YouTube Masthead Inventory for 2019 Sold Out

Rs 1.4 cr per day ad rate has not deterred brands from already pre-booking all of 2019 for the YouTube Masthead

e4m by Venkata Susmita Biswas
Updated: Nov 16, 2018 8:02 AM
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The most prime video ad inventory on the internet- the YouTube Masthead - is sold out for 2019. 

According to highly placed sources, despite the eye-popping rate of Rs 1.4 cr per day, the masthead inventory has been lapped up by advertisers. The YouTube Masthead is the only ad inventory for which YouTube has a rate card. For all other ad inventory, advertisers buy the inventory through Google Ads and DoubleClick Bid Manager.

According to YouTube, the masthead ad earns as many as one billion impressions in a day and of which 100 million are unique impressions. In August exchange4media reported that based on the rapid growth of digital users in India, YouTube doubled the ad rate for the masthead going from Rs 72 lakh per day to Rs 1.4 cr per day.

Typically, YouTube opens up masthead dates to advertisers in half-yearly bundles. For 2019, the allocation of masthead ad for both batches is already complete and digital media buyers looking forward to the second batch of allocations could be disappointed. There is a very slim chance of finding a slot as per an advertiser's desire. "Client's do cancel/change post booking as no one is sure of exact campaigns dates in advance. So maybe one can find 2-3 dates in a month if they want it last minute. Only disadvantage is that it's all leftover dates," said one digital media buyer. 

YouTube reaches as much as 80% of India’s internet population.  On last count, YouTube India had 245 million MAUs (monthly active users). By 2020, the total number of users consuming online video in India is expected to reach 500 million (FICCI-EY Report 2018). 

Digital campaigns often are performance driven. But marketers are moving from depending on traditional media alone for brand building. The YouTube Masthead slot is a prime example of marketers choosing to use digital for brand building, despite the seemingly high cost. 

“While our focus on digital is primarily lead generation and conversions, we are using digital to create brand awareness. This is particularly important during big ticket events like new product launches. That’s where the YouTube Masthead brings us amplification and high brand visibility for 24 hours,” explained a BFSI sector marketer who recently invested in a YouTube Masthead ad. 

Digital media buyers expect the ad rates to increase as long as there is a growth in the number of people using the platform.

For now the numbers check out for media buyers. The CPM for one billion impressions at Rs 1.4 crore comes to around Rs 15, which is still lower than other digital platforms. For the best use of ad monies, media buyers aim for CPMs of Rs 12-22 for a campaign. 

Google's total advertising revenue from India in 2017-2018 stood at Rs 6443 cr. Google's India ad revenue accounts for 60 per cent the tech giant's revenue from India.

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