News Corp. announced this morning at Cannes Lions the availability of a new viewable vertical video ad for mobile devices that can be bought initially on The Sun and The New York Post. The ad is an outstream format against vertical video content, plays only when in view and can be scrolled past. The ad appears with audio off, which viewers can toggle on. Viewability is measured by Moat per MRC standards.
We had a hugely successful 6th annual VideoNuze Online Video Advertising Summit this past Tuesday in NYC, with over 425 industry colleagues attending. 50 executives participated on 13 sessions focused around our theme of how TV and online video advertising are converging.
All of the sessions were video-recorded and I’ll be posting the videos with summaries over the next couple weeks as they’re edited. I received tons of great feedback on the sessions. There are countless insights about the current landscape for online video advertising currently and where things are heading.
The 6th annual VideoNuze Online Video Ad Summit is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14th in NYC. So if you've been debating whether to attend, it’s time to get off the fence! Here are some highlights of what to expect:
50 industry executives speaking on 13 different sessions. The overarching theme of the Video Ad Summit is the convergence between online video advertising and TV advertising. The program includes multiple sessions that will address the subject from different angles and in different formats. Additional sessions will focus on capitalizing on mobile video, finding video success in the “platform economy,” optimizing video ad targeting through data, what’s ahead for programmatic video and TV, unlocking video’s value in the OTT era and lots more.
2 fantastic keynote sessions. Our morning keynote interview is with Marc Debevoise, EVP/GM of CBS Digital Media, who I will interview about how CBS is embracing a new world of video opportunities. Then in the afternoon, Charlie Chappell, Head of Global Integrated Media at Hershey’s will discuss how the company is adapting to a new media landscape, in an interview with MediaLink SVP Matt Spiegel. Both sessions promise executive level insights and best practices sharing.
Superb networking with hundreds of industry colleagues. As always the Video Ad Summit provides some of the best networking around, with colleagues from throughout the ecosystem. The day will wrap up with an hour of cocktails.
Learning from our sponsors. I’m extremely grateful to the Video Ad Summit’s 17 fabulous sponsors, who will have table-tops and staff attending. They’re all doing cool stuff and the Video Ad Summit is premier opportunity to learn from them and understand how they’re moving the industry forward.
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Video ad tech provider Genesis Media has introduced Trending Topics, enabling advertisers to capitalize on temporary traffic spikes in particular web content. As Genesis Media’s CEO Mark Yackanich explained to me in a briefing, Trending Topics provides unique opportunities to advertisers to hop onto surges in web content triggered by hot cultural events, even before they’ve been detected by Google, Facebook or other sources.
Trending Topics leverages Genesis Media’s core competencies in web content monitoring and analysis. The company is scanning for web content that has the highest velocity, or rapid movement, in page views. Genesis Media then marries this data to its proprietary Page Attention Rank (PAR) which measures users’ attention, retention and time spent to create an index revealing which trending pages represent unusually high value for advertisers based on their objectives.
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The 6th annual VideoNuze Online Video Advertising Summit in NYC is coming up next Tuesday, June 14th, with over 400 executives from throughout the ecosystem already signed up to attend, once again making the event a premier day of networking.
The program is also now finalized, with 50 speakers appearing on 13 sessions including keynote interviews, fireside chats, panel discussions and presentations that cover the most important topics in online video. A ton of hard work has gone into curating the program and optimizing each session’s particular focus. All of this means that the Video Ad Summit will be a top-notch day of learning for all attendees.
The conference’s over-arching theme is the convergence between online video and TV. Two sessions to highlight will occur in the morning. The first, “Reaching Audiences at Scale: Will TV Succeed in the Digital Age” will examine the fast-changing landscape for TV advertising, with major competitors like YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and others offering advertisers unprecedented scale (see today’s WSJ interview with YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki for more). Lorne Brown, founder and CEO of Operative (who’s also leading the NAB’s Digital Committee) will moderate, with Adam Gerber (ABC), Mike Germano (VICE Media), Melissa Kihara (Xaxis) and Bob Toohey (Verizon Digital Media) participating.
