How Nielsen Helps Networks & Brands Understand Social Viewing

These days, TV viewers aren’t glued only to big-screen programming – or the ads that run on them. But that doesn’t mean brands can’t reach consumers all the same. The mobile screens in their palms are also being used to better understand engagement. A range of software and data providers is helping brands to do that, and Nielsen is […]


Industry Should Scale Up Social TV Ads: Mediaocean’s Palmer

Threading consumers’ social media content in to TV ads in real-time is possible – it’s just going to take a push to make it a reality in the U.S. like it is in Europe and the Nordics, says one ad tech vendor. TV ad-buying management platform Mediaocean has partnered with to pipe users’ social […] Puts Social Feedback In TV & Video Ads

These days, many TV ad campaigns include social media elements – the odd on-screen hashtag or Twitter handle, for example. But what if ads could feature the messages were posting to social media, as they do so? That’s what aims to enable with its technology platform, Story. With offices Manchester, Oslo, New York and Sydney, the outfit has worked […]


4C Insights Acquires Teletrax to Drive Addressable TV Ad Decisioning

CHICAGO — The latest incarnation of a leading TV-synced online ads enabler is coming in to focus, with the announcement, by ad data company 4C Insights, that it has raised funds to acquire Teletrax, aiming to beef up its activities in social and TV advertising. “We’re playing aggressively in the decisioning process for addressable TV and we’re […]


Big Change in Video Ad Format with the Rise of Vertical (Portrait), GroupM’s Rob Norman Explains Why it Matters

CANNES — Social platforms have made some big announcements in recent weeks, with both Twitter’s Project Lightning and Snapchat’s 3v Advertising due to usher in auto-playing, full-screen videos. You might expect that vertically-oriented video would present a challenge to advertisers, who, traditionally, have redeployed ad creative first designed for TV’s landscape screen. But GroupM chief digital officer […]


Facebook Targeting Better Ad Quality: Jakubowski

Facebook is this summer giving advertisers better ad targeting data so they can find better-quality ad inventory, according to the social network’s ad chief. “Adding people-based marketing, we’re taking the level of quality that markets can count on… understanding that they can deliver to real people,”  Facebook ad tech head David Jakubowski tells Beet.TV in this […]


Social Sharing Drives Video Ad Returns: Unruly’s Kosinski

Making your video ad shareable doesn’t just mean a wider audience – it increases its chances of stimulating real marketing outcomes, says Richard Kosinski, president of video measurement agency Unruly Media. That company produces the Viral Video Chart and tracks how videos are watched and shared on the web for brands. Kosinski says he can predict, using science, how successful […]


Social News Distribution At NYT’s Forefront: Poorsattar

FORT LAUDERDALE — The New York Times wants to make a bigger deal out of getting its stories out to users of social networks. Last year’s leaked NYT Innovation Report flagged challenges with building audience using social, including insufficient use of Twitter by reporters and a Facebook account being run by commercial, not editorial, staff. […]


Publishers May Soon Sell TV-Synced Ads: Civolution’s Maris

Nowadays, advertisers are starting to buy ads in social media streams that are synchronized with TV ads. Soon, they may also get to buy display ads on premium publisher sites in the same way. “2014 was all about getting the pipes in place,” says Stefan Maris, global product manager of Civolution, a video technology vendor […]


Dijit And Viggle Make Reminder-And-Reward TV ‘Circle’

SAN FRANCISCO — Viggle has set about enabling a virtuous “circle” of TV discovery and reward after acquiring Dijit in January. Dijit’s NextGuide product lets broadcasters place a “reminder” button on their pages so that viewers can receive notifications of upcoming shows. Viggle, a check-in app that gives users rewards for watching shows, acquired the […]


LinkedIn’s Weiner: We Will be the Definitive Professional Publishing Platform

CANNES, France — LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner tells Beet.TV that the social network for business people will be the the “definitive professional publishing platform.” LinkedIn’s content ambitions began with its Influencer program, in which a selection of hand-picked A-list business and public figures have gathered large audiences for their thought leadership on the site. Now […]


Mail Online’s New US CEO Steinberg: “We are Going to Grow Massively”

CANNES, France — The conservative British mid-market tabloid is a gargantuan celebrity traffic driver online. Now it wants to both align and connect with a leading social messaging service. “It’s a little bit like WhatsApp,” says Jon Steinberg, the BuzzFeed president who was named Mail Online north America CEO this week. “It’s this giant thing that […]


Zeebox Users Up After Beamly Rebrand

SAN FRANCISCO — One of the social TV space’s most talked-about apps has apparently succeeded in driving up its user base after recently renaming and rebranding. “Traffic is up 25% to 30% month-on-month, so it’s going very well,” says Beamly co-founder Anthony Rose, who in April rebranded Zeebox, the service he launched in 2011, to […]


Viacom’s Spina Wants Unified Social Data Measurements

A single currency for measuring the impact of social interactions with brands would help eliminate confusion in the marketplace, says Viacom Media Networks’ integrated marketing EVP. “There’s a collection of third-party data reporters in addition to first party,” Dario Spina tells Beet.TV. “There’s a lot of confusion on … the data results you want to […]


SMG To Reveal Effectiveness Of Twitter TV Retargeting

Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) recently struck an exclusive partnership with Twitter, creating a “social TV lab” to explore the impact TV and social, in tandem, have on advertising. Now the pair are about to unveil first findings. SMG’s global video lead Lisa Giacosa tells Beet.TV metrics “look favorable” and are due to be published in February […]


YouAreTV Aims To Put Webcam Users In TV’s Frame

Josh Weinstein was only trying to create “Chatroulette for college students with pants on”. Instead, he stumbled upon the future of TV. Weinstein is CEO of YouAreTV, a video-chat tech startup that has spent the last couple of years developing tools help broadcasters take live video input from viewers. “We accidentally created an interactive game […]


‘Engagement Beats Views’ For Video Ad Measurement, 7th Chamber CEO Spalding

TV advertisers are fond of reaching a mass of people – but, online, is viewership the be-all and end-all? “It’s not about driving a million views – it’s more about, ‘How can we drive 250,000 engagements?’,” says Richard Spalding, CEO of The 7th Chamber, a seeding agency which aims to push videos to people who […]


Unruly’s Kosinski: Superbowl’s Best Ads Touched Down Weeks Before Kick-Off

Historically, the Superbowl has been the big TV event on which advertisers will spend big to reach big audiences on one hit. But, in the social video age, what does the Superbowl opportunity look like? “Back in the day, everyone waited to see that ad,” says Unruly Media‘s US president Richard Kosinski. “We’ve actually found that 60% […]


Brand Watch CEO: Marketers Must Act Right Here, Right Now

Oreos may have been dunked in the dark in 2013, but does “real-time marketing” have a real future in 2014? Sebastian Hempstead, CEO of social media marketing monitor service Brandwatch, says immediacy is vital. “The content we put in to conversations can turn up a day later… if it’s not in the right moment… when we want […]


‘ShareThis’ Founder: Real-Time Key To Social Marketing

We’re hearing a lot about “real-time” marketing. But, beyond the hype, it’s not all about dunking in the dark. “You have to be really in real-time,” says Tim Schigel, founder of ShareThis, whose near-ubiquitous green button lets users share content through umpteen online services. “People are interested a given topic maybe for just a few […]

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