Key Findings: Programmatic Connected TV/OTT ad spend decreased 14% in March
OTT/CTV ad spend: Connected TV (CTV) / over-the-top (OTT) ad spend decreased 14% in March
Hulu, Sling drop over 25%: The two biggest Roku apps in terms of programmatic ad spend, Hulu (-30%) and Sling TV (-26%), saw drops roughly 2x larger than the wider marketplace in March
Apple, Amazon devices gain market share: Apple (+10%) and Amazon (+11%) devices saw double-digit increases in their share of programmatic ad spend share of voice among OTT/CTV devices
'Educational' apps rise nearly 3,000%: Apps in the 'Educational' category on Roku saw a 2,946% increase in programmatic ad spend
These key statistics are based on Pixalate's research comparing the first full week of March (March 1-7) to the last full week (March 22-28).
PBS and CNBC lead the risers; Hulu and Sling TV among fallers
The report reveals which Roku apps gained or lost the most ad spend (based on ad transactions) in March 2020, according to Pixalate's research. Below are some examples of fast-rising and decreasing apps:
Programmatic OTT/CTV ad spend trends on a week-by-week basis in March 2020
Fastest-rising Roku apps based on ad spend
Roku apps that lost the most ad spend
OTT/CTV device types that saw the biggest change in ad spend and ad market share of voice
Roku app categories that saw the most change based on ad spend
Supply-side platforms (SSPs) that saw the most change in programmatic ad share of voice
"The OTT ad ecosystem is facing its biggest trial to date from an external force, and advertisers appear to have reacted by decreasing investments at a rate similar to what we observed in mobile in-app," said Jalal Nasir, CEO of Pixalate. "However, the pullback in ad spend is not ubiquitous, as certain apps and platforms have flourished while others have lost dramatic market share."
About Pixalate Pixalate, a global ad fraud intelligence and marketing compliance platform, works with brands and platforms to prevent invalid traffic and improve ad inventory quality. We offer the only system of coordinated solutions across display, app, video, and OTT/CTV for better detection and elimination of ad fraud. Pixalate is an MRC-accredited service for the detection and filtration of sophisticated invalid traffic (SIVT) across desktop and mobile web, mobile in-app, and OTT/CTV advertising. www.pixalate.com
Disclaimer The content of this press release, and the Programmatic Ad Spend in the Age of COVID-19: Connected TV/OTT Advertising report (the "Report"), reflect Pixalate's opinions with respect to the factors that Pixalate believes can be useful to the digital media industry. Any proprietary data shared is grounded in Pixalate's proprietary technology and analytics, which Pixalate is continuously evaluating and updating. As cited in the Report and referenced in the Report's key findings reproduced herein, programmatic ad transactions, as measured by Pixalate, are used as a proxy for ad spend. The Report examines U.S. advertising activity. Any references to outside sources in the Report and herein should not be construed as endorsements. Pixalate's opinions are just that, opinions, which means that they are neither facts nor guarantees.