JCDecaux launches digital tool OPTIX

JCDecaux has launched a ground-breaking new proprietary creative effectiveness tool, JCDecaux OPTIX, which uses machine learning to review the visual effectiveness of creative to predict its performance. 

It then provides advertisers with an understanding of what elements of their creative are driving the most audience engagement and viewer attention. 

Created in collaboration with the global JCDecaux data science team, JCDecaux OPTIX produces saliency heatmaps of creative. Informed by data and deep machine learning technologies, OPTIX gives advertisers the opportunity to make improvements to ensure more effective branding or a stronger call to action.

JCDecaux Senior Insights and Strategy Manager, Victoria Parsons, says: “JCDecaux has a long history of bringing audience intelligence and insight capabilities to the market so that our partners can have confidence in campaigns utilising our high-quality network. Media placement is only part of the effectiveness equation; distinct, fluent brand creative is required for gaining attention and ensuring memorability over the long term. Recognition and recall require that the creative is effective in terms of emotion, engagement and saliency.

“OPTIX does not ‘judge’ the creative work or the messaging of a campaign, its role is to measure whether key branding or executional elements draw attention and are likely to be recalled. OPTIX works best when there are multiple executions to measure. We can compare the fluency of executions with heat mapping and recommend opportunities for improved recall. We’ve already been working with agencies to validate the outputs of this new tool, and our partners have been pleased with the results.”

JCDecaux Sales Director, Gary Rosewarne, says: “JCDecaux OPTIX complements our data capabilities by building a more powerful link between quality media and creative impact. In a rapidly evolving world of escalating data importance, creative is still king. As creative agencies seek to balance overall creative synergy with what works best for Out-of-Home, we can help inform the latter, using OPTIX. 

“The launch of OPTIX further expands JCDecaux’s suite of market leading tools and further demonstrates our commitment to propel our customers’ success in 2021 and beyond.”

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