NBCU & Viacom Launch OpenAP Version 2.0

The US TV consortium set up to ensure advertisers can buy advanced TV ads using consistent audience segment descriptions may have just lost a key member, after WarnerMedia decided to approach the same problem on its own. But that isn’t stopping the remaining members of OpenAP from launching in to a new phase with the […]

 
 

Turf Protection, Not Lack Of Technology, Hinders Addressable TV: WPP’s Gotlieb

When history books are written about advertising, “there will be an indictment against our business for allowing our siloes to squabble with each other while the duopoly or triopoly ate everybody’s lunch,” according to WPP Senior Advisor Irwin Gotlieb. The squabbling is prominent in the addressable television advertising space, Gotlieb noted in his keynote speech […]

 
 

Three Fundamentals For Customized Ads: Viacom’s Bevilacqua

Viacom wants to help deliver TV ads that are targeted at individual viewers. It just needs three industry challenges to be overcome first. Back in 2015, Viacom was one of the first broadcast owners to sell ads based on data about advertisers’ audiences. The product it launched to do that was called Vantage, and is […]

 
 

Matt Prohaska Maps The Rise Of Consumer Identity Tracking

Consultant Matt Prohaska has been into digital media from its cookie roots to the modern day quest to track consumer identities across platforms. A frequent Beet.TV contributor, Prohaska also was a key participant in the recent leadership forum titled Identity in Focus: Understanding the Cross-Screen Consumer in a Fragmented World. In this event recap, Prohaska, […]

 
 

Viacom’s Bevilacqua On The Vantage Advantage

Back in 2015, Viacom was one of the first broadcast owners to sell ads based on data about advertisers’ audiences. The product it launched to do that was called Vantage, and is now also used by rivals like Fox. In this video interview with Beet.TV, the man who runs it explains the undertaking. “How do […]

 
 

Mapping Identity is the “Holy Grail” in the Advanced Television Universe — Coming into Focus on March 5 at Beet Forum

The need for industry collaboration is a consistent theme when advanced television is discussed. Nowhere is this more salient than in the quest to determine the identity of individual viewers and design unduplicated reach curves for advertising. Because while unduplicated reach has been attainable in digital media, “when we start to include television or traditional […]

 
 

Viacom’s Gordon Traces The Arc Of ‘Outcome Optimization’

Entering 2019, transacting advanced-television buys will continue on a publisher-by-publisher basis. But Viacom’s Bryson Gordon expects to see “a lot more integration” of advanced-TV capabilities and KPI’s into how large advertisers plan their marketing. “What we have seen over the past twelve months is almost like a smoothing out of the market,” the EVP of […]

 
 

Addressable TV Strategy Varies By Country: Viacom’s Kurz

The newest technology to get TV people excited is “addressability”, the practice through which internet-connected TV devices allow for granular targeting of individual audiences. That would move the world beyond the old system of selling ads against shows, to one in which advertisers buy actual audience members. But getting there globally may not be straightforward […]

 
 

At 50% Of Domestic TV Impressions, OpenAP Expecting More Members: Viacom’s Halley

Representing 50% of the domestic television impression supply, the OpenAP audience-targeting consortium has reached critical mass and created a uniform currency around advanced advertising, says Viacom’s John Halley. Phase Two will see more publishers joining OpenAP as it works on ease-of-use and other improvements for media buyers. In this interview with Beet.TV at the recent […]

 
 

NBCU Brings Audience Optimization Tech In-House, Custom Develops Algorithms

SANTA BARBARA, CA – NBCU has brought audience optimization technology in-house, developing its own algorithms and making it more responsive to market demands, says Denise Colella. NBCU had been using market-available software for its optimization activity, the company’s SVP, Advanced Advertising Products & Strategy, says in this interview with Beet.TV at the recent Xandr Relevance […]

 
 

Canadian Research Shows Misconceptions, Attributes Of TV Viewing: Viacom’s Kurz

TORONTO – Turns out that Canadian television viewers aren’t much different from those in other countries. Research shows that in-home viewing promotes “household bonding” while providing a much-desired cultural connection to the outside world. Not that the advertising industry knew this instinctively. In fact, it’s been looking in the wrong direction for awhile, according to […]

 
 

Viacom’s Gordon Promises Panel A New Phase Of OpenAP

It is now over a year since some US TV networks came together to strive for commonality in how they tap the opportunity of advanced TV ad targeting. Now, it seems, they want to kick it up in to the next gear. Last year, Fox, Turner and Viacom teamed to co-found OpenAP, a new consortium to […]

 
 

Can TV Be A Platform? A Cannes Panel Discusses

It’s no coincidence that TV companies are facing a challenge to retain ad spend migrating to digital ecosystems run by the big native behemoths. Several initiatives and companies are now trying to tackle that problem. But what will it really take for TV to become a “platform”? In this panel discussion moderating by MediaLink’s Matt […]

 
 

Matt Prohaska Tracks OpenAP Uptake, Impact Of GDPR In EU

CANNES – With a background in sales at Turner and having participated in Upfront negotiations before the advent of digital media, Matt Prohaska has a unique perspective on OpenAP. Despite “a lot of energy and excitement” about the audience targeting consortium, he thinks it’s still ramping up during this year’s Upfront. “What we’re hearing from […]

 
 

In A Cross-Platform World, You Need A Host Of Partners: NBCU’s Colella

CANNES – In the modern-day television business, you can’t have too many partners to meet the growing demands of both viewers and advertisers. This is particularly true in the attribution space. “We understand that brands are going to demand their own special measurement. It’s not our place to determine exactly who they should use,” says […]

 
 

The Next Frontiers For true[X]: Voice Activation, Engagement Ads In Live Events

Video engagement advertising pioneer true[X] is looking to leverage the utility of voice-activated assistants and the power of live programming as it rolls out the next generation of attention-based video capabilities. “Engagement advertising is just the beginning,” says Pooja Midha, who recently joined true[X] as President. At last week’s Beet Retreat in the City, Midha—whose […]

 
 

New true[X] President Midha Looking To Leverage The ‘Connected Living Room’

Having crafted more than 10,000 of its interactive, consumer-engagement ads, true[X] is going all in on the “connected living room” to offer advertisers the best options to leverage things like co-viewing, 4K screens and surround sound. “We’re standing up an entire CT innovation lab around that concept,” says Pooja Midha, who recently became President of […]

 
 

WHOSAY’s Influencers Engage With Parent Viacom’s Audiences

Since 2010, WHOSAY has been pairing brands with influencers to help brands engage with audiences. When the company was ready to permanently link itself to a major media industry influencer, it engaged with Viacom. “We always wanted to be able to participate with our services alongside the power of a television Upfront and the distribution […]

 
 

Cadent Ramps Up Local Broadcast As Complement To Cable TV Inventory

What do you do when you’re the “800-pound gorilla” aggregating advertising inventory from some 200 MVPD partners? In the case of Cadent, you extend your reach to local television broadcasters to become a one-stop shop. As advertisers increasingly seek better audience targeting and efficiency, “The marketplace has kind of come our way,” says the company’s […]

 
 

Progress Of OpenAP, NCC Media Helps Solve Fragmentation: MAGNA’s Anson

With advertisers still in the “test and learn phase” with advanced targeting of television audiences, NBCUniversal joining the OpenAP consortium “will really move OpenAP’s momentum forward towards a more usable tool that advertisers will want a part of,” says Julie Anson, Associate Director, Partner Innovation, Advanced TV MAGNA Global. Currently on the sell-side, there’s too […]

 
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