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Television Fundamentals

TV: NUTS AND BOLTS Media Sales in a Cross Platform World Presented by: Tracey McCormack | UCLA Extension

BROADCAST CALENDAR  The Broadcast Calendar is a standardized calendar used primarily for the planning and purchase of TV media and advertising.  Broadcast Calendar weeks are Monday-Sunday weeks. And every month has either 4 or 5 weeks. Every month has 28 or 35 days.  The link between the Broadcast Calendar and Gregorian calendar is that the first week of every broadcast month always contains the Gregorian calendar first of the month.  Broadcast calendar years can either have 52 or 53 weeks.  The Broadcast calendar was really created for Accounting purposes and to align with certain financial calendars.

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MEDIA UNIVERSE

TWO BROAD WAYS TO ADVERTISE ON TV NETWORK / NATIONAL TELEVISION:  There are over 2,000 affiliated television stations across the United States which are fed the same programming throughout the broadcast day. Some portion of the day will be local, original content.  A commercial on network television will be seen all over the U.S. on networks like: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN, CW, Ion, Univision and more!!  Or on national cable channels like: ESPN, USA, TBS, BRAVO, FOOD LOCAL / SPOT TELEVISION:  Here, an advertiser can use selected markets to advertise without regard to network affiliation.  Buys are made on a market by market basis and schedules may be entirely different in each city.

THERE ARE MANY TV OPTIONS NATIONAL TV OTPIONS:  Network (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, ION)  Syndication (Wheel of Fortune, How I Met Your Mother)  Hispanic Television (UNI, TM, Azteca)  National Cable TV (Discovery, ESPN, Comedy Central)  There are several TIERS of Cable TV REGIONAL TV OPTIONS:  Spot TV (Affiliates/Indies)  Regional or Unwired Networks (Fox Sports West)  Cable Interconnect (Adlink)  Local Cable Systems (Comcast, Cox, Charter, Time Warner)

Critical Nielsen Basics

NIELSEN HISTORY  The AC Nielsen Company was founded in 1936 by Arthur C. Nielsen as one of the first research companies to measure the audience for radio and advertising on radio.  In 1950, Nielsen was there again at the birth of the TV Broadcasting business.  Nielsen has remained as the leading, dominating measurement service of all media/advertising platforms for more than 75 years!!  Unlike a newspaper or magazine, who can count how many they have sold – there is no simple way to know how many people are are actually watching any given program.  The TV rating is only the simplest and most democratic measure of the audience: how many people watched.  Nielsen basically answers two questions: “Who is watching TV?” and “What are they watching?”

RANDOM SAMPLING  Census vs Sample  Nielsen starts its measurement by drawing a sample.  A pot of vegetable soup does not require eating the whole vat to know what’s in it.  Stirring the soup is a way to make sure that the sample you draw represents all the different parts of what is in the pot.  A representative sample doesn’t have to be very large to represent the population it is drawn from.

RANDOM SAMPLING  While it doesn’t need to be large, it does need to represent the population.  The larger the sample, the smaller the standard deviation of error of the ratings information released.  Nielsen TV Families are recruited in-person by Nielsen  The families are a cross-section of the households with TVs all across America.  They have households in all 50 states with all different economic and socio-economic profiles  Samples are designated to match the profile of each city, each demographic group and are “weighted” if the sample comes back short.

