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GEN Z ACQUIRES A TV HABIT test

Gen Z is typically less engaged with traditional media, but COVID-19 is drawing a younger audience to TV and is likely to change their media consumption habits permanently.

That’s the view of Daniel Bischoff, chief marketing & operations officer at RTL AdConnect, part of the Luxembourg-based media group RTL Group.
Writing for WARC, he notes that “all over Europe, television … is regaining its role as the ‘family hearth’” – a place where people come together to catch up on the day’s news and seek out entertainment.

He reports that while the data indicates a rise in viewing is apparent across all age groups, this is most significant among the younger population.

“Figures from the Netherlands, for example, show a 155% increase in the amount of kids TV being watched; in France there is an increase of 21 percentage points in the number of 15- to 24-year-olds watching TV each day.

“And, in France, this young audience viewing hours increased 36% in March 2020, compared to 24% for 25 to 49s and 16% for over-50s.”

All this, he argues, will have a long-term effect on the media consumption habits of Gen Z – a demographic some media experts have suggested won’t even know what “TV” is – as the medium enables them to get together with their families and provides a strong anchor during lockdown.

This inter-generational TV experience is rewriting the media expectations of younger people who are now more likely to regard broadcast news as relevant to their lives, while shared entertainment moments will create new family memories.

It’s hard to imagine this will completely disappear, says Bischoff. “Even when we’re back to our busy lives, families are going to recognise the pleasure of hanging out, not doing much, and make a point of building it into their schedules.”

Source: https://origin.warc.com/NewsAndOpinion/News/43745

WHAT PEOPLEMETERS SAY test

TV rating, which is measured electronically using so called peoplemeters in the Czech Republic, celebrates its 23rd anniversary today. This method started to be applied in 1997. Since that time, it has been subject to a number of changes and it ranks among the most advanced methods across the globe today. Research for the Association of Television Organisations (ATO), the client and project owner, is carried out by Nielsen Admosphere.

What do the measurement data tell us?

We know from the peoplemeter project data, for example, that TV is the strongest medium. On average, we dedicate more daily time to watching TV than to listening to the radio, reading the print media or browsing the Internet. Last year, TV was watched 3 hours and 42 minutes per day on average (category 15+).

During the state of emergency resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, TV became the main and extremely important source of information for the Czechs. Namely TV rating of news programmes more than doubled against regular times. “Data in our measurement show that TV has still been a very important part of our lives and has been capable of addressing all generations today. The recent several weeks have revealed that in times of crisis its role becomes even bigger,” says Tereza Šimečková, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Nielsen Admosphere, commenting on the rating results.

Looking at history and the last year’s data

Compared to 1997 when the peoplemeter measuring commenced in the Czech Republic, the composition of TV stations changed – at that time, there were only four main Czech channels to choose from while today, their number has multiplied. The shows we like watching most have also changed: for example, in 1997, Miss of the Decade was top-rated while last year, 22 years later, a new fairy-tale called The Princess and Half the Kingdom earned the highest rating.     

Within the largest TV groups, TV series also scored well in 2019 with MOST! being at the top in Česká televize and Policie Modrava and Černé vdovy being most successful in Nova and Prima, respectively. In time-shifted viewing, the series with the highest ratings included MOST! (Česká televize), Temný kraj II (Prima) and Policie Modrava (Nova).

“Upon ATO’s instruction, TV rating on the Internet has been measured through digital devices, such as PCs and notebooks, tablets, mobile phones or smart TVs with the HbbTV platform since January 2018. The data collected are analysed together with peoplemeter data, providing information on changes in audience behaviour. Peoplemeters do not lose their key role in the current digital age,” says Vlasta Roškotová, ATO’s Statutory Executive, noting that “peoplemeter measuring has still been the most extensive and costly media project in the Czech Republic.”

FOUR COVID-19 MARKETING TRENDS: NAVIGATING WHAT’S NEXT test

As countries around the world emerge from lockdown, businesses are having to adjust to a future rather different from the one they’d planned for in January. WARC’s Anna Hamill highlights some key trends.

