Roblox opens up video ads to all brands

Roblox opens up video ads to all brands
Roblox video ads

Roblox, a popular online gaming platform known for its user-generated experiences, announced today, that it's making video ads available to all advertisers.

This move opens up new opportunities for brands to connect with Roblox's massive user base, particularly Gen Z consumers (people born between the mid-1990s and early 2010s).

Why is this important for marketers?

  • Reaching Gen Z: Gen Z is a large and influential demographic with unique spending habits. Roblox boasts over 71.5 million daily active users, with Gen Z making up more than half. This presents a significant opportunity for brands to reach this target audience through a platform they already engage with.
  • Immersive Advertising: Unlike traditional ads, Roblox video ads are integrated within the platform's 3D environment. This creates a more immersive and engaging experience for users, potentially leading to better brand recall and ad effectiveness.
  • Scalability and Ease of Use: Roblox's self-serve Ads Manager allows advertisers to easily create and manage video ad campaigns. Additionally, programmatic buying will be available soon, enabling advertisers to automate ad purchases based on specific criteria.
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Key takeaways

  • Video ads are now a viable option for reaching Gen Z on Roblox. This demographic is known to be tech-savvy and less receptive to traditional advertising methods. Roblox's immersive video ads offer a more engaging alternative.
  • Consider brand suitability and genre targeting. Roblox offers tools to ensure your ads appear alongside experiences relevant to your brand, maximizing campaign effectiveness.
  • Focus on user experience. While video ads present a new marketing opportunity, it's crucial to prioritize user experience. Roblox emphasizes that ads should be non-disruptive and compliant with their community standards.

Early signs of success

Roblox conducted a study with Latitude, a research firm, to gauge user reception of video ads. The study found that:

  • 75% of respondents were more likely to notice brands advertised on Roblox compared to other platforms.
  • 73% perceived brands advertising on Roblox as category leaders.
  • Video ads led to a significant increase in brand awareness, consideration, and user actions like visiting the advertiser's experience or social media pages.

Looking forward

Roblox is also expanding its measurement and partnership capabilities:

  • Integral Ad Science (IAS): This partnership provides advertisers with third-party verification of ad impressions and helps combat invalid traffic.
  • Kantar: This collaboration offers brand lift studies to measure the effectiveness of video ad campaigns.
  • PubMatic: This partnership allows for programmatic buying of ad space on Roblox, further streamlining ad campaign management for brands.

By opening up video ads and forming new partnerships, Roblox is creating a more robust advertising ecosystem for brands. This allows marketers to leverage the platform's unique capabilities to connect with a valuable Gen Z audience in an engaging and measurable way.

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