Advertising Effectiveness -ROI

California Advertising Effectiveness

Visit California has tracked the effectiveness and ROI of its advertising efforts for many years, using the same
methodology since 2004. The research efforts follow the same pattern so that results will be comparable
to past years. 

Advertising research is conducted in two phases.

Phase 1 is conducted immediately after the conclusion of an ad run and measures:

  • The reach of the campaign
  • Reactions to the creative
  • The impact of the campaign on changing attitudes toward California
  • The ways in which the campaign influenced consumer interest in visiting the state.

Phase 2 of the advertising research is conducted after a period of time deemed reasonable to allow for travel
which is related to advertising exposure. It measures:

  • Incremental travel and spending associated with Visit California's marketing efforts
  • ROI as determined by this travel spending in relation to campaign expenditures

Visit California and its research partners, Strategic Marketing and Research, Incorporated (SMARI) and Rakuten Research, attempt to be conservative in calculating ROI by only considering incremental travel and not influenced travel.  Also, in estimating total audience, Visit California considers only its target demographic and not the whole population exposed to the advertising.

                                     Ad Effectiveness                                          ROI

Domestic:        2006-Spring, 2007-Spring, 2008-Fall,           2006-Spring, 2007-Spring, 2008-Spring, 2008-Total    
                          2009-Fall, 2009-Spring2010-Spring           2009-Spring, 2009-Total, 2010-Total, 2011-Total

                          2010-Fall (TV only), 2011- Fall,

                          2012-Spring, 2012- Fall

Winter:              2007, 2008, 2009, 2010                               2007, 2011

Digital:              2009

 In 2008, Visit California aired three distinct TV ads to a US national target audience. The ads portrayed three distinct but interrelated themes. Because of their interrelationship, the results of all three campaigns have been included in one "Domestic" report.

Canada:             2007, 2008, 2009, 20102012                    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


UK:                     2008, 2009 TV-only, 2009, 2010                 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011   

                           2011, 2012

Japan:                2008                                                            2008, 2009, 2010

Australia:           2010 (Wave 1), 2010 (Wave 2)                   2010, 2010 (Target: 18-35)

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