Majority of Advertisers Used Advanced TV Solutions in 2019, New Survey Finds

New findings from a survey conducted by FreeWheel and Advertiser Perceptions reveal that spend optimism for over-the-top (OTT)/CTV and addressable TV has skyrocketed over the past year.

NEW YORK — FreeWheel, A Comcast Company (Nasdaq: CMCSA), announced that according to a new survey of over 300 marketers and agencies, advanced TV is being used by the majority of advertisers to reach their target audiences. Among these solutions, OTT/CTV was purchased by the highest percentage (66%) of advertisers over the past month. Addressable TV (household-level targeting), streaming full-episode players (FEPs) and audience-based linear TV were all also used by over half of all advertisers and agencies surveyed.

“In 2019, we saw our clients embrace data and automation for TV buying in ways we’d never seen before”

The survey, conducted in partnership with Advertiser Perceptions, focused on how advertisers are managing TV buying strategies in today’s changing landscape, and in particular, how they are approaching advanced TV solutions. The survey also includes historical trend comparisons based on another custom study from Advertiser Perceptions, conducted in December 2018.

“In 2019, we saw our clients embrace data and automation for TV buying in ways we’d never seen before,” said Brian Wallach, SVP, Advanced TV Media Sales, FreeWheel. “The technology is there and the interest is there. We expect the breadth of capabilities and applications to increase as we move through 2020.”

The survey showed that spending optimism among advertisers surrounding OTT/CTV and addressable TV has increased over the past year: OTT/CTV’s spending optimism score jumped from 37 to 59, while addressable TV jumped from 38 to 54. (Spend optimism is defined as the percentage increase in spending minus percentage decrease.) Interestingly, the survey found that agencies were more bullish on their expected spend for both OTT/CTV and addressable, suggesting they may be faster than marketers to embrace new TV opportunities.

When it comes to extending the reach of traditional TV, nearly 8 out of 10 respondents said they still turn to digital video most often to extend the reach of their TV campaigns. Advanced TV was also cited by 54% of respondents as a chosen method for extending reach – with those advertisers most likely to turn to addressable TV (69%) and OTT/CTV (66%) for reach extension.

Looking ahead, there is consensus among both marketers and agencies that TV advertising faces more change in the near future:

  • Audience-based TV buying is expected to continue increasing in 2020 for both linear and advanced TV, with agencies more likely than marketers to turn to this buying type.
  • 68% of respondents believe that at least half of traditional linear TV advertising will be addressable within five years.
  • 57% of respondents believe a full shift to IP delivery of linear TV will occur in 5 to 10 years, and 76% within 5 to 15 years.
  • 83% of respondents believe the ad business is moving rapidly toward programmatic; 21% strongly agree and only 3% strongly disagree.
    (Source: Advertiser Perceptions, October 2019)

“It’s a new world for advertisers, and it’s not slowing down any time soon,” added Wallach.

The full report can be accessed here:

About FreeWheel

FreeWheel, A Comcast Company, empowers all segments of The New TV Ecosystem. We are structured to provide the full breadth of solutions the advertising industry needs to achieve their goals. We provide the technology, data enablement, and convergent marketplaces required to ensure buyers and sellers can transact across all screens, across all data types and all sales channels, in order to ensure the ultimate goal – results for marketers.

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About Advertiser Perceptions

Advertiser Perceptions is the global leader in research-based business intelligence for the advertising industry. Our exclusive insights, practical advice and knowledgeable guidance produce actionable solutions that deliver results and enable our clients to thrive in today’s complex and competitive advertising market. For more information about our services or to arrange a private briefing, please contact us at 212-626-6683 or [email protected].