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Advertising Assurance: A Global, Multi-Lateral Approach to Protecting Brand Safety in Video Advertising

Categories: News    ||    Posted on: April 10, 2014

By Sean Crawford, Vice President, Global Head of Inventory

Video advertising continues to grow more than 40 percent every year, according to eMarketer. It’s no surprise that the influx of money and interest in the space has attracted very sophisticated criminal organizations and enticed others to employ gimmicks and games to take advantage of advertisers. has always understood that the future of TV and video depends on maintaining the efficacy of the Web, and, to that end, has always had safety as its top priority to bring greater transparency and accountability to video buyers and sellers globally.

Today, we are unveiling the evolution of our efforts: Advertising Assurance, a set of adaptive measures that aim to protect brand investments in the industry’s largest, safest and most diverse video marketplace.

Advertising Assurance draws upon existing first- and third-party technologies integrated to work in tandem with each other within’s buyer and seller platforms, Audience Path and Demand Path respectively. Protecting those transacting in video requires a multi-lateral approach, addressing the industry-wide issues of fraud, viewability and placement accuracy together, rather than piecemeal. Advertising Assurance provides marketers with a crystal clear understanding of and actionable insights about the audiences they are reaching within video.

We understand that those who seek to defraud the system will use any number of known and yet unknown tactics to do so – what worked yesterday may not necessarily work tomorrow. We have brought together the best available technologies, from our own development (such as the industry’s first certified viewability solution for video) and through third-party partnerships, which adapt to the tactics of those who seek to maliciously take advantage of video advertising.

An open technology platform allows us to extend our brand safety developments with powerful third-party solutions, and we are happy to announce a key integration with Integral Ad Science, a leading global provider of actionable advertising intelligence in real-time. They have been an important complement in our efforts to stay ahead of the latest issues threatening the value of video advertising.

Avi Goldwerger, VP of Marketing, Integral Ad Science, added: “Through this partnership, can utilize data to protect their clients by ensuring that all ads are served to humans and that the media placement is brand safe, appropriate and reflects favorably on the brand.”

Because methodologies and technical capabilities vary widely, we continue to experiment with and evaluate additional partner solutions to augment and optimize our efforts, and they are made available through’s App Center, a centralized place to discover, integrate and manage best-in-breed ad and safety technologies.

While has taken one of the most aggressive approaches to protecting brand safety in video, we know it requires an even greater, concerted effort by the whole industry to create the standards and processes within which video advertising can safely thrive. The IAB’s Traffic of Good Intent Task Force (TOGI) is leading the way on that front and has already produced valuable guidelines, with input from, Integral Ad Science and other digital leaders, to help identify, understand and raise awareness of fraud and other issues. Similarly, the Media Rating Council (MRC) and IAB are moving to improve the quality of measurement and standardize viewability metrics, and we highly encourage adoption of their guidelines once finalized for video advertising.

We also encourage additional collaboration within the advertising community to continue offering a united front against those scheming to take advantage of the global trend of internet-delivered video, and we will continue our multi-lateral effort to bringing greater value to marketers around the world.

For more information about’s Advertising Assurance, contact us at or reach out to your client representative.

WWPC 2014: Mi9, Vevo, BBC Worldwide and MAGNA GLOBAL on bringing programmatic premium to video

Categories: View Points    ||    Posted on: March 11, 2014

Video advertising has redefined the early impression of programmatic trading as a “race to the bottom,” and more and more premium publisher brands are embracing the ease and monetary benefits of automation. Hear from leading buyers and sellers who are wading into programmatic waters and riding the wave.

Toby Gabriner,

Marc Barnett, Mi9
Tom Bowman, BBC Worldwide

Jonathan Carson, Vevo

Neeraj Kochhar, Magna Global

5 Takeaways for Publishers from Admonsters’ Publisher Forum in NOLA

Categories: View Points    ||    Posted on: March 6, 2014

Last week, the team descended upon New Orleans, Louisiana for Admonsters’ latest Publisher Forum. The event brought together over 100 of the leading executives in media and technology today to discuss, debate and shape the future of digital media.

It’s hard to distill four days of content and insights, but we put together the biggest takeaways we noticed from all of the keynotes, breakout session and meetings:

  1. Data is very versatile, but still underutilized. On the content side, data visualization helps to add another layer to story telling, pulling the viewer closer to your publishing brand. In terms of advertising, marketers are way ahead in using big data analysis to be able to target their ad dollars, but publishers need to better use their own data, particularly 1st party data, to differentiate their offerings and to increase the value of their inventory.
  2. Video continues to be a huge, but yet untapped opportunity for publishers. Only 25% of those who attended breakout sessions reported placing video on their site.
  3. To that end, one of the roadblocks to video proliferating to more sites was the creation of it. Video syndication was cited as a solid strategy for publishers to get their foot in the door of the fastest growing segment of online media.
  4. Responsive design is important for a multi-screen media world. Buffering, video quality or off-player size – issues that come up when trying to develop separately for different platform — can completely waste valuable advertising dollars and frustrate users.
  5. Channel conflict is a key challenge, which needs to be overcome to embark on programmatic video selling. Open and constant communication with direct sales teams is important, as well as compensating your direct salesforce for deals where their buyers choose to transact through the programmatic channel vs. standard RFP & I/O.

