TV has drastically evolved over the past 15 years now that viewers have more choices than ever, with hundreds of channels offered by cable providers, online video, streaming services, on-demand viewing and DVRs - all delivered via connected devices like smart TVs, tablets and smartphones. TV advertisers have been buying media the same way for over 50 years, but now they have to make sense of the new landscape. That means TV advertising measurement needs to catch up to the new landscape, too.
Historically, most marketers have assumed that only companies with significant marketing budgets could afford moving to an advanced measurement approach without taking a hit to their bottom line. But that's not necessarily the case if companies are considering the bigger picture.
ComScore, known in the industry as the expert in digital measurement, which is taking an aggressive cross-platform position with its acquisition of Rentrak, also recently announced a measurement deal with Viacom and partnership with Adobe. I sat down with Andrew Lipsman, comScore's VP of marketing insights, to get his perspective on all of these recent advancements in conjunction with comScore's efforts at perfecting the calculation of true digital ad performance.
Sometimes I worry that we digital cognoscenti can get so lost in the magic and elegance of all these awesome algorithms and Big Data assets, that we forget to take a step back and ponder the bigger picture: the actual people out there on the other side of all those myriad screens.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau has just released a Primer on Improving Viewability for Publishers to fully explain the intricate and iterative processes of measurement and improving viewability.
A tiny 3% of CMOs are enthusing over social. Is it because the channel is burning marketing budget -- but reporting in vague communications terms?
The media business typically accepts the usual spending windfall during election years and rarely looks at how political candidate and advocacy advertising works. Without understanding the richness of potential voters' relationships with candidates and issues, as well as their go-to sources of information, it is challenging to go beyond standard ad placements.
Impressions and rating points are good indicators of how many people saw your TV ad, but how does it influence individual consumer behavior? Consumers take action online in response to seeing your ad offline. But which types of TV ads trigger the greatest response? To ensure you're getting the most accurate answers to your questions, make sure your TV attribution methodology does the following:
There was a time when understanding consumer use of the Internet was relatively simple - way more complex than understanding engagement with any other medium, sure, but still relatively simple. All we needed to deal with was engagement from computers. There were no tablets, no smartphones, no OTT; your thermostat wasn't a connected device.
The Internet of Things is driving rapid change in consumer behavior and content consumption, including advertising consumption. According to a recent study conducted by Adobe, the average U.S. adult uses six different devices to connect to the Internet. Connected devices extend beyond just desktop computers, smartphones and tablets. Now they also include wearables like Fitbits and Apple Watches, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Xbox, and home appliances like smart refrigerators, thermostats and even lightbulbs. The proliferation of connected devices has forced marketers to try new advertising tactics to keep up with consumers' multiscreen world.