Premium video generates up to 25x more advertising attention than social video

Media industry body ThinkPremiumDigital has released further findings from its Benchmark Series which showed that five hours of social video consumption is required to generate just one minute of video advertising attention, versus 12 minutes of premium video.

Advertising platforms have long shared usage data to demonstrate effectiveness and justify investment, however new research proves time spent on a platform is markedly different from the attention paid to advertising.

Using eye-tracking and neurometric measures, the third phase of the series, conducted by audience research lab MediaScience, sought to quantify how overall time spent on a platform converts to ad attention, specifically for video advertising.

The research found an hour of premium video generates 2.6 times more visual attention to ads than YouTube and 25 times more than video advertising on Facebook and Instagram.

Premium video refers to short- and long-form video housed in the digital environments of known and trusted media brands that are brand-safe and offer meaningful scale.

MediaScience’s Dr Duane Varan said: “As we’ve consistently demonstrated, environments matter. The case for premium video continues to strengthen with this research showing its ability to deliver ad exposure and even more importantly, advertising attention.”

Earlier this year, We Are Social’s Digital 2022 Australia Report claimed Australians spend up to 17 hours per month on specific social platforms, however, ThinkPremiumDigital general manager, Venessa Hunt, advised advertisers to look deeper into these figures when planning media investment. “If you use ‘time spent’ data to guide your media choices, make sure it’s time spent with advertising. After all, if people aren’t spending time with ads, there’s little point investing in the platform.

“We know Australian publisher and broadcaster content attracts quality attention and audiences and now the evidence shows these environments also bring greater attention to the advertising surrounding the content. The research shows that in premium environments, people have a greater opportunity to be exposed to advertising, and when they are, they pay more attention to it,” said Hunt.

“When people are using their planning tools to be able to allocate within the digital arenas, they often get big platform numbers, but it’s never really looking at how much of that is advertising time versus time on the actual platform itself. We really wanted to look at what the difference was between the time that people were on a platform, the ad exposure, and how long are people actually paying attention to it,” she added.

Specific findings of the research showed that an average hour of premium video generates 6:08 minutes of advertising exposure, 2.2 times more than YouTube (2:41 minutes) and 16 times more than Facebook or Instagram video (23 seconds).

But, as with any advertising, consumers aren’t paying attention 100% of the time. During an average hour of consumption, premium video generates 5 mins of advertising attention, 2.6 times more than YouTube (1:54 mins) and 25 times more than Facebook or Instagram video (12 secs).

Therefore, to generate one minute of advertising attention, 12 minutes of premium video is required compared to 31:57 minutes of YouTube video and a whopping five hours of Facebook or Instagram video.

This phase of the Benchmark study involved 350 lab respondents with attention during media consumption gauged using eye-tracking and neurometric measures. In-home and out-of-home all natural media consumption was also measured with a further 583 respondents.


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