Beachfront Media has launched a “two-way transparency suite” of tools and analytics for programmatic mobile video advertising. The suite provides enhanced brand safety for both video content publishers and advertisers.
Frank Sinton, Beachfront’s founder and CEO told me that typically there isn’t much transparency for publishers to understand which advertisers are buying video on their sites and apps programmatically. Beachfront will now give its 300+ publisher partners the ability to write business rules around which advertisers are allowed to access inventory down to which actual ads are run, in real time.
Topics: Beachfront Media
I’m pleased to present the 367th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.
Once again, we’d like to thank our podcast sponsor Akamai Technologies, which will show its Media Acceleration capabilities and range of cloud-based solutions at the NABShow in Las Vegas, in booth SL3324. There's still time to schedule a meeting.
First up on this week’s podcast we discuss Netflix’s Q1 earnings which were released earlier this week. Netflix came up a bit short of its own forecasts for both domestic and international subscribers. Colin provides his analysis of what happened and what might be ahead for Netflix in 2017.
Then we shift gears to discuss how TV advertising is increasingly about data-enablement. I share further details on my post yesterday on Videology’s research, and also explain iSpot.tv’s new conversion solution. TV is in a race to provide improved targeting and better ROI to advertisers who are being avidly pursued by Google, Facebook and other digital competitors.
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Videology has released new research showing strong enthusiasm for data-enabled TV ads among agencies and advertisers. According to a study conducted by Advertiser Perceptions for Videology, 64% of respondents believe that within 3-5 years, more than half of total TV buying will be programmatic or “advanced TV.” For buyers already using advanced TV, 57% are planning to increase their budgets this year.
The survey defined programmatic as high-indexing linear TV that uses advanced data to define a strategic consumer target (“data-enabled TV”) and TV advertising delivered at the household level (“addressable TV”).
iSpot.tv has introduced a new analytics solution that allows advertisers to measure in real time the effectiveness of their ads across metrics including web site visits, registrations and purchases. The solution is the latest in an ongoing series of technology initiatives bringing enhanced attribution, targeting and ROI potential to traditional TV ads.
iSpot.tv’s CEO Sean Muller told me in a briefing that the conversion analytics solution directly addresses TV advertisers’ pain point of not being able to accurately or quickly measure and attribute how TV ads translate into specific actions. The challenge has been exacerbated by consumers’ shift to on-demand viewing across devices on services that are sometimes ad-free as well.
Pre-rolls remain the workhorse of video advertising, outperforming other formats across metrics including recall, engagement and relevance. That’s according to research from IPG Media Lab and YuMe which was released this morning and compared the performance of pre-roll, mid-roll, outstream and social video formats across mobile and desktop.
IPG found that just 17% of respondents agreed that pre-rolls interrupted content on desktop vs. 46% for outstream and 53% for mid-roll. The same pattern was true in mobile, with 17% of respondents agreeing that pre-rolls interrupted content compared with 60% for outstream and 72% for mid-roll.
A reminder that early bird discounted registration is available for the 7th annual VideoNuze Online Video Advertising Summit on Wednesday, June 14th at the Westin Times Square in NYC. All early bird registrants will be entered to win a 55-inch TCL Roku TV, generously provided by Roku.
I’m excited that 15 industry-leading companies are supporting the Ad Summit, including new Premier Partners Extreme Reach, Comcast Technology Solutions and Verizon Digital Media Services plus Branding Partner JW Player. They join those I previously announced - exclusive Title Partner FreeWheel; Premier Partners VertaMedia and Videology; Headline Partners Beachfront Media, Cedato, SintecMedia, Smart AdServer and Vemba, and Branding Partners Brightcove, Roku and SpotX.
The Ad Summit will once again be a premier day of learning and networking with executives from around the ecosystem, including content providers, advertisers, agencies, technology companies and others in the ecosystem. At last year's Ad Summit, over 400 executives attended, with over 50 speakers.
For anyone looking for a deep dive into online video advertising and how it’s converging with TV and mobile video, the Ad Summit will be time well-spent. Our keynotes, fireside chats, well-curated panel discussions and research presentations all promise to deliver relevant, actionable insights.
If you'd like to learn more about speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact me. Learn more and register now!
If you’ve spent any time browsing web sites, you have no doubt seen an outstream video ad embedded in a text-oriented web page. Outstream ads have become extremely popular because they allow publishers to tap into high video CPMs without having to actually create or syndicate video.