Staring down the barrel of what is certain to be a severe economic recession, marketers are now preparing to navigate a period of prolonged uncertainty for their brand, the global economy, and the consumers they serve.

Few people anticipated, as they packed up their laptops in March to work from home, that they’d still be video-conferencing from their kitchen table several months later. Few expected to be taking on the fraught role of home-school teacher, or that everyday activities – such as seeing friends or taking public transport – would become unfathomable public health risks. Yet, these are the strange new realities of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As lockdowns start to ease and the scale of the economic challenge becomes clear, uneasy businesses are adjusting to a future which is looking decidedly different from the one they had planned for at the start of 2020.

Here’s some key trends we are seeing at WARC as COVID-19 moves into a new phase.

1. Brands are slashing advertising spend for 2020

What was hinted at in April’s ad-spend numbers is now crystal-clear: brands are pulling advertising spend en-masse, to the tune of a huge $50 billion globally in 2020., an 8.1% plunge from 2019.

WARC’s latest Global Ad Trends report, which reforecasts the 2020 ad-spend outlook by category, paints a grim picture: almost all product categories will record a decline in ad investment this year. The most severe falls will be recorded in travel & tourism (-31.2%), leisure & entertainment (-28.7%), financial services (-18.2%), retail (-15.2%) and automotive (-11.4%).

For some brands, these cuts are due to lockdown restrictions barring operation (leisure and entertainment) or near-total revenue collapse (travel). Other brands are pulling spend for now, choosing to keep their powder dry amid uncertainty about the economic recession (financial services, some retail). Others are battling for survival and have simply no choice but to cut spend, in some cases for up to 12 months.

Though best practice indicates that brands should continue to spend through difficult times in order to position themselves for recovery when consumers start spending again, the COVID-19 recession is forcing brands to make extremely difficult choices. In the words of Les Binet in a recent exclusive article for WARC: “this is more like a war than a recession.”  WARC’s Global Ad Trends indicates that traditional media will be hardest hit, and fare far worse than online. Investment is set to fall by 16.3% – $51.4bn – this year, with declines recorded across cinema (-31.6%), OOH (-21.7%), print (-20.1%), radio (-16.2%) and TV (-13.8%).

2. Brands are moving back to basics: service and trust

Many brands are moving back to marketing basics: demonstrating a core purpose, serving customers in the truest sense of the word, and just trying to be helpful. Trust is crucial during this time. Most importantly: any ‘sell sell sell’ agenda has been largely parked (though, of course, any new business is still welcomed).

Consumers are, for the most part, simply not interested in pushiness at the moment: they want security and positivity from advertising during COVID-19. Even before COVID-19, some standardised brand communications – e.g. satisfaction surveys, purchase reminders – were generally not appreciated by consumers. The pandemic is an opportunity to try and engage consumers in new, more helpful ways.

Tesco, the UK’s leading retailer, took a ‘public service approach’ focusing new TV advertising on the very practical ways it was helping shoppers stay safe in its stores during COVID-19.

Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing Officer at Mastercard, believes that COVID-19 is a crucial test of brand trust: “This is a time of need, and if you are not friends with consumers at this point in time, they are not going to talk to you later. It’s very important that brands build trust during this time. Brands are trusted, validated or invalidated during the time of crisis,” he said recently, in an exclusive interview with WARC.

3. Brands which invested in online purchase journeys are now benefiting

During COVID-19, retailers big and small have been scrambling to set up an online presence, with mixed results. Those brands which have spent the last couple of years investing in their online customer journeys – be it via their website, app, or in new technologies such as livestreaming  – are now seeing the payoff. As retail stores find a new balance between bricks-and-mortar and e-commerce, expect a boom in click and collect at ‘multi-function’ stores, pre-booking shopping slots online, seamless delivery, and more.

Sainsbury’s, the British grocery retailer, is one such example. The company has invested in upgrading its mobile app and e-commerce experience in the last couple of years which, pre-COVID-19, contributed about 8% of sales in its grocery business. Now, it’s 15%, nearly doubling in a just a few short weeks. The store’s Smartshop app, which allows contactless payments in store, has also jumped to nearly a third of all transactions – years ahead of uptake projections.

