Our Proof

One of the most beneficial features of Advanced Content® is accountability.

Traditional Media

Readership research is a key element of the accountability of Advanced Content®. Red Barn Media Group uses research methodology developed by media effects experts at University of Alabama—the same employed by Time, Inc., the magazine division of the world’s largest media company.

Samples of the reader population receive a survey for each issue, either through direct mail or electronically, asking questions regarding the articles they read as well as other questions based on readership and marketing scales (attitudes toward the content, message and source credibility, purchase intent).

Readers are asked how much of each article they read: “All,” “Most,” “Half,” “Less Than Half,” “None.” We assign a numerical score for each of these intervals, and readership for each piece is scored on a 0-100 scale. In our extensive magazine experience, the most common scores were in the 40s and 50s, with 60s being cause for celebration. Scores in the 70s were very rare and almost never approached 80. (Download a sample direct mail survey for FarmLife magazine here.)

By way of a benchmark, our traditional media effort for AGCO Corporation, FarmLife magazine, averages an overall readership score near 70! And that engagement nurtures leads from customers and prospects—FarmLife has driven thousands of sales leads to AGCO’s dealer network.

The most common misconception about these readership scores is that a score of 60 means “60% of the audience read the story.” In fact, a score of 60 means that, on average, the entire audience read around 60% of the story. This is a more accurate gauge of readership than simply asking whether a reader read the story or not; we are interested in how much of the Advanced Content message is getting through; it is more pertinent to know how much of the article the audience reads, not how much of the audience reads the article. This also sheds some light on why scores in the 70s are so rare. In order to have a score that high, a great deal of the audience must respond that they read “All” of the article.

Digital Media

Traffic is great, but just as in our content efforts in traditional media, we’re more interested in what gets through to the right audience and how they respond. Some examples of recent analytics:

  • An email campaign using Advanced Content pieces garnered six times more engagement (open rates, click-throughs) than white papers and advertising messaging in other tests, with a click-to-open rate of more than 50%.
  • Advanced Content has the highest engagement rate of anything posted to one of our clients’ Facebook fan pages.
  • A bi-monthly email newsletter featuring Advanced Content routinely doubles industry averages for open rates and click-throughs, and often triples industry averages for click-to-open rates.

We’d love to take a deeper dive and demonstrate how you can know this content works for your goals before it’s even published, and remain accountable after it’s published. Contact us for more information.