Pathmatics gives brand managers a massive amount of data right at their fingertips. But volume of data isn’t enough. It must be used sensibly if you want to improve your digital advertising strategy.
One way to get more out of Pathmatics is through smart reporting. Pathmatics offers several different types of reports. Using them the right way will help you keep close tabs on the competition and competitive landscape—and allocate spend more effectively.
This post will walk you through your Pathmatics reporting options and how best to leverage them.
What Reporting Options Does Pathmatics Provide?
Pathmatics offers a few ways to generate reports on advertisers, ad publishers, and/or ad networks.
The first way to generate reports is building out your Dashboard. The Dashboard is displayed whenever you log in to Pathmatics. It displays any advertiser, publisher, or ad network you’ve chosen to follow. (To follow any company in the Pathmatics database, you simply click into their profile and click the Follow button.)
Once an advertiser, publisher, or ad network is on your custom Dashboard, you’ll be able to track them in a single location in real-time. This can include recent impression spikes and new creatives added by advertisers, or new direct and indirect advertisers on sites that publish ads.
The second way to generate reports is by setting up email alerts. Pathmatics will notify you on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis when the advertisers, publishers, and ad networks on your Dashboard have new events.
The final way to generate reports is to create your own. Pathmatics offers the ability to compare any advertisers in its database through an Advertiser Comparison report, which compares the spend, impressions, and creatives of two or more advertisers.
The Site Comparison report performs a similar function for ad publishers; it shows you which advertisers are running ads on each site, and how each site is selling impressions. Both Advertiser and Site Comparison reports can be saved for later reference.
Now that you know what reports are possible in Pathmatics, let’s discuss some quick tips to optimize your reporting.
How to Optimize Your Reporting in Pathmatics
Pathmatics is highly customizable to your specific needs. But there are a few best practices our users find helpful when building out reports.
1. Follow a select group of competitors.
Add five to 10 competitors to your Pathmatics Dashboard, and set daily or weekly email alerts for their activities. You’ll be able to spy on your competition easily, and react to any sudden changes in their strategy.
2. Save Advertiser Comparison reports between your brand and individual competitors.
Generate and save an Advertiser Comparison report that compares your brand and each of your competitors. These reports will show you exactly where your competition is and is not advertising, and how your efforts stack up against theirs.
3. Use Site Comparison reports to determine which prospective channels are most promising.
Considering expanding your ads to additional websites? Create a Site Comparison report of all the websites you’re considering advertising on. You’ll be able to quickly see what other brands advertise on each site, and how each prospective site sells its impressions. This information will help you identify the sites that will give you the most bang for your buck.
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