Gmail Video Ads are here! Are you using them?
Before we jump into the Gmail video ad explanation and tutorial, I wanted to show all of you what I did this week. I dunked on Shaq.
Here is the proof.
It’s not everyday you get the chance to dunk on the big guy. I took it. 🙂
Now back to Gmail Video Ads.
Many of you know that I love Gmail ads. I have spent thousand of dollars testing them. So far, the ROI has been exceptional.
I highly recommend using Gmail Ads if you are not. You can check out a Gmail tutorial here to learn how to set up your first Gmail campaign.
Yesterday I was creating some ads and I found this, a video ad option.
This is perfect! You can deliver your full message right within gmail. The audience clicks on the play button and the video pops up.
A lot of times visitors do not like to leave their Gmail account. With a Gmail video ad, they do not have to. They watch your message and then decide if they are interested in your product or service.
Before we jump into the tutorial you need to make sure you have a couple of things in place.
- A great video.
- Your video has to be uploaded to YouTube.
Without those two step you do not even have the option to run video ads.
Here is how to create a Gmail Video Ad
1. Open up an Adwords account (If you would like $100 dollars in Google ads, let me know. I can send you a code created by my partner account. You do have to spend $25 to get the $100.)
2. Create a new display campaign
3. Create the actual Gmail ad
4. Choose the right audience
5. Let it run
I find it a lot easier to shoot a simple video. Watch the video and I will show you exactly how to set up the campaign.
Here is the transcript for the Video. Forgive the typos and spellings. A computer does this…
Jace Vernon: Good morning, everyone. It is Jace with Yinc Marketing and Ydraw. I am here to bring you a video on Gmail video ads. So, the other day I was on my Gmail and I saw a promotional ad, clicked on it and there popped up a video ad, where you just click, watch the video.
So, once I saw that, I love video ads. I love the whole thing about Gmail ads. It’s kind of the perfect mix for me. I jumped over there, started creating, and I wanted to get you guys out a video to show you guys how to create Gmail video ads. That way, come Tuesday (it is the 4th of July today, so Happy 4th of July for those in the US)…
So, I wanted to get this out today, so tomorrow – come Tuesday – you guys are able to jump on it and start implementing it. Got it?
So, we’re going to jump right in. I’m going to try to do this here within five minutes. So, first thing you’re going to do is create a new campaign. Go down to Display. This is going to be our Gmail video ad. Got it? I’m not going to worry about a lot of the copywriting. Not the copywriting like the copy. Normally I’d spend some time creating the best copy I could, but I’m not doing that right now, because I want to get this out. That’s something that you need to study.
So, enhanced CPC – you can leave that. It’s not; there’s no location, there’s no call ad. You don’t need to worry about that. I do like to go down here and change this to rotate indefinitely, because I like to do my own AB testing first. I’ll upload multiple ads. I will see which one’s getting a higher conversion, higher click-through rates, then I will pick. I don’t allow Google to do it, because I just don’t feel like they’re doing a good job. Two viewable impressions – you can do as many as you want there. I like to do 2, and then I hit Save.
Then it jumps over to this portion. I like to click this off – targeting options like Adwords automatically finding new customers. No, I don’t want to do that due to the fact that I’m going to be choosing my keywords. I just don’t like Google trying to go out there, because I felt like I wasted my budget sometimes. You may feel differently on that, but that’s just what I found. Enhanced CPC bid – we’re going to go 10 cents per click.
We need to now do our targeting method. We’re not going to worry about that right now. So, I’ll just go Save. Great. I skipped that. Okay.
So, it now brings you to here. You are now ready to do a few things. First, thing you need to do is go in and add your actual targeting. You have to go to placements, so you click over on the display network tab; then you click on displacements just to see that there’s nothing there and then we are going to add in… Just teasing. Just teasing, just teasing. We have to go add our ad first. So, first thing we’re going to do is create an ad group. We were just here. I skipped it and I shouldn’t have. So, we’re going to do targeting method. You have to go to placement.
Okay. Use a different targeting method. Down here multiple placements, mail.google.com. Now, what I did I just opened up that now allows us to be on the Gmail network. Okay, we’re going to skip ad creation. We do not want the ad creation right this second, because we’re going to go in here, and go to ad gallery and we’re going to do an actual Gmail ad. Okay, so you’re not going to do a text ad. You’re going to do an actual Gmail ad. Now you have the Gmail image template, you have the Gmail single promotion template, Gmail multiple template and Gmail catalogue. Okay, right here this one Gmail single promotion template, this is where you’re going to find the option to be able to put it in your video. So, we’re going to go to Ydraw. Image – make sure you put in a good image here. I’m going to throw in, like something like this is usually pretty good just because it grabs your attention.
Now, let me change that. So, I don’t want to spend a lot of time doing this. You need to actually spend some time on creating these headlines. The whole idea is to get a high click through rate. So, do some testing, create these headlines, use your search, search campaigns to find out what’s really converting for you. And use kind of that same wording. So, I’m just going to throw in some stuff.
Okay. Now, here is where you are going to create your video ad. This gives you the option. You’re going to select the video. So click on this one over here, type it in – it will find it, and then you are able to pop in your video. Now, the nice thing about this is when they’re in your Gmail; a lot of people when they’re in Gmail, they don’t want to go outside of Gmail. Okay. So, with a video ad you’re able to deliver your message right there within Gmail.
So, if they’re interested in your product, they click on this watch your video, and then they’ll decide if they want to leave and go out to your website. So, it’s a good thing to weed out customers or interested customers, because they’re not going to go to your website if they watch your video. Another thing you want to be careful with is if your video is terrible or it’s not good at conversions, or it’s boring, anything, that actually can look bad on your business. So, make sure you have a pretty good video there. Got it?
