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Real Branding Implications of
Digital Media – an SEM, SEO,
& Online Display Advertising
Study
iProspect | November 2010
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Table of Contents 
Objective & Background 2
Study Methodology 2
Margins of Error 3
Survey Questions ` 3
Executive Summary 4
Aggregate Findings, Analysis & Recommendations 5- 10
Unaided Brand Recall 5
Aided Brand Recall 6
Brand Favorability 7
Likelihood to Visit Website 8
Likelihood to Purchase 9
Brand Trust 10
Vertical Findings, Analysis & Recommendations 11-15
Retail Industry 11
Software Industry 12
Banking/Financial Services Industry 13
Hotel Industry 14
Insurance Industry 15
About comScore 16
About iProspect 16
About iProspect's Research 17
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Objective & Background 
In the spring of 2010, iProspect wanted to
examine how mere impressions of various digital
media assets – and combinations thereof –
produced brand lift. To that end, the company
commissioned comScore to develop and
conduct research with the objective of
uncovering the true effect of the digital media
channels, and the effect of branding on
customers’ purchase paths.
The research spanned organic search
impressions, paid search impressions, online
display ad impressions, and all combinations
thereof, across 15 brands within five vertical
industries: retail, insurance, banking/financial
services, software, and hotels.
The research involved both real-time monitoring
of Internet user behavior, as well as post-
behavioral surveying of those users. Panelists
were surveyed about the brands they had been
exposed to via these various digital marketing
assets.
The findings, analysis, and implications of the
research are detailed within this paper in
aggregate and by vertical industry. These
findings provide new insight on the value of
search engine marketing and online display
advertising as branding channels, and should
assist marketers in planning their digital
marketing initiatives cohesively and with the
most positive success metrics.
Study Methodology
In February 2010, comScore began identifying
study participants from within their online
behavioral panel who were exposed to
impressions of each of the digital asset types
included in the study during their use of the
Internet (organic search results, paid search
results and online display ads) for each of 15
specific brands (three each from five different
vertical industries). This qualifying process
continued through May 2010, and produced
2,261 respondents. Ultimately, comScore
assigned participants into one of seven
experimental test groups (both those exposed to
impressions of each of the three digital asset
types, as well as those exposed to all possible
combinations of those asset types). In addition,
comScore created a control group of these
same panelists who were not exposed to any of
the digital assets for a particular brand.
Starting on March 1, 2010, participants
progressively qualified for each of the seven
tests groups, as well as the control group, and
were surveyed via email. All survey invitations
were generated after 30 days of participants’
exposure to a specific digital asset or
combination thereof. The survey questions
sought to identify specific Internet user
perceptions and their anticipated future behavior
regarding the brands. Developed jointly by
comScore and iProspect, the questions included
in the study can be found on the next page.
Surveying ceased on May 17, 2010.
The aggregate and vertical-specific findings, as
well as subsequent recommendations of this
study, are a result of comparing the survey
responses of those exposed to impressions of
the digital assets/combinations of the individual
brands to those who were not exposed to those
brands. (Note that the terms impressions and
search results are used interchangeably
throughout the document.) The sample size is
not statistically relevant to draw conclusions at
the individual brand level, but is relevant to draw
conclusions in most, but not all instances at the
vertical industry level. The various margins of
error are detailed on the next page at both a 90
percent and 95 percent confidence level. The
five verticals included in the study represent a
diverse cross-section of the online marketplace,
but it should be noted that their performance –
and the performance of 15 individual brands
from which the verticals are constituted – does
not necessarily reflect the performance of each
of the digital asset types and combinations
thereof across the entire online marketplace.
Data are weighted to the U.S. online population
on key demographic variables at the respondent
level. Each control group is further weighted to
match each exposed group to match
demographic and brand distributions.
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Margins of Error 
 
 
Survey Questions
1. When thinking about (name of vertical category here), which brands come to mind?
Answers establish unaided brand recall within each of the five vertical industry categories.
2. Have you heard of any of the following brands (15 listed)?
Answers establish aided brand recall within each of the five vertical industry categories.
3. How would you describe your overall opinions of each of the following brands (from those
identified by respondent in Question 2)?
Answer on a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Very Unfavorable,” 4 being “Neutral” and 7 being “Very
Favorable.” This establishes brand favorability.
4. In the future, how likely are you to visit the websites of each of the following brands (from
those identified by respondent in Question 2)?
Answer on a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Not Very Likely” 4 being “Neither Likely nor Unlikely” and 7
being “Very Likely.” This establishes likelihood to visit the brand website in the future.
5. In the future, how likely are you to purchase a product or service from each of the
following brands (from those identified by respondent in Question 2)?
Answer on a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Not Very Likely” 4 being “Neither Likely nor Unlikely” and 7
being “Very Likely.” This establishes likelihood to purchase from the brand in the future.
6. How would you describe the amount of trust you have in each of the following brands
(from those identified by respondent in Question 2)?
Answer on a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Very Low Trust,” 4 being “Neutral” and 7 being “Very High
Trust.” This establishes amount of trust in the brand.
Group Sample Size *
Margin of Error
90% C.I. 95% C.I.
Control 23,842 +/- 0.53 +/- 0.63
Organic Search Impressions 628 +/- 3.27 +/- 3.91
Paid Search Impressions 349 +/- 4.39 +/- 5.25
Online Display Ad Impressions 8,920 +/- 0.87 +/- 1.04
Organic + Paid Search Impressions 135 +/- 7.06 +/- 8.43
Organic Search + Online Display Ad Impressions 624 +/- 3.28 +/- 3.92
Paid Search + Online Display Ad Impressions 289 +/- 4.82 +/- 5.76
Organic Search + Paid Search + Online Display Ad
Impressions
158 +/- 6.52 +/- 7.80
* Aggregated brand level responses
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Executive Summary
The key finding of this study is that online digital
media assets have considerable branding
influence, and that specific combinations can
significantly impact a brand’s success. In fact,
Internet users exposed to mere impressions
of organic search results, paid search
results, and online display advertising -- and
all combinations thereof -- experience both
measureable improvements in their
perceptions of those brands, as well as their
anticipated interactions with them. In short,
this study proves that digital media assets have
the power to affect brand equity whether Internet
users click on them or not.
