YouTube campaigns

About YouTube & partners line items

YouTube & partners line items allow you to create compelling video campaigns with a range of formats to engage customers on YouTube and across the web on partner sites and apps. The formats available through YouTube & partners line items include TrueView in-stream and video discovery, bumper, and non-skippable ads. YouTube audio line items extend the reach of your ads to audio inventory.

Video ad formats in YouTube & partners line items

Learn more about the ad formats available through YouTube & partners line items below. You can also learn more about our policies and technical specifications.

TrueView in-stream and video discovery ads

TrueView is Google’s proprietary cost-per-view, choice-based ad format that serves on YouTube, millions of apps, and across the web. TrueView gives advertisers more value because they only have to pay for actual views of their ads, rather than impressions.

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 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 to visit your website and clicks on call-to-action overlays (CTAs).

TrueView in-stream ads

When should I use it? How does it work? Where will the ads appear? How will I be charged?
To promote video content alongside other videos on YouTube and partner sites and apps. Your video ad plays before, during, or after other videos. After 5 seconds, the viewer has an option to skip the ad.
  • YouTube videos
  • Partners' sites, games, and apps
You pay when a viewer watches 30 seconds of your video (or the duration if it's shorter than 30 seconds) or engages with your video, whichever comes first.

TrueView video discovery ads 

When should I use it? How does it work? Where will the ads appear? How will I be charged?

To promote a video in places of discovery:

  • Next to related YouTube videos
  • As part of a YouTube search result
  • On the YouTube mobile homepage

Your ad consists of a thumbnail image from your video with some text.

The exact size and appearance of the ad may vary depending on where it appears, but video discovery ads always invite people to click to watch the video. Clicking the ad will deliver a user to the YouTube watch or channel page to view the video rather than playing the video within the ad unit itself.

  • YouTube search results
  • YouTube video suggestions
  • Video plays on YouTube watch or channel page
You’ll be charged only when viewers choose to watch your ad by clicking a thumbnail.
Bumper ads

Bumper ads are a short video ad format designed to allow you to reach more customers and increase awareness about your brand by using a short, memorable message. With videos of 6 seconds or less, bumper ads let you reach people with bite-sized messages, while providing a minimal impact on their viewing experience.

When should I use it? How does it work? Where will the ads appear? How will I be charged?
To reach viewers broadly with a short, memorable message. Bumper ads are 6 seconds or shorter and play before, during, or after another video. Viewers do not have the option to skip the ad.
  • YouTube videos
  • Partners' sites, games, and apps
Bumper ads use target CPM (cost-per-thousand impressions) bidding, so you set how much you’re willing to pay every thousand times your ad is shown.
Non-skippable ads

Non-skippable ads are short in-stream video ads that play before, during, or after another video. The video must be between 6 and 15 seconds, and viewers don’t have the option to skip your ad.

When should I use it? How does it work? Where will the ads appear? How will I be charged?
To reach viewers with your entire message. Non-skippable in-stream ads are between 6 and 15 seconds and play before, during, or after another video. Viewers do not have the option to skip the ad.
  • YouTube videos
  • Partners' sites, games, and apps
Non-skippable ads use target CPM (cost-per-thousand impressions) bidding, so you  set how much you’re willing to pay every thousand times your ad is shown

Audio ad formats in YouTube & partners line items

YouTube audio ads

When should I use it? How does it work? Where will the ads appear? How will I be charged?
To extend the reach of your ads to audio inventory YouTube audio ads run as 15 second creatives. YouTube audio ads run during long listening sessions and backgrounded moments. YouTube audio ads use target CPM (cost-per-thousand impressions) bidding, so you set how much you're willing to pay every thousand times your ad is played.
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