So, there is our ad. Like I said, spend some time creating it and you can see this is what pops up when you click on the promotions tab, so let me… I’m over on my Gmail. I just clicked over so here is the copy. You can click on this, and this is the actual ad within Gmail. Now, how does Gmail decide what to stick there, so what ad pops up here? They are reading your emails. They know what your likes, interest and all that are, so they will try to match up an ad according to your likes, and interests and topics, and everything. Got it?
So, that’s where your ad is going to show up. So, they’ll click on it and then right there you’ll going to have a play button. They can watch your video and it just opens up right here on their Gmail. Got it?
So, once you’ve gone that far, you then click Save and your video ad is running right now. It is running on the whole entire network. Okay. You are not targeted, so don’t leave it like that; you’re going to lose a lot of money. You need to now go in there and put in your display keywords. So, whether you’re in the video business or orthodontist, I mean whatever you’re doing, you need to put in your display keywords.
Now, I recommend choosing one target group and then doing another ad. So, don’t do a bunch of different topics mixed with keywords, mixed with remarketing, any of those types of things. Yet something I like about Gmail is you’re able to go in here and click on interest and remarketing, you can upload custom email list. So, like I have a list of 20,000 sitting in Infusionsoft. So, I can go grab that list, upload it in here, and do Gmail ads to my list. And then also Google will create a similar audience according to my list. I can market to them. So there you have a lot of options within this display network. Got it?
And I have some other video you can go watch- How to Actually Target Gmail Ads.
Now, last thing. I want to give you guys a little secret that I have been testing. Let me bring up an ad. I saw somebody do this and just caught my eye. Here is a Gmail ad I’m running; I’m just bringing it over to you right now, from my own business. So, I wrote up a simple page document, a Word Document. Then, I screenshot this simple image. So, it’s almost like I get all this wording. Well, you don’t have the ability to put all this wording in when you’re doing Gmail ads. So, this is kind of like a short form sales letter and you can go over here to the display network, right here where you do ads. You can upload a Gmail ad and do it with the image. So right here is the Gmail image template. What I do; sorry, this is kind of off. I just want to show you guys real quickly how to do this. same thing, you’re going to get really good headline subject descriptions, but look, now I have an image in there that they can read and they can click here. so, it’s a way to get a lot more wording, but that is what the ad looks like.
Got it? So, good luck. If you have any questions left, let me know. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Go check out our other videos. You can go to our website marketinghy.com, or if you’re needing a video, you can always go to ydraw.com. Questions, like I said, I’m available.
Good luck. Get out there. Build your Gmail video ads and we can chat later. See you.
YouTube is finally creating resources for Small Businesses so that they can shoot video and then advertise them. Introducing the YouTube Director App.
That world of YouTube advertising just got better.
YouTube wants to turn video ads on its platform into a DIY possibility for small – and medium – sized businesses. This is a good thing. I just can’t wait for the day when they allow video ads on the main search engine. This is a prediction of mine and let’s cross our fingers that it comes true.
Just Today, Google is launching three ways for SMBs to create video ads for YouTube that are—at least for the most part—free. With a new app called YouTube Director, the video juggernaut is helping businesses with little or no marketing budget create commercials on their own. Check out their video here.
What does this mean for us?
I have noticed YouTube and Google putting a lot of attention on Video Advertising. Running YouTube video ads is still a mystery and take a lot of work to get the right ROI. We love YouTube ads, but have seen too many small businesses blow their budget because of lack of transparency on YouTube’s side.
The advertising platform is not as friendly as the adwords search platform. I will talk more about this later.
On to the app.
Well if you have an apple device, don’t ask me why they didn’t do it for android first, you can download the YouTube director app and start to shoot video.
The app includes a number of templates, music and editing tools and is free to use.
Here is an example of a video shot with the new YouTube Director App. This is a simple video but it is very effective.
According to Diya Jolly, Google’s director of product management, the biggest struggle smaller businesses face on YouTube is the lack of quality of their videos.
“The reason we did this is because we believe, obviously, that video is becoming a more and more important medium on the internet,” Jolly said in an interview. “And today what we see is we have a lot of big brands being able to advertise on video because they have the resources for a video campaign, and while we have SMBs, we see that the quality of the video isn’t as high.”
Here is some simple advice on using the YouTube Director App.
- Create a script before you start to shoot.
- Map out your ideas
- Practice in front of the camera
- Smile…You may feel a little cheesy but smiling goes a long way
I am serious about the smiling thing.
Over the coming weeks I am going to shoot a couple of videos using the YouTube Director App. I will then post those videos and teach you all how to run YouTube ads the right way.
I am excited to finally get this project going. Are you ready to start scaling your business? We are going to show you guys how to scale up your business using Facebook, Adwords, and Instagram Ads. Especially Video Ads.
When I say scale, I mean increase ad spend which will, in turn, increase your leads.
More leads equal more sales for you business.
This is part 1 of a 4 part series so keep an eye out for the other blog posts. This could turn into a 10 part series. I will keep going as long as you guys keep reading. Feel free to ask questions, make comments, and share this article. There are businesses that need it!
A lot of people have a problem with scaling. It can be really nerve racking and it takes a leap of faith: Faith that you have the right offer, faith that your product brings value, faith your funnel is set up correctly, and faith your message will bring conversion.
The reality is, you could bomb and lose money.
That should not stop you from trying. You have to take a risk! If you want to grow your business, scaling is a great way to get rapid growth. It may take testing and tweaking. So make sure you are ready mentally to do this.
We know this first hand. Case and point!
Many of you know, Yinc does marketing for all types of businesses. We like to focus on video marketing but many of our clients need a lot more then just video ads.
We are currently working with a business that is ripe for scaling. Our cost per lead is around $1 and our cost per customer is around $9.
Their average customer spends around $70 on their first order, which puts us at a $61 gross profit.
