Normalcy in the Age of Apprehension

MediaVillage | April 17, 2020

When the foreign pandemic first started to become a domestic reality, regular readers of this column will remember that we shifted our editorial focus away from business and enterprise to positive thoughts for persevering in unprecedented times. To that end, we've talked about the effortless things that each of us could do to improve our emotional reality and that of those around us. Behold the power of a simple smile or the choice to banish negativity in favor of the happiness and joy that comes with optimism. Bravo.

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Advertisers looking to reach a massively mobile audience need to explore Facebook advertising in Asia-Pacific – home to over 1.6 billion smartphone users by 2020.Spanning India, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, the APAC region is wildly diverse. Marketers need to understand the unique cultures and economic conditions of each area they target.

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Advertisers looking to reach a massively mobile audience need to explore Facebook advertising in Asia-Pacific – home to over 1.6 billion smartphone users by 2020.Spanning India, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, the APAC region is wildly diverse. Marketers need to understand the unique cultures and economic conditions of each area they target.

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Comcast Advertising Reveals How Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (F.A.S.T.) is Changing the TV Advertising Landscape

Comcast Advertising | July 25, 2022

Today, Comcast Advertising released a new report entitled “Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV: Why More Advertisers (and Consumers) Are Going F.A.S.T.” The report highlights the rise of free ad-supported streaming TV (F.A.S.T.) and its value to advertisers today as a complement to traditional TV and streaming advertising plans. As one of the newest forms of over-the-top (OTT), F.A.S.T. provides consumers with streaming services that also feature linear-style channels, encouraging a lean-back experience and content discovery that mimics traditional TV viewing. According to the report, F.A.S.T. penetration among households has more than doubled year-over-year. Today, six out of 10 households who have connected TVs are using F.A.S.T. services exclusively or in addition to other services – getting a TV-like viewing experience without the costs or logins required for linear TV or paid streaming. “F.A.S.T. is a rapidly growing ad-supported medium for consumers to watch and discover premium streaming content in an environment that mimics linear TV,” said James Rooke, President, Comcast Advertising. “F.A.S.T. is a rapidly growing ad-supported medium for consumers to watch and discover premium streaming content in an environment that mimics linear TV,” said James Rooke, President, Comcast Advertising. “As advertisers look to efficiently maximize their reach in an increasingly fragmented viewing landscape, F.A.S.T services are a valuable complement to traditional TV and other AVOD streaming options as part of a holistic multi-screen media plan.” The report looks at new trends from F.A.S.T. provider XUMO and reveals that the average XUMO user spends about 104 minutes within the platform once they have entered. Many consumers may be landing on F.A.S.T. channels without even realizing it, as many are programmed directly into the channel guide by TV manufacturers. Not surprisingly, 70 percent of XUMO users are cord cutters, relying on XUMO as a complement to subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services. According to the report, advertisers and programmers alike are seeing the value of F.A.S.T services today. According to Horizon Media, “the F.A.S.T. industry has grown exponentially and overlaps quite a bit now with what traditional TV has to offer in terms of both content and audience. Advertising on F.A.S.T. allows us to reach our targeted audience and is a valuable complement to our TV budget.” Amanda Garcia, Senior Director of Partnerships at Paramount+, adds, “As customers find more ways to watch the content they love across a mix of services, F.A.S.T. channels have become a key part of our media mix for acquisition and awareness, as well as targeted campaigns to super-serve key audiences.” About Comcast Advertising Comcast Advertising is the advertising division of Comcast Cable. As a global leader in media, technology and advertising, Comcast Advertising fosters powerful connections between brands and their audiences as well as among publishers, distributors, MVPDs, agencies and other industry players. Effectv, its advertising sales division, helps local, regional and national advertisers connect with their audiences on every screen by using advanced data to drive targeting and measurement of their campaigns. FreeWheel, its media and technology arm, provides the technology, data enablement and convergent marketplaces required to ensure buyers and sellers can transact across all screens, across all data types and all sales channels, in order to ensure the ultimate goals – results for marketers. Comcast Cable, along with NBCUniversal and Sky, is part of the Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA). Visit http://comcastadvertising.com/ to learn more.

