OTT (Over the Top) Marketing: A Boon For Businesses

SAGAR SRIVASTAV | June 11, 2021 | 218 views

OTT (Over the Top) Marketing
What is OTT (over-the-top) marketing, and how is it molding the world? Why are marketers over-enthusiastic about executing it?  Find out the ultimate guidance regarding OTT marketing.

There are several ways to receive a prodigious response for your business. Those are creative, technical, or economic methods that help grow your audience, find new leads, and so on. In the time of the pandemic, people cannot partake in outdoor activities the way they used to do. They are forced to be inside, and their medium of education, entertainment, or being aware is entirely different. One of the fastest-growing sectors is OTT which plays a significant role in making people's life entertaining and enthusiastic. It decreases the strain and gives them relaxation from their hectic life. Its market is currently valued at more than USD 101.42 billion, reaching approximately USD 223.7 billion by 2026.

Let’s have a look at OTT, OTT marketing in 2021, and the complete information about it, which makes it substantial.

OTT is a medium of providing television and film content over the internet. Nowadays, nearly everybody is streaming TV through OTT. There are various popular video streaming platforms like; Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney plus, Hotstar, etc. The video, music, podcast, and audio quality has been revamped remarkably by the OTT adoption.

What is OTT Marketing?

OTT advertising is the conveyance of promotions through online video streaming. This incorporates associated TV publicizing (or CTV promoting), which runs video advertisement interferences, banner ads, sponsored content, and more.

Here are some survey reports that state how OTT marketing is booming.
  • A report by Conviva, a streaming media research firm, informs that video streaming grew by 20% in March across the globe, which included a high 26% increase in the U.S.
  • In the OTT Video segment, the number of users is expected to amount to 300 million users by 2025.
  • The average revenue per user (ARPU) in the OTT video segment is projected to amount to US$275.49 in 2021.
  • User penetration will be 83.7% in 2021 and is expected to hit 88.1% by 2025.
  • The largest segment is OTT video advertising, with a market volume of US$40,641 million in 2021.

How OTT Marketing is Different From Traditional T.V Marketing

TV advertising has been everywhere for a long time. It has been a prevalent medium for marketers to allocate their advertisement financial plan. Nonetheless, it has been changing drastically for as far back as a couple of years with a huge shift from traditional cable TVs to over-the-top (OTT) devices like smart TVs, phones, tablets, and many streaming sticks (Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, AppleTV).Those are Internet-connected and can download videos from content delivery networks (CDN) and ads from online ad servers. The rise of online video utilization makes a massive inventory for video advertising.

However, focusing on alternatives was still exceptionally restricted and fundamental. Focusing at the individual level was unheard of. Many, if not all, viewers frequently watched similar advertisements on TV, paying little attention to their inclinations or interests. The viewers should turn on their TVs to a specified channel at a specific time to watch content and accompanying commercials. The advertisers could pick the station, program, and time based on ratings and audience data provided by a few significant research firms. This choice interaction had a few connections to the target audience hence;, it was not exact or quantifiable. There were a ton of evaluations, projections, and expectations for return on investment (ROI). The objective was essential to arrive at the majority, fundamentally whoever had their TV on. The location and engagement activities of viewers were not known or reported.  These limits gave advanced OTT advertising numerous benefits.

Marketing Funnel for OTT Streaming Services

To be successful in OTT marketing strategy, it is essential to comprehend the buyer’s journey and to understand this; we need to focus on OTT marketing funnel that assists in visualizing where the buyer is from, how he became your user, and when he showed his experience into your brand. The funnel is divided into three parts:
  • TOFU  (Top of the funnel)
  • MOFU (Middle of the funnel)
  • BOFU (Bottom of the funnel)

TOFU (Top of the funnel)-This is the first step where the user gets aware of your brand or services. You will find many leads, but it doesn’t mean that they will certainly buy from you. They are at the first stage, where they are figuring out their problems by doing research. Therefore, don’t come with too much information to resolve their issues. They will become annoyed therefore; you have to provide specific & concrete information to your leads.

MOFU (Middle of the funnel)-Once a lead passes, its first step enters the second step of funnel called middle of the funnel, where your leads express their interest towards your brand or services and consider using  your product.

BOFU (Bottom of the funnel)-Finally, your leads entered the third step of the marketing funnel, where they decide to be your customer. In this stage, the content you are providing should be persuasive and readily available.

OTT Marketing Platforms

There are various dominant OTT streaming providers growing unstoppably. Netflix, Xumo, Starz, Sling, HBO, ESPN, Hulu, Showtime, Amazon Prime, Fubo, etc. are some of them.

Why Is OTT Marketing Booming?

Marketers are enthusiastic about OTT advertising because advertisement directly reaches viewers through streaming devices and services. They experience these ads on their devices like; connected TV, Smart TV, Laptop, etc.

OTT focuses on niche audiences, and when marketers run ads on OTT platforms, it automatically gives you those target audiences. So. marketers don’t need to cater broad audience unlike, traditional T.V broadcasting. Instead, ads are shown to your specific audience interested in your brand; therefore, it minimizes your ad spend.

OTT Marketing Strategy

2021 has changed the way of marketing entirely, especially when you are looking for a specific audience. Modernizing your advertising has become the imperative footstep to woo your audience.
Here are some meaningful steps that have been mentioned which can make your business profitable.
  • Search engine optimization is the effective medium to be seen. With the help of SEO, you can be seen high when your viewers search for videos. Therefore, SEO Implementation is indispensable in this competitive advertising world.
  • Millions of people are using social media such as; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Create your brand-specific pages and profiles and maintain daily posts to encourage your audience towards your services. In addition, you can approach your audience in a very innovative way by making polls & quizzes, interesting image-based posts, etc. 
  • There is a considerable demand for memers across social media platforms. So, you can hire some famous memers to create engaging memes regarding one of your best video content.
  • Offers & promotions are always welcomed. It attracts audiences and raises their interest in your services. So approach them with attention-grabbing offers.
  • Display advertising is one of the best practices to persuade your target audience. In-display advertising, you should create some attractive, colorful graphical screen on the internet through logos, animations, videos, photographs, etc.
  • Users always try to find the website or landing page regarding your brand. If you are holding a website, you can easily convenience your niche audience to visit your uploaded content.
  • Push notifications have a 71% opt-in rate, an incredible opportunity to be adopted.
  • Email marketing is the result-oriented medium where your reach millions of people by saving your time.
  • Monitoring your analytics can give you the expected results. Numerous OTT platforms provide analytics. It helps to know about the ROI (return on investment) of your business.

OTT marketing is booming. It is now unstoppable. A study by Roku found viewers of streaming TV in the U.S. could exceed traditional pay-TV viewership in the next five years. The research predicts that 60 million families will watch content on their TV exclusively via streaming services by 2025, which would likely trump traditional TV viewership by then. It aids in providing personalized content for your niche audience. Most marketers are experiencing great ROI while investing in OTT.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is over-the-top marketing?

Over-the-top advertising is advertising delivered directly to viewers over the internet through streaming video services.

Q. How to do marketing on the OTT platform?

Implementing memers marketing, push notification, SEO, affiliate marketing, and tracking analytics are the best sources to do advertising on OTT platforms. 

Q. What are the benefits of over the top?

It quickly provides your audience with an unparalleled experience that enhances your lead generation and gives desirable results.

Q. What are the OTT marketing examples?

Display marketing, affiliate marketing, and social media marketing, are the best example of OTT marketing.


          

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