Video advertising

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Video advertising encompasses online display advertisements that have video within them, but it is generally accepted that it refers to advertising that occurs before, during and/or after a video stream on the internet, as well as within programmatic placements on publisher sites.

The advertising units used in this instance are pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll and all of these ad units are like the traditional spot advertising you see on television, although often they are "cut-down" to be a shorter version than their TV counterparts if they are run online.

The Dawn of the Internet Age: The roots of digital marketing can be traced back to the early 1990s when the internet started becoming accessible to the public. At this stage, digital marketing primarily involved basic online presence through websites. Companies embraced the potential of this new platform to showcase their products and service.[1]

Broadcast websites such as and have such advertising on their sites, as do newspaper websites such as The Telegraph, and The Guardian. In 2010, video ads accounted for 12.8% of all videos viewed and 1.2% of all minutes spent viewing video online.[2]

In July 2014, Facebook paid an estimated $400 million to acquire LiveRail, a video advertising distributor which uses Real-time bidding to place more than 7 billion video ads a month.[3]

Video ad formats[edit]

According to Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) guidelines, there are three types of video ad formats:[4]

  • Linear video ads — the ads are presented before, in the middle of, or after the video content is consumed by the user, in very much the same way a TV commercial can play before, during or after the chosen program.
  • Non-linear video ads — the ads run concurrently with the video content, so the users see the ad while viewing the content.
  • Companion ads — commonly text, display ads, rich media, or skins that wrap around the video experience.

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  2. ^ "84.1% of US internet users view web video", Broadband TV News, 15 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Facebook hopes to boost video ad revenue with LiveRail". San Jose Sun. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  4. ^ "IAB" (PDF). 6 September 2023.