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MarketCast Streaming Video Data Shows Fans Turning to Unscripted Programming, Dramas and Classic Comedy During First Few Weeks of the Crisis

Streaming fans are using more streaming services than before, but spending on paid subscriptions remain flat, posing a challenge to new entrants to the space MarketCast released highlights from the latest MarketCast Streaming Tracker, a bi-weekly report that measures streaming video trends across top streaming video platforms. According to findings in MarketCast's March 14 to March 27 reporting period, streaming audiences gravitated to "distraction genres," such as classic comedy, dramas and unscripted docuseries, during…

Comscore Sees Notable Rise in Streaming Usage

Households using OTT up 28 percent, total OTT hours up 13 percent year-over-year The latest research from Comscore, a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, finds that OTT streaming has significantly increased across Connected TVs and streaming boxes/sticks in recent weeks. The higher utilization rates are the latest example of how media consumption shifts are rapidly occurring amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In looking at OTT streaming behavior thus far in March 2020, Comscore…

In-Game Advertising 101

The Evolution of Advertising in Video Gaming Marketers are always looking for new ways to engage with audiences and each new medium has brought with it new opportunities for advertisers. Product placement has long existed in Hollywood movies but was rarely seen in gaming. As an entertainment channel, video games have existed for a long time on PCs, and later on consoles, and some of them pioneered in-game advertising. But one of the reasons advertisers held back from active product placement in games was the lack of…

Cats Is a Perfect Example of Why Studios Should Plan Media Strategies Post-Trailer Drop

Movie studios typically develop their media plans way before their trailers drop. Why delay securing the inventory when you know, based on the movie’s themes and its stars, who the likely fans are and the best channels to reach and engage them? But I think that strategy misses the boat. Studios have a major event - the trailer drop - that can provide them with a ton of insight into who the actual audiences for their movies will be. If they take the time to listen to that data, they’ll have what they need to create…

Netflix of Images Rolls out AI-Powered Image Search and Success Prediction Tools After Securing $1 Million Investment

The Platform, Which Features a Netflix-Style Subscription Model, Uses AI to Find Authentic Images and Videos Based on Written Marketing Content and Predicts How Images Will Perform, Saving Marketers Time JumpStory, a revolutionary AI-based digital content platform, has released its AI-powered search and success prediction tools in 40 new languages, bringing their platform one step closer to its goal of using technology to make it as easy as possible for storytellers to find the perfect image.  “The stock image industry…

Are Games a Safe Place for Brands?

If I were to get brand advertisers in a room and ask them about their three biggest advertising nightmares, chances are most of them would say ad fraud, brand safety and lack of transparency. Digital advertising, particularly in the modern-day AdTech industry, has struggled with these three issues for many years now. Brand safety continues to be a serious concern for 99% of ad industry professionals surveyed this year by CHEQ and Digiday. Earlier this year, YouTube and Google found themselves in the middle of a…

The Power Pair: How Couples Are Shaping Influencer Marketing

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And in the influencer community, those who pair off as couple, may just find themselves a top pick for brands. As compatibility, connectivity and creative content become ever more desirable, social media relationships are driving a new wave of Influencer Marketing – influencer couples creating a unified personal brand that maximizes the value of their ‘coupled up’ status. As of January 2020, there were more than 3.8 billion social media users…

Is In-Game Advertising the Next Big Thing in AdTech?

Back in 2008, Barack Obama (then Senator) achieved a sort of firsts when his presidential campaign ads appeared in the popular EA game Burnout Paradise on Xbox 360. A billboard message inside the game encouraged players to register to vote. Obama realized back then what many brands are taking note of today: young audiences of 18 to 34-year-olds — which represent the core gamer group — are getting harder to reach via traditional advertising mediums such as television, and are instead spending a considerable amount of time…

A Granular Breakdown of the YouTube Ad Revenue in 2019

Alphabet has announced annual revenue earned from YouTube, Google Search, and other Google products in its Q4 2019 financial statement. By declaring YouTube advertising's annual and quarterly revenue, the Company has reinstilled faith in its investors, technology owners, and marketing partners. In 2019, YouTube advertising earned Alphabet close to $15 Billion, up from $11.15 Billion in 2018. By 2025, we should expect YouTube ad revenue to almost double. Its Cloud sibling, Google Cloud Platform earned $9 Billion in…

App Annie Unveils the State of Mobile for 2020 in a New Report

The Global Leader in Mobile Data and Analytics Expects Mobile Spend to Top $380 Billion App Annie, the mobile data and analytics company helping brands and publishers win on mobile, released The State of Mobile 2020 report. This annual appraisal provides insight into mobile's expansive impact across industries and the global economy, highlighting publishers and brands that are outperforming their peers. Key findings in this report: Mobile Creates Company Value: Mobile-focused companies, including Uber and Alibaba,…

