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Enhance Calls-to-Action with Google’s New Extension for Video Advertisements

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Google recently announced the upcoming debut of a new call-to-action extension for TrueView in-stream video ads. The debut of this software extension, slated for January 2019, will coincide with the retirement of the current YouTube call-to-action video overlay.

With this extension, Google intends to help streamline interactive features among multiple video ad formats. This announcement is positive news for businesses seeking an agile video advertising platform able to employ numerous interactive elements. Ultimately, this extension may enhance user engagement and help you drive closer toward marketing goals.

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The 8 Best Types of Video For Small Businesses (and When to Use Them)

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The benefits of using video in your digital marketing can't be overstated. As a strategy, video has been a top performer for years, providing companies with unmatched social reach, increased conversions and excellent ROI overall.

However, it's no secret that effective video marketing can be expensive and time-consuming. Larger companies often have the budget for an ongoing video strategy involving the creation and promotion of many videos of various types. Luckily, small businesses can still see huge benefits with video, perhaps just on a smaller scale. Creating even one or two of the following types of videos could seriously boost your leads, sales and exposure.

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Will a New Facebook Video Feature Finally Compete with YouTube?

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Sharing videos on social media is incredibly popular, and Facebook now gets around four billion video views every day. For marketers, video is one of the most effective and popular techniques for bringing attention to a product or service on the Internet.

Of course, many marketers host their companies' videos on a YouTube channel and share or embed them from there. While other streaming video sites like Vimeo have tried to compete with YouTube, none (except possibly Vine) have succeeded. Now, however, a new Facebook video service could finally challenge the video giant.

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Video Content Will Be a Must in 2015

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Marketers have known for years that video content is effective at driving traffic, links and sales. Check out this now vintage-seeming case study from 2006 (less than two years after YouTube debuted), in which it's shown that short video clips can generate thousands of impressions at a fraction of the cost of PPC advertising.

Content marketing has changed a lot since 2006, but the impact of video has only increased. A recent report from online video firm Brightcove highlights just how important video content will continue to be in the future.

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Paid YouTube Subscriptions Could Be On Their Way

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YouTube is clearly one of the most popular sites on the web. It gets over one billion unique visitors every month, and around 100 hours of video are uploaded to the site each minute. Competitor sites like Vimeo are growing, but their viewer numbers pale in comparison.

Now, however, it seems like YouTube wants to transcend its user-created paradigm and compete with "premium" content companies like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and Amazon Prime. This means adding another revenue stream, which means giving users the option to pay for an ad-free experience.

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