Now a new study from French adtech provider Sublime Skinz, conducted by Ipsos, reveals that outstream ads may also outperform traditional pre-roll ads, which are the industry’s workhorse unit. Ipsos queried 600 US adults on various metrics comparing pre-rolls with Sublime Skinz’ “Video Skinz” unit.
Topics: Sublime Skinz
Underscoring the continued blurring of OTT and TV, Roku announced that it is now offering TV-style audience guarantees for advertisers using demographic metrics from Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings (DAR). The Nielsen-Roku partnership dates to 2015 when it was announced that DAR would be integrated with Roku’s ad SDK.
TV data company Alphonso has debuted Alphonso Insights, which provides advertisers and agencies with real-time analysis of TV ads along with closed loop attribution. The benefit for buyers is to better understand the performance of their ads and how well they stand up to those of competitors. Over 2,500 end users from 200 different advertisers and agencies have been using Alphonso Insights during its beta period.
I’m pleased to present the 364th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.
First, Colin and I are proud to announce our very first podcast sponsor, Akamai Technologies, which will show its Media Acceleration capabilities and range of cloud-based solutions at the NABShow in Las Vegas, in booth SL3324. Click here to schedule a meeting.
Colin was in London for the TV Connect show earlier this week and on today’s podcast, he shares his 3 top takeaways. Meanwhile earlier this week I was in NYC for the Advanced Advertising conference and I then share my 3 top takeaways.
As you’ll hear, data was on both of our lists. Interestingly though, our conversation reveals a very different approach to how users’ data is being treated. Colin elaborates on the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will enforce minimum collection standards on Internet companies in Europe, whereas just this week, the U.S. House voted to repeal the broadband privacy rules.
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4C Insights, a data science company, announced a suite of TV ad planning, buying and measurement tools called 4C TV. Collectively, the tools are meant to give advertisers and agencies the ability to efficiently zero in on their most-desired audiences by leveraging multiple data sets. At the Advanced Advertising conference in NYC, chief product officer Anupam Gupta gave me a short demo illustrating how a buyer can use a simple workflow to quickly create a targeted TV media plan using 4C TV.
Topics: 4C Insights
Early bird discounted registration is now open for the 7th annual VideoNuze Online Video Advertising Summit on Wednesday, June 14th at the Westin Times Square in NYC. As always, the Ad Summit program will offer a 360-degree, comprehensive view into all of the hottest topics in online video advertising.
Of course these days online video advertising is rapidly converging with linear TV, mobile video, social and set-top box VOD/addressable advertising. Advertisers increasingly want multi-screen campaigns that target specific audiences and achieve measurable results. We’ll be digging into all of this and other critical industry topics through a mix of keynotes, fireside chats, well-curated panel discussions and research presentations. Detailed program info will be posted soon.
Over the past 6 years the Ad Summit has become a premier day of learning and networking with industry leaders from content providers, advertisers, agencies, technology companies and others in the ecosystem. Last year's Ad Summit drew over 400 attendees and 50+ executive speakers. I’m confident this year’s Ad Summit will once again be a must-attend event.
I'm excited to have 11 industry-leading companies on board as initial sponsors, including exclusive Title Partner FreeWheel; Premier Partners VertaMedia and Videology; Headline Partners Beachfront Media, Cedato, SintecMedia, Smart AdServer and Vemba, and Branding Partners Brightcove, Roku and Spotx. I’m honored they've decided to be a part of the Ad Summit. I’ll have other sponsors to share soon.
If you'd like to learn more about speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact me.
FreeWheel has released its 2016 year-end Video Monetization Report, revealing, among things, that ad views in live streams grew 36% in 2016, powered by marquee sports events and the U.S. presidential election that were streamed to connected devices. FreeWheel cited the Summer Olympics, Super Bowl 50, Game 7 of the World Series, and the first presidential debate in particular as major contributors.
More broadly, live video helped drive the 24th consecutive quarterly increase in both content views (up 20%) and ad views (up 17%) in Q4 ’16. For the full year 2016, content views increased 26% and ad views increased 24%.
Teads, which pioneered the outstream video ad format that has been widely emulated, is being acquired by Altice, the multinational telecom provider. The purchase price is up to 285 million Euros, or approximately $307 million, with 75% paid at closing and the remaining 25% based on Teads’ 2017 revenue performance. Teads’ Executive Chairman Pierre Chappaz and CEO Bertrand Quesada will continue leading Teads.
