Dynamic Creative Optimization: “How Advertisers can Leverage Recency, Relevancy and Intent Data.”

Dynamic Creative Optimization (DCO) can be a major contributor to the performance of advertising campaigns. In this article we analyze DCO campaigns that Digo Hispanic Media has been developing for its clients.

This Thought Leadership article is presented by Digo Hispanic Media.

The same creative is used way too often by advertisers for their target audience without being adapted for each audience segment. With Dynamic Creative Optimization (DCO) messages become scalable and relevant for the target audience. According to Google, developing the right creative for each audience segment is crucial as 70% of the performance of a campaign is driven by the creative.
DCO also generates data that helps advertisers capitalize on short term opportunities. These data insights then can be incorporated into messaging in real time. Advertisers can use multiple messages with the consumer to test creatives and optimize their performance. Using DCO in a programmatic campaign allows to test and use multiple creatives without the hustle of uploading hundreds of banners. Dynamic Creative Optimization also allows to increase operational efficiency by reducing time spent on production, tracking and reporting.

What is Dynamic Creative Optimization

Dynamic Creative Optimization (DCO) is the use of data and logic to control which creative message shows in real time to provide users with the most relevant creatives at the exact time they are exposed to advertising.

The main components of Dynamic Creative Optimization are:

  1. Dynamic shells outline how dynamic content will render: Outline of the ad structure, image, CTA , feeds etc.
  2. Feeds power the creative with dynamic data.
  3. Dynamic profiles. A decision tree that follows rules between different elements and content.
Digo Hispanic Media ran a DCO retargeting campaign for a major retail client with an eCommerce site from March 1st to April 30th 2021. During this period, the campaign achieved an average increase of 90% in conversions vs. a regular retargeting campaign with display ads with general messages, Krystal Trinta, AdOps Director and Alexandra Rodríguez, Sales & Marketing Director at Digo Hispanic Media tell Portada. 

This advertising-technology has become even more important during the pandemic, making users more exposed to ads as they crave for more personalized messages based on their behavior. Purchases made through eCommerce increased by 34% consequently making advertisers expand their retargeting budgets and the use of DCO to shorten the gap between items left in a cart and their conversion into actual purchase.

Asked what elements are particularly important in DCO when it comes to target the Hispanic consumer, Trinta and Rodriguez answer: “Language. Although most U.S. Hispanic consumers are bilingual, the brand should understand that it is important to speak in their language, even if it is Spanglish, to increase brand recall and consideration.”

Dynamic Creative Optimization: An Example

Digo Hispanic Media’s retail client provided the feed to connect automatically to the creative assets via Google Studio. Google Studio is a Google Marketing Platform tool focused on creative development. In  Google Studio, the feed is then assigned to a profile which includes rules about what elements are going to be dynamic in the ad shell and which ones are constant. After the profile is set up, the creative shell is generated in Google Web Designer (GWD) where it connects to the profile in place. Here the creative gets connected with the feed activating the dynamic elements assigned on GWD based on the rules in Studio. After this, the creative is then previewed and tested to see if it’s properly calling all of the elements in the feed.

Audience Segmentation

The main rationale behind using Dynamic Creative Optimization in a campaign is the audience segmentation and the opportunity to serve different messages to different people in a programmatic ecosystem without the need to develop multiple display creatives. “We can use data for DCO campaigns like: feed data from an eCommerce site, price range of products, previous engagement with the e-Commerce site, data of weather conditions, their geolocation, data based on their buying behavior on the eCommerce site, and others that are easier to access in the online environment,” Digo Hispanic Media’s Rodriguez notes. “For instance, if the user bought an item 2 weeks ago, with DCO we can recommend other related products. DCO is also available through other channels like DOOH (Digital Out of Home) and CTV, but some of these may require more complex technology integrations which may not be available in some countries,” Rodriguez adds.
Other Dynamic Creative Optimization use cases include remarketing of last viewed product, cart abandonment and multi-language creatives for global brands. In addition, remarketing based on search allows you to show personalized ads to users on the advertisers remarketing list based on their journey in your website.

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