Why should I run an in-stream video views campaign?
In-stream video ads allow you to extend the reach of your video ad campaigns and connect with what your audience is talking about. In this campaign objective, your videos run as pre-roll ads before brand-safe videos from 200+ premium publishers, including major sports leagues, top TV shows and networks, major publishing houses, and professional news outlets. With so many world-class video publishers on Twitter, in-stream ads are perfect to borrow brand equity from the publisher whose content your videos run before.
When should I run an in-stream video views campaign?
If you're looking to generate brand lift with your video content, this objective is for you. You can build brand relevance and align with customers' passion points by running targeted pre-roll video ads before content they're already watching. There's no Tweet copy needed, just upload your pre-roll video directly into the campaign form to get started.
How much do in-stream video views campaigns cost?
Twitter’s cost-per-action pricing ensures you only pay for the specific actions you are looking to drive.
When you run an in-stream video views campaign, you'll only be charged for the in-stream video views (either standard in-stream video ad view or 3s/100% in-stream video ad view) you acquire from that campaign. Impressions that don't result in an in-stream video view are free.
The cost you pay per in-stream video view depends on your budget and bid, as well as the targeting you select. You'll receive real-time bid guidance based on your targeting in your campaign setup. More on Twitter Ads pricing.
When setting up your in-stream video views campaign, you can select between automatic or maximum bidding as your bid type. We suggest selecting automatic bid since this automatically bids on your behalf, maximizing your campaign's chance of serve. If you choose maximum bid when you setup your campaign and input your bid, think of your max bid as how much you're willing to pay per in-stream video view. Remember, an in-stream video ad view is when your in-stream video is watched in 50% view for 2 seconds or more, or when someone clicks to expand/unmute your video. A 3s/100% in-stream view is when your in-stream video is watched in 100% view for 3 seconds or more, or when someone expands or unmutes your video.
It's important to think carefully about the value each in-stream video view brings to your business. The recommended bid is a good indicator of the amount you will need to bid for your campaign to reach its goal. You'll never be charged more than your bid and advertisers are often charged less. However, if your bid isn't competitive relative to other advertisers, your campaign may not serve.
In addition to controlling the amount you pay per action, you also have complete control over the amount you spend overall. After setting your bid, you're prompted to enter a total budget for the campaign and an optional daily budget. When your overall budget is reached, you campaign will stop serving until you increase the budget. When your daily budget is reached, your campaign will stop serving until the next day.
What types of Tweets can I use in my in-stream video views campaign?
You cannot use any Tweets in an in-stream video views campaign, but rather you'll attach a video directly in campaign setup.
This video will be paired with publisher Tweets and play before them as a pre-roll video. If your video is longer than six seconds, the viewer will be able to tap to skip at :06. View the preview at the top of this page to see how in-stream videos render on timelines.
Best practices for your in-stream video creative:
- Use short-form video: To get your audience’s attention quickly on mobile, shorter ad lengths work best in achieving higher brand affinity. The ideal length is 6 seconds.
- Include your branding within the initial video frames: Video ads create maximum impact when your brand is clearly identified within the first few frames — which is particularly important for content viewed on mobile devices.
- Communicate visually: Video ads appear within a video stream, so it’s important to catch your audience's attention with strong visuals. Express your message without audio and add captions for sound-off viewers.
How do you determine my videos will be matched with brand-safe content?
We use a combination of technology, people resources, and serving controls to ensure that in-stream video ads only match with publisher content in compliance with our Safe for Ads content guidelines. You may opt out of specific content categories that you do not want your ads to pair with, as well as exclude individual publishers against whose content you do not want your in-stream videos to be paired with.
All publisher partner content must comply with the policies outlined here, and your in-stream video ads must comply with our Twitter Ads policies.
What partners are available for my video to match with?
Globally, we’ve partnered with over 200 of the best video publishers in the world, including top TV networks, major sports teams, and professional news outlets. In the United States, partners include - but are not limited to - Business Insider, CNN, Condé Nast Entertainment, Fox News, Fox Sports, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, IGN, Meredith Corporation, and Reuters.
Each of our publisher partners is classified into one of following categories: