Ever wish your ad spend would only cover tangible business outcomes and not cut into profit margins? Lucky for you, this is possible with performance marketing!
Performance marketing is a risk-free solution to maximizing business or brand growth. It’s an innovative way to de-risk your marketing spend as it ensures you’re only paying for the consumer or user actions that are most valuable to your business. Performance marketing is best suited for advertisers who are looking to maximize their return on investment (ROI)!
Performance Optimizations: Audience Testing
As any media agency or seasoned media buyer will tell you it’s key to constantly and strategically optimize various aspects of your campaign in order to continuously deliver results. Standard optimizations include creative iterations to avoid ad fatigue, along with testing various bidding strategies and audience testing to expand your reach.
Audience testing is especially crucial to the success of your performance campaigns because without reaching the adequate audiences, you risk spending an excess of funds to find the users who are most likely to convert. Even if you have found your golden audiences that consistently deliver, over time, they may stagnate as audience saturation increases or as more competitors enter the market and bid against these audiences. This is precisely why it’s important to continue to test new audiences – even in established campaigns.
The Problem with Product-Centric Audiences
If your offering is a health supplement, it would make sense to target users who are interested in health supplements, right? Not necessarily.
Oftentimes, advertisers are at the mercy of the ad servers they traffic on. If you’re running your campaign on Facebook for example, there may not be any available in-platform targeting data to build an audience around ‘health supplement interests’. Even if the data is available, what are the odds that your competitors are not also bidding against this audience? Further, you may be limiting your reach by only targeting users who are interested in your specific category, brand or offering. The last point holds true if you’re limiting your targeting to lookalike or website based audiences.
Enter Correlational Audiences
If you’re wondering how to overcome these audience targeting hurdles, we’ve got you covered! Simply give correlational audiences a try!
First, let’s define the term. A correlation is a statistical relationship between variables used to describe or predict information. On the other hand, causation (also known as cause and effect) is when an observed event or action appears to have caused a second event or action.
Simply, targeting audiences that are not closely tied to your offering or category (ie. correlational audiences) may be more advantageous than solely targeting causational audiences in the long run. Why? Not only are competing advertisers less likely to pursue these audiences, it also allows you to constantly expand your reach and target users who may not have shown interest in your specific offering or category.
Over time, these audiences may yield lower acquisition costs (CPA/CPL) or may result in larger conversion volumes since the reach for these audiences is likely higher! Going back to our preceding example, targeting users who have shown interest in ‘iron deficiency’ may be useful. Targeting against this correlational audience in Facebook exposes your campaign to upwards of 200,000 users in North America who you may not have reached otherwise, and who may end up being interested in health supplements!
Correlational Audiences: A Live Example
To further illuminate this concept, let’s look at some data! Our internal team of performance marketing experts ran extensive tests to see how this theory performs in action.
The client in question was in the beauty and fragrance sector. Our team created audiences in the beauty category that would most closely match the offering. Concurrently, they created correlated audiences focused around frequent travelers, users interested in public events, and users with recent or upcoming anniversaries to name a few.
As shown in the chart above, the correlated audiences yielded slightly higher cost per acquisitions (CPA/CPL), though they also delivered over 3x as many conversions!
Take Control of your Media Spend
It’s time to take control of your marketing spend. If you’re interested in launching highly converting performance-based campaigns, look no further! Our team of experts have implemented correlational audiences and a variety of advanced media buying tactics across verticals/industries with success. Together, we can help you think out of the box with your audience targeting which can deliver more conversions for your business!
If you are interested in taking your performance to the next level, let’s chat. We’re here to help!
Move over Millennials, Gen Z is taking over. As the digital generation that grew up with technology and iPhones, it’s no surprise that Gen Zers like to use social media. The older Gen Z cohort are now joining the workforce and making their own purchasing decisions, marking their economical territory on every digital surface. In fact, Gen Z will represent 40% of all U.S. consumers this year.
