• Viewability Hot-Button Issue At IAB Summit
    PHOENIX: The IAB held its Annual Leadership Meeting this past Sunday-Tuesday here (#IABALM, if you want to peruse the relevant tweets), and not surprisingly, measurement issues were among the hot topics of discussion. Viewability seemed to loom largest, both from the podium and in my conversations with publishers and agency people. In fact, several friends at publisher companies told me that most of the meetings they were taking at the conference were about viewability.
  • Balancing Art And Science To Track Campaign Performance
    Marketing, as a craft, is being reinvented in the digital age. David Ogilvy, the "Father of Advertising" himself, may have said it best when he remarked, "In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create." To be successful, organizations must find - and maintain - the right balance between these two critical components. This delicate blend of art and science is particularly important when it comes to measuring campaign performance.
  • Why Marketers Should Ditch Correlation (Even When It's Raining)
    During a recent business trip to San Francisco, I struck up a conversation with my Uber driver: sports, weather and the standard "how's business?" He said it fluctuates greatly, a problem he shares with his wife, who owns a company that produces and sells umbrellas. He then shares that he and his wife are typically both either busy or slow at the same times, in large part due to rainy weather causing people to stay dry in a car or under an umbrella. Hearing this, my inner analyst couldn't resist a follow-up question: "So, can you predict your ride sales ...
  • Where Viewability Is Today -- And Why It's Critical For Digital's Tomorrow
    On Dec. 16, 2014, IAB released "State of Viewability Transactions 2015,"a position paper that put forth seven principles for viewability transactions in 2015. Since then, the press and the ecosystem at large have engaged in worthy debate and discussion about the meaning of the paper for viewability, measurement, and ongoing deal-making. Still, with some stakeholders jockeying for position and disparate perspectives aplenty, misleading chatter erupted -- and even more than a month out, misconceptions persist. In order to put everyone back onto the same page, the following is a guide to the basics.
  • On Viewability, Fraud, And Measurement Disparities
    Two of the hottest issues in digital measurement right now are viewability and non-human traffic (NHT), which includes but is not limited to fraud. It shouldn't be surprising, then, to discover that these two issues converge. By my count, 16 services are currently accredited by the Media Rating Council (MRC) for viewability measurement, and there has been a marketplace expectation that MRC-accredited viewability measurement providers should report converging metrics for viewability if two or more such solutions are deployed on the same campaign. As you probably know, this has not been the case.
  • A New Year's Resolution: Take Action On Insights
    How many times have you declared on Jan. 1 to lose weight and never followed through? After stepping on the scale and seeing the number, you immediately set a weight loss goal, plan your meals, and even create a fitness plan - but then never hit the gym. This same philosophy is also applicable to marketing measurement. After recognizing the inaccuracies of last-click measurements, you resolve to transition from traditional "siloed" measurement to a more advanced, holistic approach.But unless you activate your plans by putting the optimization recommendations into market, you'll never achieve your ultimate goal of improving marketing results ...
  • The Trouble With CTR As A Campaign Metric
    Now I know lots of folks in the industry are bashing the CTR right now, and it may seem like a trendy issue to some. But the truth is, the mere discussion of the CTR's proper place in digital campaigns is a sign of health: a sign that our industry is growing more ambitious as to what it can achieve through digital advertising.
  • A Metrics Miracle
    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.
  • Why Campaign Measurement Falls Short -- And Why Automotive Industry Is Best Test Case For New Strategy
    Ever since the first display ad was shown back in 1995, marketers have been promised that digital advertising would make their jobs easier because everything would have more measurable ROI. Here we are almost 20 years later, and marketers are asking why we're not there yet.
  • What Predictive Analytics Means For Marketers
    Most marketers know that big data contains valuable information that, when used properly, can transform their marketing. The problem is that these large data sets are often unstructured and "noisy," and manually mining data to uncover patterns is often time-consuming, inaccurate, and can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. The outlook is not all bleak for marketers, however, and many are turning to predictive technologies to help reduce the noise and derive actionable insights from their data.
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