Can We Put Our Trust in View-Through Conversions? An Experiment Uncovers! - Nummero

Due to the poor conversion rates of display advertisements,

many marketers (or their clients) are quick to criticize their efficacy and profitability.

The fact is that display advertisements may have a significant beneficial influence on your conversion rates

but only indirectly, making it difficult to analyze and quantify.

View-through conversions are one measure that can help us with this.

Even yet, many people doubt the metric’s validity.
Can we rely on it?

In this post, we will discuss

What are view-through conversions?

An intriguing experiment was carried out to evaluate their validity.

Suggestions for tracking and using this statistic.

What is a view-through conversion?

To comprehend this PPC measure, it is necessary to first establish a direct conversion (or click-through conversion).

A direct conversion occurs when a person sees your ad, clicks on it, and then completes the offer.

A view-through conversion, on the other hand, occurs when a person views your ad but does not click on it,

yet subsequently returns to your site (through organic or direct search)

and completes any type of conversion activity.

View-through conversions are only counted if

they happen within a specified number of days of a person seeing your ad.

This is known as the conversion window, lookback window, or attribution window,

and it may be adjusted to be anything between one and thirty days.

However, the longer the time elapses between an impression and a conversion,

the less likely it becomes that it was the impression of that particular ad that impacted the conversion.

After all, a person will see a lot of information in the 30 days after viewing an ad,

which may influence whether they return to your site and convert.

As a result, for the most realistic and accurate data, shorter lookback windows are preferable.

View-through conversions are critical in determining the real worth of your display advertising.

But can we trust view-through conversions? (experiment)

This is not a new topic, but when it came up for the guys at PPC agency

When one of our clients saw that the Display

remarketing campaign wasn’t generating many

conversions, they requested that it be discontinued and that resources

be reallocated to other successful ad kinds.

However, the client was only interested in direct

conversions, and view-throughs accounted for over half of the campaign’s total conversions.

Even yet, the customer did not believe that view-

throughs should be considered when calculating

the entire campaign’s CPA; thus without view-throughs, the campaign did not reach the desired KPI.

The question

View-through conversions are a measure of how frequently a visitor is

influenced by an ad to return to your site and convert.

But how can you know if a user is viewing the ad?

Yes, according to Google Ads,

an impression is deemed a “view” when at least 50% of the ad is onscreen for at least one second.

However, this does not guarantee that the ad was viewed by the person.

How can we be sure that these aren’t merely phony or made-up figures that

Google is using to keep our Display advertisements running?

The experiment

So Nummero put up an experiment to determine if view-through conversions correctly measured

the impact of their client’s Display campaign on future website conversions.

They halted the original campaign after

30 days and then started a clone of it, but this time with a completely blank banner ad.

That’s correct, there’s no space, no headline, no description, nothing.

And, to my surprise, Google approved and served it!
As a result, if Google logged any view-through conversions from this ad,

Nummero would be aware that this measure is not reliable.

In other words, because view-throughs claim that viewing your ad caused a person to visit your site later,

any view-throughs from this invisible ad would be invalid because there was nothing to see.

The results

The initial Display campaign (using a normal banner ad) achieved

2,418,973 impressions and nine view-through conversions.

The test campaign (with the invisible ad) received 315,677 impressions

but had no view-through conversions.

Telemedia also examined the time lag report in Google Ads to ensure that all view-through conversions

occurred within one day of seeing the ad for the previous 90 days (which was the setting they chose).

So: The regular ad received 2,418,973 impressions and nine click-through conversions.

315,677 impressions, no click-through conversions for the invisible ad.

How to get more value from your view-through conversion data

So, if this experiment improves your trust in view-throughs

(or perhaps introduces you to them! ),

we have some pointers on how to use the data from your view-through conversions.

Gauge brand awareness

Brand awareness may  measured in a variety of ways,

including branded search traffic, social media mentions, and more.

However, if you notice an increase in your view-through conversion rate without making any

adjustments to the content or creativity of your Display advertising,

this might be an indication that your brand recognition is growing.

Measure memorability

This post contains some useful information on utilizing view-through conversions.

The first is that while eye-catching advertisements may result in direct sales,

memorable ads may result in indirect view-through conversions.

As a result, you may use this measure to do A/B testing and determine which ads are more “sticky” than others.

Get a feel for your audience’s shopping habits

The second takeaway from the aforementioned article is that view-through conversions

can assist you to understand your audience’s purchasing patterns.

You can get a sense of which of your items or services your audience buys on the spur of the moment

(click-through conversions) vs which ones require more thought (view-through conversions).

Optimize placements

View-through conversions let us determine whether display or video placements are more effective than others.

Assume you’re running the identical display ad on two separate sites,

each with the same click-through conversion rate.

They’re both doing well, right?

No, not always.

If one placement has more view-through conversions than the other,

you’ve discovered a potential opportunity for placement optimization.

How do you track view-through conversions?

So the only question is, how precisely do you measure view-through conversions to perform the aforementioned optimizations?

View-through conversion statistics may be seen in two ways if conversion tracking is enabled.

Google Ads analytics

You may change the columns in Google Ads so that they display in the “Campaigns” view.

In their trial, Nummero utilized this technology to track view-throughs.

Google Analytics

View-through conversion data is accessible in Google Analytics via the

GDN impression reporting function.

Select Conversions > Multi-Channel Funnels from the drop-down menu.

Additional conversion monitoring software required if you want

thorough data and in-depth analysis on view-through conversions.

However, either of the two approaches described above

should be sufficient for optimizing your campaigns based on this measure.

A creative approach to view-through validity

Many PPC indicators are seen differently by various advertisers,

based on their experiences as well as the industry, account setup,

and general marketing strategy of the business being advertised.

View through-conversions, by definition, have always been on the hazy side of things.


So that’s it for Can We Trust View-Through Conversions.

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