Starting next year, you’ll no longer have to sit through a half-minute of advertising to watch a YouTube video.
On Friday, the Google-owned video giant announced that it will no longer offer its 30-second pre-roll ad format without a “skip” button in 2018, Campaign first reported. It will, however, continue to show 15- and 20-second ads without the option to bypass them.
“We’ve decided to … focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
The change is part of Google’s mission to create a more user-friendly ad experience for the platform as it faces growing competition from Facebook and others. …