Those that haven’t invested are, in many cases, are losing out.  Primark, one of the UK’s biggest fashion retailers, doesn’t have an online presence at all. Its sales dropped from £650 million a month to zero after lockdown when its stores were forced to close.

The lesson? Brands need to understand how their customer path to purchase has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic to best position themselves for crisis response and recovery. A smooth, self-sufficient online customer experience has never been more important. Brands which innovate for the future of their category in the good times will benefit in the bad times. Brands which don’t, won’t.

4. Creativity, innovation and agility is a way of life

Marketing teams need to embrace an agile culture of innovation and creativity when every day brings a new challenge. Brands are finding new ways to work, crunching numbers quickly and making fast decisions in large, previously bureaucratic organisations.

IBM took a new approach to creative agency briefing, speeding up the creative process to create a new COVID-19 TV campaign in less than ten days. Likewise, Birds Eye – the UK frozen food giant – changed its manufacturing and marketing strategy within days to scale up supply at the start of lockdown. Mastercard pivoted its experience platform – the centre of the brand – to digital experiences as it became clear that physical experiences would end for the foreseeable future. Unilever fast-tracked the launch of a new cleaning product in China, based on emerging consumer trends around hygiene during COVID-19.

This new-found agility has transformed the culture of marketing departments and will endure once COVID-19 is all over. The lessons brands are learning now will set the way of working across the industry in coming months.

Source: https://origin.warc.com/newsandopinion/opinion/fourcovid19marketingtrendsnavigatingwhatsnext/3643

PETER FIELD: BRANDS HAVE TO INVEST DESPITE THE CRISIS, OTHERWISE THEY WILL GO WEAK test

Investment advantages grow faster in recession, says the expert Peter Field based on experience gained in the previous crisis in 2008/2009.

In recession, brands should not cancel their investments in communication and should predominantly focus on brand building rather than short-time activation. This is one of the recommendations given to clients by Peter Field who, together with Les Binet, has long been engaged in communication effectiveness research. The recommendation was presented in a workshop organised by the European association of TV and radio sales houses (EGTA) and mediated by the Association of Commercial Television (AKTV) in the Czech Republic.

Peter Field’s workshop was based on the experience gained in the previous crisis in 2008/2009. Using approximately fifty case studies, he evidenced that brands should not discontinue their marketing investments in the crisis. If they do so, it will be more difficult and more expensive for them to come back when the crisis is over. “Cancelling investments completely is a risk, it may take years for brands to recover,” he said.

In order to emerge from recession in better shape than before entering it, brands need to invest in communication immediately in Field’s opinion. On the other hand, he warned about directing all investments at short-term activation. “We saw that in the last crisis in 2008/2009 and we have seen it now. But it is a big mistake. Communication effectiveness decreases by more than half and brands go weaker. Not right now but in the next quarters,” he explained. That is why Field finds it appropriate to always accompany activation with brand building investments. These investments should have a long-time effect, they are very valuable and should help in recovery according to Field. “Recovery depends on our immediate investments. Cancelling budgets is misapprehension of brand advertising,” he added.

At the same time, brands should maintain their share of voice (SOV) at a higher level than their share of market (SOM) in the crisis. During recession, SOV is more inclined to decrease below SOM, which doubles the risk in the crisis according to Field. Brands should benefit from SOV maintenance costs being lower in the crisis as the ad-space prices fall. He added that the current crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic showed another specific feature – the growing time of most media consumption. In his opinion, this is an exceptional opportunity to increase the share of voice. 

Using an example of three brand groups that applied three different investment strategies in the 2008/2009 crisis (very low investments: SOV below SOM; medium level of investments: SOV equal to SOM or slightly higher; and investing brands seeking to take an advantage of the opportunity), he showed that brands investing during recession reported five times higher business effects that those that failed to invest. They also experienced a 4.5 times higher annual growth in their market share and greater profitability. These active brands reported a 14% higher profitability in recession than they would have achieved in ‘normal’ times. “Investment benefits grow faster in recession,” concluded Peter Field.

