TV’s Renaissance: Thank You Digital

Posted by Ashley Swartz on May 28, 2019 1:00:00 PM

One of my favorite hip hop artists, LL Cool J, describes TV advertising today the way that I see it at a moment in time, better than anyone:

“Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve been here for years.”

I have considered framing my argument in a variety of ways. I could trash digital and discuss fraud, fake news, a lack of trust, etc. Or, I could simply use the size and inertia of TV and the stellar Q3 2018 Political revenue (which not only threw TV a bone but changed the power dynamic of our country). I could speak about upper funnel versus lower funnel, the power of reach for a brand marketer only attainable in TV, etc.

All of these would make for a potentially interesting blog post but would ultimately not be the whole story.

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Topics: Digital, Television Advertising

Consolidated Measurement for TV - Learning from the Mistakes of Digital

Posted by John White on May 14, 2019 1:00:00 PM

News of Nielsen being on the the block has been swirling as of late. Couple that with the threat from major broadcasters to walk away from the measurement giant, and the growth of Addressable TV offerings leads us all to the very real potential of a completely reimagined measurement paradigm for TV; but what would that look like?

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Topics: Consolidated Measurement, Digital, Television Advertising, Nielsen

Don't Call it a Comeback - Traditional TV Advertising Hasn't Gone Anywhere

Posted by Ashley Swartz on Apr 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM

The growth [which is always impressive from base of 0] of digital media created a temporary [and artificial] bubble and offered investors and entrepreneurs a shiny object to chase. It was long believed there was more upside to be had in innovation that ‘blew stuff up’ or disrupted traditional TV businesses by shifting time and attention to new, digital platforms.

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Topics: Television Advertising, Traditional TV, Digital vs. Traditional

The Promise of Media in 2019

Posted by John White on Mar 13, 2019 2:34:43 PM

In 2018, media didn't get easier; but maybe we got smarter. 2018 was a fascinating year for media. We collectively moved past the “Blockchain” fad in Media because, well, it’s really hard to coordinate.

We saw more and more advertisers put the hammer down on fraud in ways they had only threatened to do before. We saw OTT/CTV take center stage with some huge announcements around direct-to-consumer offerings. And, maybe most importantly, we saw genuine movement around consolidated measurement; but even still, I find myself writing similar headlines for this article yet again.

Here’s what I learned about media in 2018. 

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Topics: Television Advertising, Linear TV, Media Trends, OTT