On the surface this looks amazing. The numbers above are definitely scalable, but the company is basically breaking even. They have a net profit margin that is so tight that we have not convinced them to scale yet. This is where the Lifetime Value of a customer comes into play. If their customers order more product, instant profit. But they have to be willing to break even on that first order.
Like I said…it’s not easy.
During this process, you will learn about your product and offer. Take what you learn and make adjustments. It’s also important that your adjustments are made quickly. If you have a web guy that takes weeks to make a correction, you have problems. If you can’t create a Facebook audience in a hour, you need help. If you have no idea how to create an Instagram ad, you better educate yourself or get someone who knows what they are doing.
This is not a game for beginners. You will lose money and quite before you become profitable. I see this all the time!
This is not to scare you. I just want to make sure you have the little things adjusted before you decide to scale.
The History Of Scaling Ydraw
We’ve come to the conclusion that we want to scale our Animation Company Ydraw.
Over the last couple of years we have been content with the growth and profits but we want to add another 100k a month in revenue.
One of the biggest limitations of Ydraw is that each video is customized. It takes a lot of creativity and human capital to create a Whiteboard Animation Video. It’s even worse with 2D and 3D animation videos. For us to scale perfectly, we would need to have a turnkey video in place or we have to find a lot of new talent.
We don’t know if we want to do this yet.
So once we increase our sales another 100K a month we will put a freeze on our ad spend and decide if we want to go on another hiring spree.
Where We Currently Stand
When I talk numbers, I will only cover Adwords, Facebook, and Instagram. The numbers do not include referrals, SEO, repeat business, referral partners, etc.
We’ll be discussing Ads and Video Ads only. All the leads are coming from Ad spend.
October 2015 Ad Spend (not a good month)
Cost per lead $99.79
Click To Conversion Rate was 3% to 9%
Facebook and Instagram (Zero)
Last October we were running the following:
Keywords Search Ads (Adwords) : These are just simple keyword targeted ads.
Gmail Sponsored Ads (Adwords): These are Gmail ads that pop up on the Gmail promotion tab
Video keywords Ads (Trueview adwords): These are YouTube display ads for specific keywords
Video Placement Ads (Adwords): Hand picked YouTube videos that allow ads
Retargeting (Adwords): Banner ads and video ads for visitors
Although we had great success with running Facebook ads, last October we had turned them off. We felt we needed to make some changes first.
Step 1: Scaling your online business. Online Marketing Assets
Do you have everything necessary to run an effective online marketing campaign?
You are going to need the following:
- Videos (30 second ad and a full length explainer video)
- Banner Ads
- Email Campaign
- Website Forms
- Adwords Account
- Facebook Account
- Instagram Account
- YouTube Account
- Conversion Pixels
- Analytics Goals
- Facebook Pixel
**you can click here for our full online marketing checklist**
Everything should be branded correctly and have links out to your landing pages. I have created plenty of video tutorials to help you. Just visit my YouTube Channel.
When scaling, everything works together. Traffic we get from Facebook becomes part of our Remarketing campaign in Adwords. Our Search traffic on Adwords becomes part of our Lookalike audiences on Facebook and Instagram. The likes and shares on Instagram become part of our Remarketing group on YouTube. The point it…It’s a full system.
The Assets above are the foundation. Do not go any further until you have everything in place.
For those who have everything, I would suggest revamping or double-checking your work or go down the full checklist which I provided above.
After looking over our numbers I realized we needed to make some adjustments to the website. I knew this for some time, but I’m busy and I didn’t make time to for the necessary adjustments.
This seems to happen a lot with business owners. We get caught up in so many different things that we neglect making necessary adjustments; especially if things are going great and you’re making good money. It’s human nature to keep the status quo when all is well.
Our number 1 goal for the website is to collect a lead. We want their email address or we want them to pick up the phone and call. Calls have a much higher closing rate, but a lot of people are in research mode and will only leave their email.
That is ok.
Once we collect an email address they enter our Email Campaign.
Our website was ok at the time, but was random and lacked a clear call to action.
Plus, there were a couple of issues on Mobile that needed to be fixed.
Over Thanksgiving break we went to work on the website. The updated version would have a clearer CTA and would eliminate a lot of the clutter.
Basically, we simplified.
Our website contains:
Below I will give you the results.
But first, I want to go over the numbers.
Numbers You Should Know:
-Cost Per Leads
-Cost Per Customer
-Profit Per Sale
-Life Time Value Of A Customer
If you are losing money every month, one of the numbers above is messed up.
Cost Per Lead is different for everyone.
If your industry is highly competitive you could be spending $50 dollars a click which could turn into a $500 cost per lead. This is not uncommon (Attorneys are known to spend this type of money on leads).
At Ydraw we can afford to spend $150 to $300 per lead or $2500 a customer, and still come out on top. You may only be able to spend $3 a lead.
Just make sure know your numbers.
Obviously, the name of the game is to get the lowest cost per lead.
We will get into this later but if you can only spend a couple of dollars to generate a lead, Adwords might not be the best place start. I would look at Facebook or Instagram. You will have difficulty reaching your goals with Adwords unless you find a way to increase your prices and profits per customer.
Either way, you have to test it.
Dan Kennedy says, “He who can spend the most per lead wins.”
Russell Brunson is always preaching that it’s ok to break even to obtain a customer. He will even lose money because he knows profit’s are made further down the funnel.
The Lifetime Value of a customer is important.
Fast forward to Jan 2016
It was time to start scaling up. The new website was up, Instagram ads were working and our Facebook strategy was in place.
Number of Leads: 117
Cost Per Lead: $84.62
Click to Conversion: 5.69% to 10.53%
Facebook and Instagram
Number of Leads 446
Cost Per Leads: $10.45
As you can see, the website adjustments made a big impact on our conversions. We saw a 35% decrease in Cost Per Lead and close to 87% increase in Click to Conversion.
