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The world of digital marketing has always been largely rooted in an inherent trust that technology will cooperate once we hand over our meticulously crafted campaigns and ads. Now, we’ve reached a point where we aren’t just handing over our ads, but sometimes the creation of the ads themselves.

We know it’s never easy to hand over control when it comes to something you care about, especially when fickle technology is involved, but CI is here for support as we all navigate the new digital future of dynamic ads. Let’s dive into some top use cases where it makes sense to let machine learning do the heavy lifting, if you aren’t already.

Getting on board with google display & discovery

When staff time and resources are at a premium, you can’t beat the efficiency of Responsive Display Ads (RDAs) and Discovery ads.

Give yourself some time back. Gone are the days of creating an endless amount of static banner ads. Since Google does the work of pulling individual assets into cohesive ads, all you need to do is write a few headlines and descriptions and choose your images.

Spread the wealth. If you’re building campaigns for the same programming across multiple Google platforms, choosing to use dynamic and responsive ads can greatly cut down on the number of assets needed, since the Google channels often share headlines, descriptions, and images.

  • In Action: Last fall, the Denver Art Museum ran a Display campaign using RDAs for the first time, which served alongside static banners. The RDAs had more than double the return on investment (ROI) at a much lower cost per acquisition (CPA).
  • Results:
  • RDAs resulted in 420% ROI, $6.19 CPA, 5.20% KPV Rate, and 2.14% CTR compared to static banners which resulted in 182% ROI, $14.65 CPA, 2.91% KPV Rate, and 0.88% CTR.
  • In Action: The Washington Ballet took a “split road” approach of promoting dynamic Discovery ads and static Discovery carousels side-by-side for their 2022 The Nutcracker campaign. Both types of ads performed well, but the dynamic placement proved to be more efficient.
  • Results:
  • Discovery Ads resulted in 1.95% conversion rate, 1.91% CTR, and $0.15 cost per click compared to discovery carousels that resulted in 1.54% conversion rate, 1.79% CTR, and $0.25 cost per click.

No turning back on search

In June 2022, Google announced that Expanded Text Ads, a staple of search campaigns, could no longer be created or edited. This leaves us with two main options for new ads: Responsive Search Ads (RSAs) and Dynamic Search Ads (DSAs).

Embrace the new. Google isn’t giving us much choice but to lean into automated search ads. For now, we recommend sticking with RSAs, which have proven incredibly successful for CI clients. Just make sure you follow our best practices to keep Google in line while mixing and matching your headlines and descriptions.

  • In Action: American Conservatory Theater has seen great results from running RSAs for many of their 2022-2023 season shows. Here’s a representative sample from a search campaign for a play this past spring.

Making Moves with Meta

Meta recently decided to join in on the fun and started offering their own dynamic content placements that are showing promising results.

If you’re running responsive ads through Google, Meta’s dynamic text ads (DTAs) will probably feel familiar. Instead of writing one caption for your promoted post, you can provide up to five options. And if you’re ready to fully dive into dynamic content, you can also opt into Meta’s Dynamic Creative option and let machine learning lead the way.

Fill the void. It can be hard to come up with content week after week, especially when your programming is still far from opening night—but Meta’s dynamic offerings can turn a few assets into a cornucopia of engaging ads that last until new content is available.

Find your people. Trying to reach new patrons? Rather than leave your content to guesswork, Meta can rifle through all possible ad combinations to find the one that’s best suited for each audience member.

  • In Action: Edmonton Symphony Orchestra employed DTAs for a 2023 concert, and saw a sky-high ROI and low post view frequency compared to standard ads for a 2022 concert featuring a similar genre of music.
  • Results:
  • DTA: 2023 concert resulted in 1,251% ROI, $0.18 CAD cost per page view, and 3.26 post view frequency compared to the standard ad: 2022 concert that resulted in 211% ROI, $0.41 CAD cost per page view, and 4.68 post view frequency
  • In Action: Cincinnati Opera came to us with a challenge: what content would best resonate with students, a new audience they were trying to reach? We decided to try a fully dynamic ad in Meta so we could learn from the visuals and captions that were being regularly paired together and driving purchases. One dynamic ad ran in the campaign, and four standard ads ran beside it. Meta chose to put the majority of the media spend behind the dynamic ad based on what was driving conversions.
  • Results:
  • Dynamic ads resulted in 0.795% conversion rate, 24 purchases, 1,103 link clicks, and $2,785 cost compared to the 4 standard ads that resulted in 0.579% conversion rate, 3 purchases, 150 link clicks, and $415 cost. Note, the 4 standard ads results refer to the total across all posts.

The Final Say

Meta and Google are helpful tools if you’re willing to cede a bit of control. With dynamic and responsive content becoming more powerful than ever, it’s worth experimenting with these offerings and finding new ways to boost campaign performance.