By now, most marketers would agree that two-way conversations with consumers are more valuable than simply pushing their brand’s messaging without providing opportunities for audiences to interact. This proves that audiences are truly engaged your brand’s content. That’s why adding a layer of interactivity to video ads has become such an important tools for marketers, since it gives consumers the option to opt-in and spend more time their brands.
Last week was a big week for the ad tech industry – right before the 4th of July holiday, on July 3, Google discontinued enabling Flash video ads to run through DoubleClick Campaign Manager, DoubleClick Bid Manager, DoubleClick Ad Exchange, DoubleClick for Publishers or AdWords. Additionally, Innovid’s Active View and Verification tools for video will no longer use Flash.
The inevitable is finally here—it’s time for publishers to transition from Flash to HTML. This transition can seem daunting to marketers, as all major technology shakeups are, but this one comes on the heels of the recent industry call for more measurement transparency, ad fraud prevention, and brand safety—which makes this transition seem especially intricate. Marketers are now at a crossroads where they not only have to ensure their video creatives are built in HTML, but they also have to worry about protecting their brand from issues with fraud, viewability and brand safety under shifting technology standards.
In today’s complex digital ecosystem, your creative and media strategies can quickly be derailed and rendered ineffective if you don’t have keen technical prowess. Beyond creative storytelling and media buys, there are imperative steps & considerations required in developing a successful campaign. The first step is to ask the right technology questions early during the planning process to ensure you’ll make the fragmentation and best practices of all different channels, platforms and devices work for you, not against you.
As I wrote last week, viewing Google, YouTube and Facebook as if they were publishers is a category error. They aren’t publishers; they’re platforms which permit a vast number of people and organisations to publish their content.
Data has officially become “the new black” and at Innovid, we’ve long believed in its power. According to eConsultancy, more than half of organizations have ranked data-driven marketing as their top strategic priority in 2017 and eMarketer reports that two-thirds of marketers are already generating exponential lifts in customer engagement and sales by personalizing their email and website experiences
For, *literally*, years we have been discussing the technical shift in the marketplace away from Flash to HTML, for well-documented and persuasive reasons. Last year, this shift occurred for rich media and display advertising, but for various reasons ([outlined in a 2016 blog post]), it has taken longer to take effect in the video market.
It’s been an interesting week for the digital video industry, with several brand advertisers voicing concerns about ad fraud and brand safety and pulling their video advertising campaigns from various channels. I can’t say that I found this a surprise. A few major players in the industry have long taken the position that they are platforms, not media publishers and broadcasters, which means that the content on their platforms can’t be viewed in the same way as, for example, content from a TV broadcaster.
Innovid is lucky enough to employ some amazing and talented women all across the world, and this week we’re honored to be highlighting Amanda Juip, a Sales Director from Detroit. Our Detroit office is small (only 6 people!) but it is mighty— located in the epicenter of the American auto industry, Amanda works with powerhouse clients like Kellogg's, Best Buy, General Motors and Ford. Below, Amanda talks about breaking into the tech industry, selling in the car-centric Detroit and the importance of embracing your womanhood.
With V-day quickly approaching, it’s difficult not to have love top of mind and here at Innovid, there’s nothing we love more than video! We could harp on for days about why video is #bae, but we figured we would, instead, just let these brands explain why incorporating video into your marketing strategy is #goals.
The largest U.S. sporting event is nearly here, as the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots gear up to meet on the gridiron on February 5th at 6:30 PM EST. Check out the infographic below for an at-a-glance reference on how you can stream the big game.
There’s more opportunity than ever to create engaging journeys that provide value to your customers. And while video advertising is the fastest-growing component of your strategy, as well as the best way to establish emotional connection and build brand favorability, it’s not used to its full potential.
Our mission (and passion) has always been and will always be to create a way to openly analyze all video consumption data across any platform, device, screen, or technology in order to provide our customers with real, comprehensive insights and pave the way for the "Future of TV."
Like many people out there, my New Year’s resolution is to stay away from cookies, but in this case I'm referring to cookie-based measurement, which has not evolved fast enough to match the rapid shift in media consumption. This evolution has brought gaps in cookie-based measurement—which to date has been marketers predominant technology for measuring digital campaigns— to the forefront.
