Non-skippable ads are now in the process of being rolled out to all YouTube creators, Google's subsidiary announced. The new monetization method has been in testing for some time now but only a small number of popular YouTube channels had access to it so far. Unskippable ads are much shorter than other forms of advertising on YouTube and usually don't run for longer than five seconds so as to avoid annoying viewers. According to YouTube's current rules, such video advertising cannot be longer than 20 seconds, though only a small subset of marketers chose to make their unavoidable promotions anywhere near as long so far. Some creators have expressed their displeasure with the monetization technique, claiming the new ads either pay less than regular promotions or drive away traffic, resulting in significant revenue drops in both cases.
The rollout of the new ad format is gradual in nature and could take several weeks to be completed. YouTube creators eligible to start using non-skippable ads will be informed of the matter via a Dashboard notification, the company confirmed. Owners of some channels recently took to social media to speculate that while the format is unlikely to deliver a direct revenue boost and may actually have the opposite effect, the overall turnover may still benefit if creators manage to sell such units to marketers directly. The functionality is of the opt-in variety and any creator who chooses to enable it will be able to ad unskippable ads to all of their previously published videos or use them selectively.
Non-skippable advertising is a format that the social media industry has been exploring for years now with oscillating results. YouTube is also introducing new analytics tools meant to help creators track the performance of such units moving forward and while the new change is likely to result in an influx of unskippable ads on the video platform in the short term, that trend may end up being short-lived if content producers conclude the monetization technique isn't effective.