YouTube Video Ad Spend Up 57% QoQ, to $482M, In Q1 2022

Spending on online YouTube video ads alone reached $482 million in this year’s first quarter — up 57%, from $307 million, in Q4 2021, according to a new analysis by MediaRadar. 

MediaRadar’s sampling from traditional websites and YouTube shows (not including streaming video platforms or social media) found total online video ad spend across the platforms of $5.5 billion during Q1 — up 30% versus $4.2 billion in Q4. 

Ad spending, including both YouTube and other online video, increased 31%, from $4 billion to $5 billion. However, video spend without YouTube spend was down 56%, from $142 million to $63 million. (Chart above.) 

The analyzed data includes pre-roll, mid-roll and post-roll ads. It was collected from a panel of more than 2 million U.S. consumers, along with expanded virtual tracking from Jan.1, 2020 through March 31, 2022. 

Looking at full years, overall online video investment grew 42% in 2021, to $14.8 billion from $10.4 billion in 2020.

The number of advertisers investing in online video increased 21% in Q1, to 15,500, versus 12,800 in Q4 2021. 

The number of advertisers buying only YouTube online video rose 55%, to more than 9,000 companies. Companies advertising on both non-YouTube and YouTube increased nearly 4,000, or 42%, versus Q4 2021. But those that bought only non-YouTube video platforms decreased 45%.


Looking at ad duration, fully 98% of ads on non-YouTube video platforms are 30 seconds or less, versus 83% of ads on YouTube. 

However, 11% of YouTube ads were 31 to 60 seconds, and 6% were longer than 60 seconds.


Looking at ad location, 97% of non-YouTube video platform ads had pre-roll in this year’s Q1. That was consistent with the pattern found in 2021 except for a slight shift toward post-roll (to 3%) in Q1. (In full-year 2021, pre-roll was 98%, mid-roll 2%.) 

Post-roll ads were most common on YouTube in Q1, at 42%. Pre-roll followed at 30% and 28% were mid-roll ads.  



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