We are over the moon excited to welcome Jen Whelan into the Innovid family as SVP of Marketing—overseeing Innovid’s global integrated marketing and communications efforts. Jen brings over 20 years of marketing experience to the team, most recently having served as the Senior Director of Marketing at Qualcomm, as well as previously holding positions at Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Intel.
Connected TV is quickly rising through the ranks as the best solution for marketers looking to reach their audiences en masse, but with the precision and addressability that is becoming increasingly crucial to drive impact with consumers.
Nearly 85 percent of viewers skip YouTube TrueView ads after the first five seconds and never get to see the rest of a brand’s message. So, how do you combat the dreaded skip button? Read on to find out.
Virtual reality (VR) is all the rage, as a number of premium publishers are jumping on the bandwagon to prepare and many media powerhouses and film studios are placing big bets on VR with large scale investments. It is only a matter of time before brand spend follows suit and moves to VR, so what should marketers be doing to prepare now?
As is widely known and discussed throughout the industry, Flash is on its way out and publishers are increasingly moving towards implementing non-Flash solutions. However, there is still a lot of confusion about the timeline for this migration, what it means for the availability of inventory, and underlying functionality of that inventory.
Just as children are getting acquainted with a new syllabus, so should video marketers equip themselves for a new quarter and prepare to end the year on a high note. To ensure that your video strategy is successful, here’s a cheat sheet to stow away in your backpack!
As TV moves to digital, we believe the viewer experience should follow. Viewers shouldn’t have to sacrifice the TV experience they’ve come to know and love just because they’re consuming internet-based video on other devices. That’s why IPG Mediabrands, the global media holding arm of Interpublic Group, and Innovid are expanding their partnership to concentrate on enhancing the viewer experience on connected TV devices around the world.
In the fast-paced world of online video, there is constant debate regarding the benefits of client-side and server-side ad insertion. As broadcasters, publishers and brands grapple with the challenge of monetizing digital content, the discussion is important. But what does it all mean?
It’s no secret that the Super Bowl is heralded for its stellar advertisements and, for some (myself included), the main reason to even watch the game. While the Olympics aren’t as well known for their advertisements as the Super Bowl, we have been treated to some inspiring campaigns this year—ranging from the funny and inspirational, to the videos that make you weep and want to phone home.
Until recently, Millennials (consumers aged 18-34) showed far less interest in driving and buying cars than previous generations, but that trend is shifting as more Millennials gain financial independence. Read more to find out how auto marketers can cut through the noise to capture attention, engage, and ensure that their digital ad spend is effective.
Today, we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome John Piccone as the newest member of our Innofamily, serving as Chief Growth Officer. John brings more than two decades of experience in the digital media industry. At Innovid, John will be responsible for managing and driving sales, revenue, and business development. We were able to chat with John for a brief Q&A to gain more insight about his experience, goals, and things he enjoys when he’s not pioneering his way through the industry.
In the spirit of the monumental announcement that the United States nominated its first woman as a Presidential candidate for a major political party, we wanted to start our own Innovid ‘Women to Watch’ blog series to recognize the amazing women who contribute to Innovid’s success. To kick off this series, we sat down for a Q&A with Innovid’s President, Beth-Ann Eason, to discover her thoughts on leadership, how to grow a strong career and more.
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been named one of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Best Companies Group! Given this great news—we asked some of our LA superstars to tell us what they think makes an Innovid a Best Place to Work. Here’s what they had to say . . .
The TV landscape is clearly not what is used to be. Advertisers who were used to captive audiences on one device now have had to deal with a lot of inconsistencies across screens and content options. Audience’s viewing habits continue to evolve and TV advertisers who quickly diversified their media spend and adjusted their focus towards digital video are realizing the benefits of mixing up their TV campaigns.
Video has now reached a golden age of practically being a one-stop-shop that blends content and commerce in the interactive form of shoppable video. Shoppable video has mainly been used by retail and CPG brands in order to drive immediate sales with “shop now” buttons, but advanced video can also support all stages of the purchase funnel to engage consumers and drive them towards the checkout.