could be argued Television viewing has changed even faster in the last 6 years
than ever before. The very definition of what it is to watch TV has been
challenged by the introduction of the streaming services which have now well
and truly infiltrated mainstream culture. The average user is consuming
approximately 10 hours of ‘streaming’ TV a week.
Watching Television via the internet on TV screens, phone apps, computers and
tablets has grown enormously in Australia as bandwidth has expanded and data
prices have come down. It began with the Government stations introducing
streaming catch up services for ABC iView in 2008 and SBS On Demand in 2011.
Network 10 introduced their catch up in 2013 (10 Play) and followed by 9Now and
7Plus a couple of years later. The giants of streaming TV, Netflix and
Stan, started in Australia in 2015 while Amazon Prime Video arrived in 2016.
In terms of paid streaming, Roy Morgan estimates around 55% of Aussies have
streaming services otherwise known as subscription video on demand
Although paid streaming is increasing its footprint in the TV landscape,
Traditional TV still accounts for 46% of viewing while SVOD accounts for around
35%. The bad news for Traditional TV is SVOD viewing is growing and making it
harder to reach substantial audiences. This is also bad for advertisers as SVOD
is yet to carry advertising however the subscription model of revenue has
proven a struggle in what is a seriously competitive market. Netflix’s
debt continues to grow and at Jun’19 was around $24 billion (USD). We’ll say
that again, $24 billion!! They paid approximately $420 million in interest
alone in 2018. Without a continued increase in subscribers they could run
out of cash suggesting they may be forced at some point to incorporate
advertising onto their platform.
Foxtel joined the streaming revolution back in 2013 with the launch of Foxtel
Now which has now just been moved to the Foxtel Go app. As Foxtel
continues the battle against soaring sports broadcasting rights and pressure on
subscriber numbers they have also recently launched Kayo Sport as their
streaming sports platform. Since its introduction in November 2018, the
number of Kayo users has continued to grow with the latest figures revealing
331,000 subscribers nationally.
While Kayo seems to have sports streaming in Australia covered for now, regular
drama streaming is set for a big shake up. Apple TV+ is launching in
Australia on the 1st November at $7.99 per month and will be giving
buyers of an iPhone, iPad or Mac a free year of streaming. Apple is
reportedly prepared to spend billions of dollars to establish itself in the
market. Then there is the might of Disney that is coming to our shores on
the 19th November with the launch of Disney+ and its enormous amount
of in demand content.
Although these new entrants will continue to fragment TV audiences, streaming
could be highly beneficial to commercial TV with its ability to collect a great
deal more audience data and possibly deliver similar benefits to online advertising.
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WHAT’S NEW IN THE MEDIA – FOXTEL
is probably under the most pressure today since their launch in Australia back
in 1995. The enormous competition from the streaming entrants for both
content and lower costs is clearly ramping up. They also lost the contract to
sell Network Ten advertising which they have had since 2015. CBS (Ch10’s
owner) wants to control their revenue and has therefore brought advertising
sales in house.
This may not be such a bad thing as previously Foxtel had a great deal of
trouble selling both Foxtel and Ten particularly given they were operating off
two different sales platforms. This allows Foxtel to concentrate on their own
product and in fact recently they’ve introduced two new sales
initiatives. We can now buy a 6 second ad as part of a “Q Break” on
Foxtel. The Q Break has a 3 sec intro (informing there is a quick ad
break coming), then two six-second ads at the end or start of a program. They
also introduced an “M Break” which is a one minute ad break with only two
Foxtel’s latest announcement is they are closing down their Digital Foxtel Now
platform and hoping to move people over to the Foxtel Go app.
DIGITAL PROGRAMMATIC – BEGINNERS
Digital buying is a buying method that requires a highly sophisticated software
system to manage booking activity on numerous sites, serving the creative to
multiple locations and then paying each site based on its delivery. No
media agency owns this complex software however they use companies that do,
which are known as ‘Demand Side Platforms’ (DSPs). The term ‘Trade Desk’
means the agency buys direct with a DSP which is usually a benefit for clients
as there are less companies adding a service fee.
One of the main benefits of Programmatic activity is the ad placement is
optimised based on a particular interaction such as click through, conversion
on your site, etc all while the campaign is running. Programmatic advertising
has been attractive as it is seen as accountable and usually at a lower cost
than going direct to a particular site.
Unfortunately, in the early days, Programmatic was somewhat abused as some
buyers loaded up the Programmatic rates 100-400% and even at that rate it still
seemed reasonable to clients as it was delivering an accountable outcome
(compared to the higher prices of direct buys). Those days seem to have
gone as clients woke up to what was happening and some of the larger clients
took it in-house. These days clients can expect to pay 18-30% on top of any
Programmatic cost. Within the cost there should also be some “insurance”
costs built in to ensure the ads are viewable and verified (to prevent brand
risk or ad fraud).
SMI suggests digital programmatic spend is around 30% of all Digital
advertising. Programmatic ads can be either Display, Native, Audio or
Video. Interestingly, the Domain website now only accepts Display
advertising if it is booked Programmatically.
interim August results are again showing a depressed advertising market. The
August results are showing the market to be back -16.6% although late Digital
bookings should reduce that figure substantially. When Digital is
excluded from the mix the decline from the remaining media is a lesser 10.1%.
All major media are also again reporting lower ad spend so far this month, with
Outdoor back 15.4% after growing a whopping 22% in August last year.
At this early stage SMI is reporting growth from only eight of the 41 product
categories with very significant declines in ad spend seen for Domestic Banks
(so far back 28.9%), Gambling (back 29%) and Retail (-21%).
Over the calendar year the Agency market is back 6.4% from last year’s record
level of $4.6 billion, representing a fall of $298 million.
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