Performance Marketer ProFlowers Renews Its Vow To Build The Brand

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FTD Companies, parent company of online floral delivery brands ProFlowers and Interflora, wants to get back to the basics of brand marketing. “Our company, like many brands, has been obsessed with directly attributable, perfectly measured marketing for the last five years,” said Jeff Severts, CMO of FTD Companies, who previously served as CMO of UltaContinue reading »

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Pixability Says It Will Refund Clients’ YouTube Buys That Don’t Meet Their Brand Safety Criteria

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Pixability, a platform that originated as a tool for identifying high-performing YouTube channels, is putting its money where its mouth is. The company will refund advertisers for views that run on YouTube inventory that is not brand-safe or fails to meet an advertiser’s agreed-upon brand safety terms, either through cash or TV-like “make-goods.” Although PixabilityContinue reading »

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Brand Safety In 2017: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

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Brand safety and transparency were top-of-the-agenda items for advertisers in 2017. But if this was the year of faux pas, mea culpas and the start of a move toward better controls, 2018 will be about buckling down. “The billions of ad dollars pulled off platforms in 2017 was a clarion wake-up call,” said Bill Marino,Continue reading »

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Dailymotion Programs A New Programmatic (And Publisher) Strategy

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The French video platform Dailymotion is a fraction of Google’s size – YouTube’s 1.5 billion-plus monthly viewers dwarf Dailymotion’s 300 million. But scale isn’t stopping the company from repositioning its platform to woo US advertisers and publishers from the dominant video-sharing site. Breaking into a video market ruled by streaming video services such as NetflixContinue reading »

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Studio 71: How Video Multichannel Networks Fight To Break Through The Noise

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A few years ago, video multichannel networks (MCNs) had the luxury of choice: get access to a large, scaled audience via YouTube or go with a handful of new video upstarts wooing content creators with pricier payouts. But the digital video landscape has dramatically shifted since, as digital publishers and broadcast nets alike increasingly distributeContinue reading »

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YouTube Intros Targeting And Creative Versioning Tools For Online Video

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Google is opening up more intent data for targeting on YouTube and expanding its Custom Affinity Audiences offering. Beyond reaching people based on their searches on YouTube, advertisers will now be able to create segments and target video ads using data derived from Google Maps and apps. “The ultimate goal is to reach any personContinue reading »

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Video Platform Zefr Hires Former Fox Networks Ads Boss Toby Byrne As President

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Zefr, a contextual targeting software platform for YouTube, has appointed Toby Byrne as president. Byrne, the former president of ad sales for Fox Networks Group, including its broadcast, sports and cable networks, vacated his post last September. During that time, there was a heavy transition in top sales talent at several linear TV networks asContinue reading »

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As TV Revenue Declines, Univision Expands Its Digital Domain

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Spanish-language broadcaster Univision hopes to offset declines in local TV ad revenue by doubling down on its digital ad business. It was an early adapter of Facebook Watch, Snapchat Discover and Snapchat Live Stories to reach its audience of millennial Hispanics, but Univision is emphasizing multiplatform campaigns to boost digital revenue. (Univision’s digital ad revenueContinue reading »

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Six Agency Holding Groups To Use OpenSlate To Audit Brand Safety On YouTube

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Advertisers want measurement that assesses video brand safety. And the latest beneficiary of that need is OpenSlate, a video analytics company that can determine if ads were placed alongside appropriate video content on YouTube. The YouTube measurement partner said Thursday it’s bringing a new brand safety auditing tool for YouTube to market, partnering with independentContinue reading »

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Standard Media Index: YouTube’s Direct Ad Spend Down 26% In Q2 Amid Brand Safety Crackdown

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While Google claimed advertisers are returning to YouTube, new data from Standard Media Index reveals advertisers really did tighten their purse strings after the video platform’s brand safety scare. YouTube ad spend declined about 26% YoY in Q2, while ad spend spread across digital video platforms such as Hulu or network-owned video services increased, onContinue reading »

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