How To Advertise On YouTube: Launch An YouTube Ad Campaign

Once you’ve created a marketing video you want to advertise on YouTube, it’s time to create your video ad campaign. If you haven’t made a video yet, here’s how to get started with Animoto or Wistia, along with a few great examples of YouTube ads. Then it’s time to upload your video to YouTube.

How to Advertise on YouTube or Launch a YouTube Ad Campaign:

Now, you’re ready to set up your advertising campaign. First, go to your Google Ads account. If you haven’t made one already, you can sign up with a Google Workspace email (either personal or business).

How to advertise on YouTube: Upload video

When you first sign up, the screen might prompt you to start creating a campaign right away. Look for an option that says “Are you a professional marketer?” or “Set up without creating a campaign” and click. That way, you can get to your brand new Google Ads dashboard.

When you access the dashboard, click the button that says “+ New Campaign”.

How to advertise on YouTube: Start campaign

Goal and Campaign Type

You’ll be prompted to select a goal, then a campaign type. Choose whatever goal you’d prefer. Under campaign type, select “Video.”

How to advertise on YouTube: Choose a goal

Campaign Subtype and Strategy

You’ll be prompted to select a campaign subtype: Video reach campaign, outstream, or ad sequence. Choose “Video reach campaign.”

How to advertise on YouTube: Choose a campaign subtype

In the same screen, select your method for reaching your goal: Either “Efficient reach (Bumper, Skippable in-stream, or a mix)” or “Non-skippable in-stream.”

How to advertise on YouTube: Choose a strategy

Campaign Name

Next, enter a name for your campaign. Leave the bid strategy as is.

How to advertise on YouTube: Choose a campaign name


Set your budget per day or for the entire campaign. Setting a daily budget can help you keep daily costs low while ensuring you don’t run out of money too quickly. Setting a campaign total budget can help you establish a fixed investment amount that Google won’t go over.

After that, choose a start and end date.

How to advertise on YouTube: Set a budget

Networks, Locations, and Languages

Decide where you want your ad to appear.

  • YouTube search results: Your video ad will appear in results for searches and will appear on the YouTube homepage, channel pages, and video pages.
  • YouTube videos: This runs TrueView ads that appear pre- or mid-roll during a YouTube video.
  • Video partners on the Display Network: With this option, you can choose for your video ad to appear before or around videos across the Google Display Network.

You should create separate campaigns for YouTube search results and YouTube videos, as this will help you to better track performance metrics. These ads are served to people performing very different activities and require a different amount of commitment from the viewer, so it’s best to monitor performance separately.

Next, define the location of users whom you want the ad to be shown to. You can also exclude certain locations.

Last, choose the languages that your target audience speaks.

How to advertise on YouTube: Choose networks and locations

Content Exclusions and Excluded Types and Labels

These options are for those who wouldn’t like to advertise their brands on videos that have profanity or sexual content.

Choose between “Expanded inventory” (excludes videos that have excessive profanity and graphic content), “Standard inventory” (excludes videos with strong profanity and graphic content), and “Limited inventory” (excludes videos with moderate profanity and graphic content).

How to advertise on YouTube: Exclude content if needed

Under “Excluded types and labels,” you can also prevent your ads from showing up in embedded YouTube videos and live-streaming videos. In addition, you can exclude content based on their content labels (G, PG, MA, and so on).

Related Videos

You have the option of adding related videos to appear below your ad. You can add up to five.

How to advertise on YouTube: Add related videos

Advanced Settings

In the advanced options, you can specify the operating system, device, and carrier for more granular targeting. This is especially useful for mobile app ads, and there’s an option to increase or decrease your bid based on if the video ad is shown to someone on a mobile device.

You can set beginning and ending dates for your campaign, create a custom schedule for when your video ad should be shown, and limit the daily impressions and views for users. This all helps you to get the most return for your ad spend.

Demographics and Audience Segments

Next, define the audience you would like the video to be shown to — options include gender, age, parental status, and household income. You can also target individuals by their interests, such as beauty mavens, cooking enthusiasts, horror movie fans, etc.

Try running multiple campaigns to target different groups of users to discover who is most engaged, rather than including everyone you want to target in one campaign.

How to advertise on YouTube: Choose demographics

Keywords, Topics, and Placements

You can also target individuals by keywords, topics, or placements where you would like your video ad to appear. Keyword targeting with in-display ads can be a powerful tool for finding individuals who are looking for a visual answer to a question. Be sure to do your research, and try testing out different groups of keywords to see which leads to more views, clicks, or conversions.

Additionally, you can use video ads to remarket to people who have been in contact with your brand already. This can help you to re-engage those who are already familiar with your brand.

How to advertise on YouTube: Choose keywords and topics


Next, determine the max price you will pay for each view, which you can adjust to increase the number of projected views your video may receive.

How to advertise on YouTube: Bidding

Creating the Video Ad Creative

Last, insert the YouTube link for the video you would like to run the ad for. You will then choose whether you want this to run as an in-stream ad or an in-display ad.

For in-display, you’ll need to include a title and short description, which is entered on two separate lines. Note: Titles are limited to 25 characters, and the description lines are limited to 35 characters each.

In-stream ads provide you with the option to overlap a display URL on top of the video. You should use a vanity URL that directs to another final URL to make it more memorable. You can include advanced URL tracking options. In addition, a companion banner made from images from your video will appear on the right side of the video ad.

How to advertise on YouTube: Add the video creative

Click Done, then click Create Campaign.

How to advertise on YouTube: Create a campaign

Finished! Google will then prompt you to put in your credit card information (if they don’t have it already) so they can begin running your ad.

Linking Your Account

You should link your Google Ads account to the YouTube channel where the video is hosted if you haven’t already. On the top navigation bar, click “Tools & Settings.” Under “Set Up,” go to “Linked accounts.”

"Linked accounts" menu item inside Google Ads

Choose YouTube from the screen, and you’ll be prompted to add a channel.

Linking YouTube channel to Google Ads