Many advertisers are participating and more are being invited to do so. Surprisingly, some advertisers who have been asked to participate have declined, citing concerns over confidentiality of the data they share in the Pilot or because they do not like the idea of paying on GRP's (fearful of paying more than the current model requires).
Without question, confidentiality of the data is critical, but the concerns on confidentiality in the Pilot are unfounded. Pricewaterhouse Coopers is running the Pilot under strict confidentiality requirements. PwC routinely handles highly confidential information for advertiser clients, many of whom are competitors. They have never had a breach. The same standards are being applied in the Pilot.
Fear of how a new payment model will affect costs is understandable. That is the precise reason we are running the Pilot -- to see where price changes will occur and to adjust the model to insure equitable distribution of costs. By not participating, an advertiser will not have the opportunity to raise real, measurable concerns and the JPC will not have an opportunity to take those concerns into consideration. That leaves non-participating advertisers in the dark. If adopted, there will be no choice in how actors are paid. It will be the new model. So not participating is, quite frankly, short sighted. It's a gamble that the Pilot will have an advertiser in it that has the same media profile as the advertiser electing not to participate. In a Pilot that is dealing with annual industry spending of over $1 billion, that's a gamble with very poor odds.
If you would like to participate, please contact Allan Linderman at allan@lindermanmedia or call him at +1 805 498-5163. If you have decided not to participate, I urge you to reconsider or to call me to discuss your concerns. I can be reached at email@example.com or +1 212 549-0377.
Douglas Wood is the Chief Negotiator for the advertising industry in its relations with SAG and AFTRA, General Counsel to the ANA, and a partner in the law firm of Reed Smith LLP.