Ad View-ability in digital media

Digital Trends: 50% of online ads are still non viewable

If you believed that your million dollars display campaign would generate massive brand recall and consideration, a European ad verification company Meetrics is ready to spoil your party.

According to the definition given by IAB on ad view-ability:

An ad is considered viewable if 50 per cent of it is in view for at least one second.

Meetrics Ad View-ability Study 2015
Meetrics Ad View-ability Study 2015

One of the key reasons identified above is the longevity of the ad, keeping that in mind, it won’t be long when ads (including banner ads) would be purchased on viewable time spent by the audience.

Online ad view-ability is a complex concept with several stakeholders ranging from brands and agencies to ad networks and measurement vendors.

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In 2012, in an exercise governed by MRC ( Media Ratings Council ) , a total of 17 advertisers and 12 agencies participated in pilot across 22 campaigns, representing more than 3 billion served impressions that ran in variety of different environments.

Data released by the MRC to pilot participants revealed the following key findings.

  1. View-ability rates – or, the percentage of impressions for which the viewable/non-viewable status was determined – varied widely by campaign; from a high of 78.6 percent to a low of 7.3 percent.
  2. The percentage of served impressions measured for view-ability ranged from a low of 0 percent to a high of 76.7 percent.
  3. Network placements in pilot programs generally had lower measured and viewable rates.

In another detailed and more recent study published jointly by Google & DoubleClick, there were some fascinating insights (including some from media planning and creative perspective) which opens this discussion further:

56.1% of all impressions we measured are not seen, but the average publisher view-ability is 50.2%. (Refer below graph)

Ad VIEWABILITY DISTRIBUTION ACROSS DOMAINS

Ad’s page position matters, as the most viewable position is right above the fold, not at the top of the page.

Average viewability by vertical position

The most viewable ads units are vertical units.

VIEWABILITY RATES BY AD SIZE

Page position isn’t always the best indicator of view-ability. Not all above-the-fold impressions are viewable, while many below-the-fold impressions are.

Page Position Ad View-Ability Distribution

While it ranges across content verticals, and industries, content that holds a user’s attention has the highest view-ability.

industry wise ad-viewability

Key Take Away

There is no doubt that with increasing spends in digital it is important to not overlook what just might be the most profound potential impact of a new view-ability metric: how it may change the experience for consumers.

View-ability data enables advertisers to identify both high- and low value inventory and then shift budgets and targets accordingly to maximise reach and ROI. By understanding trends about what inventory has the highest view-ability, advertisers can better formulate their media strategies.