Join us at the TV of Tomorrow Show on Thursday Dec 7

Join us at the TV of Tomorrow Show on Thursday Dec 7

If you’re attending this week’s TV of Tomorrow Show in New York City, we invite you to join us on Thursday, December 7 at 1:15pm for our panel discussion “Data-Driven Advertising: Hurdles and Opportunities.”

The panel will feature Premion President Jim Wilson and executives at the forefront of advanced TV advertising. Topics will include brand safety, blockchain, addressable, consolidation and more.

You can see the complete lineup here.

Three Takeaways on How OTT is Redefining Television Advertising

Three Takeaways on How OTT is Redefining Television Advertising

Last month, I joined industry peers from Google, Nielsen, Comcast and MediaOcean in a lively panel talk on the future of television advertising at the Next TV Summit in New York. Our industry is transforming quickly and there’s one common theme that our panelists agreed on: television advertising is getting redefined every day.

Audience fragmentation is accelerating in our ‘place-shifting era,’ where people consume content anywhere, anytime and across multiple devices. In turn, advertisers are grappling with how best to reach and meet changing consumer expectations.

So how can advertisers reach their right audiences and create more effective campaigns in our fast-changing TV landscape?

Click through to my LinkedIn article for three key takeaways from our panel.

Join us at NYC Television Week and NAB Show NY for Insights on OTT Advertising

Join us at NYC Television Week and NAB Show NY for Insights on OTT Advertising

As we reflect upon the progress of 2017, there’s never been a more exciting time for the advancement and growth of OTT (over-the-top) content, advertising and related services.

Next week industry leaders will convene at NYC Television Week and the NAB Show New York to showcase the latest developments and thinking around the transformation of television.

Join us as we share our market perspectives on the future of OTT advertising at the following panels at next week’s events:

TV2020: Monetizing the Future @ NAB Show New York
Panel: OTT and Digital Opportunities

Wednesday October 18 | 3:15pm 
Javits Convention Center, NYC

OTT monetization strategies, specialized for local TV broadcasters, will be the focus of our panel session.  I’ll be joining a panel of experts to offer a leading-edge look at how TV station groups can drive OTT revenue strategies for 2018 and beyond.

Advanced Advertising Summit @ NYC Television Week
Panel: Video Everywhere
Wednesday October 18 | 10:50am
Sheraton Times Square

The dramatic shift in viewing behavior presents significant challenges to traditional TV business assumptions. I’ll be joining this panel to explore the advertising implications of these quickly mainstreaming forms of streaming TV/video viewing, as well as how marketers and programmers can benefit now and into the future.

Next TV Summit @ NYC Television Week
Panel: Redefining Television Advertising 
Wednesday October 18 | 11:50am
Sheraton Times Square

What are the new technologies and trends that are shaping what’s next in branding and advertising? Our Brian Hunt will join this panel to share perspectives on the winning formulas for advertisers in meeting consumer expectations and share their view of what the TV advertising business will look like two years down the line.

Join Us at the TV of Tomorrow Show on Wed June 28th for a Blockchain Discussion

Join Us at the TV of Tomorrow Show on Wed June 28th for a Blockchain Discussion

If you’re attending this week’s TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 28th at 9:10am for our panel discussion “Blockchain Technology for Programmatic OTT Advertising.”

The panel will feature Premion President Jim Wilson and MadHive CEO Adam Helfgott, plus other blockchain and ad-tech experts from MediaVest, Ericsson and IBM iX, who will all share insight on how Blockchain can transform the advertising industry.  Topics will include predictive analytics, cross-platform data portability and security, standardized segmentation and targeting, transparency and more. The panel will be moderated by Tim Hanlon, CEO of The Vertere Group.

You can see the complete lineup here.

Three Takeaways on Why OTT Advertising is Now Primetime

Three Takeaways on Why OTT Advertising is Now Primetime

This month, I participated in panel discussions at CableFax’s TV Innovation Summit and the Next TV Summit.  At both events, industry leaders convened to share perspectives on our fast-evolving TV landscape. The common discussion theme at both events is that linear TV is still a huge business but the pace of OTT is growing much faster than many anticipated.

In fact, OTT now leads the way in terms of online ad view share, according to a new report from FreeWheel. The report cites that advertising view composition and growth on OTT devices surged 45% year-on-year and it notes that OTT has ballooned from 2% to 32% in a four-year period with heavier investment by publishers and programmers.

Amid the excitement for our transforming TV industry, there is still more education and investment needed to build out advanced capabilities for OTT to truly scale.

Let’s start with how we define OTT. Our industry uses various terms to describe the targeting of a video advertisement to someone watching TV over the Internet. Is it OTT, cord-cutters or Connected TV? While all three terms are correct and used interchangeably, they have subtle differences.

  • OTT or Over-the-Top is an FCC term that refers to how consumers receive their primary video signal meaning that it’s ‘over the top of the cable/MVPD plant.’
  • Cord-cutters is an industry term used to describe consumers who once were cable subscriber and now have decided to get their primary video signal(s) via the Internet, so they have ‘cut the cable cord.’ And according to Moffett Nathanson analyst Craig Moffett, cord cutters spoke loudly in the first quarter cutting 762,000 cable subscriptions.
  • Connected TV is more of technical term used by advertisers, content owners and video ad serving companies to define ads that run on smart TVs or Internet-enabled devices that deliver TV programming and advertising.

So while there’s no right definition, there is a right path forward for driving growth in OTT. Here’s what to watch for in the advancement of OTT advertising.

IP delivery of advertising offers greater opportunities for targeting – IP delivery of content is increasing exponentially, which means that the ability to have digital-like targeting via IP delivered ads is going to increase. Both Nielsen and comScore are actively working on their measurements in this new world. Unlike digital advertising, the key difference is that Connected TVs do not have cookies. This means that the targeting must be done via tags to IP addresses.

Solving the complexity for advertisers to reach cord-cutters in local DMAs – The increasing fragmentation of media and our OTT networks makes it hard for advertisers to reach the right local audiences. There needs to be a simpler way for aggregating disparate OTT inventory in local DMAs. We are helping to address this issue at Premion with our demand-side OTT ad platform. We’ve aggregated OTT ad inventory from leading OTT providers and top content owners and we’re offering this in local DMAs to advertisers.

Ad supported OTT services are growing and thriving – The future of television will be over the Internet and it will be ad-supported. With more premium video content being made widely available across platforms, more ads are being served through Connected TV apps and OTT devices. Just look at the growth of Sony’s Crackle or TubiTV, which recently touted that its audience grew by a 9x growth rate in monthly active users in 2016.

OTT is clearly solidifying its position with advertisers in their media plans. We are excited to be collaborating with our partners to lead the industry forward. We’re investing in new capabilities to improve standardization and deliver advanced targeting and engagement for our advertisers.

Brian Hunt, Corporate VP of Business Development, Premion