MMA Global has introduced a new marketing growth strategy and research initiative dubbed Movable Middles Growth Framework (MMGF). Through initial research, this model outperformed traditional reach-based marketing plans by more than 50% on return on ad spend (ROAS). MMGF represents a major step forward in validating how marketing organizations can achieve profitable growth through responsive audiences for their respective brands in today’s rapidly changing marketing world.
In the current economic climate, marketers are under pressure to deliver marketing plans that are better aligned to business growth. The MMGF strategy enables brands to align budgets, channel allocation, and audience targeting directly with ROAS tied to consumers who are more likely to respond to and be impacted by a brand’s advertising. This groundbreaking new approach is based on scientific validation for a more targeted method with significantly better performance to brand growth, refuting the decades-old reach-based plans that may be good for broad exposure but are more wasteful and less efficient in reaching interested buyers.
MMA found that a marketing campaign organized around the most responsive target audience for a brand – dubbed the “movable middles” — will yield far better outcomes than traditional media plans optimized for reach. Movable middles are defined by having a mid-range probability of buying an advertised brand; they are proven mathematically to have five times the responsiveness to that brand’s advertising. They are unique to each brand. While they overlap somewhat with heavy buyers, they also include medium, light, and non-buyers. This helps marketers not only achieve good returns, but also expose their brand to a larger group of receptive consumers for long-term growth.
In this first proof-of-concept study, MMA and Neustar deployed agent-based simulation methodology to target the movable middles on behalf of a brand of frozen pizza in the U.S. market. The analysis proved:
Additional categories, including detergents, nutrition bars, and margarine, will be run through the same analysis in the coming months. The MMA has raised funds and expects to validate this planning approach in real-world, in-market experiments that will last a full year called “Brand as Performance.”