RANDOM SAMPLING  Participants in the Nielsen sample are compensated for their efforts  Sample Characteristics of what they are searching for include:  Territory and County Size  Status of Cable, ADS, DVR, multiple-sets in the Home  HH Size, HH ages, Number of Kids, Pet Ownership  Internet access  HOH Occupation, Education and Income

RANDOM SAMPLING

RANDOM SAMPLING

UNIVERSE ESTIMATES  Universe Estimate: (UE) – Total persons or homes in a given population  Television Universe: Total persons or homes in a given population with at least one television set  Universe estimates are updated by Nielsen every year in September  Those UEs are the basis for the formulas we use to calculate TV ratings, impressions, shares and HUTS

HOW IS TV VIEWING MEASURED?  National Broadcast and National Cable are Measured as a part the National Sample  20,000 Homes in the National Sample  All homes Have People Meters  364* Days of Household and Demographic Data (*Broadcast Calendar)  Local Broadcast Measurement  DMAs: Designated Market Areas as defined by Nielsen  210 DMAs  56 Metered Markets  31 are Metered by HH Audimeters  364* days of HH information only  4 Rating Books – Feb, May, July and November  25 are Metered by Local People Meters  364* days of HH and Demo Information  12 Rating Books – 1 per month

PEOPLE METERS  Audimeters tell us that a HH has the TV “on” so we know if the TV is on or off  What we don’t know is …. WHO is watching  People meters are remote controls that are only found in the National Sample and the 25 LPM markets.  Each TV in the HH gets a box and a special remote control with a “check-in” button designated for each person in the family.  People Meter Service launched in the national sample in 1987 and it took Nielsen until 2001 to launch it in the local markets  Markets with Audimeters (31 of them) get 364 days of HH overnight data  Markets with People Meters (25 of them) get 364 days of HH and Demo Overnight Data

PEOPLE METERS and DIARIES

SWEEP PERIODS  The top 25 LPM markets get 12 books a year (one in each month) and 364 days of overnight data.  The “sweep” months are largely unimportant any longer due to 364 days of data and competition from Cable with original programs all year long  Most of the TV markets still use viewer diaries on a spot TV basis.  The 31 non-LPM markets use diaries to support audimeters and get 365 days of HH overnight data.  They also get 4 books a year in the major sweep months  The 154 non-metered markets use only diaries for all measurement and get no HH overnight data  They also get 4 books a year in the major sweep months.  The four major sweep periods are:  February, May, July and November  Some markets also get data in January, March and October  Sweep dates are always Thursday-Wednesday weeks

SET TOP BOX DATA  Set Top Box Data is a relatively new phenomenon in national and local television whereby companies such as –  Rentrak  Kantar Media  Ti-Vo  And others are using the set top boxes that already exist in your home via cable or satellite to have a larger sample and theoretically have a lower standard deviation of error.  Today, Rentrak is probably the biggest of all the companies that offer this service and it has been bought by a number of small, un-rated by Nielsen networks and ad agencies.  STB data has had many challenges to over-come but have done so one by one (in some cases) including the likes of –  It is not a representative, random sample of the US Population  Integrating into the Donovan Data System  Having enough homes in the sample  Having Demo information as well as HH  Getting the ad agencies to begin to use it  There are still great skeptics to STB data but it appears that Nielsen is getting into the game of STB data as an addition to their sample which will help the cause tremendously.

RESEARCH: Definitions, Formulas & Terminology

HOUSEHOLDS USING TELEVISION (HUT) HOUSEHOLDS USING TELEVISION is the PERCENTAGE of total television households having their sets tuned on at a particular time. Example:      The first two homes are viewing Black List on NBC on Monday from 10-11p The next home is viewing Hostages on CBS on Monday from 10-11p And the next home, Castle on ABC from 10-11pm on Monday. Of the 5 homes owning television sets, four are viewing (or USING television) 4 TV homes watching television from 10-11pm DIVIDED by 5 total homes that own TV sets = 80%.  Expressed as a percentage, the HUT at this time is 80%.  When the same calculation is done with PEOPLE, it is referred to as PERSONS USING TELEVISION or PUT. NBC NBC CBS ABC NOT USING TV

HUT LEVELS VARY BY DAYPART AND BY SEASON Daypart Fall/Winter Spring Summer Avg Year Daytime 27 26 26 27 Early Fringe 50 43 40 46 Prime 64 57 40 59 Late Fringe 28 28 28 28

