FreeWheel’s Discovery Deal, Explained By GM Marcus

NBCUniversal parent Comcast acquired FreeWheel in 2014, but that affiliation doesn’t appear to have affect FreeWheel’s ability to strike deals with other broadcasters. In a deal announced today, Discovery Inc, which already was a FreeWheel customer, says it will now take on FreeWheel’s “unified decisioning platform to enable holistic advertising management for Discovery’s full roster […]

 

Audience Means Outcome: FreeWheel’s Wallach

As TV advertisers start demanding to buy ads from which they can expect real business outcomes like sales, how can vendors in the chain best deliver? Attribution technology is rising in prominence, as programmers seek ways to show agencies the effectiveness of new-wave, data-fuelled advanced TV ads. But an executive at the center of the […]

 

Inscape’s McAfee: OAR Consortium Offers Flexibility To Scale Addressable TV

CANNES—A direct relationship with owners of television advertising inventory is one of the core premises behind Project OAR, which hopes to develop an open standard for addressable ads on connected TV’s. “As long as there’s someone in the middle, there are levels of complication that just won’t make this work,” says Jodie McAfee, SVP of […]

 

FreeWheel’s Marcus: How Smart TV’s Complement Cable Box Viewing Data

When you co-mingle television-viewing data from set-top cable boxes with data from smart TV’s, you get closer to tracking fragmented consumption. But what complicates measurement of IP-delivered video content is an understanding of what IP-connected devices are actually associated with people in a given household. That’s a person-level frontier that FreeWheel plans to tackle, according […]

 

Tracking Incremental Reach Expands With ACR Data: FreeWheel’s Wallach

FreeWheel’s already formidable footprint in tracking video viewing across screens got a boost when it began to factor in smart-TV data from Inscape. And with TVSquared as a partner, campaign attribution and optimization can happen much sooner than has traditionally been the case. “From a measurement perspective and understanding viewership and consumption, we are partnering […]

 

Vevo’s McGurn: After Shift In Distribution, Video Ad Inventory Expected To Sell Out In UpFront

About a year after sunsetting its own apps in favor of distribution via YouTube and virtual MVPD’s, Vevo expects to sell out “a nine-figure body” of music video advertising inventory in the UpFront. It’s part of Vevo’s plan for “returning music television to the living room,” says Kevin McGurn, President of Sales & Distribution. In […]

 

Identity Resolution Needed To Enable Data-Driven TV: FreeWheel’s Manningham

Coming in to view, the new world of using audience data to precision-target connected TV advertisements depends on a solid understanding of who those consumers really are. But do marketers have what they need to succeed in this new world? “Identity is really at the center of data-driven TV,” says Jason Manningham, General Manager of […]

 

Comcast Advertising’s Greenwald On The Power Of TV And Local Targeting

At the recent LUMA Partners Digital Media East conference, Beet.TV caught up with Kevin Greenwald, Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives at Comcast Advertising. He talked about what Comcast Advertising is excited about as a champion/partner to Comcast Spotlight, FreeWheel and NCC Media in the rapidly changing TV space. He sees tremendous opportunity in the power […]

 

Hearst Television Integrates With FreeWheel Monetization And Revenue Management Platform

Hearst Television’s Hearst Anyscreen OTT offering is adding scale through an integration with FreeWheel’s Monetization and Revenue Management platform. It’s a first step toward also enhancing the value of its local broadcast inventory. “They’ll be putting demand into our marketplace and doing audience extension to find their audiences on other premium content in service of […]

 

FreeWheel Unifies A+E’s Ad Decisioning

A 1980s TV commercial for the combined shampoo-and-conditioner Wash & Go made famous the catchphrase: “Take two bottles in to the shower?!” Now ad-tech firm FreeWheel is effectively uniting the “shampoo” and “conditioner” of TV ad sales – creating a unified product in which A+E Networks can manage two different kinds of ads. Comcast-owned FreeWheel has […]

 

