YouTube Ad Targeting: What Marketers Need to Know

Wish to use YouTube adverts to promote your merchandise? Questioning how one can get your advert in entrance of the appropriate audiences?

To discover YouTube adverts focusing on, I interview Aleric Heck on the Social Media Advertising and marketing Podcast.

Aleric, a YouTube adverts professional, is the founder and CEO of AdOutreach—a consultancy that helps entrepreneurs and enterprise house owners promote services. He additionally developed the YouTube Adverts Workshop.

Aleric explains the three components of his 3D YouTube advert focusing on technique and shares suggestions that will help you apply 3D advert focusing on in your advertising.

YouTube Ad Targeting: What Marketers Need to Know featuring insights from Aleric Heck on the Social Media Marketing Podcast.

Aleric has been on YouTube since 2009, when—at age 12—he started a channel referred to as AppFind, the place he did tech critiques, cell app critiques, tutorials, and different forms of content material. By the point he entered faculty, his viewers had grown significantly and functions had been paying him in return for being featured on his channel. He was really ready to make use of that income to pay for school.

By this time, Aleric says he’d learn The 4-Hour Workweek, had systematized loads of workflows, and had employed a video editor. He was additionally enthusiastic about life after faculty and knew he wished to construct a enterprise.

About 6 years in the past, a efficiency advertising firm representing an app that had been featured on his channel reached out to ask if he would put up that video on his channel once more as a result of it was delivering wonderful outcomes for the app. Aleric was hesitant to take their cash as a result of he knew reposting the video wouldn’t give them the identical outcomes; his viewers had already seen that video.

He thought concerning the thought for some time, then proposed working that very same video as a YouTube advert. The corporate was slightly skeptical however agreed to let Aleric run the advert with a price range of $500. In simply 1 week, that advert generated greater than 11,000 customers for the app.

Later, the identical firm reached out on behalf of a distinguished consumer. Whereas the consumer felt that Aleric’s channel was too small to work with, they wished Aleric to run the adverts for his or her different YouTube promotions. Aleric ran the marketing campaign and recognized he was actually hooked on YouTube adverts.

Then, in 2016, Aleric met Dave Woodward from ClickFunnels at HubSpot and realized he might run an advert to a funnel and generate precise gross sales. He started working YouTube adverts to drive app builders to attend and watch a webinar, after which enroll them as purchasers. He was seeing 50%–60% attendance charges on each webinar at a time when most individuals had been seeing a lot decrease attendance charges from Fb adverts.

That’s when he understood he had one thing particular.

He rebranded his firm as AdOutreach and targeted on working with YouTube adverts for companies with an emphasis on funnels. He additionally switched from an ads-done-for-you mannequin to an ads-done-with-you mannequin through coaching and hands-on assist in the YouTube Adverts Workshop Program.

Why YouTube Adverts for Improved Concentrating on?

A number of key components make YouTube adverts more practical than Fb adverts; a notable aspect is intent.

On Fb, folks aren’t sometimes trying to find an answer to an issue. They’re scrolling their private information feed and it’s important to interrupt them to get in entrance of them.

On YouTube, individuals are typically trying to find an answer and also you’re reaching them after they have intent to study or purchase one thing.

As well as, Google’s analysis has proven that 80% of individuals ages 18–48—a chief shopping for demographic—are on YouTube constantly. What’s extra, 68% of individuals in that age vary make buy choices primarily based on YouTube movies however solely 9% of companies (on the time of the examine) are literally promoting on YouTube. That’s loads of market share up for grabs.

3D YouTube Adverts Concentrating on Technique

Most individuals are solely focusing on their YouTube adverts in two dimensions: Demographics and intent.

Aleric’s 3D YouTube advert focusing on technique provides a 3rd focusing on dimension: Viewers.

As a substitute of focusing on primarily based on free demographics like age, gender, and revenue, after which combining that with the video they’re watching, he layers who they’re as an individual. On the heart of that Venn diagram of these three dimensions of YouTube adverts focusing on is the perfect consumer.

Demographic Concentrating on

Demographic focusing on focuses on attributes equivalent to an individual’s location, age, gender, and family revenue. Revenue focusing on is particularly efficient in the event you’re promoting a higher-ticket product, course, or service.


Location may be broad—equivalent to anybody in america—or narrowed by a zipcode or a avenue deal with with a radius round it. The latter could be very useful for advertising a neighborhood enterprise.

