21 MAY 2020

YOUTUBE AIMS TO REACH MORE TV ADVERTISERS WITH A NEW PROGRAM

The company launched YouTube Select, a new program to help advertisers reach more valuable viewers who watch content on their TV screens, in an effort to retain advertising revenue during these times of pandemic.

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Alphabet’s YouTube launched a new program to help advertisers reach more valuable viewers who watch content on their TV screens, in an effort to retain advertising revenue at a time when brands are slashing budgets due to the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters informed.

Called YouTube Select, the program will let brands buy ads that will reach people watching on their TV, whether they are streaming individual YouTube videos or watching YouTube TV, the company’s live TV service. Since viewers are likely to watch more content while sitting on the couch in front of the TV rather than on their smartphones or laptops, TV viewers are generally considered more lucrative in the ad industry.

“Viewers are turning even more to YouTube as they stay home during the pandemic, and over 100 million people watched YouTube on their TV screens in March,” said Tara Walpert Levy, Vice President of Agency and Brand Solutions at Google. “If you are a big brand that’s dependant on reaching many people with your message, the ability to access that audience is key,”  she added.

YouTube is hoping to appeal to all advertisers, whether they want to reach TV audiences or want the flexibility to quickly end their ad campaigns, which is more easily done on digital and streaming services, according to Levy. Through YouTube Select, advertisers can also buy ads to appear on top YouTube channels in certain categories such as entertainment, sports or beauty and fashion.

YouTube Select will replace a program called Google Preferred, which sold ads on the top 5% of YouTube channels based on popularity and engagement.

Viewers are turning even more to YouTube as they stay home during the pandemic, and over 100 million people watched YouTube on their TV screens in March” Tara Walpert Levy Vice President of Agency and Brand Solutions at Google