Zdroj: prezentace Petera Fielda, srovnání profitability tří skupin značek podle míry investic v recesi vs. „normální" době

Source: Peter Field’s presentation, comparison of profitability of three groups of brands by their level of investments during recession vs. normal times.

Source: https://www.mediaguru.cz

ADVERTISING OUT OF CV-19 test

• What are the benefits, short and long term, of remaining on air during and out of CV-19?

• What considerations or adjustments that need to be made to brand advertising out of CV-19?

• What media channels to cut and what media channels to keep out of CV-19?

These questions are answered in following document Advertising-out-of-COVID-19.pdf.

CV-19 has brought cuts to advertising budgets and so the imperative is to at least maintain, or, if possible, grow share of voice. Brands that can grow share of voice will have a larger share of the market as recovery comes.

Consumers have wanted to hear from brands through the crisis, but they are wary, and so association with trusted brands has never been more important. Marketers will need to pay close attention the media vehicles they associate with.

The most sensible course of action for marketers, especially during a recession or when emerging from crisis, is to play the long game, stretching campaign evaluation periods into the future.

Brand growth is achieved by targeting as broadly as possible, and this has never been truer than now. Consumers have been forced to set their consumption habits aside and reconsider all purchase decisions.

Broad reach is key, and marketers must stay abreast of rapidly changing media consumption and perceptions. Self-isolation has caused a sudden and dramatic change in media consumption and the changes will linger as the recovery comes.

Reach alone is not enough. Media decisions need to be made in terms of “effective reach” where brands reach as many people as possible and the impact of the reach is multiplied by the channel’s ability to ensure the ad is seen.

Advertising campaigns that give consumers help for right now, and hope for a better future are needed. Brands that stay on equity will be reassuring and will build brand connection.

Reduced budgets often mean large gaps between advertising bursts. The best campaigns will utilise media channels that imprint advertising messages in consumer’s memory banks for longer.

During CV-19 it is imperative for advertising to be humanistic. Marketers should feel confident that emotionally-driven storytelling can consolidate brand share now and into a post-pandemic world.

Source: https://thinktv.com.au/deep-dive/advertising-out-of-cv-19/

THE FUTURE OF TV PLANNING test

One of the questions I was asked at Mediatel’s recent Future of TV event was “Will more streaming mean a more diverse distribution landscape for ad-supported television, and how should advertisers think about the opportunity in this space?” or words to that effect.

My answer in short was yes, and that I believe the opportunity was to identify the best and highest quality content that builds the broadest audiences and to work closely with partners who represent that in order to best leverage today’s TV landscape. It’s a fairly straightforward answer, but an approach which is all too often over-looked, in particular when evaluating ‘digital’ media, of all formats.

TV has long been heralded as the bastion of brand building. High quality environments reflective of advertiser’s products, engaged audiences to captivate viewers ensuring messaging is seen and heard, and lots of said viewers to deliver this quickly and at scale. The craft of planning advertising in this environment has been anchored around these principles and remain fundamentally important in leveraging the power of the TV screen.

However, TV viewing, in its traditional sense has been splintered by digital distribution creating competition for viewer time in what was once its very own ‘walled garden’. Ultimately this means the shape of the opportunity from an advertiser perspective is more fragmented and continues to evolve, with new platforms, services and content.

One approach to this audience fragmentation would be to look at ways to aggregate content sources and then lead with data/precision/addressability. The issue here is that the importance of content, a founding pillar in the way in which TV should be appraised to drive the value it’s proven to do, is de-prioritised.

Sky’s Adsmart – heralded as possibly the leading addressable TV service in the world has had some success in application of data to the TV screen, most notably with smaller advertisers. That said, it’s not their predominant way of delivering value for advertisers – that remains anchored in the quality of the content, the connection with, and size of the audience Sky enables brands to reach.

It’s also fair to say we can also take learnings from how online media has been utilised to help guide our approaches in digitally connected TV. Mid to long tail inventory aggregation, the pursuit of data, hyper targeting and tech utilisation has, in the main dis-regarded the value of quality content and meaningful reach.