Omnicom’s Steuer Wants More ‘Democratized’ Set-Top, ACR Data

Omnicom Media Group’s Jonathan Steuer is encouraged by the emergence of solutions that “co-mingle” set-top box and automatic content recognition viewing data, the most recent example of which is FreeWheel Media working with Inscape. At the recent FreeWheel NOWFRONT event in Manhattan, Steuer, who is Chief Research Officer, welcomed the “consistent effort across almost all […]

 

Data Plus Math Will Measure FreeWheel Inventory In-Flight To Gauge Business Outcomes

FreeWheel is bringing in-flight advertising campaign attribution optimization across traditional television, OTT and digital video via a partnership with Data Plus Math. “When we work with FreeWheel, we’re really measuring FreeWheel’s inventory,” says John Hoctor, Co-Founder & CEO of Data Plus Math. What Data Plus Math brings to Comcast’s FreeWheel is “a fast, automated and […]

 

Three Steps To NBC’s ‘Single Decision Brain’: FreeWheel’s Rooke

When Digiday reported recently how Comcast-owned NBCUniversal was beginning to use FreeWheel, its ad-tech software stablemate, to schedule linear TV ads, it set industry tongues wagging. That sort of integration requires extensive infrastructure development. But bigger things are coming, says James Rooke, FreeWheel GM, publishers, who explains the workings in this video interview with Beet.TV. […]

 

FreeWheel’s Marcus On The Impact Of Creative In Cross-Screen Campaigns

One aspect of cross-screen video advertising attribution that will need to catch up with others is being able to determine the impact of different creative iterations. Some research suggests creative can account for as much as 70% of overall campaign performance, according to FreeWheel’s Claudio Marcus. Much of the in-depth studies that FreeWheel has done […]

 

What Is ‘TV’? Hulu, FreeWheel, dataxu, comScore, 4C Execs Discuss

SAN JUAN — If you listen to the tech crowd and if you look at some of the consumer behavior, TV is “dying”. But, if that is the case, how do you explain Netflix? Many executives in the industry have long since moved on from using “TV” to describe the box in the living room connected […]

 

Essence’s Gerber, FreeWheel’s Clark View The Competitive TV Landscape

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Some of the most frank discussions at the annual Beet Retreat often happen in one-on-one sessions. Such was the case this year in various fireside chats titled Setting the Aperture for a Consumer-Centric TV, including a frank discussion about advanced television between Adam Gerber and Dave Clark. The short summary of their […]

 

Disney’s Ferro Discusses Unified Ad Sales, Shift To Google Ad Manager

From ESPN to Disney to Marvel, The Walt Disney Company is “a house of brands, not a branded house,” says sales chief Rita Ferro. “And we think about each one of those brands and the power that each one of them mean to the customer.” The house of brands is now more unified than ever […]

 

Connecting The Dots To Ad Attribution: FreeWheel’s Rothwell

LONDON — Just a few short years ago, the worlds of media had become islands. Online, supremely trackable, was selling ads in a vacuum. TV, disconnected, looked isolated by comparison. Now, digital TV and identity resolution technologies are building a bridge, however. In its latest report entitled Assigning TV Credit: A Practical Guide to Attribution, FreeWheel […]

 

Comcast’s Clark Discusses The Challenges Facing ‘TV As A Platform’

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Why can’t TV behave more like the platforms do? That is the question buyers have, and that’s where technology can help by relieving some of the unwanted friction that now exists in the world of cross-platform video advertising, says David Clark. In this interview at Beet Retreat 2018, the EVP of Advanced […]

 

Driven By Better Targeting, Political Spending On Local Cable Soars: FreeWheel’s Baer

ORLANDO—Driven by advances in data-driven targeting, political advertising on local cable television is soaring in advance of the mid-term elections. To FreeWheel’s Joy Baer, it’s a microcosm of what lies ahead for all advertisers. “Emotions are running high. The good news is spend is running very high as well,” already surpassing spending in the 2016 […]

 
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