About Brand Lift
Brand Lift is a free tool to measure your ads' impact on the perception of your brand.
With metrics such as ad recall, brand awareness, and consideration (rather than traditional metrics such as clicks, impressions, or views), Brand Lift can help you align your campaigns with your marketing goals. Brand Lift’s testing methodology and large sample size can provide you with detailed insights into how your campaigns influence the way people feel about your product or brand.
How Brand Lift works
Once your line items start serving, the following groups will see Brand Lift surveys:
- People who have seen your ads
- People who were eligible to see your ads, but didn’t see them
Multiple surveys can be created for different metrics to be shown to users at different times. The difference in responses between the two groups determines the influence your ads have on key brand metrics, such as ad recall, awareness, and consideration. For YouTube & partners line items, surveys continue as long as your insertion orders are running. For video line items, surveys continue for 28 days, or until enough survey responses are collected.
Depending on the number of survey responses, you'll see the following aggregated Brand Lift metrics:
- Exposed Positive Response Rate
- Absolute Brand Lift
- Headroom Lift
- Baseline Positive Response Rate
- Relative Brand Lift
The following aggregated Brand Lift metrics are available once your campaign begins serving:
- Exposed Survey Responses
- Baseline Survey Responses
- All Survey Responses
Before you begin
To use Brand Lift measurement, create an insertion order with one or more YouTube & partners or video line items.
Brand Lift: Eligible" or “Brand Lift: Not Eligible”
The eligibility message lets you know if your Brand Lift study is eligible to meet the minimum budget requirement within 10 days.
Use fewer survey metrics
The budget minimum goes up or down based on the number of questions you have. By removing questions, you lower the minimum budget required.
Enable insertion orders or line items
If you paused your insertion order or your insertion order is complete, the “Your budget” section in the calculator will show a $0 budget. When you resume the insertion order, the budget will update to the active budget amount.
Increase your insertion order or line item budgets
Confirm your cumulative budget across your insertion orders within the 10-day period exceeds the required budget. If it doesn't, you should increase the insertion order budgets.
Budgeting for YouTube & partners line items
You must meet the minimum budget requirements across 10 days at the product and brand level to be able to detect lift for eligible YouTube & partners line items.
The eligibility is determined by calculating the budget sum of all active campaigns that measure product or brand.
- Day 1 to Day 5: $800 USD budgeted a day
- Day 6 to Day 10: $2000 USD budgeted a day
|Minimum budget requirement (Shown in USD)|
|Number of questions measured||Country A||Country B||Country C|
|1 question||$5,000 USD||$10,000 USD||$15,000 USD|
|2 questions||$10,000 USD||$20,000 USD||$30,000 USD|
|3 questions||$20,000 USD||$60,000 USD||$60,000 USD|
Note: The budget requirements are converted from USD to your account's currency type based on the exchange rate.
Budget needed per country
The minimum budget required for the brand lift study will differ depending on the country. Each "Country" column in the "Brand Lift budgeting" table above shows the minimum budget needed to measure results for that country. Click a section below to see the countries that fall under "Country A", "Country B", and "Country C" in the "Brand Lift budgeting" table.
- French Polynesia
- New Zealand
- Sierra Leone
- United Kingdom
- United States
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- South Korea
- Brand Lift is measured continuously throughout your insertion order’s flight. If you meet the above budget requirements, Display & Video 360 will aim to measure 2.0% detectable absolute lift at the product / brand level for each metric (recall, awareness, etc) each week. Otherwise you’ll see a message that lift is too small to detect.
- This resolution is by default at the product/brand level. For insertion-order-level resolution, each insertion order must be associated with its own product/brand, and meet the budget requirements.
Budgeting for video line items
Video Brand Lift is measured as a snapshot, meaning that surveys stop after reaching resolution. For the best chance of detecting lift driven by video line items, the sum of all video active line items within a product or brand should meet the $15,000 minimum budget per question.
Sample size guidelines
Follow these guidelines about how many responses are required to best detect lift:
- For YouTube & partners line items:
- For high-performing insertion orders, you can expect to detect lift once you receive about 2,000 responses per lift metric.
- At the recommended budget minimum, you can expect to detect lift once you receive 5,600 responses per lift metric.
- If your insertion order has not shown any lift after reaching 16,800 responses per metric, there may not be lift.
- For video line items:
- The report gets generated after 10,000 responses per metric or 28 days, whichever comes first.
YouTube budget eligibility calculations
Budget eligibility is calculated based on Display & Video 360's two-level budget system. Only active insertion orders and line items are considered in budget calculations. Geographies of paused line items are taken into account for the minimum daily budget.
Budget eligibility considers:
- Insertion order budget segments, calculating the daily budget as the total budget segment for the insertion order's flight divided by the number of days; and
- Line item daily budgets for all line items in the insertion order, summing the total daily budget across all line items.