Thank you to the Admonsters team for another tremendous publisher conference, and we look forward to participating in their upcoming events.

Q&A with USA TODAY Sports’ Chris Pirrone: Publishers, Don’t Be Afraid of Programmatic

Categories: View Points    ||    Posted on: March 5, 2014

Read any of the latest industry headlines and one thing is clear: programmatic is here to stay.

Conversations about programmatic have shifted from whether or not it will fit into sales channels, to how buyers and sellers are effectively adopting it to maximize the value of their media investments. We are seeing more and more publishers laying the groundwork for success in programmatic, and early adopters seeing impressive gains from their efforts.

USA TODAY Sports started down the programmatic path in 2013, with video being a key part of the growth they have seen since then. We caught up with Chris Pirrone, GM of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties, to get his perspective on programmatic and advice for publishers who may still be experimenting or on the sidelines of the programmatic revolution. USA TODAY Sports made investments into programmatic last year. Can you explain the reasoning behind that?
Chris Pirrone: Given our fast-paced growth (40% year-over-year growth in cross-platform unique users and 120% growth in mobile users) and our audience size (41 million unique users a month, according to comScore), we wanted to invest in processes that helped automate some of the administrative work when partnering with brands and agencies. If we could leverage programmatic to increase efficiencies and reduce the workflow burden, plus allow brands to better capitalize on their knowledge and data, that alone was a win.

But, we also hope that programmatic creates time savings that we can invest in the strategic parts of our relationships; understanding our advertising partner’s objectives and key performance indicators, and figuring out how our sports assets could help these brands better accomplish their marketing goals.

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5 Ways Programmatic TV Is Going to Change Video Advertising as You Know It

Categories: News    ||    Posted on: March 3, 2014 has unveiled the addition of TV to its programmatic buying platform, Audience Path.


Wait…what does that mean?

Basically, programmatic technology gives marketers a really powerful tool in being able to reach increasingly fragmented audiences across screens.

Programmatic TV, specifically, provides buyers of video ads the best of both the TV and digital worlds – the ability to transact against traditional age/sex TV demographics, while automatically optimizing ad spend using customized, more precise audience segments.

MAGNA GLOBAL, the investment and intelligence unit of IPG Mediabrands, is a first-mover in the programmatic TV space and has already run digital and TV campaigns through’s Audience Path platform.

So, what does this mean for TV? For digital? For media in general?

Here are five ways in which programmatic TV is the beginning of the future of media:

- Audience buying. Yes, more buzzwords, but this one is really important in understanding how TV is changing. Madison Avenue is very quickly changing from “buying media” (“I want a 30-second ad during Big Bang Theory”) to “buying audiences” (“I want to find and advertise to 5 million women who like mixed martial arts”). This small shift in how marketers are thinking and allocating their budgets is actually no small feat from a technology perspective, which automation and programmatic is solving for.

- Big data. With the ability to find much more specific audiences comes the need for marketers to have much more information, from multiple sources, at their disposal. So, data, lots of it, is key to making this all work.

- Less irrelevant commercials. People, like snowflakes, are very different from one another. Which is why mass TV advertising, though provides a huge reach, does not necessarily mean ad dollars are being spent the most effective way. Programmatic TV is eventually going to be able to execute what is called addressable TV, or the ability for advertisers to selectively segment TV audiences and serve different ads to each individual.

- Works in tandem with upfront buys. The super majority of TV advertising dollars are committed upfront, and those direct deals aren’t going to go away any time soon. But, for marketers, programmatic, with the addition of TV, allows them to avoid sales channel conflict and confusion by only selling data-defined audiences, never specific shows, networks, geographies or time slots, and do it in conjunction with any digital ad buys they may want to commit.

- TV is really the last frontier of the digital revolution. For as much as many like to say that TV is dying, TV has never been stronger — across screens, people have never watched more video content ever. But, for marketers, this cross-screen fragmentation presents many technological obstacles, which programmatic has begun to solve on the digital side. Twenty or 30 years ago, a marketer could do a single buy on TV and be pretty sure that they were going to hit the majority of Americans who were still relatively offline. Programmatic is helping to make that “single-click buy” a reality again, in a world filled with smartphones, tablets, computers and, yes, TV screens still.

WWPC Video Q&A: Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington and’s Amir Ashkenazi

Categories: View Points    ||    Posted on: February 26, 2014

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books.

WWPC 2014: Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington on How to Future-Proof Your Business

Categories: View Points    ||    Posted on: February 26, 2014

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books.

WWPC Video: Nielsen, comScore, Fox News and Horizon on the State of Selling Content Today

Categories: View Points    ||    Posted on: February 19, 2014

We’ve entered into a revolution where data and audiences seem to be as important as the inventory itself. Has data become the better proxy for audience than content? How do premium publishers continue to capture the value of the content as well their audience? How does audience selling differ in online video vs. display or TV sales? Hear from the biggest minds in the industry on the new reality of video selling and what publishers need to understand to get ahead.

Dan Ackerman,

Andrew Feigenson, The Nielsen Company
Zach Friedman, FOX News Digital
Anthony Psacharopoulos, comScore

Donnie Williams, Horizon Media

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