Maximize Your Media Budget with Measurement

By Jon Friedman / 2 minutes

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Is it me?  Or is Q4 starting to feel a bit like the good ‘ole days?  Sure, the uncertainty brought on by the last few years is still wreaking havoc on  marketing strategy and budgets (of course), but the potential for another strong holiday season is real. According to Deloitte’s 2023 Holiday retail survey, consumers plan to spend an average of $1,652 this season, surpassing pre-pandemic figures for the first time.

People are also expected to start their holiday shopping early this year. According to eMarketer, half of consumers expect to start their holiday shopping before November.

Don’t Fall Into The Same Old Trap

The unprecedented “unknowns” combined with the elevated consumer optimism that comes with the holiday season means the competition to engage in-market shoppers will be as fierce as ever.  Add a fragmented media landscape to the mix and marketers are justifiably feeling intense pressure to allocate all dollars to working media.  Given these dynamics, I would argue that this year, perhaps more than any other, it is vital for brands to understand how their media and marketing efforts perform in real time, and to be able to optimize accordingly and report results in real time. Prioritizing measurement and analysis during your campaign can drive explosive ROAS, while dismissing it as a “nice to have” will put your brand at an incredible disadvantage. 

Measurement To The Rescue

Location-enabled measurement in particular can improve a campaign’s efficiency and effectiveness by ensuring media is targeted at consumers (and regions) most receptive to messaging, and optimizing the tactics and channels that are performing in real time. Specifically, measurement will help you:

  1. Understand IncrementalityGain access to incrementality at the consumer level and understand whether your brand’s advertising is actually changing consumer behavior by driving additional footfall and adjust accordingly.
  2. Improve Media MixFine-tune budget allocation by first understanding which network, program, or creative is performing best with respect to driving store visits.
  3. Lower Cost per VisitCompare costs of attracting new vs. returning customers, for a data-driven approach to decreasing CPV/CPIV.
  4. Gain Customer InsightsReveal behavior of new and returning customers to evaluate campaign success and refine your targeting and messaging strategies. 

It’s been a long year, and the weight of the decisions we make as marketers feels overwhelming in the face of predictions and unprecedented challenges to our respective business.  Cuebiq has spent the past several years helping our clients understand real world behaviors to inform these types of decisions.  Let us help you—contact your Cuebiq sales representative or email me at [email protected].

About the Author

Jon Friedman, SVP, Marketing Solutions