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Why Campaign Testing Is Still Essential

Presort.com   January 7, 2014    

Testing is an essential step to determining which campaign tactics work best for your brand, especially in a multichannel world. While it has gotten easier to implement tests, particularly online, the amount of testing that needs to be done grows with every new media option.  As a rule of the thumb, the more targeted or specialized your product or service is, the more success you will have with any single-channel online campaign.  But testing still needs to be done in single-channel digital campaigns. A specialty Christian publishing client has had success with very, specific niche titles. Landing page creative needed to be tested in conjunction with banner ad offers and banner ad creative.  Through several rounds of testing we learned that creative tends to wane after about 60 to 75 days, so a creative refresh helps keep click-through rates above the industry average, enabling the client to sell more of their books. This coupled with the right landing page lifted ROI.  However, most products are not this specialized or targeted.  You can be faced with the quandary of not only what to test, but where to test it. In the online space you have literally countless number of publisher properties where your banner ad can be placed.  Your best bet is to approach this like a measurable marketer. Follow these 3 steps to determine what properties might be the most test-worthy:  1.   Evaluate and profile your existing customers to learn about who they are.  2.  Create both offline and online predictive models to score and rank potential prospect on   who look the most like existing customers.  3.   Find the publisher properties that most closely match 1 and 2 above.  Most successful campaigns today are, of course, truly multichannel. That means even more testing and more channel choices. Ideally we want to determine, in the quickest amount of time, what media mix will yield the greatest ROI, while also factoring in messaging/offers.  Not all media will yield the same sales rates. For example, social media is typically very good at engagement, but poor…

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Why Campaign Testing Is Still Essential