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YouTube Lead Forms: Just The Facts

August 13, 2020 Sarah Cavill

Google has added lead form extensions to YouTube, giving advertisers another outlet for capturing leads and reaching customers. Google began offering lead form extensions for search campaigns last year and has now expanded the lead generation feature to include other Google products and services, including YouTube and Discovery campaigns. From Google: “Lead forms help advertisers capture qualified leads while reducing costs — all without interrupting the viewing experience.”

How Are The New Lead Forms In YouTube Facilitated?

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Google lead forms – across all of their platforms – keep users in the ad or video content instead of sending them to landing pages or outside websites. For search, advertisers can add lead forms with an extension, but for video campaigns, like those on YouTube, the lead forms are added when the campaign is created or through the campaign settings menu. According to Search Engine Land, Advertisers can also choose which kind of leads they would like with their YouTube video campaigns, either:

Higher intent: Reach and capture the data for people more likely to be interested in a product or service.

More volume: Reach and capture the data for a maximum amount of people.

What Kind of Information Can Advertisers Gain With YouTube Lead Forms?

The lead forms for YouTube can include standard fields, including name, city, contact, etc. plus fields more specific to a particular vertical or need. “In addition to this standard set of questions there are also more specific questions for each vertical. Such as questions specific to home buyers, questions specific to the auto industry, questions specific to job hunters,” explains Search Engine Land. And, if advertisers want even more granular information from their potential customers, questions can be further customized and written by brands themselves. 

How Do Customers Engage With YouTube Lead Forms?

YouTube lead forms, when set up by advertisers, appear after a user clicks on an ad in YouTube. The lead form lets users complete and submit the form without ever leaving the ad or the YouTube platform. Users who are logged into their Google accounts will more easily be able to complete forms, with known data pre-populated. 

How Do The New YouTube Lead Forms Benefit Digital Marketers?


With budgets tightening across advertising due to the economic upheaval of the last six months, lead forms offer advertisers an efficient and trackable way of reaching and engaging interested customers. According to Google, Jeep deployed a lead generation campaign with its Korea outpost and saw a 13 times increase in leads completed with 84% lower cost per lead. The lead form campaign generated “the most leads at the most efficient cost among all ad platforms,” said Kenny Hwang, Jeep’s Korea Marketing Manager.

Google also plans to introduce lead form extensions to display ads later this year, making lead campaigns a viable, cost effective digital marketing strategy that will soon be available across the Google universe. 

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Sarah Cavill

With more than 20 years of writing, editing and reporting experience, Sarah Cavill brings to Digital Media Solutions (DMS) a fine-tuned and diverse set of skills. Her work has been featured in notable publications including The Daily Muse, CBS Local, Techlicious and Glamour magazine. Sarah has a passion for current events and the deep-dive research that goes into the content development and brand identity of DMS Insights. In her role as Associate Content Manager, Sarah contributes to the pitching, researching and writing of multiple stories published each week surrounding digital and performance marketing innovations in pop culture, news, social media, branding and advertising.

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