Programmatic Video Platform Virool Focuses on Big Brands in 2015

As programmatic buying becomes more widespread, so do business opportunities for the tech platforms that support this buying style. Case in point — programmatic video platform Virool is aiming to expand deeper into big global brands this year as brands pursue more “advertainment” style videos, says Brian Danzis, the company’s Chief Revenue Officer, at the recent […]

 
 

Jun Group Growth Stems from Focus on Brands’ Owned Sites

Ad tech company Jun Group doubled the number of employees and significantly grew its revenue in 2014, and expects similar numbers again this year, buoyed by its focus on branded video, says CEO Mitchell Reichgut at the recent Beet.TV executive retreat. “We have seen a dramatic increase from clients to have that branded video experience on page,” he says in […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Veenome Looks Inside Videos To Help Advertisers

For advertisers, “viewability” – knowing whether a viewer has really watched their ad – has become an important metric. But some advertisers also want more granular information. Analytics startup Veenome wants to play that role. “We’re figuring out what content is inside the video, indexing the actual imagery of the content, figuring out how many […]

 
 

Advertisers Must Harness Long-Term Data: InMobi’s Cordero

Mobile ad company InMobi says it is trying not only to encourage advertisers to use more data but to do so for years ahead. “Most of the media that I see spent – not a hell of a lot of data is actually being gathered,” says the company’s north America GM Francisco Cordero. “That could […]

 
 

NDN Focuses On Data To Improve Publishers’ Videos

NDN, the unseen power behind many of the videos on newspaper websites, says data is the oil fuelling the future of the business. finally there’s enough information,” COO Eric Orme tells Beet.TV. “What really needs to happen… we have to be able to give back tons of data to these guys (our customers) to help them […]

 
 

Xaxis’ Gleason on the Appeal of GRP’s for Digital Buys

Despite the growing range of measurement options, many brands still favor GRP as a form of measurement even in the digital world, says Brian Gleason, Managing Director of Xaxis, WPP’s targeted advertising division,  in this interview with Ashley J. Swartz at the recent Beet.TV executive retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico. “We’ve been measuring GRPs for a long time and clients are comfortable […]

 
 

Starcom’s Mobile Chief: “Mobile Is Not An Island”

In a digital media world that is 25 years old, it’s no wonder the relatively recent upstart of mobile is still considered a single new channel for planning against. But now ad group Starcom Worldwide‘s mobile SVP has an unusual goal – to kill her job. “If my job exists in six months in its […]

 
 

InMobi’s Sarofian: Custom Creative For Mobile Next Frontier

Based on consumer behavior on mobile devices, the next advertising playground will likely lie in custom mobile ads, says Stephanie Sarofian, Executive Director, Brand and Agency at mobile platform InMobi  in this interview with Erick Schonfeld, Co-Founder of TouchCast, at the recent Beet.TV executive retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico. The former Digitas exec and founder of the New Fronts […]

 
 

TouchCast Aims To Boost Video Numbers And Quality

Today online there is not enough quality video to satisfy advertisers’ demands. TouchCast, a startup co-founded by former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, is aiming to change that. “The editing bay is very much a bottleneck for large-scale video production,” he tells Beet.TV. “You can’t make enough video, even if you tripled your staff. “If I […]

 
 

Dailymotion to Leverage First-Party Data in Programmatic Effort

Online video giant Dailymotion is aiming to expand further in the programmatic field with new data projects in 2014, says Roland Hamilton, Managing Director North America for DailyMotion, in this interview with Ashley J. Swartz at the recent Beet.TV executive retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Already, the company has been growing its audience buying offering since 2012, both in the U.S. […]

 
 

SpotXchange’s Buckley: Programmatic Direct Gives Publishers Control

Call it: the best of both worlds. Publishers who baulked at real-time bidding, the first incarnation of programmatic ad-buying, may be more drawn to a version of the technique that affords them both traditional-style control and super-controlled selling. Video ad tech firm SpotXchange‘s platform VP Sean Buckley explains programmatic direct it to Beet.TV: “It’s a […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

The Hybridization Of TV & Digital Ad Buyers: Turn’s Smith

As online video’s advertising growth gathers steam, the two disciplines from which the format is drawn are converging, according to one ad tech exec. “TV buyers really want to learn from digital, and digital buyers really want to learn from TV,” says Turn emerging media general manager Chris Smith. “You’re starting to see more hybrid roles […]

 
 

Hiring Challenges Abound with Automated Buying, Magna Global’s Argyilan

As marketing becomes more reliant on programmatic buys, agencies are needing to hire more technically-minded people, says Kristi Argyilan, President of Magna Global North America, MediaBrands, in this interview with Ashley J. Swartz at the recent Beet.TV executive retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico. “We are starting to profile more like a financial portfolio management mindset. We are hiring more data scientists, […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

SMG’s Social/Video Global Lead: Brands Need to “Share Shift”

Brands will be most successful in online video if they can approach budgeting from a “share shift” point of view, says Lisa Giacosa, SVP Global Social Media Director and Video Lead at Starcom MediaVest Group, in this interview with Erick Schonfeld, co-founder of Touchcast, at the recent Beet.TV executive retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico. “I don’t mind how I reach a […]

 
 

Eyeview Sees Boost in Ad Effectiveness with Creative Optimization

Personalized ads can deliver better results for brands when it comes to awareness as well as intent to purchase, says Oren Harnevo, CEO and co-founder of Eyeview, a personalized video ad platform, in this interview with Ashley J. Swartz at the recent Beet.TV executive retreat in Vieques, Puerto Rico. “The performance of brand favorability is much better,” he says, adding […]

 
 

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 […]

 
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