The truth about in-house digital video advertising

November 6, 2018 | 73 views

Digital video advertising is mainstream. From the smallest brands, to huge multinationals, digital video has cemented its place in the marketing mix. The reason? It’s never been easier to produce and publish in-house. Whether this is a good thing or not is a matter of artistic debate. However, With US advertisers expecting video advertising to increase from $17.87 billion in 2018 to $29.61 billion in 2022, it’s growing in prominence.

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Mediasmith is an independent San Francisco based media agency, plugging traditional into digital to drive successful client outcomes. Our thought leadership and independence allows us to quickly move across the latest platforms and processes in a truly dynamic way. This approach powers our ability to uncover more opportunity for our clients and consistently improve their bottom line. Mediasmith is proud to be a fully transparent agency relative to costs and data and operates with the highest levels of integrity. Mediasmith was named on the 2015 list of largest San Francisco Advertising Agencies by the San Francisco Business Times.

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Since July 2019, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has been conducting an extensive investigation of the digital advertising market. In its preliminary report on the investigation, the CMA expresses concerns that Google and Facebook have grown so “large and have such extensive access to data that potential rivals can no longer compete on equal terms.” 2019 marked the year in which digital advertising finally took the crown from TV and other legacy media both in the US and worldwide. Estimates point out that digital ads now account for 51 percent of the almost $600 billion spent globally on advertising, a percentage that should only rise with time.

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Mediasmith is an independent San Francisco based media agency, plugging traditional into digital to drive successful client outcomes. Our thought leadership and independence allows us to quickly move across the latest platforms and processes in a truly dynamic way. This approach powers our ability to uncover more opportunity for our clients and consistently improve their bottom line. Mediasmith is proud to be a fully transparent agency relative to costs and data and operates with the highest levels of integrity. Mediasmith was named on the 2015 list of largest San Francisco Advertising Agencies by the San Francisco Business Times.

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Lay's Achieves a 92.5% VCR with 6-Second Snackable In-Game Video Ads from Anzu & Eskimi

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One of the world’s largest and best-known snack companies, Lay’s, partnered with Eskimi, a full-stack programmatic data platform, and Anzu.io, the world’s most advanced in-game advertising company, to launch an intrinsic in-game video ad campaign to promote its potato chips among the mobile gaming audience in Latvia. Lay’s wanted to leverage gaming to help it reach its target audience of 18-34s and worked with Anzu and Eskimi to get in front of Latvian gamers in the most engaging and non-disruptive way. Lay's in-game video ad campaign featured in titles such as Gravity Rider Zero. The 6-second videos, which were to the point and showcased Lay’s products in a quick and effective manner, worked extremely well in the fast-paced gaming environment and achieved a 92.5% video completion rate, a 98% viewability rate measured by Anzu’s patented 3D ad tracking engine, and cyber security platform HUMAN reported a 0% invalid traffic score for the campaign, reinforcing the low fraud rates associated with gaming environments. “We are very satisfied with the campaign. It allowed us to reach players who are fully focused on their game and won’t tolerate any intrusive advertising. With such high engagement, it’s no wonder we were able to achieve such high completion rates. Only a few ad platforms provide such high-quality placements.”- Kristaps Osis, Key Digital Transformation Specialist, Omnicom Media Group Latvia “The huge success Lay’s has seen from this programmatic campaign demonstrates the power that short-form video ads have in gaming environments if you get them right. By using the 6-second format, keeping the videos to the point, and effectively showcasing their products throughout, Lay’s were able to spread awareness and engage thousands of gamers in a way that was complimentary to the gameplay.” - Chaim Berko, Senior Programmatic Account Manager EMEA, Anzu “The huge success Lay’s has seen from this programmatic campaign demonstrates the power that short-form video ads have in gaming environments if you get them right. By using the 6-second format, keeping the videos to the point, and effectively showcasing their products throughout, Lay’s were able to spread awareness and engage thousands of gamers in a way that was complimentary to the gameplay.” -Chaim Berko, Senior Programmatic Account Manager EMEA, Anzu “In-game is dominating the Baltics! There’s no better way to showcase the intrinsic in-game opportunity than with a globally established brand like Lay’s. We continuously encourage brands to think about the unique gaming environment. Lay’s video perfectly blends into the game as it is short, includes distinctive images and the brand’s logo. We hope to see more FMCG brands dipping into in-game advertising. Let’s not forget that 80% of gamers drink or eat while gaming. These results scream FMCG!” -Gabriele Vileikyte, Product Manager, Eskimi

