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PubMatic and IAB Europe Reveal the State of Online Video Advertising Today and Predictions for the Year Ahead

PubMatic, IAB Europe | March 17, 2022

PubMatic (Nasdaq: PUBM), an independent technology company maximising customer value by delivering digital advertising’s supply chain of the future, in partnership with IAB Europe, today released an industry report titled “The State of Online Video Advertising in Europe”. The report highlights media buyers’ appetite to continue to increase investment in video advertising, in particular connected TV (CTV).

Over 140 online video buyers from agencies and advertisers across 31 European markets took part in the survey-based research generating key insights such as:
  • On average, digital media buyers are investing 36% of total ad spend in video advertising (excluding TV formats)
  • The most frequently bought video advertising is mobile web with one-quarter of media buyers investing more than 61% of their digital budget in this channel
  • Two-thirds of digital buyers are investing in CTV, albeit at a lower percentage of the total budget.

“Media buyers are excited about the potential of CTV advertising as it offers a cost-effective way to reach audiences that are viewing far less traditional TV. This is appealing to big brands, while also opening an opportunity for smaller brands to invest in TV advertising without the big price tag attached to linear TV,” said Hitesh Bhatt, senior director, CTV/OTT, EMEA at PubMatic.

“Media buyers are excited about the potential of CTV advertising as it offers a cost-effective way to reach audiences that are viewing far less traditional TV. This is appealing to big brands, while also opening an opportunity for smaller brands to invest in TV advertising without the big price tag attached to linear TV,” said Hitesh Bhatt, senior director, CTV/OTT, EMEA at PubMatic.

The study also found that when media buyers find the same programmatic video inventory available via multiple sell-side platforms (SSPs) - which is often the case -  almost half say performance KPIs are the most important factor in deciding which SSP to work with. This is followed by cost (26%) and data activation (16%)

“This focus on KPIs as a deciding factor in SSP selection highlights the importance of maximising audience addressability – a known driver of better performance. Combining brand and publisher-owned first-party data, and independent ID solutions help better predict consumer behaviour and thus maximises the size, and accuracy of addressable audiences across the open web,” said Bhatt. “Today, A/B testing different addressability strategies is one of the best ways to establish which partners can deliver the best performance. Early tests show that a portfolio approach delivers the best performance,” said Bhatt.

The deprecation of third-party cookies has changed buyers’ approach to online video advertising in browser environments, however, despite previous reliance on third-party cookies, programmatic remains strong with two-thirds of respondents allocating the majority of budget to programmatic channels.

The key to driving more revenue into digital video will be solving a lack of cross-screen measurement cited by 46% as the biggest barrier, and 57% actively seeking more measurable formats. Despite measurement being a significant challenge, almost one-quarter (23%) of digital media buyers are planning digital campaigns as cross-screen including TV in that definition.

Marie-Clare Puffett, senior manager, marketing & industry programmes, IAB Europe commented on the research: "IAB Europe and PubMatic's The State of Online Video Advertising study provides a view into the direction of travel in Europe for this growing advertising market. The findings will help advertisers, publishers and the broader digital advertising industry plan ahead, and make the most of the opportunities on offer. This report shows that advertisers view online video as a strong channel for brand building. However, there are also clear concerns around cross-device targeting that will need to be addressed for the value of online video advertising to be realised in full. Given the aptitude for innovation in the digital advertising  sector, I have every confidence these concerns will be overcome and online video will continue as an important channel for brand building."

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Remember the days when advertising consisted of billboards, radio ad spots, TV commercials,and the occasional product placement? These limited channels and touchpoints made it easy to plan, to be seen, and to make an impression. With the boom of digital marketing, suddenly it became harder to break above the noise. Not only was there an increase in competition and ad fatigue, but data didn’t yet exist to highlight whether or not your ad placements were performing well. The advertising community was quick to remedy that by creating systems smart enough to track consumer behavior online as well as establishing spaces to seamlessly integrate native advertising into the fold.


