The news almost every B2B marketer has been waiting for… LinkedIn has officially rolled out native video advertising!
Why should this matter?
If you’re already familiar with LinkedIn advertising then you’ll know about its uber granular targeting features – and you get the same with video ads.
Therefore, you can target member profiles with criteria such as company size, geography and job title, as well as via LinkedIn Matched Audiences.
Match this with the added engagement you can get with video content, and the ROI from your advertising can be taken to a whole new level.
After all, insights released by Invodo show that:
51.9 percent of marketing professionals worldwide name video as the type of content with the best ROI”
How do I get started?
As always, you need to decide what kind of results you are looking to achieve from any activity you run. For example, you can use video advertising to build brand awareness, drive website traffic, or generate leads.
Once you know what results you want, you should have a better idea as to what type of video campaign you set up, LinkedIn gives you 2 options:
- Use a ‘Sponsored Content campaign’ to promote video from your Company or Showcase Page
- Or use ‘Direct Sponsored Content’ in order to personalise or test your video ads for specific audiences, which doesn’t publish to your Company Page
Creating a video ad is a new option to select in Campaign Manager which you can see from the screenshot below:
From there, LinkedIn guides you through the campaign setup process and recommends suitable options for the ad format based on your chosen goal.
Things to consider…
When creating your video, there are certain specifications to keep in mind such as video layout, file sizes, formats and spec requirements.
The length of your video is also a key consideration when putting a video campaign together. Although LinkedIn video ads support video from 3 seconds to 30 minutes in length, it is recommended to keep videos short and sweet to best catch and retain your audience’s attention.
LinkedIn has suggested that video ads less than 15 seconds in length tend to perform better.
For more information on the video specifications, visit the video ad consideration within their advertising platform.
What about reporting?
LinkedIn shows the engagement metrics based on the ad type – for example, you get to see ‘Number of views’, ‘View completion rates’, and ‘Leads’ depending on the chosen goal.
You can also install the LinkedIn Insight Tag on your website to track leads and conversions.
For more info, LinkedIn has a video ad tips resource where you can view a (you guessed it) video explaining more about the new functionality.