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VideoAmp Releases Second-by-Second Advertising Measurement Enhancement Underpinned by Commingled Dataset

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VideoAmp, an advertising measurement and optimization platform, has released “Second-by-Second Ads Viewership” as a new measurement offering to strengthen their currency solutions. As an enhancement to their advertising measurement solution, the offering enables TV publishers and advertisers to harness the power of VideoAmp’s commingled dataset to better assess advertiser performance and benchmark against program averages. Leveraging actualized results with inputs from both Smart TV ACR and STB viewership data across more than 39M homes, advertisers and publishers gain access to second-by-second commercial performance data in a flexible user interface. By utilizing VideoAmp’s proprietary commingled dataset, VideoAmp is solving for the inconsistencies and limitations of using a single data source. Additionally, while other in-market currency providers use average commercial viewership, which gives all commercials within a program the same rating, VideoAmp is offering distinct second-by-second measurement for each advertisement within a program or event, providing the ability for: Publishers to increase the value of their inventory with more accurate commercial and program viewership insights. Publishers can demonstrate how advertiser reach builds throughout a program, optimize inventory allocation based on exact commercial viewership throughout the program and understand viewership trends to inform content optimization. Advertisers can evaluate the performance of their specific commercial spots and optimize investment allocation to maximize audience reach. With this dashboard, advertisers can analyze their commercial performance vs. the average within a given program, analyze the impact of frequency throughout a program and identify optimal ad placement to maximize reach. 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Our teams utilized this transformative data to identify the most compelling program elements, such as show performances, commercials, host presentations, and more,” said Berj Kazanjian, Senior Vice President of Ad Sales Research at BET. “These advanced metrics allow us to enhance our content, further our reach, and deepen our engagement with our community.” Some of the insights provided within the Second-by-Second measurement solution include: Commercial Index Impressions Frequency Average Commercial Audience Average Program Audience Advertiser Reach Incremental Cumulative Reach Total Viewers “Having a true breakdown of viewership during every second of a program is game changing. Average Commercial Minute is a compromise the industry has had to make due to a lack of fidelity in panel-based measurement. 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Tylie Ad Solutions Announces Strategic Integration with Peach

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Leading ad tech service provider Tylie Ad Solutions and Peach, a global market leader in video advertising workflow and delivery, today announced a new technology integration using Peach’s API to automate and streamline workflow, effectively speeding up error-free global delivery of broadcast assets and Traffic and Clearance services. Developed specifically for Tylie client Airbnb, the integration empowers Tylie to perform as an international advertisers’ traffic department, with capabilities to centralize asset storage, post production workflow, and activate global campaigns across the United States, Europe and Latin America. Previously, Airbnb distributed their domestic campaigns globally by engaging multiple entities and various workflows. Now, thanks to Tylie’s integration using Peach’s Partner API, Airbnb is launching campaigns from within the Tylie Tandem platform, marking a streamlined option for international activation. The integration is available to all Tylie clients. The announcement follows Tylie’s Q2 alliance with The TEAM companies, which enables music, talent and element rights directly from within Tylie Tandem, a collaborative cross-screen management platform. “Tylie continues to push for greater flexibility and improved options for our clients,” said Tyler Savage, President of Tylie Ad Solutions.” “Tylie continues to push for greater flexibility and improved options for our clients,” said Tyler Savage, President of Tylie Ad Solutions.” This integration adds key global capabilities to Tylie’s offerings, helping us offer flexible solutions that meet the unique needs of our clients while saving both time and budget while eliminating inefficiencies.” Doug Conely, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Peach, said: “Advertisers and agencies want to work with software tools that they know will save them time and money and provide the technological capabilities they need to deliver campaigns. Integrations like this, with an open ecosystem mindset, enable partners like Peach and Tylie to support their clients."

