At the Digiday Hot Topic: Future of TV event last week in New York City, we sat down with over 60 media, television, and advertising executives from major companies to better understand the OTT landscape. Check out our earlier research on top performing OTT and online TV services here. Learn more about our upcoming events here.
- Only 32 percent of respondents believe programmatic TV to currently be a viable advertising channel.
- Lack of campaign measurement and attribution were the most often cited challenges associated with programmatic TV
- Of people who said programmatic TV was three to five years away, 70 percent cited campaign measurement as its biggest challenge.
- Programmatic TV ad spending is coming from a multitude of sources, but primarily from TV and digital budgets.
It seems those hungry for “the year of programmatic TV” might find themselves waiting a little longer.
Only 32 percent of respondents to the Digiday+ survey from the Future of TV event in New York last week said they currently view programmatic TV as a viable advertising channel. Around 37 percent of respondents said they believe effective programmatic TV advertising is one to two years off, while the remaining 32 percent expect it to take three years or more. Meanwhile, major networks such as Sky and Dish Network say they have already laid the groundwork to serve a portion of their inventory programmatically.
Just because advertisers expect to reliably reach consumers through programmatic TV in a couple of years, that doesn’t mean programmatic TV spending will remotely equal that of digital or linear channels any time soon. Early estimates for the growth of spending on programmatic TV were overly optimistic, to say the least. New and more modest estimates from eMarketer project programmatic TV spending to reach $3.04 billion dollars in 2019. This pales in comparison to the $83 billion spent on digital advertising and $71.65 billion spent on TV advertising in 2017.
While there are many reasons programmatic TV is not at the spending level of digital or traditional linear TV, part of the cause could be that marketers don’t view it as its own category when budgeting. According to the Digiday survey from the event, only 3 percent of respondents said that their companies had a separate budget for programmatic TV. Currently, the majority of spending comes from digital or traditional linear TV budgets.
While TV ad buying has remained largely unchanged over the past 40 years, programmatic TV lacks the metrics and marketers have become accustomed to and comfortable with. When asked about the current challenges facing programmatic TV, reliable campaign measurement topped the list. Seven in 10 who thought programmatic TV was three to five years away said that campaign measurement was a major concern. TV networks’ reluctance to share data contributes to the problem. What’s more, earlier Digiday research found that for the purpose of audience targeting, only 16 percent believe that TV networks had the best available data.
For those who believe programmatic TV is currently a viable option, roughly one-third said challenges there are challenges with premium inventory availability, and in coordinating with vendors and agencies. Just Eats experienced the problem first hand. Despite placing the bulk of its media spend into TV and several initial tests with programmatic TV, lack of available inventory available via programmatic TV stunted its plans. Others are making modest advances towards programmatic TV. Sling TV, run by Dish Network, opened up 50 percent of its inventory to programmatic buying.
But even if advertisers expect programmatic TV to be more viable in one to two years, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. The TV industry as a whole has shown itself to be particularly adverse to change. While TV ad spending continues to grow, as shown above, ad sellers lack incentives to disrupt their well-entrenched norms. A long standing issue that remains is people selling TV advertising are fearful of losing out to programmatic TV, and may therefore resist recommending it to advertisers. At the end of the day, people, not technology, could be the greatest impediment to programmatic TV growth.
Digiday+ Research: Instagram wins over Facebook for role in brands’ holiday marketing
Brands differ on how they use each marketing channel during the holidays -- even when it comes to sibling social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, Digiday+ Research found.
How — and why — Candy Crush is in the midst of a 10th anniversary brand refresh
In the years since Activision Blizzard acquired the Swedish game studio King in 2016, employees at the gaming giant have started to internally refer to their company as “ABK” — that is, Activision Blizzard King. But the corporation’s recent financial reports indicate that “KAB” might be a more accurate abbreviation.
Independent agency Goat invests in influencer strategy for clients as it expands in the U.S.
Everyone is after influencers to up their marketing game. But the secret to success, Goat contends, is in viewing influencers as performance media and using data to deliver clients guaranteed outcomes.
SponsoredHow brands are measuring incremental performance on CTV
Connected TV is unique among other advertising channels because it combines linear television’s storytelling capabilities with digital marketing’s targeting and measurement. As more marketers leverage CTV advertisements to reach relevant and engaged audiences, they also want to understand the real value they are generating with their investment. Incrementality reporting and measurement allow advertisers to measure […]
Marketers bring Web3 to the FIFA World Cup with augmented reality, NFTs and virtual worlds
The month-long tournament, which begins this weekend, will be the first World Cup since it took place in Russia in 2018 long before “Web3” entered the global lexicon. Now, official and non-official sponsors are hoping to harness the hype with a range of NFTs, virtual worlds, augmented reality tools and other trendy tech.
U-Haul diversifies its social strategy to tell people it’s more than moving trucks
In recent years, U-Haul's in-house agency has been working to "better leverage social media for brand loyalty."