Vibrant’s Quli: Marketers Must Romance The User

Marketers are moving from thinking of their brands as a transaction destination to engaging consumers wherever they happen to be, says one ad veteran exec. “Marketers, back in the day, wanted to drive traffic online,” Vibrant Media global accounts and marketing SVP Ariff Quli tells Beet.TV during the Consumer Electronics Show. “The goals have changed […]

 

Chirpify Lets Viewers Buy With Hashtags

Marketers now use social media expertly to “engage” audiences? But, whilst such schemes are good top-of-funnel branding mechanisms, what about sealing the deal with an actual purchase? Chirpify is a start-up hoping to close that circle, by letting consumers buy or otherwise express interest in products using just hashtags in social media they already frequent. […]

 

AOL’s Lord: 2014 Is All About ‘Programmatic 2.0’

AOL’s advertising chief says advertisers’ understanding of so-called “programmatic” technology improved at the tail end of 2013 – now the year ahead is about offering them the range of its benefits at integrated scale. “There’s been a lot of great progress in the last three to four months since the programmatic upfront of people understanding […]

 

Videology’s Ferber: Content And Context Underpin Video Ad Buys

Super-efficient online ad targeting is allowing advertisers to hone in on specific audiences, whatever they’re watching. But that doesn’t mean the traditional business of advertising against premium content will die, says ad tech vendor Videology‘s CEO Scott Ferber. “Premium publishers in online video … they’re sold out,” Ferber tells Beet.TV during a sit-down at the Consumer […]

 

Tremor’s Wesly: Interactive Video Ads Beat TV Ads

Confidence in the effectiveness of TV ads is relatively stable, and big brands seem satisfied. But online ad tech vendor Tremor Video thinks it can improve on that effectiveness, regardless. New York-headquartered Tremor offers advertisers its service that improves short online video pre-roll ads, which typically get shovelled from linear TV ad slots, with interactive […]

 

Spotify’s Free Mobile Change Courts Brands To ‘Speak Music’

One month ago, music streamer Spotify made a change which lets mobile and tablet users listen to more music for free. Previously, off-PC usage required a premium subscription. But Spotify’s change is not just a goodwill gift to users – it points to the growing part advertisers play in a business that has always relied […]

 

Rovi Sees Ingredients For Operator Success In The Cloud

Cloud-based infrastructure can revolutionize the TV business says one internet TV technology vendor. “We strongly believe in the cloud, it can change the industry,” Rovi’s product development VP Thierry Lehartel tells Beet.TV at the Consumer Electronics Show. At the show, Rovi announced Remote Access Services, an upgrade to its existing Cloud Services which lets pay-TV operators […]

 

GroupM’s Gotlieb On Smart Cars’ ‘Space Race’ For Apple, Google

LAS VEGAS – In a world where mobile phones are replaced every two years or so, it’s frustrating that vehicles’ longer ownership terms make in-car entertainment systems dead-end and dead old. That’s why many auto makers, often accused of loading their dashes with old technology, are now turning their systems in to future-proof mobile mini-computers, […]

 

Rovi’s Parekh: Big Data Will Change Ad World

Across the industry, efficiency-hungry advertisers are going crazy to get their hands on data about viewers. And then they have to make sense of that data. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, Rovi trailed two new products aiming to help advertisers out. Ad Optimizer and Promotion Optimizer take in multiple data feeds […]

 

Akamai and Qualcomm in Pact for UltraHD Streaming

LAS VEGAS — With a growing number of connected screens, streaming services having risen above local playback and the demands of UltraHD video looming, internet infrastructure is being sorely tested. Akamai and Qualcomm think one solution is to cache popular digital content in the home or office. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Qualcomm’s Atheros […]

 

Rovi’s Baumgartner Sees HEVC Enabling 4K

LAS VEGAS — The 4K content being showed off on TVs at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going to come in much larger file sizes than plain old HD video. Fortunately, the new wave in super-sharp TV fare can be shrunk back down to size. “With the picture being four times the resolution, […]

 

Slingbox Use is Growing in the Home

LAS VEGAS — Sling Media‘s Slingbox is best know for helping customers in America’s patchwork TV ecosystem access their home TV setup whilst traveling in other states. But, just as the digital TV industry is realizing many mobile TV viewers actually don’t watch whilst “mobile”, Sling, too, is beginning to put greater focus on at-home […]

 

Millennial’s Seifer: The Two Key Data For Mobile Ads

LAS VEGAS — If you want to know how best to advertising to consumers across mobile devices, look to the numbers, says one exec. “Some of the best mobile advertising we’re seeing to date are from brands who understand the importance of data,” mobile ad tech firm Millennial Media‘s global strategy VP Carrier Seifer tells […]

 

Simulmedia’s Morgan: TV Can Make $30bn By Optimizing Ads

LAS VEGAS — By most reckonings, the US TV ad industry sells about $70 billion in ads each year. Dave Morgan thinks he can make that $100 billion. The Tacoda founder now helms Simulmedia, a company bringing an avalanche of data to bear on TV ad buying – a process Morgan says deserves to be […]

 

Rovi Set To Relaunch Recommendations This Quarter

LAS VEGAS — Digital content data provider Rovi is preparing to reboot its recommendations offering in the next few weeks. The Rovi Recommendations Service uses metadata describing the content viewers are watching to make suggestions for similar next content to consume. “Our recommendations product will be relaunched this quarter,” company product management VP Priya Rajagopalan […]

 

Rovi In 2014: More Functions In More Countries

LAS VEGAS — Kicking off its new year, digital video tech outfit Rovi announced it has been contracted by Mexico’s América Móvil to provide its guidance, search, recommendations and metadata products to the broadcaster. The year ahead heralds further development, says Rovi’s corporate strategy EVP Julian Lighton. “You’ll see us expand in to Europe and further parts […]

 

AOL’s Armstrong: Native Ads Need ‘Human’ Familiarity

LAS VEGAS — Marketing land is abuzz about “native advertising” – the hybridized presentation of marketing in the guise of publisher editorial. As different publishers and agencies approach the opportunity in different ways, the commonly accepted notions of what constitutes an ad and how you recognize it begin to break down. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong wants […]

 

Media Agency SMG Lets its Brands Run Publisher Content via New Platform

LAS VEGAS — Branded content is hot in marketing land. Now Starcom Mediavest Group (SMG’s) is saving brands the trouble of creating their own content – by obtaining publishers’ permission to re-publish theirs. SMG’s new Content@Scale CMS, launched this week, ingests text articles and images from Ahalogy, Demand Media, Glam Media, Forbes, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Parade, […]

 

Flite CEO: ‘Content@Scale’ Will Turn Videos In To Ads

LAS VEGAS – Content@Scale, the new content marketing platform launched by Starcom Mediavest Group, will soon add video capability to its text article re-distribution offering. The service lets marketers licence “evergreen” articles from 15 US publishers to re-use as content in display ad units. Flite CEO Will Price, whose technology powers the service, says he […]

 

Cisco’s Cozzolino: Compression Is Essential For Broadband 4K

LAS VEGAS — 4K televisions being touted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) promise phenomenal-quality viewing in the years ahead. But traditional broadcast infrastructure may not be able to cope with the extra demands, and broadband pipes may not be fat enough either, says one exec. “The only way a wireline operator is going to […]

 
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