How to Set Up and Launch a YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

Last Updated on January 2nd, 2020 at 10:11 am

When you have made a marketing video you wish to advertise on YouTube, it’s time to make your Youtube video advertising campaign. (When you have not made a video yet, here’s how to get began with Animoto or Wistia, along with some great examples.) Then, upload your video to YouTube.

YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

Now, you are ready to set up your Youtube video advertising campaign. First, go to your Google AdWords account to set up your campaign.

Campaign Type

Choose the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the red “+ Campaign” button on your Google AdWords homepage and choose “video.”

YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

Campaign Name

Enter a name for your Youtube video advertising campaign, and ensure Video has been chosen from the Type drop-down menu.


Video Advert Format

Choose “In-stream or video discovery adverts” to make sure your video advert will be in TrueView format (in the style of the examples outlined above).



Set your budget per day. You could also choose a delivery method — either the standard delivery, which shows adverts evenly during the day or accelerated delivery, which drives views as rapidly as possible. The latter would be helpful if you want to capitalize on a trend or news item related to your brand’s video.



Determine where you want your advert to appear.

  • YouTube Search: Your video advert will appear in outcomes for searches and will appear on the YouTube home page, channel pages, and video pages.
  • YouTube Videos: This runs TrueView adverts that could appear in-display adverts or in-stream adverts. With this option, you could select for your video advert to appear before or around videos shown across the Google Display Network.

You need to make separate campaigns for YouTube Search and YouTube Video as it will assist you to be better track performance metrics. These adverts are served to people performing very different activities and require a different amount of commitment from the viewer, so it is best to monitor performance separately.



Define the location of users whom you want the advert to be shown to. You could also exclude certain locations.


Language, Device & Mobile Bidding

AdWords will allow you to specify the operating system, device, and carrier for more advanced targeting. That is particularly helpful for mobile app adverts, and there is an option to extend or decrease your bid based on if the video advert is shown to somebody on a mobile device.

YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

Advanced Settings

With the advanced settings part, you could set start and finish dates for your campaign, create a custom schedule for when your video advert needs to be shown, and limit the daily impressions and views for users. This all helps you to get the most return for your advert spend.

YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

Creating the Video Advert Creative

Name your advert group, and then insert the YouTube link for the video you want to run the advert for. You’ll then select whether you need this to run as an in-stream advert or an in-display advert.


For in-display, you will need to include a title and short description, which is entered on two separate lines. Note: Titles are limited to 25 characters, and the description lines are limited to 35 characters each.

YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

In-stream adverts give you the option to overlap a display URL on top of the video. You need to use a vanity URL that directs to another final URL to make it more memorable. You could include advanced URL monitoring options. In addition, a companion banner made from photos from your video will appear on the right side of the video advert.

YouTube Video Advertising Campaign


You will then decide the max price you’ll pay for each view, which you could adjust to extend the number of projected views your video might receive.



Lastly, you could further define the audience you want the video to be shown — options include gender, age, and parental status. You could also target individuals by their interests, like beauty mavens, cooking enthusiasts, horror movie fans, and so on. Attempt running multiple campaigns to target different groups of users to find who’s most engaged, rather than including everybody you want to target in one campaign.

YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

Advanced Targeting

You could also target individuals by keywords, topics, or sites where you want your video advert to appear. Keyword targeting with in-display adverts could be a powerful tool for finding individuals who’re looking for a visual reply to a question. Make sure to do your research, and try testing out different groups of keywords to see which results in more views, clicks, or conversions.

Moreover, you could use AdWords video adverts to remarket to people who have been in contact with your brand already. This could help you to re-engage those who are already familiar with your brand.

YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

Linking Your Account

You need to link your AdWords account to the YouTube channel where the video is hosted if you have not already. You could also click on “finish” to start running your video advert campaign.

YouTube Video Advertising Campaign

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