Did you know that we have over 7 million YouTube ads (and landing pages) indexed inside VidTao 2.0?

Digging into VidTao’s database, you will see A LOT of different approaches to nailing the “hook”:

Those all-important first 10 seconds of your YouTube ad.

And in this blog post we are going to walk through 
NINE of the Hook Tactics we see top Direct Response YouTube ads using right now (with examples).

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Now back to those first 10 seconds of your YouTube ad:

Just to remind you 👇

⚠️ Why Your YouTube Ad’s 1st 10 seconds Matter:

⏱️ Your Ad’s First 5 Seconds: acts as a “hook” for the user’s attention and get them to stay past when the “skip ad” button becomes clickable.

Your Ad’s First 10 Seconds: Get viewers to stick around past 10 seconds acts as an “ad quality” signal to Google that will drive down your cost of traffic (and drive down your CPA as a result).

(Want more explanation on WHY this is all the case? We go into way more detail on all this in a blog post we did here).

🤖 Extracting Today’s Top “Hook Tactics”

Because your ad’s intro is such an important topic, we actually crunched the numbers and evaluated a bunch of top Direct Response YouTube ads to identify common Hook Tactics that these videos use in the first 10 seconds…

…So you can “swipe and deploy” these same proven Direct Response Hook to make your own YouTube ads even better.

And in the sample we tested, we found
NINE PATTERNS that these ads were using to have success with their YouTube ad intros.

And while YES, the ad
copy is very important,

We’re talking here about

  • 🗣️ what is said in the video’s audio (i.e. ad copy)
  • 👁️ but also what you show on the screen, visually

(And btw - in case you’d like a way to analyze what your ad says and shows visually - to see how it compares to other top ads & grab insights like these… Let us know. We built a tool you might really like.)


Let’s dive in…

👁️ Hook Tactic #1: Use Visual Urgency

How to use it: Incorporate visually urgent elements like unexpected or emergency situations (e.g., a grill on fire) to immediately capture the viewer's attention.

Hook Tactic #1 in action:

This classic ad from Prepared Hero has spent close to $500k in the past 30 days. Watch the struggle with the grill fire in these first 10 seconds:

Want to see more great ads? See all of Prepared Hero’s ads & landing pages here inside VidTao 2.0.

🔊 Hook Tactic #2: Audio Shock Factor

How to use it: Utilize surprising or dramatic audio exclamations to enhance the sense of urgency and keep viewers engaged.

Hook Tactic #2 in action:

Listen to the panicked “Oh my Gosh!” exclamation in the same Prepared Hero ad:

Want to see more great ads? See all of Prepared Hero’s ads & landing pages here inside VidTao 2.0.

👩‍🏫 Hook Tactic #3: Instructional Setting

How to use it: Use visuals that set an educational tone, such as a presenter in front of a whiteboard, to position the ad as informative or instructional.

Hook Tactic #3 in action:

Watch this Hook Tactic “out in the wild” with this ad from Acorns, with over $4 million USD in estimated adspend:

See all of Acorns’ ads & landing pages here inside VidTao 2.0.

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🚩 Hook Tactic #4: Address the Problem Directly

How to use it: Start the audio with a direct mention of a common problem or mistake that the target audience can relate to, fostering immediate connection and interest.

Hook Tactic #4 in action:

Listen to 30 Day Singer’s opening line: “Can anyone learn to sing? Or is it something you’re just born with?”

🎨 Hook Tactic #5: Visual Contrast and Provocation

How to use it: Employ striking and unconventional visuals to provoke interest and differentiate from typical imagery.

Hook Tactic #5 in action:

An appropriate before / after shot (like in this Jawzercise video with an estimated $4M+ in adspend) is a great use of Visual Contrast:

See all of Jawzercise’s ads & landing pages here inside VidTao 2.0.

🤔 Hook Tactic #6: Intriguing Audio Claim

How to use it: Use audio to make intriguing or challenging claims (e.g., about common misconceptions), which can pique curiosity and encourage further viewing.

Hook Tactic #6 in action:

Listen to the CLASSIC “Are Vegans Healthy? Are Vegetarians healthy?” opening question line in this Organifi ad with over $12 million usd in estimated adspend:

🍂 Hook Tactic #7: Transformational Visual

How to use it: Show a visual transformation (like a metamorphosis, etc.) to highlight the product’s practical benefits and its impact on the user.

Hook Tactic #6 in action:

Watch the subject in this BaerSkin Hoodie’s transformation from over-layered and uncomfortable to a single hoodie, comfortable and stylish:

See all of Baerskin’s ads & landing pages here inside VidTao 2.0.

🔴 Hook Tactic #8: Problem Identification in Audio

How to use it: Begin with audio that identifies a relatable problem, setting the stage for the product as a solution.

Hook Tactic #8 in action:

“Writing’s not that easy…” as the opening lines in this Grammarly ad from Yuriy Timen with over FIFTY THREE MILLION in estimated adspend:

🔬 Hook Tactic #9: Visual Focus on Product Features

How to use it: Use close-up visuals to emphasize key product features such as comfort or ease of use.

Hook Tactic #9 in action:

Watch how this ad from CoziSlides (with $848k+ in adspend), “the world’s thickest massage sandals, that feel like a beach holiday for your feet:

See all of CoziSlides’ ads & landing pages here inside VidTao 2.0.

Wrapping Up…

Ok let’s review the 9 Direct Response YouTube ad Hook Tactics:

👩‍🔬 9 Direct Response YouTube Ad Hook Tactics:

  • 👁️ Visual Urgency
  • 🔊 Audio Shock Factor
  • 👩‍🏫 Instructional Setting
  • 🚩 Direct Address the Problem
  • 🎨 Visual Contrast and Provocation
  • 🤔 Intriguing Audio Claim
  • 🍂 Transformational Visual
  • 🔴 Problem Identification in Audio
  • 🔬 Visual Focus on Product Features

Use these 9 Hook Tactics in your own ads to:

  • Avoid Creative Fatigue
  • Prolong the “lifespan” of your winning ads
  • And find new winning ads, faster

(Plus you’ll never run out of ideas. Assemble completely NEW hooks & intros for your ads, just by mixing and matching what you see here.)

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That’s it for today!

Best wishes,

The VidTao Team

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