Calculating the Dollar Value of Experiential Marketing Impressions (S1-E000-04)

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Calculating the Dollar Value of Experiential Marketing Impressions (S1-E000-04)

How do I translate impression counts into a legitimate dollar value of experiential marketing impressions? All of those impression categories (i.e., Mobile, Onsite, and Word-of-Mouth) counted methodically and reliably added up, gives me one lump sum. How do I put dollar value behind that?

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Certainly, thereis an industry-standard called Ad Value Equivalency or AVE. Basically, the idea of AVE modeling is that the dollar value of an experiential marketing impression is what it would have cost to have bought that impression.

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Using Rate Cards for Ad Value Equivalent Baselines: Experiential Marketing Impressions

The value per impression comes from the average based on the relative rate cards for how you/the brand buy media. For instance, consider an online media buy for a banner ad. You might pay anywhere from a dollar to $10. Otherwise, if you’re looking at a freestanding insert in a newspaper, it’s more likely to be between $5 and $7. If you’re looking at floor graphics at Walmart or shelf-talkers, you might be talking between $22 to $25 per thousand. Finally, mail tends to average anywhere from $12 to $17 per thousand.


A $12 CPM means if you generated 5,000 impressions, those 5,000 impressions generated five CPM buying units and at a value of $12 each or $60 in value.


Media is purchased in units of a thousand (i.e., CPMs). Likewise, different media channels have different CPM costs. Your goal is to take the average of all the channels that are relevant for you and/ or the brand. All else being equal, it’s fair to start at around $12 CPM.

For example, a $12 CPM means is if you generated 5,000 impressions, those 5,000 impressions generated five CPM buying units and at a value of $12 each or $60 in value.

With this modeling in mind, you add up all your impressions, divide by a thousand, and multiplied by $12 reach a rough starting point for the value of your impressions.

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