News recently emerged that YouTube will be changing the attribution criteria for TrueView for action videos ads. TrueView for action ads are designed for performance advertisers and feature call-to-action banners at the base of the video ads.

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The 2 key attribution points set to change

  • An ‘engagement’ will not count whenever a user clicks or watches 10 seconds or more of a TrueView for action ad when using target CPA bidding and maximise conversions, a departure from the 30 seconds that it was prior to now.
  • A ‘conversion’ will be counted when a user takes action on an ad within 3 days of an ‘engagement’. Should you wish for this to change you will need to ask you Google rep to customise this time frame – this is a big change from the 30 days it was prior.


Why is YouTube making these changes?

YouTube made a statement about why they were changing the default attribution window from 30 seconds and 30 days to 10 seconds and 3 days, saying it was to better reflect ‘the relationship between video ad exposure and conversions’. But what will this mean for advertisers?

The reduced engagement-to-conversion window will mean more current reporting and faster ramp up times for target CPA campaigns, according to Google themselves. Advertisers will need to keep a close eye on their TrueView for action campaigns to understand the impact of this change on their budgets and performance.


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