How an Acronym You’ve Probably Never Heard of Will Change TV Advertising Forever

ACR will kick the addressable revolution into overdrive

For years, brands have salivated over the prospect of fusing the best aspects of digital marketing with the tried-and-true canvas of linear television.

Unfortunately, a lack of addressable inventory and a paucity of measurement tools have prevented advertisers from executing campaigns at scale. Today, the addressable TV market, while growing, makes up a small fraction of the approximate $70 billion that brands spend annually on TV advertising.

On the bright side, all of this is beginning to change. In 2017, eMarketer estimates that addressable TV spending grew by more than 65 percent, topping $1 billion for the first time. Meanwhile, there are now more than 74 million households with the requisite technology to be targeted on a one-to-one level. 

But what’s really going to kick the addressable revolution into overdrive is the rise of ACR (automated content recognition) data. If you’re unfamiliar, ACR is a technology used to automatically detect and index content that is playing on television in real-time. As a result, brands are able to use this information to determine when a given consumer sees their ad. As ACR data becomes more widespread, the sky’s the limit for addressable TV.

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