UM’s Investment Chief Outlines Three Key Issues Plaguing OTT Planning

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In the words of Jon Stimmel, the chief investment officer for UM Worldwide, planning an over-the-top (OOT) ad campaign is “a Frankenstein of different methodologies mixed together.” He added, while speaking last week at the Videonuze Shift summit in New York, that buyers need more automation in the OTT planning process: “We are recreating theContinue reading »

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Amazon Expands Its Influence On Video Infrastructure, Releases Publisher Workflow Tools

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Amazon wants to own a greater chunk of the video supply chain. Its cloud division, Amazon Web Services, released a suite of video tools called AWS Elemental Media Services on Monday, designed to help live and on-demand video content providers manage workflow. It is available only as a managed service for now. “We’re trying toContinue reading »

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How Streaming Video Service Crunchyroll Strikes A Balance Between Subscriptions and Ads

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For video service Crunchyroll, finding the right mix of ads and subscriptions is critical for ensuring long-term success in the OTT space. That strategy also includes a range of alternative revenue streams, such as offline events and ecommerce. But before it could effectively monetize, Crunchyroll built a scaled audience by catering exclusively to Japanese animeContinue reading »

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Conagra Uses Creative To Capture More Data In Cross-Screen Video

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For large CPG brands like Conagra that typically generate the most awareness through mass reach, hyperpersonalized video creative hasn’t always been their top consideration. But that is changing. “We’re seeing more personalized creative and ad versioning from CPG brands [that] might not own any data from the consumer up until the actual purchase point, becauseContinue reading »

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John Roland Is Out As CEO Of Extreme Reach

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The longtime CEO of TV ad platform Extreme Reach is surrendering that role, AdExchanger has learned. CEO John Roland is “stepping down” from the company he has helmed for more than a decade, the company said in a statement. According to an AdExchanger source with knowledge of the situation, the Extreme Reach board voted toContinue reading »

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Nielsen Aims To Fill In The Blanks Around Ad-Free Viewing On Netflix

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Although Netflix’s audience is large (and growing), it’s notoriously hard to measure. Nielsen hopes to remove some of the difficulty gauging audience viewership in ad-free environments like Netflix with its launch Wednesday of a syndicated measurement service called Nielsen Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) Content Ratings. Eight networks and studios, including A&E, Disney-ABC, Lionsgate, NBCUniversalContinue reading »

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How LG Works Advertising Into Smart TVs

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Thanks to its smart TVs, LG Electronics controls a channel that can bring the granularity of digital advertising into the world of connected TV. But LG is a consumer electronics manufacturer, not an advertising company, and in recent years it has learned how to accommodate a new business practice. Its first foray into ad monetizationContinue reading »

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Addressable TV Has A Scale Problem, And Adcuratio Is Testing A Solution

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The two-year-old TV startup Adcuratio is rolling out a platform in Q1 2018 that lets marketers dynamically swap and insert personalized ads into linear TV streams based on CRM or other first-party data. Early beta testers will include the AT&T, WPP and Dish-owned addressable TV service Invidi, Clorox, Kohl’s, Omnicom’s OMD and Publicis Groupe’s Zenith.Continue reading »

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Walmart’s Vudu Taps SpotX To Better Target Video Ads

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Beginning Monday, Walmart’s streaming video service Vudu will monetize inventory programmatically through an exclusive deal with the video ad server SpotX. Vudu’s ad-supported offering – an on-demand video library called Vudu Movies On Us – launched a year ago. Ad sales, however, were mostly handled on a reserved basis through conventional I/Os by the videoContinue reading »

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The Trade Desk Rolls Out Connected TV Targeting And Attribution

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Demand-side platform The Trade Desk wants a bigger slice of TV ad budgets. The company on Thursday rolled out a connected TV targeting and attribution tool designed to extend digital buying capabilities like retargeting and audience matching into the over-the-top environment. According to CEO Jeff Green, connected TV inventory available through The Trade Desk increasedContinue reading »

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