SuperAwesome announces the first kid-safe OTT marketplace, reaching 25M kids in the US

As linear TV viewing continues to decline, OTT (over-the-top, the catch-all term for content providers that distribute streaming media directly to viewers over the internet) has become an increasingly popular option for brands seeking to reach kids around the same content and viewing habits.

The trend towards digital spend on OTT is a result of new players, new content and new platforms, all broadening the market and increasing the network of viewers. Brands accustomed to buying linear TV for reach can now use OTT to seamlessly translate their dollars to digital.

Our OTT marketplace has the largest digital TV reach in the US dedicated to the kids audience, reaching hundreds of OTT apps and content to enable kid-safe, COPPA-compliant advertising. Major partners include FutureToday, XUMO, KetchupTV, ToonGoggles, Ameba and KidsClick, with premium content consisting of nursery rhymes, kids favourites, classic shows and also popular gaming and unboxing channels.

Our expansion into OTT content enables the diversification of reach beyond desktop, mobile and tablet, broadening accessibility to smart televisions – and there are lots of ways in which this can help campaigns.

Advertising campaigns across the OTT marketplace see high engagement and dwell times, reflecting the connected behaviors of the new era of content watchers. Additionally, advertisers utilizing OTT are not restricted to video formats, but are afforded the ability to engage with their audience through interactive elements and bespoke sponsorships.

SuperAwesome COO Kate O’Loughlin stated: “The kids media landscape is being fundamentally reshaped with more and more digital content replacing traditional TV viewing. OTT is a key part of our continual investment in providing the kid-safe digital engagement platform of choice for every major kids brand and agency.

A 2017 report by PWC predicted a move towards marketplace-centric advertising in the kids sector, away from publisher-centric advertising, allowing brands to find their audience across a disparate set of inventory.

If you’re interested in hearing about our OTT marketplace, get in touch.

‘Live TV’ or ‘On Demand’ ?

on-demandAs Internet speed has improved over the past couple of years so too has the number of those watching television on ‘On Demand’.

On Demand has allowed viewers to catch up and watch their favourite programmes when it suits them and 58% of 8-16 year olds now watch TV on a laptop or computer. Not only that but TV viewing on tablets and mobiles continues to grow too, with 20% of 8-16 year olds watching TV on a tablet and 16% on a mobile. On Demand appeals to younger viewers who like the flexibility it offers, rather than having to watch programmes at their scheduled times only, giving them the freedom to engage with different media when it suits them.

That is not to say that all watch On Demand as most still prefer ‘Live’ TV with 35% of 8-16 year olds preferring it compared to 15% ‘On Demand’. BBC iPlayer is the most commonly watched On Demand service followed by ITV player, 4OD and Demand 5, while many are also streaming shows off services like Lovefilm and Netflix to avoid sitting through adverts.

To find out more about this and get the full report on the subject get in touch here