Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Measuring Local Advertising Efforts

A lot of advertisers do local advertising to increase the awareness of the product. Local media is also used to launch a product in some particular city. Various media forms can be used like print, newspapers, radio etc.

If the advertising is driving to a vanity URL or website, it is very easy to measure the lift from the advertising efforts. With the use of web analytics tools like Omniture, Webtrends, Google Analytics it is possible to measure the number of visitors to the site from a particular geo (country, city etc). So, if there is a lift in the number of consumers visiting the site from the city where the advertising is live, it is a clear indicator that the advertising is working and driving consumers to the website.

As mentioned in my previous post, a pre-post visitors/day would help evaluate the effect of the online advertising.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Measuring lift to website traffic from various advertising channels

Quite often, more than one channel is used to increase the awareness of your website. It is very easy to measure the effect of online banners but how to measure the effect of other channels like billboards, TV, Print, and coffee sleeves etc.

One of the easiest ways is to determine the lift in the visitors/day prior to the launch of advertising. The following steps would should be taken:

Step 1: Determine the baseline visitors/day prior to the advertising launch.
Step 2: Determine the visitors/day during the advertising.
Step 3: Determine the percentage lift or difference (visitors/day during advertising – baseline visitors/day) / baseline visitors/day

If there is good news, you would notice a POSITIVE lift.