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Social Media Benchmarking: Engagement Rate Forecast 2022

Video marketing has turned the tables around for social media marketing strategy as a whole. Marketing on social media domains became a billion-dollar industry in no time after the mega power of video ads was introduced. This could be because video content is consumed much faster and retrieved for longer in the minds of the viewers. Regardless, we know that a video marketing strategy should be central to your overall marketing plan.

Also, video production is more cost-effective than any other form of content because you can now shoot a high-quality video on your smartphone. Sure, professional lighting, camera equipment, and sophisticated editing software would be needed but that’s only a part of your marketing budget if your firm has a full-blown marketing agency in place.

Advertising through videos is especially gigantic on platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. YouTube is the king of videos without any doubt. The other two platforms are just as rewarding. You just need to learn the professional specs and technicalities to be met, and the rest really depends on the extent of your creativity. You can also brush up with the trend of social media scheduling. Tools like RecurPost can be a total game-changer for your brand’s social media marketing strategy.

This article will educate you on the benchmarks that are to be followed if you want to advertise on social media giants like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. 

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YouTube Ads Benchmarks

People spend a significant amount of time on YouTube, meaning more and more advertisers are drawn towards the platform. So, if you are someone who is looking to spend money on YouTube Ads, you would certainly want to do it right. In order to get it right, you will have to study certain benchmarks set by the industry to know if you are underperforming. 

View rate benchmark

The average view rate for YouTube Ads is 31.9% as per the data from the Strike Social Benchmark report

The average is derived by dividing the number of views by the total impressions.

  • View rate as per age group

YouTube Ads view rate as per age group would be:


  • View rate as per Gender

Here is how YouTube Ads view rate fares as per gender:


  • View rate as per month

Here is YouTube Ads view rate by the month:


  • View rate as per the device

Here is a representation of YouTube Ads view rate by the device:


YouTube Ads CTR benchmark

The average YouTube Ads CTR would be 0.65%.

💡CTR stands for Click Through Rate. You can derive it by dividing the total number of clicks by all the views.💡

  • YouTube Ads CTR by the industry


YouTube Ads CPV 

The average YouTube Ads CPV would be $0.026

💡CPV stands for Cost Per View. We can derive CPV by dividing the overall cost by the number of views.💡

  • CPV as per age group

Here is how CPV as per age group breaks down


  • CPV as per gender

Here is how CPV as per gender breaks down:


  • CPV as per month

Here is how CPV as per month breaks down:


  • CPV as per the device

Here is how CPV as per device breaks down:


  • CPV as per industry

Here is how CPV as per industry breaks down:


TikTok Ads Benchmarks

Advertising on TikTok is a no-brainer because the app has shown unprecedented growth in the past 2-3 years. It is the 2nd most downloaded app worldwide across Apple App Store and Google Play. Your brand must consider advertising on this platform if it isn’t already. We will have a quick run-through of TikTok Ads benchmarks so that you do not fall behind the industry standards.

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TikTok engagement rate benchmark

The engagement rates on TikTok range from 3 % to 9% based on the brand’s following. The platform is every brand’s dream because of the stellar engagement levels. The volume of content that is released is so high that users do not think before liking, posting, or following content. 

Here’s a chart representing the average engagement rate on TikTok.

TikTok average engagement rate depending on the followers count

TikTok CTR benchmarks

There are multiple types of paid Ads formats on TikTok and all of them reap high engagement rates. Here are CTR benchmarks for different ads formats:

  • Top-view: 12-16% CTR for in-feed video with sound on
  • Take-over: 7-10% CTR, starting when TikTok is opened
  • In-Feed video: 5-7% ER and 1.5- 3% CTR to site for Standard in-feed Ad unit.

To understand the TikTok performance metrics better and perform well, Conviva (streaming analytics provider) has published an elaborate report on TikTok benchmarks and strategy. The report provides insights on 900 branded TikTok accounts, from across 10 industries. 

The 45- page report can be downloaded here, and can be used to gain meaningful insights like which are the most followed brand accounts along with the ones that have seen the fastest growth.




The report also entails industry-specific performance statistics. It further elaborates on the growth that is seen by each of the featured brands and their individual upload engagement. 



There are also some strategic insights on common strategies adopted by brands:




Instagram reels Ads benchmarks

Instagram reels are very resourceful for brands who want to advertise on Instagram. They have the potential to reach people who do not follow you and give you a global stance where brands and creators can be discovered by everyone.

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Instagram reels view rate benchmark

A video view rate would be a minimum of 3 seconds, meaning that if a user is scrolling through the newsfeed and a video lasts on their screen for at least 3 seconds, it will count as 1 view.


Post Video View Rate = 3-second videos divided by Reach
Profile Video View Rate = Average of all post video view rates during a given time period.


Here is a graph that represents the video view rate on Instagram for the year 2021:


Video view rate on Instagram by month in 2021
Video view rate on Instagram by month in 2021

Instagram reels engagement rate benchmark

Engagement on your Instagram is volatile. One post could drive in mad engagement and another one simply wouldn’t, and there is not much explanation as to why exactly that happens. However, social media analytics would help us get to the depth of how individual actions affect engagement rates on your page.

Here is a chart that represents the engagement rate on Instagram public posts for the year 2021:


The average engagement rate on Instagram posts by month for 2021
The average engagement rate on Instagram posts by month for 2021

Instagram reels CTR benchmark

Instagram has a Click Through Rate of 0.88%.

Instagram reels CPC benchmark

The cost per click for Instagram reels stands as the following:

  • The cost per click for Instagram Ads is $0.40-$0.70 (likes, link clicks, reactions, shares, comments)
  • Instagram Ads cost per click to destination URL is $0.50 - $ 0.95
  • The cost per engagement for Instagram Ads is $0.01 - $0.05
  • The cost per thousand impressions for Instagram Ads is $2.50 - $ 3.50


Conclusion

Being thorough with the latest social media statistics benchmarks would definitely help brands in shaping their social media marketing strategy for success. The above-mentioned statistics would act as a benchmark for your firm. If your stats are any different than these, you might want to conduct insightful research about why your product content is not working. Getting these insights and staying close to the benchmarks will help you stay above your competitors in the market.

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