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DIRECTV Taps Yahoo Unified Ad Tech to Unlock Advanced TV Opportunities

Yahoo, DIRECTV Advertising | June 21, 2022

DIRECTV Advertising and Yahoo today announced a strategic partnership to unlock new value for advertisers across linear TV and digital. Against the backdrop of an increasingly fragmented advanced TV landscape, DIRECTV Advertising and Yahoo announced today that they are teaming up to provide buyers with a more seamless way to access addressable TV and streaming inventory. In working with Yahoo, DIRECTV Advertising is helping to further reduce complexity and fragmentation for advertisers across the advanced TV landscape, which has seen tremendous growth over the last year. Digital video ad spend, inclusive of digital TV, reached $39 billion in 2021, and is expected to increase 26% to $49.2 billion in 2022.1 Through the partnership, advertisers gain a number of exciting advancements, including: Access to 25 million addressable TV households: DIRECTV Advertising has named Yahoo as the exclusive omnichannel demand-side platform (DSP) for accessing its addressable TV inventory programmatically. Advertisers can continue to buy the inventory directly from DIRECTV Advertising as well. Through the partnership, DIRECTV Advertising joins DISH Media and Fios in enabling addressable TV through an omnichannel, programmatic platform. With DIRECTV Advertising, Yahoo is expanding its position as the first and only omnichannel DSP to offer live, addressable TV inventory programmatically, enabling advertisers to tap into a footprint of 25 million households. Streaming inventory through Yahoo SSP: DIRECTV Advertising is tapping into Yahoo’s supply-side platform (SSP), making its streaming inventory available to premium demand across the Yahoo Exchange. DIRECTV Advertising and Yahoo’s agreement enables interoperability between addressable TV and CTV, allowing Yahoo DSP buyers to maximize unique reach, harness spend efficiencies and deliver optimal ad experiences for viewers. Through partnerships with DIRECTV Advertising, DISH Media and Fios, Yahoo DSP advertisers are able to collectively reach up to 25 million addressable TV households, paired with Yahoo’s reach of over 80 million CTV households. With timely insights, Yahoo delivers immediately actionable data to marketers in a single platform across linear and CTV campaigns. “DIRECTV Advertising has been a leader in delivering convergent TV solutions for its customers,” said Amy Leifer, Chief Advertising Sales Officer of DIRECTV. “DIRECTV Advertising has been a leader in delivering convergent TV solutions for its customers,” said Amy Leifer, Chief Advertising Sales Officer of DIRECTV. “Working with Yahoo enables us to meet our customers where they are and deliver these solutions in a way that better aligns with advertisers’ omnichannel strategies while reducing friction in the process.” “As linear and digital converge, advertisers need to be able to seamlessly engage with consumers across channels without losing critical measurement, data and campaign visibility,” said Iván Markman, Chief Business Officer of Yahoo. “This partnership with DIRECTV Advertising builds on the momentum of our existing addressable TV partnerships, and gives advertisers more reach, transparency and control. We are grateful to these partners for helping to further the industry and create a strong point of access through Yahoo’s platform.” Yahoo’s omnichannel DSP gives advertisers access to powerful, qualified data sets and reaches consumers across all channels, including mobile, desktop, video, native, addressable TV, CTV, DOOH, and audio. DIRECTV Advertising inventory will be available in the Yahoo DSP for Q4 2022 campaigns. About Yahoo Yahoo is a global media and tech company that reaches nearly 900 million people around the world, bringing them closer to finance, sports, shopping, gaming and news—with the trusted products, content and tech that fuel their day. For partners, we provide a full-stack platform for businesses to amplify growth and drive more meaningful connections across advertising, search and media. To learn more, please visit yahooinc.com. About DIRECTV Advertising DIRECTV Advertising is a pioneer in the converged addressable space, delivering industry leading audience-based, digital, and innovative media solutions. Employing our decades of experience, we empower advertisers to address and engage their audience at scale while continuously measuring campaign impact against brand goals to unlock insights and optimize future campaigns.

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Fiverr Makes a Move into the Advertising Industry with Togetherr™

