From "Set on Set" to "Brand Fusion," New Creative Ad Formats Promise to Connect Brands and Audiences with Higher Engagement and Impact Globally Across NBCUniversal's One Platform
REMOTE WORKSPACES EVERYWHERE -- July 16, 2020 -- NBCUniversal today unveiled its suite of new Content and Commercial Innovations for the 2020-2021 season, building upon its years-long commitment to reimagining the commercial experience for viewers and driving sustainable, scaled impact for marketers. The 11 new innovative ad formats provide unprecedented access to NBCUniversal's creative and talent resources, tap into the senses to empower marketers' stories to stand out, and offer new ways for advertisers to innovate how they tell their stories nationally & globally all available exclusively via NBCUniversal's One Platform.
"At NBCUniversal, we're committed to freeing brands from the limitations of traditional advertising by empowering them to transform culture into connection, attention into engagement, and passion into purchase intent," said Josh Feldman, Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing & Advertising Creative at NBCUniversal. "Clients and agencies alike are looking for creative, authentic ways to partner, and reach audiences with a highly engaging viewer experience. With these new formats, we're bringing bold creative visions to life by democratizing access to our talent, and introducing new ways to engage the senses and hold attention spans."
The new slate of Content and Commercial Innovations fall across three key categories:
UNMATCHED TALENT: This year, NBCUniversal is takingTalent as Influencers to the next level. Previous executions of Talent as Influencers have led to double-digit gains in ad differentiation and attention, compared to the standard commercial experience. With the 2020-21 slate of ad innovations, NBCUniversal is building on that success and providing unprecedented partnership opportunities with its expansive creative and talent resources globally.
INNOVATING CONTENT: NBCUniversal is doubling down on its unparalleled storytelling capabilities, creating the content people love, and advertising that drives +35% lift in brand memorability, +31% in ad likeability and inspires action around the world:
SENSORY EXPERIENCES: NBCUniversal's new ad formats hold attention spans, engage the senses, and tug at the heartstrings, transforming advertising into a sensory experience. Sensory-driven campaigns drive five-times the search impact for brands, compared to a single standard commercial.
The latest slate of Content and Commercial Innovations from NBCUniversal is the continuation of a journey that first began back in 2018. To date, NBCUniversal has introduced nearly 30 new innovative ad formats. From reducing commercial clutter with Prime Pods, to expertly blending content and commerce with ShoppableTV and NBCUniversal Checkout, NBCUniversal's approach to reimagining the commercial experience is fueled by years of research that demonstrates significant impact for marketers, while improving the viewer experience. 92% of viewers appreciate commercial innovations compared to standard ads, while 88% are more likely to remember the featured brand. What's more, 78% are less likely to change the channel.
The journey continues tonight during NBCUniversal’s "30 Rock: A One-Time Special," where innovative ad formats including Scripted Commercial Launch, Supersized Show, and more will be on display, demonstrating the impact of commercial innovation on the viewer and advertiser experience.
These results and more are also the inspiration behind Peacock's unique advertising offering, as NBCUniversal launched its new streaming service this year with a 100% innovation-driven ad experience. Many successful NBCUniversal ad innovations, such as ShoppableTV, will be headed to Peacock, while new ones launched on the streamer have the opportunity to be scaled across the full NBCUniversal ecosystem.
All told, the 11 new Content and Commercial Innovations, combined with NBCUniversal's existing suite of innovative ad formats, empower marketers and the creative community to connect with their audiences in engaging environments globally, across NBCUniversal's One Platform.
Annie Betz // Annie.Betz@nbcuni.com