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Behaviourally targeted online ads get best reception

Behaviourally targeted online ads get best reception

Online consumers are consistently more receptive to behaviourally targeted ads than to contextual advertising - with behavioral targeting (BT) outperforming contextual by as much as 22 percent in some categories - according to a recent study on consumer receptivity to online advertising, writes MarketingCharts.

Moreover, the behavioural-targeting-receptive audience is a higher-value segment than contextual-targeting-receptive consumers, according to the study, which found that 93 percent of the BT-receptive audience have shopped online.

The study was commissioned by Revenue Science and AOL and conducted by JupiterResearch.

"We're glad to see that the voice of the online consumer echoes our position that behavioral targeting is more effective - for advertisers, publishers, and for consumers - than contextual advertising," said Marla R. Schimke, VP of marketing at Revenue Science.

Among the key findings of the study:

Overall, two-thirds of online users have taken actions as a result of viewing online ads.

Across all advertising, 14 percent more online consumers are more receptive to behaviorally targeted ads than to contextual ads - 63 percent vs. 49 percent of the total audience.

BT outperforms contextual advertising in terms of consumer attention by at least 10 percent across 14 major product categories, from Financial Services to Consumer Electronics to Pharmaceuticals to Fashion and Style. For example:

o 17 percent more online purchasers of computing products are more receptive to behaviorally targeted ads.

o 18 percent more online auto purchasers are more receptive to behaviorally targeted ads.

o 20 percent more online telecom purchasers are more receptive to behaviorally targeted ads than to contextual ads.

Attention-getting behavioural targeting is preferable because more than 75 percent of online shoppers shop only once per month or less - and the majority research a product only once or twice before buying.

"Due to the level of consumers' online activity, marketers have to maximize a limited opportunity to move consumers through the purchase funnel," Schimke said.

The study also found that BT-receptive consumers are a higher-value audience:

Behaviourally receptive consumers are more likely to have a higher income, spend more money online, and shop online more frequently than others.

Behaviourally targeted ads fare better among both high- and low-online spenders:

o Among people who spend more than $500 online annually, 10 percent more were defined as behaviourally receptive.

o Among people who spend less than $500 online annually, 17 percent more were defined as behaviourally receptive.


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