Attention metrics can boost mobile ads—but marketers struggle with measurement

by | Feb 3, 2020 | Marketing, Public Relations

Virtually all respondents in a new survey (98 percent) believe customer attention metrics will drive value for their organizations by improving mobile advertising outcomes—but less than half feel confident in their ability to measure granular mobile ad metrics. Without deeper behavioral insights, marketers believe they are delivering lower customer satisfaction and poorly optimized ad campaigns.

According to the new study from digital ad and attention analytics firm Yieldmo, Attention 2.0: Enhancing Ad Measurement Beyond Clicks & Viewability, as mobile becomes more important to media investments, marketers should focus on modernizing their advertising technology to support metrics beyond traditional impressions, viewability, and clicks.

Attention metrics can boost mobile ads—but marketers struggle with measurement

“Over the past year, we developed a strong hypothesis that attention analytics can help marketers move beyond traditional metrics, like viewability. We believe this study ultimately supports our assumptions. The majority of brand marketers understand and value the concept of attention, but aren’t able to measure it on their own. Measurement is critical to optimizing and improving their campaign creatives and targeting capabilities,” said Lisa Bradner, general manager of data and analytics at Yieldmo, in a news release.

“We commissioned this study to better understand why so many organizations aren’t taking advantage of new data-based approaches to understanding and harnessing consumer attention,” said Bradner. “The study findings highlight the gap between what marketers know how to measure in mobile advertising today compared to what marketers wish they could measure. And, more importantly, how these metrics would impact advertising performance and business outcomes.”

Attention metrics can boost mobile ads—but marketers struggle with measurement

Key findings from the study include:

84 percent of marketers said their organizations are not capable of measuring customer attention with mobile ads today

Even the marketers who claim to measure customer attention today can’t say which metrics they have or how they’re being used.

Nearly 80 percent of marketers are hungry for better customer attention data

Marketing decision-makers are more eager than ever to find new approaches and technology to bolster their understanding of mobile advertising.

98 percent of respondents believe that attention metrics would drive value for their organizations

Sixty-five percent of respondents said they would use attention data to retarget inattentive consumers, 62 percent of respondents said they would pursue understanding frequency delivery by an individual consumer, and 62 percent said they would pursue enhancing click-through rate by retargeting attentive customers.

Brands see multiple ways attention metrics will improve mobile advertising

Sixty-seven percent of marketers plan to use attention metrics to improve retargeting, better gauge and calibrate ad frequency, and enhance click-through rate. More than 50 percent plan to use attention data to better test creatives, understand brand lift, drive more sales, and demonstrate brand media value.

63 percent of respondents said they plan to invest in customer attention metrics

Sixty-three percent of brands indicated they are willing to significantly or slightly increase their investment in capturing customer attention metrics.

“Time is of the essence. Marketers need to enhance their customer attention metrics to help improve the effectiveness of their mobile advertising spend,” said Bradner. “There is a significant amount of untapped revenue that comes from understanding your consumer’s interests and intent.”

Attention metrics can boost mobile ads—but marketers struggle with measurement

Click here to download the full study.

This Opportunity Snapshot was commissioned by Yieldmo. To create this profile, Forrester Consulting supplemented this research with custom survey questions asked of media buying decision-makers in the US. The custom survey began and was completed in October 2019 in the U.S. with an event split between marketers at retail, automotive, and CPG/Manufacturing brands.

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Richard Carufel
Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 12 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders. Reach him at richardc@bulldogreporter.com; @BulldogReporter

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