YouTube is incredibly popular; Alexa consistently ranks it as the second most trafficked site globally. Additionally, its content shows up frequently in Google (which happens to be the top site).
Most people think of YouTube as a great SEO opportunity for visibility or a place to host videos they plan on embedding on their websites. But YouTube video advertising has evolved dramatically over the last several years, opening up new opportunities for marketers.
Unlike paid search, which is often managed heavily against last-click attribution, most forms of YouTube advertising are used to either build or reinforce brand awareness. Yes, YouTube ads can contain a call to action (a bit like late-night infomercials), but more often than not, the consumption of video advertising by your target audience is more “upper-funnel.”
(By the way, many marketing touch points you already love are more upper-funnel than they get credit for. For example, even PPC search qualifies as an upper-funnel touch point for all the folks who don’t convert to one of your preferred marketing behaviors or objectives during the search-driven session. Those bounced or abandoned visits often educate the visitor about you, your products or services, simultaneously exposing them to your brand.)
Let’s delve into my favorite ways of using YouTube advertising in conjunction with other forms of marketing as well as in a standalone environment.
Remarketing to website visitors
You spend a lot of time, energy and advertising dollars in PPC search and social. Plus, your sales team is out there. Yet most website visitors leave without taking any of the actions you’d like them to take — either they aren’t ready, or you didn’t get the message right.
Banner and text ad retargeting/remarketing of audiences is great and easy, but if you didn’t get the message right when someone was at your site, it may take a video to tweak this message in order to get that visitor’s attention.
Fun with Google Tag Manager (GTM)
If you want to bid more aggressively on folks who visited an important page (such as your “contact us” page), then create a special audience for those visitors, and boost your bids by setting up a different campaign aimed at these people.
Customer Match (aka Custom Audiences/Audience Match)
People in your customer list may not be reading your newsletters, but that doesn’t mean they won’t pay attention to videos….