This finding has huge implications for companies
that currently assess the value of their search
engine marketing and online display advertising
campaigns solely on their ability to produce ROI-
based conversions – be they direct sales
transactions, sales leads, etc. In fact, this study
shows that search marketing and online display
can now be viewed as viable branding channels
worthy of their fair share of branding budgets,
and requiring development of means by which to
measure their impact on brand equity.
The specific assets that generate brand lift differ
by vertical industry and from brand to brand
based on the strategy being employed by each
brand. However, the overall trend is clear: mere
impressions of digital media assets do indeed
affect branding.
Below are the key findings that demonstrate the
relationship between the digital assets examined
in this study and brand lift.
 Paid search result impressions have the greatest impact on brand lift, both in isolation and in
combination with other digital assets.
 In aggregate, paid search results generate 44 percent lift in likelihood to purchase.
 Within the retail vertical, paid search impressions create a 54 percent lift in likelihood to
purchase.
 The combination of paid + organic search impressions produce the strongest brand lift across
most of the brand metrics measured.
 In aggregate, paid search results + organic search results net a 73 percent lift in likelihood
to purchase.
 Within the hotel vertical, paid + organic search impressions create a 147 percent lift in
likelihood to purchase.
 Online display advertising is also effective at producing brand lift, but makes its strongest
contribution when used in combination with search engine results. This combination produced
a surprisingly high brand lift across many of the verticals studied.
 In aggregate, organic search results + display ad impressions net a 16 percent increase in
likelihood to purchase.
 Within the banking/financial vertical, organic search results + display ad impressions
create a 64 percent lift in likelihood to purchase.
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Aggregate Findings, Analysis & Recommendations
Internet users asked:
The aggregate results are as follows:
Figure 1:  Exposure to combinations of two digital assets yields an increase in 
unaided brand recall (15­35%). 
Analysis
When it comes to producing increases in
unaided brand recall, it’s clear that exposure to
combinations of two digital assets is more
impactful than exposure to those assets in
isolation. The combinations of both organic
search results + display ads, as well as paid
search results + display ads, generate a 15
percent lift. The combination of organic search
results + paid search results produces a 35
percent increase.
Recommendations
Marketers hoping to achieve brand lift of this
type are advised to utilize two or more of the
following channels to net an impact: organic
search marketing, paid search marketing, and
online display advertising. These results confirm
that testing is key. As all brands and their
customers are unique, you must test all three in
order to determine the perfect combination for
your brand.
“When thinking about (name of vertical category here), which brands come to mind?”
(Asked for each of the five vertical categories.)
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Internet users were asked:
The aggregate results are as follows:
Figure 2:  Only exposure to paid search impressions generates a lift in aided 
brand recall (6%).  
Analysis
Aided brand recall tells a much different story
than unaided brand recall. Here, only
impressions of paid search results generate a
modest six percent increase. So what could be
behind the lackluster performance of this metric?
The brands included in the study may very well
have been a factor. Though they cannot be
disclosed, all of the brands are large, many are
leaders in their industries, and most could be
considered household names. Therefore, it is not
surprising that 78-90 percent of respondents
answered this question in the affirmative. This
left very little room for a lift to be achieved. Had
lesser-known brands been included in the survey,
it is possible that more significant increases in
brand lift could have been recognized.
“Have you heard of any of the following brands?”
(15 brands were listed.)2. 
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Internet users were asked:
The aggregate results are as follows:
Figure 3:  Brand favorability experienced a lift of 11­40 percent from paid 
search alone and when combined with other digital media assets. 
Analysis
Regarding brand favorability, exposure to
impressions of each of the three digital asset
types alone generates lift, with paid search
results producing the greatest increase (28%).
But the combinations of paid search results +
display ads (11%) and especially organic search
results + paid search results (40%) also produce
meaningful lifts. Note that this is the second
brand metric (see Question 1 regarding unaided
brand recall) where the combination of paid +
organic search results generates the highest lift.
Recommendations
Impressions of paid + organic search results, as
well as online display ads – individually and in
some combinations – produce lifts in brand
favorability. Given that, marketers need to
assess the value of their search marketing and
online display advertising campaigns not only on
the conversions and ROI they generate, but also
on the increase in brand favorability they
produce. Marketers should understand that
these channels can be used for brand building.
They should test to learn the impact that each
has on their specific brand, and then devote
branding budget dollars to these channels
accordingly.
“How would you describe your overall opinions of each of the following brands?”
(Asked about those brands identified by respondent in Question 2 using a 1-7 scale with 1
being “Very Unfavorable,” 4 being “Neutral” and 7 being “Very Favorable.”)3. 
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Internet users were asked:
The aggregate results are as follows:
Figure 4:  Exposure to paid + organic search results almost doubled Internet 
users’ likelihood to visit a brand’s website in the future (95%). 
Analysis
Similar to the lifts generated in brand
favorability, increases in the probability of
visiting a brand’s website are driven by
impressions of all the digital asset types
individually, as well as by most of the
combinations. As with unaided brand recall and
brand favorability, paid search impressions
produce the highest lift (53%) of the individual
assets. Similarly, the combination of paid
search results + organic search results produces
the highest overall lift (95%). And while not the
biggest increase -- but perhaps the most unique
-- organic search + display produced a strong lift
of 32 percent. A trend is clearly developing
regarding the assets whose impressions
produce the most significant lifts.
Recommendations
The likelihood of an Internet user to visit a
brand’s website in the future – regardless of
whether they have visited it in the past or not –
can be viewed as a proxy for both brand
favorability (see Question 3), and for likelihood
to purchase (see Question 5). So, it is not
surprising that the assets and combinations that
generate the highest lift in brand favorability
have a similar impact on this way of looking at
brand lift. As such, marketers are advised to
utilize these assets to produce brand lift in
addition to conversions, and to put systems in
place to measure that lift.
“In the future, how likely are you to visit the websites of each of the following brands?”
(Asked about those brands identified by respondent in Question 2 using a 1-7 scale with
1 being “Not Very Likely” 4 being “Neither Likely Nor Unlikely” and 7 being “Very
Likely.”)
4. 
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Internet users were asked:
The aggregate results are as follows:
Figure 5:  Exposure to combinations of two digital media assets considerably 
improves likelihood to purchase (16­73%), versus exposure to one asset type 
(5­44%). 