SHARE A SHARE refers to the PERCENTAGE that a program or station has of the total viewing audience. Share is NOT projected to the total households owning a set, but only those households that are viewing at a particular time. Example:  The first two homes are viewing BlackList  The next home is viewing Hostages.  The next home is viewing Castle.  The fifth home is not viewing any television program and therefore is not counted in the share equation. NBC     NBC CBS ABC BlackList = 2 out of 4 homes viewing = 50 share (2/4) Hostages = 1 out of 4 homes viewing = 25 share (1/4) Castle = 1 out of 4 homes viewing = 25 share (1/4) ALL SHARES SHOULD ADD UP TO 100%. NOT USING TV

RATING A RATING is expressed as a PERCENTAGE of individuals or total television households tuned to a particular television program. Rating is projected to the universe of all TV homes, viewing or not. Example:  Assume a total television population (those owning a set) of five homes.  Two of five homes are viewing BlackList on NBC.  One of five homes is viewing Hostages on CBS.  One of five homes is viewing Castle on ABC.  One of five homes is NOT viewing television at that time. NBC     NBC CBS ABC BlackList = 2 of 5 homes = 40 rating (2/5) Hostages = 1 of 5 homes = 20 rating (1/5) Castle = 1 of 5 homes = 20 rating (1/5) ALL RATINGS SHOULD ADD UP TO THE HUT LEVEL (80). NOT USING TV

IMPRESSIONS IMPRESSIONS are the RAW NUMBERS of individuals viewing a particular program, usually attributed to a demographic and expressed in thousands (000). Example:  Assume there are five homes viewing Hostages on CBS.  In one home there are 2 women 18-49 viewing for a total of 2 impressions against W18-49.  In two homes there is 1 woman 18-49 in each viewing for a total of 2 impressions against W18-49 viewing.  In two homes there are no W18-49 viewing although some other demographic is viewing.  The grand total of women 18-49 impressions is 4. CBS CBS CBS CBS CBS

VPVH VPVH (Viewers per Viewing Household) is a calculation that quantifies the concentration of a particular demographic within viewing homes. As in our prior Example:  There are five homes viewing Hostages on CBS.  Within those 5 viewing homes there is a total of 4 women 18-49 viewing.  Therefore we have 4 Viewers (W18-49) per 5 viewing households.  This is calculated as 4 divided by 5 and described as a decimal .800 CBS CBS CBS CBS CBS

GROSS RATING POINTS (GRPS) TOTAL IMPRESSIONS (000) GROSS RATING POINTS and TOTAL IMPRESSIONS: A mathematical expression of total media weight generated by an ad campaign. The sum of all ratings and impressions for all commercials in a given media schedule. Example: Jello Pudding aired spots in the following programs: PROGRAM UNITS RATING IMPRESSIONS GRPs (000) Katie Couric 7x 3.0 2.1 News 5x 5.0 3.5 25.0 17.5 The Tonight Show 5x 2.5 1.8 12.5 9.0 CSI: Miami 4.0 2.8 4.0 2.8 62.5 44.0 TOTALS: 1x 18x 21.0 14.7

TIME SHIFTED VIEWING  National Broadcast and Cable includes “time-shifted viewing” (DVR usage) in their equations  National Broadcast and Cable have 4 Different Nielsen Audience Data Streams From Which to Choose:  Nielsen measures the national sample and releases audience information in 3 feeds of “program rating” data:  Live, Live +Same Day, Live +7  Nielsen also releases audience information in 1 feed of “commercial rating” data called the “C3”  C3 = Commercial Pod Ratings PLUS 3 days of Time Shifted Viewing  Generally, the agencies that buy national broadcast and cable buy off of the C3

MEDIA FORMULAS TO KEEP IN MIND Rating Share X HUT Share Rating / HUT HUT Rating / Share VPVH Viewers/Viewing Homes GRP Reach x Frequency

