There was a time when understanding consumer use of the Internet was relatively simple - way more complex than understanding engagement with any other medium, sure, but still relatively simple. All we needed to deal with was engagement from computers. There were no tablets, no smartphones, no OTT; your thermostat wasn't a connected device.
The Internet of Things is driving rapid change in consumer behavior and content consumption, including advertising consumption. According to a recent study conducted by Adobe, the average U.S. adult uses six different devices to connect to the Internet. Connected devices extend beyond just desktop computers, smartphones and tablets. Now they also include wearables like Fitbits and Apple Watches, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Xbox, and home appliances like smart refrigerators, thermostats and even lightbulbs. The proliferation of connected devices has forced marketers to try new advertising tactics to keep up with consumers' multiscreen world.
Josh Chasin is a poet -- and he knows it -- with this twist on a seasonal classic:" 'Twas the week before Christmas, when alone in my house/ I was finishing shopping, with a click of the mouse;/Then I cleared out my browser cache, cookies deleted,/ In hopes of nefarious snooping, defeated."
And what a year it was. The digital industry, with help from friends like the Media Rating Council, has made progress in many areas of measurement. The aim of this column is not to provide a compendium of achievements -- nor to ignore the challenges still before us -- but, in the spirit of the holidays, to shine brightly and inspire even greater progress in the year to come.
What would a video measurement system look like if one were to zero-base such a solution today, with the tools we have at hand, given the measurement challenges we face, while unencumbered by legacy systems?
Marketers don't want their brand to be the first that comes to mind when consumers think of "those companies that follow me around the Internet." Fortunately, there are several steps that brands can take to demonstrate responsible measurement.
Although this is a critical time of year for marketers in many industries, retailers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to holiday metrics.
Lately it seems as if every article I read about digital advertising is about viewability, fraud, or ad blocking. "No one's seeing my ads!" "Robots are seeing my ads!" "Robots are blocking my ads!" It's enough to make the casual reader think the sky was falling. I'm starting to think we're all collectively guilty of "burying the lede": that digital advertising works, persuades consumers, moves products.
Throughout the transition to the viewable impression as the core currency of digital advertising, many issues have come up. One subject that has not been addressed sufficiently, however, is the critical link among ad and/or revenue ops, measurement science, and research. It is the combination of the skills, talent, and drive of individuals working in these disciplines that enables better measurement.
Impressions and rating points are good indicators of how many people saw your TV ad, but how does it influence individual consumer behavior? Consumers take action online in response to seeing your ad offline. But which types of TV ads trigger the greatest response? To ensure you're getting the most accurate answers to your questions, make sure your TV attribution methodology does the following: