Now, more than ever, TV content and other related companies are offering stuff for viewing. Some say this means essentially “paying” for viewers.
In reality, it comes down to frequent flyer miles, promotions and gift certificates.
NBCUniversal is the latest company looking to help out. A planned "Watch Back" service, according to reports, would offer points that could turn into gift certificates to users who view programming.
It will feature programming from NBCU's networks, including broadcast NBC, USA Network, and Bravo, as well as online content from other websites.
Others are making similar moves: Interactive TV company iPowow is working on a blockchain token system that would be distributed to viewers, which can then be redeemed for goods and services.
Better still, I would hope some TV networks will act like other consumer products companies, instituting a 90-day return policy. Perhaps that should also include any time I spent watching a commercial that needs to recompense me in some way.
Think of it as a “make-good” for TV viewers.
All this highlights the continued problem of future TV show marketing efforts when it comes to promotion -- whether on a network’s own-air or separate paid advertising deals on social media, other online media efforts, cable networks, outdoors and radio.
The fractionalization of media is becoming harder for traditional video content producers.
Problems remain outside these tools. TV viewers are already a fluid bunch -- and not that loyal. Premium TV and movie programming on traditional TV and new digital platforms continue to grow. Netflix, for example, will almost double its original programming efforts this year.
Looking at just scripted TV programming; there are nearly 500 shows out there, according to John Landgraf, CEO, FX networks. This growing supply of premium TV shows has him concerned. They can’t all be supported -- in terms of marketing resources and a financially viable number of viewers.
TV networks might say there is little need to offer any sort of “make-goods” for viewers. But what about the alternative -- akin to what TV marketers get when their network media plans don’t hit their guarantees? Cash back?