With 2.1 billion individuals born between 1995 and 2010, Gen Z is a huge group with spending power of over $143 billion in the United States alone. But how do you start marketing to them?
From social tendencies and preferences to spending power and marketing best practices, here’s what we know about the social habits of Gen Z.
If you’re interested in taking your campaigns to the next level, let’s chat. We’re here to help!
Searching for the best WordPress YouTube plugins to embed videos, feeds, or galleries on your site?
While WordPress makes it easy to embed individual videos in your content, it doesn’t offer built-in support for more complex embeds such as video galleries, feeds, lightbox popups, etc.
With YouTube plugins, you can fix all of those shortcomings and create more complex types of embeds.
In this post, I will share the eight best WordPress YouTube plugins to help you get more control over adding YouTube content and also improve the performance of your videos.
But First – Do You Need a WordPress YouTube Plugin?
Before I get to the plugins, I want to remind you that you don’t need a YouTube plugin just to embed individual videos in your content. WordPress comes with built-in support for YouTube embeds – all you need to do is add the URL.
If you’re using the WordPress block editor, you can use a YouTube block and paste in the URL to the video:
And if you’re still using the Classic TinyMCE editor, all you need to do is paste the URL into the Visual tab of the editor and WordPress will automatically generate the embed for you.
8 Best WordPress YouTube Plugins
Now, let’s get into the best plugins…
1. Embed Plus for YouTube
Embed Plus for YouTube is the most popular YouTube plugin at WordPress.org, where it’s active on over 200,000 sites.
It lets you embed pretty much any type of YouTube content in your WordPress site including:
No matter what type of video(s) you’re embedding, you’ll get tons of options to control behavior. For example, you can control autoplay, sound, and lots more.
It also includes some really unique features to save time. For example, you can enter the URL of any channel and the plugin will automatically search for an active live stream and display that link. This would let you create one page on your site for live streams and always include the most recent live stream.
Overall, it just generally has a lot of features, which makes it a good option if you need flexibility.
There’s also a premium version that adds even more features including:
Caching to improve performance
YouTube live chat
Automatic tagging for video SEO
Option to receive a notification if one of your embedded videos gets deleted
Elfsight YouTube Gallery is a premium plugin that makes a great option for creating eye-catching galleries of YouTube videos in a ton of different styles. Overall, the unique thing about this plugin is its modern, professional gallery layouts – they look great right out of the box.
For the source of your gallery, you can choose from different options such as a channel, playlist, or specific videos.
You can choose from tons of different layouts including over 100 adjustable parameters. It also has a built-in AdSense integration that lets you monetize your video galleries via AdSense.
Overall, this is one of your best options if you want to create galleries of YouTube videos.
Elfsight YouTube Gallery costs $49, but that comes with lifetime updates.
3. Feeds for YouTube
Feeds for YouTube is a great option if you have your own YouTube channel and you want to display an automatic feed of your latest videos on WordPress. You can also use it with other people’s channels too, of course. However, the key feature is that it’s built for displaying a feed of the latest videos from a channel – not for static galleries.
You can choose from multiple layouts, including both list, gallery, and grid options. Visitors can also load infinite videos without reloading the page thanks to the infinite “load more” button.
You can also include multiple feeds and use them in different places. However, you’ll need the premium version to combine multiple feed sources into a single feed. That is, the free version lets you create multiple feeds but each feed can only have one source.
The premium version also adds some other interesting features:
Use your “Favorites” list as a feed source.
Get access to a carousel slider layout.
Filter which videos to include using keywords.
Import the videos as actual posts on your WordPress site (using a custom post type).
Essentially, it makes the regular WordPress YouTube embed feature a lot more performance-friendly by replacing the regular “heavy” YouTube embed with a static thumbnail image. The plugin will only load the full video player when a visitor clicks on the thumbnail image to play the video.
This offers big performance improvements without negatively affecting your users’ experiences.
