4 Tips for Better Video Ads on LinkedIn in 2021

March 18, 2021

LinkedIn Video Ad Guide: Woman looking directly at camera

Editor's Note: Enjoy this special encore post, which was one of readers' favorites so far in 2021. It was originally published on March 18.

There’s something special about video. Great video ads are agents of delight; they command the audience's attention with sight, sound, and motion. And on LinkedIn, your brand can use video ads to reach a huge, engaged professional audience: around 740 million members with the best mindset to do business where business is done.

So, what does a great video ad actually look like on LinkedIn? Is it short? Long? Does it have captions? To answer these questions, we partnered with independent research agency Digivizer and spent more than 500 hours analyzing more than 3500 ads on our platform. We employed automation and human processing methods to categorize video ads into 38 categories – by type, style and production – and compared it to ad performance: view-through rate (VTR), click-through rate (CTR), and cost per view/click (CPV, CPC).

What We Learned

You can see our findings in a new video ads hub: The Fundamental Strategies for B2B Video on LinkedIn. It’s worth a full look – it’s filled with data-driven insights, examples, and learnings. Meanwhile, here are some tips from the guide:

Tip 1: Include a Demo and an Offer

Every day, people search LinkedIn to learn about different brands and products, so it’s a marvelous opportunity to show off your product. Our research found that demos of products perform extremely well — driving the highest performance in video completion, engagement, and click-through rates. 

We also found that it’s always best to include an offer. Audiences will keep watching until the end of a video ad more often — regardless of duration — to see an offer. Ads with an offer, promotion, or deal drive 1.2x the average video completion rate. What’s more, ads with an offer in the headline achieved an 8% higher completion rate.

Action for you: For your next video ad, record a quick demo of your product. If it’s a physical product, you can even show off the unboxing. Next, incentivize with offers like “First month free” or “$100 off with code.”

Tip 2: Animate Your Video Ad 

We all have our favorite animated movie or show. (A Bug’s Life, anyone?) Well, it turns out that animated video ads capture attention just as well on LinkedIn. Audiences across the world respond positively to ads with animation. Use motion graphics to tell your brand story as well as demonstrate your product/service. 

Ads with motion graphics have impressive performance gains when compared to benchmarks. They have a 3% increase in CTR compared to our standard CTR benchmarks of video ads.

Action for you: Work with your digital agency or use an online tool (such as Biteable) to add some animated sizzle to your video ads.

Tip 3: Keep Audio Simple, Use Captions

Audio is an important component of your video ad, and our research found some important findings around audio + captions. 

One tip is to use a single audio source. That means either a simple narration or a musical track. Multi-track audio (such as voice-over PLUS a track) will reduce your video completion rate and engagement rate. Less is more!

Another finding encourages use of captions/subtitles in your video. Seventy-nine percent of videos in the LinkedIn feed are watched with the sound off. Displaying captions (in the same language as audio) can help drive higher social action from audiences.

Action for you: Think like a silent film director. Does your video ad communicate without relying on having sound? Use captions or type animation to visually communicate your key messages.

Tip 4: Keep Copy Short, Add CTA Button

Let your video do the work for you! Videos with long description or introductory text beyond 4 to 5 lines suffered worse performance metrics. Minimize the amount of copy to around 100 to 150 characters so your video ad can be the engine of growth.

Action for you: Short, snappy copy works best. Keep the copy to three lines or shorter, and get your key point across in the first two lines. After the first two lines of text, the “See more” link will be triggered, which can reduce engagement by 7%.

Additional Resources

  • For information on the ideal video ad specs, check out our video ads guide.
  • For examples of great video ads from fantastic brands, check out Customer Stories.
  • For helpful content on trends, tools and practices, check our more video ads posts on our blog.

We are excited to see the fantastic video ads you create this year. Make some magic! 🎉