MarTech Opportunities in the 2020 Decade

A portmanteau combining the words Marketing and Technology, MarTech describes one of the greatest paradigm shifts in the history of marketing: the arrival of data-driven technology platforms. Over the past two decades, tech went from playing a peripheral role in Marketing to becoming an integral part of all Marketing processes. In essence, Marketing today is MarTech. Martech helps marketers address audiences that are more informed, tech-savvy, and connected than ever before. What is the MarTech opportunity? As of January…

Hold Onto Your Subscribers and Improve Your Customer Experience While Transitioning From One Payment Provider to Another

It’s no longer breaking news that subscriptions are on the rise, and that growth will only continue. Look at your own family for example; do you know how many subscriptions you currently have? Sure Netflix, Spotify, and a few others come right to mind, but most households have at least a handful more that they pay for each month, as an automatic recurring charge, without giving them much thought. As a marketer of a company selling subscriptions, you want to maintain a frictionless customer experience, to ensure these…

MarTech Interview with Ashwin Navin, CEO and Co-Founder at Samba TV

"If you look at how much media is spent against traditional planning tools, market-mix models and traditional forms of currency, we still have a very substantial amount of work to do to move the industry forward." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to start Samba TV? I started Samba TV in 2008 with a few friends and colleagues. We had all been early employees together at BitTorrent, and witnessed the creation of digital media; the earliest existence of video and audio available at scale…

How VDO.AI is Building the Future of Internet Advertising

Advertising technologies are undergoing a transformation. VDO.AI is the technology innovator in digital video. The company which derives its name, VDO.AI from its raison d'etre- the integration of video content with advanced targeting capabilities, has already reached over 300 million people across the world. VDO.AI is different to its competitors as it offers a product built by a publisher for a publisher. Video being the dominant form of content consumption on the internet, the VDO.AI platform helps publishers…

How Marketing Automation and AI Are Transforming Customer Journey Stages

Automation and Artificial Intelligence are two quick solutions to a major 2019 Marketing issue: lack of speed. This goes beyond website load speeds which should have become a norm by now. A lagging transition to Marketing Automation and AI is what keeps marketers from reaching Netflix or Amazon-like personalization at scale. Those eCommerce websites that shapeshift according to each visitor’s preferences are going to win at Digital Marketing in 2020. But what does that mean? Each touchpoint has to adapt to visitors’…

We Sent a Photographer to Profile the Lives of Translators Around the World, Here’s What We Learned

Today, we tend to take advantage of the way software moves our lives forward. Whether we’re using it to take a Lime scooter across Paris, binge watch our favorite shows on Netflix, or communicate with family, friends, and colleagues around the globe with WhatsApp– technology is at the center. But, what we also forget about are the people behind the software we use every day. Here at Smartling, our Marketing team was on a mission to humanize our company and the industry. We realized the best way to do it was to peel back…

Out with the New, in with the Old: Nostalgia’s Increasing Role in Content, Personalization, and Consumer Choice

In a digital world where consumers can have nearly every novelty, we’re seeing something old and familiar to catch their eye. This trend is nostalgia, and it’s hot across the board; think retired logos reemerging, vinyl sales surging, and Netflix’s top 80s-throwback show Stranger Things. But there’s more to nostalgia than these big generational touchstones. Throughout the research we’ve conducted this past year, we’ve seen nostalgia emerge in sometimes unexpected places. It may be one of the biggest weapons in the TV…

5 Essential Things to Know Before Bringing Programmatic In-House

Yesterday, you were OK with putting your money into the pockets of ad agencies. You didn’t know how programmatic works, so this seemed to be the only viable way to survive in the terra incognita. Today, you’ve cleared things up, wormed your way into the industry, and crave more control, transparency, and cost-efficiency. You are ready to bring programmatic in-house, but the intention is not enough to succeed. Despite the benefits of programmatic in-house adoption being acknowledged by 24% of surveyed marketers, there is…

33% of Future Disney+ Users Plan to Unsubscribe from Netflix

New report finds a high level of anticipation for Disney+ in the US, with thousands of consumers planning to cancel existing streaming subscriptions in favour of the service Disney+ only went live yesterday but 40% of US consumers planning to sign-up are already considering canceling their subscriptions to other streaming services. Of these, one third (33%) are considering canceling their Netflix subscription in favor of Disney+ according to a new report from the technology-based market research company AudienceProject,…

Next Gen Streaming Video Guide “Minnow” Makes Splashy Debut

New Service Combines Streaming Platforms For Free; Eliminates Wasted Search Time for Favorite Movies and TV Series Minnow, a next generation streaming video guide is being unveiled in a national rollout that combines all of the popular premium video on demand services like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, and Amazon Prime into one unified application on TV and mobile. Minnow will support emerging streamers Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock and Quibi as soon as they launch in the US.…