Disappearing TV Ads: Really? They Disappear

TV-style advertising that disappears? Sounds like, well, TV advertising.

Your friendly TV media buyer always thinks along those lines. So you might see the same financial TV commercial on CNBC from one day to another... and another. TV/video advertising is still all about reach and frequency – or, as our dearly departed friend Erwin Ephron would say, “recency.”

This is an area the social media messaging app SnapChat seemingly wants to play in, with messages that disappear soon after their respective release.  SnapChat wants to charge up to $750,000 a day to some marketers -- all with the hope of grabbing perhaps some 1 million unique viewers in one day. This would be much more than what YouTube charges for its top advertising placement -- but less than Apple’s iAd $1 million a day media buy.

Some would say this is different: We are talking about those hard to reach consumers, the Millennials and Gen-Xers. You need to start somewhere -- those areas where the “light” TV viewers reside. So you go after traditional TV marketers’ money for this stuff? Maybe.



But we won’t still have much in the way of who is seeing those disappearing advertising campaigns -- men, women, rich or poor? At least in TV we may have some idea.

SnapChat takes great pains to let its users know that conversations disappear soon after there are sent -- leaving no trace.  TV advertising messages already do the same thing -- though there are hundreds of ways of reviving them digitally, should your brain desire to refresh some corporate “messaging.”

Users sometimes want no trace that their content has been around; marketers may have other ideas.

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  1. Leonard Zachary from T___n__, January 16, 2015 at 2:34 p.m.

    This lacks sense. A 30 second spot delivered via linear programming is shown to its audeince and then it "disappears". Snapchat is going to "broadcast"the same ad to its audience and then it "disappears". The video ads all "disappear" but the audiences are different. The cost differential and conversions is where the game is at. Can you write about the Snapchat attribution model and how it works?

  2. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited, January 16, 2015 at 7:09 p.m.

    Who pays ? In the great nature of things, does anyone realize how absurd this is to spend this kind of money on ... what ? Heart wrenching.

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