Natchi asks, “What is the best way to estimate YouTube Ads KPIs performance for a certain budget, duration etc?”
For campaigns that are in-flight and have enough data, use the Google Ads simulator. That will tell you what some common scenarios look like. Otherwise, cobble together your best estimate based on data from SEO tools in order to get budget, then use Google’s tool once your campaigns are running.
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In today’s episode nachi asks where it is question go here? What is the best way to estimate YouTube ads, KPIs performance for a certain budget, duration, etc? So this is a a fairly common question when it comes to YouTube advertising.
What is it going to cost the same for Google ads? What’s it going to cost? What kind of performance can you expect, and there’s a couple different answers based on what you’re currently doing with with your ads account, the easiest way to get started is if you’re already running ads, and there’s enough data inside Google ads, let’s go ahead and flip over here.
So this is a look at the campaign budget simulator, which is built into Google ads in the web interface.
I’m using a screenshot here, because there’s a whole bunch of client stuff can’t be showing off.
But this is what the campaign budget simulator looks like when you’ve got an ad campaign video ad campaign running because all Google Ads run through the same central platform, you will get a little icon next to either the budget or the cost per view column, depending on whether you’re in campaigns or ad groups.
And it’ll show you, hey, based on the last X number of days of data that your is been in place from your campaign running, here are the likely results you could get for your video campaign.
Based on different levels of budget, you can type in a different budget number there and see, you know, what kinds of performance you could reasonably expect.
This is probably the best tool to use.
But it obviously requires you to already be running some ads.
So you at least want to get some ads in flight, even if they’re not a huge budget numbers, just so that Google Ads has enough data to give you some estimates.
And if it doesn’t have enough data, it will tell you so say like don’t have enough data available from existing ad performance to give you those insights.
Now, that’s if you already got something running, what about if you don’t have something running in flight? Well, the answer to that is a lot less clear.
One of the things you’ll have to take a look at is, are there data points that you could infer some of this information from? And the answer is, yes, sort of.
But nowhere near as clearly as cleanly as Google gives you four campaigns running.
So your best bet is always to have campaigns running one option.
The very, a very simple one, obviously, is to go into tools like Google Trends, just to get a sense of your volume, is anybody at all searching for this thing? One of the things Google Trends allows you to do is do a YouTube search.
So in there, you can then get a comparison to say like, Okay, how does this look over time.
And you can choose the region you’re in, can choose the date range.
So let’s do just for fun here.
ham sandwich versus turkey sandwich on YouTube.
I mean, just get a sense of Is there any search volume at all, sometimes, depending on what you’re working on, they may not be even be volume, let’s take a look at this ham sandwich as a very specific term.
And in that case, there’s an indicator that the campaign probably is not going to do a whole lot if that’s the core term that people would be searching for on YouTube, like, yeah, it’s not really there.
They’re the other tools that you can use as many of different SEO tools.
This is one is ahrefs.
Many different SEO tools allow you to choose YouTube as one of the channels to look at at least keyword performance to see like, what kind of search volume is there? What kind of click volume is there and get a sense of what are these keywords look like on a on a click basis, volume basis, etc.
Now, there’s no costs in here, but you could at least get a sense of Okay, is there enough volume on YouTube? to at least infer, okay, if I know I’m going to pay, say, a buck a click right? What is that going to look like? 1200 clicks on a monthly basis, then it’s probably gonna be at 1200 bucks.
That’s a starting point, to at least give you a sense of Okay, what should I be investing upfront to get those ads started and then once they get started, then you go back to the Google campaign simulator, it’s okay, now they’ve got at least some money in the system.
I haven’t noticed put a credit card with no limit in there.
Then you can start doing the simulator to understand that performance.
So those would be the better ways to to estimate upfront, there really isn’t.
There aren’t any good tools that I know of.
That will give you really solid estimates because a Google keeps Pull out that data for fairly close to the vest and be.
Video performance in particular is, seems to be a little more fickle than regular regular keyword search performance.
Because the Google, the YouTube search algorithms and the YouTube video selection algorithms are, there’s a lot more ebb and flows a lot more things that swing pretty wildly a video can be put up and do astonishingly well.
And then obviously, if that video is monetized, then the ads that show and it will be will, will vary wildly as well.
So there’s more volatility in YouTube than there is typically in Google search.
So it’s one of the reasons why there aren’t easy calculators on the web that you could use to make these inferences, you’d have to just kind of do your best estimates up front, and hope that it is enough to convince somebody to invest some money and then use the appropriate tools.
So that’s the best way I’ve got right now.
I would love to hear if you are in Google Ads Pro, specifically YouTube ads, what is it that you use? Leave it in the comments if you’ve got some useful tips for doing those estimates? We can certainly ask some of our friends who also work at agencies to see what is those places do as well.
But those are my best suggestions right now.
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