Group M’s Xaxis Goes Large With TV-Synced Two-Screen Ads

LONDON — More advertisers may soon buy synchronized video ads on multiple digital screens to continue reaching TV viewers distracted by secondary devices. Group M’s data and audience unit Xaxis has already operated the scheme, dubbed Xaxis Sync, in the Netherlands, buying social mobile ads corresponding to TV spots identified by data partner Civolution. Now […]


Media Need 50 Million Uniques To Make Ads Pay: VC Klein of Index Ventures

LONDON — Time was, investors wouldn’t look a content startup in the face. Lately, we have seen some financial energy go back in to ambitious, content-related companies. But that doesn’t change the challenging outlook, says one leading investor. “Content as original programming remains a very hard category to invest in,” says Saul Klein of Index […]


Videology’s McLachlan: Video & TV Are ‘Friends With Benefits’

LONDON — Advertisers are being urged to quit viewing spending allocation as an “either-or” between TV and online video, and instead buy both together for campaigns. “We’re entering in to an economy where there are friends with benefits – video and TV working together,” says video advertising technology platform vendor Videology‘s head of global TV […]


Nigerian News Consumers Jump Straight To Mobile First

LONDON — From Google’s Loon to Facbeook’s drones, the internet that Silicon Valley’s giants will create in Africa will be quite different to the one back home. With many first-time consumers adopting mobile devices before desktop, Africa may be a vision of the west’s media future. “The rate at which the mobile phone has grown […]


Quartz Publisher Lauf: No Plans For Paywall

LONDON — Quartz, Atlantic Media’s online-only journalism offshoot, may be pitched at providing premium-grade analysis, but don’t expect the site to start charging any time soon. “Social mechanisms (are) the primary way that traffic is derived for most content sites today,” Quartz publisher and Atlantic Media SVP Jay Lauf tells Beet.TV. “Anything you do in […]


Mobile Is Killing Consoles’ TV Dreams: Author Lovell

LONDON — With added TV and video features, the recent launches of the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles has seen Microsoft and Sony move further increments closer toward their dreams of being living room entertainment super hubs. But that’s a “flawed strategy”, says one analyst. “The Xbox One strategy is … based on […]


The Washington Post Plans ‘Video, Video, Video’ In 2014

LONDON — The Washington Post already invested in its Post TV online video brand last year. Now it plans to increase editorial video volume and to make more video available to native ad brands. “We’ll be telling more stories using more video content than ever before,” chief revenue officer Kevin Gentzel tells Beet.TV. “We’ll lead […]


The Huffington Post Plans Launch in India

LONDON – The Huffington is registering 44 percent of it’s traffic from outside the United States via it 11 international editions, which adds up to over 92 million unique visitors, says Jimmy Maymann, CEO of the Huffington Post, in this video interview with Beet.TV.  The company plans expand this year with a new global edition […]


Guardian CEO Andrew Miller: ‘Journalism Is On The Rise Again’

LONDON — The Guardian’s publisher will post annual digital revenue up by a quarter to over £70 million ($116 million) for the year ending March, CEO Andrew Miller tells Beet.TV. Although many in the industry report worsening ad rates, the Guardian Media Group CEO says: “We’re seeing a hardening of our CPMs.” The group will […]


BBC Set to Go All Digital with Youth Network “BBC Three,” Ralph Rivera Explains

LONDON — The BBC’s proposal to close its linear youth TV channel BBC Three in the UK but to go on publishing its shows online under the same brand will have little impact for a service already heavily consumed online, says the corporation’s future media director. “The BBC is the first broadcaster to go online-only […]


BBC Native Ads ‘Can Bring Brands’ Stories To Life’

LONDON — It may be forbidden from running even traditional display ads at home in the UK, but elsewhere in the world, the BBC’s commercial wing is embarking on blending marketing and editorial material, having recently embarked on sponsored content production effort. “There’s no reason why a brand … shouldn’t have a voice; anyone can […]


Xaxis’ Schlickum: Native & Programmatic Can Co-Exist

LONDON — Media people are talking a lot about “barbells” – Tim Armstrong’s metaphor for an advertising world that is coalescing around the seemingly polar forms of sponsored content on the one hand and data-driven display sales on the other. But one ad exec reckons those opposite ends aren’t as distinct as the metaphor suggests. […]


BuzzFeed’s Perelman, We Offer Video Scale To Brands

LONDON — BuzzFeed’s commercial stock in trade is offering sponsored editorial articles to brand marketers. Now it is extending the offering to digital videos. “We’ve done roughly 1,300 videos, 20% of them have over a million views.” says the publisher’s agency strategy VP Jonathan Perelman, who also recently took on its video GM role. BuzzFeed […]


Huffington Post CEO Maymann: “HuffPost Live” Nears Break Even, Eyeing Global Expansion

LONDON — Nearly two years after launching, HuffPost Live, Huffington Post’s effort to reinvent rolling TV news, is on the verge of breaking even, says HuffPost’s CEO. “We’ve gotten to more than 100 million video views on a monthly basis now,” Jimmy Maymann tells Beet.TV. “We need scale to appeal to TV buyers – we’re […]


New York Times CEO Mark Thompson: Finding an Upside with Custom Ad Solutions & New Paid Services

LONDON — The New York Times must halt its digital advertising decline as a priority, says CEO Mark Thompson in this interview with Beet.TV Advertising, which historically has only ever grown since digital media are themselves growing platforms, fell again by a small amount during the publisher’s last quarter. “We are absolutely determined to get […]