The Art of Pre-Roll Ads

Pre-roll ads. Just the thought of them can put you into a state of annoyance. They can easily be seen as disruptive or intrusive, but if used correctly they can be a powerful tool to drive traffic to a website or bring positive awareness to a brand.

Below is an example of a Youtube pre-roll ad that not only captures the viewers attention, but gives consumers something of value.

Instead of trying to fit as much information as possible into 30 seconds, this company uses an effective creative approach. Below are some benefits of pre-roll ads.

Creativity

As soon as a “skip ad” button pops up, 94% of viewers will press it. This is why it’s crucial to capture their attention within the first 5 seconds. Advertisers are tasked with creating something of value where each second counts. Your video ad must be memorable and be able to stand out from the crowd. The ultimate goal is to have a conversion- whether it be website traffic, a like on a page, or a sale.

Niche Marketing

When launching a campaign on Youtube, you have the power to reach just the right customer for your business. This is why it’s important to understand your target audience from their demographics, psychographics, purchase behaviours, and geographic profile. Another benefit of Youtube pre-roll ads is if the video is not watched till the end, you do not have to pay for the spot.

Measurable

Finally, pre-roll ads are measurable. By using a video platform, you can see exactly where viewers exited out of the video or if they watched until the end. From this information, you can identify what campaigns were successful/unsuccessful.

Sure, they may be considered disruptive- but with the right message, the right people, and the right element of creativity you can easily connect with viewers.

-L

It All Begins Here

**Note**   The campaign is over! I’m happy to say I got selected to attend INBOUND along with 5 of my classmates. Thank you everybody for all of your overwhelming support. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Opportunities are always out there. Entering my second year in Advertising and Marketing Communications, we’ve been given the opportunity to attend INBOUND– a conference held in Boston MA from November 8-11.  Along with my classmates, we are competing for 4-6 spots.

This is not only a once in a lifetime chance for me, but an opportunity to expand my knowledge and share what I’ll learn with others.

You can help #SendmetoBoston by liking, subscribing, sharing, and commenting on my video!

-L

Updates

So your first year of college is finally done! Now what? We spend so much time waiting for summer, but when it finally comes around we have no idea what to do. During this time of quiet reflection we ask ourselves: what did we actually learn? Here are 3 things I learned from my first year of college.

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There will be Setbacks

If you want to accomplish something great, there will always be setbacks. Whether it be something small like a grade you’re not too proud of, or something bigger like a breakup. There will be times you will want to drop everything and give up. Here’s my advice to you: don’t. You have the perfect opportunity to turn it around and create something fantastic.

Teamwork is #1

Before this program, I always focused on being independent and doing things without any help. It may have worked in high school, but it wasn’t going to fly here. Being part of a team helped us identify all of our weak and strong qualities. Together, we figured out ways to bridge gaps and work together cohesively.

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My lovely team at the Greg Awards (April 16, 2016)

Have Pride and Passion for Your Work

One of the most daunting parts of working as a team was creating a product that we were all proud of. Countless hours were spent in the lab refining the final campaign for Frontenac Cycle. Having a vision or idea was one thing, but executing it was a whole different story. One thing I learned is that it’s okay to ditch an idea if you’re not feeling passionate about it.

All in all, I couldn’t be happier with the way first year turned out. I was honoured to receive 2 awards at the end of the year- something I never saw coming. I can’t wait to share and experience all the opportunities that second year has in store for all of us.

-L

 

Come Home to Play

The Spot

This ad is set in a fantasy land where a bat and eagle teach their robot friend how to fly. The viewer is then transported to a family’s living room where two kids dressed up as a bat and eagle play with their father who is dressed up as a robot. The caption, “Come Home to Play” spreads across the screen as the ad comes to an end.

You can find the ad attached below.

The Challenge

Ikea’s vision is to go beyond home furnishing and create a better everyday for all people impacted by their business. To accomplish this vision, Ikea stresses the fact of being an open, playful, and innovative company to consumers. In this ad, the company focused on the creativity of children and showcases the importance of play during everyday lives at home.

THe Idea

To build onto the brand, Ikea features the fun and games between separate generations in a family. By doing this, they can connect to families who have children, expand their customer base, and implement their vision of creating a better everyday life for consumers. Ikea has a price positioning strategy with an emphasis on low, affordable prices. This will appeal to the individual who is willing to sacrifice time to put together products in exchange for the lower cost.

Execution of The Idea

When a consumer thinks of home, they think of family and safety. Most home furnishing stores feature a family within ads and just tell the consumer about specific promotions. Ikea takes a creative approach and attempts to convey the feeling of playfulness and being youthful to the audience. In addition to this, the advertisement aligns with their innovative products that they create to make the home a better place.

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What Works? Why?

Because of their creative approach, the ad is visually striking and will easily capture the audiences attention. Ikea is a well known brand with over 700 million visits to their stores worldwide. Most consumers recognize Ikea’s values of creating innovative, affordable furniture and this ad will reinforce the ideas.

Another positive aspect of the ad is how the children teach the dad “how to fly”. After a stressful day at work, it is beneficial for adults to relieve stress by playing with their kids. Once again, this element will appeal to a consumer with children.

What Doesn’t Work? Why?

