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The Future of TV: How Changes to the Way We Watch Television Are Keeping Brands on Their Toes

Long gone are the days when the whole family would crowd around a single television, completely focused on the screen for the entire duration of the programme. Today, family members consume different content in different rooms on different devices. All of this means that the traditional advert break is becoming less and less relevant – so just what does this mean for brands?



Ad blocking is already gaining ground, with more and more consumers eliminating ads they consider intrusive. According to PageFair, at least 419 million people are now blocking ads, a 90% increase in 12 months. This figure does not include content-blocking apps, in-app ad blockers, and opt-in browser ad blockers. PageFair forecasts the global cost of ad blocking to reach $41.4 billion in 2016. The best response to ad blocking is to make each advert as relevant to the viewer as possible so that it is a welcomed interruption rather than an annoyance. All messages will have the potential to become context-aware when TVs connect with other objects in the home and wearable devices.



Despite the general move away from real-time programming, certain big TV events will remain compelling enough for audiences to watch live, particularly global sporting events. But, there will be increased expectations for augmented viewer experiences through immersive content and second-screen interactivity. Netflix earlier this year announced a new second screening feature providing viewers with supplemental content which can be accessed through their mobile devices. Further brand integration with entertainment content will be key going forward, from product placement (making a brand visible in a scene) to product immersion (making a brand an integral part of the storyline). Brands should also take advantage of device fluidity – connecting TVs with other screens and platforms allowing owned content to flow from screen to screen – to provide a connected and holistic viewing experience.



Success today lies not in targeting more people, but in how brands reach consumers with personalised content based on their environment or needs. Addressability allows brands to show different ads to different viewers while they are looking at the same content, such as Destination Canada’s ‘Explore Canada’ campaign. The more a brand knows about its target audience, the more it can refine its message and deliver maximum impact. Personalisation is currently broadly limited to viewers being able to choose which device they want to watch media content on, and getting suggestions for future content based on their viewing history. We are also seeing trends in the personalisation of viewing content, such as NFL NOW, a video network which allows sports fans to build their own channel of content by selecting their favourite teams or players. In the future, personalisation might start to influence storylines based on viewers’ preferences, or perhaps even by syncing with the viewer’s emotional, physical and haptic biometric data.


As Nikki Mendonça, OMD EMEA President, explained at the Future TV Advertising Forum, it is the role of media agencies to cross-pollinate (like bees) between the emergent walled gardens to create powerful custom audiences, which will become the marketing currency of the future.


However, she warned that “there is a lot of value in the so-called wastage.” We need the reach of TV, even if targeting is very valuable: P&G scaling back targeted Facebook Ads is an interesting example.

Ultimately, we need to follow the same marketing principles as we always have. We still need a powerful story that reaches the right people at the right time and in the right place. The brands that are leading the charge in giving individual viewers what they really want will reap the rewards going forward.

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Learnings from week one of the Olympics

Despite the worries and bad press surrounding these Olympic Games, thus far, the spirit of the Olympics is alive and well in Rio. The Americans are putting on quite the show, winning 75 medals, followed by China with 46 and Great Britain winning 41 so far, with more to come.

Once again marketers are rising to the occasion and creating ads worthy of Olympic gold, delivering some of the most impactful creative and sharable content we’ve seen. VIBE is our multi-channel storytelling engine for the Olympic which mines audience behavioral insights around specific topics, producing and deploying content based on these insights.

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Learnings from week one…

As the games progress, topics discussed have switched to sports and culture. Much of the conversations focused on Rio as a whole inclusive of the games, issues, and culture – while sports specifically only took off once the games started.Olympics

Although the IOC (The International Olympic Committee) and the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) have warned both athletes and non-sponsoring businesses against using Olympic trademarks on social media and in their content marketing campaigns, making it harder for brands to cash in on the Olympic theme, there are many brands who are doing it right and earning gold. Brands can benefit from their Olympic heritage, such as P&G with another Thank You, Mom commercial for the Rio 2016 Olympics which has over 21M YouTube views to date.

Sponsored or featured athletes can boost a brand’s image as well as shareability. The legend of Michael Phelps continued to grow in Rio as did his Under Armour, Rule Yourself creative, which has over 10M YouTube views. It is the most shared Olympic spot ever.

Sports themed brands like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and Puma benefit from positive Olympic sentiment even if they’re not official sponsors. From designing uniforms to sponsoring athletes, sports brands are winning hearts all over the internet. Great creative, compelling stories and gold medal athletes help to build a brand.

We will be comparing pre-Olympic to during-Olympic consumer sentiment in our next update, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can check out our daily infographics at vibesays.com or send us an email at [email protected].

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