STATS: “Key Stats on Key Players”

HOURS OF WEEKLY MEDIA CONSUMPTION Media Traditional TV 35.1 AM/FM Radio Internet on a Computer Video on the Internet 14 5.1 Game Console 1.5 Video on Mobile 1.3 DVD/Blu-ray *Nielsen Media Research released its Cross Playform Q3 2013 report. Weekly media usage by platform, as reported by Multichannel News: Hours (weekly) 1.3 1.5

AVERAGE TIME SPENT PER DAY WITH MAJOR MEDIA BY U.S. ADULTS (2010-13) Category Media 2010 2011 Digital Total 3:14 (29.6%) 3:50 (33.8%) 4:31 (39.1%) 5:09(44.4%) Online Mobile (nonvoice) 2:22 (22.0%) 2:33 (22.6%) 2.27 (21.0%) 2:19 (19.5%) 0:24 (3.6%) 0:49 (7.1%) 1:33 (13.5%) 2:21 (19.8%) Other 0:26 (3.9%) 0:28 (4.1%) 0:31 (4.5%) TV Total 4:24 (40.9%) 4:34 (40.4%) 4:38 (39.8%) 4:31 (38.1%) Radio Total 1:36 (14.9%) 1:34 (13.9%) 1:32 (13.2%) 1:26 (12.1%) Print Total 0:50 (7.7%) 0:44 (6.5%) 0:38 (5.4%) 0:32 (4.5%) Newspapers 0:30 0:26 0:22 0:18 Magazines 0:20 0:18 0:16 0:14 Other Total 0:42 (7.0%) 0:36 (5.5%) 0:20 (2.5%) 0:14 (1.0%) Total - 10:46 11:18 11:39 11:52 * Hours: Minutes 2012 2013 EST. 0:36 (5.1%)

MEDIA CONSUMPTION REPORT: ETHNICITY Nielsen's Cross Platform Media Consumption Report (2013) *Monthly Usage by Platform & Ethnicity Hours/Minutes AFRICANAMERICAN HISPANIC MEDIA TOTAL On Traditional TV Watching Time-Shifted TV Using a DVD/Blu-ray Device Using a Game Console Using Internet on a computer Watching Video on Internet Watching Video on Mobile Phone 152:08 12:31 5:30 6:39 28:32 6:20 211:10 9:40 6:22 7:53 30:17 8:46 127:18 8:21 5:22 7:20 24:21 8:03 93:49 9:01 4:30 5:03 37:01 11:57 60:42 62:51 60:07 N/A Source: Multichannel News ASIAN

TOP BROADBAND PROVIDERS (3Q13) Category Provider Subscribers Cable Comcast 20,283,000 Time Warner 11,550,000 Charter 4,535,000 Cablevision 2,774,000 Suddenlink 1,039,100 Mediacom 956,000 WOW (WideOpen West) 725,000 Cable ONE 469,296 Others 6,530,000 Sub-total 48,681,396 *Source: Leichtman Research Group

SALES: “Terminology, Currencies, Marketplace”

TERMINOLOGY  UPFRONT: The marketplace for buying TV commercial time well in advance of the telecast date and usually for an extended period, such as for a year, typically 4Q-3Q. Usually begins in May.  SCATTER: The marketplace for purchasing TV commercial time closer to telecast date, for a quarter at a time or less. Usually purchased the quarter before or during the quarter of telecast.  GUARANTEE: An assurance by the selling network that the advertiser’s commercial schedule will be viewed by a specific total of audience (Gross Impressions).  UNDER-DELIVERY: The amount of audience (Gross Impressions) that an advertiser’s schedule falls short of the guaranteed amount.  ADU & RECAP: Free commercials units given to an advertiser either in anticipation of audience underdelivery or after the fact. A Recap my be “recaptured” by the network and may be booked at the time of the order.  MAKE-GOOD: A commercial unit given to an advertiser to compensate for a commercial that was missed.  PRE-EMPTION: A commercial unit that was scheduled to be telecast but is not, typically because a program that was originally purchased has been changed, or a technical error.

