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Brady Snow: What is the top eCommerce training ad on YouTube today? There’s no easy way to know what that ad is since all ads are unlisted on YouTube. You can see a public video, but that’s just going to be someone’s organic video content. It’s not going to be their ads. So how can you see the ads?
Facebook has the Facebook Ad Library, but, on YouTube, how can we find that out? Well, I used my subscription to Video Ad Vault here and I just did a search with the filters on for title, description or channel name for eCommerce training, and this is pulling all the ads for eCommerce training. I have it set to filter for the highest amount of views. This would be the lowest amount of views, but this one has 10,852,902 views. It’s being seen in all of these countries.
This thing is being run worldwide. It was last seen on April 22nd, 2022, which is today, and it was published in 2019, so this has been running for a while. It’s been ranking up the views, but if it’s been running that long, then you know that this advertiser is having success with this ad. He’s able to keep spending money on delivering this ad, and it’s still making conversions for him. We can see its performance here. Overtime, he’s clearly been getting more and more views.
Let’s go ahead and watch this ad. I want to break it down for you to show you what’s working in it, and then I want to show you how you can use this strategy of discovering top-performing ads to come up with new angles and successful ad scripts of your own, so let’s go ahead and dive on in.
I pulled up the ads, and if I want to see where this guy’s pushing traffic to, I can see what the offer actually is. This is Mike Jacques, mikejacques.com. Build an online business and lifestyle that you love. Don’t wait for your boat to come in. Swim out to meet it. There’s an opt-in here. You can get some free videos, some training, and you enter this guy’s sales funnel, but you can see there we’ve got some info about this guy, Mike Jacques. He walked away from a successful 30-year career in software sales and a healthy six-figure salary and, for many years, he felt totally lost and unfulfilled, finding himself drifting from job to job in a turbulent corporate ocean. Since quitting the daily commute and the highly stressful stream of sales meetings, Mike quickly built his own successful online business from scratch and is now working in partnership with the business community who helped him fast track his digital lifestyle transformation. He is selling information about how to start your own online business.
Analyze your message
Now, that we know where he’s pushing traffic to, let’s watch the ad and see what messaging he is saying to get people to this landing page. I’m going to click play on the ad.
Mike Jacques: Why do you get dressed early in the morning in clothes that you buy just for work, fighting through traffic jams in a car you’re still paying for in order to get to a job that you hate, but need to pay for your clothes, the car, oh, and that house you leave all day long so you can afford to live in it?
Brady Snow: His intro here talked to the stress. It spoke to the stress of having a job that you do not like, having to commute, having to pay for the clothes that you only wear at your job, leaving your house. He’s speaking to the pain points of someone who is fed up with their typical job. He clearly grabs the attention, and he also builds the emotional components, builds a stronger emotional connection by having these images
Mike Jacques:… that you buy just for work, fighting through traffic jams in a car you’re still paying for… that you hate, but need to pay for your clothes…
…. drive the car, oh… and that house you leave all day long so you can afford live in it.
Brady Snow: Those were just simple images. They weren’t even video clips, but it had motion in it to almost convey that, by viewing, you’re moving along your emotional timeline as well. If you’re interested in what this guy is saying, you’re going to keep watching.
Mike Jacques: Does this sound crazy to you? Where’s this lifestyle taking you? Towards your dream? If not, how will you ever become truly fulfilled?
Brady Snow: He asks a series of questions right there about the problem that his ideal buyer, his ideal prospect, is experiencing. They might start asking themselves these questions, and they’re being asked this by this guy who’s got a nice, calm cadence to his tone. It looks like he’s doing well in this setting. He’s got a nice backyard, a lot of green trees. It looks like there’s a nice living room inside here. It looks like he’s from the UK. I mean, a British accent always calms me down, too, but also I’m drinking tea. Afternoon tea, the Brits love it.
If he’s asking these questions, you might be curious to see where he’s going with this. If he’s asking this, he’s probably got something to tell me. I’m curious, so I’m going to keep watching.
Mike Jacques: More importantly, how will you ever get out of this antiquated time for money trap?
Brady Snow: Now he’s asked the question that’s going to get me thinking about how to get out of this money trap, how do I stop trading my time for money, and then look at this image. We got a stark pole here with barbed wire around it. It kind of looks like a trap. Yeah, I don’t want to be trapped in that.
Mike Jacques: That’s if you’ve reached a point in your life where you feel you need to get out.
Brady Snow: Now he’s clearly stated it, if you’ve reached a point in your life where you feel you need to get out. Yeah. If that was me in that position, I’d want to keep listening to this ad.
