April marked the first full month of lock down for most of the world. As advertisers adjust TV spend and creatives to reach and engage with consumers watching increasingly more video across all screens, what trends have emerged?
eMarketer: Why TV Ad Spend Will Fall. Sports and Political Ad Spend.
Previous reports called for a 2% increase in TV Ad Spend for 2020. Now, experts are estimating a 22.3% – 29.3% DECLINE in TV Ad Spend first half of 2020.
Political ad spend will be on hold in 2Q20. Candidates don’t want to be seen as being insensitive campaigning during the pandemic.
No Sports Content. Professional leagues have cancelled or suspended season.
Kantar estimated March Madness, the NBA playoffs and the NHL playoffs collectively accounted for about $2 billion in TV ad revenues last year.
NBCUniversal reported advertiser commitments for the 2020 Olympics amounted to about $1.25 billion and Moffett Nathanson Research estimated losses to ESPN, ABC and TNT ~$700 million due to the NBA season cancellation.
The 55+ demo is seeing the most reach during Primetime on the 4 major broadcast networks (NBC, ABC CBS, FOX).
Of these top performing broadcast networks, NBC Primetime is the top performer for the 55+ demo with 35% segment reach in comparison to FOX which only saw 24% reach within the segment.
Of the 4 major broadcast networks, ABC is seeing the largest increases in WoW Average Time Viewed.
In particular, the Late Fringe PM daypart led with a 31% increase and Early Morning (+17%) and Overnight (+15%) followed.
Fox News Daytime is a strong performer among the 55+ demo, ranking top 10 in reach while seeing the second highest Average Time Viewed (115 min) and a 10% increase in WoW viewership.
While Fox News Daytime appears to be increasing in WoW viewership, CNN Daytime should also be monitored as it’s seeing the largest WoW increase in viewership (15%) compared to other cable news networks on any other daypart.
iSpot: Top 20 National Cable Networks by Adults 55+ Viewership
This year, I attended the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas. This conference gave “Money Revolutionaries” the opportunity to meet and discuss many challenges, including the following.
The major insight I extracted is how difficult it is to communicate brand appeal in the financial Industry because let’s face it, mortgages, loans and account services apps aren’t as enticing as the material presented in the entertainment or travel industries. Additionally,the industry uses very specific lingo that may not be easy to understand for the common customer. Because of these two obstacles, the concepts involved aren’t typically appealing throughout the digital/social media ecosystem.
But what’s the solution to this? TV advertising, of course! And we have three very clear reasons to believe it.
First and foremost,these “Money Revolutionaries” need to face their traditional competitors within their branding realm with a big brand-awareness push, getting the message out to the massive audience and there’s no other medium that could offer such speed and scale than digital and of course TV.
Secondly, we know that the synergy between DRTV campaigns and download rates is strong without high ad spend. Based upon the likeliness of the target market being a multi-screen user, the call to action response is more viable when the TV ad airs while having a mobile device in hand. These results are also more measurable. Having DRTV and Mobile within the marketing mix is simply a no-brainer.
Third, consumers have been losing the trust in the banking and financial sector throughout the years, and TV has been the king of media in relation to trust, giving these digital products/services the sense of reality.These new technology service providers offer new ways to manage finances, meeting the consumer’s needs and desires and moving away from the tarnished reputations of the “bad banks.” This evolution, or shall we call it FinTech Revolution, should be massively televised to build up trust!
Finally, the “cherry on top” for the FinTech data-rich and data driven industry, is that DRTV campaigns can be measured, analyzed and optimized as the “digital revolution” has brought to the marketing/advertising basics.
So for those Financial brands looking to create momentum, don’t wait anymore and contact us now! We will get your product/service where the high street banks are.
People say “TV is dying”, however, in truth, TV is more alive than ever. It continues to be the biggest mass media channel and the “go-to” for brands that desire to make an impact in the marketplace and spread their message to as many people as possible at once. Before you say “nah..”, have you seen the Facebook Ad apologizing for their latest botch with Cambridge Analytica? I am sure you did. How about the re-branding of Wells Fargo claiming “Established 1852, Re-established 2018”? No? Oh wait, how about the new Nike ad with Colin Kaepernick?
Are you still thinking that “TV is dying”? I bet not. Millions of dollars have been spent on TV advertising for each one of these campaigns. Why? Because even the most sophisticated online brands like Facebook realize TV still reaches the masses in a cost-efficient way. They acknowledge the power of TV in their media mix as one of the most (if not the most) impactful of the media channels in terms of reach and social impact. In addition, TV is entrenched in our day to day lives, including our water cooler conversations, our shared social media posts, etc.… I know I’ve heard my share of talks around Walking Dead, Shameless or America’s Got Talent. Have you?
So, whether you are consuming TV programming via linear TV or via OTT options like Hulu, Roku, Sling or Video-On-Demand among others; trust me, TV is more alive than what we give it credit for.
Is TV in your media mix? If it is, are you maximizing it? And if it is not, I invite you to reconsider AND we should definitely talk.