about your campaigns. That’s an invaluable edge to have when planning future ads.
Aside from a few countries without broadband or that have content restrictions, your online video campaigns can span the globe. You create content that goes viral, and your business can explode overnight.
The Best Video Ads Follow Youtube’s “ABCD” Creative Guidelines
What it means: Capture the attention of your audience right from the start by delivering the hook or most interesting piece of content at the very beginning of your video ad.
How to do it:
What it means: Brand naturally and with purpose. When and how you introduce your brand in a video ad depends on the objective of your video ad campaign.
How to do it:
What it means: Connect with your audience through emotion and storytelling. Consumers are more engaged when they hear and watch stories of people who face the same challenges as they do.
How to do it:
What it means: Include a clear call-to-action to direct the viewer what to do after viewing your video ad.
How to do it:
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Choosing the right type of video ad is critical and depends on your marketing objectives. A campaign with a goal such as an increase in short-term sales is different from a campaign aimed at brand building. One size does not fit all, especially in a year of change and uncertainty that has impacted every market differently. While maintaining a healthy appetite for test-and-learn experimentation is key, we at AMST can help you find the right fit faster. Don’t waste time and money on blind trial and error. Our experts at AMST can help make your campaign a winner.