You will also notice that Facebook and Instagram campaigns really added to the number of leads.
Our Cost Per Lead is way lower on Facebook and Instagram, but those leads are not as high of quality as Adwords.
There is a difference between people who are actively searching and people you interrupt. Facebook and Instagram are interruption techniques. Meaning they are not actively searching for our product or service.
There is a longer sales cycle, but the ROI is still big.
What I love about Facebook and Instragram ads are the shares, likes, and comments. Here is the Instagram video ad we are running.
Take note of the comments and shares. This is powerful because we are getting free customers. When one person sees our ad and thinks their friend needs it, they share the ad.
This is like an instant endorsement.
These are factors that are extremely hard to measure. All I know is that things are working.
In one day Wes, our sales VP, had $18,000 in sales from Instagram Ads.
We spent around $150 on ads that day. The whole month of January we spent $4665 on ads for both Facebook and Instagram.
I do not have the exact amount of sales that came in from Facebook and Instagram, but it was a lot (still trying to track them more effectively).
These are exciting numbers.
The Plan Moving Forward:
Over the coming weeks I plan to increase ad spend by $3000 and make some more adjustments.
The goal is to lower or maintain the same Cost Per Lead.
Here are some key factors that contributed to our success in the month of January.
- New Website Design
- New Facebook and Instagram Video Ads
- Lookalike Audience Created from Conversion
- Increase Ad Spend
I will create a separate blog post about Lookalike Audiences because I think Facebook changed their algorithm a few weeks back. It was a good change because their effectiveness increased dramatically (more to come).
In the meantime, good luck scaling your ad spend. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me. I would be happy to discuss your business.
I am excited for what 2016 holds.
Thanks for reading.
Scaling A Business With Adwords, Facebook, and Instagram Video Ads. Part 1
At Yinc we still have a hard time convincing people run YouTube ads. They always want to know if YouTube advertising really works and will add to the bottom line.
Since YouTube started back in 2005 it has grown to be the number one place for people to share videos. It is also considered to be the second biggest search engine. Now here is a scary number…
According to Youtube, product review videos are up 40 percent last year alone. I met a guy last week who creates product review videos for a living. When something new comes out, he does a simple review and ranks his video. YouTube pays him a nice check ever month. It is a nice little revenue stream.
With that said…
YouTube, with all its capabilities, has become a nice platform to run ads. With TrueView and Google Shopping Ads, businesses are just beginning to experience the full benefits of YouTube Advertising.
So I ask…Are you running YouTube Trueview ads?
How YouTube Advertising Works
Viewers, come to YouTube to be entertained, learn, and join an interactive community. They also provide the eyeballs required to help creators, advertisers, and YouTube make money.
Creators, come to YouTube to express themselves, share their creativity, and potentially make some money from it -if they can. As a creator, you can keep making great videos so viewers come back for more and make visiting your channel a habit.
Advertisers, look at YouTube as way to reach and target audiences. If your audience is really engaged, and if they’re a demographic that brands really want to reach, advertisers may be willing to pay to run ads on channels creators make.
Click Here To Download A YouTube Advertising PDF Guide
Different YouTube Advertising Formats
Lets go over the 6 different Ads you are able to run with YouTube.
Topping the list are simple Display Ads (I don’t like these)
Where they appear: Display ads appear to the right of the featured video and above the video suggestion list. For larger video players, this ad may also show up below the player. Display ads (or sometimes refered to as banners) may run across all areas of YouTube, except on the homepage.
How They Generate Revenue: If a view is interested in your product or service and they see your Display, you should get a click. I personally do not use these types of ads. I have not found them to be that effective. Just be careful when you run any type of display ads. Google has no mercy when it comes to taking your money.
This brings me to our second style of display ads.
Second On Our List Are Overlay Ads (I don’t like these)
Location: Because Overlay ads are a transparent advertisement that appears on the lower 20% portion of your video, retailers should avoid having key information in the lower portion of their video where the overlap (indicated by the red box above) could occur.
This ad type only appears on desktop and laptop computers. Viewers can also exit the ad at any time.
How They generate revenue: I highly recommend that you do not run these ads. They get so many false clicks and I believe they are the most annoying. When I watch my kids on YouTube, they seem to accidently click on these ads all the time. They operate the same as the Display ads above. Further down I will explain the key to getting leads on YouTube. I just wanted to cover your different options first.
So you know, they operate the same as the Display ads above. Further down I will explain the key to getting leads on YouTube.
Your YouTube Midroll Ads (I don’t run these)
Location: Midroll ads are currently available for videos over 15 minutes. These ads are spaced within the video – similar to the way TV commercials roll out during a program. Viewers must watch the ads before they can continue to view the rest of the YouTube video. Advertisers can insert ad breaks at natural pauses throughout the YouTube video for the better, more streamlined viewing experience. These ads only appear on desktop, laptops and mobile devices.
YouTube Sponsored Cards (I like these)
Location: Introduced in 2015, Sponsored Cards display content that is relevant to the YouTube video, such as products featured in the video. Viewers see a teaser for the card for a few seconds, then they can also click the icon in the top right corner of the video to browse the cards. This is available on desktop and mobile devices.
Non-skippable Video Ads & Long Non-Skippable Video Ads (kind of like these)
Location: Non-skippable video ads must be watched before a YouTube video can be viewed. Long non-skippable video ads may be up to 30 seconds. These types of ads can appear before, during, or after the main video.
How We Generate Revenue: Advertisers are able to run on certain videos. When a viewer watches the ad the advertisers have to pay and the creator gets paid. If your landing page is set up correctly and your videos are engaging, you will be able to capture leads.
Every time your ad pops up, you are going to have to pay. It doesn’t matter who is watching. Companies with outrageous marketing budgets (geico, state farm etc) like to run these ads. They have money to blow.
