Viewability Rate is the percent of impressions that were viewable to a user. An ad is considered viewable after being at least 50% in view for 2 consecutive seconds, as defined by the IAB.
Video view rate (VVR) is the rate at which users are watching your silent autoplay video ads. (Example: if a your silent autoplay video placement receives 1000 impressions, and 150 users viewed it for at least 10 seconds, the VVR on the placement is 15%.)
Viewability Rate and VVR are directly correlated, as video placements that are more viewable are more likely to be watched by the user, and will therefore experience a higher VVR.
Why are Viewability and VVR so important?
From a programmatic perspective, buyers are more likely to bid (and will bid higher) on placements that have higher viewability and stronger performance. In the case of a direct sold campaign, advertisers are more likely to pursue more native video campaign opportunities if the publisher has a history of high viewability and VVR performance.
Tips for Improving Viewability & VVR
Are your placements experiencing lower-than-optimal viewability or VVR? Here are some tips to help you improve it:
- In-feed location: If your video placement sits low in your feed, we recommend moving it higher. The less a user has to scroll to be exposed to the content, the more likely they are to start and continue watching.
- Post positioning: is your video placement located below a post? We recommend moving it to a mid-post position to drive views.
- Below or above fold: we always recommend that placements appear above the fold whenever possible, and video placements are no exception. Increase your Viewability and VVR on below-fold placements by moving them to a more premium position above the fold.
- Blacklist brands or creatives: use SFP’s creative insights tools to see which creatives are driving low view rates, and blacklist those brands or creatives. In some cases, it simply comes down to providing users with creatives that will interest them enough to keep watching.