YouTube remarketing isn’t some flash in the pan marketing opportunity. There are over 1.8 billion monthly active users worldwide on YouTube. That’s more than Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat combined. But how can retailers go about leveraging YouTube remarketing as a part of your overall strategy?

Let’s take a look at how one company did it, and the overall effect it had on their business. In 2015, Brighton, a leading retailer of designer jewelry, handbags, and accessories, was looking to utilize their video content to increase online transactions. To do this, they joined forces with ROI Revolution.

With a strong focus on goal-setting and realistic expectations, ROI Revolution was able to structure a plan that would focus on solid reporting, testing, and optimization while working within a strictly monitored budget.

The Challenge: Budgeting & Messaging

While video remarketing can be incredibly successful, it requires very close attention to detail. Not only do you need a solid base of content, but that content needs to be visually captivating, well branded, and tell a compelling story.

Additionally, YouTube requires close monitoring of ad spend, which is especially true on mobile and tablets, where over 1 billion video views occur every single day. Due to high traffic volume, a budget can disappear in a heartbeat. This can be beneficial when first starting out to test competing ads to a large audience, but it’s important to track ad spend and bids on a consistent basis to maximize efficiency.

ROI Revolution in Action

The first step was finding the best performing remarketing audience lists through search and display networks. Those audience lists were layered into YouTube Instream ads. The instream ads gave Brighton the opportunity to get in front of a target market that was more engaged and likely to convert.

In order to hone in on this audience, ROI Revolution set a bidding strategy that would highlight Brighton’s best performing channel (desktop), by bidding down 20% or more on both mobile and tablets.

While conversions (transactions) were the ultimate goal of the remarketing program, Earned views were another helpful metric in determining the success of a campaign. An earned view means someone saw a video and then watched another video on Brighton’s YouTube channel within seven days.

By focusing on this metric, it was easy to pinpoint viewers that were highly engaged and more likely to be compelled into a purchase.

The Results

With video ads in place, ROI Revolution rolled out the YouTube remarketing campaign in August of 2016. Within a few months, they were already seeing outstanding results. They received nearly 9,000 views, 2,000 engagements, 300+ clicks, and more than 150 conversions in November alone!

Since the launch of the program, Brighton has seen a nearly 7:1 Return on Ad Spend (ROAS) with more than one in every 10 remarketing transactions coming from YouTube video ads. With a focus on previous purchasers, cart abandoners, and highly engaged users, Brighton has seen tremendous growth in their YouTube remarketing campaign as they continue to expand it in new directions.

How Can Retailers Get Started

Here are a few strategies to keep in mind if your retail business is looking to get started with YouTube remarketing:

  • Have a solid remarketing program already in place. If you aren’t currently doing some form of remarketing (social media, post-purchase sequences, customer appreciation programs), that should be the first priority.
  • A big reason for Brighton’s initial success was due to their robust video content library. Having the ability to create content quickly and an initial video content library is essential to success.
  • Be cautious of your bidding strategy. Bid down on mobile and tablet so as to not blow through your budget too quickly. While there is a huge audience for mobile and tablets, make sure it is the right audience for your business.
  • Pay attention to your earned views. Getting repeat traffic is a universal gauge of viewer interest and ultimately leads to more consumers who will convert.

If you’re looking for an even deeper look into how Brighton was able to achieve such incredible results with YouTube remarketing, take a look at the case study YouTube published on their agency page. This case study further showcases the incredible collaboration between ROI Revolution and Brighton, and demonstrates how YouTube remarketing can have a huge impact on retailers.

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