To develop YouTube’s core ABCDs for creative effectiveness, Google and Ipsos1 studied and deconstructed the creative elements of 17,000 ads to understand which were key to an ad’s success. The study revealed that certain creative elements have a measurable impact on marketing objectives. From these, we determined the ABCDs for Action.
If you’re already known to your audience and your product, service, or message is familiar to them, it’s time to close the deal. An action ad campaign is all about laying out the terms of your offer and getting the viewer to take you up on it.
To show how a creative team might apply the ABCDs for Action, let’s return to the Fishos storyboard.
A = Attention: Hook the viewer
Just as in the core ABCDs, make sure your ad hooks people right from the start. Try opening with a close-up, starting from the middle of a scene, or upping the contrast. With audio as your superpower, there are many ways to keep receptive audiences engaged.
B = Branding: Make the product the ad
Place all focus on the product. Make sure the product is visible throughout the ad, from start to finish. Use extreme close-ups to show what you’re selling. Try not to let moments of branding distract from the product, which should be the hero of your campaign.
C = Connection: Depict a use case
Be upfront, precise, and credible when explaining the offering. Illustrate specifics. Show and tell how the product will enhance the viewer’s life by depicting it in realistic situations.
D = Direction: Contextualize and incentivize
A call to action is only as strong as its context. Make sure yours relates to the product or offering. Leverage the power of discounts or special offers to turn viewers into customers.
Now compare the Action version of the ad with the first version. Which one leaves you more inclined to buy your first pack of Fishos?
For more details download the ABCDs Playbook