Mike Jacques: So what’s the alternative? It’s just life. It’s just how things are, right? Wrong.
Brady Snow: He’s exposing the myth here that we have to just accept life as it is, and he’s saying that’s false. That’s not true. Let’s see what he says next.
Mike Jacques: This used to be how you earned money in the Industrial Revolution, time for products for money. We’re now living through the digital revolution. Time for money jobs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Automation has already taken over most manufacturing jobs, and we now accept this is the norm. AI software has started to replace many blue collar jobs in transport, finance and banking, lawyers, doctors, even teachers.
Until the end of 2018, I was selling automation software to the world-
Build trust with your audience
Brady Snow: He went into talking about how times have changed. There is another possibility where you don’t have to trade your time for money. The digital revolution is changing that, and then he goes into his personal story here.
Mike Jacques:… world’s largest telcos-
Brady Snow: We read about this story on his landing page a little bit, so, for the sake of time, I’ll link to this below if you want to watch the full ad, but, yeah, he said he was selling software. At this point in the ad, you clearly trust his position because he shows that he’s had experience with this.
From having this setting, it looks just like he’s home, he’s working from home, he’s in a T-shirt, he’s clearly escaped his corporate job. You’re going to keep listening, so if we keep… We’ll just skim through this ad.
He has a lot of these stock images, but they relate to what he’s saying, so, instead of just having him speaking in front of the camera, talking to the camera the whole time, you have these real-world images that relate to exactly what he’s talking about. That helps the viewer make a emotional connection to their own life, to their own experience. I think that’s so important in ads these days.
You don’t have to do it throughout the whole video, but having at least some images or video clips, video footage, B-roll that relates to what you’re saying, it’s going to forge a stronger emotional connection to the viewer. It’s really important to do that, but it’s very simple. He doesn’t have any fancy graphics popping up. He’s just speaking, and he’s got these images. You can scroll through it and you see he keeps using these throughout, and here’s something different. Let’s just jump ahead here and see what we got.
Mike Jacques:… basic business ideas. I didn’t have a clue what type of business I wanted to run or even what was possible.
Brady Snow: That was just like a slide format presentation. Imagine your life with no geographical ties. You don’t have to be in one physical location. You have no boss. You don’t have to commute. It also showed a guy drinking coffee, working from a laptop, seemingly where he wants, a relaxed lifestyle.
Let’s keep browsing through here. It looks like we got something else here, maybe some testimonials. Let’s see what it is.
Mike Jacques:… thing that surprised me the most. They showed me how many people from all walks of life, all ages and backgrounds, had already made this transition to a digital lifestyle, working for themselves and earning a healthy income just from their laptops.
Brady Snow: It wasn’t testimonials per se. You don’t hear the dialogue of the testimonials, but it’s people talking. He’s showing a whole walk of life, men and women, people from different parts of the world, and these are just regular people that have accomplished the same freedom of lifestyle by setting up their own online business.
Brady Snow: This is huge in an ad. If you can show other people doing this, that makes the person that is watching your ad think to themselves, oh, I could do this, too. If other people could do this, I could, too.
Brady Snow: It looks like we got something else here, screenshot. Oh, he’s showing what looks like modules for his course. You see his name up here in the corner, Mike Jacques. Let’s just backtrack a little bit and see what he’s talking about.
Don’t forget your call to action
Mike Jacques: I surprised myself. I followed the steps in the video series and, with the help and support the community, it’s completely changed my life. I’m now at the stage in my own journey where I want to help others, so if you’re watching this-
Brady Snow: He’s talking about a course that he took to get himself set up, and now he’s saying he’s become the expert and he wants to help others achieve this, too.
Mike Jacques: … and you want to start your own online business from scratch, I’m more than happy to send you the same video series that got me started.
Brady Snow: He’s sending a video series that got him started. That’s his offer. That’s the lead magnet he is offering here. Let’s keep watching how he delivers the call to action.
Mike Jacques: … for free as this is how I received it. So if you click somewhere down in this video, it’ll take you to my website. You can find out more about me and my journey if you’re interested.
Brady Snow: It’s exactly what we saw.
Mike Jacques: Fill in your name and email details, and I’ll send you the videos directly to your inbox.
