Press Release

TV as a Growth Engine

Effectv and VAB Analyze Hundreds of New and Established Companies to
Measure TV Advertising’s Ability to Drive Outcomes at Different Brand Life Cycle Stages

The research indicates that TV can help “legitimize” younger brands, including DTC brands,
who were shown to benefit the most from launching a sustained TV presence earlier in their life cycles.

NEW YORK – November 17, 2020 – Today, Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, released a new report in partnership with VAB entitled “The Halo Effect: TV as a Growth Engine,” which analyzes TV’s influence on business’ ability to drive financial outcomes and growth by life stage. The analysis found that both direct-to-consumer (DTC) and non-DTC brands across all life stages see measurable results from TV advertising across the board.

For DTC brands, the study analyzed 140 brands in over 25 industry verticals, categorizing them based on how soon the brand introduced TV advertising after launch. The study found that brands who advertised on TV saw immediate results, regardless of life stage. In fact, the average brand within each life stage saw an immediate double-digit increase in unique visitors to their digital platforms during their TV launch month compared to the three-month average prior to campaign.

For non-DTC brands, the paper analyzed 50 companies over 15 industry categories divided among two life stage segmentations (older or younger than 20 years). Similar to the direct-to-consumer segment, the average non-DTC brand within each life stage saw an immediate double-digit increase in unique visitors to their digital platforms during their TV launch month.

“This study establishes that TV is a critical growth engine for brands at any life stage,” said James Rothwell, Vice President, Global Agency, Brand & Industry Relations, Comcast Advertising. “This is especially important today, as economic uncertainty makes it even more important that brands build a media mix that will reach new audiences and drive measurable growth. And for newer brands, who are still establishing their story and identity in market, TV presents an opportunity to ‘legitimize’ their products, bringing credibility and scale in ways no other advertising medium can.”

In addition to the VAB analysis of hundreds of brands, the paper also features case studies from Effectv and Forecast Labs, part of Comcast Ventures. These case studies delve into how different types of companies have approached TV and the associated outcomes.

A key takeaway from the report is that sustained presence on TV is key. Again, this is truer for young brands, which saw the greatest lift from a sustained TV presence: the analysis found that average unique website visitors for the young brands during months with TV advertising were 50% higher than their pre-launch website visitor norms. This equates to millions of potential new online customers each month they were on TV. In comparison, brands at an older life stage saw a 21% increase in website visitors, illustrating that TV still drives significant uplift for mature brands but they can also rely on a greater level of awareness due to time in market.

“Over the last few years, savvy data-driven marketers have accelerated the advertising journey by introducing TV earlier in their brand life cycle,” said Jason Wiese, SVP, Director of Strategic Insights, VAB. “These younger brands spend aggressively and advertise more consistently than their competitors resulting in higher engagement and better digital outcomes. Our findings confirm the most effective way for brands to challenge incumbents and establish themselves within a category is through TV advertising.”

“The Halo Effect: TV as a Growth Engine” is the third report released as part of Effectv’s “Halo Effect” series, which uses custom research, robust attribution methodologies and unique case studies to present insights on the impact that TV advertising can have on digital channels, brand equity and business growth. Effectv has partnered with three different research partners to date – TV Squared, MediaScience and VAB to develop three distinct – but connected – pieces of thought leadership in the “Halo Effect” series that illustrate TV’s role in the media mix and how vital it is as a channel in this moment in time. On Thursday, November 19 at 2 p.m. EST, Effectv is hosting a webcast to discuss this recently released research series. Register here.

To read the full report as well as the previous “Halo Effect” series reports, visit


About Effectv
Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, helps local, regional and national advertisers use the best of digital with the power of TV to grow their business. It provides multi-screen marketing solutions to make advertising campaigns more effective and easier to execute. Headquartered in New York with offices throughout the country, Effectv has a presence in 60+ markets with nearly 35 million owned and represented subscribers. For more information, visit

About VAB
VAB is an insights-driven organization that inspires marketers to reimagine their media strategies resulting in smarter, more educated decisions. VAB develops unique market insights and answers questions from a marketer’s perspective, tackling the toughest issues with fresh thinking and supporting data. For more information, visit:

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Comcast Advertising: Meredith Fitzgerald
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VAB: Lauren Leff
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