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Ad tracking to measure audience impact.

Advertising tracking research follows specific predetermined survey measurements month-to-month, quarter-to-quarter, or longer even intervals. Ad tracking survey research design provdes a sensitive tool to guage advertising impact on ...

  • Whole ad recall -- print, broadcast, online
  • Brand recall within product category
  • Ad element e.g. headline recall
  • Main point association
  • Brand image associations
  • Future Purchase interest
  • Brand favorability

Hierarchy-of-effects Models Guide Ad Effectiveness

In measuring ad effectiveness, it is crucial to have a set of standards or 'goal posts' in mind against which to assess the ad strategy in mind. Basic hierarchy of effects models help us do that. One such hierarchy is A-I-D-A which speccifies a set of sequential advertising goals:

  • A - Awareness,
  • I - Interest,
  • D - Demand, and
  • A - Action (purchase).

These give us solid measurement goal posts.

The A-I-D-A model says that a prospectie buyer moves from a state of unawareness through a number of interviening states until action (purchase) results.

To measure effectiveness, a benchmark is first established typically thru a benchmard AD EFFECTIVENESS BENCHMARK SURVEY. Thereafter, tracking surveys measure shifts in these primary indicators on a month-to-month or quarter-to-quarter basis.

Staged Advertising Testing in the Ad Development Process

Our advertising effectiveness tracking research design approach for your firm or agency will develop a precise and specific ad effectiveness tracking research process. We employ advanced advertising testing research designs employing both qualitative and quantitative market research methods.

Staged or sequenced advertisng testing acknowledges the importance of the iterative creative and refinement process involved in ad concept development.   We believe our concept testing research philosophy is what differentiates us from many other market research firms. These principles guide our concept development and testing study designs:

  • Advertising testing is both a research and measurement activity, and a creative concept development activity.  Testing outcomes spawns creativity so we build it in to the process.
  • If we work with you from the beginning as a partner in creating a fresh new ad campaign, we focus on concept development rather than screening testing, which comes later.
  • Concept development requires an exploratory market research mode and mindset, starting first using exploratory qualitative research methods such as depth interviews among target audience members.
  • We address both tangible attribute clusters, and emotional appeals when creating concepts and advertising themes for testing. We partner with you as a team member.
  • We move from qualitative depth interviews, to larger sample time-extended depth interviews, often employing online depth interviews which allow for repeated respondent interaction and concept incubation.
  • Using a hybrid research design, we blend the qualitative research mode with quantitative advertising concept test rankings, this to refine concept development and assessment of appeal.
  • Thus, our approach to screening advertising concepts favors smaller sample multiple waves rather than one large sample wave.
  • Finally, we acknowledge that a full understanding of concept appeal must be assessed in a mode with maximum realism.  Here's a case when we believe that online market surveys have a strong advantage as they allow use of a variety of exhibits for the testing of advertising concepts, product concepts, brand concepts, and strategic positioning concepts.

We use these data collection technologies for advertising testing research:

Many advertising testing engagements are an integral part our Concept Development Consulting assessments and recommendations.

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