Instant Reserve deals for YouTube

Instant Reserve deals for YouTube are only available to managed Display & Video 360 accounts. Contact your account manager for details about eligibility.

About Instant Reserve deals

With Instant Reserve you can get a quote and reserve YouTube inventory immediately without any negotiations. 

Instant Reserve deals allow you to reserve a targeted number of impressions at a fixed CPM for your specified budget and flight dates. Instant Reserve is an ideal solution if:

  • You want to achieve specific goals for impressions and total spend. 
  • You don’t want to spend time adjusting your bids to optimize delivery. 
  • You want to reserve YouTube inventory and use granular targeting similar to auction buys.

Compare YouTube deals 

  Instant Reserve YouTube Programmatic Guaranteed
Inventory
  • YouTube in-stream
  • YouTube Select (where available) Learn more
  • YouTube Masthead Learn more
  • YouTube Shorts
Ad formats
  • In-stream ads (bumper, skippable in-stream, non-skippable) 
  • (for Masthead) Any standard video upload to YouTube
  • Shorts ads
  • In-stream ads (bumper, skippable in-stream, non-skippable) 
  • (for Masthead) Any standard video upload to YouTube
Fixed CPM pricing Instant rate, agreed rate, and market rate (including DVIP perks if enrolled) Agreed rate and market rate (including DVIP perks if enrolled)
Targeting

Basic high-level targeting plus advanced audience targeting and granular device targeting.

 

Advanced audience targeting:

  • Household income
  • In-market
  • Life events
  • Detailed demographics
  • Affinity exclusions
 

Granular device targeting:

  • Operating system
  • Device model
  • Carriers/Wi-Fi
  • Regional geography (states, cities, zip codes)

Basic high-level targeting, including:

  • Audiences, including affinity lists
  • Category exclusion
  • Categories
  • Day & time
  • Demographics
  • Device and operating system
  • Geography
  • Language
  • Placements
Time to finalize deal Minutes At least 7 days recommended

Before you get started 

There are a few requirements before you get started with Instant Reserve deals for YouTube: 

  • Enable Marketplace: To enable partners for Instant Reserve deals, you can either accept the 4% fee and enable Marketplace from your partner account or contact your Display & Video 360 support representative. Learn more
  • Accept terms: In your partner's Advertiser configurations, accept the "Terms & Conditions for Accessing YouTube & Partners" agreement, then select which advertisers you want to enable to access YouTube & partners line items. You won't be able to create YouTube & partners line items until you've accepted these terms. 
  • (Optional) Link your channels: You can link a YouTube channel to a Display & Video 360 advertiser for an expanded set of features.

We recommend that you allow at least 2 business days of lead time for creative approval to ensure your campaign is ready to launch on time. 

Set up an Instant Reserve deal

You’ll set up your Instant Reserve deal through the Marketplace. After you set up your deal, you’ll have an insertion order and line item for the deal. 

Step 1: Get a quote and confirm your deal in Marketplace

  1. Navigate to Inventory > Marketplace.
  2. Select YouTube from the list of publisher profiles.
  3. Click Get an instant quote at the top or center of the page. 
  4. Add basic details about the deal, including:
    1. The name of the deal. 
    2. The advertiser that will be using the deal.
    3. The campaign for the deal. The campaign must be from the selected advertiser. The deal won’t be affected by the campaign’s budget or flight dates.
    4. Choose In-stream, Masthead, or Shorts ads as the Ad format. If targeting YouTube Select lineups (including YouTube TV), select in-stream or Shorts ads. 
  5. Click Next
  6. Select any policy restrictions that apply to the advertiser using this deal based on our restricted products policies. Masthead ads have specific content requirements including prohibited categories. Ad content related to restricted products may limit the reach of your campaign. Without this information, your Instant Reserve quote might be inaccurate and the deal might not serve. 

    In addition to entering policy restrictions here, some restricted products require certification. Learn more

  7. Add Targeting:
    • You'll see that the inventory source and device targeting are set automatically based on the ad format you selected. You can set other line item-level targeting options. Additional types of targeting are available in the line item's ad groups. 
      Note:
      • Only one YouTube Select lineup should be targeted per Instant Reserve deal.​ For Shorts ads, targeting a YouTube Select lineup is required to receive a quote.
      • When targeting the YouTube TV or YouTube TV Sports YouTube Select lineups, only bumper and non-skippable ad formats are supported (skippable in-stream ads are not supported). 
  8. Configure the settings for the deal:
    1. Pick flight dates for the deal. An Instant Reserve deal will spend over the entire length of the flight.  
    2. Enter the budget for the deal. 
    3. (Optional) Select mobile, desktop, tablet, or connected TV​ device type if you want to only target certain device types. Uncheck a device type if you want to exclude it.
    4. (Optional) Select the deal’s frequency cap. Learn more about frequency caps in Display & Video 360
  9. (Optional) Select the Floodlight activity you want to use to count conversions.
  10. (Optional) Enter a name for your ad group and choose an ad format.
    You may have the option to choose a duration for non-skippable ads. Non-skippable ads (30 sec or less) show on YouTube TV or connected TV devices. Non-skippable ads (60 sec or less) show on YouTube TV. Non-skippable ads (15 sec or less) are available to serve on all inventory.
  11. (Optional) Select a creative for the deal using the instructions for your inventory type. Ads can also be added to the line item after the reservation has been made.