Then, following the morning break, the next session, “Optimizing Video Ad Targeting Through Data and Analysis” will dig deeply into how TV networks are investing heavily in data to enable their inventory to be more targeted and valuable. The session will also explore how networks are enabling holistic, targeted campaigns across their TV and online video properties, and across devices. Mike Chapman, Managing Director at Accenture Strategy (who co-authored the ABC study on TV advertising ROI, released during this year’s upfronts) will moderate, with Gabe Bevilacqua (Viacom), Denise Colella (NBCU), David Ernst (Discovery), Mark Gall (Alphonso) and Vikram Somaya (ESPN) participating.
Together, these sessions are going to provide fantastic insights into the intersection of TV and video advertising and what TV networks, as the biggest source of premium programming online, are doing to remain competitive.
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In today’s on-demand culture, the days of passive television viewing are over. People prefer to choose the exact content they want to watch when they want to watch it. It’s no longer about who controls the TV remote – it’s now about controlling our individualized viewing experience and schedule.
It’s no surprise, then, that more than half of all U.S. homes own a Connected TV (CTV), a set that plays traditional TV programming yet is also connected to the Internet through a stand-alone streaming device. These devices, such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, etc., enable access to over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, to name but a few, as well as ad serving and digital measurement.
Seeking to further educate the market about the benefits of outstream video advertising, ad tech provider Teads has unveiled a first-of-its-kind programmatic outstream accreditation program for ad agencies and trading desks.
Teads was a pioneer in outstream ads, which are video ads that play against non-video inventory. Given the high expense of creating premium video content and its scarcity, outstream ads have become a hugely popular way for premium publishers to monetize their content.
Online video and TV advertising are converging as viewers increasingly watch long-form content - entertainment, news and sports - on multiple devices. How this convergence is actually happening and the key challenges that remain are a critical focus of our 6th annual VideoNuze Online Video Advertising Summit, coming up 2 weeks from today, on Tuesday, June 14th in NYC.
Two of our sessions will directly address convergence, one from the opportunities standpoint and the other from the challenges standpoint. Our opening session, “Convergence Realized: Why TV and Video are Now Inseparable” will set the stage for the day, by exploring strategic drivers behind convergence such as fragmenting viewership, advertisers’ interest in efficient, cross-platform campaigns, the unifying role of data, etc.
Videology’s Managing Director, North America Tim Castree will share a short presentation with the latest data, and then moderate a session with David Bickford (Head of TV Sales & Multi-Platform Group Director, Bloomberg Media), Jon Heller (Co-Founder and Co-CEO, FreeWheel), Nick Johnson (SVP, Digital Ad Sales Strategy, Turner Ad Sales) and Paul Williamson (Chief Investment Officer, Publicis Media Exchange - U.S.).
Even as the convergence opportunities are sizable, so too are the challenges, with many moving pieces, manual inefficiencies and disjointed workflows. So the afternoon companion session, “How to Move Video Ads at the Speed of Today,” will dig into these and other challenges, as well as explore current solutions.
The session is moderated by Prohaska Consulting’s Steve Grubbs and includes Peter Olsen (EVP, National Ad Sales, A+E Networks), John Roland (CEO and Co-Founder, Extreme Reach) and Mitch Weinstein (SVP, Director of Ad Operations, IPG Mediabrands). Expect to come away from both sessions with an improved understanding of how convergence is playing out and what still needs to be done.
In addition, there are 11 other sessions planned at the Video Ad Summit, which features 50 speakers in total. All of the most important industry topics will be explored, with convergence as the over-arching theme.
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GroupM’s advanced TV unit MODI Media will use Innovid as its preferred ad server for all connected TV campaigns, the companies announced today. Seth Walters, senior partner at MODI, who oversees its connected TV business, told me that Innovid addresses a key pain point of delivering video adds into the highly fragmented connected TV space, while also offering real-time analytics on campaign performance across devices.
With video and TV viewing fragmenting across numerous devices, services and apps, advertisers are more challenged than ever to efficiently build holistic, measurable TV ad campaigns. That has created a big opening for major platforms like Google/YouTube, Facebook and others to differentiate themselves with single source, in-depth user data that can be mined for targeted campaigns across their massive audiences.
