The 'Drink Up' Campaign Made a Measurable Difference. Nielsen Tuesday, 29th July 2014
Can an ad campaign influence consumers to buy more water? According to a new study by Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS), it can—but only if done right;
The online ad campaign for the 'Drink Up' effort—a collaboration between the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and First Lady Michelle Obama—for example, fueled a 3 percent lift in incremental sales of bottled water among those exposed to the online “Drink Up” campaign. This equates to almost $1 million in incremental retail sales of bottled water.
The premise of the campaign was simple: encourage people to drink more water, more often. Assessing the effectiveness of the effort, however, was no small task, especially in an increasingly fragmented landscape.
In order to tackle the efficacy of the online campaign, NCS set out to measure the water-purchasing habits of households that were exposed to the online Drink Up ads during the 16-week period between Sept. 12, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013. The study also aimed to identify what drove the increase in sales.
NCS used single-source methodology to determine the incremental retail sales lifts among the households that were exposed to the ads. Those households’ purchases were then compared to a control group of nearly identical households that did not see the advertising.
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