Analysis
Arguably the most important metric associated
with brand equity, the likelihood to purchase is
most impacted by impressions of the same
digital assets and combinations that created the
greatest increases in brand favorability and
likelihood to visit a brand’s website. AIl but one
of the asset types and combinations net a lift in
the likelihood to buy, several in excess of 20
percent. Once again, paid search impressions
(44%) are the most impactful individual asset
type, and organic search results + paid search
results (73%) is the most effective combination.
Organic search + display showed a 16 percent
lift -- which is higher than most would have
projected, considering that the two asset types
are not often planned cohesively.
Recommendations
Once again, the findings indicate that interactive
and brand marketers should capitalize on the
power of these digital assets to influence brand.
In short, they should utilize search engine
marketing and online display advertising as
branding channels. However, they must also
institute systems and processes to establish a
baseline of branding metrics. Doing so will
enable them to measure the impact of these
channels on brand equity over time. Marketers
may want to try the following: real-time on-site
surveys, period post-visit surveys, increases in
direct navigation to the brand’s website, or
increases in branded searches.
“In the future, how likely are you to purchase a product or service from each of the
following brands?” (Asked about those brands identified by respondent in Question 2
using a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Not Very Likely” 4 being “Neither Likely Nor Unlikely” and
7 being “Very Likely.”)
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Vertical Industry Findings, Analysis & Recommendations 
Unaided Brand Recall:
In the retail vertical, impressions of online
display ads produce the greatest lift in unaided
brand awareness (40%) with a smaller lift being
generated by other individual asset types. This
finding is not surprising given the prevalence of
online display in the retail vertical (compared to
other verticals).
Brand Favorability:
The retail vertical demonstrates the same trend
established within the aggregate findings: paid
search impressions have the power to provide a
significant lift in brand favorability (35%) on their
own. However, the combination of organic +
paid search result impressions that provides the
highest degree of lift at the aggregate level did
not produce a large enough sample size to draw
a conclusion for this vertical.
Likelihood to Visit Website:
When it comes to the likelihood to visit a retail
brand’s website, impressions of paid search
results produce the greatest lift (75%). Online
display ad impressions follow with 58 percent. It
is interesting to note that online display
contributes more than five times the brand lift
within the retail vertical than it does within the
aggregate findings (11%).
Likelihood to Purchase:
Once again, paid search impressions (54%) and
online display ad impressions (33%) are the
assets that generate the greatest lifts in this
important brand metric. It is interesting to note
that online display ads produce almost seven
times the brand lift within this vertical than they
do across all the verticals considered within the
study (5%).
Brand Trust:
No real lifts in retail brand trust are generated by
any digital asset types.
Analysis & Recommendations:
In the consumer-driven retail category -- where
trust is built online, offline, and even through
social media and viral efforts – marketers should
take note of how these digital assets shift the
purchase path. By utilizing organic + paid search
to increase favorability of the brand, and display
media to encourage consumers to visit their
website, retail marketers should test and find the
unique combination of assets to produce the
greatest lift.
Retail 
“Online display contributes 
more than five times the brand 
lift in the likelihood to visit a 
website for the retail vertical 
than it does within the 
aggregate findings.” 
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Unaided Brand Recall:
Unlike the aggregate findings, a lift in unaided
brand recall is only produced by impressions of
one combination of digital assets: organic
search results + paid search results + online
display ad results (14%). Furthermore, this
vertical is the only one in which this combination
of all three asset types produces a lift.
Brand Favorability:
Also unlike the aggregate findings, there is no lift
in software brand favorability generated by any
of the digital asset types or combinations.
Likelihood to Visit Website:
The combination of organic search results + paid
search results nets the greatest lift (58%) in the
likelihood to visit a software brand’s website.
However, organic search impressions alone net
a lift of 37 percent within this vertical. In the
aggregate results, paid search impressions net
the greatest lift from any individual asset type
(53%), while the combination of organic and
paid produces a lift of 95 percent.
Likelihood to Purchase:
Much like its ability to affect the likelihood to visit
a website, impressions of organic search results
are also effective at producing a lift in likelihood
to purchase a software product (30%). In fact, it
is the only asset type to do so for this vertical.
Brand Trust:
Following suit with the likelihood to purchase
metric, organic search impressions are the only
digital asset that produces a lift (14%) in brand
trust among Internet users within the software
vertical in this study.
Analysis & Recommendations:
Organic search must be a cornerstone for
software marketers. It is not surprising that there
was no lift in brand favorability within this
category since businesses, rather than
consumers, are the key drivers of investments in
the three brands included. As a result, much of
the purchasing of these brands is done through
other lead generation channels. That said, it is
logical that organic search – still viewed as the
most unbiased form of online content – is used
to evaluate products in a BtoB environment.
Considering the power organic search
impressions have to boost brand equity,
software marketers should place extra emphasis
on their organic search engine optimization
campaigns alongside their paid channels. Doing
so will help them achieve the greatest brand lift.
Software 
“Organic  search  nets  the  greatest  lift  in  likelihood  to 
visit  a  website  (37%)  and  likelihood  to  purchase  a 
software product (30%).”  
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Unaided Brand Recall:
Online display ad impressions are the only
digital asset that generates a lift in unaided
brand recall within the banking/financial services
vertical. What’s more, they do so at a robust clip
of 100 percent.
Brand Favorability:
There is no lift in banking/financial services
brand favorability caused by exposure to any
digital asset type or combination examined in
this study.
Likelihood to Visit Website:
In the case of likelihood to visit a
banking/financial services website, organic
search impressions (113%), as well as the
combination of organic search results + online
display impressions (67%), produce the only
lifts. This differs from the aggregate results
which found that paid search impressions played
a larger role in brand lift.
Likelihood to Purchase:
The combination of organic search results +
online display ads nets the only lift (64%) within
this metric. The combination’s performance
here is four times the lift it generated within the
aggregate results.
Brand Trust:
As with the likelihood to purchase, the greatest
lift in the amount of trust that Internet users
place in banking/financial service brands is
produced by the combination of organic search
impressions + online display ad impressions
(44%).
Analysis & Recommendations:
Banking and financial services are needs-based.
