Mirriad, the leading in-video advertising company powered by Academy Award Winning technology, today announced its partnership with Crown Media, enabling in-content advertising as a new avenue for brands and advertisers to engage with audiences including access to Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas in 2021.
The partnership has yielded early success across key advertising categories such as, Automotive, Financial and Retail and more. Utilizing a mix of creative executions enables wider category participation for in-content advertising campaigns vs. traditional product placements. This capability has resulted in new advertisers for Crown Media and has become a powerful tool for Crown Media’s sales team to extend value to existing clients.
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“Our partnership with Crown Media has accelerated quickly to include so many leading brands, which proves the growing demand for in-content advertising,” said Mark Melvin, EVP Sales and Brand Partnerships U.S. at Mirriad. “Brands are seeking new solutions to contextually target their consumers in a seamless and authentic way. We’re seeing massive brand interest for quality programming, such as Hallmark’s original movies.”
Through the partnership, brands now have access to content on one of the highest-rated cable networks in the U.S. The success of the partnership will expand into Hallmark Channel’s marquee event of the year Countdown to Christmas, which kicked off on October 24 and features an extensive slate of holiday content, including new movie premieres every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and fan-favorite original seasonal films from years past.
“We’re always looking for new technology that will enable our marketing partners to incorporate their brand messages into our programming and reach viewers in an organic way that optimizes impact,” said Chris Ward, SVP of Midwest Ad Sales at Crown Media. “Mirriad has quickly experienced great success in the first few months of our partnership. We’re excited to build on these results by expanding our partnership to enable advertisers to leverage this newly unlocked inventory during the holiday season – the most popular, highest-rated time of the year on our channels.”
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