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Everyone’s talking about audio advertising, and we’re all ears.

So when Google announced the launch of YouTube audio ads (it’s still in BETA, so you need to reach out to your Google sales representative if you don’t have access to it), we knew what we had to do: test it.

Our goal was to see how the latest ad type compares to the one we have used before (YouTube video ads). Because we didn’t find any case studies on this topic, we wanted to be the first ones to run this experiment.

What Are the Main Differences Between YouTube Audio Ads and YouTube Video Ads? 

It’s pretty simple.

With YouTube video ads, you can promote a video material, while YouTube audio ads give advertisers the option to reach their target audience through audio. You should still use images or animations, but the main focus is on the voiceover, so the audio quality should be a top priority.

Another difference between audio ads and video ads is that audio ads mostly show on music or podcast content, while video ads can appear on various channels. However, we’ll see later that the audio ads appeared on other types of channels as well.

Experiment Overview

From April 13, 2021, until May 16, 2021, we ran a YouTube audio and a YouTube video ad campaign. We allocated the same budget for each campaign, using the same settings and audiences.

The message for the two ads was the same, as well as the length. The only thing that was different was the design asset. This was a great opportunity for us because the main goal for these types of campaigns is brand awareness.

Since we launched the rebranding in February 2021, we wanted to continue raising awareness about Creatopy and our new positioning.

What we learned from this experiment:

  • You don’t necessarily need to find an absolute winner—try to focus on the pros of each ad type and build your campaign further based on those results;
  • Work more on the parts that didn’t perform as expected, or adjust your strategy according to those;
  • The results may vary depending on your advertising goals, so try to keep your expectations realistic.

Download the YouTube audio ads vs. video ads case study to learn all about:

  1. Overview of the experiment
  2. The main differences between YouTube audio ads and YouTube video ads
  3. Experiment duration & variables
  4. Breakdown by locations, devices, placements, and days
  5. The results
  6. How to create YouTube audio ads
  7. How we can improve our next campaign
  8. Key takeaways

Experimenting is a must for every advertiser, as it can help you notice certain patterns and sequences that perhaps you wouldn’t recognize otherwise. 

There is no right or wrong in digital marketing, so let us know whether you have any questions. Or if you made similar experiments feel free to share your results and opinions with us.

Csilla Borsos
PPC Specialist, nature lover, bicycle rider, overthinker. But first of all, human.


    1. Hello! Great case study very helpful. One big question though, as it relates to the clicks you received. Although it wasn’t the primary KPI of your test, I am assuming you were tracking response metrics once they landed on your page, i.e. leads, free trials, inquiries, etc…how were the back end conversions from this traffic?

    2. Hi Robert! I’m glad you found this study helpful. The click conversions were very few, but this was understandable in our case, as we set up the campaigns with one main goal in our minds: raising awareness. It’s very rare that, when someone sees a video ad, they actually click on it instantly and convert. Afterwards, however, we received some view-through conversions (VTC) meaning that our audio/video ads contributed to transforming these users into leads (however, in our case, the click to VTC rate was higher in the case of audio ads).

    3. Thanks for the detailed write up. . We will soon start video adds on youtube.i am glad i found this article

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