The Growing Significance Of Leveraging CTV With Programmatic Advertising – A Trend Marketers Must Not Miss

The increasing awareness and adoption of CTV have become a major vehicle for advertisers in India. CTV is slowly becoming an integrated household device. It has seen a 31% rise according to India CTV report.

The Growing Significance Of Leveraging CTV With Programmatic Advertising – A Trend Marketers Must Not Miss
Arun Prabhu, Director of Business Solutions at Datawrkz

CTV is emerging as the next big thing in India which is transforming content consumption. Coupled with the rise in popularity of OTT platforms and the availability of native/local content, it’s clear that the CTV market is flourishing and if you’re a marketer, this is one of those opportunities that you do not want to miss.

ZEE5 India’s Chief Business Officer, Manish Kalra stated that ZEE5 has seen 3X growth in content viewing on CTV. “An important factor in the growth of CTV is that it is engineered to deliver an enhanced experience that supports the new age technologies that are now being used in film making. It lends itself to tech innovations on content display, delivery, and the viewing experience, which are critical aspects of the overall user experience,” Kalra added.

1. CTV ecosystem in India

During the pandemic, CTV viewership has skyrocketed. According to a recent report by FICCI-EY, the number of smart connected TVs will exceed 40 million by 2025

The increasing awareness and adoption of CTV have become a major vehicle for advertisers in India. CTV is slowly becoming an integrated household device. It has seen a 31% rise according to India CTV report. Research has shown that the smart TV share in the TV market soared to 84% in 2021 as compared to 67% in 2020.

Since CTV is new, the cost of advertising is low, as compared to traditional TV but the impact is equally high. As high-speed internet is becoming more accessible and internet-connected devices are becoming more and more popular, the CTV market is bound to grow with them.

In India, there are lots of brands that offer cheap smart TVs (as low as Rs 15,000) and there’s a very wide range of brands to choose from. India also has the cheapest data costs in the world ($ 0.09/GB). All of these above factors have made India the world’s fastest-growing OTT market, and with the accessibility of cheap Smart TVs and internet-connected devices, the Indian market is red hot right now.

2. Why advertising on CTV is gaining popularity in India?

CTV advertising offers unique advantages which were unthinkable in the time of traditional television. Some of those are:

● CTV offers better targeting options than traditional TV.

● CTV is highly measurable.

● CTV also allows advertising on different OTT content platforms.

● People can also access the internet and browsers via CTV, so ads can be shown there too.

● The user base of CTV is affluent and educated and they engage with the brands they like. The future content consumer is moving towards a more immersive viewing experience, so the opportunity to engage with them will be there.

● CTV content provides better brand recall and better storytelling capabilities due to attribution functionalities (more on this further).

● CTV provides better ad awareness and impact on purchase intent

● Research shows that the CTV video impressions were on par with mobile in 2020 and it’s likely to increase.

● CTV provides a larger consumer reach because of exclusive content and highly engaged audiences. Plus, it helps us in multi-targeting, meaning- if there’s a CTV in a household, then all the members will be using it. Unlike a phone or laptop which is usually used by a single person in the family.

● 66% of CTV users have subscriptions to more than one OTT app. As CTV rises, the demand for AVOD (Advertisement-based video-on-demand platforms) and SVOD (Subscription-based video-on-demand platforms) will also rise.

What is programmatic advertising?

We’ve talked about the popularity of CTV and its ecosystem in India. Now, let’s take a moment to understand what programmatic advertising is, so that we can combine the functionality and flexibility of CTV with programmatic advertising to enhance the overall performance of your campaigns.

Programmatic advertising is the automated buying and selling of media with the help of Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, as opposed to the traditional way of buying and selling media space that used to happen manually.

Here’s how Programmatic Advertising is taking over: In 2020, Programmatic Advertising accounted for 38% of the total advertising spend in India. The Southeast Asian advertising market is expected to register a CAGR of 15.29% during the forecast period 2021-2026. The Southeast Asian digital advertising market will grow strongly by $417.4 million in 2022. That's modest compared to last year's $555.7 million surges, but it's sufficient to spend more than $4 billion this year. 

The flexibility of CTV via Programmatic Advertising:

Benefits & Downsides of using Programmatic advertising via CTV

We have been talking on and on about the boom in CTV usage and how many amazing opportunities it can provide advertisers and marketers. Now, let’s take a moment to go a little deeper into the rabbit hole and look at a more detailed understanding of how effective CTV can be-

● People are using multiple devices simultaneously- mobile, CTV, Laptops, gaming consoles, etc. Advertisers can target them whenever and wherever they are and whatever they are using by programmatic advertising.

● CTV provides a user-controlled viewing experience, and it helps get your message in front of the right people at the right time. It can also give you more accurate data on user behavior and preferences, hence improving your targeting.

● User registration data enables cross-screen targeting across multiple devices via programmatic advertising.

● IP-based delivery allows the use of 1st party and 3rd party audience data to target homes using ad-supported OTT content (AVOD) and CTV devices.

● Ability to target relevant and selected publishers and placements.

● Ability to overlay 3rd party audience targeting on the inventory to narrow the targeting.

● Curated deals for premium placements like Star Sports during IPL etc.

● Ability to measure/attribute thus allowing us to optimize

● There’s a huge market that was previously not reached by traditional TV, but now with OTT and CTV advancements, you can reach them too

● Brand Safety – ads delivered during live TV or on-demand are reached across top-tier networks and popular content.

● Almost perfect ad completion- Viewers are watching ads all the way through with an average consumption rate of 98%.

● Retargeting OTT and CTV viewers- You can retarget OTT and CTV viewers across all devices that they might be using and generally most CTV users are using more than one device, like laptops, mobile, gaming consoles, etc.

The downside is that there could be minimum spends at some publisher’s levels. If an X amount of budget is set, there are chances that we underspend because of the programmatic nature of advertising.

How CTV advertisement provides a better measurement and attribution:

CTV advertisement is skippable online ads targeted to relevant content channels and audiences. CTV inventory is premium- professionally produced TV content. CTV advertising provides the following measurement capabilities: 

● Video completion rate- the percentage of viewers who watch your ads till the end. 

● Click- The number of clicks it took from your ad to your website

● Ad delivery by device- to which devices your ads were delivered to

● Performance by what time of the day it is

● Performance by specific days

● Ad viewer demographics

● Higher reach- the number of unique people that were reached by your ad

● Ad frequency- the average number of times you are delivering your ad to a given person

Last but not least,

Take a deep breath…You’ve come a long way. You’re quite a reader ha!

We predict that with the rise in programmatic advertising and CTV, their coupling is bound to happen. CTV is a fresh ocean for all the advertisers, and we look forward to educating, helping, and guiding marketers and brands with the change in current and future tech with our expertise and knowledge.