As we explained last month in our congressional testimony on behavioral targeting and advertising, the growing reliance on neuroscience-related techniques to design digital marketing messages is a serious policy issue.Â Here’s an excerpt from a recent Viacom/MTV press release on a study it commissioned:
Using breakthrough biometric monitoring, a new study by MTV Networks has uncovered the most effective strategies for marketers to reach casual gamers.Â The study, â€œGame Plan: Strategies for Marketing through Casual Games,â€ found that casual games command 99 percent focused attention from consumers.Â By tracking respondentsâ€™ hand sweat, heart rate, respiration, movement patterns and visual attention during game play, the research yielded a clear road map for harnessing that engagement through targeted ad formats, lengths and integrations.
â€œCasual gaming continues to grow as a dominant online activity, and marketers have more opportunities than ever to connect with these highly engaged consumers from nearly every demo,â€ said Nada Stirratt, Executive Vice President of Digital Advertising, MTV Networks.Â â€œThis study provides a blueprint on how to leverage casual games for every marketing objective from driving awareness to increasing purchase intent to building a brand.â€
The study was presented today to marketers and media buyers at MTV Networks headquarters in New York.Â Â The research revealed a number of strategies for marketers looking to connect with casual gamers:
oÂ Â Â Â Get Ahead of the Action: Video placed before action games is among the most effective use of online video, commanding up to 85 percent focused attention.
oÂ Â Â Â Shorter is Better: A fifteen second pre-roll ad before a game commands 85 percent focused attention for the duration of the ad. Significantly, longer pre-rolls can be damaging, as aided recall for these drops by more than half.
oÂ Â Â Â Get in the Game: Brand integrations, or advergames, are best for games requiring higher levels of mental processing and focused attention. In games where brands achieved fifteen seconds or more of focused attention, aided recall approached 80 percent.
oÂ Â Â Â Anticipation = Opportunity: Consumer anticipation is a powerful opportunity — the load screen, menu pages and reward screens in games represent ideal placements for brand messaging, as gamers have the highest level of cognitive processing while waiting for their game to begin.
â€œGame Planâ€ tracked eye and biometric measures of respondents as they engaged in four online gaming experiences. These included a combination of branded and unbranded games, as well as video and display advertising around the games.Â Biometric signals were integrated with data obtained from eye trackers, which measured playersâ€™ visual attention and pupillary response…
source: Breakthrough Biometric Research Uncovers the Most Effective Advertising Strategies for Connecting with Casual Gamers: New MTV Networks Study Reveals The â€œGame Planâ€ For Casual Gaming Advertising.Â June 10, 2009