WhatRunsWhere and its ilk are interesting tools to us because they’re tailor-made for display advertisers who care about measurable performance, whether that be in the form of clicks, conversions, search lift, etc. That kind of data-driven ad strategy implies constant evolution in an advertiser’s display ad creative, which dovetails nicely with Canned Banners headache-free ad creation tools. O, what beautiful synergy!
Before we dive in, use the coupon code CannedBanners to double the length of their $1 trial period. The trial period is normally 7 days, but with the code you’ll get 14 days of access to WhatRunsWhere for $1.
Here are 3 things that WhatRunsWhere can help with:
1. Taking the guesswork out of placing your ads
Your competitors are smart and they’ve done their homework. With WhatRunsWhere, you can turn your competitors into your own personal media research team.
So instead of buying ad placements that are stabs in the dark, use WhatRunsWhere to find the placement locations that are already performing well for your competitors, and then use that intelligence as a factor in your overall media strategy.
Figure out the exact ad spots that perform well (the leaderboard at the top? the 300×250 on the right?), understand which specific sites or types of sites are better than others, learn about new sites you haven’t tried before, or figure out which ad networks are producing the best results.
2. Benchmarking your ad creative
Here’s another handy feature of WhatRunsWhere: they track and collect your competitors’ ads. When competitors’ ads are running a lot, you can assume they’re performing well. When competitors stop running other ads, it might be because those ads weren’t performing well. When competitors start running new ads, you’ll know. In short: you’ll be able to spot trends in your competitors’ ad creative which you can use to spot ways that your own ad creative can be made to perform better.
3. Finding the un-plucked fruit (or something less creepy-sounding)
Call it the “Law of Inverse Media Buying.” If WhatRunsWhere can track where your competitors are advertising, it can also track where your competitors are not advertising. This allows you to find un-exploited opportunities. You can find new sites that are similar to the ones your competitors advertise on. By testing a few of these new sites, you may be able to find new traffic sources that haven’t already been grabbed by your competitors.
If you want to put any of these ideas to the test (cheaply), WhatRunsWhere
offers a 7-day trial for $1 has created a special coupon code CannedBanners to get 14 days access for just $1. Check them out at WhatRunsWhere.com.