Advertising Testing

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Advertising Testing

The impact of an advertising campaign can be huge – a surge in sales, an increase in awareness, a change in perceptions and a boost to brand growth. But a campaign that falls flat can be devastating both to your pocket and to your brand reputation. 

Ad testing (or pre-testing as it is sometimes known) and campaign testing are about ironing out any creative issues – before you launch. Where might your advertising fall flat?  It’s about testing your creative ideas and understanding how you’re connecting with your key audience. It is about gleaning valuable insight, allowing you to make game-changing tweaks before you launch.

Ultimately it is about increasing your advertising effectiveness and increasing the odds of success. That’s why we developed our innovative advertising testing tool – AdProbe.


Our innovative advertising testing tool AdProbe blends both pioneering and trusted advertising metrics that can be applied from the creative development phase right through to live testing.  

As an award-winning team of advertising insight specialists, you will find we are collaborative, intuitive and responsive.  We bring an exciting level of expertise and energy to every project.  When it comes to advertising research, our knowledge helps you avoid expensive mistakes and improve the overall effectiveness of your ad campaign.

AdProbe is ideal for all media types and creative testing. Creative testing includes; TV, radio and press, social media, Youtube, digital advertising and online.



Benefits of Creative Testing?

  1. Ensures your advertising is optimised before launch. Maximise ROI & avoid mistakes
  2. Compares creative treatments against benchmarks or competitors before launching

  3. Understand how the advertising is working and the segments most receptive to it 

  4. Provides strategic insights that will help develop your future advertising
  5. Identify which aspects of the advertising are working second by second

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The Power of Benchmarking

We analyse hundreds of advertising campaigns across different media – all to help you understand the drivers of successful advertising and advertising effectiveness.

The accumulation of all of our research findings goes into our AdProbe database – allowing you to understand how your Ad compares with others for meaningful benchmarking.

Advertising Effectiveness Metrics

The AdProbe approach measures a number of important advertising effectiveness KPI that will drive the overall performance of the advertising and include:

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Attention (aka Impact) is a measure of whether the Ad has the power to grab the viewer’s attention. Alongside this, we measure Ad originality and uniqueness.

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Enjoyment refers to the engagement the viewer has towards the subject and advertising This could indicate the possible longevity of the Ad and if viewers will watch beyond the first exposure!

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Stickiness is a measure of ability of the advert to be remembered.  Stickiness is often driven by Relevance (of the Advert to the viewer) and Creativity.

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Emotion is the fuel that drives most advertising. Without emotion advertising will often fail to generate change in perceptions or behaviours.

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Impact into Action

Impact into Action is arguably the most important metric of all. It assesses the power of Advertising to change viewer perceptions and behaviours around the product/service in question.

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BUZZ is a measure of the Ad’s power beyond entertainment but encouraging viewers to talk about it! Buzz is the driver of Word of Mouth and is a reflection of the Creativity and Social Appeal of advert.

Advertising Insight Experts

Kendra Furey Client Success Manager Vision One
Kendra Furey

Head of Client Success

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Tony Lewis CEO Vision One
Tony Lewis

CEO, Author (MMRS, FCIM)

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Evie Bradbury Client Success Manager Vision One
Evie Bradbury

Client Success Manager

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Advertising Effectiveness Metrics

  1. Using advanced advertising effectiveness metrics gives you a precise breakdown of each element of your creative – enabling you to evaluate everything from the emotion (a key driver for successful advertising) and the strength of its key messages to impact, memorability, overall perceptions and recall.
  2. Deeper Insights
    For more diagnostic and a deeper understanding at an earlier stage of creative development,  we also provide focus groups, depth interviews and Eye-Tracking to support the creative development stage. Our advertising tracking services can evaluate any advertising campaign on an ad-hoc or ongoing basis and evaluate either your own or competitor’s commercials.
  3. Need for Speed?
    We appreciate that there may be times when you need a fast turnaround – a quicker, leaner approach that speeds up the research process without compromising on accuracy. That’s why we tailor our methodologies to suit your timeline and budget, giving you the perfect balance of fantastic insight and exceptional value.
  4. Advertising Metrics
    A recent analysis of our brand database shows that the most powerful Ads evoke strong Emotions.

    Our research has shown a strong and clear relationship between many of our brand effectiveness metrics including Attention, Buzz, Emotion and Impact into Action.

    Buzz refers to the power of advertising, going beyond entertainment but encouraging others to talk about it! We have identified this as a strong predictor of Enjoyment and overall Positive Emotion felt by the viewer towards the Ad. It is also often linked to creativity and the social appeal of advertising.

    We have also seen that relevance has a very strong relationship with Impact into Action which is arguably the most important metric and it aims to assess the power of the advertising to change perceptions and behaviours in relation to the product in question!

Types of Advertising Research:

  1. Brand Advertising
    This type of ad focuses on creating awareness and interest in the brand. The result isn’t typically an instant sale. Instead, a business is looking for its consumers to recall their brand whilst shopping or buying later. Brand Advertising executions are slightly different as they tend to focus on telling a story about the business, product or service to generate an appealing brand proposition.
  2. Relationship Building
    Here the aim is to build a relationship, NOT to make an immediate sale. Particularly relevant for businesses where a relationship might already exist and the focus is more on gaining repeat purchasing or greater loyalty.
  3. Direct Sales or Direct Response Advertising
    This is very much about creating an engaging call to action to elicit an immediate response – typically ending in a sale. The approach is often used by charities looking to raise money and often uses alarm or time pressures to encourage action on behalf of the viewer.


If you are interested in finding out more about AdProbe, Creative Development research  or our Ad Testing research services, then please call us on 0203 693 3150 or use the contact button below.