Fiverr, Togetherr | June 09, 2022

Togetherr™, a new platform for building world-class creative teams and connecting them with leading global brands and agencies, launches today. The platform, designed and built by Fiverr (NYSE: FVRR), and backed by industry-leading visionaries, uses proprietary technology, the Creative Genome, to construct award-winning teams, from an exclusive group of creative talent. These teams will be curated and matched to support brands and agencies on specific projects and campaigns. The advertising world has gone through massive changes in the last few decades. The emergence of new digital platforms, the fragmentation of media, the rise of tech giants, e-commerce, and science-based marketing, all dramatically influenced the relationships between brands and agencies. It has also now influenced the way creatives feel working for agencies which ultimately impacts the outcomes of marketing and advertising campaigns. Clients, creatives and agencies are now looking for better ways of working. “Long before the pandemic, our industry was stuck in a rut, slowly choking the creative energy and ambition that once defined our industry,” said Amir Guy, Togetherr’s General Manager. “The agency-of-record (AOR) model, based on hefty retainers, bloated head-counts, overheads, and complex processes, is not meeting today’s client needs. Clients need a lot more for less, and faster. Trying to meet these needs without changing our industry's complex system resulted in broken spirits, lack of bravery, lack of excitement, and short-termism. We lost our creative icons, our magicians, our storytellers. Creatives were driven out of our industry, and clients are now looking for them elsewhere. The last two years taught our clients that they can find creativity elsewhere, and produce campaigns better and faster.” “With new and important marketing channels continuing to impact the industry, brands are re-thinking how to maximize creative output in the simplest way,” said Micha Kaufman, CEO of Fiverr. “Togetherr is a platform that aims to enable and accelerate new ways of working in the creative industry. When you allow yourself to look beyond the old system and challenge the way things have been done forever, you realize that talent can be found everywhere, on a global scale. You also find that diversity, which is so essential for creativity, becomes truly possible when you go beyond old constructs. Leading brands today often build their own creative capabilities in-house, and they need easy ways to augment them with outside independent talent and micro agencies on a project-by-project basis.” Togetherr builds on Fiverr’s long-founded mission of revolutionizing how the world works together. This groundbreaking new platform puts talent and creativity at its core and uses technology powered by a cutting-edge AI engine to help leading brands engage with and manage teams of top-tier independent creatives to meet their project goals. The Creative Genome Talent on Togetherr is vetted manually and through the Creative Genome’s powerful technology - ensuring clients have access to the best and brightest in the industry. Creatives on the platform have won awards, worked on campaigns for some of the world’s top brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, HBO, Apple, and Netflix, as well as agencies, and have won accolades from their peers, clients, and colleagues alike. All of these data points are collected by the Creative Genome in order to assemble top-notch teams to ensure that brands work with the most optimized teams possible, something no agency in the world can offer. For Brands Togetherr is flipping the agency model on its head. Brands will no longer be bound by bureaucracy, agencies-of-record, and long RFP processes to bring campaigns to life. With Togetherr, the platform obtains the brief from the client, and the powerful AI engine will build a team specifically curated for that particular project. They get access to world class talent at the click of a button - to enhance the capabilities of their in-house creative teams - a space we see a lot of brands building out - or to build an entire freelance creative team to deliver new ideas or test new approaches. Advisory Board Togetherr has been built alongside an advisory board of industry-leading visionaries including Per Pedersen, Mark Tutssel, Eva Santos Bouzos, Greg Hahn, Karin Onsager-Birch, Nellie Kim, David Sable, Mariam Banikarim, Craig Brommers, Amy Fuller, Shelley Diamond and more. “In my mind, size and scale are not the keys to success, but rather talent, perseverance, and passion are the ultimate keys to unlocking creative success,” said Greg Hahn, Co-founder and COO of Mischief and Togetherr Advisor. “I’ve worked with big agencies and small agencies and founded a boutique small agency that does things differently. There’s no right or wrong way to unlock creativity, however, by putting talent and ideas over profits, you remove the pressure and make way for beautiful, bold, and diverse ideas. This is what Togetherr is all about - using technology to unlock people’s creativity and putting talent first. I am thrilled to have been a part of building this incredible platform and am excited to tap its potential myself.” The platform currently has over 1,100 creatives and ad industry leaders as well as 30 micro-independent agencies, and it is adding award-winning talent every day. Campaigns and projects start at an average price of $50K and go up from there. About Fiverr Fiverr’s mission is to revolutionize how the world works together. We exist to democratize access to talent and to provide talent with access to opportunities so anyone can grow their business, brand, or dreams. From small businesses to Fortune 500, over 4 million customers worldwide worked with freelance talent on Fiverr in the past year, ensuring their workforces remain flexible, adaptive, and agile. With Fiverr’s Talent Cloud, companies can easily scale their teams from a talent pool of skilled professionals from over 160 countries across more than 550 categories, ranging from programming to 3D design, digital marketing to content creation, from video animation to architecture. Fiverr companies include Togetherr, ClearVoice, CreativeLive, Working Not Working, SLT Consulting and Stoke Talent. Don’t get left behind - come be a part of the future of work by visiting fiverr.com, read our blog, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Go Addressable Launches Unified Industry Guidelines for Addressable Advertising

