YouTube Debuts First Watch Advertising Program

YouTube LogoThe first time you watch a video produced by a YouTube partner each day, expect to see a new type of pre-roll advertisement that YouTube calls First Watch.

YouTube has been testing the ads, which have thus far only been seen by about 15 million users. YouTube reports a 1 percent click-through rate.

This is an extension of YouTube's "masthead" ads - the ads that begin playing when you visit YouTube's homepage, such as today you'll find an ad for the HP Veer. 

YouTube Masthead Ad

YouTube advertisers involved in the test have included Tommy Hilfiger,, Lifetime, Macy's, and Virgin Mobile.

First Watch videos won't appear on user-generated videos. 

(via The New York Times)

About the author

Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.