TERMINOLOGY  REGISTRATION: An RFP from an agency. Includes client name, brands, target audience to be guaranteed, budget, flight dates, dayparts and audience mix for each and other terms & conditions.  PROPOSAL: Prepared by the network to include units and projected audience delivery within each daypart and a schedule of either ROS and/or programs, all for a total gross cost.  HOLD: After negotiations are complete, the agency in good faith requests that the network “holds the inventory out of sale” until the agency can get final approval of the proposal.  ORDER: Once the proposal has been approved by the client it becomes an order.  CANCELLATION OPTIONS: On long term deals such as upfronts some portion of the order may be agreed to be cancelable with sufficient notice.  FIRM: The portion of the order that is not cancellable is considered Firm.

DAYPARTS  Because Traditional Television viewing is linear, the time of day that the viewing occurs is important.  Audience viewing during different times of the day have different implied values  For instance, women viewing during Primetime are worth more than women during Daytime  The different times of day are called DAYPARTS  Broadcast and Local Affiliate Dayparts are based on network’s schedule  Local affiliates sell short breaks during network programs and in adjacencies and own 100% of the time during their own local programming, like local news.  Cable Network Dayparts are defined by (and different) for each Network  Cable Networks schedule 24 hours a day, so their affiliates (cable systems) get 2 or 3 minutes every hour to sell.  Typical Broadcast Dayparts are: Early Morning 5a-9a Daytime Early Fringe 4p-7p Prime Access Prime Mon-Sat 8p-11p / Sun 7p-11p 9a-4p 7p-8p

CURRENCIES  COST PER POINT (CPP): The amount of money an advertiser pays to deliver one GRP (1 rating point) of people or homes.  Time Period Cost / Time Period Rating = Cost per Rating Point (or CPP)  COST PER THOUSAND (CPM): The amount of money an advertiser pays to deliver 1,000 people or homes.  Time Period Cost / Impression = Cost per Thousand (or CPM)  GROSS VS NET  A contract is negotiated for an amount of money and the TV station or network bills the agency for that entire amount, known as “Gross”.  In theory, the agency would collect the entire “Gross” amount from the client to pay the station, but would receive a 15% discount from the TV station or network.  Known as the agency commission, it was originally considered to be the agency’s compensation. The TV station or network receives the “net” amount, 85% of the negotiated money.  Only the most foolish of clients now allow their agency to keep the full 15% discount that stations and networks give.

CURRENCIES FROM THE AGENCY’S POV  Agencies determine what CPMs they want to pay for their clients by using the following types of data:  Internal Cost History  Competitive CPMs paid on Like-Sized Nets  Collusion  Available Market Data Such As:  SQAD reports  Nielsen Data Reports on CPMs  Kantar Media Reports on Competitive Spending

CURRENCIES FROM THE NETWORK’S POV  Television time is both finite and perishable.  There is a fixed number of commercials that can run in any given hour.  Unsold units cannot be moved to another day.  Demos in the network’s sweet spot yield a higher CPM  Stations decide what their selling cpp will be based on some of the following factors:  Ratings/Demand  What the Market Will Bear  In Some Cases Volume Discounts Apply  It is the responsibility of the Sales Manager to sell every spot, each day for the highest CPM possible and most of it is sold months in advance

FACTORS EFFECTING THE MARKETPLACE  Economic Downturn or Upswing  Olympics  Politicals (Major Election Year)  Propositions  Disasters (Plane Crashes)  Major News Coverage (Car chases)  Content of a Show (American Idol)  Major Sporting Event Coverage (World Series)  The Pace of the Automotive Industry

