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Google TV Ads: Making Television Commercials Measurable and Affordable

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 by Print This Post Print This Post

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With the average American spending five hours a day in front of the television, TV remains the #1 time spent media in America and the most pervasive and powerful means of influencing consumers both on- and offline.  Unfortunately, expensive airtime and costly production rates have long put TV advertising out of reach for smaller marketers.  Thanks to Google TV Ads, that’s all changing.  By recreating its online auction-based system for television, Google is bringing the accountability and transparency it has provided in online advertising to TV.

Google TV Ads enables you to manage TV commercial buys with the same data-driven approach we use in managing AdWords campaigns.  Google’s system is easy to use: Advertisers create an ad, upload it to Google AdWords, set a specific budget, select target audiences—based on a variety of demographic specifications—and then Google broadcasts ad nationally.  Google currently boasts partnerships with 18 cable providers and 68 networks, extending TV Ads’ reach to up to 37 million satellite households, (33 percent of all TV viewing households), across the country.

  • Targeting- TV Ads allows you to target specific demographics based on age, gender, income, family status, psychographics and interests. Google’s set-top box based index also enables you to target networks and shows, so that you can reach your target audience effectively.
  • Tracking- Within Google TV Ads, marketers receive ads performance reports within 24 hours of airtime, so that you can quickly adjust your campaigns to drive ROI.
  • Data Overlay- Google provides access data from Nielsen, Equifax and Experian, enabling marketers to target across demographics, psychographics and viewer interests.
  • Measurement- Measure the effectiveness of your campaigns using familiar metrics, e.g., CPM, impressions/spot, cost/call, and cost/web visits.
  • Attribution- Working with traditional television production companies and agencies made it difficult to methodically track and change TV campaigns. With Google TV Ads you have access to data-driven insight into the status of your campaign via Google TV Ads Reports, Call Attribution and Web Attribution.

Thanks to Google TV Ads, television advertising is becoming for the first time a viable, effective option for marketers that haven’t invested heavily in offline media.  To learn more about how Google TV Ads could help augment your current online marketing investments, and our best practices for optimizing these campaigns, download The Search Agency’s new white paper, “Making Television Commercials Measurable and Affordable for the Performance-Driven Marketer.”  Have a look and let us know what you think.

About Camille Canon

Outside of summer jobs and not-for-profit internships, The Search Agency is my first official place of employment. I recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where I studied Art History and German. I am an avid cook, baker, and destroyer of diets. My specialties are cream cheese brownies, biscotti cookies and lemon bars. I am also an Art enthusiast. Living in Berlin enables me to follow a young, emerging Art scene complete with “eccentric” performance pieces and temporarily converted butcher shop galleries. I also enjoy running, traveling, and handy work. Camille Canon +

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