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Musk Puts the Twitter Takeover On Hold

Twitter | May 17, 2022

Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, has put a halt on his acquisition of Twitter due to recent announcements from the company about the prevalence of spam and bot accounts on the platform. Nearly two weeks ago, Twitter released a report which stated that fake accounts on the platform made up less than 5 percent of daily users. The information lacked rigidity to support the claims, and it seemed flexible in its assessment, which became a turn-off for Musk.On this premise, Musk tweeted, "Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users" Twitter also hinted at taking this report with a pinch of salt, as it stated, "The actual number of false or spam accounts could be higher than we have estimated. We are continually seeking to improve our ability to estimate the total number of spam accounts" Musk claims himself as a "free speech absolutist and offered $44billion to takeover twitter on April 25th. Musk's purchase was expected to lead to a renewed focus on personal verification and a crackdown on bot accounts. To verify a user's identity on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants them to go through a more rigorous process than simply providing an email or phone number. This would prevent the prevalence of spambots on the platform, and the authorities will be able to act on the violators of the speech laws. Twitter's stock was initially down more than 20% in pre-market trade following the announcement, but the stock regained slightly. In his second tweet, Musk stated that he is "still committed to acquisition" two hours after his first one.

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Comcast Advertising Names James Rooke President

Comcast Advertising | July 11, 2022

Today, Comcast Advertising announced that James Rooke has been named to the role of President. In this position, Rooke will oversee the operation of the company, whose brands include Effectv, FreeWheel and AudienceXpress. Rooke, who was previously General Manager of Effectv, replaces Marcien Jenckes, who was recently tapped to lead the new joint venture between Charter and Comcast and serve as Managing Director for Comcast Advertising in a dual role. Rooke will report into Jenckes. “I could not think of a more qualified person to lead Comcast Advertising during one of the most exciting, transformative times in television advertising,” said Jenckes. “I could not think of a more qualified person to lead Comcast Advertising during one of the most exciting, transformative times in television advertising,” said Jenckes. “His work at both Effectv and FreeWheel give him a unique perspective from which to lead the company, and I look forward to working beside him to take Comcast Advertising to its next level of success.” Since Rooke joined Effectv in January 2020, he successfully started its transformation to a multi-screen, audience delivery company that helps advertisers reach their target customers and drive better, measurable results. He was instrumental in bringing the more widespread use of data to TV advertising strategies, as well as driving the growth of addressable advertising and programmatic capabilities across Effectv. His successor as Effectv’s GM has not yet been named. Prior to leading Effectv, Rooke oversaw FreeWheel’s global publisher business unit responsible for providing TV programmers and distributors with advertising technology to manage the monetization of their video content. During his tenure, he also helped design, launch and scale FreeWheel’s first video marketplace, led the Advisory Services practice, a consulting business unit; and served as the company’s chief revenue officer. “I’ve had the privilege of working across both the software and media business within Comcast Advertising and look forward to combining those experiences in this new role,” said Rooke, President of Comcast Advertising. “I believe the opportunity for Comcast Advertising is unparalleled. I’m honored to accept this new position and cannot wait to continue my work with the broader leadership team to evolve the future of TV advertising for the better.” Earlier in his career, Rooke worked in the media business at Time Warner Cable (now Charter Communications) as vice president, strategy and execution. He was also a principal in the media and entertainment practice at Capgemini, a consulting and technology company. He began his career as an associate consultant at EY (then known as Ernst & Young) in London. Rooke holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York. About Comcast Advertising Comcast Advertising is the advertising division of Comcast Cable. As a global leader in media, technology and advertising, Comcast Advertising fosters powerful connections between brands and their audiences as well as among publishers, distributors, MVPDs, agencies and other industry players. Effectv, its advertising sales division, helps local, regional and national advertisers connect with their audiences on every screen by using advanced data to drive targeting and measurement of their campaigns. FreeWheel, its media and technology arm, provides the technology, data enablement and convergent marketplaces required to ensure buyers and sellers can transact across all screens, across all data types and all sales channels, in order to ensure the ultimate goal – results for marketers. Comcast Cable, along with NBCUniversal and Sky, is part of the Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA). Visit http://comcastadvertising.com to learn more.

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