Checklist for testing connections

Checklist for testing connections
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In this article, we’ve put together a checklist for testing your campaigns. You will learn what aspects of your campaign are subject to testing, and how to test different components of advertising relationships to continuously improve results and increase revenue.

Analysis of advertising sources

Checklist for testing connections

Traffic sources include web platforms and advertising networks that attract the target audience. During the first pour, it is critical to decide on the choice of source to achieve the best performance. You need:

  • Research which audiences are the most active on different platforms. It is recommended to choose at least two or three sources with a similar target audience to start with. For example, for products targeted at young people, such as weight loss products or cosmetics, you should consider TikTok and similar platforms where young people predominate. While products for the 40+ audience are best advertised on platforms that use banners, teasers, and native advertising techniques.
  • Analyzing traffic quality plays a key role in determining its impact on profits. Targeted customers who are active, making purchases, or converting, as opposed to those who simply view ads, are preferred. For example, high-quality traffic can be obtained through search engine optimization (SEO), while cooperation with low-cost channels, such as push networks, can entail risks of receiving untargeted clicks.
  • To implement an effective strategy, it is necessary to make economic and marketing calculations. It is important to compare the amount of remuneration from the partnership with the cost of a lead, click, or other targeted actions. It should be remembered that the high cost of traffic does not always guarantee its quality, and low cost or the use of alternative sources does not always mean low quality. When making decisions, you should focus on your goals, available budget, and expected benefits.
  • It is also important to consider the available analysis tools. Each traffic source usually provides its own internal statistics and analytics functions. For example, ad networks provide basic metrics such as CTR, conversion rates, number of impressions, and clicks. For a more complete data analysis, it is useful to use tools such as Google Analytics and trackers.

If you are splitting your budget into several advertising sources, the first step is to launch a test campaign, after which it is important to evaluate the following key indicators:

  • CTR;
  • Conversion rate;
  • Cost per click, per lead, or other key action;
  • ROI.

The main task is to identify which metrics showed the best results and which strategies were the most productive. It is recommended to use the same settings for all tests, targeting audiences with comparable characteristics to identify what factors influenced the results. Varying your targeting and reaching different segments of your target audience across different channels can also help you reach more accurate conclusions.

Using public cases in testing

Using publicly available cases for testing does not imply copying them exactly. This is impractical for several reasons:

  • Publicly available cases are often published by arbitrators after they have already exhausted the potential of the cases. Such links are no longer relevant, as their effectiveness has been reduced.
  • Even if the creator of the case study claims that his methodology still works and he is ready to share it, the results may differ significantly for other users. Each specialist works in unique conditions, has different goals uses a different set of tools and resources, and is faced with constantly changing market conditions, fashions, and trends.

However, case studies can be useful, especially for beginners. They provide valuable insights and understanding of different approaches. The author of a case study may suggest a certain methodology that you should try to adapt to your conditions. Cases stimulate the development of observation skills and allow you to learn new strategies and techniques.

Analysis of the target audience

Checklist for testing connections

For each offer, you can detail the target audience by different criteria. For example, you can take into account age groups, gender, geo, and motivation to buy. Some people prefer to order online because of the lower price, while others value online purchases because of positive reviews and higher efficiency of products compared to those sold in pharmacies. Certain groups of target audiences buy goods not for themselves, but for the older generation or their spouses. For example, in traditional Middle Eastern countries, men often buy products for women in their families.

To effectively test each segment, it is useful to create a detailed profile of a typical buyer, including the following aspects:

  • Status;
  • Age;
  • Location;
  • Profession;
  • Education level;
  • Income;
  • Interests;
  • Lifestyle and marital status;
  • Purchasing habits, including preferences in payment methods and ordering platforms.

It will also be valuable to study the cultural nuances specific to the region of consumers. It is recommended to ask your manager for statistics and insights from other arbitrageurs who have successfully implemented similar offers. This will help you better understand the needs and expectations of your target audience.

After receiving all the necessary information, you can start developing different variants of advertising groups and creatives for each segment.

Testing hypotheses

Checklist for testing connections

An effective method for testing assumptions is to conduct A/B testing or split testing. This process requires at least two variants: basic and experimental.

The baseline variant is usually based on data from previous studies. For example, in the previous advertising campaign, targeting parameters A, B, and C were used. The experimental variant involves modifying these parameters, for example, to A, E, and D.

When analyzing the test results, it is critical not to limit yourself to profit analysis. It is necessary to take into account that despite the possible high profit, a marketer may face an increase in the cost of a click and other expenses, which affects the overall profitability. A full cost-effectiveness assessment is a key element of a successful strategy.

Evaluating the effectiveness of creative and marketing materials

Checklist for testing connections

Before you start evaluating a creative or web page, it’s important to clearly define which elements are to be analyzed. These elements may include design style, element layout, headlines, textual content, graphic design, typography, and call-to-action (CTA) elements. It is also possible to test different marketing approaches, such as the medical approach, focus on problems, interview structure, etc. You can read more about the variety of approaches in our previous post, which we highly recommend reading.

To conduct testing, you need to prepare at least two versions of materials, for example, with different headlines. After the start of the screenings and the collection of primary data, you should carefully analyze the performance indicators to identify which elements received the greatest response from the audience.

How to effectively test advertising creatives:

  • Set a specific testing goal. A clear goal helps to focus efforts on achieving a specific result, such as reducing cost per action or increasing click-through rate (CTR).
  • Develop multiple creative variations. You can create two, three, or even more different creatives to compare their effectiveness.
  • Equally distribute budget and traffic between variants. For reliable results, it is important to use the same conditions for all tested variants, including audience, geographic location, and ad time.
  • Plan the duration of testing. The duration of the test campaign should be sufficient for the algorithms to adapt and collect enough data for analysis, usually, it takes from 5 to 7 days.
  • Change only one element in each test. When conducting A/B testing, it is important to modify only one parameter at a time to clearly understand what change has affected the key performance indicators.

This approach ensures that you can accurately assess how different elements of creativity affect audience interest and marketing goals.

Creative elements to optimize:

  • Call to action: Try different styles and lengths, from direct offers to buy a product to reminders of ongoing promotions.
  • Buttons: Experiment with the color scheme, shape, and size of your buttons, and try adding animations. In one of our recent articles, we discussed why it is important to pay attention to button design.
  • Subscription forms and lead magnets: Such elements are critical for testing, especially if the main goal of your landing page or website is to attract subscribers for their further monetization.

In conclusion, it is important to analyze performance indicators. The evaluation should be carried out comprehensively. For example, if you get fewer leads in one test and more in another, it doesn’t always mean that the second option is more beneficial. The cost of lead acquisition in the second case may be higher, which reduces the overall ROI.

Conclusion

Experimentation is the most effective method for determining the best combination in work. When conducting tests, it is extremely important to conduct a comprehensive analysis, taking into account not only individual indicators, such as CTR changes but also evaluating the overall picture across all metrics. This approach allows you to identify the best combinations and create examples that can be used in various advertising campaigns and offers.

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