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The Goals

  • Launch new product using precision marketing
  • Maximize consumer engagement and brand awareness

The Approach

  • Consolidated all media buying into DoubleClick platform
  • Used custom affinity audiences
  • Used storytelling element in serving and sequencing different formats across different publishers and channels

The Results

  • Cost per view was half the industry benchmark for consumer packaged goods in Italy
  • 39% increase in view-through rate
  • 37% lift in ad recall
  • 13% lift in brand awareness
  • 10% reduction in bounce rate

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Published October 2017

L'Oréal Paris wanted to promote the launch their new range of Pure Clay masks across digital devices. Skincare is a personal product, so they wanted to use advanced marketing techniques to increase brand awareness and drive effectiveness. The first step was to build a task force made up of the in-house marketing team, iBeauty by Publicis Media and DoubleClick to identify and understand the right market.

The team consolidated all media buying into one platform – DoubleClick –  so it would be possible to control frequency and reach users a predefined number of times. To ensure messaging would resonate, L'Oréal Paris identified audiences that had an interest in beauty products and already had an affinity to the brand. 

L'Oréal used Google Trends to understand the topics people were searching around the subject of facial masks, and matched his information to the key benefits of their products. Using DoubleClick’s custom affinity audiences solution, they then created five custom audiences within the desired demographic. Using their own first-party data, these audiences were drawn from across Google platforms based on user behaviours – what they were searching for, what videos they were watching, their interests and their passions.

The team consolidated all media buying into one platform – DoubleClick –  so it would be possible to control frequency and reach users a predefined number of times. To ensure messaging would resonate, L'Oréal Paris identified audiences that had an interest in beauty products and already had an affinity to the brand. 

The team launched the campaign by delivering video ads across multiple channels (including TrueView on YouTube) in order to fill the first two phases of the funnel, brand awareness and consideration. People were initially shown videos based on the targets defined in DoubleClick Bid Manager. For their second exposure, consumers were shown another video, adding a storytelling angle to the campaign.

We will definitely use DoubleClick again. It's very effective as a platform: from defining the right audiences through to measurement of the campaign.

Massimo Bellato, Head of Digital Marketing, CPD Italia L’Oréal

The team launched the campaign by delivering video ads across multiple channels (including TrueView on YouTube) in order to fill the first two phases of the funnel, brand awareness and consideration. People were initially shown videos based on the targets defined in DoubleClick Bid Manager. For their second exposure, consumers were shown another video, adding a storytelling angle to the campaign.

L'Oréal Paris helped the consumer find the product for them, provided education and motivated them to find more content. This approach effectively introduced users to the product before driving them to the brand’s website and owned content.

L'Oréal and iBeauty by Publicis Media leveraged the measurement capabilities of the DoubleClick full stack, including DoubleClick Campaign Manager and Google Analytics. This was crucial in developing an understanding of users’ behaviour and engagement across publishers and channels with an entire view of the customer journey from first exposure to landing on the website. 

Using DoubleClick helped us to understand the entire customer journey across all publishers and channels.

Daniela Schnellinger, Business Partner, iBeauty by Publicis Media

The campaign produced excellent results, with a cost per view that was half the benchmark for consumer packaged goods in Italy. The 39% view-through rate also beat the country’s average benchmark for consumer packaged goods (25%). L'Oréal Paris also used a brand lift survey and discovered the campaign produced a 37% lift in ad recall and 13% lift in brand awareness.

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Further reading:

L'Oreal Netherlands saves costs and increases relevance with DoubleClick

    L'Oreal Netherlands tested the full value of programmatic marketing with their Maybelline brow campaign. They guided consumers in 7 steps trough the full customer journey by using DoubleClick technology.

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