TIP Initiative, an industry work group promoting open interfaces to streamline advertising transactions for local TV broadcasters and their media agency partners, released a new white paper highlighting results from the Local Broadcast TV Automation Survey. The survey identified a consistent set of priorities and expected benefits for automating local TV advertising transactions that focus on modernizing workflows, achieving operational efficiencies and improving campaign delivery performance.
TIP (Television Interface Practices) commissioned Frontrow Advisory to survey buying teams at large holding companies and independent national media and marketing agencies about their perceptions related to automation. Media agency and broadcasting executives remain aligned in transitioning the market toward increased automation.
The priority goals identified by agencies in the survey and supported by broadcasters include:
- Providing the ability for an agency to launch campaigns in three days or less
- Removing inefficiencies in the make good offer and approval process
- Continuing work to reduce mismatches between pre-invoice activity and invoice delivery
Most of the agencies surveyed see a path toward increasing spending on local broadcast TV advertising if a step-change in automation and accuracy is introduced.
“We applaud the growing industry focus on automation to bring increased operational efficiency to the local investment process for Initiative and UM. By working with our local trading partners, we are able to execute with greater speed and accuracy, and this increases the attractiveness of local television media for our clients,” stated Kathy Doyle, EVP, Local Investment, MAGNA.
The industry’s primary challenge is implementing several requisite work-process and systems changes on both the buyer and seller side in a manner that avoids disrupting day-to-day business operations. Media agencies that participated in the Local Broadcast TV Automation Survey identified the following elements as “critical” to their ability to effectively manage the transition to increasing levels of automation:
- Refining a set of common goals to allow coordinated planning across sellers, buyers and providers
- Establishing open communications and sharing information about automation plans and updates
- Reinforcing the benefits of automation and educating the industry about the progress being made through case studies
“It takes time and effort to change the way an industry has operated for decades but the tangible benefits to broadcasters and our trading partners are real and meaningful,” said Perry Sook, Chairman, President & CEO, Nexstar Media Group, Inc. and founding member of the TIP Initiative. “We now see our industry providers increasingly leaning into automation and I am encouraged by the progress we are making in 2019 to modernize transaction workflows for improved efficiency and campaign delivery performance.”
To continue the momentum toward automation, representatives from participating TIP broadcasters and leading media agencies have formed the TIP Trading Partner Forum that is focused on maintaining open communications and educating the industry on the benefits of automated buys and processes.
TIP Initiative updates were provided to the 4A’s Video/Audio Committee at their July 2019 meeting and several case studies will be presented at the annual TVB Forward Conference on September 26, 2019 in New York City, where over five-hundred broadcast, agency and media industry executives are expected to be in attendance.