Posts by Andy Plesser

The Viral Video Is Not a Business Model

While the viral video hit can be golden for brands, it can’t be done consistently and it’s “not a sustainable business model” says Mitchell Reichgut, CEO and founder of the Jun Group, a digital video ad services firm that secures views for branded content on hundreds of publisher sites.  …

TubeMogul Crushes Wall Street with 64% Rise on First Day of Trading

Whether the dramatic increase of the company’s stock price on its initial day of trading, which closed at 11.50, up $4.50 or 64%, can be sustained or not, time will tell.  For TubeMogul co-founder and CEO Brett Wilson, he is focused on “building a big, transformative company,” he told Beet.TV…

Britain’s Mail Online, Growing Fast in U.S……and Making Waves

The British tabloid the Daily Mail, known as Mail Online,  has become the biggest English language newspaper destination site in the world.  It is growing quickly in the U.S., with a 30 percent  increase over last year, and monthly unique visitors up to 36,4 million, according to comScore.   That…

Video Conference Platform ‘Vidyo’ Raises $20 in New Round

Vidyo, the live video platform solution that powers Google Hangouts and a number of other enterprise-level implementations. has raised an E round of $20 million, the company announced today.   Last year we sat down with VP Ray Glynn about the company and the opportunities to implement live streaming across…

Web Originals from Netflix, AOL, Crackle Get Emmy Nods

Netflix, AOL and Crackle were among the digital-first video producers to get recognized with a slew of Emmy nominations which were announced yesterday.   Netflix received several nominations for its big budgeted series.    In the category of Outstanding Short-Form, Nonfiction Program, Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and AOL’s…

DMEXCO Expects 30,000 Attendees for Giant Digital Media Expo in Cologne

It may not have the sunshine and parties of Cannes Lions, or the glittery nightlife of CES, but DMEXCO (digital media expo) in Cologne is where business gets done for the digital media industry, says Christian Muche, co-founder of the giant two-day conference in September which will attract  a record-breaking 30,000…

Breaking: LiveRail Acquired by Facebook

In a big move to expand its video advertising capabilities, Facebook has acquired video ad services company LiveRail, both companies announced today.   Earlier this year, LiveRail CEO Mark Trefgarne explained the company’s business model and plans in the video session with Ashley J. Swartz at this year’s Beet  Retreat….

Mondelez’s Bonin: Marketers Must Move Past Complacency

CANNES, France –  Media planning has been pretty easy of the past 50 years, with deals done in back rooms over Scotch and cigars.  The complacency of this dynamic is quickly changing with new technology and CMO’s need to embrace change, says B. Bonin Bough, VP of Global Media and…