Study: Online Ads Get Performance Boost from Branded Content Sites

  |  July 31, 2008   |  Comments

Environment matters, according to an OPA study supported by Dynamic Logic.

Advertisers looking to maximize the impact of their Web advertising should focus on branded content sites, according to a study released by the Online Publishers Association.

The study, titled "Improving Ad Performance Online: The Impact of Advertising on Branded Content Sites," found that marketers who advertised on branded content sites experienced much higher brand favorability and intent to purchase scores than those who advertised on portals and other kinds of Web sites, as well as through ad networks. The study used Dynamic Logic's MarketNorms database to gauge the impact of advertising across a variety of different Web environments.

"There's been a lot of discussion about the value of different environments online, but there haven't been a lot of numbers put against it to clearly demonstrate what environments are producing the best results for marketers," said Pam Horam, president of OPA. "So we took the best industry standard -- a tool that's already being used by agencies to measure the impact of branding -- and the results clearly demonstrate that environment absolutely matters."

The MarketNorms tool evaluates ad effectiveness based on 43 different metrics, and according to the study, ads on branded content sites performed better on 41 of those measurements. For brand favorability, ads on branded content sites scored 29 percent higher than average; for purchase intent, they scored 20 percent higher.

Those numbers were even higher when narrowed to 18- to 34-year-old and affluent audiences. Consumers aged 18 to 34 and those with household income exceeding $75,000 a year were both 33 percent more likely to form favorable opinions about ads on branded content sites. Affluent audiences were 55 percent more likely to "get the brand's message," the report said.

Horan credited the "halo effect" for the higher numbers, saying brands that associated themselves with some form of entertainment value earned goodwill from ad-weary consumers.

"There is so much discussion right now about the role of transparency, and that ultimately reflects on your brand," she said. "This research has demonstrated that advertisers are getting better results for their brands by being in clean, well-lit environments."

The study focused on the results for branded content sites, which performed better for consumers making initial brand connections. But Horan said that other forms of sites, such as portals, performed well for other functions further down the marketing chain.

"Nearly all forms of online media have an important role to play throughout the purchase 'funnel,'" she said. "But branded content sites have a notably greater impact at the points where consumers are establishing brand preference and making purchase decisions.

ClickZ Live Chicago Join the Industry's Leading eCommerce & Direct Marketing Experts in Chicago
ClickZ Live Chicago (Nov 3-6) will deliver over 50 sessions across 4 days and 10 individual tracks, including Data-Driven Marketing, Social, Mobile, Display, Search and Email. Check out the full agenda and register by Friday, August 29 to take advantage of Super Saver Rates!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Douglas Quenqua is a journalist based in Brooklyn, NY who writes about culture and technology. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, The New York Observer, and Fortune.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

ClickZ Today is our #1 newsletter.
Get a daily dose of digital marketing.

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Featured White Papers

IBM: Social Analytics - The Science Behind Social Media Marketing

IBM Social Analytics: The Science Behind Social Media Marketing
80% of internet users say they prefer to connect with brands via Facebook. 65% of social media users say they use it to learn more about brands, products and services. Learn about how to find more about customers' attitudes, preferences and buying habits from what they say on social media channels.

Marin Software: The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising

The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising
Latest research reveals 68% higher revenue per conversion for marketers who integrate their search & social advertising. In addition to the research results, this whitepaper also outlines 5 strategies and 15 tactics you can use to better integrate your search and social campaigns.

Resources

Jobs

    • Chinese Speaking Copywriter
      Chinese Speaking Copywriter (Agora Financial) - BaltimoreDo you speak Chinese? Are you interested in economics and finance or want to learn more...
    • Video/Digital Media Designer
      Video/Digital Media Designer (Confidential) - Delray BeachFull service corporate video production studio looking to hire a creative, and highly...
    • HEAD OF SALES
      HEAD OF SALES (OZONE MEDIA) - Santa Clarawww.ozonemedia.com HEAD OF SALES POSITION Reporting to the founder & CEO, Kiran Gopinath, the Head...