Extra demographic focusing on alternatives embody the language somebody speaks or the language by which they’re watching movies… even whether or not somebody has kids.

Intent Concentrating on

Intent focusing on focuses on what an individual is trying to find and/or the video(s) or channel(s) they’re watching on YouTube at any given cut-off date.

Aleric recommends 3 ways to make the most of intent focusing on on YouTube. 1) You’ll be able to run your adverts in entrance of a selected video or within the movies on a selected channel; 2) You’ll be able to run your adverts in movies that include a selected key phrase of their tags, meta, or titles; and three) You’ll be able to run your adverts to a set of movies that Google has recognized as related to a broad matter equivalent to advertising, well being and health, actual property, and so forth.

Whereas he takes benefit of all three of those placements, he closely favors key phrase focusing on—particularly utilizing ‘how one can’ key phrase phrases equivalent to “how one can drop some pounds,” “how one can get extra gross sales,” or “how one can develop my enterprise.” Key phrase focusing on is so efficient, he says, as a result of Google (YouTube’s mum or dad firm) has perfected key phrase search. You’re basically taking the ability behind Google pay-per-click adverts however utilizing it on YouTube with a wealthy media video.

Utilizing YouTube discovery adverts makes key phrase focusing on a good richer alternative. When somebody searches YouTube and also you’ve focused the key phrase or phrase they’re utilizing, your video can pop up on the prime of the outcomes. What appears similar to an natural result’s basically a search advert served in a manner that simulates pure content material. Aleric notes that he’s used discovery adverts to scale up many channels by producing views that end in hundreds, and in some instances, a whole lot of hundreds of subscribers.

Viewers Concentrating on

Viewers focusing on focuses on the precise particulars of who an individual relies on what Google is aware of of their search historical past and the place they’ve gone on-line, leveraging their expressed pursuits and affinities.

You’ll be able to goal folks primarily based on life occasions. For example, actual property brokers can goal people who find themselves shifting quickly and trying to find a spot to dwell.


Past that, you may also goal folks primarily based on a set of Google searches. Let’s say somebody searched Google for ‘Social Media Examiner’ prior to now and is now watching movies on YouTube. You can goal that particular person primarily based on their previous search of ‘Social Media Examiner.’

What’s mind-blowing to Aleric, nonetheless, is you could construct an affinity viewers primarily based on a URL to focus on individuals who have visited any web site that has Google Analytics put in on it, whether or not that web site is yours or another person’s. You’ll be able to even construct an viewers of people that go to websites which might be just like the positioning you determine, basically making a lookalike viewers of different folks’s web site visitors.


You may also create an viewers of individuals primarily based on the apps they’ve used. To visualise this, in the event you’re a private coach, you possibly can goal people who find themselves utilizing or have used a number of weight reduction apps. Or, you possibly can goal individuals who use the Fb adverts and Google adverts cell functions. Whereas the precise match will solely offer you an viewers of people that use these apps on Android (Google can’t monitor using iOS apps), you may also create an efficient lookalike viewers of people that have an affinity for these apps to focus on Apple app customers.

Placing It All Collectively

To grasp the magic of utilizing all three of those dimensions collectively, Aleric shares the next instance.

Say you’re a nutritionist who helps enterprise house owners drop some pounds with one-to-one teaching. The one-to-one teaching makes this a high-ticket program.

Demographic focusing on: Goal the highest 30% of family revenue earners as a result of they’ll afford a higher-ticket program.

Intent focusing on: Goal people who find themselves trying to find ‘how one can drop some pounds’ and watching movies on exercise suggestions, vitamin, and comparable matters.

Viewers focusing on: Goal enterprise house owners.

On the heart of that layered focusing on is a enterprise proprietor who’s watching a video on how one can drop some pounds and who’s in an revenue bracket that may afford your service.

Key Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Be taught extra about Aleric Heck on his web site
  • Enroll in Google Analytics for Entrepreneurs at GASuccess.dwell.
  • Watch unique content material and unique movies from Social Media Examiner on YouTube.
  • Tune into our weekly Social Media Advertising and marketing Speak Present. Watch dwell on Fridays at 10 AM Pacific on YouTube. Hearken to the replay on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.
  • Obtain the Social Media Advertising and marketing Business Report.

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