In Video Mash-Up, Ebuzzing & Teads Merge Ahead Of IPO

In a sign of the growing importance of online video advertising technology, two of the sector’s vendors are merging – and say they plan to go public next year. Ebuzzing, which was co-founded by French web entrepreneur Pierre Chapaz, and Teads, a French ad tech firm bringing new formats to market, say they are combining to […]

 
 

The Search For Standards For Addressable Ads

All manner of companies is shooting to make digital advertising that’s “addressable” – targetable to individual users across devices. But when will, if ever, will there be a single standard for that lens? “That’s still an open discussion,” says global product manager Stefan Maris of TV-syncing ad technology service Civolution. “One of the discussions we are […]

 
 

Advertisers Misled On Premium Placement: Jun’s Reichgut

Advertisers are being dazzled with premium-grade publisher names by salespeople who instead give them low-quality sites as inventory, says one ad tech exec. “Right now, the whole business is getting away with it,” says Jun Group CEO Mitchell Reichgut. “The client is seeing the big names (of sites on which they will appear) but they […]

 
 

Time Warner’s Bleacher Report Goes ‘Mobile-First’ For Sports Video

Desktop devices took an early lead when team-based sports news publisher Bleacher Report launched its video initiative two and a half years ago. Now the handheld has drawn level on points. “Mobile has caught up,” video VP Bill McCandless tells Beet.TV, adding that mobile traffic sometimes trumps desktop for Bleacher. “Because it’s weekend-driven, we see mobile […]

 
 

TV Networks Transitioning To Programmatic: LiveRail CEO

The last year has seen an evolution in how publishers and broadcasters view the so-called “programmatic” sale of online ad inventory. “Just 12 months ago, a lot of publishers were just viewing programmatic as a remnant solution,” says Mark Trefgarne, CEO of video ad tech platform LiveRail. “The transition we’ve seen is a view towards […]

 
 

Taboola CEO: Native Will Go Programmatic When It Hits Scale

The problem with the new native advertising concept, according to some display ad veterans, is – how can the format ever hit display’s heights when each new deployment may need to be customized for editorial fit? But Adam Singolda, CEO of a content discovery network that is also trying to deploy native ads, says things […]

 
 

As Brands Eye Programmatic, Agencies Need to Show Value

As more brand are considering implementing their own programmatic platforms, media agencies need to more clearly present their value, advises Dee Salomon, Chief Marketing Officer of MediaLink, the influential media consulting firm.   In this segment from the recent Beet executive retreat, she says that MediaLink is working with brands in evaluating programmatic solutions. She […]

 
 

Google’s VanDerzee: Big Focus On “Buy Side” of Programmatic in 2014

Google will invent more resources in 2014 on improving its advertising technologies for buy-side customers, says a Google ad exec. “We spent a little bit more time on the sell side than we did on the buy side from a product development perspective,” Google media platforms sales head Jay VanDerzee tells Beet.TV. “We’re obviously going to continue to do […]

 
 

Videology’s Gaskamp: Display Ad Tech Doesn’t Work For Video

There is no straight line from planning a textual or pictorial display ad campaigns to doing so for video, says one video ad tech exec. “A lot of the technologies that were built and deployed in the online display world don’t translate well in to video,” says Videology‘s development SVP Brent Gaskamp. “Some people have […]

 
 

Beet.TV’s Plesser: New Era Dawning For Journalism

New York-based video journalism outfit Beet.TV, this article’s publisher, has been creating events and videos that tell the story of the digital business for the last eight years. Now executive producer Andy Plesser says the industry is about to take off, as attitudes toward branded content converge. “It’s a video-first B2B publishing platform that’s driven […]

 
 

Digitas’ Shlachter: Good Branded Video Is Hard To Do

With an apparent shortage of premium video inventory against which to advertise, some marketers are taking to producing their own content to get their messages across. But what’s the right recipe for branded video success? “No matter what … it’s got to be clear, consistent,” says Digitas’ north America media activation head Adam Shlachter. “It’s […]

 
 

‘Branded Video Has Five Seconds To Impress’: GroupM’s Rob Norman

The emerging space of editorial video content produced by brand marketers is so new that there are few benchmarks for a successful campaign, says GroupM chief digital officer Rob Norman. But he has identified at least one golden rule already. “Make sure the first five or six seconds are really, really good – so that […]

 
 

‘Addressability Won’t Grow TV Pie’: Nielsen’s Hohman

Several technology developments are promising to revolutionize TV advertising with the same degree of individual targeting now being seen on the web. But will these new methods bring any more money in to a TV advertising game that is already worth circa $70 million per year in the US? “Fundamentally, it will probably be the […]

 
 

MediaVest’s Trivedi: Viewability Concerns Hurting Ad World

According to some ugly numbers, as many as 40% of video ads claimed to be watched online are not really viewed by humans at all.  Measuring the true “viewability” of videos has, therefore, become one of the industry’s hot topics. “All the other media don’t spend so much money validating that their ads will show […]

 
 

AOL’s Harnevo: Branded Video Will Boom As Pre-Rolls Wane

Pre-roll adverts are the largest slice of AOL’s video advertising revenue – but the outfit nevertheless thinks the format will be challenged. “Pre-rolls are the majority of what we do, the (TV) assets are already there,” AOL’s video president Ran Harnevo tells Beet.TV. “Acceptance of pre-rolls is going decrease. Brands will have to become publishers.” That is […]

 
 

SMG To Reveal Effectiveness Of Twitter TV Retargeting

Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) recently struck an exclusive partnership with Twitter, creating a “social TV lab” to explore the impact TV and social, in tandem, have on advertising. Now the pair are about to unveil first findings. SMG’s global video lead Lisa Giacosa tells Beet.TV metrics “look favorable” and are due to be published in February […]

 
 

Nielsen’s Hohman: Cross-Platform Ads Are More Effective

“We really are at a cross-roads for the industry,” Nielsen agency solutions EVP Dave Hohman tells Beet.TV. “Ad agencies are looking to be able to provide integrated, multi-screen campaigns – they tend to be much more impactful from an ROI (return on investment) standpoint than mono-media planning.” The problem? Ad planning hierarchies are “siloed”, Hohman reckons: “The […]

 
 

Starcom’s Kienast: Connected Home Will Rocket Mobile Advertising

Just a couple of years ago, mobile advertising barely figured on agencies’ radars. Now it’s front-and-center – and set fora bright future as the Internet Of Things blurs the line between utility and marketing, says one exec. “Mobile never had a seat at the table, I wasn’t even included in upfront conversations,” Starcom Worldwide’s SVP and […]

 
 

MediaVest’s Trivedi: Google ‘Relationship’ Will Bring More Video Ads

Having a real relationship with Google is key to making advertisers satisfied enough to buy more space in video, says an exec from Publicis’ MediaVest. MediaVest and Google last fall announced a deal in which the media agency will commit to buying a set amount of ad space across Google properties including YouTube. For Trivedi, […]

 
 

Civolution Provides ‘Predictive GRPs’ For TV-Synced Ads

The idea of buying social media ads to coincide with TV shows has become commonplace. But how should the industry price such ads? Using the shows as a barometer, suggests technology vendor Civolution. “We predict the popularity of a TV show during which a certain TV ad will run,” company global product manager Stefan Maris […]

 
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