Introduction

If you stop and think about it, weather influences many of the things we do.
When we get dressed in the morning it’s wise to check the weather. Maybe you really
need to go grocery shopping later, but perhaps you’ll watch Netflix instead if it’s raining.
It’s not procrastination if we blame it on the lousy weather right? The fact is though,
weather affects our mood and there are times when we might be more or less likely to
be interested in certain products or services. That’s where weather targeting comes in.
It’s all about getting the right message in front of users at the right time by capitalizing
on that.

Available Targeting Options

Weather targeting can be implemented by specifying a combination of weather conditions,
temperature and humidty ranges.

Weather Condition

  • Sunny
  • Clear
  • Cloudy
  • Rain
  • Thunderstorm
  • Snow
  • Mist
  • Fog
  • Windy
  • Hail
  • Tornado
  • Hurricane
  • Tropical Storm
  • Other

Temperature Range

The temperature range can be anywhere from -80F to 135F, which incidentally are
the coldest and hottest temperatures ever recorded on Earth in Antarctica and
Death Valley respectively.

Humidity Range

The humidity range can be anywhere from 0% to 100%

How It Works

When creating a campaign, simply click on the Weather Targeting section
in the new campaign wizard. This will open up the Weather Targeting
where you can adjust the temperature range, humidity range and weather conditions.
By default you’ll see that it’s set up so that it’s inclusive of all users.

Weather Targeting Options

Say, for example, that you wish to target all users where it is currently snowing
in their area. To accomplish this the temperature and humidity can be left at
their default values. You need only to uncheck all of the weather conditions
except for snow.

Another thing that’s not entirely obvious is that you can target based on the intensity
of rain. You’ll see that three weather conditions apply there: Mist, Rain and Thunderstorm.
Those range in intensity from light rain to moderate rain and heavy rain.

Reporting

Go to Reports and then click on Weather under General in the left navigation
menu. Select the desired date range. Then press the Generate Report button and you will
see a graph and report like the following:

Weather Report

That shows the top weather conditions, but for more detail you can look at the full report to compare
performance by temperature and humidity range.

Dynamic Creatives

Creating dynamic HTML5 ads that take signals from the viewers current weather
is another exciting option. Running ads for a department store? You could show pictures
of boots when it’s raining, warm coats when it’s snowing or flip flops when it’s sunny.
Take the following ad for another example:

Want to learn more? Head on over to our dynamic creative
example page. You can even download the HTML5 code for the examples to see how it all works.

Availability

Weather targeting is included in the AdvertServe ONE Plan. If you are an existing customer
with a legacy plan it’s necessary to switch to this new plan to utilize weather targeting.
Please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you with that.