Worldbuilding - The Future of Storytelling, with Wild Card

In an age where consumer attention spans are at an all-time low, something curious is happening: under the right circumstances, consumers are spending hours - even days - immersed in lush fictional worlds such as Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and The Avengers. However, world building isn't just for blockbuster entertainment franchises. When executed well, brands can create immersive worlds of their own, significantly driving brand loyalty in the process. We spoke with Tara Deveaux and Shawn Shahani of Wild Card about a new study on world building and consumer behavior. They shared what marketers could learn from Hollywood producers, and gave tips on creating a world of engagement around your brand.

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You Can't Go Home Again: A Return to Work Sites After COVID-19

Organizations have undergone unprecedented changes in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Businesses with the ability to do so have shifted to a work from home structure, which the firm Global Workplace Analytics forecasts may make up 25 to 30 percent of the workforce by 2021. But for many companies, productivity and essential tasks must be done in a physical office space. While it’s still uncertain when employees may return to their workplaces, it’s vital that leaders look into the precautions and adaptations that will be necessary in many cases to ensure the safety of their employees. The resources below discuss many of these coming possibilities.

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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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