The result of this is that digital media as a proposition, is largely considered a channel for lower funnel activity and has developed a reputation for brand safety concerns, transparency issues and a host of other challenges as surfaced in the recent ISBA/PWC report.

A content-first planning strategy for digital channels would alleviate many, if not all of these challenges, and surface the primetime, brand building opportunities that genuinely exist and are often over-looked in digital media.

This approach becomes even more pertinent when thinking about the CTV marketplace, and that’s because with the TV screen we’re talking about brand building, awareness, upper funnel marketing – all the things TV has proven as its primary strengths.

If we run solely down the data led, tech first route, just because we can, we risk diluting the huge potential CTV has in balancing the shift in linear consumption and preserving the opportunity the big screen offers advertisers to build their businesses.

TV today is a combination of linear, recorded, on-demand – it’s both subscriber funded and ad-supported. There’s more content available, a diversity of distribution and a continually evolving audience profile.

Putting content front and centre of your planning in this space means as an advertiser you can transcend this fragmentation. You can connect powerfully with audiences in high quality environments, and you can leverage the dominant qualities and value of the big screen in today’s TV landscape.

Source: https://mediatel.co.uk/news/2020/05/18/the-future-of-tv-planning

PAUSE BUTTON ADVERTISING test

In today’s advertising ecosystem, brands need to communicate with their clients in a creative, meaningful way and in a non-intrusive, safe environment. TV is the perfect destination. Belgian sales house SBS was the worldwide pioneer of an original format to reach viewers in exactly that way: Pause Button advertising.

The SBS Pause button, which was awarded Silver at the Belgian AMMA Awards and a Silver Lion at the Cannes International Advertising Festival was recently upgraded. This week’s egtabite digs deeper into the Pause Button 2.0. and the new features of this innovative way to turn pause into an advertising medium.

Ready, Pause, Go!

If a viewer needs a snack or a bathroom break while watching their favourite show, they can simply click on the pause button on their remote. That same moment a static billboard is displayed, without audio or video, while an advertising message appears on the TV screen in a large format. Thanks to this technology – developed in collaboration with the largest Belgian telco provider Telenet – a free screen is turned into a non-intrusive ad – something which can be done during live, catchup as well as time-shifted viewing.

The pause allows advertisers to use this precise moment to catch the viewer’s attention. Furthermore, the viewability of ads in this format of advertising is outstanding as the viewer sees the ad twice – when they press the pause button once and when they resume their TV programme, as they need to press play again to continue watching. Thanks to more than 1.6 million Telenet set-top boxes, pause button campaigns have a penetration of more than 60% of Flemish (North Belgium) households.

Therefore, pause button advertising offers a 100% certainty that a brand will be seen by a viewer. The viewer is not disturbed, and the advertiser manages to create a moment between the brand and the viewer in a non-intrusive way, which is a win-win situation for both sides. The 100% viewability of an ad without a TV commercial being necessary, makes the Pause button ideal for branding.

Pause button 2.0

The award-winning innovation, which was launched in 2015, has now received an upgrade, with three key improvements compared to the first version.

The updated version, better attuned to clients’ needs, now allows advertisers to choose the desired start and end date of the campaign.  Advertisers are also able to determine the number of impressions depending on their available budget.

Moreover, Pause button 2.0 offers flexible buying modalities, such as impression-based buying, additional targeting options, as clients can choose the TV channel, the day or the time slot when their ad is featured. The format can also be bought as an extension of SBS’ commercial Brandcare packages, featuring sponsoring, product placement, branded content and more.

Next steps

SBS is on a constant alert to launch new creative formats that meet the advertiser’s objectives and respond to the viewer’s needs. For example, this year a “see-through advertising” also known as “ad without a break” for MediaMarkt has been successfully developed and nominated for a Webby Award, a prize presented by “The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences”. Stay tuned, more information will follow in the upcoming egtabites.

