campaign tracking

Optimize Early & Often

The presenter reviewed the current challenges of optimizing and reporting brand campaigns mid-flight. Specifically, stat sig was never intended for midflight optimization and reporting, and is misapplied, causing errors. The question marketers ask mid-flight is “how much confidence can I have that a tactic is helping the campaign, given the other campaign tactics”? Stat sig cannot accurately answer this question.

Enabling Alternative TV Measurement for Buyers and Sellers

Pete Doe (Xandr) and Caroline Horner (605) provided a case study of their partnership that derived results from alternative currency measurement with buy and sell side perspectives. Xandr’s nimble workflow method enabled 605’s shift from advanced targeting to a very specific, custom-built, “persuadable” target audience with a range between 2 to 10x increase in outcomes.


Not All Frequency is Created Equal

The presenters shared new insights from their research on effective frequency which they find to be so valuable to the industry that NCS decided to offer a free license to their patent.

Measurement with Large-Scale Experiments: Lessons Learned

In this session, Ross Link (Marketing Attribution) and Jeff Doud (Ocean Spray Cranberries) examined a large-scale experiment conducted with Ocean Spray. They applied randomized controlled trials (RCT) to approximately 10 million households (30 – 40 million people) in which ads were consumed by their participants via a variety of devices. Jeff explained that the experiment was done to measure the impact of when certain ads were suppressed for some of their participants. Additionally, they examined an MTA (multi-touch attribution) logit model that was subsequently applied, which yielded KPIs such as ROI. Information from this MTA-RCT experiment supplied refreshed results monthly. Daily ROI results from the campaign were collected from the MTA-applied modeling. Outcomes from this experiment revolved around retargeting and recent and lagged buyers. In addition, the study also explored creative treatments and platform effectiveness.

Standardizing and Scaling Cross-Platform Measurement

Lindsey Woodland (605) and Jes Santoro (Cadent) presented a case study of a big box retailer to demonstrate their standardized, scalable process for cross-platform measurement and reporting. The retailer’s 2020 holiday campaign benefitted from the identification, scaling and targeting of a selected custom-curated audience. Activation within premium inventory involved broadcast, cable and CTV ads served to targeted households. Including CTV in the media plan added many medium and light linear viewers.

Holistic Cross-Media Measurement

Brendan Kroll of Nielsen and Anne Ori and Daniel Sacks, both of Google, explained that their study’s objective was to identify potential improvements to marketing mix models by utilizing enhanced prior beliefs (priors) based on sales lift studies and exploring the resulting changes in campaign-level sales lift once those priors were incorporated.

Charting the Course for Third Party, Cross-Media Audience Measurement

In this session, Tina Daniels and Nicole Gileadi examined Google’s principles for charting the course for third-party cross-media audience measurement. Tina acknowledged more third-party measurement companies were expressing interest in working more closely with Google, given their stature as the world’s largest video provider. In her discussion, she acknowledged that this interest generated the need for Google to create a set of principles to offer to both measurement companies and key clients to guide the process. After reviewing these principles Tina and Nicole held an open discussion regarding these principles. Topics of the discussion included premium and high-quality content, long-form versus short-form video and the measurement of this content. In addition, Nicole touched on the importance of content and the context surrounding an ad. Other areas included the idea of exposure metrics (e.g., Where is my audience? Did I reach them?) in addition to providing signals to conduct an impact analysis.

Going Steady: How Long Will (My Cross-Media Campaign) Last?

In this session, Tania Yuki and Brian Pugh of Comscore explored the impact of frequency and latency in cross-platform advertising effectiveness. In her opening, Tania demonstrated consumer trends and touchpoints to better understand cross-media, in terms of reach and optimizing platforms for specific outcomes. In her discussion, Tania acknowledged the challenges of measurement due to the constant introduction of new innovations and the adoption of new behaviors to track. She also recognized the considerable increase in connected devices per household since the pandemic. Tania pointed out complexities in the current media ecosystem from the increase in which media has merged despite being separate platforms (e.g., linear TV, social media, online video, etc.). In addition to all the changing behavior in media consumption, the speaker noted the emergence of Generation Z is beginning to change the rules for establishing brand love and loyalty. In his discussion, Brian examined findings from the measurement of 400 cross-platform campaigns to understand trends in terms of platform mixes. Brian noted the continued growth of social media and CTV along with the decline in linear TV, though he acknowledged linear still remained “king.” Furthermore, he found that multi-screen campaigns performed better than single-platform campaigns.

A Two-Pronged Approach

In this session, speakers Bennett M. Kaufman, Kyle Holtzman and Michelle Smiley of Google explored a two-pronged approach to cross-media measurement and planning that considered the full-funnel impact across traditional TV and streaming video (YouTube), to make sense of all the “disparate forms of data and measurement.” The approach considered a geo-based experiment and audience incrementality to demonstrate and solve the following challenges: to retain current loyal customers, to age down the brand and to appeal to new consumers (Generation Z). The speakers presented a study done by Google in partnership with Burger King to test a new experimentation strategy to understand and measure the relationship between Linear TV and YouTube. The speakers touted the benefits of this method as repeatable and customizable across a variety of media channels, in addition to being timely, omni-channel and privacy safe.