Whenever you create an ad, you need to make sure that the results are measurable so that you can get a real sense of what’s working for you and what isn’t. Not every ad is going to be a winner, but you need to be able to understand what went wrong before you replace the existing ad with something new or attempt to tweak it in one way or another. Here are 5 things to pay attention to when you are digging a little deeper into the metrics of your ads:
1. Are you looking at the right ad metric?
It is easy to see a big number in one element of your ad metrics and believe that it is performing as it should. That can very well be a mistake because it takes more than just a big number for an ad to be successful. The perfect example is with an ad that is racking up many thousands of views. On the face of it, that may seem like a good thing, but if only a few people are clicking through, you actually have a problem.
2. Do you have the correct ad tracking system?
If you are considering running your marketing efforts through an ad server, you are probably already aware that you have plenty of options to choose from. Not all ad servers are created equal though, which means that some may not feature a way to measure that data that you want. Understand exactly what it is that you want from your ad and make sure that the ad server you choose has a feature that allows you to measure it. For example, if your goal is to get viewers to purchase a product on your website and the ad server does not support conversion tracking then it is not going to provide you with the required data to determine the ad's ROI.
3. Are the ad numbers reliable and accurate?
You may very well find an ad server that delivers the ad metrics that you require, but can you be sure that the data being delivered is reliable. If you cannot trust the information you are looking at, how can you really be sure that your ad is performing the way that it appears to be? Do a little due diligence and find an ad server that is an established business and has delivered proven results in the past.
4. Were there any unusual activities?
Ad data will usually available on an hour-by-hour and day-by-day basis. You can expect natural rises and falls in the numbers, but if you see a sudden spike or drop in the numbers that appears without a reasonable explanation, you should look and see if some kind of click fraud or inflated views took place during that time period.
5. Are you looking at the right reporting period?
An hourly report is not the same as a daily report. Ad views on Sundays are often lower than on Mondays. For example, if the click through rate for a new ad is sky high for the first day but quickly dips after the initial surge, you should wait for a bit more data to evaluate the ad performance. As mentioned earlier, there tend to be shifts in the numbers, all of which can only really be measured after a set period of time. Don’t be too quick in deciding if an ad is a success or a failure.
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