How a Major Home Cleaning Brand Used Ad-Targeting to Increase its In-Store Sales

By Lance Brothers, Chief Revenue Officer, NCS

Competition is especially fierce in the household cleaning products industry.

So when a major cleaning products brand wanted to increase incremental sales in stores, they decided to pit three purchase-based targeting companies, including NCS, against one another to see which company could generate the greatest sales lift.

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NCS Now Offers Sales Effect Measurement for YouTube Advertising

New Solution Brings Consistent and Comparable Sales Metrics to CPG Advertisers

By Carl Spaulding, EVP Strategy

It’s no secret that CPG brands today are looking for a better way to understand how their digital advertising investment is working. Even with all of today’s modern and innovative measurement solutions, it’s been hard to prove the return for digital marketing in a way that’s comparable across all types of digital publisher environments. Continue reading “NCS Now Offers Sales Effect Measurement for YouTube Advertising”

Better Advertising Starts NOW

By Matt O’Grady, CEO

The possibilities of big data and advanced technologies have opened up an unprecedented potential for creating and delivering very effective advertising.

Coupled with what we’ve learned about how brands grow and how consumers respond to advertising, a successful campaign can have a serious impact on business outcomes.

For NCS, the past decade has been focused on building the best datasets, methodologies, and technologies to help CPG advertisers grow their brands with advertising that sells more products. We’ve advanced the advertising industry with data-driven answers to the big questions. While we remain true to our roots in single-source CPG data, we’ve also evolved.

Our team is so excited about the next generation of NCS. As it will continue to rely on unparalleled data assets. We will continue to hone our methodology with the most rigorous scientific process and innovative technologies. We’re bringing this history with us to the future. And the future is now. Today, we are focused on unleashing the potential of advertising by innovating in five major areas:

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How Reynolds Wrap Can Grow its Brand by Finding the Ideal Customers

When it comes to successful ad targeting for consumer packaged goods brands (CPG), there are a lot of theories, but little data.

Until recently, that is. In June, NCS released the results of a study on 50 CPG brands over 3-and-a-half-years at various stages of their life cycles called How to Build Brands. Recently, Reynolds Wrap, the venerable aluminum foil brand, took a deep dive into what this data means for the brand.

According to the study, advertising spend becomes more efficient when marketers can identify which consumer groups the messaging resonates with most. Ideally, marketers can double down on such targeting to improve return on ad spend (ROAS) and sales lift. For CPGs, efficient spending is imperative. The average food store in the U.S. is 7,500 square feet smaller than 10 years ago and has about 9,000 more products for sale. But 60% of shopping decisions are still made in store. Clearly, many shopping decisions are up for grabs.

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What Six Billion Rows of Data Taught Us About Advertising Effectiveness

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By Leslie Wood, Chief Research Officer

If you Google “rules of advertising,” you’ll find that most of these golden rules focus on how to develop great creative. There isn’t a lot of data-driven direction for planning and delivering advertisements with the right messages to the right audiences. In the past, we didn’t have the tools and framework to understand the financial implications of messaging and targeting decisions. Today, we do.

Now, we can stop asking the following questions and start answering them.

  • Does advertising really work or can I just cut the price?
  • What are the best short- and long-term strategies for driving growth?
  • Who should we target—current buyers or non-buyers?
  • What are the roles of creative and media in driving brand growth?
  • How should the life stage of my brand affect decisions?

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Demystifying the Advanced TV Ecosystem

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Ed Kim, VP Strategy

With the fall TV season fast approaching, it will be interesting to see what new trends and preferences emerge in consumer viewing habits. The TV industry has seen so much exciting change over the past few years, opening new doors for advertisers and creating more choice than ever before.

The new ecosystem that has emerged to support demand for more viewing choices has brought along with it a myriad of new terms—many of them fluid and not well defined. As I sit down to write this blog post, I’ve just read two opposing definitions of OTT—both by well-respected organizations. As a result of the rapid change in this industry, sometimes it seems as if we’re speaking in completely different languages. In this post, I’ll define some of the more fluid and commonly misunderstood terms being used in the TV industry today, to help clear up some confusion and get us speaking the same language.

