Consumers prefer ads on Connected TV to those on Linear TV

Friday, December 21st, 2018
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New Study From Magna and IPG Media Lab Shows Consumers Prefer Advertising on Connected TV Devices as Compared to Linear TV

  • Study Used Neuroscience to Measure Consumer’s Unconscious Response to Brands

NEW YORK — As the advertising industry has previously noted, ads served on Connected TV devices (CTV) tend to decrease ad overload, and according to a new study, they also create more positive emotions and increase engagement for viewers across all age groups as compared to Linear TV (LTV). The study by MAGNA, the intelligence, investment and innovation unit within IPG Mediabrands and IPG Media Lab, the media futures and advisory arm of IPG Mediabrands, “Engaging the Mind: How Consumers Really Respond to Connected TV and Linear TV Ads” explores consumer engagement with and brand lift generated by short-form video content on CTV compared to traditional ads on LTV.

The study employed advanced neurometric technology to measure participants’ unconscious responses to ads served on CTV and LTV. Eye engagement was measured via eye-tracking glasses and brain pulses from Electroencephalography (EEG) were used to assess emotional arousal and cognitive load. Participants were pre-recruited based on their media consumption habits and participated in an in-lab media experience.

CTV ads far outperformed LTV, generating a retention rate 3.8X higher even when controlling for attention. Additional key points of the study include:

  • Consumers are painfully aware of higher ad load on LTV and find that the number of ads on LTV crosses the line – but not on CTV
  • The same ads are generating more positive emotion when viewed on CTV
  • CTV creates more emotional ad experiences than LTV among younger and middle aged audiences, who tend to have an intense negative reaction to LTV
  • LTV ads risk boredom in some age groups while CTV does not

“Video consumption continues to thrive and it’s no surprise consumers prefer ads on Connected TVs as compared to Linear TV, because of the content variety, user control and relatively uncluttered environment” said David Cohen, President, North America, MAGNA. “Consumers like to view ads on their own terms, and would prefer less, shorter ads in their entertainment content. Serving ads in Connected TV environments ensures a stronger emotional response and allows marketers to connect to a wider audience than Linear TV does.”