What Are the Advertising Options on YouTube?

Posted at Mar 29, 2019 3:12:12 PM by THAT Agency | Share

As the second largest search engine, YouTube has a unique space in the social media ecosystem. While some would categorize YouTube as a social media site due to the ability to comment, the true value in the platform lives in the massive amount of content it hosts and serves up to searchers.

YouTube Advertising Options | THAT Agency of West Palm Beach, Florida


I am personally very impressed with the explosion of activity that YouTube has seen from my generation exposing its children to the platform. When I was young, my parents would pop in VHS tapes. Today's parents are letting their kids watch videos on YouTube, and those kids are growing up to be consumers with the platform ingrained in their digital behaviors. If you have been neglecting YouTube as a platform or as an advertising opportunity, it's time to take it seriously.

YouTube Stats

But don’t just take my word for it. Here are some eyebrow-raising YouTube statistics:

  • 9 billion logged-in users visit YouTube every month.
    • Those users aggregate A LOT of data!
  • 96% of 10-24-year-old American internet users use YouTube.
    • Those users are growing up with the platform and continuing to use it!
  • All age groups increased their usage of YouTube in 2018.
  • YouTube reaches more American 18-34-year olds than any TV network.
  • 70% of millennial YouTube users watched a video to learn how to do something new in 2018.
    • All users are telling the platform about themselves through what they search!

Hopefully I have your attention now! Even if you aren’t a video creator, you can still tap into the activity on the platform through YouTube's advertising options. Since YouTube reaches more adults with disposable incomes than any TV network, it might not be a bad idea to embrace this opportunity. However, before getting started, we need to understand the many advertising options on YouTube!

YouTube Advertising Options

  • Display Ads - These ads appear to the right of the feature video and above the video suggestions list. For larger players, this ad may appear below the player.

Display ads

  • Overlay Ads - These ads are semi-transparent overlay ads that appear on the lower 20% portion of the video a consumer is watching.

Overlay ads

  • Skippable Video Ads - Skippable video ads allow viewers to skip ads after 5 seconds. These ads are inserted before, during, or after the main video. If you turn on this option, you may see a mix of skippable and bumper ads play back to back at times.

Skippable video ads

  • Non-Skippable Video Ads - Non-skippable video ads must be watched to completion before the desired video can be viewed. These ads can appear before, during, or after the main video a consumer intends to watch.

Non-skippable video ads

  • Bumper Ads - These are non-skippable video ads of up to 6 seconds that must be watched before the desired video can be viewed. If you turn on this option, you may see a mix of skippable and bumper ads play back to back at times.

Bumper ads

  • Sponsored Cards - Sponsored cards display content that may be relevant to the viewers video, such as products featured in the video. Viewers will see a teaser for the card for a few seconds. They can also click the icon in the top right corner of the video to browse the cards if they so choose.

Sponsored cards


When you pair the amount of data that Google (owns YouTube) has with the available YouTube advertising options, you have a powerful way to target high-intent consumers right where they are learning new things or being entertained. Don’t sleep on YouTube advertising: it is only going to get more competitive!

Need help capitalizing on the different YouTube advertising options? Contact THAT Agency today!

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