YouTube TrueView Instream Skippable Video Ads (I Love These)
Location: TrueView skippable video ads allow viewers to skip ads after 5 seconds if they choose. The ads can be inserted before, during, or after the main video.
How We Generate Revenue: Instream ads are what I love running. They give the viewer the option to watch your ad or skip it. We do not want to pay for people who are not interested in our product or service. Once the viewer watches 30 seconds of your video, the creator is paid and the advertisers are charged.
I will explain more about Instream Skippable Video ads below. But for now, know these are the best type of ads. They seem to generate the most leads.
If you are a Video creator looking to generate revenue from your videos. Here is a screen shot of your different options. This looks a little different for advertisers.
Now for the Fun Part of YouTube Advertising
YouTube TrueView Ad Tutorial
I began running YouTube video ads a couple of years ago. We have spent thousands of dollars on generating leads from YouTube. It works and I get some of my cheapest conversion from their platform.
The only bad thing is YouTube is not that scalable. You’re limited to the number of views a certain video gets. But that doesn’t mean you should not be using it.
With TrueView ads you are able to:
- Target your audience by demographic, interest, topic, etc
- Retarget those who have seen your other videos
- Pick the exact video you want your ads to run on
- Play your video in front of your competitors.
- Track conversion
- Get cheap views
Here is a simple screen-shot of a current campaign we are running.
This will give you an idea of what they look like. The company above has
- 506,751 impressions
- 29,231 Views
- 5.77% view rate
- $0.06 a view
Your TrueView ads have two types of formats
- In-stream video ads
- In-display video ads
In-Stream Video Ads
In-stream ads play before or during the YouTube video. We like to make these skippable. We also recommend that you be extremely selective on the video you choose to run in front of. If you are not careful your budget will be wasted on “Wheels On The Bus Kid Videos.”
Viewers see five seconds of the advertisement and then have the choice to keep watching or skip it. If you can get them to click to your website before the 30 second that is considered to be FREE Traffic. This is one of the reasons you really want a compelling video. The quicker you can grab the viewers attention, qualify them, and get them to take action, the more FREE traffic you will get.
TrueView in-stream ads can run on videos served on YouTube or on a collection of sites and apps in the Google Display Network (GDN). We recommend sticking with YouTube and staying away from the GDN network.
I put together a simple YouTube video that will explain how you will go about finding the right YouTube videos to play your ads in front of.
The second video advertising option for TrueView advertisers is in-display ads.
According to Google, TrueView in-display ads can run across YouTube and Google Display Network. On YouTube they can run on the search and watch pages for both desktop and m.youtube.com, as well as the home pages for desktop and YouTube mobile apps.
As seen in the example above, the ad consists of an image thumbnail and up to three lines of text but retailers should note, this is only one of the 6 options retailers can choose from for their in-display format.
When a viewer clicks on the ad they are brought to the YouTube watch or channel page (rather than being able to watch the video within the ad itself).
In-display ads can also appear alongside other YouTube videos, in YouTube search pages, or on websites on the Google Display Network that match your target audience. Advertisers only pay only when a viewer chooses to watch your video by clicking on the ad. YouTube search results:
Here are a couple of ways you can target your audience with YouTube in-display adsYouTube search results:
YouTube search results:
TrueView in-display ads appear on YouTube search results in the related video section. The ad contains a thumbnail, headline, channel name and video view count. The top-ranked ad may also be repeated below the organic search results.
In-display Ads watch page and the home page:
A good way to use In-display ads on the watch page are Retargeting campaigns.
There are a few other options, but I am not going to go into them here.
If you are really interested in running YouTube ads I suggest you check out all of our Tutorial Videos below. We have seen great results from YouTube ads and highly suggest you try them. To wrap things up I want to give you a couple of YouTube Marketing tips.
- Stay away from advertising on kid videos and music videos they will kill your budget. In adwords you will find a place where you can exclude your a certain video/audience.
- Start small and scale up.
- Put brackets and parenthesis around you keywords words when setting up your in-display ads.
- Create an amazing and entertaining video. (this is 50% of your success)
- Monitor your results often
- Have an objective and a conversion goal set up
- Be happy and keep trying until you get it. Don’t give up too soon
Thanks for reading: Is YouTube Advertising Really That Good? A YouTube Guide
During my morning routine at the gym I had an idea about video marketing. I seem to get my best ideas when I am actively doing something besides work. It’s kind of weird.
If you are like me… you tend to start lifting weights or exercising and then the next thing you know you’re off in space thinking about business.
It’s a curse… 🙂
A good curse that can bring you guys a lot of value.
So I was on some back-lifting machine when it hit me:
“Why don’t you create a guide on the whole video marketing system, so they can see how it all works together?”
I have yet to create an article or webinar that covers the whole video marketing system.
Sure, I’ve covered parts of the system – but I have yet to show you how it all comes together.
The whole system is what gets the best results and I am about to show how it all works together.
But first let’s talk numbers.
“Does video marketing really work?”
Here are some case studies:
Rick Case Honda launched a simple YouTube TrueView campaign encouraging people to trade in their vehicles.
After launching the ads, the dealership doubled their number of trade-ins and increased their website traffic by 18%. They found that video advertising converted 4x as much as other advertising avenues.
The best number of all… They got a 12x return on their investment.
That is not bad for a car dealership.
My company, Ydraw, has received over 1000 qualified leads from video marketing ads. That doesn’t even count all of the calls I get from people searching for explainer videos on YouTube and my ads pop up in front of my competitor’s videos.
Here are a couple of screenshots:
Keywords in-display video ads:
Placement video ads:
These numbers are amazing and you can see what some of my conversions are costing me. I would be happy to explain these numbers to you, if you would like to set up a free consultation just click here.