Source: http://www.egta.com/egta_bites/egta_bites_301_08052020/index.html

KEY MESSAGES THAT SPEAK IN FAVOUR OF TV IN THE POST-COVID-19 ERA test

1. If you are not exploiting the massive value of multiplatform TV advertising, you are missing out.

2. TV is the most effective medium, with the lowest risk and guaranteed high returns

3. This crisis is only a temporary disruption, inside this crisis is an opportunity for you to build your business. You may not be able to sell your product now, but this is the time to build your brand, establish loyalty and connect with consumers on an emotional level.

4. In times of crisis, consumers are way more open to switching to new brands. This is therefore a vital time to get your brand known.

5. This is a big creative and business opportunity for brands, which need to adapt quickly in line with consumers’ needs.

6. If you are a small advertiser, increase your share of voice.

7. Do not focus on the short-term results, focus on the long term, when people get to spend again.

8. You will find out how strong your brand is when „the music stops“.

9. Consumers want brands to advertise during the crisis, provided that the tone and message are adequate.

Source: https://thevab.com/insight/egta-online-talk

AUDIENCES ARE TURNING TO TV IN THIS CRISIS. HOW ARE BROADCASTERS AND BRANDS SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT? test

Stéphane Coruble, CEO of RTL AdConnect, reflects on how broadcasters and advertisers are adopting a new approach to retain relevancy during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The lockdown has shown that, far from being redundant, traditional media – and especially television – plays an essential role in reassuring people in times of crisis, and keeping them informed, educated and entertained.

Everywhere in Europe, we’ve seen an increase in daily TV consumption, be it live or on catch-up and BVOD platforms. There has been a 38% increase in daily TV watching in France and a 42% rise in Italy and Austria from March 18 to April 14 on the same week last year. Broadcaster video-on-demand (BVOD) services have also seen massive spikes.

TV is special because its core values – education, information, and entertainment – speak to people in times of crisis. It allows people to watch content in a caring, family, environment and recreates social links within the household – something everyone needs right now.

TV personalities are important figures in people’s lives and can bring comfort in troubled times. Broadcasters around Europe are enabling that continued audience connection with new content, production methods and formats.

French TV host Cyril Lignac is now presenting a daily cookery show Tous en Cuisine from his own home, encouraging audiences to cook live with him. In Belgium, a new TV format called Belges à Domicile, on RTL-TVI, helps people to live the lockdown experience more positively, with presenters offering informative and humorous content from home.

In the UK, as part of its mental health campaign, ITV has launched ‘Britain Get Talking’ using ITV’s scale to encourage viewers to reach out to elderly and vulnerable people. ITV is also launching a new four-part drama about life in lockdown, with Oscar-nominated writer Jeff Pope depicting family life after weeks of isolation, featuring actors such as Sheridan Smith and David Threlfall.

Emulating Lady Gaga’s successful One World concert, Rai coordinated an evening of Italian entertainment, including a virtual ballet, with artists performing from their houses to raise funds for Civil Protection, the Italian national body supporting the country’s responses to coronavirus.

In Germany, endurance athlete Joey Kelly is hosting a live-stream of a 24-hour sports challenge from his home, broadcast on RTL and TV Now.

Meanwhile, along with a talent show called Made in Karantén (Made in Quarantine) featuring a panel of celebrities judging homemade videos sent by viewers, RTL Hungary is launching a new reality show with advice and tips for viewers while self-isolating, and a sitcom, called Segítség! Itthon vagyok! (Help! I’m at home!).

Advertisers have a major role to play

Along with broadcasters, advertisers have a big role to play and consumers are actively looking for their demonstrations of support.

There are countless examples all over the world of brands stepping up. Vodafone in Germany is helping out with working from home by doubling data limits for three months, while in France and the UK brands such as Brewdog are using brewing facilities to help tackle the shortage of hand sanitiser.

In Italy, pasta brand Barilla launched a campaign to help people cooking alone, and Netflix has taken a fun approach to encouraging people to stay home by running billboards that show spoilers to some of its hit shows.

As well as grand gestures, brands are making changes to their operations to help ease the strain, such as increasing the returns period for online shoppers, ensuring gift vouchers don’t go out of date and providing discounts for people who have no choice but to risk their health by continuing to work.

