Just as the content side of the business enjoys the peak TV era, marketers aim for the same level of performance with their ads. Julie Sterling, director of broadcast partnerships at Google, spoke of "really high expectations" among viewers on both fronts. "How do we enable [content owners] to deliver a seamless and measurable experience across all platforms?" said Sterling.
Sterling shared the stage for the keynote conversation The Seller alongside Rita Ferro, president of advertising sales and partnerships, Walt Disney Company. Jon Lafayette, business editor, Broadcasting & Cable, and senior content producer, Multichannel News, moderated.
Ferro said standout creative remains a top priority as advertising improves its game. "In a world where the data becomes better and more rich, and the technology is better," she said, "the differentiator is great storytelling."
Even with advertising getting more targeted, Ferro said Disney is focused on delivering a more varied stream of spots to targeted users. That comes from a wider pool of advertisers, and from marketers serving up more varied creative. "Seeing the same ad so many times creates a turn-off reaction," she said.
As digital content improves the experience for users, the execs spoke about the best practices of both linear and digital advertising converging for a sharper gameplan among networks. The word "seamless" popped up several times in the panel.