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Top Challenges of TV Advertising in the Streaming Era


Top Challenges of TV Advertising in the Streaming Era

The rise of streaming platforms — such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu — has fundamentally altered how people consume media. With abundant on-demand content available, viewers can now avoid rigid TV schedules or disruptive commercial breaks. Instead, they can choose what, when, and how they watch.


This transition from traditional TV to streaming platforms has significantly impacted the ad industry. Advertisers face the heightening challenge of capturing the attention of fragmented audiences across various platforms and devices. In short, the old TV advertising model is forced to adapt or risk becoming obsolete as viewers migrate to webcasting services.


The following are the biggest issues that TV advertising faces in the streaming era:


1. Fragmented Audiences

In the past, TV networks dominated the media landscape, offering a limited number of channels that catered to a broad audience base. Due to the small selection of programs, advertisers easily reach a wide audience by placing their commercials during popular shows or primetime slots.


However, the advent of online services has reshaped the landscape. Rather than sticking to a few major channels, audiences are now spread across platforms and content providers. Additionally, each viewer has distinct preferences and viewing habits, making it challenging for advertisers to successfully tap their target consumers. This fragmented nature is also a hurdle for businesses seeking to maximize their campaign’s reach.


Airtime Media offers a solution to this challenge with direct response television (DRTV) advertising. With pay-per-call advertisements, businesses can reach their target audience without excessive spending, ensuring their ad dollars are invested in qualified leads. They can also maximize the impact of their campaigns in this new era of media consumption.


2. Shifting Trends in TV Viewership

Traditional TV networks dominated the media landscape in the past, offering a selection of channels that catered to a broad audience base. However, with the proliferation of online streaming services, viewers have increasingly turned to alternative platforms for their entertainment needs. This prompted people to cut the cord by canceling their traditional cable or satellite subscriptions. In addition, some audiences engage in cord-shaving — reducing their television packages to a basic level.


Streaming platforms also excel at providing personalized viewing experiences. They leverage algorithms and user data to curate preference-based recommendations, ensuring viewers receive content they will likely enjoy. This approach offers a more tailored viewing experience than traditional TV, which has limited and less targeted content choices.


Despite fluctuating traditional TV viewership in certain segments, significant opportunities exist to capitalize on this medium. This is particularly true during high-demand events like sports and news broadcasts. Securing target time slots during peak moments can help businesses attract a broad audience and capture their attention effectively.


3. Ad Avoidance and Ad-Skipping

Ad-blocking software and browser extensions are becoming increasingly prevalent among viewers, particularly for digital video recorders (DVRs), on-demand services, and streaming platforms. Audiences who skip TV ads may miss out on branding or promotions displayed. The limited time frame may also hamper the message’s effectiveness even if viewers see the ad while fast-forwarding.


Embracing strategies that offer uninterrupted visibility is one way to connect with audiences and achieve marketing goals. Businesses and advertisers can use solutions like Airtime Media's traditional TV advertising. Unlike some digital platforms, traditional TV ads are not skippable. This guarantees that viewers receive the full message and branding intended by the advertisers.


4. Advertising Budgets Shifting Away From TV

As viewers increasingly embrace streaming platforms, businesses recognize the need to follow suit and adapt their strategies accordingly. Consequently, companies redirect their budgets to take advantage of online channels' growing popularity and reach.


This shift affects the relationships between advertisers and media agencies. TV networks may experience revenue loss that can lead to programming or ad pricing changes. On the other hand, online platforms may benefit from increased investments but may face challenges balancing user experience and monetization.


Despite the potential revenue loss for TV networks, DRTV offers an effective alternative that allows companies to adapt their strategies. Businesses can leverage the expertise of companies like Airtime Media to manage their campaigns without dealing directly with TV stations. This allows for greater flexibility in negotiating prices per lead, aligning with businesses' budgets and goals.


5. Exceedingly High Standards for Content Creation

Viewers' expectations shifted because of streaming platforms offering high-quality, personalized content. Therefore, TV advertisers must meet these expectations by creating content that matches the quality and relevance viewers want. Failure to do so may result in disengagement or ad avoidance. Most digital platforms also feature extremely short ad formats, which can be challenging to achieve in traditional TV.


In addition, the streaming era provides interactive and immersive content experiences. If TV ads fail to adapt, they may not engage viewers on a deeper level. Brands that are not proactive in creating compelling and interactive content may struggle to capture viewers' attention and encourage meaningful brand engagement.


Airtime Media offers an in-house content creation service tailored to each TV station's unique audience. This ensures businesses can deliver compelling, immersive ads that resonate with viewers. We also know how to navigate formatting constraints and deliver messages within the allotted time frames. Moreover, with our services, businesses can alleviate the burden of hiring and managing qualified artists and staff.


6. Limited Viewing Time and Device Choices

Unlike TV, where viewers have few options for programming and fixed broadcast schedules, streaming channels allow users to watch content conveniently. This results in staggered viewing times, as people may consume content throughout the day than during prime-time hours. It prompts advertisers to adjust their ad placements and scheduling to ensure maximum visibility and engagement.


People can also freely choose their preferred devices for content consumption. They may easily switch between smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and laptops based on convenience or location. This challenges advertisers as they must ensure their ads are optimized for different screen sizes and devices. They must also employ cross-platform measurement techniques and secure user experience and contextual relevance.


To work around this challenge, businesses can explore radio advertising services provided by Airtime Media. They can adapt their ad placements and scheduling to ensure maximum visibility and engagement. Radio ads can also be strategically placed to target different audiences during various times of the day. This helps capture listeners' attention no matter when they tune in.

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