Archive | May 2017

What are YouTube Bumper ads and how to use them?

In today’s digital marketing era, video consumption is constantly evolving and YouTube is watching it cautiously. With the trend now shifting more towards viewing mobile videos, YouTube recently came up with their mobile friendly ‘Bumper Ads’ as well as updates to the YouTube mobile app home page. These new bumper ads are nothing but video formats running for six seconds available through YouTube and sold on a CPM basis. The ads are quite short and cannot be skipped and are primarily aimed towards enhancing the frequency and incremental reach. These ads have now become a part of the marketing services provided by the online marketing agency in Mumbai.

Google opine that this format is perfect in a mobile environment wherein users these days look for content in a short form. However, there are certain things to consider when it comes to the video formats of these sizes.

The Target Audience: Demographics do affect the behaviour of video viewing. A recent survey stated that, 10 seconds was believed to be the perfect mobile ad length for Millennials, whereas people aged 35 to 55 years favoured length spots for 30 seconds. These snippet ads would be worth testing as these would work just fine for a younger audience.

Brand Favourable: According to research, short video formats are good for bigger and well established brands, where messaging can be more restricted. These ads are much better for smaller businesses and they should look to run them along with other types of digital advertising for additional support like longer pre-roll video ads.

Ad Setting: On native advertising platforms, where tips, storytelling and building an emotional connect with your customers is a vital part and aim of the content, longer videos are known to be quite effective. Brands need to remember this and stay away from re-purposing the Bumper video content on native advertising channels.

Integration: Similar to any digital channel, an integrated strategy on several channels is the key factor. Testing these short videos along with other channels and formats for intent, thought and awareness will be very important.

For any SEO company in Mumbai and for various digital marketers and brands, it’s imperative to create an engaging mobile experience. Today, where technology has overpowered the other aspects of life including video viewing habits, a recent study suggests that 90% of people use a smart-phone or tablet while viewing TV. The same study also stated that out of that roughly 50% of users opined that they preferred their mobile devices primarily for watching an online video.  These behavioral changes of internet users needs to be considered by YouTube and other brands as they need to accommodate these changes quickly. On the other hand brands need to assimilate a video strategy in their marketing plans. Important considerations would involve knowing the customer’s unique requirements, engaging content, creative length, etc.