    Creative setup for in-stream ads

    Choose a source for the creative. You can use a YouTube video or Display & Video 360 creatives. All creatives assigned to the deal must come from the same source.

    • YouTube videos: Follow the steps to create an ad and select your YouTube video. You’ll have the option to create multiple ads. All videos will need to meet the requirements for using YouTube videos in Display & Video 360, including creative review. Learn more
      1. Click Create new ad.
      2. Enter a name for your ad.
      3. Search for a YouTube video or paste a YouTube URL.
      4. Enter the display URL and landing page URL for your ad. The destination URL can be other pages on YouTube or another website.
      5. (Optional) Upload or assign a companion banner image.
      6. (Optional) Add a call-to-action (CTA) overlay to be used with non-skippable ads in your line item.
        • Enter the text for your CTA, which can contain up to 10 characters including spaces. The CTA should be a compelling action that directs users to the website specified in your landing page URL.
        • Enter the text for your headline, which can contain up to 15 characters including spaces. The headline should promote your product or service.
          For non-skippable ads, you may have the option to select Show landing page URL as a QR code on TV screens. When a user scans the QR code on their mobile device, they will be directed to the website you specified with your landing page URL. Clicks will be recorded against the ad impression on the TV device. QR code overlays are not available for third-party served ads and will not show on YouTube TV.
      7. (Optional) For skippable ads, use the Click-tracker URL field to set up third-party click tracking. The click tracker must redirect to the same URL as your landing page URL.
      8. Click Create ad to create the ad.
    • Display & Video 360 creatives: Follow the steps to select a creative and assign it to the deal. Select this option when using VAST tags. Only creatives that meet the creative requirements and that are from your selected advertiser will be available. All videos will need to meet the requirements for video creatives in Display & Video 360, including creative review. Learn more
    To include third-party tracking in your Instant Reserve ads, contact your Account Manager

    Creative setup for Masthead ads

    1. Configure your Masthead ad by entering your Ads settings
      • Enter the Masthead name
      • (Optional for Campaign Manager 360 users) Use the Campaign Manager 360 tracking ad field to select an existing tracking ad you'd like to use to see enhanced metrics in Campaign Manager 360.
      • (Optional) You can bypass entering Masthead settings manually by copying settings from a Masthead preview URL.
    2. Enter your Masthead Settings
      • Video: Enter a valid YouTube video ID or URL. The video must be public or unlisted to be eligible to serve.
      • A headline for your ad that appears next to, on, or underneath the Masthead.
      • (Optional) Call-to-action button text and final landing page URL (click-through URL). The destination URL can be other pages on YouTube or another website. 
      • (Optional) Click tracker URL.
      • (Optional) Supporting description text that accompanies the Masthead. 
      • Primary video layout: Choose between widescreen and standard video size.
      • (Optional) Autoplay timing: Enter video start time and duration.
      • (Optional) Supporting video and imagery such as channel art or companion videos.
        • Channel art: a background or banner that appears at the top of a YouTube page. Channel art is automatically pulled from the YouTube channel and accompanies the Masthead ad.
        • Companion videos: Specify 2 videos that appear next to the Masthead ad on desktop. 
    3. (Optional) Click Preview to see what your Masthead ad will look like on YouTube across desktop, mobile, and TV screens.
    4. Click Create ad

    Creative setup for Shorts ads

    1. Enter a name for your ad.
    2. Search for a YouTube video or paste a YouTube URL. For Shorts we recommend using a video with a vertical aspect ratio (9:16) between 10 and 60 seconds long. 
    3. Enter the display URL and landing page URL for your ad. The destination URL can be other pages on YouTube or another website.
    4. Enter the text for your Long headline and description. The long headline is the first line of your ad and appears instead of your headline in some cases and can be up to 90 characters. The description adds to the long headline and provides additional context or details and can be up to 70 characters. 
    5. (Optional) Upload or assign a companion banner image.
    6. (Optional) Use the Click-tracker URL field to set up third-party click tracking. The click tracker must redirect to the same URL as your landing page URL.
    7. Select Done to create the ad.
  12. (Optional) Choose any additional settings for your deal, including Third-party vendors to enable third-party measurement for the deal. 

