I know, I know–it’s too late; advertising’s already dead. Digital/social/experiential/big data killed it…
The only problem is this constant, dire drumbeat sounds juicy, it creates alarm, but it’s mostly just opinion or self-promotion. It’s clickbait.
That’s right, the disruptive, disintermediating, digital content giant wants to buy a billboard company.
Their motivation is fascinating. Netflix noticed that big outdoor imagery stokes social sharing. People posted lots of shots of their “Netflix is a joke” campaign to Instagram which promoted their comedy line-up.
In other words, people share great creative.
These days, $300m might not sound like an earth-shattering number, but it represents the largest acquisition in Netflix history. Imagine; a leading digital giant offering to pay one third of a billion dollars on a oft-declared dying medium…a smart company wouldn’t do that unless they knew it worked.
And that’s a fact.
This post originally appeared in Screen Magazine.