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 […]

 
 

NBCU In OpenAP Means More Scale, Standardization: Initiative’s Bosetti

NBCUniversal’s decision to join the OpenAP audience-targeting consortium one year after its creation is a positive move that “gives us even more scale to buy and transact on from an audience standpoint,” says Maureen Bosetti, Chief Partnerships Officer at Initiative, IPG’s global communications agency. “Certainly the more partners that join OpenAP the more it allows […]

 
 

With More Than 700 Users, OpenAP TV Audience Consortium Eyes Growth Roadmap

Having launched last September 29, the OpenAP television audience targeting consortium platform of Fox, Turner and Viacom has more than 700 users. Meanwhile, Turner is beta testing mapping audience segments across its digital footprint. “We have a roadmap that takes us through essentially a 1.5 release and it’s going to go even beyond that,” Dan […]

 
 

Fox Networks Group Focus: Audience Target Optimization, Reducing Risk With Guarantees

The OpenAP audience-targeting consortium of Fox, Turner and Viacom has made it a lot easier to talk about advances in the traditional television ecosystem. And while last year’s Upfront was “very, very strong” for Fox, “this Upfront is going to be exponentially more powerful about focusing in on this type of conversation about precision audiences,” […]

 
 

OpenAP Audience Buying Consortium ‘A Tipping Point’: comScore’s Cathy Hetzel

Matching data sets for video advertising audience targeting is nothing new to comScore, particularly with Rentrak under its wing. Now with “100 percent market share” of all U.S. video-on-demand transactions, the company is encouraged by what partnerships like the nascent OpenAP consortium represent. Earlier this year, after Fox, Turner and Viacom announced the formation of […]

 
 

Turner’s Howard Shimmel On Audience Buying And The OpenAP Road Map

With all of the change happening in the television world, it’s nice to have professional sports in your portfolio. It’s one of few things “that’s keeping the old traditional ecosystem healthy,” says Turner Broadcasting’s Howard Shimmel. But it’s also nice to stay ahead of the audience targeting curve by using data science to analyze viewing […]

 
 

Advanced TV Targeting Can Produce ‘Value Differential’ For Advertisers: GroupM’s Lyle Schwartz

Media companies working together on advanced television audience targeting is “a nice first step.” What needs to happen faster is measurement of content on different devices—not of the devices themselves, says Lyle Schwartz. The President of Investment for GroupM North America acknowledges that advertisers know more about TV households than ever before. “The plethora of […]

 
 

Viacom’s Zilberbrand: Data Has Boosted Our TV Ratings

Some people use data to better target advertising at consumers, others use it to better embrace viewers of content, and still others use data to do both at the same time. In the latter case, Viacom is exploiting the new opportunities to use consumer intelligence not just to help out its advertisers but also to […]

 
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