Samba TV says it can monitor which programs consumers are watching and on which device they’re consuming content. The company can also determine when viewers are tuned out during advertisements – if they’re channel-flipping during commercial breaks, for example – which helps advertisers inform and optimize media buys.
That kind of viewer insight is becoming increasingly important to advertisers, according to Chad Stoller, a managing partner at IPG Media Lab.
“We’re always looking for new sources of data that give us better buying intelligence,” Stoller said. “As television moves into programmatic marketplaces, we believe that having a good understanding of – and new sources of – data provides us with insights that let us buy better.”
As an example of how IPG will leverage Samba TV’s data to help its advertising clients, Stoller pointed to real-time campaigning.
There are two angles to IPG’s investment in Samba TV, he explained. One is on the intelligence side, and the other is from a media perspective.
“We can use Samba TV to roadblock all the attention inside a home,” he said. “If you have a television show that’s running, and a car advertisement appears on screen, you can basically take over any of the devices in that home in terms of buying up the ad inventory.”
IPG Mediabrands’ investment in Samba TV speaks to a broader industry trend – the growing adoption of connected TVs and an uptick in streaming content.
According to research from the IAB that explores TV’s changing landscape, also out Monday, one-third of adults in the US own a connected TV and one-third of connected TV owners stream video daily. Many spend 50% or more of their TV viewing time on digital programming. Seventy-eight percent of adults in the US use a separate device while watching traditional TV.
With more than a third of connected TV owners streaming more video on their TVs compared to a year ago, advertisers and agencies are hastening their efforts to track and target audiences across screens.
IPG’s minority stake in Samba TV follows a similar move into data and analytics – its investment in mobile measurement firm Placed last Fall.