Google Announces New Online Advertising Metrics

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google-brand-activateThis morning, Google announced the new ‘Brand Activate’ advertising program, which will provide brands with useful metrics related to quantifying the benefits of online ad campaigns. Google is hopeful that the new Brand Activate program will entice marketers to reallocate money from traditional advertising methods to online advertising. Although Google sells an impressive $38 billion of advertising annually, big brands are currently spending over $190 billion per year on television advertisements. The Brand Activate program is initially focused on providing Active View and Active GRP metrics to the advertisers.

Active View, which Google hopes will become the new standard for online ad impressions, measures if the ad was seen by the user, the percentage of the ad that was seen, and the duration of ad exposure. Google will only count the ad as “viewed” if the advertisement was “at least 50% viewable on the screen for at least one second.” In hopes of standardizing online advertising terminology, Google has submitted their definition of a viewed ad to the Media Rating Council.

In addition to Active View, Google also revealed Active GRP, which is similar to the Gross Rating Point metric used by the television industry. However, since the metrics are delivered in real-time, Active GRP will allow advertisers to quickly measure the effectiveness of a campaign and adjust accordingly. Active GRP focuses on providing information related to the reach and frequency of the digital campaign.

Neal Mohan, Google’s Vice President of Display Advertising, indicated the new program will provide brands with better advertising metrics and measurements:

“We think that a new generation of measurement solutions will help brands quantify the benefits of investing online and will help to fund the next generation of great online content and services. Today at the Ad Age Digital Conference we’re introducing the Brand Activate initiative, a new effort to re-imagine online measurement for brand marketers and—crucially—to help brands turn measurement into action, immediately.”

Google has stated that the new program is currently being tested on its DoubleClick for Advertisers customers and is being used for traditional display, video, and mobile. Google plans to expand the program in the near future.

Sources Include: Official Google Blog, Forbes, & AdAge Digital
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  • Sayeed @ Immediate Care Justice

    The metrics systems are so in depth now. Between the ad data and phone number tracking, businesses can see exactly where their sales and close rates are coming from and invest accordingly.

  • Steven

    This sounds like nice idea from Google but I would like to see how the actual reports will look. And will this really change how large corporations try to promote their brands.

    • Kasey

      I agree Steven. I am curious how the reports will look and how accurate they will be.

      • David Angotti

        I expect the reports will be accurate and independently verified, but that would be quite difficult for an ad account to verify. I expect screenshots of the reports to start appearing in the next month or so.

  • Bryan Gene

    Is ‘Brand Activate’ solely targeting the big corporations? I assume it would be a hefty price to pay for a small business to have an ad that takes up 50% of the viewable area. I can see it already: “We’ll be back with your search results after this 30 second message sponsored by McDonalds. Have it your way!”

    • David Angotti

      Hi Bryan, most people expect the same metrics to eventually roll out for small businesses as well. The 50% viewable metric is related to the ad not the screen. For example, 50% of a 200 x 200 (i.e. 100 x 200) ad must be visible for one second otherwise the impression is not counted.

  • Jamjee

    This seems to be great. Is it world wide or just restricted to the US?

    • David Angotti

      It is expected to roll out worldwide in the near future.

  • Jeff Downer

    Fifty percent of an ad for one second seems kind of thin exposure to me. If I’m paying for advertising and I do, then I am looking for a higher threshold for an impression.

    • David Angotti

      Hi Jeff, While the 50%/1 second rule may seem like thin exposure, remember this is a HUGE improvement versus how impressions are counted right now. Currently, most companies will charge you an impression even if none of your ad was viewable.

  • richard

    This perhaps could be more positive in adsense revenue

  • Fadi El-Eter

    Google provides adwords users with many tools that nobody uses – I’m not sure that advertisers will actually use these new tools.