Consumers don’t often change services once
they have initially selected a brand unless a
significant incentive or motivation exists. Given
that, marketers must ensure that their brands
are top of mind when consumers are in the
mindset to change. Marketers within the
banking/financial services industry are
encouraged to both create a seamless brand
presence between traditional and digital
channels, as well as to integrate their use of
organic search engine optimization and online
display advertising to net the greatest brand lift
online.
Banking/Financial Services 
“The combination of organic search impressions and 
online display ad impressions creates a lift of 64 
percent in likelihood to purchase banking or 
financial services.” 
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Unaided Brand Recall:
In the hotel vertical, various combinations of
digital assets produce significant lifts in unaided
recall: organic search impressions + paid search
impressions (67%), organic + display ad
impressions (96%), and organic + display + paid
search impressions (48%). The lifts these
combinations produce within this vertical far
exceed their yield at the aggregate level.
Brand Favorability:
Lifts in hotel brand favorability are similar to
those within the aggregate results: paid (47%)
and paid + organic (56%). Of special note, the
combination of organic search impressions +
display ad impressions generates a lift of 33
percent for hotel brands. This is three times
what it produces at the aggregate level (11%).
Likelihood to Visit Website:
Several assets/combinations generate
significantly greater brand lift for this metric than
within the aggregate results. These include paid
search impressions (100%), organic + paid
search results (163%), organic search + display
ad impressions (107%), and paid search results
+ display ad impressions (71%).
Likelihood to Purchase:
For this metric within the hotel vertical, the
findings show several assets/combinations that
generate considerably greater lift than those
same assets do within the aggregate results.
Paid search impressions (78%), organic + paid
search impressions (147%), and paid search
results + online display ad impressions (61%) all
contribute sizeable lifts. In addition, the
combination of organic search results + display
ad impressions (144%) produces a lift that is
nine times what it generates in the aggregate
results.
Brand Trust:
The hotel vertical results are similar to the
aggregate results as they pertain to the amount
of trust placed in brands. The combination of
organic search results + paid search results
generates a lift of (83%).
Analysis & Recommendations:
This is a “highly-perishable” vertical. Limited-
time deals and real-time reviews play a large
role in the purchase decision, and these offers
are typically found through user search activity.
But images – photos of destinations, rooms, etc.
– also play a significant role, and these are best
conveyed through display ads. So it’s not
surprising that hotel brand lift was created
through most of the digital assets types and
combinations researched. Therefore, hotel
marketers are advised to keep a branding
mindset throughout their digital planning. They
are also encouraged to participate in both paid
and organic search engine marketing, as well as
online display advertising. By focusing on them
each individually, as well as on their integration,
marketers within this vertical will be able to
capitalize on the innate power of these channels
to boost brand equity.
Hotels 
“The combination of organic 
and paid search impressions 
generates a 147 percent lift in 
the likelihood to buy hotel 
services.” 
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Unaided Brand Recall:
Unaided recall for insurance brands is only
produced by organic search impressions +
display ad impressions (46%) – a much higher
rate than this combination produces in
aggregate.
Brand Favorability:
Only online display advertising impressions
(12%) produce a lift in insurance brand
favorability – and a very modest one at that.
Likelihood to Visit Website:
Organic search results (171%), as well as
organic search results + display ad impressions
(129%) produce lifts in the likelihood to visit an
insurance brand’s website that are significantly
greater than those assets produced in
aggregate.
Likelihood to Purchase:
Only organic search results (150%) produce a
lift in the likelihood to purchase insurance
services, also at a much higher rate than this
digital asset produces across the results in
aggregate.
Brand Trust:
Within the brand trust metric of the insurance
vertical, organic search impressions produce a
62 percent lift. In addition, the combination of
organic search impressions + online display ad
impressions nets an increase in brand trust of 50
percent. Overall, the brand lift performance of
these digital asset/combinations is greater for
insurance brands than in the aggregate results.
Analysis & Recommendations:
This is a vertical in which options, benefits, and
costs are highly researched by consumers. So it
is once again not surprising that the more
trusted organic search results are more effective
at generating brand lift. As with financial
services, traditional media plays a significant
role in establishing brand favorability within this
vertical. Marketers are advised to use the
combination of organic search engine marketing
and online display advertising to generate the
best brand lifts within the insurance vertical.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Insurance 
“Organic search impressions produce a 150 percent lift 
in likelihood to purchase insurance services.” 
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About comScore 
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and a preferred source
of digital marketing intelligence. comScore helps its clients better understand, leverage and profit from the
rapidly evolving digital marketing landscape by providing solutions in the measurement and evaluation of
online audiences, advertising effectiveness, social media, search, video, mobile, e-commerce, and a
broad variety of other emerging forms of digital behavior. For more information, please visit
www.comScore.com.
About iProspect  
Founded in 1996, iProspect is the Original®
Search Engine Marketing Firm. We help many of the world’s
most successful brands improve their online sales and marketing return on investment through a variety
of performance marketing services, including natural search engine optimization, paid search advertising
management, online display advertising management, shopping feed management, global search engine
marketing, reputation management, and other related services.
Proper attribution requires that any references to this study be clearly identified as coming from the
“iProspect Real Branding Implications of Digital Media - an SEM, SEO & Online Display Advertising
Study.”
With U.S. offices in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas Fort-Worth, as well as offices
across the globe, iProspect can be contacted at 1.800.522.1152, or by visiting www.iprospect.com.
Questions regarding this study should be directed to iProspect Director of Communications, Colleen
Reed, at 1.800.522.1152 or colleen.reed@iprospect.com.