Go Addressable | June 02, 2022

Go Addressable, an industry initiative launched by television distributors to advance addressable advertising, today introduces a set of common industry guidelines – spanning addressable types, creative format, creative length and more – to facilitate and accelerate addressable advertising’s scale, enablement and adoption. The goal of the guidelines is to inform and allow for appropriate agency planning and expectations of campaign launch schedules, and to drive confidence through efficiency and consistency in processes and implementation. They are outlined in detail at GoAddressable.com. Go Addressable is an industry initiative formed by Altice USA, Charter Communications’ Spectrum Reach®, Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV Advertising, DISH Media, Frontier and VIZIO to help maximize the scale, impact and value of TV as a marketing platform. Founded in 2021, Go Addressable provides thought leadership, education and advocacy around the topic. Today’s announcement marks a milestone in one of the initiative’s stated goals to provide clear steps for all advertisers interested in buying addressable advertising. It also comes as the addressable TV advertising landscape is expected to grow to U.S. $7.5 billion dollars globally in 2022, per a Deloitte Global study. Addressability, too, was a key theme during this year’s upfronts. “We’re at an important time in the trajectory and future of addressable TV advertising, and we’re excited to be one of the inaugural Go Addressable agency forum participants,” said Michael Piner, EVP Advanced Media, Mediahub Worldwide. “Addressable TV advertising is a fast-growing and promising new frontier in media. Yet, we’ve lacked an industry group to help simplify the addressable activation as well as chart a course for future progress and innovation. We’re happy to be working with Go Addressable to help pioneer that course.” To ensure that it is working to address the needs of the industry, Go Addressable today also introduced two committees, one comprised of agencies and the other consisting of programmers. Both committees will meet twice a year and will include advertising companies and programmers from across the industry. “While addressable has been around for 10 years, it’s still in its early stages, and because of that, many providers are using different criteria and guidelines to deploy it,” said Matt Van Houten, SVP, Product, Operations and Business Development, DIRECTV Advertising. “While addressable has been around for 10 years, it’s still in its early stages, and because of that, many providers are using different criteria and guidelines to deploy it,” said Matt Van Houten, SVP, Product, Operations and Business Development, DIRECTV Advertising. “This has caused unnecessary complication and friction in the process. With the unveiling of our easily accessible industry guidelines, all advertisers can be comfortable with the medium, knowing these guidelines are supported by many of the distributors operating in the space. And this is exactly why Go Addressable was created. By working together, we are providing more paths to acceleration for the medium.” Below is a summary of the aforementioned guidelines: Addressable Types: Go Addressable identified two naming conventions that are consistent with how buyers deliver addressable campaigns, using aggregated data and with a commitment to protecting personal information: Audience addressable refers to the ability to dynamically deliver various advertisers’ advertisements targeted to different audiences in different homes all watching the same network at the same time. Creative versioning describes offering the ability to deliver different creative messages to different audiences (households) within the same spot for a single advertiser. Creative Format: The group identified that a creative format meeting the criteria below can now be deployed and used by all programmers and distributors, removing friction, costs and timing from the process. The guidelines are as follows: Stream Type: MPEG-2 Audio Type: MPEG1 Layer 2 Frame Rate: 1080i Width/ height: 1920 x 1080 Creative Length: Go Addressable members each support standard 30-second creative length for addressable advertising, with the goal of simplifying implementation of addressable campaigns. Cap & Edit: Distributors each have an established process to ensure that ads delivered addressably have a chance to be seen and are not being inserted or counted when the TV is off or when/if viewers are no longer watching. Data Match Vendors: Go Addressable has identified three vendors for onboarding audience segments from buyers that currently work across operators: LiveRamp, Experian and Epsilon. Additional vendors may be announced in the future. Attribution Vendors: Go Addressable also has identified three companies that currently provide attribution studies for buyers across operators: LiveRamp, Experian and Neustar. Additional vendors may be added in the future. Campaign Execution Timeline: Go Addressable has established a timeline for launching and/or reporting on a campaign to provide consistency to buyers and programmers when planning and activating campaigns. The process spans the early planning stages all the way to attribution. “Consistency is critical in advertising and is something that previously hasn’t existed for addressable campaigns, which are often executed across multiple operators. The industry guidelines created by Go Addressable give programmers a roadmap and guidelines that can be utilized when activating addressable campaigns across a national footprint. There is a lot of exciting work happening and we look forward to participating in the programmer council as we continue to scale our already robust addressable TV advertising capabilities for our clients,” said Julian Zilberbrand, EVP, Advanced Media, Paramount. About Go Addressable Go Addressable is an industry inclusive initiative led by TV distribution companies to help maximize the scale, impact and value of TV as a marketing platform. The group’s mission is to further accelerate the advancement of addressable TV advertising in a way that is trusted, scalable and effective for both advertisers and programmers looking to make their inventory addressable. Go Addressable will achieve this through advocacy and education within the industry; problem-solving and action around industry challenges; and by working to facilitate the use of addressable advertising campaigns for buyers and sellers of TV inventory. For more information on how to participate, please visit www.goaddressable.com.

