Skip to content
Follow Us

Get the best of Capacity Interactive delivered to your inbox.

How We Helped Grounds for Sculpture Optimize Ad Spend
Clients Grounds for Sculpture

How We Helped Grounds for Sculpture Optimize Ad Spend

Services We Provided:
Digital Advertising
We designed a phased campaign built to capitalize on key moments and stretch the media budget without sacrificing return on investment (ROI).

316%

ROI

$56K

Revenue

71K

Key Page Views

Our Approach

Grounds for Sculpture (GFS)—a museum, sculpture garden, and arboretum in New Jersey—brought this challenge to us with their gorgeous Night Forms: Infinite Wave exhibition, which was on view from November 2022 through April 2023. How do you sustain a campaign for a long-running exhibition—especially when media dollars aren’t unlimited, as is typical in the arts?

FINDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADDED FLEXIBILITY

Since its opening in 1992, GFS has become one of the premier cultural destinations in New Jersey. The organization features nearly 300 contemporary sculptures scattered across 42 landscaped acres and a series of temporary exhibitions hosted across six indoor galleries.

Late last year, GFS opened its second iteration of Night Forms, an after-hours, multi-sensory light, sound, and video experience. With stunning visual assets, running a campaign on Meta was a no-brainer, given the platform’s ability to highlight eye-catching imagery. However, GFS had a tall order: we needed this campaign to run on a limited budget for just over seven months.

To ensure that messaging wouldn’t grow stale and we would sustain the media spend, we ran the campaign in several shorter flights: the general public pre-sale, opening, mid-exhibition, and closing. Dividing up the campaign offered two key benefits.

1. Narrowed focus

By clearly delineating the focus of each phase, GFS had a guide for crafting content, and we had a guide for audience targeting and optimizations.

2. Quick iterations

We could be nimble with the schedule as we saw how attendance played out. For example, we kept the campaign running over the winter holidays even though we had initially scheduled a pause from late December to early January.

MAKING DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS

One major benefit of such a long-running campaign was the sheer amount of data we collected over time. With more data, we could make deeper and bolder optimizations.

Fine-tuning age targeting

Several months into the campaign, we tweaked the age targeting in our acquisition audiences in response to the demographic behavior we noticed. A month later, we narrowed the age targeting to even more audiences based on the success of that adjustment.

Reprioritizing segments

Late in the campaign, we paused acquisition to focus only on the audience segments driving most purchases. With the exhibition ending, we wanted to ensure that the messaging got in front of audiences most likely to take action and visit. This shift led the campaign’s monthly ROI to spike 41% from the month prior, and the next month’s ROI skyrocketed even more.

 

Bar chart showing monthly ROI increase from 216% in Month 1, to 304% in Month 2, and 810% in Month 3

Efficiency in Overdrive

A limited budget doesn’t have to mean limited opportunities. By leaning into the Night Forms campaign’s abundance of data, we were able to refine the strategy in ways both big and small. Its long-running nature proved to be the key to success.

The Results

898

Purchases

$56,000

Revenue

$0.19

Cost per Page View

Ready to make the most of your Media Spend? 

Let’s talk about how to optimize your campaigns and make the most our of your budget without sacrificing ROI.

Explore more

How We Helped Cincinnati Art Museum Unlock New Data Insights

$16K Increase in Revenue

Cincinnati Art Museum

As CAM's strategic partner since 2017, we helped them embrace the benefits of Meta’s newly widened attribution window and tap into the full potential of their data for a more holistic view of audience behavior.
Read more
How We Helped the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Increase ROIs with Tiered Campaigns

More Efficient Campaigns

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

We developed a tiered advertising strategy for the DSO’s Meta campaigns that minimizes audience redundancies, decreases the likelihood of ad fatigue, and keeps costs low.
Read more