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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Rocket Fuel Reorgs And Lays Off 11%, Calls Plan To Return To Growth Unchanged

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Rocket Fuel has made organizational changes, resulting in laying off 11% of its headcount – 93 services and admin positions – which will save $20 million in operating expenses. It is the second round of cuts affecting more than 10% of Rocket Fuel’s staff. In April 2015, the company let go of 11%, or 129 staffers. TheContinue reading »

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Two Years In, GroupM Hasn’t Softened Its Tough Stance On Viewability

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GroupM exec John Montgomery has been to CES for nearly a decade, but this is his first year attending as EVP of global brand safety. So what’s a brand safety guy doing at a consumer electronics show? “To understand brand safety, I need to understand where media is going, particularly new data innovations,” he said.Continue reading »

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AOL Primes An Alternative To Standard Pre-Roll

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Publishers like Bloomberg and The Washington Post have raced to roll out non-intrusive ad formats priced on attention and engagement metrics. The IAB’s efforts to curb disruptive ad experiences also reinvigorated the dialogue. Verizon-owned AOL is the latest to join the conversation. On Thursday, it dished up several new ad formats designed around consumer engagementContinue reading »

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Data-Driven Political Spending: A Sea Change Or Tidal Wave?

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In a bizarre, unruly year for political advertising, an analysis of 2016 campaign, party and super PAC spending does reveal one consistent theme: the rise of targetable media. “It turned the page on what will happen in political spending moving forward, because targeted marketing absolutely replaced mass media,” said Kip Cassino, the executive VP ofContinue reading »

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CES 2017 Will Soon Light Up Las Vegas, And Here’s What To Expect

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which officially kicks off Thursday, is fundamentally a hardware show. It’s a sprawl of new toys that consumers will either really want (drones!) or want not at all (3-D TVs!). “One needs to be careful about CES, as there are a lot of things on display and aren’t relevant forContinue 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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The Next Big Test For Ad Blocking: Can Adblock Plus Grow And Grow Up?

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A year ago, the rise of ad blockers put the online advertising ecosystem into an existential crisis. But not only did the ‘adpocalypse’ never materialize, many of the same stakeholders who were on the defensive now see a chance to reclaim lost ground. “People were literally saying this is the death of the web, andContinue reading »

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