If you’re on the fence about video ads, I recommend that you get in touch with my team. We can tell right away if you have a product or service that will work great with video ads.
I believe every company needs some type of video marketing campaign, but I also know that video ads do not work for everyone.
Let’s jump in. We are going to cover the following:
1. It all starts with a video
2. Place the video on your home page
3. Create a YouTube channel then post, rank, and optimize the video
4. Place annotations and YouTube cards on your video
5. Run YouTube video ads
6. Cookie people who watch your video
7. Upload the video to Facebook and run Facebook ads
8. Share your video everywhere
It all starts with a video.
Have you ever heard of Dr. James McQuivey?
Me neither, but everyone in the video world keeps quoting the guy. And since he has “Dr.” in front of his name we will use his study to build our case.
The Doc says, “The value of one minute of video is equal to 1.8 million words.”
That is a lot (a lot of BS, that is). Sorry, most stats are made up and this one is no exception.
You, my reader, are smarter than the average Dr. but at the same time I hope you see that a one minute video can say a lot more than 150 words of text.
Yes I know it doesn’t equal 1.8 million words, but it is somewhere in the ballpark.
Either way, video is better, and needs to be placed on your home page, social media, video ads, and email campaigns.
The video you create needs to be customized to speak to your audience. Unless you’re a huge organization that everyone knows, your video has to use more of a direct sales approach for it to be effective.
You consider where your audience is in the buying cycle and design accordingly. Here’s one of the better quotes/ideas I have heard about this subject.
It came from Russell Brunson who was quoting Gene Schwartz.
“If your prospect is aware of your product and has realized it can satisfy his desire, your headline starts with the product. If he is not aware of your product, but only of the desire itself, your headline starts with the desire. If he is not yet aware of what he really seeks, but is concerned with the general problem, your headline starts with the problem and crystallizes it into a specific need.”
We all relate to stories and if you are looking to convince someone to buy your product or service, a story is where you should begin.
Here is a great example:
I love speaking at conferences, because I get the chance to help other business owners. I have found that whenever I share my story about how I started my first company, was a multiple millionaire within a couple of years, and broke just a few years later, I get a lot better result. (Obviously there’s a lot more that goes into it than that, but we’re summarizing.)
By sharing my ups and downs the audience relates more and is willing to listen to what I have to say.
Video is the same.
Use experiences, stories, and testimonials that others can relate to. Big corporations have a tendency to become too robotic and start talking facts. Stop with the crazy facts and features and start with a story; your message will stay with the audience longer.
Entertain first, educate second.
Your video can’t be boring!
Over the last 8 weeks we have been working on a big project. It is actually one of the biggest projects we have done so far.
Curtis did an amazing job on selling the vision to this company. It was exciting and we were going to create a masterpiece.
It started out great, but because of bureaucracy, boring executives playing it safe, and lame suggestions by people who have no idea… the video has gone from great to junk.
Instead of creating a masterpiece, the client has become concerned with not offending anyone. They’ve forgotten the simple rule of polarity.
I can’t tell you how much it hurts to say this, because Ydraw hates creating junk.
This is one of the reasons that so few videos get shared or passed around. We have to first entertain and then educate.
So when you design your video, if you want to get any traction at all, you take risks.
Please trust me on this one.
Polarity works. Stop trying to make everyone happy.
If you’re really nervous about creating video ads, let Ydraw do it, they can help you get the job done.
If you are on a very tight budget you can check out some of the resources that Google provides here. It’s kind of cool!
Once your video is done, you’re going to put it to work. The rest of this article is going to discuss the different ways to get your video pushed out.
1. Place it on your home page
2. Create a YouTube channel. Post, rank, and optimize the video
Treat your YouTube Channel like an extension of your website. Take a quick look at a couple of this channel.
You will see that they are totally decked out and have the following:
Social media links
Your cover photo should have some type of benefit, message, or call to action.
What you’re not seeing is that this YouTube channel is also connected to Google Analytics and their website. That way, they are able to direct traffic from their videos to their website.
I’ve created some articles and videos on how you can do all of this in about 30 minutes. Here are the links:
4. Place annotations and YouTube cards on your videos
This can make or break your campaign. When a video is uploaded, your first step should be to add YouTube cards and annotations.
It is so simple
Step 1: Click on “edit” or “video”
Step 2: Create some annotations (calls to action)
Step 3: Create YouTube card
5. Run YouTube video ads
There are two different kinds of YouTube ads: skippable ads and non-skippable ads. I am sure you have all seen both types. I tend to play in the skippable space.
If people do not want to watch my ad, I want them to skip it as soon as possible–that way I don’t get charged.
With YouTube, the viewer has to watch the video to the end or out to 30 seconds before you get charged.
**Note: this is the reason that I tell people to create a video that’s more than 30 seconds.**
Here is a screenshot of the different types of ads you are able to run:
I will use both in-stream ads and in-display ads.
I will use the in-stream ads when I’m looking for specific placements and I will use in-display ads for keywords.
I like to keep them separated.
Watch this simple video to see how I set up in-stream ads to run on my competitor’s videos, it will give you a visual to see how it is done:
When you create in-display ads you’re going to get a different look:
Make sure you use the right type of headlines and call to action, this is where your copywriting skills come into play.
Here’s an example of a video ad that I created, and below that, you’ll find another one. Notice how the bottom one uses a customized image that has text. (great idea)
If you are still a little bit lost on how to create YouTube ads, I suggest watching a couple more of our YouTube videos and reading our YouTube marketing guides.
6. Cookie (build lists of) the people who watch your videos and run video ads to them.
Did you know that you could create retargeting lists to people who have watched your videos?
Video retargeting or retargeting in general is awesome and I love it. We spend 1000’s on remarketing ads and they can have an amazing ROI.