We must honour the public’s faith in us

You don’t have to be building ventilators to be doing good. Plenty of brands are making an impact by publicly thanking the staff who are keeping things going, and this will be remembered long after the crisis has passed.

Talking in a reassuring tone and offering a positive perspective is an effective strategy. There’s a shift to ads that provide emotional support and messaging that highlights that we’re all in this together. Vodafone in Italy has taken this approach with its ‘ReadyTogether’ activity, while Nike has run ads in markets including Germany that seem to be the opposite of its ‘Just do it’ positioning, urging people instead to “play inside, play for the world”.

While all communications must be responsible and measured, television programming and advertising has an important role to play by continuing to talk to audiences and tell their stories. People are expecting that from us and it will bring them comfort.

This industry is in a privileged position and we need to reward people’s faith in us.

Source: https://origin.warc.com/newsandopinion/opinion/Audiences_are_turning_to_TV_in_this_crisis_How_are_broadcasters_and_brands_showing_their_support/3570

COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS SUPPORTED INFORMATION CAMPAIGN OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH, AIRING 25 HOURS OF PUBLIC AWARENESS SPOTS FOR FREE test

Commercial TVs Nova and Prima participated in educational activities relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to tens of hours of their own news and journalistic content and new public awareness programmes launched, commercial broadcasters supported the official educational campaign of the Ministry of Health focused on prevention of the coronavirus infection and provided the Ministry with ad space for free.

Prague, 29 April 2020 – The campaign has been under way since 19 March 2020 and will continue until further notice on channels of the Nova and Prima TV groups. More than 1,000 spots have been aired to date in the aggregate length exceeding 1,500 minutes. The key objective of the campaign is to inform the public of the most appropriate hygiene measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The videos are available on the website of the Ministry of Health at https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/spolu-proti-koronaviru/.

“The current wave of solidarity, consistent adherence to the Government’s regulations and consideration of people in the Czech Republic are really impressive. Every day, our news desk colleagues seek to capture the most inspiring stories and distribute the most useful information to  as many viewers as possible. Therefore, we joined the official preventive campaign and provided space for information spots of the Ministry of Health as a matter of course,” says Marek Singer, President of AKTV.

“We very much appreciate the fast involvement of commercial TVs in our preventive activities. Thanks to the high reach of TV broadcast, our public awareness campaign will hit the maximum number of people, which significantly facilitates containment of the disease,” adds Gabriela Štěpanyová, PR Manager and Spokeswoman of the Ministry of Health.

The situation around the COVID-19 disease is completely new for all of us. On that account, the Together Against the Coronavirus campaign (#Spolu proti koronaviru) is aimed at providing people with universal and simple rules on how to behave under the current conditions and how to care of their health. The Ministry of Health has prepared six TV spots using an amiable and original approach to inform viewers of the rules to be followed now. In the first spot named How to Protect Yourself and People Around You, an actress, Alena Doláková, presents the current hygiene rules. She gives viewers an idea that protection of our eyes, nose, mouth and hands is of the utmost importance and shows how to protect ourselves properly. Other spots of the Ministry of Health called How to Behave in Public Transport, How to Proceed with a Doctor’s Appointment, How to Proceed in Shops or Why Protect Health Care Workers feature renowned science experts: Director of the National Institute of Public Health, MUDr. Pavel Březovský, MBA; Rector of Czech Technical University in Prague, doc. RNDr. Vojtěch Petráček, CSc.; Head of the Department of Health Care Disciplines and Population Protection of Czech Technical University, prof. MUDr. Leoš Navrátil, CSc., MBA, dr. h. c; and the medical microbiology specialist, MUDr. Emil Pavlík, CSc. In a simple and entertaining way, the four experts present important hygiene measures and rules to be followed in our daily routines. The last one of the Ministry’s video spots, What You Should Know about the Coronavirus, is an animated video providing a summary of the key information on COVID-19.

Apart from the TV spots, the Ministry of Health has prepared posters to be displayed in public transport and in the streets across the Czech Republic as part of the same campaign.