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Business Wire | April 19, 2023
Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) and Cadent, the largest independent platform for advanced TV advertising, today announced the integration of Vecima’s MediaScaleTM Streaming solution with Cadent Aperture Platform to power the next generation of multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) and vMVPD advertising services.
Leveraging the integration of Vecima’s MediaScaleTM Streaming solution and the Aperture Platform, service providers will now be able to protect existing linear ad revenue as they migrate to new IPTV platforms, as well as create new opportunities for incremental revenue from previously unmonetized premium inventory.
The integrated solution allows the current linear ad schedule to be mirrored on IP-based linear streams. Together, MediaScale and Aperture support ad insertion and dynamic decisioning for linear TV, time-shifted video services, as well as ad replacement for video on demand (VOD) and Cloud DVR content.
Additionally, Aperture Viewer Graph, Cadent’s patented cookieless technology that maps IP address to household viewing targets, allows service providers to seamlessly activate data for themselves and their affiliate partners. Highly accurate targeting using a service provider’s first-party data, in a secure, data-safe workflow, combined with a wide range of third-party audience segments make addressable TV campaigns even more accurate with advanced reporting and attribution. This allows service providers to optimize the viewing experience for consumers by making campaigns more relevant and less intrusive.
With the millions of subscribers already served by operators using Vecima and Cadent solutions, customers will be able to quickly implement addressable advertising across their IP video networks and deliver targeted messages in the moments people are most immersed in content, regardless of viewing channel, and realize revenue benefits with incremental spend.
"As OTT and Connected TV viewership continues to grow, TV and video service providers need to find ways to future-proof their advertising business and maximize the return from their ad inventory and data assets,” said Paul Ranger, Senior Vice President, Platform Sales, Cadent. “By leveraging Aperture Platform and its addressable advertising solutions in conjunction with Vecima’s MediaScale platform, we can enable service providers to dynamically and efficiently deliver cross-platform campaigns.”
“Vecima continues to lead the industry with an end-to-end solution that enables rich video entertainment experiences for viewers and integrated, highly-targeted advertising solutions for our customers,” said Kyle Goodwin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Content Delivery & Storage Segment at Vecima. “With Cadent’s broad reach across programmer and TV networks, Vecima leverages pre-integrated features to bring cable advertising into the internet age. We’re providing a complete ecosystem with an innovative approach to ad insertion that’s cloud-deployable for low upfront investment and dynamic demand, while providing incremental revenue for operators.”
Cadent powers the evolution of TV brand advertising. We provide marketers, agencies, operators, and media owners with data-driven solutions for buying and selling TV advertising. By connecting brands with opportunities across national inventory sources—cable, broadcast, and OTT—our technology improves efficiencies and boosts the results of linear, addressable, and cross-screen campaigns. For more information, visit cadent.tv or follow @CadentTV.
About Vecima Networks
Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) is leading the global evolution to the multi-gigabit, content-rich networks of the future. Our talented people deliver future-ready software, services, and integrated platforms that power broadband and video streaming networks, monitor and manage transportation, and transform experiences in homes, businesses, and everywhere people connect. We help our customers evolve their networks with cloud-based solutions that deliver ground-breaking speed, superior video quality, and exciting new services to their subscribers. Learn more at vecima.com.
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Sam’s Club | April 26, 2023
Sam's Club®, a division of Walmart Inc. and a leading membership warehouse club, announces the launch of its new partner program for Sam's Club Member Access Platform (MAP). MAP Partners Club connects advertisers with a certified network of agencies and technology providers to maximize campaign performance. MAP Partners Club launches with three technology partners — CommerceIQ, Pacvue and Skai — and two managed service partners — Flywheel and Stackline — with more to come.
MAP Partners Club makes it easy for advertisers to identify authorized partners who can help them plan, buy, optimize and scale their advertising campaigns. Through partners, advertisers can enhance their campaigns with bidding and budget optimization, day-parting, advanced analytics and insights and more.
"One of the pillars of our mission here at MAP is to make it 'Easy to Buy' for our advertisers," said Austin Leonard, Head of Sales, Sam’s Club Member Access Platform. "We know that our advertisers often work with multiple partners for media planning and execution across multiple networks and ad tech providers. Through MAP Partners Club, they can leverage world-class partners to integrate Sam’s Club advertising, providing one place to buy and assess performance of sponsored product campaigns — all while driving growth."
Advertisers and agencies who work with Sam's Club MAP can immediately buy sponsored products ads along with campaign-enhancing technologies provided by Commerce IQ, Pacvue and Skai, using a self-service interface. Additionally, for advertisers who prefer to work with a full-service agency for ad buys, they can immediately begin buying Sam’s Club MAP ads via Flywheel and Stackline. Additional partners and functionalities will be added to the program in the near future.
For partners, MAP Partners Club provides direct access to thousands of potential customers across the Sam’s Club spectrum of suppliers and advertisers. Once approved, partners in the program will be identified with easy-to-understand, color-coded badges — tech, agency and more — making it easy for advertisers to connect with and implement the partners they need.
MAP Partners Club adds new capabilities to the already powerful Sam’s Club MAP product suite, enhancing it for advertisers and partners — but most importantly, this will help deliver an improved ad experience for members, making the Sam’s Club shopping experience better than ever.
For more information, visit the MAP Partners Club homepage.
