Measure your video reach on YouTube
You can use YouTube Analytics to better understand your channel's reach on YouTube. See how big your active audience is, the number of times your video thumbnails were shown on YouTube, and how these thumbnail impressions turned into views and watch time. See more tips for using impressions and click-through rate data.
Reach information includes the following metrics:
- Impressions: How many times your thumbnails were shown to viewers on youtube.com
- Traffic sources for impressions: Where on YouTube your video thumbnails were shown to potential viewers
- Impressions click-through rate (CTR): How often viewers watched a video after seeing a thumbnail
- Unique viewers: Estimated number of people who watched your videos
You can use this information to design your content strategy, see how well your titles and thumbnails work, and even use it to inform your brand deals.
Impressions data does not include instances where viewers find your content through external sources, like embeds on websites, blogs, social media, or in YouTube notifications. Impressions and impressions click-through rate data are available from January 1, 2018.
In cases where impressions are counted, we count an impression when we can detect your thumbnail was visible to a user (e.g., we may count a thumbnail when it was shown for more than one second and at least 50% of the thumbnail is visible on the screen).
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How can I use this data?
Impressions information can help you understand which videos were surfaced most by YouTube and what made them successful. For example, you may be able to understand if there a specific topic or format that is more successful or that has exceptionally high or low impressions reach.
Half of all channels and videos on YouTube have an impressions CTR that can range between 2% and 10%.
However, new videos or channels (e.g., less than a week old), or videos with fewer than 100 views can see an even wider range. Furthermore, if a video gets a lot of impressions (e.g. if it gets promoted on the Home Page or Watch Next), it's natural for the CTR to be lower than for videos where most of the impressions are from sources like your channel page.
Ultimately, it's best to compare CTRs between videos over the long-term and keep in mind how their traffic sources will affect their CTRs.
How can I use this data?
See your impressions & CTR data
You can use the Discovery tab in YouTube Studio Analytics to see a funnel that shows your impressions on YouTube and how they relate to watch time.
The Discovery tab shows data for your entire channel. To see data for individual videos, just search for the video in the search bar at the top of the screen. This can help you understand which videos were recommended most by YouTube and what made them successful.
- Sign in to YouTube Studio Beta. If you're not part of the beta, learn more.
- In the left menu, click Analytics.
- Click the Discovery tab to see the funnel image.
Here's what the funnel shows you, starting at the top:
- Impressions: How many times your video thumbnails were shown on YouTube. Note that not every instance where a viewer sees a video thumbnail will count as a registered impression and that not all views come from thumbnail impressions.
- Impressions click-through rate: Percentage of impressions that led to views. This measures how often viewers watched a video after seeing an impression.
- Views data: How many total views the channel or video has gotten over the selected time period. This metric includes views that don’t have an impression on YouTube.
- Average view duration: Estimated average minutes watched per view for the selected content, date range, region, and other filters.
- Watch time data: How engaged viewers are with your content. This metric includes watch time from views that don’t have an impression on YouTube.
- Hover over the Impressions section to see the places where impressions were shown on YouTube. You'll only see the overlay if these sources make up at least one percent of your total impressions. You can use the overlay to compare the percentage of impressions suggested by YouTube vs. impressions directly sought by viewers, such as by searching. Learn more about traffic sources for impressions.
- Use the graphs next to the funnel to see additional trends for impressions and click-through rate.