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MarTech Interview with Randi Barshack, CMO at Samba TV

"One of the things that I feel is truly misunderstood by the industry is the assumption that having data means having analytics, which isn’t always true." Could you tell us about your role and journey into Technology? What inspired you to join Samba TV? In 1999, I founded a company that was the first to be able to track web interactions at the application level. Application-level tracking was in its infancy and the team that developed the core tech was initially focused on solving problems surrounding site stability and…

Claiming TV’s Space in the Media Ecosystem of the Future

Leaders of the “Big Four” networks declared broadcast isn’t dead, but while they might be a little biased, the data speaks for itself. U.S. TV ad spend was at a stable $70 billion in 2018, and the Upfronts remain a constant in the advertising calendar. Yet with calls from ABC Entertainment to rethink the traditional schedule, the reality is TV (and the role it plays in our lives) is not dying, it’s changing – and I believe it has a very solid plan for the future. Riding the Rollercoaster Scaremongering aside, “TV is dead”…

Wurl Expands Globally, Powering Programming and Advertising on Samsung’s TV Plus Service in Europe

Expansion Adds Millions of New Viewers to the Wurl Network Wurl, the leading provider of streaming video distribution and advertising services for connected TV, announced that it has further expanded into the European market through an agreement to deliver programming and advertising to Samsung's TV Plus streaming service in Europe. The Wurl Network currently delivers 125 live, linear and video on demand (VOD) channels to more than 50 million viewers in the U.S. This European expansion will enable millions of additional…

Comcast Spotlight Rebrands as Effectv, Launches New Solutions to Drive Better Performance in The New TV Landscape

Announces Two New Products to Bring Greater Addressability to TV Advertising Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, announced that it has rebranded as Effectv (e-FEC-tiv), emphasizing its commitment to delivering measurable results for its clients. This name change follows a notable evolution of the company over the past year, including the rollout of new data-driven TV advertising strategies, targeting and attribution products, cross-screen capabilities and a self-service buying platform for…

NinthDecimal-Inscape Partnership Improves TV Measurement and Audience Intelligence Capabilities

NinthDecimal Expands Closed-Loop Planning & Measurement Capabilities Through Inscape Partnership Today, NinthDecimal, the leading omni-channel marketing platform and Inscape, the leading provider of smart TV viewing data, announced a strategic partnership that will enhance NinthDecimal’s portfolio of TV measurement and audience solutions. The combination of Inscape’s 12M+ smart TVs with NinthDecimal’s consumer offline behavior from over 200M devices allow marketers to quantify the impact of their television advertising…

Comscore Announces Agreement with Premion to Provide Measurement for Leading CTV/OTT Platform

Comscore, a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms, and Premion, a division of TEGNA Inc. and the leading premium CTV/over-the-top (OTT) advertising platform for local and regional advertisers, announced that they have entered into an agreement for Comscore to be the measurement provider for Premion's OTT offering. Part of TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS), Premion is an industry-leading CTV/OTT advertising platform enabling local, regional and national advertisers to reach desirable…

Rakuten TV Launches its AVOD Service in Europe

The First Pan-European VOD Platform Providing Ad-Supported Channels That Offer Hollywood, Local and Exclusive Content for Free Rakuten TV, one of the leading video-on-demand platforms in Europe, announced the launch of its first AVOD - ad-supported video-on-demand - channels within the platform. This new business model will allow viewers to watch a wide range of content for free. The free section of Rakuten TV will launch with an initial offer including Hollywood and local content to be expanded to additionally include…

A-Z Glossary For Good TV Marketing – Part 3

Wrapping up my manual of TV Marketing metrics – we kick off with digital and TV worlds merging. P – Programmatic TV Traditional ad slots were once bought and sold over the phone, but automated trading is increasingly the go-to. ‘Programmatic’ is an umbrella term for all ad inventory purchased via platforms such as DSPs (Demand Side Platforms). With PWC predicting that Programmatic TV will account for a third of global TV ad revenue by 2021, marketers can no longer afford to leave programmatic off the agenda. Programmatic…

The Trade Desk Helps Marketers Streamline Their TV and Digital Media Strategies with Smart TV Viewing Data from VIZIO’s Inscape

Linear and OTT Insights Enable Omnichannel Campaign Planning for the World's Leading Advertisers Advertising technology leader, The Trade Desk has partnered with Inscape, the largest single source provider of Smart TV viewing data in the U.S., to integrate Inscape’s data insights directly into The Trade Desk’s Planner, a cross-device advertising planning tool for digital and connected TV campaigns. The addition of Inscape’s smart TV viewing data provides marketers with valuable new insights to help maximize campaign reach…

Launch Of The New OpenAP Market Brings Simplicity And Scale To Audience-Based Campaigns In TV Advertising

Building on its existing standards-based audience definitions, the OpenAP Market now helps advertisers power audience-based campaigns across linear TV and long-form digital video OpenAP, the advanced advertising company owned by Fox Corporation, NBCUniversal and Viacom, today announced it has launched the OpenAP Market, an open marketplace that now offers premium video advertising inventory and unified audience-based buying across the largest collection of digital and linear television programming. The release expands…