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Quantcast Launches Brand Advertising Solutions to Maximise the Impact of Every Marketing Dollar

Quantcast | June 18, 2022

Quantcast, a global advertising technology company, announced the launch of a suite of new solutions for digital marketers who demand more from their brand advertising. With these new products, marketers can seamlessly plan, activate, and measure video, native, and display brand campaigns across the web and on connected TV (CTV). Building on Quantcast’s widely adopted cookieless technology, marketers benefit from access to their entire audience, today. “As programmatic brand advertising has grown so has the complexity for marketers. Siloed systems and data detract from marketing intent, limit marketing innovation, and lack real-time, actionable feedback,” said Konrad Feldman, co-founder and CEO of Quantcast. “As programmatic brand advertising has grown so has the complexity for marketers. Siloed systems and data detract from marketing intent, limit marketing innovation, and lack real-time, actionable feedback,” said Konrad Feldman, co-founder and CEO of Quantcast. “We’re excited to introduce our streamlined take on integrated brand advertising, with automated optimisation and timely measurement of impact.” Now, with the Quantcast Platform, marketers can measure and optimise brand advertising as effectively as their direct response campaigns. These new easy-to-use solutions build on Quantcast’s leadership in data and machine learning to deliver planning against scalable audiences and premium inventory, hi-fidelity audience activation across screens, automated campaign optimisation, and comprehensive measurement of brand advertising’s impact on consumer preference and downstream business outcomes. “We were thrilled with the results that Quantcast delivered for Lancôme. Their brand solution was instrumental in engaging customers and prospects and driving awareness with different user groups,” said Yin Hong, senior product manager, Lancôme. “The results that they drove surpassed our targets and expectations, and demonstrated that programmatic advertising can really play a role within a brand campaign.” Introducing Brand Lift Live by QuantcastTM At the heart of this new product suite is Brand Lift Live, an integrated, real-time survey solution that enables marketers to optimise campaigns continuously against the brand awareness and consideration metrics that really matter, rather than limiting substitute metrics such as viewability and click-through rate (CTR). Within the Quantcast Platform, Brand Lift Live uses statistically controlled survey groups to measure the real-time impact of ads throughout a campaign, allowing for refinement of campaign audiences and delivery characteristics to maximise the impact of every marketing dollar. A new measurement approach for the open internet, Brand Lift Live complements traditional research methodologies similar to the way a fitness tracker complements an annual medical checkup. “We started with a simple question ‘how can we make brand budgets work harder?’ and since improvement requires measurement, that’s where we started,” said Peter Day, chief technology officer, Quantcast. “We found that practitioners relied on poor proxy metrics like viewability and CTR because assessing what they really care about - recall, awareness and consideration - in a timely and precise enough manner to support campaign optimisation was simply too hard. Brand Lift Live solves this problem.” The advantages of Brand Lift Live include: Actionable Campaign Data: View lift data in real-time and take action on campaigns in flight to adjust frequency, creative, messaging, and audience to maximise brand lift. Simple Setup: Brand Lift Live is easily configured alongside campaigns, allowing for the design, surveying and response capture without the need for any third-party integrations. Flexible Survey Options: Marketers can easily measure the impact of brand campaigns with multiple survey options that will best fit their campaign’s branding objectives. “Brand Lift Live helped to take our brand campaign learnings to the next level, by giving us real world insights that can be implemented quickly and effectively,” said Grace Bailey, senior marketing manager at Auto Trader. With these new capabilities, advertisers can use the Quantcast Platform to plan and validate custom audiences and discover compelling supply for their audiences across CTV, desktop, and mobile. Campaigns can be configured in minutes and the intuitive features greatly aid marketers in diagnosing issues to promote consistent performance and delivery. Alongside Brand Lift Live, additional platform insights examine the incremental reach of campaigns across web and CTV and the downstream contribution these brand activations deliver to performance campaigns and conversions.

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Remember the days when advertising consisted of billboards, radio ad spots, TV commercials,and the occasional product placement? These limited channels and touchpoints made it easy to plan, to be seen, and to make an impression. With the boom of digital marketing, suddenly it became harder to break above the noise. Not only was there an increase in competition and ad fatigue, but data didn’t yet exist to highlight whether or not your ad placements were performing well. The advertising community was quick to remedy that by creating systems smart enough to track consumer behavior online as well as establishing spaces to seamlessly integrate native advertising into the fold.

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