Imagine Communications, a global provider of video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, has expanded its advertising management solution portfolio with Landmark xG Open, a new, open API-based solution. Landmark xG Open lets media companies participate in sales via programmatic exchanges, optimizing and automating the sales […]
Imagine Communications, a global provider of video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, has expanded its advertising management solution portfolio with Landmark xG Open, a new, open API-based solution. Landmark xG Open lets media companies participate in sales via programmatic exchanges, optimizing and automating the sales process necessary for advertising marketplaces.
Landmark xG Open allows broadcasters, networks, media companies and advertising agencies worldwide to streamline the advertising buy-sell process and support overall campaign stewardship with near real-time performance feedback to the buyer. This new solution, which is being previewed in Amsterdam at IBC 2015 (Sept. 11-15), provides direct connections between advertising buyers and sellers, facilitating the sale of advertising inventory with analytics-based metrics.
Imagine Communications’ open-API approach creates new revenue streams by helping sellers expose inventory to buyers they would not normally be able to reach.
“The inherent value of programmatic advertising for sellers is buried beneath the debate about pricing,” said Steve Reynolds, Imagine’s chief technology officer. ”By leveraging the expertise that we have with both our agency buy-side systems and our global penetration with sell-side systems, we are breaking new ground by recognizing what will help the omniplatform advertising ecosystem: automating and simplifying the overall management of advertising campaigns.”
The Landmark xG Open API, or application programming interface, is compatible with multiple advertising exchanges for network, local, cable, radio, digital and on-demand. The solution automates proposals and sales transactions, leveraging data-driven decision making provided by business and external data.
Built on the industry-standard SMPTE-2021 BXF (Broadcast eXchange Format) framework, the API lets media companies easily work with advertising marketplaces, with the schema available to all third-party vendors for integration, according to Imagine.
“Programmatic within the television ecosystem is still nascent,” continued Reynolds. “Thus, there are a number of ways that we believe automating transactions will increase the efficiencies and profitability for media buyers and sellers that need an open approach. Landmark xG Open enables our clients to experiment with and leverage this new sales channel.”
Landmark xG Open tightly integrates with Imagine Communications’ family of advertising management products to incorporate business rules to manage local requirements and sales practices. The open system is also available for licensing by all third parties to standardize programmatic transactions.
Many advertising exchanges are built on proprietary, transactional technology that limits participation. These closed exchanges apply an “ad tax,” or processing fee, for each transaction, raising costs and reducing the rate of return, Imagine says, adding that the Landmark xG Open API “dramatically increases the efficiency of the overall buy-sell process with a simple software license that enables the generation of new revenue without having to incur incremental fees.”