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Purchase Data: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet When You Optimize In-Flight

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CPG marketers have a need for faster and more frequent purchase signals. Not only must they prove that their advertising is providing a strong return on investment, but they need it yesterday. To help our clients know what’s working and make near real-time advertising decisions, NCS has launched Purchase Data Metrics or PDM for digital campaigns.

Designed to help CPG marketers identify the most effective strategies and tactics that optimize sales from their ad campaigns, PDM can be accessed on-demand, with data updated daily, making it the fastest and most frequent purchase signal available for the CPG industry today. PDM is currently being used in proprietary platforms developed by several publishers and portals to deliver more effective advertising across their properties.

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Why We Love Data-Driven Radio

Radio is stepping up its game by investing in innovations and research to help prove its value and get the respect it deserves. Erica Farber, President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) recently interviewed luminaries in the radio industry to talk about Data-Driven Insights and measuring radio to drive results for the business. She opens with John Wannamaker’s famous quote, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.”

Matt O’Grady, CEO NCS, can verify which half is working. He shares how the radio industry is adopting ROI Analytics to drive sales accountability. “We can prove that someone who is exposed to the advertising is actually going shopping. We have a one-to-one connection between the listener and the shopper.”

Radio is often heard right before someone is going shopping and is a fantastic time to reach someone. So the exposure to the ad can be matched to that person’s purchase data and shopping behavior. That’s what advanced analytics now means for radio—evaluating the sales performance of the campaign.

Matt O’Grady talks to Erica Farber about Advanced Analytics—RAB@Work: The Q Report – Data & Analytics

To learn more about these Radio ROI Analytics, read about our sales effect solutions.

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Watch This: Purchase Driven Planning Explained

Missed us at ARF ReThink 2016? Well, you missed a lot. Luckily, we had the cameras rolling.

Catch up on the breakthrough ROI paradigm developed by our own Leslie Wood and CBS’ Dave Poltrack, dubbed Purchase Driven Planning. The method looks past Reach, into a more granular and strategically-timed model of Purchase Occasions. This award-winning work is now available in the following video:

To catch complementary presentations from Dave Poltrack and Nielsen, and listen to a panel discussion featuring NCS, see the video below. Note that we have a contact form pre-rolling this video, because if you’ve gotten this far, you really owe it to yourself to get specific answers to your questions.

NCS Announcing Breakthrough Research At ARF ReThink Alongside CBS, Time Inc, And Kraft Heinz

Attendees at next week’s ARF Re!Think will see new research on predictive ROI and cross-media sales measurement during NCS’ sessions, co-presented by David Poltrack of CBS, Maggie Zak of Time Inc., and Kaz Gunay of Kraft Heinz.

Timing IS Everything: New Paradigm for ROI Based Media Planning and Evaluation

Monday, March 14 | 12:20 – 12:40pm | Gramercy East, Floor 2

David Poltrack (CBS) and Leslie Wood (NCS) are at it again, this time with demos of NCS’ new ROI-based media-planning tool and a preview of how to put neuro principles into action to develop superior creative. They’ll be joined by and expert panel of advertisers and agencies for reaction and discussion.

New Breakthrough Research Theories Put Into Practice

Tuesday, March 15 | 9:45 – 10:15am | Grand Ballroom

A panel session demonstrating of the power and impact of NCS’ new ROI-based media planning and evaluation tool.

Cross-Platform Sales Measurement Has Arrived

Tuesday, March 15 | 12:40-1:00 pm

Recap on Wednesday, March 16 | 9:50 – 10:30am during the Best Papers Session

Find out how Time Inc. and NCS have worked to develop a new method, practical approach for cross-platform ROI measurement and optimization which can be applied to campaigns for television, magazine, and digital. Understand how consumers respond to messages on one platform vs. another and quantify the synergies of multiple media. We’ll share for the first time how secondary audiences for print (pass-along) contributes to sales.