  13. After you’ve put in the settings for your deal, click Estimate quote in the Instant Reserve quote section on the right. You’ll see the budget, fixed CPM, and impressions based on the settings you've entered. 

    You can also see the approximate number of impressions and CPM you’d get for different budgets, given your current deal settings, by clicking Explore inventory and CPM quotes

    More about fixed CPM pricing for Instant Reserve deals

    Instant Reserve deals for Masthead ads, Shorts ads, and in-stream ads targeting YouTube Select lineups in certain countries, always trigger a fixed CPM based on a static agreed or market rate. This can be identified with the green or blue highlight in the Instant Reserve quote widget. Click “Details” to understand more about your agreed or market rate, including itemizations of any upcharges applied. If you believe you are not receiving the fixed CPM you should be eligible for, please contact your account manager, including the “Quote ID” underneath the Instant Reserve quote widget.

    As you edit or change settings of the deal, click Refresh to see an updated quote.

  14. Click Get final quote to see the final terms of your deal once you’ve finished making any adjustments. 
  15. Review the final terms of the deal and choose whether you’d like to accept and reserve, or hold the quote. Holds allow you to reserve the inventory and quoted CPM for 72 hours (or longer, depending on the product and proposed start date). If a hold is not reserved within the stated time frame it will automatically expire and you’ll need to request a new quote, which may be different.
  16. Check the box I acknowledge and agree to accept the terms of the deal. After you’ve accepted the terms, click Accept or Hold quote.

After you’ve accepted, you’ll see a finalized deal in Inventory > My Inventory. For holds, you can view your deal in Inventory > My Inventory and accept the hold in Line item details. Learn more about accepting a hold or editing a hold.

Step 2: View your insertion order and line item for Instant Reserve deals

After you’ve configured the deal, an insertion order and line item with the same name as your deal are automatically set up in the selected Display & Video 360 advertiser under the campaign you selected. Instant Reserve deals for YouTube will be grouped with YouTube & partners line items.

Edit an Instant Reserve deal

Edit an Instant Reserve deal

You can update budget, flight dates, and targeting for Instant Reserve deals before or during campaign flight. Changes to deal terms may alter the quoted CPM, requiring re-acceptance of the terms of the deal at the new CPM. 

Some settings in an Instant Reserve deal, such as the deal’s advertiser, campaign, and ad format can’t be edited. If those terms need to change, you’ll need to create a new deal.  

To update an Instant Reserve deal:

  1. Navigate to Inventory  > My Inventory in the advertiser with your Instant Reserve deal. 
  2. Hover over the row with your deal and select Actions > Edit inventory.
  3. Edit the settings that need to be updated. 
  4. Click Get new quote. You’ll see a new quote, which may or may not be similar to the previous quote depending on the settings that changed. 
  5. Click Get final quote to see the final terms of your deal. 
  6. Review the final terms of your deal. Once you’re ready to accept, check the box and select Yes, I agree to acknowledge that you accept the terms of this specific deal and the Instant Reserve terms.

Your deal will now start serving with the new fixed CPM and updated settings. 

Pause an Instant Reserve deal

You can’t pause a campaign once you’ve created a deal, but creative-level changes are allowed at any time. If you need to pause a campaign for a short time, you can remove all ads from the line item. Long durations in a paused state can cause under delivery. Ad groups can be removed directly from the line item details page, or in My Inventory

Note: A deal will expire automatically if it is not eligible to serve for 4 consecutive days, including if ads have been removed or are not serving.

To remove creatives from an Instant Reserve deal:

  1. Navigate to Inventory > My inventory.
  2. Hover over the row with your deal and select Actions > View line item details.
  3. In the Ads section click the pencil icon Pencil icon / edit icon to edit.
  4. Click the delete icon to remove an ad group.
  5. Click Save when you finish your edits.

Cancel an Instant Reserve deal or release a hold

Subject to the Instant Reserve cancellation policy, you must archive an Instant Reserve deal if you need to remove it before or during the deal’s flight dates. Holds are not subject to the cancellation policy.

To archive an Instant Reserve deal:

  1. Navigate to Inventory  > My Inventory in the advertiser with your Instant Reserve deal. 
  2. Hover over the row with your deal and select Actions > Archive.
  3. A confirmation dialog will ask you to confirm this action by selecting Archive. 

The inventory source, insertion order, and line item associated with your Instant Reserve deal will be archived. All reporting data will be preserved.

