July 23, 2019
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Waze to put your brand on the map

Waze to put your brand on the map

Remember the last time you drove by a billboard on the road and thought, “That was a great ad. I wish there was a way to track how many people saw the ad, how many engaged with it, and how the ad has affected our bottom line.”

What if we told you, now there’s a way.

Introducing, Waze Ads.

What is Waze?

Waze is an award-winning navigation app owned by Google. It uses real-time GPS tracking and reporting from drivers to determine the fastest and most accurate routes.

Why Advertise On Waze Ads?

Waze Local helps businesses reach nearby customers on the road, increase awareness of their store locations, and drive in-store traffic.

Essentially, this is a digital billboard shown to drivers as they’re navigating to their destination. With it, businesses are capable of tracking how many users saw this digital billboard, how many engaged with it, and ultimately tie this back to their marketing efforts.

mockup of Major Tom ad on Waze

What Are Your Options?

There are two tiers that advertisers can choose from. The Starter solution is ideal for businesses that have 1 to 10 locations, and the minimum budget per day is just $2 USD.

The Plus solution is suitable for businesses that have 1 to 50+ locations, and require a more substantial budget of $100 USD per day.

Waze’s pricing model is based on CPM (cost per 1,000 impressions), and advertisers are able to determine what they’re willing to pay for every thousand impressions by setting a CPM bid.

In terms of ad formats, businesses can leverage the following: Search ads, Pin ads, and Zero-Speed ads.

Search ads

These allow advertisers to get priority ranking among drivers’ search results. This is crucial as you would want to get the top spot, especially on a mobile device. The good news is advertisers are not charged for this type of ad format.

Waze search ads example

Pin ads

These generate location awareness of your nearby store. Like a store sign, pins inform and remind drivers that your business is on or near their route. The user can then click on the ad and interact with your brand by choosing to navigate to your store, calling you, or visiting your website to learn more.

<img src="waze-internal-2.jpg" alt="Waze pin ads example">

Zero-Speed ads

These help promote your offer to increase location awareness and drive in-store navigations. The ad only shows when the user comes to a complete stop, and when they do, they take up almost half the screen. However, this is only available to advertisers who choose the Plus solution and spend a minimum of $100 USD per day.

Waze Zero-Speed ads example

Needless to say, this platform is perfect for businesses that have brick and mortar stores. The top sectors utilizing this form of advertising include restaurants, retail & furniture stores, car services, healthcare, colleges/universities, and more.

Discover how to get your brand on the map with Waze by reaching out to our team of experts today.

Major Tom

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