Gamers Spend Twice As Long Viewing Intrinsic In-Game Ads Compared To Other Digital Channels, Reveals New Research From Lumen and Anzu

New research shows in-game ad campaigns drive extremely high levels of attention, with players viewing in-game ads for 2.9-seconds vs. Lumen’s 1.5-second benchmark

The world’s most advanced in-game advertising platform Anzu.io, and Lumen Research, an attention technology company, have today revealed collective results from research carried out together across a series of mobile and PC campaigns over the past 12 months, examining the power of attention within intrinsic in-game advertising.

The study used Lumen’s cutting-edge eye-tracking technology to monitor player attention levels within in-game ad campaigns across multiple ad categories, including automotive, education, energy, entertainment, fashion, CPG, QSR, retail, and tech. Some of the brands that took part include Amazon, Dell, Vodafone, Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Subway, and EMPIRE.

Mike Follett, Managing Director of Lumen Research said: “Anzu has conducted attention tests amongst 5,000 respondents globally, giving them the richest and most robust attention dataset for gaming advertising in the world. This means that we can speak with some confidence whenwe say that Anzu’s inventory delivers high attention, high recall and significant shifts in brand perception and purchase intent for advertisers.”

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With 83% of in-game ads viewed compared to Lumen’s benchmark of 62%, the findings show that gamers are 34% more likely to view an in-game ad than those placed on other digital channels like social media and websites.

Across the studies average spontaneous advertising recall was 36%, with the best performing campaigns achieving over 70%. Regarding purchase intent, 61% said they would definitely or probably buy the brand in the future representing a significant uplift of 9%. Looking at prompted brand awareness, the studies saw an average of 71% across the test audiences, and 68% of the test audiences also agreed that the advertising was suited to the brand. Overall the research clearly demonstrates the power intrinsic in-game advertising has in helping advertisers to effectively communicate with massive gaming audiences and achieve their campaign goals.

On the findings, Itamar Benedy, Co-Founder and CEO of Anzu, said, “These results clearly demonstrate the power in-game advertising has to drive attention which then converts to brand recall, favorability, and purchase intent, demonstrating how brands can use in-game to reach consumers at every stage of the marketing funnel. By adding in-game to the marketing mix advertisers can supercharge their campaigns, and with the new MRC and IAB guidelines having just been released, the medium has never been a more attractive proposition for advertisers. As we deliver more studies with Lumen, we look forward to sharing more research highlights, including benchmarks by advertiser category.”

Peter Kadin, SVP of Marketing at EMPIRE said: “In-game advertising has played a key role in helping us drive attention and ramp up excitement for our artists, with campaigns far exceeding what we are used to from other digital channels. Our latest in-game ad campaign delivered an outstanding composite attention score that was 3.9x our desktop display benchmark, along with 93% viewability on PC and 94% on mobile. The high attention levels and huge reach have allowed our artist to stand out in an extremely saturated market.”

To find out more about the research or how you could leverage intrinsic in-game advertising to help supercharge your latest campaign, get in touch with Anzu.

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Anzu is the most advanced in-game ad solution for mobile, PC, console, and gaming metaverses. Anzu’s in-game ads put players first and help advertisers reach audiences programmatically in a non-disruptive and highly engaging way. A patented 3D ad tracking engine, the first to bring viewability measurement in-game with Oracle Moat, and partnerships with trusted AdTech vendors make Anzu the preferred in-game advertising partner for advertisers worldwide.

Anzu helps game developers monetize their titles with ad placements that complement the gameplay, resulting in reliable revenue streams. The sole officially licensed in-game ad provider for Xbox, the first ad platform to become Unity verified, and with a self-serve dashboard that provides complete control over ad placements, Anzu is the preferred in-game ad monetization partner for developers worldwide.

Backed by WPP, Sony Innovation Fund, NBCUniversal, HTC, BITKRAFT, and other prominent investors, Anzu has raised $37M to make advertising in games better. Better for brands, better for game developers, and better for gamers. Learn more at https://www.anzu.io/.

Lumen is the leading attention technology company in the world, with large scale permanent panels in the US and the UK, and temporary panels across many other global markets. Lumen’s eye tracking technology converts the webcam on a users’ phone or desktop computer into a high quality eye tracking camera, capturing not only what users could see, but also what they do in fact look at. Lumen’s eye-tracking panels are recruited to be nationally representative and fully GDPR compliant. Learn more at https://lumen-research.com/.

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