Evan Rutchik’s Vision: Shaping the Future of Advertising with CTV

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on December 19, 2023

Connected TV (CTV) has emerged as a powerful cornerstone in the world of omnichannel marketing, and Evan Rutchik, a seasoned expert in the advertising industry, has an insightful perspective on the transformation. With his extensive experience and the success of LocalFactor in streamlining the complex advertising ecosystem, Rutchik’s views forge a new path in a time when digital channels have unprecedented traction.

The Rise of CTV in Digital Advertising

The growth of CTV isn’t a new phenomenon, but its current surge is hitting new levels. According to GroupM’s global year-end industry growth forecast, overall global advertising revenue grew 5.8% to $889 billion in 2023, with CTV leading the charge as digital dominates global ad spend. This growth is set to continue, albeit at a slightly decelerated pace, with GroupM predicting a global ad spend increase of 5.3% in 2024.

In contrast to the broader market, CTV is experiencing a robust growth trajectory. GroupM highlights CTV as a “bright spot” in TV advertising, with a significant 10.9% growth in 2023 and an expected 13.8% growth in 2024. This growth stands in stark contrast to the decline in linear TV, which is projected to decrease by 8.6% in the US by the end of 2023 and 10.7% in 2024.

Opportunities and Challenges in CTV Advertising

Despite its massive growth, CTV presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges for brands. On the one hand, it offers an untapped potential for advertisers to engage with a growing audience in innovative ways.

On the other, it brings forth complexities such as a convoluted supply chain, high costs for premium inventory, and limitations in ad interactivity and engagement. Moreover, the landscape is marked by challenges in retargeting across devices, primarily due to increasing privacy regulations and technology changes like iOS’s App Tracking Transparency (ATT), the phasing out of cookies, and changes in IP address usage.

LocalFactor’s Unique Approach to Harnessing CTV’s Potential

Recognizing the challenges in the industry, LocalFactor understands that a nuanced and multi-faceted approach is crucial for success. At the core of their method is access to high-quality, premium inventory, allowing brands to place their ads in the most effective spaces within the CTV environment.

Their comprehensive view of the market enables the identification of the most efficient and impactful paths to premium inventory and performance. Additionally, LocalFactor’s future-proofed, geo-based audience targeting adapts to changing privacy norms and technology, ensuring consistent reach across various channels.

LocalFactor’s approach also includes customizable creative solutions, notably their Native CTV unit, which seamlessly integrates ads with content, making them feel more organic to the content the viewer is watching. This holistic approach not only addresses the intricacies of the current advertising landscape but also anticipates future trends, positioning LocalFactor as a forward-thinking leader in leveraging CTV’s potential for brand growth.

Driving Incrementality and Unified Reporting

Another critical aspect of LocalFactor’s strategy is its ability to drive incrementality in linear TV buys. By creating a strategic approach that extends traditional TV advertising, LocalFactor ensures maximized reach and ROI for brands. This is complemented by their unified reporting system, which provides a holistic view of how CTV is performing in the context of the overall marketing campaign, offering valuable insights for brands to optimize their strategies.

Embracing the Future

Looking ahead to 2024, Evan Rutchik emphasizes the foundational role of CTV in omnichannel marketing campaigns. As brands strive to create a seamless and integrated marketing experience across multiple channels, CTV stands as a critical pillar in this endeavor. Its ability to offer targeted, engaging, and measurable advertising solutions makes it an indispensable tool for marketers aiming to connect with their audiences in a meaningful and impactful way.

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Spencer Hulse is the Editorial Director at Grit Daily. He is responsible for overseeing other editors and writers, day-to-day operations, and covering breaking news.

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