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Online TV Vs. Traditional TV: Who wins?

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Remember the charts in 2008 showing iPhone’s market share under 5% versus Nokia’s above 50%? Doesn’t the Cable TV chart above remind you to those Nokia charts trying to show that the inevitable won’t happen? And then, it is only a matter of time.

For TV, the shift to online might happen sooner than what a first glimpse at the chart may suggest. If you add Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes shares on the chart, you get that online TV has already surpassed Cable TV. Yes, data can tell many different stories depending on how you show it.

Internet bandwidth is less and less a bottleneck for online TV to offer the same picture quality as Cable or Satellite. As we get more connected TVs, the difference between traditional and online TV blurs. For live TV, the consumer TV experience is the same whether the signal is carried over a cable, a satellite or an IP connection.

Very soon the only difference between traditional and Online TV will be the technology that carries the signal. While live TV on cable and satellite use a broadcast carrier, live TV for online is unicast.

To a viewer that does not change much. For an advertiser that is a big difference.

– With broadcast, all consumers must watch the same ads. You can only target your ad by understanding what content/TV-show appeals to what demography.
– With unicast, each consumer can watch an unique personalized ad. That means that marketers can tailor their message to the segment of one.

It is not only that marketers could program TV ads with the same granularity as you can program a Facebook or LinkedIn Campaign (e.g. I want my ad to be seen only by male people working for AT&T in Illinois). It is that you could even imagine to personalize your ad with the name of the viewer, or if permission given, with his customer history.

What do you think will be more valuable to advertisers? A mass media ad, like those aired on TV today, or the possibility to target specific niches, and even persons?

That is the hidden power of online TV, and this is what traditional media agencies (and TV broadcasters) don’t want you to know… so that you keep wasting half of your marketing budget.

“Half of the money I spend on advertisement is wasted. The trouble is I don’t know which half.“
—John Wanamaker (1838-1922)

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Why are Ad Rates still that high for Print Media?

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You cannot measure the real views,
You cannot measure or track the response from the viewer,
You cannot make it interactive,
You cannot personalize to a profile, not even to a microsegment,
You cannot do remarketing,
Yet… you, marketers, still pay more for Print Media Ads. Far more.*
Why?

The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

Nowadays, would Wanamaker allow not to know which half of his ad money is wasted?**

* According to the chart from Business Insider the Cost-per-mille (CPM) of Newspaper ads is around 10 times the CPM of Desktop/iPad ads —and about 50 times the mobile CPM.
** “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.”
John Wanamaker (1838-1922)

*** You can write the exact post for traditional TV ad rates Vs. Online Video ad rates.
Can any marketer explain why the insistence of making Wanamaker’s quote remain true 100 years after it was made?

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How much is an Internet Visitor Worth?

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Google makes $18 a year for each unique visitor. Facebook makes roughly $3.

Three observations from the chart:

1)  Google is far ahead of the others in monetizing their visitors. A sign that search advertising is much better paid than display. Facebook will need to invent something to market their ads more valuable.

2) Recently a tier-1 telco CEO demanded that Google should pay telcos  for the business they do on their networks. The yearly revenues per broadband subscriber for a telco can reach $240-$400. What Google or Facebook gets from a single user is peanuts compared with what the telco gets. What portion of Google’s revenue they want to get?

3) By chance the revenue per user for Internet giants look in the same range as what a traditional  ad-funded broadcast TV channel makes per average viewer in a year.

It would be interesting to see how Hulu would do on this chart. According to Bloomberg, the Simpsons on Hulu command a $60 CPM, while on prime-time TV the same ad would cost $20-$40 per thousand viewers. If Bloomberg is right, considering that Hulu aggregates much more content than a single broadcast TV channel, with a higher CPM, we should see Hulu go off the chart!  Assuming it could reach $100-$200 revenue per user per year, that starts to look something on which the telcos might want to ask for a share…