In addition to automatically replacing the regular YouTube embed feature, this plugin also lets you embed playlists and videos using a shortcode.
In general, if you value website performance and just need something simple, this one is a good option. However, if you want to create styled galleries or video feeds, you’ll want a different plugin.
As the name suggests, WP Video Popup lets you create a lightbox popup for YouTube embeds, which is a popular tactic you’ve probably seen on other sites. If you want to see it in action, go to the plugin site and click to play the video.
This effect serves two basic functions:
It’s more user-friendly for visitors because it creates a larger, distraction-free interface for them to watch videos.
It’s more performance-friendly because you only need to load the full video player in the lightbox popup – you can use a static image thumbnail everywhere else.
The plugin is super simple – all you do is add a shortcode with the link to your video. Or, you can also trigger it in other ways, like CSS.
If you want more features, there’s also a premium version that lets you add multiple video popups on the same page (the free version limits you to one) and also lets you create video galleries in the popup.
The free version is available at WordPress.org and the Pro version costs $30 for use on unlimited sites.
YotuWP is a free plugin that helps you create a gallery of YouTube videos from different sources including:
Specific videos (by video ID)
For your gallery layout, you can choose between a grid or a list (or mix the two). You can also choose from different players including a lightbox popup option that shows the specific gallery video in a modal popup.
If you want more features, there’s also an affordable premium version that mainly adds new layouts and effects:
Big player left/right layouts
The premium version is quite affordable at just $21.
7. Essential Grid Gallery
Essential Grid Gallery is one of the most popular gallery plugins at CodeCanyon, where it’s been purchased over 45,000 times with an excellent 4.71-star rating on over 1,400 reviews.
Essential Grid Gallery is not focused specifically on YouTube, but it does include an option to import YouTube videos (among other sources such as Vimeo).
The advantage of using Essential Grid Gallery over a dedicated YouTube plugin is that Essential Grid Gallery is incredibly flexible when it comes to style and layout options. You’ll have 100% control over your grid gallery’s layout and style – much more than most YouTube plugins.
You’ll also get advanced features such as category filters and pre-made skins.
To choose which videos to include, you can enter the ID of specific YouTube videos or you can dynamically populate your gallery with videos from a specific channel, which lets you create a feed of videos.
Overall, if you want the most flexible plugin for YouTube galleries, this is probably it. However, it’s overkill if all you want to do is embed a basic YouTube gallery.
Essential Grid Gallery is a premium plugin – it costs $69 with lifetime updates.
8. Bonus: Lazy Load – Speed Up YouTube Embeds
The free Lazy Load plugin from the WP Rocket team is not a plugin for embedding YouTube videos on WordPress. However, it is an important plugin to use if you’re embedding a lot of videos because it lets you improve the performance of your video embeds.
As the name suggests, it does this by letting you lazy load your YouTube videos. With lazy loading, your site will wait to load below-the-fold YouTube embeds until a user scrolls down. This lets you speed up your site’s initial page load times.
The Lazy Load plugin also lets you replace the YouTube embed with a static thumbnail until a visitor clicks on it (just like the WP YouTube Lyte plugin from above).
If you combine these two tactics, you’ll make your site load much faster even if you’re embedding lots of videos.
With these YouTube WordPress plugins, you can start embedding YouTube content in more interesting ways.
Which plugin is best for you? Well, that depends on what you want to accomplish. If you want a stylish gallery, consider plugins like Elfsight YouTube Gallery, Essential Grid Gallery, or YotuWP.
On the other hand, if you want to embed a feed of videos, you might want Feeds for YouTube. Or, for live streams and other options, maybe Embed Plus for YouTube, while WP Video Popup is great for lightbox popups.
Finally, don’t forget about performance, as using lots of YouTube videos can slow down your site. If your chosen plugin doesn’t have built-in performance features, consider using the free Lazy Load plugin or WP Rocket to optimize your YouTube videos.