Why TV Isn’t Dead: Addressability

11 11 2008


For all the buzz about social media, mobile, and other forms of interactive marketing, TV remains at the center of most marketing plans.

It’s not because marketers “don’t get it”, but because they do.

TV remains the most powerful mass reach medium in history, with the ability to sell through sight, sound and motion. And it’s about to get even more powerful.

“The goal” says Michael Kubin, executive vice president of Invidi “is to be a national digital network.”

An article in Media Post (more about the deal here) says Invidi has made a major step toward that goal today. They’re being deployed nationally on Dish Network.

It’s the start of a national infrastructure for addressable TV advertising, with reach of upwards of 4-5 million Dish Network households households at launch and 14M over time. This will bring internet-like targeting (including behavioral) to TV ads, making each individual spot much more powerful and smart.

The deal also takes a step toward easing one of the headaches of creating interactive TV ad campaigns: making deals with multiple operators to create a sizeable audience. Theoretically, this creates a one-stop opportunity.

But having now worked on two interactive TV campaigns, I can say that while that’s important, it only deals with part of the complexity. 14M is a good-sized audience, but it still may not be enough for some purposes. And, even within any one operator, there are lots of differences in the capabilities of set-top boxes, etc.

If you’re thinking about experimenting with interactive TV, I’d strongly recommend Brightline. Why climb Everest without some experienced sherpas to help?

There’s a lot of investment in the targeted TV space, and a serious battle brewing among some tough competitors. You can bet your rabbit ears there’s a lot of gold at the end of this RGB rainbow.

TV isn’t dead. It’s only just getting started. Stay tuned.

Kevin George: “Digital Channels Are The Best For Creating Dialogue”

3 07 2008

No, this is not Kevin George of Unilever.I saw Kevin George present at an ANA meeting recently about how Unilever is using interactive TV. (NOTE: The photo in this post is not Kevin George. It is his stunt double.)

What I admired most about Kevin’s presentation was that it wasn’t at all about “look at the wacky futuristic stuff we’re doing”. It was very down-to-Earth and practical: if it works, we’ll do more of it.

Practical wisdom from Kevin:

“We strive to build “digital brands.” We start by defining the type of experience we want consumers to have with our brands, then determine the right media channels that deliver that experience. We find more and more that the digital channels such as online, interactive television, and mobile are the best solutions for creating that dialogue. The most important thing is that we don’t let the technology drive the strategy. When you focus from the very beginning on creating a conversation about your brand among consumers, not just sending a message “brand to consumers,” your approach is much more effective.”

I’d encourage you to read the full interview from Booz and Company’s “Strategy and Business” website. It’s from October 2007, but still smart, interesting stuff. Happy 4th of July, everybody.