UPFRONT SALES Upfront Sales (billion) Networks 2012-13 2013-14 ABC $2.1 $2.2 CBS $2.5 $2.6 FOX N/A $1.8 NBC $1.9 $2.0 CW $0.400 $0.420 *This chart delineates broadcast network TV sales during the upfront for 2013-2014 as represented in the trade process

AD AGE’S 10 BIGGEST MEGABRANDS IN 2012 RANK BRAND PARENT EXPENDITURE 1 AT&T AT&T $1.59 billion Verizon Verizon Communications $1.43 billion Chevrolet GM $958.0 million McDonald's McDonald's $957.0 million Geico Berkshire Hathaway $921.0 million Toyota Toyota $879.0 million Ford Ford $857.0 million T-Mobile T-Mobile $773.0 million Macy's Macy's $762.0 million Walmart Walmart $690.0 million 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

FASTEST-GROWING AD SPENDERS IN 2012 # ADVERTISER AMOUNT SPENT IN 2012 PERCENTAGE GROWTH FROM 2011 1 Samsung $881 million 58% 2 Amazon $1.1 billion 47% 3 IAC $547 million 43% Lions Gate $418 million 43% AbbVie $481 million 41% Discover $603 million 30% Dish Network $469 million 29% Honda $1.2 billion 29% Kia $637 million 27% T-Mobile US $1.1 billion 27% 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

LARGEST GLOBAL MARKETS Advertising Age's 10 Largest Global Markets (2013) Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Market United States Japan China Germany United Kingdom Brazil Australia France Canada South Korea *Source: ZenithOptimedia Major Media Spend (Millions) $166,905 $52,838 $40,948 $23,184 $20,345 $15,859 $13,072 $12,145 $11,589 $10,612 Change vs. 2012 3.50% 2.10% 10.10% -1.10% 5.00% 3.70% 2.00% -2.80% -0.40% -1.20%

Post Buy Analysis

POST BUY ANALYSIS: HOW??  Post Buys are done with what is called “exact time posting” via a combination of data from the media buying software, the network trafficking system and invoices of the exact time that a spot has run.  Programs are sold/purchased in rotation format with an average impression from the daypart but are posted via exact time that the spot ran.  Often in national TV, third party companies are hired to handle the post buys. In local TV, the post buys are done by the local station and the local rep.  Most national agencies require that networks guarantee and deliver 100% of the promised audience impressions.  Most local buys are required to post at +/- 10%, depending on the market and due to less available, daily audience data and information.  Under-posting and over-posting are equally bad business for the ad agency

POST BUY ANALYSIS WHY??  Post Buy Analysis is a controversial issue.  It is an invaluable tool for Ad Agencies  To ensure that buyers are highly scrutinizing estimates.  To prove to their clients that they did in fact do their job in delivering the promised audience.  To assist in pitching new business to illustrate the reliability of the media dept.  To keep networks honest and working to achieve ratings success It is an important tool for the Clients  To ensure that their media agency is doing a good job  To evaluate and make decisions on media spend and purchases

POST BUY ANALYSIS: WHY??  It is a complicated issue for the Networks  Adding ADU’s makes it very complicated to manage the inventory  “Selling Out” in part due to increased ADU’s can be disastrous for networks  There is no added benefit to a network for over-delivering  BUT DID THE CASH REGISTER RING???  Does posting at 100% mean sales went up?  If sales went down, can it be pin-pointed to the media post?  Is the ultimate job of the agency and station partners to post? Or to move product?

Tracey McCormack Phone: 323-977-TMAC Email: Tracey@McCormackMedia.net Website: www.McCormackMedia.net Twitter: @TraceyMacTweets LinkedIN: Tracey McCormack Facebook: McCormack Media Services YouTube: Tracey McCormack Google+: McCormack Media Services Los Angeles Headquarters McCormack Media Services 3219 Kelton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90034 New York Office McCormack Media Services 138 W. 87th Street, 2R New York, NY 10024 CONTACT

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