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club®️, a division of Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in nearly 600 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Now in its 40th year, Sam’s Club continues to redefine warehouse shopping with its highly curated assortment of high-quality fresh food and Member’s Mark® items, in addition to market leading technologies and services like Scan & Go™️, Curbside Pickup and home delivery service in select markets. To learn more about Sam's Club, visit the Sam's Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com and interact with Sam's Club on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and TikTok.
About Sam’s Club Member Access Platform At Sam’s Club, we are member obsessed. We lead with this obsession by offering a curated assortment of high-quality products at an incredible value. We lead with this obsession by providing our members with a multi-touchpoint experience, whether they are shopping our Clubs, on SamsClub.com, in-app or with Curbside Pickup and Delivery. We lead with this obsession every day.
We know our members want a shopping experience that is easy, convenient and personalized. And we know that our agencies, ad tech platforms, suppliers and marketers want to reach our members efficiently and effectively. With Sam’s Club Member Access Platform (MAP), our journey starts with our members. Next, we create and give partners experiences, tools and opportunities that help members discover new products at the time they need and want them.
MAP’s mission is to provide the most valuable and additive ads experience to our members. It's our member-first approach that differentiates us, along with the combination of our platform, our products, our people, our processes and our first-party data.
PR Newswire | April 25, 2023
Today, UM, a global media agency network of IPG Mediabrands, announced an industry-first partnership with Roku, Inc., the #1 TV streaming platform in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico*, that will provide the agency and its sister agencies exclusive solutions to measure unrated, minority-owned networks for the first time. The deal provides planning and investment teams with access to critical linear TV data ahead of the 2023 TV Upfronts, giving smaller, minority-owned networks opportunity alongside larger, rated networks.
Today, many of the 35+ smaller, minority-owned networks do not show up in traditional TV measurement. Panels may lack the scale to capture emerging media properties, and setup costs may be prohibitive. This ratings gap leaves marketers guessing about the audience and inhibits advertising spend.
"We continuously work to identify the challenges and gaps in the marketplace as part of our ongoing commitment to drive equitable and inclusive business practices," said Deidre Small-Landau, Head of Business Equity, IPG Mediabrands. "Lack of linear ratings information is a significant impediment to why brands are not investing in minority-owned networks, and we look forward to creating more growth opportunities for clients and minority-owned networks alike across the Mediabrands family of brands."
Roku is leveraging its proprietary Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology to generate two sets of comprehensive monthly reports for UM and IPG Mediabrands. The first provides average viewership by network by daypart and reach per channel, designed to be used for planning purposes. The second set shows actual viewership by program by day, validating how many viewers are exposed to advertising content, providing insight into how specific campaigns are performing.
Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) is a technology that, when enabled, allows Roku to recognize the programs and commercials viewed over antenna, cable, and satellite on Roku TVs. As the #1 selling smart TV OS in the U.S. as of Q4 2022, Roku brings broad reach and a direct consumer relationship that offers accurate, scaled insights.
Roku found that, between December 2022 and February 2023, previously unmeasured minority-owned TV networks reached an estimated 16.8 million U.S. households on traditional TV and delivered more than 400 million advertising impressions. Roku's reporting clarifies the opportunity for brands to partner with minority-owned channels.
"You can't invest in what you can't measure," said Kristina Shepard, Co-Head of U.S. Brand Sales, Roku. "Our goal is TV made better for everyone. We're thrilled to bring unique scale, data, and technology forward to solve industry challenges and improve media equity together."
This partnership is the latest in UM's efforts to generate more equity in the marketplace for minority-owned media. Last fall, the agency released its groundbreaking Future Impact study, which proved for the first time that brands that support equity values in the workplace and in media will see double the impact in purchase intent. UM also helped spearhead the launch of the Equity Upfronts with MAGNA, the intelligence and investment arm of IPG Mediabrands, a now-annual event that introduced minority-owned media to the Upfronts schedule for the first time ever.
"Roku has been consistently open to partnering with us in new and different ways, and their technology is uniquely capable of measuring the viewership of unrated networks," says Marcy Greenberger, EVP, Managing Partner, Integrated Investment, UM. "Our clients will benefit from the data-backed insights that are typically unavailable, creating rationale and incentive to expand their network consideration sets and meet equity investment objectives while still maintaining confidence in their spend and reach. It's a win-win for everyone, especially minority-owned networks that want to show advertisers the value they bring to the table."
UM is a global media agency committed to Futureproofing our clients' businesses for the now and the next. We leverage the transformational power of rich business analytics and real-time intelligence to maximize growth and activate the full consumer journey across content and connections. Our consultative approach and agile model, rooted in diversity, equity and belonging, drive better business outcomes for brands. As the leading global media network in IPG Mediabrands, UM operates in over 100 countries, with more than 3,000 people innovating on a roster of global clients including Accenture, American Express, GoPro, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Strauss & Co, Mattel, Sony and Spotify. For more information, please visit https://www.umww.com/.
Roku pioneered streaming on TV. We connect users to the content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers with unique capabilities to engage consumers. Roku TV™ models, Roku streaming players and TV- related audio devices, are available in various countries around the world through direct retail sales and/or licensing arrangements with TV OEM brands. Roku-branded TVs and Roku Smart Home products are sold exclusively in the United States. Roku also operates The Roku Channel, the home of free and premium entertainment with exclusive access to Roku Originals. The Roku Channel is available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Roku is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.