With the Coronavirus pandemic resulting in audiences spending more time at home over the past few years, advertisers have had to switch up their methods in order to drive profits. Things may be heading back to ‘normal’, but the advertising and streaming trends have certainly shifted. This article is going to highlight 6 streaming trends that are shifting the OTT marketing industry.
1. Connected growth
2. Higher engagement levels
OTT providers are expected to increase their efforts to diversify their services to include more ways for audiences to engage with their service in real time. Just like the interactive Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Netflix episode that was released in 2018 and allowed users to choose how the story developed and ended, more over the top service providers will explore how they can increase user engagement.
3. The impact of 5G
As 5G internet becomes more standard, it’s certain that video streaming and therefore OTT content publishers will benefit. Research shows that 29% of consumers would pay a premium
if 5G was guaranteed to give them better quality video on their mobile devices and decreased the amount of buffering. This advanced technology is set to change the whole industry as we know it.
4. More accessible immersive streaming technology
As 5G becomes the new norm, 4K streaming solutions will be made more possible. In general, 4K and VR streaming is expected to experience huge growth over the next few years as a result of the extra video bandwidth made available. Alongside this, virtual reality equipment is steadily becoming less expensive and more attainable for consumers to get hold of, making these trends more likely to grow as it becomes more accessible. User
5. experience becomes more important
In general, users prefer using streaming services that are easy to navigate, like Netflix. Perhaps one of the reasons why Netflix has billions of subscribers and certainly is among the most popular streaming services is because it’s simple and effective. As service providers do their research and take cues from services like Netflix to help them see what users really value, we can expect to see a rise in services that make user experience their number one priority.
6. Competition within the industry increases
There are so many different OTT hosting solutions to choose from already and because they’re so affordable and successful, it’s likely that there’s going to be a further increase in available platforms. With some platforms offering live streaming and advanced security features just to name a few, it’s not hard to see how the competition would continue to increase within the OTT advertising industry. The rise of new technologies is certainly made clear when it comes to some of the trends within OTT advertising. Be sure to follow along throughout 2022 and see which trends take over!