Consumers are getting used to seeing these kind of labels on digital/online content -- though not everywhere, or with consistency. For example, the Interactive Advertising Bureau found that only 41% of consumers said native ads on a general news sites were clearly identified. Analysts have said there are varying levels of labeling for native advertising/marketer-supplied content.
But on TV, there’s rarely any labeling. At best it can buried amid end-of-show credits. I’d change this, in keeping with where digital content has already been moving.
TV should make it obvious -- right at the point of impact, on the big screen where there is nowhere else a viewer can look. Labeling of “sponsored” content would appear when contestants on “The Voice” are pulling up in Nissans; or when “Modern Family” does an entire episode around its characters using their Apple iPhones to communicate.
All this would dramatically change the way branded content/product placement is handled, replacing such end-of-show messages as “promotional considerations brought to you by...” or other phrases. That’s not enough.
Some would say this would take away those times when executives use the word “organic” for product placement Trouble is, when all that marketing money is involved, it’s never “organic” to begin with.
But you say that this on-screen labeling would disrupt a drama, comedy, reality show, news or sporting event -- and that TV viewers would be upset?
Oh, yes. Exactly.