Measure video performance with video analytics

This article explains how to better understand how well the YouTube videos in your video ads are performing and how to know what video content to focus on for your audience.

Before you begin

There are two views available for you to measure your video’s performance:

  1. "Ads data" view: This measures how your video performed when it’s used as an ad. You’ll see this data quickly after your ad is served to users, with no additional action necessary.
  2. "Organic data" view: This measures how your video performed when users view it in an organic context like search. This view uses YouTube analytics data to report performance, which requires that you link your video’s YouTube channel to your Google Ads account.

Depending on your needs, you can then monitor the following for any of your video ads:

  • Audience retention performance for each video (available for both views)
  • Video performance and viewer engagement (available both views)
  • Percent of views and percent of cost of each video (available for the ads data view)


View a summary of your videos' performance

  1. In Google Ads, select Video campaigns from the navigation panel.
  2. Choose Videos from the page menu. The "Videos" section shows your video performance in aggregate across all ads.

View video metrics and insights

  1. In Google Ads, select Video campaigns from the navigation panel.
  2. Choose Videos > Analytics from the page menu.

How to view audience retention

The "Audience retention" card shows you the percent of viewers that made it to each second of your video. For the chart, you can compare the performance of your video ad with the content of the video. For example, if you notice that audience retention drops significantly in the first 10 seconds, but your compelling content is later in the video, you might want to consider reordering your content. By making your video content more compelling upfront, people may be more likely to watch your videos from start to finish.

You can also use the "Top retention" card to see the view percentages for when your video had the most retention. You can check your retention by age, gender, device, ad group, and campaign.

Note: In the "Audience retention" card, you can segment retention information for an ad format by age, gender, and other data segments. Additionally, retention data is available as of April 2018 for TrueView in-stream ads, bumper ads, and non-skippable in-stream ads. Retention data will be shown only when certain data thresholds are met. For other date ranges or formats, this view shows "quartiles" information.

How to view unique reach

The "Unique users" card shows the cumulative number of unique users who saw your ad, and the average number of times a unique user is shown your ads.

Unique reach can help you understand how many people saw your ad across different devices, formats, sites, apps, and networks. For example, if someone sees your ad on their mobile, their desktop, and their tablet, your ad will receive three impressions but unique reach can tell you that each of those impressions came from a single user (your ad reached a single user three different times).

How to view video performance and viewer engagement

In the "Performance" card, you can see a visual summary of the actions taken by viewers after watching your video. Depending on the view, you can see metrics relevant to an ad context (for example, "impressions", "views", or "clicks") or organic (for example, "likes"), using the measurement methodology for that context.

You can also view engagement with specific features of your ad by using the "Moments" card. For example, you can mark a segment in your ad when your brand logo or product image shows, and have insights into viewer engagement with these key brand moments.

How to view percent of views and percent of cost of each video

Available for the ads data view only, you can see "Percent of views" and "Percent of cost". If you’re running many videos as ads simultaneously, "Percent of views" and "Percent of cost" can help you understand a specific video’s contribution to the total views or total cost of either your account or a single campaign.

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