Concerned by these dynamics and the precedent of how platforms seized ad dollars from print publishers, NAB Show is seeking to play a leadership role, forming a new digital committee including executives from TV networks, pay-TV operators and TV station owners. The committee, headed by Lorne Brown, Founder and CEO of Operative, a leading video ad tech provider, held its first invite-only meeting a few weeks ago at the NAB Show.
Content quality is widely viewed as one of the most important variables for driving performance in advertising. Many brands and agencies divide their efforts between premium media advertising and cost effective media advertising. Buying premium content and video is often utilized to build brand awareness and generate exposure, while cost effective media advertising focuses on conversion points and total reach. Bridging the two practices through software for value and decisioning gives advertisers unreached efficiencies. This will be extremely important as the move to cross screen advertising begins to scale.
But what is the formula for automating the process to determine what is to be considered premium content?
Early bird discounted registration ends this Friday for the 6th annual VideoNuze Online Video Advertising Summit on Tuesday, June 14th in NYC. All early bird registrants save $100 and are entered to win a 55-inch TCL 4K Roku TV.
Our amazing program includes keynote guests Charlie Chappell, Head of Global Integrated Media, The Hershey Company and Marc Debevoise, EVP/GM, CBS Digital Media, CBS Interactive, plus 35+ executives from A+E Networks, American Express, Bloomberg Media, Conde Nast, IAB, Initiative, IPG Mediabrands, Mindshare, NBCU, Newsy, Turner, Viacom, The Washington Post, The Weather Company, Whistle Sports, Xaxis, Zenith and many others who are participating in the Ad Summit.
The Ad Summit is generously supported by 16 industry-leading companies on board so far as sponsors, including Title Partner Videology, Premier Partners Altitude Digital, DashBid, Extreme Reach, Verizon Digital Media Services and VertaMedia, Headline Partners Alphonso, Beachfront Media, Cedato, FreeWheel, Genesis Media, JW Player, Operative and Placemedia and Branding Partners Brightcove and Roku.
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When Amazon Video Direct (AVD) was announced last week, lots of industry observers saw it as a new YouTube competitor. At some point that may be true, but for now, there is little for YouTube, the undisputed 800-pound gorilla of the online video industry, to be worried about.
While video content providers will welcome another deep-pocketed third-party distributor into the market, the most important challenge AVD faces is proving that it can make incremental money for these providers, beyond what they can already earn on YouTube, their own direct channels/apps and elsewhere.
Amazon revealed 4 different ways that content providers can monetize their videos, but each has challenges.
New research from video ad tech provider Unruly highlights the opportunities and challenges advertisers have in reaching 18-34 year-old audiences with video ads.
The good news for advertisers is that millennials are 112% more likely than the average viewer to share the ads they like. Getting them to do so hinges on the ad capturing the zeitgeist. Fortunately, millennials are 25% more likely than the average viewer to feel inspired by video ads and 27% more likely to feel happy. They are also 23% more likely to enjoy relevant ads.
Video ad tech provider Cedato has launched CedatoX, a private video ad marketplace, connecting supply and demand on the Cedato platform at the server level. In a briefing, Cedato’s CMO Dvir Doron told me that the key benefits are simple setup and transactions along with proven revenue lift for participating publishers.
Dvir highlighted that CedatoX addresses the pain point of video transactions being complicated for both sides to configure and maintain. With CedatoX, private transaction terms are set and managed on the platform. The result is more effective yield and fill rates.
I'm thrilled to share that Charlie Chappell, Head of Global Integrated Media, The Hershey Company, will be our afternoon keynote guest at the 6th annual VideoNuze Online Video Ad Summit on Tuesday, June 16th in NYC. Charlie is leading the transformation of Hershey’s approach to modern media. Prior to joining Hershey’s in 2012, Charlie spent 12 years at P&G where he was part of the P&G Digital Leadership Team.
Charlie will be interviewed by Matt Spiegel, SVP, Marketing & Technology Solutions at MediaLink on topics including how Hershey’s is using video to connect with its customers, the company’s approach to allocating spending between video and TV and how brands need to leverage new technologies to stay competitive.
