OTT Television

OTT Television

Once internet advertising changed the digital marketing game, television came under greater scrutiny. Television is unable to target viewers as precisely as desktop and mobile advertising, which is why it has become less popular as an advertising medium. 

Online Television vs Traditional

Today, the line between online television and traditional television has been blurred. The major networks are also available online, and many streaming services do not display ads.  Cable competitors such as Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix and YouTube are fighting for the same viewers that the four major networks used to share almost entirely to themselves. 

Over the Top (OTT) television is a live streaming form of TV service offered directly to consumers via the internet. OTT bypasses traditional television options such as cable, broadcast and satellite platforms. Advertising on OTT television is more like advertising on mobile websites. With OTT (Over the Top) television advertising, marketers can target the right audience that they want to reach, because the same commercials don’t play for all as they do with traditional television. 

While on traditional television, advertising goes out the same way to whoever is sitting in front of the set. With OTT television, every advertising impression you buy is directed to the proper relevant audience segment. Instead of casting a wide net based on the type of programming that is being shown, an OTT budget is laser focused on your best potential customers. The days of targeting by generalities is over; now television, via OTT, can target via income, zip code, education or interest.

Advertising on OTT networks has become as easy as marketing your product with desktop and mobile publishers. Marketers can purchase OTT from the same DSPs (demand side platforms) that offer programmatic advertising opportunities. Or, one can buy directly from the OTT networks themselves. Hulu, for example, now sells advertising packages for as low as $500 per campaign, thus making their offerings available to all small businesses. 

New OTT Advertising Opportunties

Let’s take a look at the new OTT television upstart advertising offerings that are available today to savvy businesses. Numerous categories are available to advertisers, but all use the same programmatic approach that has helped buoy mobile and digital advertising to become the leading advertising medium today. 

MVPDs = Multichannel Video Programming Distributor

vMVPDs = Virtual Multichannel Video Programming Distributor 

The OTT networks the likes of Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Prime have altered the way that we watch television. According to a new report from Nielsen, 19% of the time consumers spent watching TV in OTT-capable homes in the fourth quarter of 2019 was spent on streaming, whether it was ad-supported or paid subscription services. 

OTT networks are here to stay. Two thirds of Americans now have access to OTT television and 28% only watch on stream platforms. Among the youngest adult generation of Gen Z, 38% of the population only watches television on streaming platforms.

Purplegator provides advertisers with a multichannel approach to their marketing that now includes OTT television. The one difference that you will need when doing OTT television is that you’ll need a higher quality commercial than the ordinary video that you might use on mobile and digital advertising.

5 Important Reasons to use Video in Your Marketing

5 Important Reasons to use Video in Your Marketing

Did you know that both YouTube and the iPhone are only 10 years old? It’s hard to deny the impact that both have had on how we communicate, how we gather information, and how we may need to update the ways we market our businesses.  

Have you considered adding video to your marketing mix? Here are 5 important Reason to Use Video:

  1. It’s a preferred method of gathering information. Your customers likely watch videos. Research tells us that 85% of the US internet audience watches videos online. The 25-34 age group watches the most online videos, and adult males spend 40% more time watching videos on the internet than females. (Sources: comScore and Nielsen)
  2. Search: Many online search results are a link to a video. Find an answer or a solution that people are looking for and make a quick video about it. It doesn’t have to be long, in fact 30 seconds to 2 minutes is optimal. What do your customers want to know about? How to measure a room for drywall? What’s the proper grind for French press coffee? What should they know before they buy tires? Your company is full of highly experienced people – also known as industry authorities. Make some quick videos with their answers and insight.  PS if you’re wondering why video shows up in search: Google – the world’s #1 search engine owns YouTube, which has over 1 billion users (that’s almost 1/3 of the internet.) Source: YouTube Press
  3. Reach: If you have a Facebook page or are considering some Facebook advertising, it’s important to note that Facebook’s algorithm favors video. A recent Purplegator client campaign included a Facebook video ad. In the first 5 days, the campaign reported over 37,000 impressions and 525 clicks to the client’s website. 492 of those clicks were on the video, which had also been shared over 125 times. Think of a share like a “super click”. Someone saw the video and thought it was interesting and compelling enough to share with friends, giving more free eyes on the ad. Videos give you the opportunity to reach and engage with your customers on an emotional level. They are easy to interact with and to share. Also, you can remarket to people who have watched your video, making them a highly targeted and engaged audience.
  4. Establish Authority: Video gives you the ability to talk about what you’re an expert in. It allows you to build a deeper level of trust with your audience. And, with enough video content, your videos will show up where your audience is searching. Customers and prospects may ask a question online and you and your company can show up with the answer.
  5. It’s easy and affordable. If your company has existing video, it can be uploaded and used as a video ad on Facebook and can also be used as a pre roll ad on YouTube – the videos a person has to watch prior to watching another video. NOTE: If you don’t already have a video, we can help you create one with images and even video clips from your suppliers.

Today’s consumer values authenticity over professional quality. It’s easy to set up a Q&A in your office, conference room or outside. All that’s required is a smart phone or camera and perhaps a small microphone. Do a live broadcast from an educational event with one of your suppliers. Make a quick video tour of your business. Introduce some of the people behind the scenes. Do you host a customer appreciation BBQ? It’s a perfect time to get some quick video testimonials. The important thing is to start creating video content for your business.

Many business people believe that they cannot afford to do video. The truth is, you can’t afford NOT to.

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For more information about using video in your marketing or social mobile advertising, contact Bob Bentz, President, Purplegator bob@purplegator.com or 610-254-7191