“We’ve found that conversion rates actually increase the more users see an ad within remarketing campaigns. It’s true that click-through rates decline over time, but those people who do click on your ad, after having seen it a few times already, become twice as likely to convert!
Understand that people are busy and have other stuff going on in their life. Remarketing gives people a gentle reminder to finish what they started on your site, while reinforcing your branding and messaging to that user every time they see you around. They’re getting to know you, and learning to trust you, and when they finally do have a free moment, they are increasingly likely to do business with you.”
But, it does not stop there. You have multiple combinations of retargeting that I am going to show you in another blog. It is going to be called “Advanced Video Remarketing.” Keep an eye out for it.
Here is how it works:
Let’s assume someone searched for your product or service.
You show up in the search results and they click on your ad or web page. You’re then able to run video ads on YouTube for a couple of cents.
I was about to write this all down when I realized it is going to be easier if I just show you…
So here’s a simple video on how to set up remarketing lists on YouTube:
7. Upload your video to Facebook and run video ads
If you’re looking for a way to get $.01 views, Facebook is a great avenue. Although they are not nearly as effective as YouTube, I am constantly running and testing Facebook video ads.
8. Share your video
A video needs to be shared. Here’s your list:
There you have it. If you need help, let us know. Thanks for reading.
The Most Incredible and Comprehensive Video Marketing Article You Will Ever Read
Huge updates are coming down the pipe for Video Ads and Video marketing. I am so excited and I am counting the days.
Are you ready? Do you have a powerful video in place and do you have a video marketing strategy that is prepared to take on these new avenues?
Google knows how powerful video is and three weeks ago they joined Video ads with Search ads which mean we have more capabilities for running video ads.
Keep an eye out for our next post
This simple video is going to show you how you can run YouTube ads on your competitors videos. You will need a video, adwords account and a small budget..:)
Here is the transcript for those who like reading.. Please forgive typos or spelling errors. It is a program that does it for us.
Enjoy your YouTube Marketing Education.
[Start of video YouTube Video Ads. Running Ads On Your Competitors Videos]
[Beginning of recorded material]
Jace: Of air. Okay, we are live.
Hey, guys, Jace over here, at Yinc Marketing. We’re going to throw together a quick video on how you can run YouTube video ads on your competitor videos. I got Wes Bledsoe here. Wes?
Wes: Hey guys.
Jace: I wonder why… Wes did that just switch over to your face when we did that?
Jace: It didn’t?
Wes: Well, I’m not…
Jace: Did that just switch?
Wes: No. Are you presenting to everyone?
Jace: I need to know. There we go. Okay, sorry guys we are… Well, we’re not [00:36] Google Hangouts. It’s just when you shoot these things live, you never know what’s going to happen. So, Wes what can you see right now? Can you see my screen?
Jace: Okay. So, I’m going to go through this. Wes, if I miss anything, you just need to update it. What you want this to be like a 9-10 minute video. So, if any of you guys are not running video ads you should be. And today I want to show you a simple trick on how you can run video ads, right in front of your competitors’ videos. Now, so Google AdWords had a bunch of changes that they made this last week. It used to have a video campaign. Mind still like this, I haven’t updated my AdWords account, but some of you are going to have that video campaign tab down at the bottom. It’s just going to be part of your normal campaigns. Okay, here it is. Once we’d upgraded to that, but I’m not going to. Okay, so there’s a couple of things you need to know about YouTube video ads. So, you have a keyword placement. You have keywords. You have target, as far as demographics. You have placements where you can choose the exact videos that you want to play on. I mean, that’s the one we’re going to be talking about today. It’s called placements. So, the first thing you need to do is come down here and start a new campaign. Let’s call this, placement campaign. And if you don’t, if you’re already confused and you haven’t made it this far into your campaign, you better go Google how to run an AdWords campaign.
Jace: So, I do move pretty fast, so pay attention, but you can always stop rewind the video. So, we’re going to go placement, what’s today, September 8th?
Wes: It’s a 9th.
Jace: Though, obviously you need to have a video. If you don’t have a video, call Ydraw. We’ll get you a whiteboard video. Now we’re going to go budget $10 a day. On your networks down here you have a YouTube search for YouTube videos. Obviously, you don’t want to do search. Say, if I click here and I go to YouTube, let me show you the difference. This is your search. So, if I go Ydraw, then see I’m running ad. See I practice what I preach, people. Right there, so that’s our ad. If you type Ydraw, this is the search. Okay and that simple ad right there. If I’m typing lawyers, I always like watching lawyers once. Nobody’s running an ad and they should be. Okay, there’s some. So, we got to stop you. I just want to do a little note here. This guy right here, I think it’s David Altman. Watch this. You click on his video, and I think he’s the one… He might have changed it, but he was actually running, allowing people to run ads in front of the ad he was running. So, this guy. Okay, perfect example. This guy right here is trying to rank, and this is kind of an offshoot. Just want to warn you. Legal IT solutions, mind SHIFT, he is paying money right now to run this ad. So, right when I clicked on that cost of money, well here’s the crazy thing is you click on his ad, I did it again. He is running adds, you can see he’s running ads by this yellow bar right here. So, this guy is paying money to run video ads, and he’s allowing other lawyers to run video ads in front of his ad. Okay, so it’s kind of crazy. Right, right there. This video, this banner ad, if I want to I could go run a banner ad right there, and then also you have an inched stream which pops up before. So, just a word of caution, if you have a YouTube channel, don’t allow people to run ads on it. To back to our campaign, $10 a day is our budget. I am only going to run on YouTube videos. Okay? I don’t want to run on the display network, nor do I want to run in search, due to the fact that I want to do what is called in-stream ads, which I’ll show you here in a second. I only want to run in the United States, and I am going to find a Yinc video. Rank your video with video marketing. Okay, there is one of our videos. Okay, you have your choice of in-stream. Okay, let me show you the difference. Over her on the left hand side, right here where my mouse is, so you have search results. I eliminated that when I unclicked before. So, the only thing I’m going to run on is I can run on it as a YouTube overlay, or I can run on YouTube related videos. So, we’re going to pull off in display. Now, what that left, like in display. Now, what that left, let me show you. Once again, in display is this area up here in YouTube. So I jumped back over to YouTube. You have in display over on this side. I don’t want to do that, nor do I want to be on this banner ads right here. So, I’m going to click off in display, just because I want to be very targeted, and I am only going to go for placements. So, display URL, I’m going to put in our website. Bonus mobile adjustments, I don’t want my kids clicking, like they do all the time. So, I’m going to decrease that by 50%, and I would suggest that especially if you’re starting out. Okay, we’re going to go here to placement. Wes, if I forgot anything…
Wes: No, so far so good.
