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Channel 4 offers free use of in-house team 4Creative to entice TV advertisers

The Drum 29 Apr 2020 09:32
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To incentivise marketers to spend on TV, and help ease production pressures, Channel 4 is offering free use of its in-house team 4Creative to advertisers.

While broadcasters are attracting record audiences during lockdown, they are bracing themselves for a precipitous drop in advertising income. Channel 4 has already said it is anticipating ad revenue to plunge more than 50% over the course of April and May.

Broadcasters are now looking to remove the friction from TV production and buying, and Channel 4 hopes the “heightened value” of TV in a stay-at-home nation can attract new and existing clients. One senior media buyer recently told The Drum that TV prices are “through the floor” and could think of few reasons not to use the medium right now.

However, it is not just costs that marketers are thinking about. The broadcaster has also identified that some brands do not now have the same production means they enjoyed before the lockdown. And as a result it is freeing up the 4Creative team and external production partners including The Outfit and Sassy Films.

Channel 4 stresses this is a “short-term solution”. Sales director Matthew Salmon said: “TV has never been more valued by audiences whilst offering such great value for advertisers. We recognise however that the current limited availability of production services could still be a barrier. We want to remove that barrier by offering this unique, free-of-charge service during this unique time, providing brands access to our internationally renowned 4Creative, and our award-winning production partners.“

Channel 4 has also unveiled a suite of digital ad products on All 4 which it may steer new clients into. All 4 has reported large, engaged audiences this last month.

From May, All 4 inventory will be buyable through DSPS Adobe and The Trade Desk and SSP Freewheel.

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