Trusted media yields better results for advertisers during Covid-19 [report]

New data released by the World Media Group (WMG) shows that advertising campaigns viewed within a trusted editorial environment yielded significantly better results for attention and viewability than the industry standard.
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Analysis from Moat by Oracle Data Cloud shows that premium digital inventory running across WMG’s brands in Q1 2020 outperformed Moat’s benchmarks for that same period by up to 73%, as further detailed below.

The analysis measured the quality of engagement delivered by WMG brands across Display Desktop, Mobile Web and Video Desktop during 1st January 2020 – 31st March 2020.

Display Desktop: Display ads viewed on desktop across WMG inventory achieved an Active Page Dwell Time of 68 seconds, 35% higher than the industry average according to Moat’s benchmark for Q1 2020. Engagement exceeded Moat’s benchmark for the same period by 73% with an average In-View Time of 50 seconds.

Mobile Display: WMG inventory also performed well on mobile encouraging 10% more interactions (Universal Touch Rate) than Moat’s benchmark. Active Page Dwell Time was 47 seconds, 13% higher than the benchmark for mobile. Engagement exceeded Moat’s benchmarks for the same period by 56%, with an average In-View Time of 26 seconds.

Video Desktop*: Desktop videos viewed across WMG inventory achieved 15% above Moat’s benchmarks for engagement based on In-View Time. Consumer attention to videos was also strong, with Audible and Visible Complete Rates coming in 56% higher than the Moat Q1 2020 benchmarks, and the Human Audible & Fully On-Screen for Half of the Duration Rate (with a 15-second cap) 35% higher than the Moat benchmarks for the same period.

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“The Moat data covers the first quarter of the year when we were starting to learn more about the global impact of Covid-19,” said Damian Douglas, managing director EMEA, Time and vice president of the World Media Group.

“We know that titles in the World Media Group’s portfolio experienced an increase in both user numbers and engagement during this time as consumers looked for content from trusted editorial sources. Moat’s analysis confirms that high levels of engagement were also attained in advertising across WMG titles, demonstrating once again that audiences are more responsive to advertising when it’s presented within a high-quality editorial environment.”

The Moat data is based on analysing desktop, mobile and video advertising campaigns running in Q1 2020 across the following WMG brands: The Atlantic, Bloomberg Media Group, The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, National Geographic, Reuters, Time, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

The results from the Moat analysis are as follows:

Measure/BenchmarkWorld Media GroupLift compared to Moat Q1 2020 Benchmarks
Display Desktop Active Page Dwell Time (secs)68s+35%
Display Desktop In-View Time (secs)50s+73%
Mobile Web Universal Touch Rate13%+10%
Mobile Web Active Page Dwell Time (secs)47s+13%
Mobile Web In-View Time (secs)26s+56%
Video Desktop In-View Time19s+15%*
Video Desktop Audible and Visible Complete Rate36%+56%*
Human Audible and Fully On-screen for Half of Duration Rate37%+35%*

*Desktop video numbers are based on nine WMG publishers that had video inventory monitored by Moat during Q1 2020 and therefore represent a smaller sample than on the other platforms.
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