Copyright ©
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About iProspect’s Research
iProspect has a long legacy of research and thought leadership in the digital marketing industry. Findings
from iProspect research are regularly used to enhance our service offerings and to educate clients on
digital marketing best practices and industry trends. iProspect studies are frequently quoted by speakers
at marketing industry events, and by both business and trade press:
iProspect’s The Value of Retail Search and Position Study in July 2010
iProspect’s Search Engine Marketing and Online Display Advertising Integration Study in May 2009
iProspect’s Search Engine Marketing Integration Study in August 2008
iProspect’s Blended Search Results Study in April 2008
iProspect's Offline Channel Influence on Online Search Behavior Study in August 2007
iProspect's Search Marketer Measurement & Performance Study in June 2007
iProspect's Search Marketer Social Networking Study in May 2007
iProspect's Social Networking User Behavior Study in April 2007
iProspect's Search Engine User Behavior Study in April 2006
iProspect's Natural SEO Outsourcing Study in August 2005
iProspect's SEO Metrics & ROI Study in August 2005
iProspect's Search Engine Marketer Performance Study in August 2005
iProspect's Natural SEO Keyword Length Study in November 2004
iProspect's Search Engine User Attitudes Study in April 2004

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Etude digital media planning 2010

  • 1. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com Real Branding Implications of Digital Media – an SEM, SEO, & Online Display Advertising Study iProspect | November 2010
  • 2. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 1 Table of Contents  Objective & Background 2 Study Methodology 2 Margins of Error 3 Survey Questions ` 3 Executive Summary 4 Aggregate Findings, Analysis & Recommendations 5- 10 Unaided Brand Recall 5 Aided Brand Recall 6 Brand Favorability 7 Likelihood to Visit Website 8 Likelihood to Purchase 9 Brand Trust 10 Vertical Findings, Analysis & Recommendations 11-15 Retail Industry 11 Software Industry 12 Banking/Financial Services Industry 13 Hotel Industry 14 Insurance Industry 15 About comScore 16 About iProspect 16 About iProspect's Research 17
  • 3. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 2 Objective & Background  In the spring of 2010, iProspect wanted to examine how mere impressions of various digital media assets – and combinations thereof – produced brand lift. To that end, the company commissioned comScore to develop and conduct research with the objective of uncovering the true effect of the digital media channels, and the effect of branding on customers’ purchase paths. The research spanned organic search impressions, paid search impressions, online display ad impressions, and all combinations thereof, across 15 brands within five vertical industries: retail, insurance, banking/financial services, software, and hotels. The research involved both real-time monitoring of Internet user behavior, as well as post- behavioral surveying of those users. Panelists were surveyed about the brands they had been exposed to via these various digital marketing assets. The findings, analysis, and implications of the research are detailed within this paper in aggregate and by vertical industry. These findings provide new insight on the value of search engine marketing and online display advertising as branding channels, and should assist marketers in planning their digital marketing initiatives cohesively and with the most positive success metrics. Study Methodology In February 2010, comScore began identifying study participants from within their online behavioral panel who were exposed to impressions of each of the digital asset types included in the study during their use of the Internet (organic search results, paid search results and online display ads) for each of 15 specific brands (three each from five different vertical industries). This qualifying process continued through May 2010, and produced 2,261 respondents. Ultimately, comScore assigned participants into one of seven experimental test groups (both those exposed to impressions of each of the three digital asset types, as well as those exposed to all possible combinations of those asset types). In addition, comScore created a control group of these same panelists who were not exposed to any of the digital assets for a particular brand. Starting on March 1, 2010, participants progressively qualified for each of the seven tests groups, as well as the control group, and were surveyed via email. All survey invitations were generated after 30 days of participants’ exposure to a specific digital asset or combination thereof. The survey questions sought to identify specific Internet user perceptions and their anticipated future behavior regarding the brands. Developed jointly by comScore and iProspect, the questions included in the study can be found on the next page. Surveying ceased on May 17, 2010. The aggregate and vertical-specific findings, as well as subsequent recommendations of this study, are a result of comparing the survey responses of those exposed to impressions of the digital assets/combinations of the individual brands to those who were not exposed to those brands. (Note that the terms impressions and search results are used interchangeably throughout the document.) The sample size is not statistically relevant to draw conclusions at the individual brand level, but is relevant to draw conclusions in most, but not all instances at the vertical industry level. The various margins of error are detailed on the next page at both a 90 percent and 95 percent confidence level. The five verticals included in the study represent a diverse cross-section of the online marketplace, but it should be noted that their performance – and the performance of 15 individual brands from which the verticals are constituted – does not necessarily reflect the performance of each of the digital asset types and combinations thereof across the entire online marketplace. Data are weighted to the U.S. online population on key demographic variables at the respondent level. Each control group is further weighted to match each exposed group to match demographic and brand distributions.
  • 4. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 3 Margins of Error      Survey Questions 1. When thinking about (name of vertical category here), which brands come to mind? Answers establish unaided brand recall within each of the five vertical industry categories. 2. Have you heard of any of the following brands (15 listed)? Answers establish aided brand recall within each of the five vertical industry categories. 3. How would you describe your overall opinions of each of the following brands (from those identified by respondent in Question 2)? Answer on a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Very Unfavorable,” 4 being “Neutral” and 7 being “Very Favorable.” This establishes brand favorability. 4. In the future, how likely are you to visit the websites of each of the following brands (from those identified by respondent in Question 2)? Answer on a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Not Very Likely” 4 being “Neither Likely nor Unlikely” and 7 being “Very Likely.” This establishes likelihood to visit the brand website in the future. 5. In the future, how likely are you to purchase a product or service from each of the following brands (from those identified by respondent in Question 2)? Answer on a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Not Very Likely” 4 being “Neither Likely nor Unlikely” and 7 being “Very Likely.” This establishes likelihood to purchase from the brand in the future. 6. How would you describe the amount of trust you have in each of the following brands (from those identified by respondent in Question 2)? Answer on a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Very Low Trust,” 4 being “Neutral” and 7 being “Very High Trust.” This establishes amount of trust in the brand. Group Sample Size * Margin of Error 90% C.I. 95% C.I. Control 23,842 +/- 0.53 +/- 0.63 Organic Search Impressions 628 +/- 3.27 +/- 3.91 Paid Search Impressions 349 +/- 4.39 +/- 5.25 Online Display Ad Impressions 8,920 +/- 0.87 +/- 1.04 Organic + Paid Search Impressions 135 +/- 7.06 +/- 8.43 Organic Search + Online Display Ad Impressions 624 +/- 3.28 +/- 3.92 Paid Search + Online Display Ad Impressions 289 +/- 4.82 +/- 5.76 Organic Search + Paid Search + Online Display Ad Impressions 158 +/- 6.52 +/- 7.80 * Aggregated brand level responses
  • 5. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 4 Executive Summary The key finding of this study is that online digital media assets have considerable branding influence, and that specific combinations can significantly impact a brand’s success. In fact, Internet users exposed to mere impressions of organic search results, paid search results, and online display advertising -- and all combinations thereof -- experience both measureable improvements in their perceptions of those brands, as well as their anticipated interactions with them. In short, this study proves that digital media assets have the power to affect brand equity whether Internet users click on them or not. This finding has huge implications for companies that currently assess the value of their search engine marketing and online display advertising campaigns solely on their ability to produce ROI- based conversions – be they direct sales transactions, sales leads, etc. In fact, this study shows that search marketing and online display can now be viewed as viable branding channels worthy of their fair share of branding budgets, and requiring development of means by which to measure their impact on brand equity. The specific assets that generate brand lift differ by vertical industry and from brand to brand based on the strategy being employed by each brand. However, the overall trend is clear: mere impressions of digital media assets do indeed affect branding. Below are the key findings that demonstrate the relationship between the digital assets examined in this study and brand lift.  Paid search result impressions have the greatest impact on brand lift, both in isolation and in combination with other digital assets.  In aggregate, paid search results generate 44 percent lift in likelihood to purchase.  Within the retail vertical, paid search impressions create a 54 percent lift in likelihood to purchase.  The combination of paid + organic search impressions produce the strongest brand lift across most of the brand metrics measured.  In aggregate, paid search results + organic search results net a 73 percent lift in likelihood to purchase.  Within the hotel vertical, paid + organic search impressions create a 147 percent lift in likelihood to purchase.  Online display advertising is also effective at producing brand lift, but makes its strongest contribution when used in combination with search engine results. This combination produced a surprisingly high brand lift across many of the verticals studied.  In aggregate, organic search results + display ad impressions net a 16 percent increase in likelihood to purchase.  Within the banking/financial vertical, organic search results + display ad impressions create a 64 percent lift in likelihood to purchase.