For Altice, which previously acquired and combined 2 large U.S. cable TV providers Cablevision and Suddenlink over the past 2 years, creating the 4th-largest player in the industry, the Teads deal is a bid to increase its advertising footprint, which the company said will be 700 million Euros or nearly $650 million per year.
Mobile ad platform AdColony has released results from a number of clients’ recent ad campaigns using its “Instant-Play HD Vertical Video” format. Across the campaigns the format delivered an 89% average video completion rate and a 10% average engagement rate. Clients included UFC, a premium cable TV network, a global consumer tech platform and various Fortune 500 brands. The vertical video ads were inserted across popular mobile apps.
AdColony’s Instant-Play HD format, which is integrated with mobile apps via an SDK, includes a “Dynamic End Card” feature that gives advertisers a way to creatively engage users with a rich experience that includes the ability to swipe, tap, watch, purchase and access more content (samples can be found here).
Video ad tech provider Eyeview is ramping up its emphasis on addressable TV, hiring former TiVo SVP Brian Katz as its new VP, Advanced TV Insights & Strategy. Katz is charged with helping retail, CPG, auto and travel clients understand how to leverage addressable TV in conjunction with their digital campaigns. Eyeview focuses on outcome-based video marketing, with highly personalized video ads driving purchase conversion.
In an interview, Katz told me that a key part of his role will be removing the complexity of addressable TV advertising for clients and helping to educate them, in order to accelerate spending. Addressable TV has been complicated by fragmentation in the pay-TV space, where addressable set-top boxes have been rolled out at different paces by operators, making it difficult to execute and measure campaigns at scale.
Showing growing confidence in its ability to deliver more precise ads for clients, NBCUniversal announced this morning that it is committing $1 billion of ad inventory in advance of the upfronts for clients who want to buy targeted ads across NBCUniversal’s portfolio. The move is the latest by TV networks to enable data-driven ad buying in order to better compete with digital behemoths like Google and Facebook which are increasingly pursuing traditional TV ad dollars.
With the move, NBCUniversal is guaranteeing that data-driven campaigns will deliver “precisely defined customers” on its platforms, part of its “Symphony” strategy of tapping into all of its broadcast and cable TV networks, digital properties, distribution partners, theme parks and talent.
Please save two dates on your 2017 calendars for VideoNuze’s big annual conferences. On Wednesday, June 14th, we’ll be hosting our 7th annual VideoNuze Online Video Advertising Summit at the Westin Times Square in NYC. And Wednesday, November 29th will be our 3rd annual SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit, also at the Westin.
Last year, each of these conferences drew 425+ attendees, 50+ speakers and 16-18 sponsors. Over the years they have both become must-attend days with well-curated programs, high-impact executive speakers and extensive networking opportunities.
I’m pleased to share that FreeWheel will be the Title partner for both conferences in 2017. Other industry leaders already on board include Premier partners VertaMedia and Videology, Headline partners Beachfront Media, Cedato, SintecMedia, Smart AdServer and Vemba and Branding partner SpotX. If you’re interesting in partnering, please drop me a note.
The web sites for both conferences will be live soon and lots more information will be coming, so stay tuned.
In addition to our VideoNuze conferences, I’m excited to be producing the 3rd annual NABShow Online Video Conference, in Las Vegas on April 24-25. We have an amazing program planned, including two keynote interviews I’ll be doing, on day 1 with Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer of CBS and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive, and on day 2 with Michael Paull, who was just named CEO of BAMTech and was previously VP, Digital Video at Amazon where he led the Amazon Channels business.
You can save $100 on NABShow Conference FlexPass tickets using the code EP06.
VidMob, whose platform provides clients access to thousands of video post-production professionals, is expanding its scope, announcing this morning that it is launching a self-service ad platform for Snapchat. This means that small-to-medium sized businesses will be able to buy, create and manage video ad campaigns through one interface. To date only larger brands and agencies have been able to buy Snap Ads.
Mobile video is white hot, and here’s yet another data point illustrating it: 67% of U.S. consumers say they watch mobile video daily, which is almost equal to the 70% of U.S. consumers who say they watch video on their desktop or laptops daily. And 62% of consumers say they plan to watch more online videos in the next 6 months, on whichever device is handiest.
The data comes from AOL’s new 2017 State of the Video Industry Global Research Study, which covered 7 different markets.