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One Additional Minute of Exposure to Display Advertising Can Boost Direct Traffic to a Company’s Website by 10%, According to New Research from NYU Stern

A new digital attribution model shows that advertising effects are amplified up to four times when consumers are targeted earlier and for longer periods of time

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This new framework gives advertisers the ability to causally measure the impact of digital advertising on the search and purchase behavior of consumers, which is a key component in a broader marketing campaign.

New research from NYU Stern Professor Anindya Ghose and Emory University Professor Vilma Todri introduces a unique digital attribution framework to measure the effectiveness of display advertising on a consumer’s likelihood to search for a brand or product, and ultimately, make a purchase. Moreover, their research shows advertising effects are amplified up to four times when consumers are targeted earlier in the purchase funnel and exposed to the ad for longer durations.
 
This first-of-its-kind study uses real-world settings and data to examine how actual viewability of display advertising – and the length of exposure to display ads – impacts consumer behavior from initial exposure to final purchase. This framework is part of a pioneering set of research focused on digital attribution, or determining which display advertising channel deserves the most credit for a consumer’s purchase – a key question among advertising executives who manage campaigns for brands.
 
Using a large-scale, individual-level data set, which tracked the entire advertising campaign of a U.S.-based retailer, the study reveals:
  • On average, 55% of display ads are not viewable – meaning they are not visible on a consumer’s screen area for more than one second.
  • Exposure to display ads increases the chances that a consumer will engage in active search and visit a company’s website by more than 36%.
  • Additionally, consumers are 25% more likely to click on a search ad served up to them on Google.
  • When a consumer is targeted earlier in the purchase funnel, one additional minute of exposure to display advertising can increase the likelihood he/she will visit a company website by almost 10%.
  • Consumers are also 7% more likely to complete a purchase after seeing a display ad. 
“This new framework gives advertisers the ability to causally measure the impact of digital advertising on the search and purchase behavior of consumers, which is a key component in a broader marketing campaign,” Professor Ghose explained. “By using an attribution model such as ours, they can now measure return-on-investment more effectively and more readily optimize their budgets.”

The article, “Towards a Digital Attribution Model: Measuring the Impact of Display Advertising on Online Consumer Behavior,” is forthcoming in MIS Quarterly and was nominated for a Best Paper Award at the 2015 INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST).
 
To speak with Professor Ghose, please contact him directly at 212-998-0807 or aghose@stern.nyu.edu, or contact Janine Savarese in NYU Stern’s Office of Public Affairs at 212-998-8082 or jsavarese@stern.nyu.edu or Niamh Roberts at 212-998-0615 or nroberts@stern.nyu.edu. To contact Professor Todri, please contact her directly at vtodri@stern.nyu.edu.

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