The Problem With Video Pre-Rolls: Teads’ Jim Daily

CHICAGO — It’s only natural that online video advertising takes after television advertising – after all, both media are about moving pictures. But, whilst the forms may be similar, advertiser results can vary across each, according to a tech exec. “It’s a similar experience to what we see on TV,” North America MD Jim Daily […]

 
 

Marketers Can Reach ‘Meerkats’ With Mobile: Weather Channel’s Dan Young

LONDON — Mobile video heralds a chance for advertisers to reach consumers who may appear to be distracted or in the outdoors – but who are actually highly engaged and watching TV, according to Weather Channel international yield and programmatic Daniel Young. “It’s personal,” Young tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “They’re watching it not only […]

 
 

Interstitial Better Than Auto-Play: Jun CEO Mulls New Mobile Ads

CHICAGO – Ad network Jun Group’s CEO Mitchell Reichgut “recoils” when he hears about auto-playing ads, the new format being picked by Facebook and others to deliver video messages. But that doesn’t mean he won’t try introducing interruptive ads of his own. “(Auto-play) smacks of things that less than ingenuous,” Reichgut tells Beet.TV in this […]

 
 

The Weather Channel Forecasts Mobile Engagement

COLOGNE — The Weather Channel hopes its recent deal to dethrone Yahoo as the supplier of weather data to Apple’s iOS operating system will lead to more downloads for its own suite of apps – and more eyeballs on the ads it’s selling programmatically inside those apps. “We’ve been preloaded on the Nokia Lumia for […]

 
 

Ad Groups Look To Reimagine TV On Mobile Screens

Media agencies know that TV viewing is diminishing – but at least growing consumption of video on alternative screens gives them a shot at dreaming up a new kind of moving-pictures advertising stronghold in mobile media. “People are not sitting in front of the television like they used to,” Mediacom managing partner and group digital director […]

 
 

Yahoo Gets Post-Web Analytics With Flurry: Jun’s Reichgut explains

Yahoo has bought itself a role in the advertising ecosystem that comes after the desktop web by acquiring mobile analytics firm Flurry last week. That’s the assessment of one cross-platform video ad tech vendor CEO. “A media company that was based on the web is now struggling getting in to the mobile space,” Jun Group […]

 
 

Google’s Benson: Mobile Is Driving Video Consumption

CANNES, France — It’s an ironic quip at this point. Every year for a while, it seemed like someone would predict “the year of mobile” would be next year. “We can officially say ‘the year of mobile’ was last year,” David Benson, Google’s branding solutions director for northern and central Europe, tells Beet.TV. “If you’re not […]

 
 

Disney Apps’ Reboot Improves Kids’ Engagement

SAN FRANCISCO — The Disney/ABC Television Group says it has increased kids’ engagement with its mobile apps by refreshing the line-up through adding games to video last month. “We’ve already seen some of the stickiness increase,” the group’s video products and technology VP JR Grant tells Beet.TV. “(They place) an emphasis on getting more content types […]

 
 

Mobile Stream Simplifies Fragmented Formats: Maxus’ Egan

The emergence of stream-based content units popularized by mobile apps like Twitter and Facebook promises to simplify a confusing mobile advertising space, says an ad agency exec. “We’ve had an explosion of formats,” says Maxus’ north America chief strategy office Mark Egan We’re seeing a lot of this roll in to a common unit which […]

 
 

BBC Research: Mobile Is Best Device To Reach Affluent Consumers

LONDON — Research commissioned by BBC Worldwide shows the top 20% highest earners are fully engaged and readily reachable by mobile advertisers. “Senior executives – do they look at their mobile phones all the time? The answer is ‘yes’,” says Tom Bowman, VP Global Strategy & Sales Operations, BBC Worldwide. “Amongst affluent consumers groups, the mobile […]

 
 

Mobile Ad Spend Lags Device Usage: SMG’s Easterbrook

LONDON — UK consumers are spending insane amounts of time on their phones. So why aren’t advertisers putting proportionate amounts of money in to the devices? “Because the mobile marketplace has been relatively fragmented, it has made it feel a little bit difficult and risky for people to get executing on phones in the way […]

 
 

The Guardian to Relaunch Its Mobile App, Here’s Why

LONDON — The Guardian will reboot its mobile app with a new design in the next few weeks after spending the last year re-thinking its mobile web and mobile app strategy, says chief digital officer Tanya Cordrey. “Probably within the next month or two, the new Guardian app will be hitting your local app store […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

In-App Purchase Not A Silver Bullet: Soko’s Cooper

BARCELONA — Freemium has become the super-dominant app store monetization method, with some 94% of App Store revenue coming from free downloads supporting in-app purchases, according to Distimo’s 2013 Year-End Review. But that doesn’t mean app developers can guarantee success just be deploying in-app goods, says former Guardian News & Media strategy head James Cooper. […]

 
 

AOL Set To Launch Mobile Native Ad Unit

BARCELONA — AOL will soon launch a native advertising unit aimed specifically at mobile publishers, AOL Networks global media director Chad Gallagher told Beet.TV at Mobile World Congress. “We’re going to have a major announcement here in a few weeks about our native solution which we think will be really interesting,” Gallagher said. “If you look […]

 
 

Tablets Aren’t Mobiles: Collective CEO Apprendi

PALM SPRINGS, CA — Many mobile ad spending numbers consider smartphones and tablets together. After all, each is more portable than a desktop PC. But not for multi-screen video ad tech firm boss Joe Apprendi. “I’d argue mobile is a state of a device – you’re either in motion or you’re at rest,” says the […]

 
 

Guardian Preparing To Go Fully “Responsive”

The Guardian will soon overhaul its website to ensure ads, as well as editorial, adapt to work across the multitude of devices consumers use. The publisher first launched a “responsive design” site in 2012 – a tactic a growing number of operators are using to guarantee pages can render flexibly across different screen sizes. But The […]

 
 

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, […]

 
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