Addressable TV ads produce greater brain activation in key neural networks according to new research by Campaign and Finecast, in partnership with University College London. All of this means the ad is having a greater impact on the viewer than traditional TV advertising, resulting in greater success for brand metrics and KPIs. Addressable TV ads refer to hyper-targeted TV commercials, targeted by age, wealth, postcode and interests. Examples of addressable TV include Sky AdSmart and CTV platforms like Hulu and Roku. Some argue that VoD is addressable TV too as you provide your name, age, gender and address and it learns what shows you watch so can make assumptions on your interests.

The research included MRI brain scanning and behaviour testing and looked at real human reactions across key brain areas related to attention, emotion, reward and memory, while the participant watched ads, some addressable, some not. The results showed “significant and consistent” uplift across all 4 categories (attention, emotion, reward and memory) when shown addressable ads, compared to non-addressable ones. The experiment also showed a 10% increase in accuracy and response time for brand recall of addressable ads, compared to non-addressable ads and regardless of the TV show it was embedded in. This is really key data for brands to have, as it provides strong rationale to include these mediums in media plans to meet brand objectives.

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