One thing that hasn’t changed since the days of traditional media planning and buying is that adding a different media type almost always increases reach. Before digital, there was extensive
research available not only on the dynamics (including frequency distributions) of adding magazines to a television plan, or radio to a magazine plan, or out-of-home to any plan, but even in adding
new dayparts to a television plan. The menu was pretty simple compared to today, and yet it was the analysis of incremental reach that always drove the determination of the optimal media mix.
Yesterday I ran across a sponsored advertorial piece
that included the question “How do you calculate digital reach and brand impact from moving TV dollars to digital video?” I often
think of myself as too sophisticated to “fall for” sponsored content, especially in the B2B publications where I am targeted, but this question was too intriguing to resist.
offered a summary of, and link to, research
that Nielsen and YuMe, the video technology company, conducted regarding the effects
on reach of different allocations of spending between TV and other digital video platforms.
The results put some numbers to what many of us intuitively know: that online and mobile video
platforms have drawn audiences away from traditional television. To reach these audiences, advertisers must add these platforms into the final mix. This was shown to be particularly true among the
Millennials and male Millennial-age audiences:
-- Men 18-34: Shifting 10% to 30% of a television budget to digital video (online, mobile, tablets, connected TV) increases plan reach between
6% and 11%.
-- Adults 18 – 49: In this key demographic, 10% to 30% in reallocation from a television budget to digital video increases reach between 4% and 5%.
-- There is
even a calculator
that shows how reallocating mid- and larger-sized budgets works in reaching younger, male audiences -- while that approach
is not as effective for women 25-54 targets.
Why is this important? Without verifying the methodology or digging too deeply into the data, the introduction of this kind of research and
these kinds of tools provides hope for media planners and buyers. Even before a “perfect” or “consensus” cross-platform GRP is agreed upon with the kind of reach curves that
have long been used to evaluate media mixes, there is now real research data that can support and quantify that shifting money from traditional television to new video platforms is smart business.
I’ve heard it said that nobody ever got fired for buying network television, which might explain why the response to the growth of mobile and online video advertising has been slow from
the demand side of the business. With more and more parties like YuMe and Nielsen investing in research and trying to understand how viewing pattern changes translate to changes in audience reach,
doors will be opened for reaching brand prospects with the right T/V (Television/video) message in the right place and time