The Truth About Innovation, with IPG Media Lab

IPG Media Lab works with some of the world’s largest brands to drive innovation in media, marketing, and business models. As the dedicated innovation initiative of the UM family of agencies, they’ve worked with companies of all sizes, across numerous verticals. Chad Stoller and Adam Simon of IPG Media Lab discussed the types of conversations they have with marketers around innovation, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how IPG Media stays innovative, and asked whether one can truly measure innovation success.

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iOS 14: Friend or Foe? Breaking Down the Effects of Apple’s New Privacy Policies

There’s more uproar in the data privacy world: Apple has announced that with their newest update to iOS 14, the previously optional Limit Ad Tracking function (LAT) will now be on as a default. This will force all apps and app developers to ask permission to use a user’s data or track their movement, and they’ll need to opt-in to sharing a unique device code, or the ID for Advertisers (IDFA). As Apple has said on their official iOS 14 info page: “Privacy is a fundamental human right and at the core of everything we do. That’s why with iOS 14, we’re giving you more control over the data you share and more transparency into how it’s used.”

Advertisers use the IDFA to target audiences and measure effectiveness. Just like with the cookie’s demise (as we’ve discussed here), the potential for the IDFA to be limited or disappear completely will hinder the reach and understanding advertisers have over their campaigns. Marketers will not only need to survive without cookies in their diet, but they’ll also need to find new—or in many cases, old—ways to gather audience data to aid in their targeting efforts. It may be best summed up in Apple CEO Tim Cook’s remarks on International Privacy day: "Technology does not need vast troves of personal data stitched together across dozens of websites and apps in order to succeed. Advertising existed and thrived for decades without it, and we're here today because the path of least resistance is rarely the path of wisdom. If a business is built on misleading users on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, then it does not deserve our praise. It deserves reform.” The resources collected discuss a post-IDFA world and what marketers can do to adapt without it.

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Pulse Issue 2

You Down With OTT? (Yeah, and TV!)

February 2019
Over-the-top (or OTT) media services are those that bypass traditional television to deliver content. OTT leaders include Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube (amongst other smaller players), and later this year, media giants such as Disney and Viacom. Navigating this unfamiliar terrain can cause marketers to shirk from the field and stick to what they know, possibly missing the opportunity to succeed in what will certainly grow to not replace but exist aside television. Read on to discover the OTT ecosystem, how consumers feel about it, how it can exist effectively aside pre-existing TV ad plans, and more.

STATE OF OTT

Will Netflix’s subscription-based model be able to sustain its business as cheaper, ad-supported platforms enter the streaming space? Media giants are all launching their own services, and they’re bringing their vast content libraries with them. AT&T, Disney, and Viacom are set to join the OTT market in 2019, and NBCUniversal will debut in 2020. In addition to challenging Netflix on price, these competitors present an additional threat: the possibility of losing some of its most valuable content. This also includes consumer sentiment towards OTT ads  from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which found: 
OTT is still a grey area for many – with superfluous TV terminology, fragmented options for media buying, and unclear expectations for performance and measurement, it can be tricky to know where to start. If you’re new to OTT or want to convince your team that testing OTT is worthwhile, AppsFlyer lays out the groundwork for you.

OTT WITH TV

OTT has firmly planted its flag in the media industry and Gen Edge become mainstream. As cord cutting continues and Millennials and viewers continue to turn away from traditional , more media companies are joining, rather than fighting, the push into OTT. Moreover, as 5G wireless delivery takes hold, viewers will find an even better experience that provides jitter- and buffer-free SVOD, AVOD, and live sports. Content owners have seen a massive increase in the demand for their products, which will continue as OTT services push out across the globe and original content maintains — and grows — its value.
With the emergence of OTT, marketers are experiencing a new era of connected TV advertising that affords them many of the benefits of traditional TV advertising. It also offers: digital-like targeting; young, affluent viewership; engaged viewers; increased brand lift. Looking for lower cost options and flexibility to view programming on multiple devices regardless of physical location, it’s not surprising that 60.7% of the U.S. population viewed videos via an OTT platform:
The Growth of OTT means more opportunities for both consumers and marketers. It provides more content, choice, and convenience to consumers. It also provides marketers with new platforms on which to reach and engage their audiences. It follows then, that an advertising campaign that utilizes both Linear TV and OTT is greater than the sum of its parts. Ad-supported OTT should be considered as part of a campaign’s overall video mix, as it offers the same engaging, premium, brand-safe programming found on linear TV.
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