Video Ad Server Extreme Reach Brings On Oracle Sales Leader As CRO

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Extreme Reach, whose video software helps brands (Coca-Cola, GM, Ford) and agencies manage creative rights as well as TV and video ad delivery, has hired former Oracle sales VP Bill Bagshaw as CRO. Extreme Reach’s former head of client services and sales, Patrick Hanavan, will become chief client officer. Bagshaw’s responsibility will be to getContinue reading »

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Video Platform Pulpix Raises $850K To Help Publishers Increase Engagement

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Pulpix, a video platform that aims to increase the time consumers spend on publishers’ properties, has raised $850,000 in “pre-seed” financing. The two-year-old, Paris-based Pulpix is a Y Combinator startup whose backers include Studio VC, Ace Capital and angel investors such as Chon Tang, who invested early on in the video DSP TubeMogul. The startupContinue reading »

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How Targeted (And Measurable) Is Over-The-Top TV?

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Despite the perception that over-the-top TV (OTT) supports digital ad-buying tactics – like dynamic insertion and targeting at scale – buying connected TV is still a largely manual process. “Everything we do right now is I/O-direct with publishers,” said Seth Walters, senior partner for interactive and connected TV (CTV) for WPP’s advanced TV agency, ModiContinue reading »

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IBM Quietly Builds Its Video Cloud

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Like its competitors, IBM is acquiring and building a video stack. Instead of focusing on media execution, however, IBM is using Watson and data analytics to improve the relevancy of video content, ads and delivery models. “In ad-supported video, how do you make ultra-targeted ads tailored down to the individual for customer acquisition?” said David Mowrey,Continue reading »

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New In Addressable TV: Samsung’s Slow Push Into Advertising And The Cry For More Automation

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CES has always been about TV, and 2017 was no exception. Displays got a whole lot sharper and devices got a whole lot thinner. But the TV advancements most relevant to marketers and advertisers revolve not around the hardware but the software, which enables addressable ads and better measurement. To be fair, CES isn’t exactlyContinue reading »

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VideoAmp Aims To Take The Pain Out Of Cross-Screen TV Planning

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TV buyers are used to transacting on GRPs and Nielsen ratings, while digital buyers purchase targeted impressions. That has complicated the way advertisers plan, buy and measure their emerging cross-screen campaigns. Several companies have built tools to address the problem, but many have sold brand-direct or by way of the trading desk. RTL Group–backed VideoAmpContinue reading »

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How Addressable TV Has Evolved, And Where It Will Go In 2017

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Addressable TV significantly expanded in 2016, both in terms of ad spend and the size of the total addressable market. In 2015, addressable TV ad spend reached $400 million in the US and grew to $890 million in 2016, according to eMarketer. That’s quadruple the spend flowing into the marketplace in 2014. Last year, moreContinue reading »

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Nielsen Ups The Ante On TV And Audio Data With $560M Bid For Gracenote

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Nielsen intends to acquire Gracenote, a Tribune-owned company specializing in audio and video content recognition technology, for $560 million, the company confirmed on Tuesday. Gracenote will operate under Nielsen’s “Watch” business – the side of the house that measures audiences – and the acquisition is expected to close Q1 2017. If it goes through, Nielsen willContinue reading »

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Is Invalid Traffic Really A Problem In OTT?

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Over-the-top (OTT) television is at an inflection point. While it’s a promising way for media owners to capitalize on changing consumer consumption habits – the number of connected TV users totaled 181.8 million viewers in 2016, a 20% year-over-year increase, according to eMarketer – with reward comes risk. OTT’s lucrative CPMs could also attract badContinue reading »

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Carat And Cox Experiment With Programmatic TV

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Programmatic TV doesn’t exist? Don’t tell that to Dentsu’s media agency, Carat, which just reserved inventory programmatically across five local broadcasters. The upfront commitment, finalized this week, was executed with Videa, a private exchange/supply-side platform owned by Cox Media Group. The commercials will appear on Cox local affiliate stations, including CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC,Continue reading »

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