Advanced Ads: Dish Exec -- Hopper Not Affecting Our Clients
Panelists offer best uses for addressable advertising at B&C/MCN event
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/27/2013 4:57:27 PM
Speaking at B&C/Multichannel News' Advanced Advertising event on Wednesday, Gaynor defended the technology, saying, "I don't think Dish has created the ability to skip over commercials. I think it was something that's been around for a long time, now it's just easier for consumers."
Gaynor said Dish ad sales is concerned about innovating for their clients, connecting them to the viewers and subscribers they want to reach.
"That's where addressability comes in, that's where interactivity comes in, that's where data comes in," he said on a panel titled "Multiscreen Targeting -How Addressable Ads Are Aiming at the TV" moderated by B&C business editor Jon Lafayette. "There are a lot of other remote controls that can do that as well from other operators. For us it's really about controlling the message to the right folks."
He acknowledged that he spent a lot of time after Dish's Hopper announcement last year with his team talking to clients.
"Yes people were upset," he said. "When you speak to them and communicate with them, what we have to offer is a lot stronger than this little thing over here that's not really affecting our clients."
While the panelists agreed on the usefulness of addressable advertising, they agreed it's just one part of the larger advertising ecosystem and a complete media plan.
"At Turner, we're not so much aiming ourselves at addressability as creating strong branded experiences," said Andrea Ching, senior VP of marketing and promotions, CNN News Networks and Turner Digital. "People still need national platforms to tell compelling stories. There's a place for addressability but we think you just need to have multiple tools to achieve your marketing priorities."
Ching gave the example of a partnership with Coke Zero for March Madness Live, Tuner's authenticated streaming product for the NCAA Championship tournament, for a branded social arena that integrated media like Twitter into the viewing experience. "We were able to keep them engaged in every story whether a video was running or not," she said.
Scott Schiller, executive VP of digital advertising sales, NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment, noted NBCU's own online platform efforts like the Summer Olympics streaming, which enhanced the viewing experience without hurting linear TV ratings. He also talked up Zeebox, the second-screen app that Comcast owns a stake in, for helping drive CPMs through addressability.
"An eyeball in the right place is worth more than just an eyeball," he said. "The greater engagement you can drive in an audience, the higher the CPM."
Canoe Ventures, who famously got out of the interactive ads business a year ago to focus solely on building a VOD ad service (it's now in 26 million households), said it will look into addressability again as clients ask them to.
"For this year it is about scale for the platform - distribution and programmers taking advantage of it," said Chris Pizzurro, head of sales & marketing, Canoe Ventures. "We will go there to the extent possible, but the first thing you have to do is build up that audience to a mass scale."
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