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  • Peggy Yeh

Beyond Views: Measuring the True Success of Your Video Advertising Strategy

With billions of videos being viewed every day, measuring the success of your video advertising strategy goes beyond simply counting views. To truly understand the impact of your video campaigns, it's crucial to delve deeper and analyze key metrics that provide insights into engagement, brand awareness, and conversion. In this blog post, we will explore the various metrics and strategies you can use to measure the true success of your video advertising efforts.

Understanding the Limitations of Views

While views are often the most visible and commonly referenced metric for video advertising, they only scratch the surface of the story. Views alone do not accurately reflect engagement or the effectiveness of your video content. Many factors can contribute to high view counts, such as auto-play, clickbait thumbnails, or viral sharing. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of your video's success, it's crucial to look beyond views and delve into other key metrics.

Key Metrics for Measuring Video Advertising Success

1. Watch Time

Watch time measures the total amount of time viewers spend watching your video. It provides insights into the level of engagement and interest in your content. A higher watch time indicates that your video is holding the attention of viewers, which is a positive sign of engagement and potential conversions. Video advertising platforms will bucket watch times by quartile, e.g. users who watched 25% of the video versus users who watched 50%. These audience buckets can also be leveraged further for retargeting. For example, if running a branded video advertisement, it would be recommended to retarget with lower funnel advertising to those users who watched 75%+ of the branded video. Discover more details on video retargeting strategies in our blog.

2. Engagement Rate

Engagement rate measures the interaction and participation of viewers with your video content. It includes actions such as likes, comments, shares, and subscriptions. A high engagement rate signifies that your video is resonating with your audience and creating a sense of connection, which can lead to increased brand awareness and loyalty. Improve your engagement rate with our video design guide.

3. Click-Through Rate (CTR)

CTR measures the percentage of viewers who click on a call-to-action (CTA) or link within your video. It indicates the effectiveness of your video in driving viewers to take the desired action, such as visiting your website, making a purchase, or subscribing to your channel. A higher CTR suggests that your video is compelling and persuasive, motivating viewers to take the next step. However, be cognizant that, like Display Advertising, and in contrast to Search and Meta Advertising, click-through rates for video ads can be typically low. It is important to analyze conversions and view-through conversions as much higher priority than CTRs.

4. Conversion Rate

Conversion rate measures the percentage of viewers who complete a desired action, such as filling out a form, making a purchase, or signing up for a newsletter. This metric directly ties video advertising efforts to tangible business outcomes. By tracking conversion rates, you can evaluate the effectiveness of your video content in driving real results and return on investment (ROI). Learn about conversion rate optimizations you can address on your website to support your videos' performance.

Since not all video ads will drive high click-through rates, advertisers must analyze view-through conversions also. View-through conversions are significant because they acknowledge the influence of ad impressions on user behavior, recognizing that not all conversions are directly attributable to clicks. Analyzing view-through conversions provides advertisers with a more comprehensive understanding of their campaign's impact and helps in attributing value to the entire customer journey, beyond just click-based interactions.

5. Survey Your Audience

Incorporate surveys to gather direct feedback from your audience. Use qualitative data to gain insights into their perceptions, preferences, and behaviors. This information can help you refine your video content and tailor it to better meet the needs and interests of your target audience.

6. Consider Offline Impact

While online metrics provide valuable insights, remember to consider offline impact as well. Monitor changes in brand sentiment, customer feedback, and sales data to understand the holistic impact of your video advertising efforts.


Views alone do not paint the complete picture of your video advertising success. To truly measure the impact of your video campaigns, it's essential to track and analyze metrics such as watch time, engagement rate, CTR, and conversion rate. By going beyond views and focusing on meaningful engagement and tangible business outcomes, you can optimize your videos for maximum impact and drive real results.

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