Originally published: April 23, 2012
Last updated: April 23, 2012 - 3:30pm
Google, which is already making a play for the TV dollars spent by big national brands with investments into what it calls premium video, is now targeting small- and medium-sized video advertisers, too. It’s adapting its popular do-it-yourself AdWords platform to video ads made for its YouTube video portal.
Google AdWords for Video, which soft-launched in September, has a basic framework similar to Google’s text-based AdWords. The program enables a company to bid on keyword searches, so that their ad shows up when relevant YouTube searches are conducted. They can also choose to have their ad embedded into relevant YouTube video categories, much as they would place their commercial during relevant linear TV programming. AdWords for Video purchasers pay only when their spot is actually viewed, and also get various data on when, how and where the ads were consumed. Google has posted a short video that explains how the new program works. The company has also gathered the testimonials of some early adopters to help promote the product.
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