The transformation of TV is happening faster than many anticipated. OTT (over-the-top) viewing is growing exponentially. It’s now the dominant platform for premium video viewing. While advertisers know they must be there, many are still asking: Is it a broadcast or a digital buy?
It’s time we look at OTT advertising differently.
In this golden age of TV, where consumers have more quality content options than ever, they’re embracing the speed at which TV is moving to the Internet, especially if it’s ad-funded and free.
eMarketer estimates there are 193.3 million OTT users in 2017, with 168.1 million U.S. connected TV users. The rise of OTT comes at a time when cable is seeing continuing declines as another million consumers cut the TV cord last quarter, per a DSL Report.
Audience fragmentation across devices and screens is accelerating; according to comScore, the average household has 10 connected devices, and that figure rises to 19 devices among households with at least four people. Every major TV player is adjusting to this phenomenon by moving quickly to launch or announce plans for standalone Internet TV services.
How should marketers navigate the rapidly evolving and fragmented OTT space and reap its full potential?
There’s no denying that OTT has hit the mainstream, solidifying its place in the media plans of advertisers. But as OTT continues to grow at a rapid rate, what do advertisers need to know about integrating OTT into their broadcast buys?
TEGNA Marketing offers insights into the value of integrating OTT and TV advertising in your ad campaign:
If you’re still getting up to speed on Over-the-Top (or OTT), it’s time to catch up. OTT is an FCC term that refers to how consumers receive their primary video signal, meaning it’s “over the top of the cable/MVPD plant.” Almost 80% of U.S. consumers have OTT subscriptions and the average weekly time spent watching OTT is expected to increase to 18.9 hours by 2020. This represents a huge opportunity for marketers, and OTT ad revenues are forecasted to rise to $31.5 billion by 2018.
It’s not just Millennials watching, either. More than 60% of OTT viewers are ages 25-54, and as a whole, the OTT audience represents a mix of cord-shavers, cord-cutters, cord-nevers and cord-extenders—industry terms used to describe consumers’ cable subscription patterns. What does all of that mean? In addition to reaching those no longer viewing traditional linear TV (cord-cutters or -nevers), OTT reaches consumers who want to expand their options (cord-extenders or -stackers). In other words, OTT TV is not replacing their broadcast TV viewing but rather adding to their total video viewing time.
OTT has started to solidify its place in the media plans of advertisers. But what about TV advertising? Should you choose one over the other?
Premion President, Jim Wilson, provides insights on Premion and OTT advertising in FierceBroadcasting’s new eBook “Thrusting Broadcasters into the Digital Future”…
Click here to go to the FierceBroadcasting website where you can download the eBook.
Television’s “big iron” broadcasting systems—vast collections of wires and machines in use since the medium’s birth nearly a century ago—are fading away as operations shift toward the cloud. This massive transition to IP protocols is far from complete but already the industry is trying to stay ahead of its many business implications.
The “on-off” switch still works the same, but nearly everything else has changed about connecting viewers with programming. Signals once transmitted in analog fashion via dedicated satellites and received with antenna are now encoded and distributed digitally and streamed via broadband. And it isn’t just a single industry modernizing in isolation – broadcast TV’s changes are occurring against the backdrop of relentless shifts across media and technology. Video content is now served up via dozens of connected devices, across more than 120 OTT networks and countless websites. Continue reading here…