Advanced Ads: Digital Ad Business Won't 'Cannibalize' TV Business
Universal McCann's Benowitz argues that each benefits the other
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/27/2013 6:15:32 PM
Dani Benowitz, executive VP, managing partner, integrated investment for Universal McCann argues one benefits the other.
"They work hand in hand. I wouldn't say one is going to cannibalize the other," she said during a keynote discussion with Multichannel News' technology editor Todd Spangler at B&C/Multichannel News' advanced advertising event on Wednesday.
"Our media partners are certainly embracing both," Benowitz continued. "Ultimately, it's about content and finding the best place and the right time to reach consumers."
She admitted however, that consumers are "not sitting in front of the TV live anymore," but did say "we've seen people from a ratings standpoint go from the smaller screen back to the larger screen to watch more TV." She argued the bigger need is to learn what the right format and sizes are to best reach consumers.
"Digital is continuing to grow double digits," she said of UM's clients. "A lot of that growth is fueled from local [advertising]." She lamented the current state of dynamic ad insertion within the On Demand space. "The ad experience in [that] environment is not great."
While Benowitz says interest in advertising across second screen operations is high, accurate measurement has been a slow process, which is one of the reasons she thinks TV ads will always have a place in the market. "Clients are talking to us a lot about social and Twitter and how does that fit into ratings," she said. She added that she's looking forward to Nielsen's proposed plan on measuring social TV.
With Netflix getting into the content game with House of Cards, Benowitz was asked if she could ever see some sort of advertising there. As long as it was done in the right way, she thinks it could be possible, but diplomatically said that it would be up to Netflix.
"We've seen people don't mind watching ads when they're getting what they want," she said. "You don't want to invade the space."
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