But TV is not the same as online, and its value continues to be organized mostly through day-parting, the practice of dividing the day into fixed time frames for the purchase of audiences. This has been an excellent proxy for audience aggregation that allows planners and buyers to scale media transactions and measure the value of reach and frequency.
Consumer lifestyles are very different today from when day-part definitions were created. Audiences are running amok, watching a greater variety of programming than ever before. According to Nielsen, 65% of all TV viewership is on shows that are rated a .5 or less.
So how do marketers get a handle on the dispersion of audiences to keep their reach curves constant without spending more money? Enter the “Audience Day Part.”
The Audience Day Part supplements traditional day parts by activating inventory with a specific objective that can drive business outcomes. Here are a few examples:
In order to earn a box on TV’s reach and frequency flow charts, the Audience Day Part has to fit in and stand out at the same time. To fit in it needs to reach a specific audience as efficiently as the traditional day part schedule. To stand out, its inherent focus must be on business outcomes for a particular audience that is driven by new data and measurement techniques.
Combining the proven current practices of finding audiences on TV with the digital approach of data will further demonstrate television’s capacity to scale while applying best-in-class online advertising tactics.