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Six-Second Survival: Will Broadcast Thrive, or Simply Survive, in an Age of Digital Domination?

December 29, 2017 |

Six seconds.

That’s not a whole lot of time to do much of anything, really. You’ve used it up already reading this article, and if you’re to believe the comScore study on the matter, you’ve probably already determined if you’re going to continue reading in that time. This data has fueled the transition to six-second ads on platforms like YouTube and Facebook, and now television has found itself with some questions: are six-second ads worth pursuing? Will they succeed?

Is it too late?

Shorter ads are nothing new. 30-second ads soon gave way to the 15s of the MTV generation, and now with the rise (and fall) of numerous short-form video services, it seems the trend of fitting more and more content into a shorter amount of time will only continue. According to Fox Sports president Eric Shanks, this is only a good thing. But it may be a strategy too little, too late for a traditional medium such as television. According to a recent Nielsen study, millennials, while less inclined to change the channel compared to their demographic counterparts, lay claim to the lowest levels of ad recollection and program engagement. The problem? Multiple screens and apps fighting for attention, such as millennial dominated apps such as Snapchat, which sees four out of five millennials frequenting the service. The solution?

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Fox dipped the first toe into the pool, staging 29-second advertising blocks during their presentation of the Teen Choice Awards. These blocks featured a five-second intro message imploring users to stay tuned for the rest of the programming, followed by ads of similar length promoting various products and services, all within their own contained six-second window. After announcing the success of the test run, they announced the placement of such ads into their NFL programming. It’s a move anticipated to keep in younger crowds a la the strategies employed by Facebook and YouTube, but according to Dave Penski, a chief executive of Publics Media Exchange America, there now exists a whole new set of challenges with shorter form advertisements. Six-second ads, he insists, may not be a good fit for advertisers looking to sell more complicated products and services, and should largely be used by larger brands to reinforce brand recognition and image. He remains optimistic about the transition to six-second ads, calling it “an innovation that’s more cross-screen than others because there’s already…a huge amount of six-second advertising that’s going on out there.”

So where does this leave you, the average television viewer?

Well on the surface, this change is nothing new: the internet has slowly shaped the direction of television for years now, as companies like Netflix and Hulu drive the increasing shift towards subscription-based, video-on-demand services. Cable TV is a dying medium, and this move to incorporate six-second advertising, (a move prompted by, you guessed it, the internet), is akin to showing up on Christmas with last year’s hot item. Many of today’s youth are rarely subjected to traditional advertising to begin with, let alone live in a household with a traditional television service. While these services owe their existence, and for a large part their content libraries, to television, they continue to innovate while TV is left in the early 2000’s. If the medium truly wishes to succeed in this six-second world, it’s time to innovate, rather than replicate.

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Summer Social Media Shakedown

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What shakin’ and bakin’ in the world of social media this June? Direct messaging features, Stories, and group collaboration!

As we head into Summer 2017, here’s what you need to know.
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Throwback Thursday: Myspace and the Evolution of Social Media

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Take a moment and think back to 2005. For many people, it may seem as though only days have passed since the year ended and revelers in Times Square cheered in 2006. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that the past 9 years have been some of the most formative in recent history. Read More

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This summer, Yahoo plans to unveil a video service that will potentially rival YouTube. The company is targeting creators who are unhappy with YouTube’s overall system, particularly the ad rates and revenue sharing deals. Read More

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Throwback Thursday: 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse “Days Go By” Commercial

October 25, 2012 |

Introducing “Throwback Thursday” (#TBT), a monthly feature in which we take a look back and highlight some of our favorite automotive ad campaigns. Read More

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The Lowdown on Pages for Google+

November 8, 2011 |

There should be little doubt that the news of Pages for Google+ will effectively change the way marketers use social media. Read More

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Top 5 Ways to Shoot Stronger Videos

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Any online marketer will tell you the best way to organically improve your company’s digital visibility is with video content. Read More

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Google+ Shows In Search Results, Signals Greater Plan From Google

August 14, 2011 |

As expected, Google has begun integrating Google+ into search results. Any post marked “Public” while shared in the Google+ space will now be appearing in Social Search. Read More

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