Jace: Okay. Your cost per click, let’s go to $0.15 per year. Gender, I love to take out 18 to 24-year-olds, and sometime I take out 25-24 depends on the product or service you’re selling. For my product or service we don’t have a lot of 24-year-olds buying it. So, now this is where it gets interesting. It’s placements. So, leave your demographics, your interest, any interest, because what you want to do is just run on the videos you choose. You first start out here on suggestions. So, online marketing. If you’re a competitor watching this, and you…
Wes: Yes, back off.
Jace: Yes, back off. Turn it off. Okay, YouTube. Okay, so now you can just, choose. Now, this is not the best way to do it all the time, but Google will suggest so. Online marketing- Please help my online store. Let’s click on there and see what it is. Okay, this is an ad, actually in front of it. So, this guy, we’re going to skip that ad, Evan Carmichael. Okay, this would better be good. He doesn’t have a ton of views, but it’s still my target audience could be looking for help- online marketing, help with their online marketing store, so I like that. I’m going to add that video, okay? So, I’m going to be able to run ads just like the one you saw in front of his video. What is online marketing? Let’s click here. That has 2000 views. Whiteboard junk, that’s a fake whiteboard video guys. So, obviously I’m going to run what is online marketing. I’ll probably run an Ydraw video in front of that also, because it’s a whiteboard video. So, you just want to check. So, I’m going to add that, I want to run in front of their video.
Wes: Now, are you typically looking for videos with higher views, or does it not matter, because you’re just being targeted?
Jace: Yes, I mean the higher the view- the better. But, your biggest, like this one is limited. This probably gets one view a day. One or two. So, you’re not going to see a huge result. What you like to see is millions of views, so let me show you how to find also online marketing mistakes. So, you can search interesting keywords. So, let’s start with her. No ad. So, I just start looking down through these common mistakes in online marketing. Great, here is one. It has 17,000 views. Okay, that is not a bad one. So, I will take that URL, because this is talking so. How do you know that it runs ad? You can know it run ad by this yellow marker right here. This yellow mark on the plate timeline shows that. So, let me go over here. I’m going to add that manually. Okay, so you want to spend a ton of time doing this. You can see I only have three. You want 100, you want 200. I think you can only go up to 500, but get 200 links that are very, very qualified videos. Now, once you have it you press done. Save your targeting group. That is it. It is running. Okay? So, obviously I’ve already done this so, I was just to show you guys. Now, after you let it run for a couple of days, you want to go in here to look at your targets. You can see exactly where they were being played. You can see your gender, everything, your demographics, and see if it’s working, not working. Now, something you want to pay attention to is when you do design your videos, make sure they have a call-to-action. Make sure your YouTube channel, like if you go to our YouTube channel. It’s called Yinc. Okay, right here we have a call action; we have our website; we have our Google +; we have our Ydraw’s website; Facebook, those things. And our videos we make sure they have a call-to-actions. Hey, we’re live, right now. That’s us.
Wes: So, one thing to take note of, the reasons placements are so beneficial and so effective on YouTube is when you do a search video it is very, very difficult to stay in certain keyword parameters. YouTube videos put all over the place, but when, you obviously use placement you’re placing yourself in specific, into specific videos. And you’re also benefiting from your competition pushing out their own videos. So, as these people are getting more views, you in addition are getting more views on your ads, and everyone benefits. Well, your competition doesn’t, but you do. So, we’ve seen crazy successful, by using this technique.
Jace: Yes, especially Ydraw. I mean, Ydraw were whiteboard animation company. I can tell you how many whiteboard video companies out there are allowing us to run ads on them. I get calls all the time to say ‘Hey, I was looking at this whiteboard company and saw your ad pop up in front of it.’ So, it’s a way to really nail down your target audience. I mean, you’re playing in front of videos of people searching for your product and service. So, a simple little thing you can do, if you don’t have a big budget who cares. Put $5 a day at it. But, we highly suggest you first get yourself a video and then you start running ads in front of your competitor. And if it’s not your competitors, run ads in front of your target audience. Where would they be searching? What problems would they be searching for? Or solutions, I guess what kind of solutions would they be looking for? Okay. Questions? Wes, any questions?
Wes: For a second a thought you were asking them. No, I think that…
Jace: No, yes I was asking them and you.
Wes: I think we covered it.
Jace: So, contact. If you guys have questions, you can always contact us. I am email@example.com. And Wes is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have problems with your online marketing, if you have an online marketing teams, it’s not getting good results, reach out to us. We’d be happy to help. Check out our website. Check out our videos, and we will see you guys next time. We are going to probably be covering a little bit about keyword targeting. There are some tricky things you need how to do on the YouTube keyword retargeting. No retargeting. YouTube keyword, YouTube ads. Keyword YouTube ads. We’ll get it right by the time we go to the next one.
Wes: So, we’ll work on it before we shoot the next video.
Jace: So, I’m out. See you guys later.
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