  • 6. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 5 Aggregate Findings, Analysis & Recommendations Internet users asked: The aggregate results are as follows: Figure 1:  Exposure to combinations of two digital assets yields an increase in  unaided brand recall (15­35%).  Analysis When it comes to producing increases in unaided brand recall, it’s clear that exposure to combinations of two digital assets is more impactful than exposure to those assets in isolation. The combinations of both organic search results + display ads, as well as paid search results + display ads, generate a 15 percent lift. The combination of organic search results + paid search results produces a 35 percent increase. Recommendations Marketers hoping to achieve brand lift of this type are advised to utilize two or more of the following channels to net an impact: organic search marketing, paid search marketing, and online display advertising. These results confirm that testing is key. As all brands and their customers are unique, you must test all three in order to determine the perfect combination for your brand. “When thinking about (name of vertical category here), which brands come to mind?” (Asked for each of the five vertical categories.) 1. 
  • 7. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 6 Internet users were asked: The aggregate results are as follows: Figure 2:  Only exposure to paid search impressions generates a lift in aided  brand recall (6%).   Analysis Aided brand recall tells a much different story than unaided brand recall. Here, only impressions of paid search results generate a modest six percent increase. So what could be behind the lackluster performance of this metric? The brands included in the study may very well have been a factor. Though they cannot be disclosed, all of the brands are large, many are leaders in their industries, and most could be considered household names. Therefore, it is not surprising that 78-90 percent of respondents answered this question in the affirmative. This left very little room for a lift to be achieved. Had lesser-known brands been included in the survey, it is possible that more significant increases in brand lift could have been recognized. “Have you heard of any of the following brands?” (15 brands were listed.)2. 
  • 8. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 7 Internet users were asked: The aggregate results are as follows: Figure 3:  Brand favorability experienced a lift of 11­40 percent from paid  search alone and when combined with other digital media assets.  Analysis Regarding brand favorability, exposure to impressions of each of the three digital asset types alone generates lift, with paid search results producing the greatest increase (28%). But the combinations of paid search results + display ads (11%) and especially organic search results + paid search results (40%) also produce meaningful lifts. Note that this is the second brand metric (see Question 1 regarding unaided brand recall) where the combination of paid + organic search results generates the highest lift. Recommendations Impressions of paid + organic search results, as well as online display ads – individually and in some combinations – produce lifts in brand favorability. Given that, marketers need to assess the value of their search marketing and online display advertising campaigns not only on the conversions and ROI they generate, but also on the increase in brand favorability they produce. Marketers should understand that these channels can be used for brand building. They should test to learn the impact that each has on their specific brand, and then devote branding budget dollars to these channels accordingly. “How would you describe your overall opinions of each of the following brands?” (Asked about those brands identified by respondent in Question 2 using a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Very Unfavorable,” 4 being “Neutral” and 7 being “Very Favorable.”)3. 
  • 9. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 8 Internet users were asked: The aggregate results are as follows: Figure 4:  Exposure to paid + organic search results almost doubled Internet  users’ likelihood to visit a brand’s website in the future (95%).  Analysis Similar to the lifts generated in brand favorability, increases in the probability of visiting a brand’s website are driven by impressions of all the digital asset types individually, as well as by most of the combinations. As with unaided brand recall and brand favorability, paid search impressions produce the highest lift (53%) of the individual assets. Similarly, the combination of paid search results + organic search results produces the highest overall lift (95%). And while not the biggest increase -- but perhaps the most unique -- organic search + display produced a strong lift of 32 percent. A trend is clearly developing regarding the assets whose impressions produce the most significant lifts. Recommendations The likelihood of an Internet user to visit a brand’s website in the future – regardless of whether they have visited it in the past or not – can be viewed as a proxy for both brand favorability (see Question 3), and for likelihood to purchase (see Question 5). So, it is not surprising that the assets and combinations that generate the highest lift in brand favorability have a similar impact on this way of looking at brand lift. As such, marketers are advised to utilize these assets to produce brand lift in addition to conversions, and to put systems in place to measure that lift. “In the future, how likely are you to visit the websites of each of the following brands?” (Asked about those brands identified by respondent in Question 2 using a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Not Very Likely” 4 being “Neither Likely Nor Unlikely” and 7 being “Very Likely.”) 4. 
