With myriad car models that appeal to a variety of demographics and multiple layers of distribution and promotion, automotive advertisers are faced with infinite ways to slice and dice a single ad -- sometimes leaving them stuck. The most common mistake is relying on time-intensive efforts to build multiple versions of rich media creative, or simplistic real-time content feeds in FLASH ads to create a sense of immediacy and relevancy with the viewer. Every time automotive advertisers use these antiquated methods, they miss the real opportunity of dynamic advertising.
Auto brands represent the largest category for TV ad spending: $6 billion in H1 2010, according to Kantar Media -- and already understand the power of video. Their display advertising can be fully dynamic by delivering different videos, graphics, functionality and text based on the audience, all from the same ad. For example, tailor video to audiences based on age, use location-based elements to drive interested buyers to the closest dealer, present video messages in sequence to show different features of a new car model, and the list goes on. The intent is to drive measurably higher performance, maximize ad spend and ultimately create better audience experiences.
Why is this particularly critical to the auto industry? Auto advertisers know that sight, sound, and motion work in their advertising. With dynamic video advertising, they can leverage a single video creative with different features or calls to action to meet two separate goals online -- brand advertising and in-market, or demand generation, advertising. They can maintain consistency in their campaigns and, when using existing television assets, create a fully integrated, powerful video strategy across TV and online. Recent Yahoo analysis of Nielsen data shows that if a user views one online exposure before the TV ad, brand recall increases by 18%.
When focusing on branding, the key is to make ads relevant, personal and exciting to increase viewer engagement. That requires presenting different creative and core messages based on age, sex, location, and the user's preferences. It's impossible to do this with a simple dynamic text feed in a banner ad.
In-market advertisers can benefit from the same dynamic elements by swapping out key manufacturer incentives or rebates, presenting different calls to action, integrating social media or offering the opportunity to telescope deeper within the ad to specific features. Based on the audience and how they interact with a video ad, in-market auto advertisers can dynamically present additional video to be viewed within the same ad experience.
Successful automotive applications of dynamic video advertising technology share key attributes. First, they are user-initiated, which puts the user in charge of their ad experience -- and provide elevated performance around consideration and intent metrics. In-banner video ads deliver 25 times the number of views compared to clicks for standard banners. Second, they use dynamic elements that range from text, to graphics, to additional video to create a highly relevant and personal experience. Auto advertisers are the most sophisticated in media targeting, so targeting creative to their audiences is crucial to increase overall campaign performance. Third, they use smart technology to optimize the experience so the ads learn and perform better over time and provide valuable insights to the advertiser about which creative engages viewers most effectively. Finally, they are easy to execute.
The auto industry needs to be on the vanguard of this movement toward fully dynamic video advertising. With some of the most compelling video-based advertising content available and the media dollars to make a difference, auto advertisers can take the lead to show that the combination of TV and online provides a smarter mix. It would be a shame to spend online budgets on static banners, or "dynamic" ads that are limited to simple FLASH creative and content feeds, when fully dynamic video advertising leverages the power of sight, sound and motion to engage potential car buyers more easily and effectively than ever before.