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Why Understanding 'View Through Rate' is Important to your YouTube Ad Campaign

Do you regularly calculate your YouTube view-through rate (VTR)?

What’s that, you ask?

It’s understandable that in the online ad world, impressions are the reigning statistic that advertisers go off of to determine the value and effectiveness of an ad campaign. And while impressions are great, they don’t paint the entire picture.

To get an accurate count of an ad’s conversion, you need to acquaint yourself with VTR.

View through rate

VTR is measured as “the number of completed views of a skippable ad over the number of initial impressions.” 

Basically, VTR takes your impressions statistics and puts them into greater context, next to the raw number of people that have completed views of your skippable ad. This is important to note because it's not that impressions are an unimportant figure, but they are potentially misleading if left without a framework by which to compare them.

How to calculate VTR

VTR formula: VTR = Complete views (users didn’t skip the ad) / Impressions (ad rendered)

Why is it important?

At the most basic level, the importance of calculating the VTR is that it gives advertisers a quantifiable way to know how their ad efforts engage consumers. From there, you can optimize your campaign to be more effective by assessing which sites convert the best for your advertisements and to gain new insights into your ad view data. This is the type of information that you, as an advertiser, can use to improve your ad campaigns proactively.

Perhaps most importantly, though, is that view-through conversions are a better representation of upper and middle funnel performance than other measures like click-through.

It’s not exactly a secret that display ads have some tragically low click-through conversion rates. Instead of writing the medium off entirely, use view-through conversion to accurately assess how effective your ads spread your company’s influence.

Sometimes advertising seems like a losing game - consumers don’t want to be bothered by ads, and if they have a choice to skip or not, chances are they’ll do it. But, not everyone skips, if they did, we wouldn't be deeply engaged in social media advertising.

By paying attention to VTR, you're provided with a more refined scope with which to assess the value of your ad efforts and to afford yourself the opportunity to improve ad performance.

This article originally appeared on Strike Social.

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