  • 10. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 9 Internet users were asked: The aggregate results are as follows: Figure 5:  Exposure to combinations of two digital media assets considerably  improves likelihood to purchase (16­73%), versus exposure to one asset type  (5­44%).  Analysis Arguably the most important metric associated with brand equity, the likelihood to purchase is most impacted by impressions of the same digital assets and combinations that created the greatest increases in brand favorability and likelihood to visit a brand’s website. AIl but one of the asset types and combinations net a lift in the likelihood to buy, several in excess of 20 percent. Once again, paid search impressions (44%) are the most impactful individual asset type, and organic search results + paid search results (73%) is the most effective combination. Organic search + display showed a 16 percent lift -- which is higher than most would have projected, considering that the two asset types are not often planned cohesively. Recommendations Once again, the findings indicate that interactive and brand marketers should capitalize on the power of these digital assets to influence brand. In short, they should utilize search engine marketing and online display advertising as branding channels. However, they must also institute systems and processes to establish a baseline of branding metrics. Doing so will enable them to measure the impact of these channels on brand equity over time. Marketers may want to try the following: real-time on-site surveys, period post-visit surveys, increases in direct navigation to the brand’s website, or increases in branded searches. “In the future, how likely are you to purchase a product or service from each of the following brands?” (Asked about those brands identified by respondent in Question 2 using a 1-7 scale with 1 being “Not Very Likely” 4 being “Neither Likely Nor Unlikely” and 7 being “Very Likely.”) 5. 
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  • 12. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 11 Vertical Industry Findings, Analysis & Recommendations  Unaided Brand Recall: In the retail vertical, impressions of online display ads produce the greatest lift in unaided brand awareness (40%) with a smaller lift being generated by other individual asset types. This finding is not surprising given the prevalence of online display in the retail vertical (compared to other verticals). Brand Favorability: The retail vertical demonstrates the same trend established within the aggregate findings: paid search impressions have the power to provide a significant lift in brand favorability (35%) on their own. However, the combination of organic + paid search result impressions that provides the highest degree of lift at the aggregate level did not produce a large enough sample size to draw a conclusion for this vertical. Likelihood to Visit Website: When it comes to the likelihood to visit a retail brand’s website, impressions of paid search results produce the greatest lift (75%). Online display ad impressions follow with 58 percent. It is interesting to note that online display contributes more than five times the brand lift within the retail vertical than it does within the aggregate findings (11%). Likelihood to Purchase: Once again, paid search impressions (54%) and online display ad impressions (33%) are the assets that generate the greatest lifts in this important brand metric. It is interesting to note that online display ads produce almost seven times the brand lift within this vertical than they do across all the verticals considered within the study (5%). Brand Trust: No real lifts in retail brand trust are generated by any digital asset types. Analysis & Recommendations: In the consumer-driven retail category -- where trust is built online, offline, and even through social media and viral efforts – marketers should take note of how these digital assets shift the purchase path. By utilizing organic + paid search to increase favorability of the brand, and display media to encourage consumers to visit their website, retail marketers should test and find the unique combination of assets to produce the greatest lift. Retail  “Online display contributes  more than five times the brand  lift in the likelihood to visit a  website for the retail vertical  than it does within the  aggregate findings.” 
  • 13. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 12 Unaided Brand Recall: Unlike the aggregate findings, a lift in unaided brand recall is only produced by impressions of one combination of digital assets: organic search results + paid search results + online display ad results (14%). Furthermore, this vertical is the only one in which this combination of all three asset types produces a lift. Brand Favorability: Also unlike the aggregate findings, there is no lift in software brand favorability generated by any of the digital asset types or combinations. Likelihood to Visit Website: The combination of organic search results + paid search results nets the greatest lift (58%) in the likelihood to visit a software brand’s website. However, organic search impressions alone net a lift of 37 percent within this vertical. In the aggregate results, paid search impressions net the greatest lift from any individual asset type (53%), while the combination of organic and paid produces a lift of 95 percent. Likelihood to Purchase: Much like its ability to affect the likelihood to visit a website, impressions of organic search results are also effective at producing a lift in likelihood to purchase a software product (30%). In fact, it is the only asset type to do so for this vertical. Brand Trust: Following suit with the likelihood to purchase metric, organic search impressions are the only digital asset that produces a lift (14%) in brand trust among Internet users within the software vertical in this study. Analysis & Recommendations: Organic search must be a cornerstone for software marketers. It is not surprising that there was no lift in brand favorability within this category since businesses, rather than consumers, are the key drivers of investments in the three brands included. As a result, much of the purchasing of these brands is done through other lead generation channels. That said, it is logical that organic search – still viewed as the most unbiased form of online content – is used to evaluate products in a BtoB environment. Considering the power organic search impressions have to boost brand equity, software marketers should place extra emphasis on their organic search engine optimization campaigns alongside their paid channels. Doing so will help them achieve the greatest brand lift. Software  “Organic  search  nets  the  greatest  lift  in  likelihood  to  visit  a  website  (37%)  and  likelihood  to  purchase  a  software product (30%).”  
  • 14. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 13 Unaided Brand Recall: Online display ad impressions are the only digital asset that generates a lift in unaided brand recall within the banking/financial services vertical. What’s more, they do so at a robust clip of 100 percent. Brand Favorability: There is no lift in banking/financial services brand favorability caused by exposure to any digital asset type or combination examined in this study. Likelihood to Visit Website: In the case of likelihood to visit a banking/financial services website, organic search impressions (113%), as well as the combination of organic search results + online display impressions (67%), produce the only lifts. This differs from the aggregate results which found that paid search impressions played a larger role in brand lift. Likelihood to Purchase: The combination of organic search results + online display ads nets the only lift (64%) within this metric. The combination’s performance here is four times the lift it generated within the aggregate results. Brand Trust: As with the likelihood to purchase, the greatest lift in the amount of trust that Internet users place in banking/financial service brands is produced by the combination of organic search impressions + online display ad impressions (44%). Analysis & Recommendations: Banking and financial services are needs-based. Consumers don’t often change services once they have initially selected a brand unless a significant incentive or motivation exists. Given that, marketers must ensure that their brands are top of mind when consumers are in the mindset to change. Marketers within the banking/financial services industry are encouraged to both create a seamless brand presence between traditional and digital channels, as well as to integrate their use of organic search engine optimization and online display advertising to net the greatest brand lift online. Banking/Financial Services  “The combination of organic search impressions and  online display ad impressions creates a lift of 64  percent in likelihood to purchase banking or  financial services.” 
