YouTube connected TV viewing and advertising stats you need to know

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Social Media Today reports that one of the most noticeable video trends during the past several years has been the adoption of digital channels on our home TV sets. With an increasing number of people watching content through platforms like Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max, more and more content gets streamed directly to the largest screen in their house.

And for long, TV advertising has always been considered the top ad reach option but also one of the most expensive. For most brands, that's meant TV just hasn't been on the table - however, now, YouTube is providing a back door to bigger screens for lots of advertisers. TV advertising is a more viable option all of a sudden, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the platform is adding more tools and features to cater to this usage as a result. Already, the world's top video platform have added new TV-specific targeting to its prominent Mastheads ads.

How many people are actually watching YouTube on their home TV sets?

Well, to answer that question, Social Media Today is bringing us a new report based on a survey carried out by eMarketer and media services and technology company Sightly. The study provides an overview of some key OTT consumption trends, and what it contains just might change your approach to digital advertising in 2021.

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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
    Great data - thanks! The time spent trends - particularly on television sets themselves - really speak to a blurring of the lines around what viewers consider "premium" or "TV worthy" content. A $5-$10 million-per-hour "premium" TV show from a professional studio now often loses, on a time spent basis, to far less costly fare from individual content creators. And on top of that we're seeing "premium" platforms like Netflix start to source some of their most popular material from YouTube (Cocomelon now one of Netflix's biggest shows).

    In many respects, it's a great time to be a non traditional animator or general content creator...
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  • Profile picture of the author gss webtech
    wow, it is great data
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  • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
    Always good to increase reach but YouTube also has a hell of alot misinformation they seem to ignore.

    You can see a title and hover over the video and tell it's Total Bull clickbait.


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  • I agree that ads tend to be shorter now but they seem to cram longer and more unskippable ads in each video. In some ways, we do YT like TV now. There are ads that I watch willingly. I don't skip them because they're interesting and relevant. The unskippable ads though, they're usually bad/boring/irrelevant.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Google hit pay dirt when it paid only 1.65 billion dollars to acquire Youtube.

    Talk about a BARGAIN!
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
      What's also crazy is that Google reportedly only valued YT at $600-$700M at the time ... they reportedly added a billion dollar premium just to endure they landed the deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    YOUTUBE => an huge market to create a brand and multiply your profits in 1/7 of time.

    Create a video and share it, it's so simple. It works pretty well for us with another $35K in profits
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  • Profile picture of the author James McAllister
    I remember being really worried about the effect of adblockers on YouTube revenue. Content creators ought to feel glad that a higher percentage of views are coming from devices in which it's much harder to block ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diego Aguirre
    What a detailed report... Although I have heard from a marketer that allowing his ads to show on TV burns through the daily budget.
    And when I try to understand why, in my personal experience, when I am watching YT on the TV most of the time I am not paying attention (just listening in the background) and all the ads are fully played.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
      Yeah - interesting how often YT is used almost like a podcast in that way. Although I can't say I pay attention to traditional TV ads, either

      The television set is a good way to extend reach (higher likelihood of co-viewing, for one) and do "upper funnel" marketing while maintaining Google/YT's targeting ... and can actually be relatively cost effective on a per-view basis, often with higher viewthrough rates (though some of that could be due to using it for audio as you mentioned)
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