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Research by addressable TV provider Finecast and Amplified Intelligence into the role of attention across TV has revealed that the platform on which an ad is served directly impacts the active attention viewers commit to it with over-the-top services prompting greater attention than linear.
Finecast thinkingbox 30Sep2020
The latest phase of the Thinking Inside the Box research, Capturing Attention With Addressable: A Study Into Audience Attention And The Role Relevance Plays Across TV Advertising, collected attention data from 250 households who watched 7,503 OTT and linear TV ads from 18 brands across auto, banking and insurance, fashion and retail, FMCG, food and beverage, gambling, technology and travel.

The study examined the links between attention, relevance and brand performance by exploring the level to which users pay active attention – that is looking directly at the TV screen – as well as passive attention (in the room but not watching the TV) and non-attention (the TV is on, but the viewer isn’t in the room).

The research found that the platform drives the largest impact on the attention paid to the ad, with relevance to the audience and the creative itself increasing the number of seconds viewers watch for. It also showed that as ad length on TV increases, attention does not wane – giving more time to communicate messages.

Yet the study also cautioned overall attention for TV ads almost always hit the threshold (3 seconds) when memories started to form, a key driver for brand awareness and short-term sales growth. The proportion of people watching the last second of a TV ad is almost the same as those watching the first second.

“Advertisers are constantly fighting for consumers’ attention, and to prove that a campaign delivers the short and long-term results they need,” said Finecast senior director of data solutions Samantha Lister commenting on the research. “The findings from this research demonstrate that the platform on which an ad is served matters, and significantly enhances the power of the creative to successfully drive active attention. TV, particularly OTT, continues to be a powerful platform, and enables addressable TV advertising to identify and serve relevant ads that deliver consistent levels of attention that other formats cannot achieve.”

Professor Karen Nelson Field, CEO and founder of Amplified Intelligence, added: “The evidence from this experiment shows that advertisers need to consider the most effective approach for their needs to engage with consumers.”