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Research: Shoppable TV ads drive purchase decision

January 3, 2023

According to research from insights firm Aluma, half of online adults recall seeing shoppable ads on television. Of these consumers, 39 per cent have engaged such ads, 70 per cent of which purchased a featured product, either at that time or thereafter.

Alumna’s report, Shoppable TV Ad Engagement among US Online Adults, shows that engagement with shoppable ads featured in social media video (e.g., video viewed on YouTube, TikTok, and Facebook) is significantly higher than with shoppable TV ads (61 per cent vs 40 per cent, respectively). However, the percentage of engagers that purchased a featured product is greater among those interacting with shoppable TV ads than with shoppable ads placed in social videos (70 per cent vs 60 per cent, respectively).

“While this is not a true ad conversion rate, which measures the buy rate of a specific product featured in a specific ad, it is nonetheless true that a large part of adults that do engage shoppable TV ads are positively impacted by them,” advises Doug Montgomery, Aluma senior analyst.

Montgomery points to a number of factors enhancing the appeal of shoppable TV ads, in particular:

  • The normality of online click-to-buy behaviour;
  • The maturation of digital natives, who’ve brought with them into adulthood the habits and preferences developed in their youth; and
  • The continued success of TV shopping channels such as QVC, which laid the groundwork for TV-based purchases.

Montgomery adds that, while engagement with shoppable TV ads is lower among all age cohorts versus comparable rates for shoppable social video ads, in both cases online adults under the age of 45 are more likely than their older counterparts to have interacted with these ads. This is especially true among male millennials, a highly-prized consumer segment.

A key insight that Montgomery did not expect was the strong preference among shoppable TV ad buyers to purchase featured products from large retail brands such as Amazon or Walmart than from device manufacturers such as LG and Roku and broadband/pay-TV providers such as Comcast and AT&T.

“Contemporary t-commerce is Big Retail’s game to lose,” concludes Montgomery.

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