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Case study: Actimel. Measuring ROI on Facebook

13/06/2017

Kantar Worldpanel and Facebook created a global partnership to access Facebook advertising exposure across all devices using a single source. Actimel was the first brand to benefit from this measurement in France. It has blazed a trail in a new way to accurately quantify advertising effectiveness on real sales, which allows for better defined strategies and media planning.

Quantifying digital impact has become increasingly complex in the era of smartphones and mobile devices. Integrating the measurement of all devices into a single platform has been a major challenge for advertisers and agencies. These challenges prompted the creation of a global partnership that makes a link between Kantar Worldpanel panellist with Facebook accounts and campaign data across all devices.

THE NEED
A SECOND WIND FOR ACTIMEL
Actimel media investments had been limited for several years, which had led the key indicators for the brand, consumer base and purchase frequency, to decline. As a strategic brand for Danone, the group opted for a major relaunch in 2016 with the main objective to attract new shoppers, and specifically, families with children. The Stay Strong campaign was launched in April 2016 through a digital platform and supported through a complete media plan over several months.

Shoppers were targeted through TV advertising, print advertising in three major country-wide newspapers as well as in the urban free newspaper 20 Minutes. A central element of the campaign was advertising on Facebook through desktop, tablet and mobiles.

THE APPROACH
BREAKING DOWN THE IMPACT
OF EACH CAMPAIGN ELEMENT
To fully understand the role of each of the campaign components, Kantar Worldpanel used the Consumer Mix Model methodology. It quantified the additional income generated by each media (TV advertising, Facebook, print newspapers...) and then calculated the ROI for each. Using real shopper purchases and their media exposure, Kantar Worldpanel could accurately attribute sales figures to the correct lever.

THE IMPACT
FACEBOOK ROI TWICE AS HIGH
AS OTHER MEDIA
The campaign generated an additional 5.2% sales for the brand. Although television accounted for the majority of this increase (71%), the role of Facebook was vital. Reaching a younger and more family-oriented shopper, Facebook helped deliver on the brand’s strategic goals for the campaign.

In terms of media investment, the ROI of Facebook was twice as high as the other media channels and it was successful in attracting new shoppers and also in building loyalty.
When shoppers were exposed to both Facebook and TV advertising, the sales impact was even higher.
The strategic choices made by Actimel revitalised the brand in France, attracting significant numbers of new shoppers very quickly and generating additional sales.

Case study: Actimel. Measuring ROI on Facebook

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