Three Things DTCs Have Learned As They Get Into TV

Ecommerce and direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands are flooding into television, and bring a new data-driven perspective to the old media channel. While legacy brands have pre-existing preferences for specific programs or media channels and for gross ratings points (GRPs), DTC startups are uniquely suited to bring digital tactics to TV advertising. “The result for legacy brands isContinue reading »

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LiveRamp To Buy TV Analytics Startup Data Plus Math For $150 Million

LiveRamp said Monday it has agreed to acquire the television analytics company Data Plus Math for a cash and stock deal worth $150 million. It’s a strong exit for Data Plus Math, which has raised $7.5 million over two rounds since 2016, and has about 20 employees. And the acquisition gives LiveRamp a strong footholdContinue reading »

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Disney’s Data Honcho Discusses Its Unique Approach To Audiences, The Disney ID And Integrating Fox

At Disney, no one messes with the Mouse. The brand is extremely protective of its reputation among consumers, one largely built on trust. At the same time, Disney is a data-driven publisher with an epic amount of O&O. There’s ABC, ESPN, Fox, Hulu, movies, hotel resorts, cruises, theme parks and everything else that formed theContinue reading »

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Samsung Ads Is Using Moat To Measure Viewability And Woo More Advertisers To OTT

Over-the-top may be the new hotness, but sellers need to prove it before advertisers will really start to bite. On Thursday, Samsung’s advanced TV division, Samsung Ads, said that it’s partnering with Oracle Data Cloud’s Moat to measure viewability and the invalid traffic (IVT) rates for ad delivery on over-the-top inventory across Samsung Smart TVContinue reading »

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Google’s DV360 Starts Selling Linear TV Inventory For The First Time

Google is selling linear television inventory with Display & Video 360, its demand-side platform (DSP), via a beta partnership with the TV industry ad tech company WideOrbit. “The feedback we’ve most consistently heard from clients is how challenging it’s become to reach their audiences,” said Eve Goldman, Google’s director of global YouTube and video solutions.Continue reading »

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How Digital TV Delivery Will Change How NBCUniversal Sells Ads For The 2028 Olympics

By the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, NBCUniversal believes it’s “within reason” that all TV will be delivered through an internet connection, said its EVP of strategy and business operations, Krishan Bhatia. “We firmly believe that all content and associated advertising will be distributed over IP [internet protocol], over digital means, whether that’s toContinue reading »

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Comcast’s FreeWheel Hires Utpal Kalita As Blockgraph CTO In Blockchain Data Push

Comcast’s advertising business is gearing up to run campaigns with Blockgraph, a data-sharing product that uses blockchain technology to allow advertisers to target TV audiences using first-party data. Comcast first mentioned its blockchain advertising ambitions in 2017 at Cannes, and since then the initiative has been incubated by Comcast’s FreeWheel ad tech subsidiary. On Thursday,Continue reading »

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CTV Data Is Massively Fragmented: Here Are Three Ways The Industry Is Stitching It Back Together

The tsunami of data surging into TV introduces a massive amount of complexity and fragmentation into what used to be a simple media buy. “It’s really complex to buy, and that’s spooking a lot of buyers off,” said Tracey Scheppach, who buys addressable connected TV (CTV) with her agency Matter More Media. CTV, which isContinue reading »

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Ad Sales Prez Rita Ferro Talks Disney’s Digital Evolutions – And Ambitions

Disney has been at the center of some of the most important recent shakeups in digital media. It officially closed its $71.3 billion deal for 21st Century Fox in March. And late last year, moved from Comcast’s FreeWheel ad server to the Google Ad Manager platform, a vendor switch with huge implications as TV networksContinue reading »

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AT&T’s Xandr Data Can Now Be Applied On Non O&O Properties

AT&T’s ad unit Xandr on Tuesday unveiled a publisher network called Community, which lets advertisers use Xandr data on video inventory across WarnerMedia’s O&O properties as well as a selection of outside publishers. The WarnerMedia properties include WarnerMedia-owned CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, B/R Live, Otter Media and Warner Brothers, and the video partner publishers includeContinue reading »

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