The $70 billion advertising question is how will marketers get their brands in front of an audience that is skipping TV commercials and online video ads at an alarming rate.

Declining traditional advertising effectiveness is a result of audience desire for on-demand content, streaming services, DVRs, time-shifting, ad-skip and ad-blockers. This has forced many marketers to switch tactics and focus more on integrating their brand directly within the entertainment.

As the television landscape fractures, figuring out who is watching what has never been more difficult—or more important. via – Fast Company. Many in the television industry are hoping Nielsen’s new “total audience measurement” tool that promises to account for viewing across several media platforms will succeed. This is especially true if the results counter the dismal refrain that TV ratings are in a downward spiral. via – MediaPost

On the other side of the equation; when marketers think about brand building, they’re not thinking about how many viewers are watching a TV series, they just want to know how many people saw their commercial.

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DVR viewing rises

While linear TV viewing declines, time-shifted DVR programs and live TV (sports & news) viewing rose 7% in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 1,004 hours of TV viewed per household, with time-shifted viewing — 15 days after live airing — also gaining 7% to 356 hours of TV viewed per household, according to comScore’s TV Essentials.

Native brand integration

Marketers are challenged with gaining brand relevance. Today’s audience no longer subscribes to the old paradigm of forced commercial viewing. At the same time audiences are skipping interruptive commercials, they are consuming a massive amount of entertainment: music, movies, video games, social media and on-demand programming from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, HBO, Showtime and more.

When a brand has a viewer-friendly marketing strategy in place, a well-budgeted media mix combining traditional advertising techniques with native brand integration and the tools to measure the KPI it requires, it will stand up to the changing audience behavior and attract the kinds of consumers it demands.

If not, then a lot of money will likely go wasted trying to attract viewers who are now trained to ad-skip.

Total Number of Cable Subscribers per Year  Subscribers 
Total Use of TelevisionHours
Average time spent watching television (U.S.)5:11 hours / day
White5:02 hours / day
Black7:12 hours / day
Hispanic4:35 hours / day
Asian3:14 hours / day
Years the average person will have spent watching TV9 years
Family Television Statistics Stats
Percentage of households that possess at least one television99 %
Number of TV sets in the average U.S. household2.24
Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets65 %
Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner67 %
Percentage of Americans who pay for cable TV56 %
Number of videos rented daily in the U.S.6 million
Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV49 %

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