YouTube is one of the pioneers of the six-second ad format, launching the six-second “bumper” ad in 2016, reports Digital News Daily, which added that “new research from the advertising intelligence platform MediaRadar suggests that ads on the video platform have slowly been getting longer.
“MediaRadar ran an analyses of video ads across digital video platforms, including YouTube, from January 2018-February 2019.
“Among the findings: the percentage of six-second ads on YouTube declined by 20% year-over-year to 16.5% of all ads. By comparison, the number of 30-second ads rose by 19% year-over-year to 24% of all ads. Fifteen-second ads made up a plurality of YouTube ads, accounting for 47% of ads on the Google-owned video platform.
“The shift toward longer ads suggests that YouTube and advertisers are seeing value in the longer formats.”