Regardless of plentiful research study on co-viewing and TV sharing within homes, the programmatic industry often resorts to the other days tools to solve todays difficulties. Repairing ad frequency requires aggregating IDs within a family and throughout publisher stock. Individuals in a family dont constantly view Television together. As an outcome, getting to optimal frequency may really overcorrect in the opposite instructions. Frequency models that overcome this distortion are in the works, and theyre likely to vary by vertical.

“On television & & Video” is a column checking out chances and difficulties in advanced TV and video..
Todays column is by Jon Ahuna, SVP of operations at Viant.
Have you ever seen the exact same advertisement an ungodly variety of times while enjoying your preferred shows? If so, youre a victim of the present linked television (CTV) experience..
This overexposure degrades user experience, wastes spending plans and harms brand names. Today, this is an imminently solvable problem. Why have not we resolved it?
There are several reasons, however lets focus on two specific technical hurdles and how marketers can collectively overcome them through the smarter usage of IDs..
Problem # 1: Over-matching.
Similar to “conventional” programmatic, CTV buyers and sellers should transact off of common identifiers. Its a familiar dance. They normally try to connect that e-mail address to one of these identifiers if an online marketer wants to match an email list to CTV audiences.

However a lot of households consist of more than someone. Some individual family members even have numerous email addresses.
If an advertiser is targeting three users who reside in the very same house, the innovation does not acknowledge them as a group with unified household shopping intent for cooking area cleaners or takeout pizza. Rather, advertisers treat them as 3 people who should each see the advertisements..
The result is severe overexposure.
Issue # 2: No unified ID in the bidstream.
In a related concern, CTV buyers have done not have a constant ID to measure frequency throughout streaming apps. This requires buyers to depend on a mishmash of publisher- and platform-provided identifiers..
Without any centralized frequency management, online marketers are left to their own devices. Once again, the outcome is overserved advertisements.
The root of the problem.
Regardless of plentiful research study on co-viewing and television sharing within homes, the programmatic market frequently turn to yesterdays tools to fix todays difficulties. (Consider our dependence on desktop advertisement formats in the mobile app environment. I dont care how gorgeous your 300×250 ad imaginative is, its going to look awful on an iPhone.).
Repairing ad frequency requires aggregating IDs within a household and throughout publisher stock. Lots of in the programmatic market are working to construct overarching IDs. Theyre using email addresses, home addresses and other identifiers integrated with data from dozens of third celebrations (e.g., LiveRamp, Acxiom, Epsilon, TransUnion, and so on).
Theres another huge obstacle, however. Many in the industry are still relying on email-based identity graphs. But Unified ID 2.0 alone, and the cross-publisher single sign-on system that underpins it, are unlikely to accomplish the scale we need.
Even if single-sign is reasonably scalable, it might not suffice to conquer the inconsistencies in between digital and individual identifiers. CTV audiences will still be drastically “over matched” at the family level..
A household ID is the only way.
The chance.
To understand whats at stake from the online marketers viewpoint, lets think about a nationwide drug store chain that wishes to drive incremental purchases beyond pharmaceuticals, like charm products or back-to-school gear..
A project broadly targeted to “present customers” might quickly rope in 2 or more members of a single household. Instead of see an ad for the preferred frequency, state 2x, members of this household might wind up seeing it with a frequency of 4x, 6x or more.
By fixing their individual personal IDs into a single home identity, the wanted frequency is accomplished and ROAS is maximized. The remaining budget can be reallocated towards broadening the campaign reach through competitive prospecting or look-alike targeting.
Numerous ad verticals stand to gain from solving the frequency issue, from CPG to animal brands to vehicle– essentially, any product thats bought on behalf of an entire household.
Getting frequency right.
While progress has actually been made, a number of issues stay.
People in a family do not constantly view TV together. As a result, getting to optimal frequency might in fact overcorrect in the opposite instructions. Frequency designs that overcome this distortion remain in the works, and theyre most likely to differ by vertical.
The biggest difficulty, however, will be harnessing our markets collective self-control to act in the very best interest of customers and marketers.
For all our talk about customization and so-called “better, more helpful advertisements,” we havent done a fantastic job of advocating for completion user experience. Fixing the frequency issue in television is one location that will improve the television experience for audiences, while also leading to more effective projects and more powerful attribution.
And thats something we can all get behind..
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