Survata at Attribution Accelerator with Microsoft

Survata at Attribution Accelerator

How Microsoft Measures Brand Equity in Digital Age

It’s not often that you hear the issue of brand equity discussed at an attribution conference, but in this age of digital advertising, many marketers and advertisers think there is a trade off between focusing on sales and conversion versus building brand equity. Microsoft’s Advertising Effectiveness Innovator Josh Billig sees that the rise of digital advertising and programmatic has often created too much focus on the short term pay off of ad investments, as opposed to the long term.

Digital advertising has made the pendulum swing too far toward only being concerned with driving sales and conversions, which doesn’t account for how digital advertising can be highly impacting on a company’s brand. And, while some question how much brand equity affects company performance these days, there’s little doubt that brand equity supports lifetime value. The trouble is, how do you measure its effect?

At the Attribution Accelerator conference last week, Survata CEO Chris Kelly had the opportunity to co-present with Josh, discussing how a tech-centered approach to Ad Research is essential to measuring the effect that a digital ad campaign has on building brand equity.

As Josh pointed out, if a brand is too closely focused on the short-term effect of digital advertising, then they’ll miss long-term revenue opportunities. But, with all of the rapid changes in the digital ad landscape – from programmatic to the explosion of new market research tools – most of the available market research solutions don’t have the capability to keep pace with technology. Many vendors may come to the table with a solution for measuring programmatic efficacy, but then it can’t measure the efficacy of a machine-learning algorithm that is constantly changing.

That’s why Microsoft turned to Survata, a market and ad research company that distinguishes itself because of its tech DNA. Microsoft requires a campaign measurement partner that can handle scale. For one of its upcoming campaign, Microsoft will serve 5 billion impressions in the U.S. alone across 40 publishers, scale at which a survey-panel or ad-banner approach cannot support.

Survata uses its Publisher Network to unlock premium content for survey-takers, drastically improving quality while also handling the scale Microsoft requires. Microsoft uses Survata for everything from defining its campaign objectives to optimizing campaigns in flight.

For a detailed look at how a brand the size of Microsoft measures its largest campaigns, watch Chris and Josh’s presentation below:

Survata at Attribution Accelerator with Microsoft from Survata on Vimeo.

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Advertising Week: Panel Highlights Ad Measurement in the Mobile Era

Survata at Advertising Week

Last week was America’s big marketing and advertising conference, Advertising Week, and no doubt that a lot of the buzz centered on the continued Russian ad scandal and Google’s YouTube mea culpa.

However, while those crises and respective responses are quite important to advertisers, it was the breakout panels where the significant issues that brands face day in and day out were discussed in detail.

Survata CEO Chris Kelly had to opportunity to participate on the “Measuring Up” panel, a discussion with other industry experts about the challenges of measuring ad and marketing campaign performance at a time when available data and touch points are exploding. As Chris pointed out, the growth of smartphones may indeed contain a wealth of new information to analyze, but it also has made it more difficult to build attribution models. And inherently, the politics behind the companies that offer different data types and slices can muddle the true insights even more.

While advertisers and marketers are facing tremendous pressure to extract and fuse tactical data from the online and offline world, there are some more promising and immediate opportunities. The introduction of new and more innovative uses for location and geospatial data has opened the door for marketers to map the customer journey both in the digital and physical world, as highlighted by Chris’s co-panelist Antonio Tomarchio, CEO of Cuebiq. Antonio even alluded to the opportunities when you combine this data type with survey data.

Here at Survata, we know firsthand about the power of understanding how customers interact with brands both online and in the physical world. As you may have seen, Survata recently announced its Customer Research solution set, which included a partnership with geospatial data firm SafeGraph. Now brands can anonymously identify customers in store, and then survey them later on when they appear on the Survata Publisher Network. This is in addition to our other solutions that get brands firsthand data from digital customers about any brand experience – including advertising campaigns.

Take a look at the video from the Ad Week panel “Measuring Up” below.