XA.net's advertising platform, CPMatic, provides an interface to inventory on ad exchanges, publishers and ad networks based by data from eXelate and others such as BlueKai, AlmondNet and TargusInfo. Partners also include Yahoo's Rightmedia, Google's DoubleClick and AdWords, AdX 2.0, Facebook, AOL, Rubicon Project, Pubmatic, OpenX, AdBrite, AdMeld and others.
For several months, XA.net's unnamed computer retailer had access to the CPMatic platform supported by eXelate's data across multiple media exchanges. The campaign ran from Jan. 1, 2010 through March 15. The increase in the 92% ROI includes the cost of the data and media. The shopping data and frequency optimization led to long-term advertising results for the client.
Rob Leathern, chief executive officer at XA.net, attributes the "significant" increase to data from eXelate, as well the as the ability to test lots of different audience segments quickly. "In the online ad space, this enables you to test what works and what doesn't," he says. "We were able to test a variety of data types, placements, and frequency caps. The system determined what worked best for the computer retailer."
Advertisers now have access to tap into data defining identity, interest and purchase intent on more than 150 million monthly U.S. users across multiple media exchanges and receive centralized billing and analytics on CPMatic.com related to eXelate data.
"We have done data tests where the data hasn't worked," Leathern says. "You have to buy enough media and data that you know what works. If you know the data's good you use it to determine good media. It's about isolating the variables."
Working with eXelate gives XA.net clients the ability to test a revenue share model, since the segments already have been created. There's no need to create segments by buying cookie placements and building the campaign. Having the ability to work on a model based on revenue share as a percentage of media versus paying upfront CPM also can help. It allows clients to scale the cost of the data along with the cost of the media. Leathern says this can make some campaigns successful that might not have otherwise had the chance.
The computer retailer's ads sold laptops, notebooks and desktops. The ads, which ran from January through March, were not related to after- holiday sales. The eXelate data related to computers, but Leathern says XA.net's clients have seen success in other categories, too.
XA.net has seen success in targeting ads to new parents and moms, along with the more standard audience segments, such as travel and automotive.
Leathern says the industry has challenges to overcome. "There's a lot of work to be done in the media space to understand and test valuable data," he says. "Fragmentation is another challenge. There's a lot of data, but you need companies need a systematic way to reach marketing goals."