As the evolution of digital marketing allows ad-targeting to become more and more granular, brands are finding new and innovative ways to reach out to their audience. Weather-based geo-targeting is a new type of "contextual advertising" being leveraged, which delivers tailored ads to people based specifically on the weather they're experiencing. Below are three companies that are capitalizing on this emerging technology.
Beer always sounds the most refreshing on a hot summer day. Owners of Coors Light and Molson Canadian Cider, Molson decided to experiment with weather-triggered ads for the two brands. Anytime the temperature rose above 74 and sunny, Facebook ads would be triggered that would say things such as "Summer heat? Simply say 'cider." Molson experienced higher clickthrough and engagement rates while running these ads, ultimately resulting in a lower cost-per-click.
BMW's xDrive four-wheel-drive system is especially effective in poor weather and road conditions. Accordiingly, BMW wanted their ads to correspond with inclement weather, so one year ago they deployed a Facebook video ad campaign that showed the true prowess of the xDrive system. They programmed their video ads to trigger based on inclement weather conditions all across the globe. Using users' location data and real-time weather information, BMW saw a 30 percent rise in engagement, and a whopping 16:1 return on investment.
Burton, a sporting goods and apparel company, took a slightly different route with weather-related advertisements. Burton added a weather-dependent tile to its homepage which would reference a visitor's local forecast, then make product recommendations that aligned with those weather conditions. Burton saw a nearly 12 percent increase in their website conversions.