Accept and reserve a hold

If a hold is not accepted within the stated time it will automatically expire and you’ll need to request a new quote, which may be different. Holds can be accepted directly from the line item details page, or in My inventory

To accept an Instant Reserve hold:

  1. Navigate to Inventory > My inventory.
  2. In the the Action required section of the table, hover over the row with your deal and select Actions > View line item details
  3. Click Accept hold in the alert banner.
  4. A confirmation dialog will ask you to confirm this action by selecting Accept hold.

Edit and compare a hold

To edit an Instant Reserve hold:

  1. Navigate to Inventory > My inventory.
  2. Hover over the row with your deal and select Actions > Edit request details.
  3. Make your desired adjustments to your and click Get final quote. You’ll see the new quote compared to the existing quote.
  4. Review the final terms of the deal and choose whether you’d like to accept and reserve, or hold the quote.
  5. Check the box I acknowledge and agree… to accept the terms of the deal. After you’ve accepted the terms, click Accept or Hold quote.

Reporting & measurement

You can use the Basic report templates to measure the performance of your Instant Reserve deal. You can filter by line item ID to run a report for only Instant Reserve deals, or you can run a report combined with other campaigns. 

You can also use the YouTube reports for additional YouTube-specific data like engagements. 

Campaign Manager users can see data about Instant Reserve deals through enhanced YouTube tracking

Brand Lift measurement is available to measure your ads’ impact on the perception of your brand.

Considerations

  • The flight date for an Instant Reserve deal must be at least 24 hours.
  • Instant Reserve deals that do not trigger an agreed or market rate must end within 120 days of when you reserve the deal.
  • Instant Reserve deals that trigger an agreed or market rate (example: Masthead or YouTube Select in certain countries), can be reserved >120 days in advance, but must match a time period for which there is an available rate. Contact your Account Manager for more information.
    • A deal that is not eligible to serve for 4 consecutive days will expire automatically. This can happen when there is no creative assigned, the creative is not approved, or the creative is paused 
  • The following audiences aren’t available:
    • Custom intent 
    • Customer Match
    • Similar audiences
    • Remarketing/first-party audience lists
  • YouTube videos must be "Public" or "Unlisted" (not "Private").
  • Third party measurement support is limited for Shorts and Masthead ads, reach out to your measurement partner contact for more information.
  • Some targeting options that are available for Instant Reserve deals  using in-stream ads are not available for Instant Reserve deals  using Masthead or Shorts ads
  • The ad format Non-skippable ads (30 sec or less) will show on connected TV devices on YouTube and across all devices on YouTube TV, which is only available in the United States. To receive a quote, your campaign must include geography targeting and placement targeting of a YouTube Select lineup. 
  • The ad format Non-skippable ads (60 sec or less) will only show on YouTube TV, which is only available in the United States. To receive a quote, your campaign must include United States geography targeting and placement targeting of either the YouTube TV or YouTube TV Sports YouTube Select lineups.
  • For deals targeting YouTube TV, certain creative content may not be eligible to serve on some channels and may cause underdelivery.
  • Instant Reserve deals included in Brand Lift studies may underdeliver.
  • Videos for Shorts ads must be 5 seconds or longer. Ads longer than 60 seconds will loop in the Shorts environment, and an option to click out to the Watch page to see the full video will appear at the 50 second mark.

Supported countries Masthead ads

Country
Algeria
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Czechia
Denmark
Egypt
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kenya
Kuwait
Malaysia
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Vietnam

All YouTube Masthead campaigns use the agreed or market rate type, depending on customer eligibility. Any Display & Video 360-supported currency is supported for fixed rate products, non rate card currencies are converted.

Supported countries for in-stream ads targeting YouTube Select lineups

Country Rate type
Argentina Instant rate
Australia Instant rate
Brazil Instant rate
Canada* Agreed or market rate
Chile Instant rate
Colombia Instant rate
Czechia Instant rate
France Instant rate
Germany Instant rate
Hong Kong Instant rate
India Agreed or market rate
Indonesia Instant rate
Italy Instant rate
Japan* Agreed or market rate
Malaysia Instant rate
Mexico Instant rate
Netherlands Instant rate
Pakistan Instant rate
Peru Instant rate
Philippines Instant rate
Poland Instant rate
Singapore Instant rate
South Korea Agreed or market rate
Spain Instant rate
Sweden Instant rate
Taiwan Instant rate
Thailand Instant rate
Turkey Instant rate
United Arab Emirates Instant rate
United Kingdom Agreed or market rate
United States* Agreed or market rate
Vietnam Instant rate


* Contact your Account Manager for access

Any Display & Video 360-supported currency is supported for fixed rate products, non rate card currencies are converted.

 

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