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Lay's Achieves a 92.5% VCR with 6-Second Snackable In-Game Video Ads from Anzu & Eskimi

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One of the world’s largest and best-known snack companies, Lay’s, partnered with Eskimi, a full-stack programmatic data platform, and Anzu.io, the world’s most advanced in-game advertising company, to launch an intrinsic in-game video ad campaign to promote its potato chips among the mobile gaming audience in Latvia. Lay’s wanted to leverage gaming to help it reach its target audience of 18-34s and worked with Anzu and Eskimi to get in front of Latvian gamers in the most engaging and non-disruptive way. Lay's in-game video ad campaign featured in titles such as Gravity Rider Zero. The 6-second videos, which were to the point and showcased Lay’s products in a quick and effective manner, worked extremely well in the fast-paced gaming environment and achieved a 92.5% video completion rate, a 98% viewability rate measured by Anzu’s patented 3D ad tracking engine, and cyber security platform HUMAN reported a 0% invalid traffic score for the campaign, reinforcing the low fraud rates associated with gaming environments. “We are very satisfied with the campaign. It allowed us to reach players who are fully focused on their game and won’t tolerate any intrusive advertising. With such high engagement, it’s no wonder we were able to achieve such high completion rates. Only a few ad platforms provide such high-quality placements.”- Kristaps Osis, Key Digital Transformation Specialist, Omnicom Media Group Latvia “The huge success Lay’s has seen from this programmatic campaign demonstrates the power that short-form video ads have in gaming environments if you get them right. By using the 6-second format, keeping the videos to the point, and effectively showcasing their products throughout, Lay’s were able to spread awareness and engage thousands of gamers in a way that was complimentary to the gameplay.” - Chaim Berko, Senior Programmatic Account Manager EMEA, Anzu “The huge success Lay’s has seen from this programmatic campaign demonstrates the power that short-form video ads have in gaming environments if you get them right. By using the 6-second format, keeping the videos to the point, and effectively showcasing their products throughout, Lay’s were able to spread awareness and engage thousands of gamers in a way that was complimentary to the gameplay.” -Chaim Berko, Senior Programmatic Account Manager EMEA, Anzu “In-game is dominating the Baltics! There’s no better way to showcase the intrinsic in-game opportunity than with a globally established brand like Lay’s. We continuously encourage brands to think about the unique gaming environment. Lay’s video perfectly blends into the game as it is short, includes distinctive images and the brand’s logo. We hope to see more FMCG brands dipping into in-game advertising. Let’s not forget that 80% of gamers drink or eat while gaming. These results scream FMCG!” -Gabriele Vileikyte, Product Manager, Eskimi

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VideoAmp Releases Second-by-Second Advertising Measurement Enhancement Underpinned by Commingled Dataset

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VideoAmp, an advertising measurement and optimization platform, has released “Second-by-Second Ads Viewership” as a new measurement offering to strengthen their currency solutions. As an enhancement to their advertising measurement solution, the offering enables TV publishers and advertisers to harness the power of VideoAmp’s commingled dataset to better assess advertiser performance and benchmark against program averages. Leveraging actualized results with inputs from both Smart TV ACR and STB viewership data across more than 39M homes, advertisers and publishers gain access to second-by-second commercial performance data in a flexible user interface. By utilizing VideoAmp’s proprietary commingled dataset, VideoAmp is solving for the inconsistencies and limitations of using a single data source. 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Tylie Ad Solutions Announces Strategic Integration with Peach

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