Sling TV partners with comScore for cross-platform addressable advertising measurement

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
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Sling TV Partners with comScore to Offer First Ever Cross-Platform Addressable Advertising Measurement

  • comScore services measure addressable impressions across connected TV, mobile, desktop, and traditional TV

RESTON, VA — comScore today announced that it is partnering with Sling TV, the top skinny bundle provider by household penetration and viewing time*, to offer cross-platform addressable advertising measurement for campaigns that joins the live OTT service’s impressions and DISH set-top box impressions. comScore is the first company to offer services that measure addressable television impressions across all platforms, including over-the-top (OTT).

As the inaugural user of this new service, Sling TV brings comScore verified addressable TV impressions and OTT impressions together. This gives Sling TV advertisers a fluid view of their campaign’s performance across the OTT service’s connected TV, mobile and desktop impressions, as well as linear TV impressions on DISH.

DISH Media Sales, which oversees ad sales for DISH and Sling TV, first introduced addressable advertising on its satellite TV platform in 2012 and opened cross-platform addressable advertising across both platforms earlier this fall. Cross-platform advertising enables brands to reach DISH and Sling TV viewers in a premium, brand-safe environment with a single buy. Using anonymized data, ads are delivered during live and Video-On-Demand content with pinpoint accuracy across any device, while the viewer watches TV. With the introduction of comScore’s new service, advertisers can now validate the performance of these campaigns with addressable advertising metrics across platforms, using consistent third-party measurement.

“Bringing Sling TV’s impressions into the measurement fold gives advertisers an apples-to-apples view of their campaign across platform, device and even alongside traditional TV,” said Adam Lowy, head of Sling TV advertising sales. “We’ve partnered with comScore to offer advertisers a single, trusted metric to validate their campaigns and bridge these targeted, addressable TV impressions, regardless of where they run.”

comScore’s linear TV addressable advertising measurement has been used by major agencies and brands for more than five years. This new offering will operate similarly, but extends measurement of addressable campaign delivery to multiple platforms.

“Addressable advertising for television content is projected to grow 66 percent this year to $1.3 billion in media spend**,” said Cathy Hetzel, comScore executive vice president. “As more addressable TV inventory becomes available in OTT, there’s a growing desire among advertisers to take advantage of the premium quality of television with the benefits of greater addressability. At the same time, it’s important that this inventory can be valued alongside traditional linear formats with consistent independent measurement.”

Additionally, comprehensive cross-platform campaign measurement will be available for all Sling TV campaigns via comScore validated Campaign Essentials™ (vCE®), which offers advertisers insight into ad and audience delivery and allows Sling TV to offer brands complete coverage of its inventory with independent third-party verification.

* Source: comScore OTT Intelligence, U.S., As of November 2017
** Source: eMarketer, U.S. Addressable TV Ad Spending Estimates, 2015-2019