Though the ad is very creative, they never show any products. A consumer who has never been introduced to the brand will not understand the purpose of the advertisement. The only speech is placed at the ending stating, “Ikea. The wonderful everyday”. To an outsider, this ad will not make any sense without previous knowledge of the brand.

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Overall, I’d give this ad a B+. The brand had wonderful creative ideas and successfully conveyed the feeling of openness and being playful to the consumer. These feelings align with the brand values- specifically their innovative and cost effective furniture.

The visuals were striking and eye catching, but to a new Ikea customer this ad would not make any sense. They failed to have some sort of call to action at the end. It would be more beneficial to include a website address, social media, and where to find them.

Tiny House, Big Benefits

As consumers, we’ve adapted to the thought of “the bigger, the better”. We aspire to have more in life. More followers, more money, great paying job, and a huge house. So why are people choosing to downsize when they have the option of living larger lifestyles? Why does this niche market appeal to individuals?

TV shows such as Tiny House Builders, Tiny House Nation, and even a full documentary on Netflix can give us insights to this affordable housing revolution. Below is a video featuring the 172 square foot Tumbleweed house.

Easy to Maintain

In small spaced living, you have the bare essentials and nothing else. When your living space can be as small as 90 square feet, you are forced to keep your space clean. Cleaning a tiny space is a matter of minutes compared to a full sized house. Every item has a specific purpose and place.

Lifestyle

An on-the-go individual will greatly benefit from this type of space. When living and working in a big city, you are not spending much time at home. The only elements some people require are resting, a kitchen area, and a bathroom. When having such a small space, individuals can focus on the design and layout of their house to match their personal needs.

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Cost Effective

Compared to rising prices of homes today, tiny houses can cost as low as $57,000 or $433/month. You will not feel obligated to buy furniture for vacant spaces. In addition to this, the house will be cheaper to heat and cool. This aspect can appeal to students who want to live alone or anybody who aspires to save money.

Niche Marketing

Tiny houses will appeal to the innovative individual who wants to leave less of a carbon footprint. Some people will turn to the smaller, efficient space when wanting to save money. It may not be everybody’s dream home, but for a small segment of people, tiny houses are just for them.

-L

Thoughts on Crowdfunding

Every day more people are using crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo, GoFundMe, and Kickstarter. But does it really work? Just because you put yourself out there and make a campaign, doesn’t mean money will start flowing in.

Depending on your marketing strategies and the cause of your campaign, it can either go really great, or without doubt, will fail. Here are 3 things that will ensure a successful campaign.

Community Involvement

With the Steer It Up campaign, one thing they’re doing right is community involvement. By reaching out to local radio stations and businesses, both parties are benefiting. The campaign gets money and the businesses get exposure. Most people who start crowdfunding have no reach. They start up a campaign and just wait for things to happen. If you want to raise money, you have to network with people who will care about your cause.

incentives to Donate

A smart thing to do is reward people for donating. With the Steer It Up campaign, you can donate 10 dollars and receive a personal thank you note as well as a badge to show on social media. If people have an initiative to donate and receive something in return, they will be more willing to give money.

A Great Cause

People should connect with your campaign and understand why it’s worthwhile to donate. If the cause is for something personal such as a wedding or vacation, strangers will be less willing to donate. By telling a story and fully explaining your cause, people will relate to the issue and support you.

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-L

Voting Day Comes to a Close

Since turning 18 in June, I’ve had my first chance to vote. I did vote for the Liberals only after a quick look at their platform. If I could go back in time, I wish I would have looked further in depth into all of the parties. After some research, I’ve found plans that would effect myself and many other students.

Here’s the top 3.

FOCUS ON YOUNG CANADIANS

Going through high school I did not have an interest in politics. I’ve always let it slip my mind and left it to adults. Next thing you know, you’re turning 18 and have no idea who to vote for. One thing that is in store is registering high school students as part of their high school curriculum. By engaging more with young Canadians, they want every individual registered to vote when they turn 18.

STUDENT LOANS

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One issue that most students face after post secondary education is repaying their student loans. After the 6 months grace period, students are expected to start paying back their debts. With the Liberal party in charge, grads would not have to pay their loans until they earn at least 25,000$ per year.

FOCUS ON MIDDLE CLASS

The Liberals will ask the wealthiest 1% of the population to pay more so middle class families will pay less. This is beneficial because most Canadians will save up to $670 per person and $1350 per couple. They will make sure that everybody has a fair chance to succeed.

-L

The Choice to be Straight

If you could be straight, would you? Six years ago I would have surely said yes. Recently Buzzfeed posted a video that had many parallels to my own life. Why go through the struggle of denial, fear, and hopelessness? Why not throw in the towel and take the magic pill that will conform you to normality?

The answer is that we are human. We were made to feel. Every individual goes through a separate journey that shapes them in to who they are. Sure, it may not be accepting your sexuality but it’s a journey nonetheless.

Why Should we Care?

Linking this back to marketing, companies should find ways to empower people. We spend so much time questioning or apologizing for how we feel. Companies should connect to consumers on a personal level and show them they are not alone.

Connecting to the Target Audience

  1. Assess personal struggles
  2. Validate feelings
  3. Allow people to thrive

A campaign that comes to mind is GetUp! based in Austrailia. I’ll admit, when I first watched this, I teared up a little bit. This ad shows how sexuality is not the only defining trait of an individual. There’s so much more to a person than who they love.

-L