Kantar Millward Brown shared seven tips for digital advertising and discussed them in a webinar with Zappi

Executive Vice President and Chief Global Analyst Nigel Hollis had this to say…

During a recent webinar exploring seven tips distilled from 20 years’ worth of industry experience, Kantar Millward Brown addressed the single biggest factor in digital ad effectiveness: the creative. You can have the best targeting in the world, the best ad format and placement, but if people do not respond well to your advertising you might as well have not spent the money.

Nigel Hollis

Executive Vice President and Chief Global Analyst at Kantar Millward Brown, Nigel Hollis

The first item on the list is: “Make people feel something”

The commentary states, “Ads that evoke emotion are more likely to create positive brand associations that help drive preference, and choice at the time of purchase. And this is more pronounced for digital.”

Let’s explore this statement a bit further. What can Kantar Millward Brown’s Brand Lift Insights can tell us?

Brand Lift Insights compare a sample of people exposed to an ad or campaign to a statistically matched sample who did not see it. Since the samples are matched at a very granular level we can assume that the difference in response between the two is only due to the ad exposure.

We ask, “Overall, how much do you like this ad?”

When we cross tab the responses to that question against brand metrics for 2,125 campaigns, we find big differences in response.

The increase in ad awareness is almost double for campaigns in the top 20 percent by likeability to what it is among the bottom 20 percent. Brand awareness, favorability, and purchase intent are all higher, with the difference statistically significant at the 99 percent level.

Make people feel something

Make people feel something

What if you don’t care about building positive associations?

What you want to do is drive buying decisions now. The same comparison finds that if the campaign is perceived to deliver points relevant to the individual, that will improve the influence on purchase intent – but not by a lot.

A separate analysis comparing programmatic campaigns to the total database finds that the only measure that moves more strongly in response to programmatic is purchase intent, which is good for ‘call to action’ ads and not so much if you also want to build your brand.

Ultimately, if you want to drive sales now and into the future, the best way is to ensure that your brand is both likable and relevant to the target audience.

One easy way to do that is to test your ads ahead of time. Rather than trusting to luck (the probability of success and failure are not stacked in your favor) why not start a program of digital testing to improve your odds of success?

Watch the full webinar here, or read Kantar Millward Brown’s 7 tips.

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Published with information from Nigel Hollis at millwardbrown.com

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