YouTube’s first UK Brandcast: courting TV advertisers

17 December 2013

YouTube (YT) held its first Brandcast in the UK in October, as well as in France and Germany, after staging similar events in the US. Google’s ambition is to compete more directly for brand and TV advertising in these core markets

At this year’s Brandcasts, YT highlighted its position as a complement to TV content and advertising, emphasising unique advertising opportunities for brands to engage with viewers through sponsored YT native and dedicated brand channels, in line with its new ‘brand partner programme’

In direct comparison to TV, online video advertising and viewing remains small. We project UK online video advertising to reach £305 million for FY2013f, representing 8% of TV ad revenue. As the dominant players, Google/YT are well positioned to grow display revenue by securing a large share of brand advertising moving online

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