  • 15. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 14 Unaided Brand Recall: In the hotel vertical, various combinations of digital assets produce significant lifts in unaided recall: organic search impressions + paid search impressions (67%), organic + display ad impressions (96%), and organic + display + paid search impressions (48%). The lifts these combinations produce within this vertical far exceed their yield at the aggregate level. Brand Favorability: Lifts in hotel brand favorability are similar to those within the aggregate results: paid (47%) and paid + organic (56%). Of special note, the combination of organic search impressions + display ad impressions generates a lift of 33 percent for hotel brands. This is three times what it produces at the aggregate level (11%). Likelihood to Visit Website: Several assets/combinations generate significantly greater brand lift for this metric than within the aggregate results. These include paid search impressions (100%), organic + paid search results (163%), organic search + display ad impressions (107%), and paid search results + display ad impressions (71%). Likelihood to Purchase: For this metric within the hotel vertical, the findings show several assets/combinations that generate considerably greater lift than those same assets do within the aggregate results. Paid search impressions (78%), organic + paid search impressions (147%), and paid search results + online display ad impressions (61%) all contribute sizeable lifts. In addition, the combination of organic search results + display ad impressions (144%) produces a lift that is nine times what it generates in the aggregate results. Brand Trust: The hotel vertical results are similar to the aggregate results as they pertain to the amount of trust placed in brands. The combination of organic search results + paid search results generates a lift of (83%). Analysis & Recommendations: This is a “highly-perishable” vertical. Limited- time deals and real-time reviews play a large role in the purchase decision, and these offers are typically found through user search activity. But images – photos of destinations, rooms, etc. – also play a significant role, and these are best conveyed through display ads. So it’s not surprising that hotel brand lift was created through most of the digital assets types and combinations researched. Therefore, hotel marketers are advised to keep a branding mindset throughout their digital planning. They are also encouraged to participate in both paid and organic search engine marketing, as well as online display advertising. By focusing on them each individually, as well as on their integration, marketers within this vertical will be able to capitalize on the innate power of these channels to boost brand equity. Hotels  “The combination of organic  and paid search impressions  generates a 147 percent lift in  the likelihood to buy hotel  services.” 
  • 16. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 15 Unaided Brand Recall: Unaided recall for insurance brands is only produced by organic search impressions + display ad impressions (46%) – a much higher rate than this combination produces in aggregate. Brand Favorability: Only online display advertising impressions (12%) produce a lift in insurance brand favorability – and a very modest one at that. Likelihood to Visit Website: Organic search results (171%), as well as organic search results + display ad impressions (129%) produce lifts in the likelihood to visit an insurance brand’s website that are significantly greater than those assets produced in aggregate. Likelihood to Purchase: Only organic search results (150%) produce a lift in the likelihood to purchase insurance services, also at a much higher rate than this digital asset produces across the results in aggregate. Brand Trust: Within the brand trust metric of the insurance vertical, organic search impressions produce a 62 percent lift. In addition, the combination of organic search impressions + online display ad impressions nets an increase in brand trust of 50 percent. Overall, the brand lift performance of these digital asset/combinations is greater for insurance brands than in the aggregate results. Analysis & Recommendations: This is a vertical in which options, benefits, and costs are highly researched by consumers. So it is once again not surprising that the more trusted organic search results are more effective at generating brand lift. As with financial services, traditional media plays a significant role in establishing brand favorability within this vertical. Marketers are advised to use the combination of organic search engine marketing and online display advertising to generate the best brand lifts within the insurance vertical.             Insurance  “Organic search impressions produce a 150 percent lift  in likelihood to purchase insurance services.” 
  • 17. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 16 About comScore  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and a preferred source of digital marketing intelligence. comScore helps its clients better understand, leverage and profit from the rapidly evolving digital marketing landscape by providing solutions in the measurement and evaluation of online audiences, advertising effectiveness, social media, search, video, mobile, e-commerce, and a broad variety of other emerging forms of digital behavior. For more information, please visit www.comScore.com. About iProspect   Founded in 1996, iProspect is the Original® Search Engine Marketing Firm. We help many of the world’s most successful brands improve their online sales and marketing return on investment through a variety of performance marketing services, including natural search engine optimization, paid search advertising management, online display advertising management, shopping feed management, global search engine marketing, reputation management, and other related services. Proper attribution requires that any references to this study be clearly identified as coming from the “iProspect Real Branding Implications of Digital Media - an SEM, SEO & Online Display Advertising Study.” With U.S. offices in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas Fort-Worth, as well as offices across the globe, iProspect can be contacted at 1.800.522.1152, or by visiting www.iprospect.com. Questions regarding this study should be directed to iProspect Director of Communications, Colleen Reed, at 1.800.522.1152 or colleen.reed@iprospect.com.
  • 18. Copyright © 2010 iProspect.com, Inc. | 800.522.1152 | interest@iprospect.com | www.iprospect.com | 17 About iProspect’s Research iProspect has a long legacy of research and thought leadership in the digital marketing industry. Findings from iProspect research are regularly used to enhance our service offerings and to educate clients on digital marketing best practices and industry trends. iProspect studies are frequently quoted by speakers at marketing industry events, and by both business and trade press: iProspect’s The Value of Retail Search and Position Study in July 2010 iProspect’s Search Engine Marketing and Online Display Advertising Integration Study in May 2009 iProspect’s Search Engine Marketing Integration Study in August 2008 iProspect’s Blended Search Results Study in April 2008 iProspect's Offline Channel Influence on Online Search Behavior Study in August 2007 iProspect's Search Marketer Measurement & Performance Study in June 2007 iProspect's Search Marketer Social Networking Study in May 2007 iProspect's Social Networking User Behavior Study in April 2007 iProspect's Search Engine User Behavior Study in April 2006 iProspect's Natural SEO Outsourcing Study in August 2005 iProspect's SEO Metrics & ROI Study in August 2005 iProspect's Search Engine Marketer Performance Study in August 2005 iProspect's Natural SEO Keyword Length Study in November 2004 iProspect's Search Engine User Attitudes Study in April 2004