The final daily budget value for each insertion order is the lower of the two above.
The total daily budget for the product or brand is the sum of the final daily budget values for all linked insertion orders.
For example, assume the required budget is $2 per day, and there is one insertion order with one line item in the product / brand. If the insertion order daily budget is $1 per day and the line item daily budget is $3 per day, then the effective daily budget is the lower of the two, $1 per day. Since $1 per day is below the minimum required budget of $2 per day, the product or brand would be ineligible.
YouTube vs Video Studies
|Budget minimum||Varies per country||$15,000 USD|
Lift results are reported as quickly as possible and can be remeasured throughout your insertion order's flight
Report generates after 28 days or 10,000 responses (whichever comes first)
|Insertion order start date||Study can be set up independently of the insertion order start date.||Study needs to be set up and approved before the insertion order start date.|
|Language support||All languages available in the study setup are fully supported.||Non-experimental languages available in the study setup are fully supported. Experimental languages can be selected, but results quality is still being analyzed.|
|Sensitive category support||Brand Lift surveys must comply with our Ads Policies and Program Policies, and you can't collect viewer feedback on sensitive topics.||Brand Lift surveys must comply with our Ads Policies and Program Policies, and you can't collect viewer feedback on sensitive topics. In addition, Alcohol, Gambling, Health, Gaming, Pharmacy, and Politics are not currently supported.|
Set up a Brand Lift study
Create and define your product or brand
Start in your advertiser, then expand Resources in the left menu and click Experiments and Lift.
Select the Lift tab at the top of the page.
Click New study.
Enter the Name of your product or brand. It is best practice to use as specific a name as possible (e.g., “Google Pixel 3a" instead of “Google”).
Select all insertion orders that advertise the same product or brand. To get results for each insertion order, associate each insertion order with its own product or brand.
Note: Brand Lift only supports adding an insertion order to a single product or brand.
Select up to 3 Lift metrics to measure.
For the Survey details, enter your product or brand and up to 3 competitors.
The survey details will be used in multiple choice questions for your survey.
Fill out the following Survey settings:
Language: This should most likely be the language of the ads associated with your line items used for the product / brand. If you have ads in multiple languages, you may want to create multiple products or brands, one for each language, and associate them with their corresponding ads. Results quality for experimental languages is still being tested for Video.
Object type: The category of your product or brand.
You'll see a preview of the survey.
Your Brand Lift measurement will start running automatically as your line items start serving. Note that for video line items, studies need to be set up before any impressions serve. To learn more about Brand Lift measurement reporting, see Understand your Brand Lift measurement data.
Add insertion orders from your product or brand
Start in your advertiser, then expand Resources in the left menu and click Experiments and Lift.
Select the product or brand you’d like to edit.
Choose Select insertion orders.
Add insertion orders by selecting them from the table.
When creating questions for Brand Lift surveys, include as much detail as possible . You’ll select your question types (up to 3) and answer choices, which should include your advertiser product or brand. Make sure the spelling is correct for your answer choices to avoid survey rejections.
As part of creating your product or brand, you'll create survey questions. The object type and intended action customize the wording of your question. These default to 'Generic,' but choose more specific options when possible. For example, if you’re a car advertiser creating a Purchase Intent question, you would pick:
Object type: Automotive product
Intended action: Choose
With these selections, the questions in the survey will be updated as follows:
Generic version: Next time you buy from one of these brands, which one are you most likely to buy from?
Updated version: Next time you choose a vehicle, which one are you most likely to choose?
Reporting is available in Display & Video 360 and in offline reports. Monitor studies in the "Lift" tab to determine when a report is ready.
To create a YouTube Report with Brand Lift Metrics, go to Reports > Offline Reporting > YouTube > YouTube Standard.
To accurately compare YouTube and Video results, set the date range selector to a predefined time period when both were collecting responses. Custom date ranges are not currently supported.
Brand Lift measurement is available for:
- In-stream ads, non-skippable ads, and bumper ads from YouTube & partners line items
- YouTube ad sequence line items
- Instant Reserve line items
- YouTube video action campaigns
- YouTube video reach line items
- Ads from YouTube Programmatic Guaranteed deals
- All ads from video line items
- YouTube & partners audio line items
- YouTube Connected TV (CTV) inventory
- Brand Lift survey coverage isn't available for third-party exchange CTV inventory:
- Brand Lift surveys won't serve through insertion orders targeting third-party CTV inventory.
- Budget allocated towards third-party exchange CTV inventory won't count towards the minimum requirement for the Brand Lift study.
- Brand Lift survey coverage is limited for third-party exchange web inventory:
- If your campaign targets mostly third-party exchange web inventory, you may not get enough survey responses, which could lead to insignificant results.