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Report: Marketers question streaming effectiveness

April 26, 2023

Findings from audience measurement, data and analytics specialist Nielsen’s 2023 Annual Marketing Report, indicate that 84 per cent of marketers are including streaming platforms in their media planning to meet their audiences, yet only 49 per cent of survey respondents view OTT and CTV as effective advertising channels.

The fifth annual report, which surveyed nearly 2,000 global marketers in December 2022, found that advertisers and agencies lack complete and comparable data, hampering their ability to fully understand audiences’ growing affinity for on-demand content that better meets their personal preferences delivered by digital platforms. Only 53 per cent of marketers are confident in full-funnel measurement, and 69 per cent agree that digital media and audience fragmentation amid the rise of streaming poses significant challenges to reach their target audiences, highlighting an increasing need for accurate, comparable and representative cross-media measurement across devices and platforms.

The 2023 Annual Marketing Report surveyed marketers on the implications of the recessionary economic environment, planned media spending, audience data, media mix inclusive of streaming, cross-media measurement challenges and measurement technology. Key findings include:

  1. Confidence in holistic ROI measurement is low: Globally, 71 per cent of marketers say that comparability in cross-media measurement is important. Yet cross-media ROI measurement remains elusive for many, with CTV ad measurement presenting notable challenges.
  2. Planned channel investments transcend perceived effectiveness: Given the low confidence in channel-level and full-funnel ROI measurement, marketers report only mild degrees of effectiveness across channels, with perceived effectiveness lowest for podcasts, CTV, streaming audio and native advertising. However, these four channels are also among those that marketers plan to invest most in over the coming year, with planned increases ranging from 38 per cent-42 per cent.
  3. Investment in martech is declining: In addition to using less of their martech in recent years, marketers report plans to pull back on additional investment in the year ahead. Despite expected increased ad budgets, 24 per cent of global marketers, on average, plan to reduce their investment in martech to some degree, with 12 per cent planning cuts of 150 per cent or more.
  4. Investments today can save money in the long term: Heading into 2023, most brands were already under-spending—by a median of 50 per cent—to achieve their maximum ROI. Reducing spending by even more could suppress ROI even further, and negatively impact marketers’ top objectives for the year ahead: customer acquisition, closely followed by brand awareness.

“In a complex media world, with channel proliferation and changing consumer behaviour, comparability can ensure data and measurement integrity and consistency leading to clarity and true outcomes success,” said Jamie Moldafsky, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Nielsen.

“For marketers, that means focusing on the customer, testing new channels, learning where to pivot and leaning into new capabilities. And with the audience in mind, it’s critical to leverage the highest quality inputs and data to inform your way forward. With an eye on the future, true cross-media measurement requires transformative thinking that puts the audience ahead of a growing assortment of tools and solutions that measure at the channel level.”


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