Ad Industry Study Calls For JIC Approach To New Market Currencies

Just days after a group of leading TV sales organizations announced what they claimed to be the first U.S. JIC – or joint industry committee – to certify the “currencies” the ad industry will use to buy advertising, the U.S. ad industry is releasing a study recommending, among other things, …

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  1. andy brown from Consultant, January 11, 2023 at 11:52 a.m.

    I agree with much of what is outlined here including many of Tony's comments. However, I would contest that JIC's (outside the US at least) are "buy-side led". The buy-side tends to fund from 10-40% around the world (typically tghrough their agencies). For that, they have a say in what gets measured and provide valuable checks and balances. However ultimately money talks and the TV vendors who typically cover the majority of direct investment and ultimately have the larger say in the direction of travel (when consensus cannot be reached).  If JIC's were buy-side led, I am not sure we would have seen the WFA initiative and the ANA/ISBA initiatives :) 

  2. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, January 11, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.

    I cringe when I hear talk abput many "currencies". Clearly, the basic questions to be resolved should be about what the media is obligated to deliver and whose responsibility is involved. Many of the proposed "alternative currencies"are, in fact, measures of ad impact which should be primarily the advertisers' rsponsibility---not the sellers'. These include dwell time when atttentiveness is the metric ----not merely that the program viewer started to watch the commercial. OK,  so the seller bears responsibility in the ways that the commercials are positioned and overly long breaks as these can influence the degree to which a viewer remains in the room and is attentive. But dwell time is also a function of commercial length and how interesting the message happens to be---which is not really the media sellers' responsibility.

     Another example is pupil dilations and  similar autonomic measures of viewer response to ad messages. Is it really the seller's job to produce more dilations?  And what about sales results? Is it the seller's mandate to ensure that viewers are more convinced to buy a brand's product if they see it's commercials? Or CTRs? If an advertiser's commercial makes some offer---- or simply an invitation to visit its website--- does the seller have to promise a certain level of response and take the blame if it is not attained? In other words are these audience currencies or additional "impact" refinements that may have relevance for some buyers in certain cases---but not necessrily all buyers in all cases---meaning that they are not really "currencies" as I understand the term. 

    It seems to me that we are muddling around trying to appease many parties and viewpoints when the real question is how should national TV audiences be defined and measured for all "TV" ad venues. Period.  Should we be placing almost total reliance on device usage and "impressions", which do not tell  us who is watching.? I think not. To me the answer is obvious. We need to measure the TV "audience"---that's people---- not how many screens presented  commercial or program content to an unmeasured "audience".

  3. Tony Jarvis from Olympic Media Consultancy, January 11, 2023 at 4:11 p.m.

    Andy (CEO of The Attention Council):  Understood that the majority of JIC funding for any major media platform is generally from the sellers.  However, in an attempt to ensure that the final approved SINGLE JIC currency methodology is neutral and not biased for any media vehicle within the platform, JIC Boards are typically, and surely should be, "controlled" by the buy side. 
    Ed: Such great points regarding the responsibility of the media vehicle versus the advertiser/agencies.  As you intimate and I have stressed, the media vehicle is responsible for generating "contact" with the brand's defined target audience - a persons based Eyes-On or Ears-On exposure measure, not a device measure, i.e., a media currency measure.  The media having achieved that "contact", it is the responsiblity of the brand's creative message to create an "impact" against that same persons based brand target audience contacted.  What may be called "attention", i.e., an ad content resonance measure.  So not a media currency.  As research has shown, it is only the latter "impacts" that can drive outcomes.  As you fully understand, there is a symbiotic relationship between achieving media "contacts" and "ad impacts" so it does indeed get complicated. 
    Interesting that OOH JICs worldwide, e.g., GeoPath in the US, understand this differentiation and provide persons based, Eyes-On or "Visibility Adjusted Contacts" for a wide array of target audiences as a media currency. 

  4. John Grono from GAP Research, January 11, 2023 at 6:36 p.m.

    Downunder we run JICs on virtually all media measurement.

    First, as has been pointed out, the majority of the funds are sourced from the media company.   Well of course it does!   A TV spot is sold for (say) $1m and the gross majority of that money stays with the media owner.   Converely, a media agency buys a $1m spot and would typically earn 2% ... $20k.   So that explains the 10% to 40% comment.   Also don't forget that the ratings data is very often sold to third-parties especially in the media-advisory sector, government, investment companies etc.

    Second, Mike Dean summed it up very well.   One quibble ... it shouldn't be "ideally" it should be "essentially".

    Third, the media agency has a lot of say as to what is worthwhile ... data, software, research etc.   If a media or analytics business makes proposals to us, it may be "the solution to that problem hat everyone has been waiting for" but it might not be the right problem they are trying to solve.   Let's call it 'impressions'.   If we don't want/need what is put in front of us we won't support it (though I detect that is waning if the agency can PR it).

    Finally, at the end of the day the pool of money comes from the advertiser.   They need to be a lot more inclusive rather than just bemoaning what they would like.   Instead they need to roll up their sleeves and to commit their best brains to get their hands very dirty in the nitty-gritty of typically monthly half-day meetings that will go on for years.

    P.S.   They are Aussie observations and may not apply in your market.   Over the past 20+ years I have sat on all of our JICs and things run pretty smoothly and with good results that benefit all.  

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