“Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books...” – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
October is THE huge month in terms of political advertising, with most of it going to TV – especially at the statewide and local level. Problem is, voters’ media consumption habits are changing. Digital is where it’s at for a growing number of voters. Online streaming, mobile, and multi-screen are growing leaps and bounds. Of course, with that comes the opportunity for personalization and segmentation around preferences. Campaign marketers, who are under pressure to produce results, are working furiously to insure the candidate’s online buys are not going to wasted impressions.
To help with that, political advertisers and consultants have jumped on programmatic ad-tech big time. Armed with razor-sharp targeting options, ad-tech campaigns can quickly and easily target ads directly to specific voters. Everyone’s doing something along these lines because no campaign wants to be caught behind the digital 8-ball in this year’s midterms. According to a new STRATA political survey, 85 percent of political agencies plan to use programmatic ads for their political media-buying efforts this year. The company says the agencies polled represent roughly 75 percent of total political advertising billings.
That’s interesting, but it may not be enough. Watch for these three trends to make a difference: