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ATTENTION METRICS: Moving from Laboratory to Field Applications

On September 12, the ARF and Adelaide co-hosted an event to deepen understanding around how attention metrics work, how to utilize them and the nuances of their application to media and advertising quality measurement. Attention Economy experts from Adelaide, Anheuser-Busch InBev, the ARF, The Attention Council, Havas Media Group, OMD USA, Realeyes and TVision hosted shared presentations and held focused discussions on how attention metrics can optimize the match between media placement and consumer targets, improve creative testing and overall campaign outcomes, and more.

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Concurrent Track Panel Discussion: Art & Science in Ad Creative

MSI’s Earl Taylor moderated a panel discussion regarding art and science in ad creative. The diverse panel of industry leaders provided feedback, commentary and viewpoints on a variety of topics presented on day two of AUDIENCExSCIENCE 2022. Areas of discussion included category disruption, ad currency, drivers of interactive video, opportunities from disruption and ad length effectiveness.

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One Size [Does Not] Fit All Optimizing Audio Strategies for Success

What spot length works best? Audacy partnered with Veritonic to compare frequent radio listener responses to 15, 30 and 60-second ads across multiple categories such as auto, financial, retail and professional services to address this frequently asked question. Jenny Nelson (Audacy) and Korri Kolesa (Veritonic) presented the results of this study, which were measured by Veritonic’s audio score components such as attribute score, intent score and engagement score. This survey-based study of a panel of 2,400 radio listeners pointed to a variety of recommendations, such as initiating multiple 30-second ads instead of fewer 60-second ads, testing creative before launch and deploying a total audio strategy to reach omnichannel listeners.

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Strategies for Creating Successful Six-Second Ads

  • Colin Campbell, University of San Diego; Erin Pearson, University of East Anglia
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

Scholars and practitioners in recent years have grappled with the potential and limitations of six -second ads. A new study clarifies those constraints and offers actionable strategies in various stages of the creative process, to help advertisers boost the effectiveness of short, online video ads.

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Eyes on :06s: What Factors Predict Attention to Short Ads?

  • Henry G. Wolf and Paul Donato
  • JOURNAL OF ADVERTISING RESEARCH

TV commercials are getting shorter and shorter, mimicking their digital counterparts, but how good are they at capturing viewers’ attention? ARF research comparing the effectiveness of more than 3,000 short-form TV advertisements found that what drives visual attention to :06s differs from the drivers for :15s and :30s.

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“How Does Recall Work in Advertising?”- via The Journal of Advertising Research (JAR)

“If a target audience cannot remember a marketer’s message, advertising largely becomes a waste of time, money and resources. Advertising without recall is advertising without impact.”

The September 2016 issue of the JAR includes four papers addressing the question, “How Does Recall Work in Advertising?” We are excerpting two papers in this issues and will provide the two others next week.

To read a paper in its entirety (plus info on authors),

  • Login to your myARF
  • Click on “Journal of Advertising Research” on the left hand side menu
  • Locate the article in the search field on the page

Spot Length and Unaided Recall in Television.  The researchers analyze both the relationship between spot length and unaided recall in a real-world environment and the direct effect on recall of other advertising break-planning variables. These variables included the position of the break in relation to the television program, the degree of advertising clutter in the break (indicating the break’s duration), the spot’s relative position in the break, and primacy and recency effects.  A Key Finding: “Longer spots” – those lasting more than 20 seconds – generated more recall than would correspond proportionally to increase in length. This conclusion supports the argument that advertisers should buy longer spots to reduce the number of brands per advertising break.

 Digital-Video – the effects of “mid-roll” versus “pre-roll” spots. One of these new formats is “limited-interruption” advertising, in which each midroll advertising break features just one commercial. This study provides empirical guidance by quantifying the positive and negative effects of repeated limited interruption. A Key Finding: For commercials of the same 30 second duration … limited interruption advertising in digital video delivers greater … brand advertising recall than pre-roll advertising. By comparison, 15 second pre-roll advertisements were just as effective as mid-roll ads, most likely because their shorter duration prevents disengagement (i.e. viewers watching, not skipping, the ads).