A-Z Glossary For Good TV Marketing – Part 2

Continuing my manual of TV Marketing metrics, let’s jump straight back in. I – Interactive Advertising With so many ad formats failing to engage ­­– or worse, downright annoy – customers, more and more digital platforms are trialing interactive ads (IADs). In simple terms, IADs allow viewers to ‘press the red button’ or click through to a website. Options include viewing a movie trailer, ordering a sample of a product, entering a competition or simply finding out further information about a brand or product. J – Jump Page…

TVSquared Partners with Extreme Reach for Multi-Touch Attribution Across All Digital Video Platforms

 Partnership Provides Scale and Precision for Impression-Based Attribution Across OTT Advertising TVSquared, the global leader in TV attribution, announced its partnership with Extreme Reach (ER) to enable advertisers to measure the performance of all impressions served across every ad-supported OTT streaming service. The TVSquared and Extreme Reach integration tags every single ad, delivering massive simplification for advertisers, while giving them the ability to track performance at scale across all digital TV content.…

A-Z Glossary For Good TV Marketing – Part 1

TV no longer represents a humble living-room box; it’s an integral and connected part of a broad media mix. Encompassing linear, SVOD, OTT, and online video – to name a few – TV is now a channel that can be accessed across devices, wherever consumers are, whenever consumers want. But the reality is, the Advertising industry is struggling to keep up with technological change. Not only are brands continuing to adopt outdated approaches to campaign planning – working with siloed creative and treating linear and digital as…

Comscore Partners with Media Solutions Pioneer CTV Media to Deliver Television Audience Measurement

Agreement incorporates both local and national advanced audience television audience data Comscore, a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, announced a new partnership with CTV Media to provide advanced audience data for all clients on a regional and national scale. "We have been impressed to see how Comscore has delivered on its commitment to providing superior local & national television audience measurement," said Kathy Dixon, President of CTV Media. "Our focus is on…

At 50%, Connected TV Hits New High of Video AD Impressions Served by Extreme Reach

With New Insights on Automotive and Direct-To-Consumer Categories, Q2 Video Benchmarks Report Shows Strength of Premium Publishers for DTC Brands While Autos Lag Behind in Adoption of CTV Connected TV (CTV) has established itself as a brand building essential that is clearly here to stay.  It now accounts for a full 50% of all video ad impressions–twice that of mobile–according to the latest Video Benchmarks report from Extreme Reach (ER), the complete asset management solution for TV and video ads. This marks the fifth…

Telaria Introduces First Comprehensive Addressable CTV Solution “Audience Connect” for Publishers and Marketers

Sophisticated and Scalable Solution to Drive Better Audience Accuracy and Performance for Video Advertisers Telaria, Inc., the complete software platform that optimizes yield for leading video publishers, announced today the launch of Telaria Audience Connect for publishers and marketers, the most comprehensive suite of addressable products built for CTV, mobile, and desktop OTT. Audience Connect makes it easy for brand advertisers to deliver on-target campaigns, spanning multiple addressable criteria, to best leverage…

Nielsen’s Gracenote Launches ID Distribution System for Movies, TV Programs, Short-Form Video and Related Content

New Platform Empowers Content Owners to More Easily and Broadly Distribute Video Content to World's Top TV and Video Services Gracenote, a Nielsen company, is launching a new Video ID Distribution System enabling creators and owners of media programming to more easily distribute their movies, TV shows, short-form videos and other related content to global OTT services, smart device manufacturers and cable and satellite TV providers. Using the Gracenote ID Distribution system, studios and networks will be able to…

TV is Leading the Category for Automotive Attribution

Analysis Uncovers Strongest Response for 15-Second Spots and Daytime TV TVSquared, the global leader in linear and digital TV attribution, released its report, “Taking Back the Wheel: TV Ad Performance Insights for Automotive Brands.” The analysis uncovers the TV buy elements that are driving response – spanning KPIs, creative lengths, programming genres, days and dayparts – for the auto industry. TVSquared analyzed more than $10 billion in TV ad spend from nearly 200 auto brands. Response, cost and audience data from…

TVSquared Uncovers the Performance Insights Behind Effective TV Advertising Across the German Market

Tuesdays Deliver the Greatest TV Ad Response in Germany. TVSquared, the worldwide leader in linear and digital TV attribution, today released performance insights on German TV advertising campaigns. The analysis found that Tuesday, especially during midday, was the best for advertisers – generating 10% more TV-driven response than any other day of the week, at a cost-per-response (CPR) 10% below average. Using its always-on ADvantage analytics platform, TVSquared evaluated 2019 response, cost and audience data from…

The Future of the TV Analytics Market

Do you ever find that choosing the right solutions to maximise the output of your TV ad campaign is unnecessarily complicated? How do solutions align, do any overlap? When getting down to the nitty gritty of TV analytics, it can seem a little confusing. So, let’s break it down. When we talk about TV analytics today, with so many innovative analytics solutions available, it’s important to understand the difference between TV Buying Targeting Analysis and TV Business Impact Analysis. TV Business Impact Analysis TV…