News / December 6, 2016

Why Video Is the Next Performance Marketing Category


Originally published in Convince & Convert

Written by Jason Baadsgaard

I spent a large part of my digital career selling retargeted display ads. It was a good product, and I was passionate in my belief that they helped marketers. It felt innovative and cool at the time because breakthroughs in precision audience targeting and dynamic creative actually changed consumer behavior. Later, advances in offline sales measurement allowed the marketer to underwrite the spend based on total sales versus just online sales.

Today, I’m not so bullish on display. In fact, I’ve largely given up on it. We haven’t seen a ton of innovation with the medium recently (outside the rise of self-service platforms). It’s true that brands are gaining cost efficiencies by bringing it in-house, which is great, but it’s not exactly something that lights my hair on fire anymore.

All technology—digital advertising included—follows a well-worn path: Some new innovation dazzles the market that’s tested by early adopters. Once it gains traction, it enters an efficiency phase, with emphasis on standardization and automation in order to lower costs. All phases are critical to advancing an industry, of course. That being said, I personally thrive in the innovation phase.

Right now, video marketing is entering a massive innovation phase. It has me excited because marketers can (once again) materially improve how they communicate with their customers and prospects.

Historically, we’ve thought of TV, and now digital video, as a branding tool best suited to get general messages out to a broad population. It tapped into the well-known proverb that 50 percent of advertising is effective—though exactly which 50 percent was anyone’s guess. For decades, TV was based on (let’s face it) some pretty outdated demo-targeting standards like gross rating points (GRPs); more recently, digital video has brought specific measurement into the video marketing mix. It was only a matter of time before marketers, who experienced the precision of digital targeting and demonstrating real, measurable outcomes, would clamor for a better approach for digital video.

Perhaps marketing services companies should offer brands something more innovative with video other than GRPs and demo-targeting. Maybe it’s time to consider video as the best performance-marketing tool in the marketer’s arsenal9(highlight to tweet)

To see how that can be done, we need to go back in time and remember why retargeting was so cool. Back in 2009, it was like an adrenalin shot for digital marketers. Once a consumer looked at a product, that behavior was captured and leveraged based on what was widely considered significant advancements in audience targeting, on-the-fly personalization of creative, and measurement of actual sales. This pushed display retargeting to a mainstream digital tactic, particularly for e-commerce-focused retailers. Once advancements could match a digital device to a physical mailbox, omnichannel retailers could then determine the offline sales impact of their digital communication.

We’ll see video marketing adopt these same three innovations in 2016, and those innovations, in turn, will completely reshape brands’ expectations of what’s possible with video marketing.

Precision Audience Targeting

Video advertising, in all its forms, can easily leverage the same level of precision audience targeting that digital marketers perfected with their retargeting and other display campaigns. For instance, brands can target consumers based on products they’ve viewed, just as they do in the display world. They can leverage their display strategies and apply it to video campaigns, targeting video ads based on demographics, location, online and offline behavior, dayparting, and intent.

Now, they can use the magic of sight, sound, and motion to take their advertising to the next level, targeting moms in cold weather climates with deals for snow tires in the days leading up to a snowstorm, or promoting a lunch special to office workers right when the first hunger pangs kick in.

Individualized Creative Optimization

Ads must resonate with consumers and be relevant to their stage in their decision-making journey3. We’ve seen display campaigns do just that, where every aspect of the creative—image, message, offer—is catered to the human who sees it. Optimization worked for display because we didn’t think of display ads as single units; we thought of them as a collection of specific elements—color, product, offer, price, etc.—that can be assembled together on the fly using large amounts of consumer data.

But here’s the exciting part: Today’s video ads offer the same customization that got us so excited about display ads. Marketers can break down video ads to their essential components and assemble them in real time based on what they know about the consumers who see them and what will resonate most with each individual.

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Eyeview Staff

Eyeview Staff

Date: 12.06.2016