Starting from 2018, YouTube will stop showing 30-second unskippable preroll ads

It is a very annoying thing that happens to us when watching a video on YouTube and you suddenly a 30-second ad appear which gets me crazy! Right now Google has announced that starting from 2018, Google will give advertisers and agencies time to adjust their plans.

In aiming to provide a better advertising experience for online users, Google has clearly come to the inevitable realization that consumers loathe unskippable ads on YouTube.

“As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers,” said a Google spokesperson.

Google will be replacing 30-second preroll ads with a six-second bumper ad format which was introduced last year. The problem is, bumper ads won’t be skippable either.

“We like to think of Bumper Ads as little haikus of video ads and we’re excited to see what the creative community will do with them,” said Zach Lupei, Google’s product manager for Video Ads while announcing the new ad format in April 2016.

Google’s latest move may not please advertisers, but it’s a step in the right direction. It’s the price YouTube is clearly willing to pay to keep people watching, especially with Facebook doubling-down on video.

“I’m reading this as a signal that YouTube is very worried about Facebook,” said Callum McCahon, strategy director for Born Social. “We know that video is right at the very core of Facebook’s roadmap. Their video offering is becoming ever more attractive to brands by the day and YouTube is panicking.”


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