Charlie’s session complements our morning keynote with Marc Debevoise, EVP/GM, CBS Digital Media, CBS Interactive. Marc oversees the network’s digital initiatives in entertainment, sports and news including CBS.com, CBS All Access (its subscription streaming service) and CBSN (its 24/7 digital news network), among others. I’ll be interviewing Marc about how broadcasters are being impacted by the rise of online video viewing and how they’re innovating to compete.
Charlie and Marc are part of an fantastic group of 30+ industry executives from A+E Networks, American Express, Bloomberg Media, Conde Nast, IAB, Initiative, Mindshare, NBCU, Newsy, Turner, Viacom, The Washington Post, The Weather Company, Whistle Sports, Xaxis, Zenith and many others who are participating in the Ad Summit.
Last year's Ad Summit attracted over 450 attendees so register early to save and to win a 55-inch TCL 4K Roku TV!
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FreeWheel has acquired Paris-based video supply-side platform StickyADS.tv, for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced this morning. StickyADS.tv is one of the largest independent SSPs and has a team of approximately 100, including a beachhead in the U.S. that was established last Fall. The companies have been working together since last year, including an integration when StickyADS.tv was one of the initial SSPs to join FreeWheel’s Preferred Partners program.
FreeWheel’s co-CEO and co-founder Doug Knopper told me that the acquisition was in direct response to customers’ requests to have a single platform to manage both video ads that are direct sold and those that are transacted programmatically. FreeWheel’s customers are among the biggest broadcasters, cable networks and online publishers, and while Doug said direct sold still accounts for the vast majority of inventory for its customers, they recognize how critical programmatic has become and are aggressively positioning themselves for the future.
OpenSlate has released data revealing vastly different YouTube viewing for men vs. women. OpenSlate said that 62% of YouTube views by women aged 18-34 are in the Beauty & Style category, more than 10x the viewership of the next category, Health & Fitness, which had a 6% share.
The Beauty & Style category is dominated by Face & Body Care, which accounts for 40% of the views, followed by Make-Up & Cosmetics (34%) and Hair Care (13%). OpenSlate also found that Beauty & Style has the highest women 18-34 audience composition, followed by Food & Drink (38%) and Shopping (33%).
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Yesterday’s news that Magna Global has committed $250 million of client spending to YouTube - all shifted from TV budgets - is another critical reminder of how dynamic the TV and video advertising markets are. Our keynoter from last year’s Ad Summit, David Cohen, president of Magna Global N.A. told the WSJ, “We have negotiated a meaningful share shift from linear television to digital video.”
The decision will be a key part of our “NewFronts, Upfronts and the Transitioning Ad Market” fireside chat featuring Adam Shlachter, President, VM1, Zenith and Maureen Bosetti, Chief Investment Officer, Initiative, which is Magna’s sister IPG company. Once again, Tim Hanlon will moderate the discussion which will examine the dynamics of budgets are being allocated between TV and video.
The exciting program will feature 13 sessions spanning all the hottest industry topics. Over 30 executives are already confirmed to speak, from industry leaders like A+E Networks, American Express, Bloomberg Media, Conde Nast, IAB, Initiative, Mindshare, NBCU, Newsy, Turner, The Washington Post, The Weather Company, Whistle Sports, Xaxis, Zenith and many others.
Last year's Ad Summit drew over 450 attendees and I expect similar attendance this year too, so register early to reserve your place!
Many thanks to the 15 industry-leading companies on board so far as sponsors, including Title Partner Videology, Premier Partners Altitude Digital, DashBid, Extreme Reach, Verizon Digital Media Services and VertaMedia, Headline Partners Alphonso, Beachfront Media, Cedato, FreeWheel, Genesis Media, JW Player, Operative and Placemedia and Branding Partner Roku.
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While the main goal of Hulu’s NewFront this morning was of course to excite advertisers to open their checkbooks, the event also marked the unofficial kickoff of the company’s ambitious repositioning from a catchup SVOD hub to an all-encompassing, next-generation, personalized TV service including live linear TV feeds.
At its NewFront, Hulu’s CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed what had been strategically leaked to the WSJ in an article reported Sunday night - that the company intends to launch a skinny bundle of linear broadcast and cable TV networks to augment its on-demand programming, for monthly fee of approximately $40.