TrueView in-stream ads

How TrueView in-stream ads work

TrueView in-stream ads run on videos served on YouTube or within Google Display Network videos, games and apps. These ads may also run on YouTube videos that are embedded on other sites. They can also appear on Android and iOS YouTube apps, as well as (on iPad and Android)

Viewers can choose to skip the video ad after 5 seconds. If they choose not to skip the video ad, the YouTube video view count will be incremented when the viewer engages with the video ad or watches 30 seconds of the video ad (or the duration if it’s shorter than 30 seconds), or engages with your video, whichever comes first. Video interactions include clicks on the call-to-action overlays (CTAs), cards, and companion banners. If view counts are a major concern, it is recommended to make videos at least 12 seconds long.

TrueView in-stream ads can be created using AdWords.

VPAID is not allowed on YouTube.

Assets overview

Required/Optional TrueView auction
Where ads appear N/A YouTube videos
Display Network videos, games, and apps
YouTube video URL Required The video must be uploaded to YouTube
Companion Optional, YouTube only 300×60 JPG, GIF, or SWF
See the full specs.
300×250 video wall will show on YouTube if no companion ad is provided.
Display URL Required Required by AdWords UI but won’t show on the live video
Click URL Required The destination can be your website or YouTube video or channel.

YouTube video settings

Video requirements: Must be uploaded to YouTube (send video URL)
Must allow embedding
Must be public or unlisted
True streaming is not allowed.
Minimum video length: 12 seconds recommended
Maximum video length: Less than 3 minutes recommended

Resizing your video based on YouTube’s best practices recommendations before uploading it will help your videos look better on YouTube.

Please reference our help pages on how to upload your video, accepted file formats, and optimizing your video.

If you would like your video to be non-browsable or non-searchable to the public, separate from the ad, you can unlist your video.

Reporting metrics and third-party tracking

Tracking within YouTube video content

Including third-party tracking pixels is optional. However, if you include them, they must meet requirements for third-party ad serving. They must also follow these requirements:

  • Impressions: 1×1 tracking pixel accepted
  • All tracking pixels and any fourth-party calls made within the pixels from daisy-chaining must be SSL-compliant.
  • 1×1 image pixels are allowed on the impression, view, and skip events, but not midpoint and complete events.
  • To include more than one vendor’s tracking per event, the client or agency is responsible for piggybacking or daisy-chaining the pixels because only one 1×1 image pixel per event is allowed. JavaScript is not allowed.

Call-to-action (CTA) overlays

CTA overlays are provided for TrueView in-stream ads and in-stream ads bought on reserve in Google AdWords.



Assets overview

  • Headline text: 1 line of 25 characters maximum
  • Display URL: The URL displayed to the users on the overlay
  • Destination URL: The URL to which the overlay links. Can be a redirect and/or link to an external site.
  • Thumbnail:
    • Thumbnails must be hosted on YouTube.
    • JPG or GIF only
    • 74×74 pixels

How CTA overlays work

The CTA overlay appears as soon as the video starts playing, and then collapses to show just the thumbnail image after 15 seconds. On desktop browsers, viewers can hover to expand the CTA. On mobile browsers, viewers can click the thumbnail image or arrow to expand it.

Expanded CTA Collapsed CTA
cta_expanded cta_collapsed

Learn more about CTA overlays.

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Note: The accepted formula that Auxiliary Mode Inc. uses to calculate the CPM range is $0.45 USD - $25.00 USD.

The range fluctuates this much because many factors come into play when calculating a CPM. Quality of traffic, source country, niche type of video, price of specific ads, adblock, the actual click rate, watch time and etc.

Cost per thousand (CPM) is a marketing term used to denote the price of 1,000 advertisement impressions on one webpage. If a website publisher charges $2.00CPM, that means an advertiser must pay $2.00 for every 1,000 impressions of its ad. The "M" in CPM represents the Roman numeral for 1,000.

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