Custom intent audiences for YouTube targeting

  • Ayesha Rafeeq
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  • Published Date : 15 October , 2018
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  • Updated Date : 15 April , 2019
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    • 3 min read

A lot of brands are making the shift from traditional advertising to YouTube ads and there is no surprise why. Marketers have always opted for YouTube ads for top-of-the-funnel objectives like brand awareness and recognition. But, with YouTube introducing custom intent audiences for better targeting, you can now reach potential consumers who are on the verge of making a decision. Let’s find out how.

How can you benefit from custom intent audiences?

Unlike in-market audiences, custom intent audiences help marketers tailor-make their target group as per the video they are promoting or the services they are providing. Since the targeting is much more concise, they provide a higher return on investment. In fact, according to Google, this approach was built keeping performance advertising in mind, proving to be all the more effective in your marketing strategy. Additionally, you can create your target group with the help of high purchase intent keywords to drive more relevant traffic to your video.

For example, let’s consider your brand is one of the leading providers of shock-proof wires and cables. You are planning to promote your recent ad that introduces a new line of waterproof and shockproof cables to the market. Through traditional in-market audience targeting options, you can reach a generic set of audiences that cover industries, factories and other B2B organisations who are closest to your target group. But with custom intent audiences, you have the option of targeting on a deeper level with high intent keywords. You can reach the users who are specifically looking for your brand and your competitor’s, along with specific keywords of the type of product offered in the video.

How to create a custom intent audience?

Creating a custom intent audience is your best bet when it is hard to find an in-market audience that is relevant to your video content. Go to the audience targeting window and scroll down. You will find a “New custom intent audience” option right below the in-market audience targeting options. Once you click on it, you can tailor-make your audience on the basis of high-performing keywords that align with the services offered in the video.

Apart from providing a deeper level of targeting, custom intent audiences also help brands target users who have keyed in similar queries on Google search. Additionally, once you select a few purchase intent keywords, you can also choose from other recommended keywords that are suggested based on your targeting.

Tips to get the most out of your custom intent audience

  • For more accurate targeting, make sure you include at least 50 high intent keywords in your audience.
  • Also, since the keywords are most likely to provide a broad match, the overall reach of your content will be wider than expected.
  • Make sure you add user intent as one of the targeting options to generate higher views and better engagement metrics. You can also target the users who have visited related URLs or those for a deeper reach.
  • Another effective way to enhance your targeting is by filtering your viewers based on life events and other content consumption patterns.
  • It is a good idea to keep the content of your video in mind while selecting high intent keywords. The closer the keyword is to the message delivered in the video, the better the accuracy of the targeting.

In a nutshell, it is safe to say that a custom intent audience will give you a much more control on targeting while running ads on YouTube. Whether you are a real estate giant, a leading FMCG brand, or a top financial organisation, it is time you leverage the power of custom intent audiences to expand your reach.

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Sudar Vannan2018-12-19 < Reply

Thanks for sharing. Really helps me to know more about an intent audience

Ayesha Rafeeq2018-12-22 < Reply

Thank you Sudar! You can also read our blog on what type of content your target audience will find engaging for deeper insights.

Swati Sinha2018-11-19 < Reply

Very informative writeup about a very new concept... custom intent audience. A very advantagious option for advertisers who want to target only a focussed group of people.

Ayesha Rafeeq2018-11-24 < Reply

Thank you! Please do read our other blogs as well and share your valuable feedback :)

swati sinha2018-11-19 < Reply

Very useful blog. Explains the new concept of custom intent audience in great detail. Very helpful indeed. Thanks for sharing.

Ayesha Rafeeq2018-11-24 < Reply

Thank you! Please do read our other blogs as well and share your valuable feedback :)

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