Glossary
View-through attribution (VTA)
View-through attribution (VTA)
View-through attribution (VTA) is a way to measure ad effectiveness by giving credit of a conversion to ad impressions.

What is view-through attribution?

View-through attribution (VTA), also known as impression tracking, refers to a method of measuring the effectiveness of an ad with ad impressions even when the ad did not result in a click. In view-through attributions, the conversion is attributed to the ad if the user views the ad and then takes a desired action, such as making a purchase or visiting the advertiser's website, within a certain time period after viewing the ad. This method is often used in mobile advertising because it allows advertisers to measure the impact of their ad campaigns on users who may have been influenced by the ad but did not actually click on it.

View-through attribution vs Click-through attribution

View-through attribution and click-through attribution are both methods of measuring the effectiveness of an ad campaign, but they differ in how they attribute credit for a conversion.

Click-through attribution, as the name suggests, attributes a conversion to an ad only if the user clicks on the ad before converting. This method gives credit only to the ad that the user is directly engaged with. It's simple, direct, and easy to track.

On the other hand, view-through attribution attributes a conversion to an ad even if the user does not click on the ad but views the ad and then takes a desired action within a certain time period after viewing the ad. This method gives credit to the ad that the user viewed but did not necessarily engage directly.

Why is view-through attribution important?

Measuring view-through attribution can benefit mobile marketers in several ways:

Better understanding of customer journey

View-through attribution allows marketers to gain a more comprehensive view of the customer journey. By measuring the impact of their ad campaigns across multiple touchpoints and channels, marketers can better understand how their ads impact their target audience and how different elements of their campaigns are working together to drive conversions.

Improved campaign optimization

With a more complete understanding of how their campaigns perform, mobile marketers can fine-tune and optimize their campaigns for better performance. They can also make more informed decisions about where to allocate their advertising budget and avoid over-investing in campaigns that are not driving conversions.

Greater insights into brand advertising

View-through attribution can help mobile marketers understand the effectiveness of their brand advertising efforts and the impact of their campaigns on their target audience's mind. This can help them identify opportunities to improve their branding and messaging and increase the effectiveness of their campaigns overall.

More accurate measurement of ROI

By using view-through attribution, mobile marketers can track conversions that occur within a longer time period after the ad was viewed, which allows them to more accurately measure the ROI of their ad campaigns. This can help them make more informed decisions about how to allocate marketing resources and optimize their campaigns for better results.

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