Brady Snow: I really like this in ads. I mean, sometimes, you can just say click the link. People can figure it out once they’re at the landing page, but I actually love when they show you what it looks like on that page because the more you see something, the more familiar it is. You’ve seen it before on the video, and then if you end up going to that landing page, you have seen it before, instead of questioning, doubting it and like, “Oh, is this guy actually really worth it? Is he legit?” You’ve seen it before. You’ve seen his pitch. You’ve listened to him speak, and you’ve seen this before. You know what you’re getting because he told you. You can get the video series that helped him get started on the right track and, boom, it’d be a lot easier to fill that out real quick and easy.
Let’s skim through the ad again here. That’s got what looks like a cartoon here. Let’s see the context on this.
Mike Jacques: … and judge for yourself. I remember thinking this all sounds way too good to be true, but thinking back now, it was just an amazing opportunity that presented itself.
Brady Snow: Wait a minute. I want to see that again.
Mike Jacques: It was an amazing opportunity, but thinking back now, I remember thinking-
Brady Snow: Can’t you see we have no time for them? We have a battle to fight. Please, your highness, I really think we should consider what they’re offering us.
Transmit the emotion you want your audience to have
I see this. This is a clever cartoon. This got this old, grumpy knight here who wants to do things the old way. It looks like we got to battle the fight, no time to listen to anyone who’s trying to offer us something right now because we got to just charge ahead. We got to be ready for battle, but then this knight is saying, “I really think we should consider what they’re offering us because what they’re offering is going to make fighting the battle a lot easier.” I mean, not to be violent, but if you have a sword against an army versus a machine gun, it sounds like it’s a tool that’s going to help you get the job done a lot better.
I think it’s a metaphor for what he’s offering. He’s teaching you a course that’s going to show you how to make money your own way. It’s going to be a lot easier and save you time and effort, and bloodshed if you’re fighting a war, but a lot easier than… It’s a lot easier starting your own online business than it is to just go work your nine to five and keep doing the hustle and bustle and the grind all day long.
I think this is a great ad. It’s very simple in the way it’s set up. You can see that his cadence, the way his tone of voice and the way that he speaks is very calming. It builds trust with the audience that way. Sometimes, you might want to act excited, depending on your offer or what it is, who your audience is as well, but he does a good job with this and then also showing that those images or the B-roll footage is going make a connection to the viewer’s real life and start building an emotional connection is really going to make a difference in your ad. Those really go a long way.
It looks like we got one more cartoon here as we’re getting towards the end. I’ve seen this one before, same thing as what we just saw in that last cartoon, a machine that’s going to allow you to accomplish your goal much simply, much more simply with much less effort. It’s the wheel. Rather than dragging a cart of rocks along the ground, if you had wheels, you’re not going to have to pull as hard.
These kind of metaphors go great in ads. It’s almost like the cornier the better in ads. In movies, we don’t necessarily want corny. Sometimes, we do, depending on our taste, but, in ad, almost every time. If you make a metaphor connection to something in real life or you use some other visual element to illustrate your point, it’s just going to form a connection with the reader, and they’re going to be a lot more interested in what you have to offer.
He’s saying here again… Let me go back a little bit.
Mike Jacques: You know what to do. There’s no harm taking a look.
Brady Snow: There’s no harm in taking a look. You know what to do, and he’s saying click to get the offer. So, if this was running on a YouTube ad and I saw it, then we’d have the popup button, and we’d click it and we’d be taken to the landing page and all that. Yeah, you can also find it in the descriptions here.
Learn what’s working in your niche
This was a great ad by this guy. I studied the elements and stuff that he’s working. If I was an advertiser and I liked this guy’s stuff, with the Video Ad Vault, I can go in and find more ads from this guy’s channel. It’s going to find all the ads that this guy is running on his channel, so I can see all the other angles that he’s running. Here’s the view counts. I can find his next most popular ad, watch that, see what’s different about it.
Mike Jacques: Why are you wasting your time on YouTube when you could be building your own online business?
Brady Snow: Again, walking in a different setting, asking a question that resonates with his target audience, powerful ad, same thing. Let’s see where he’s pushing that traffic to. Yep, same landing page. You can see all the ads he’s running. If I wanted to get alerts anytime that he rolls out a new ad, I can add this to my watched channels and, boom, now I’m going to get an email anytime he rolls out a new ad.
You can see how finding top-performing ads especially in your niche, but in any niche at all. You can see the tricks that they’re using. You can see the messaging they’re using, what visuals they are using with that messaging in order to make a successful ad. This is a very important step that a lot of YouTube advertisers or advertisers on any platform skip. They just guess what’s going to work, and it doesn’t always the job. You got to know what is working right now and see what elements of that ad are working in their favor to bring in buyers and bring in new leads into the sales funnel.
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Thanks for watching, and we will see you next time.