The future of TV is digital and promising: ultra-high definition images, unlimited choice, interactive features, and much more. But for many of these features, the future is now. With this tone, Rector Professor Klaus Fischer opened the 2nd Product Placement Congress, an event jointly organized by Nürtingen University and the Andreas Waldner Marketing and Communications Agency.
According to host Ronniccia Eisenmann the starting point for advertisers in the dawning digital TV-age is clear cut. The days of the familiar 30-second-spot during the commercial break are over. The viewers readiness to flip channels using their remote control combined with the TiVo makes for the advertising professionals nightmare, explains Walter Berner, head of the technology department at the agency for communication of German state of Baden-Württemberg. The TiVo is a new digital video recorder which handily eliminates annoying ads from movies or TV-shows and stores it, ready to watch and commercial-free, on a hard drive. The antidote to this assault on the industry is product placement. Products are visibly placed in the hands of actors or in the background of scenes and so become part of the action. The big advantage for companies: the image of the programme eventually rubs off on the brand.
"To make a product really successful, people have to love it," says the President of the professional soccer club VfB-Stuttgart, Erwin Staudt. "For that you need emotions." Therefore soccer clubs such as the VfB offer a unique option for presenting products in the public spotlight. "The VfB Stuttgart produces emotions," Staudt sums up the fascination of soccer. Indeed, soccer has a high potential for getting a marketing message across, confirms Arne Bergmann, head of the advertising marketing department at the Pay-TV-channel "Premiere". The channel is at the forefront of digitalisation and knows its viewers very well. "We know your name, your birthday and your account information," Bergmann jokingly describes the opportunities for targeting specific audiences. In this new TV-world, special interest channels and video-on-demand services offer something for every taste. Advertisers also get to know every secret, enabling them to fine-tuning their message for every single viewer.
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