ANA Blasts ‘Mind-Numbing’ Programmatic Marketplace, Announces RFP To Study It

Asserting that the programmatic advertising marketplace is “riddled with material issues including thin transparency, fractured accountability, and mind-numbing complexity,” the Association of National Advertisers this morning announced a request-for-proposal for a consultant to study and come up with recommendations for improving it.

Roku Puts Its Programmatic Platform At Center Of Newfronts Pitch

Brands looking to buy Roku’s original content channel programmatically will no longer be able to do so through third-party platforms. Moving forward, Roku Channel will be available to be purchased programmatically only through the streamer’s own demand-side platform.

Vizio, Verizon Media Partner To Advance Connected TV, Omnichannel Advertising

Verizon Media and Vizio today announced a strategic partnership to deliver new cross-platform and connected TV (CTV) advertising solutions, anchored in unique TV viewership data and premium programmatic inventory access. Effective immediately, Verizon Media gains demand-side platform (DSP) access to Vizio’s Inscape viewership data from more than 18 million opted-in Vizio Smart TVs. Verizon Media will be […]

Fox And FreeWheel Partner To Bring Programmatic Addressable Capabilities To Set-Top Box Video On Demand Across Comcast Footprint

Today, Fox Corp. and FreeWheel, a Comcast company, announced a partnership to enable programmatic trading of addressable set-top box (STB) video on demand (VOD), marking what they call an industry first for a television network. Through this partnership, Showcase offers advertisers a path to execute addressable household-level campaigns on any of its content viewed On […]

MadHive Launches Forecaster Suite Helps Local Broadcasters, Buyers Take TV Digital

MadHive, an enterprise software platform that powers modern media, is launching an Audience Forecaster tool to address industry-wide problems like frequency control and transparency for OTT, CTV. The feature set integrates into MadHive’s full stack offering that currently powers local reach extensions efforts for broadcasters including Fox, Scripps and Tegna. “The concept of delivery guarantees […]

Publishers, Tech Firms Call On Ad Industry To Disable Audience Data In The Programmatic Bidstream

Programmatic Now 85% Of Digital Ads

Programmatic media buys now account for 85% of all digital ad spending, according to estimates released in a new report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. The estimates, part of the IAB’s “Brand Disruption 2020” report released Monday, put U.S. programmatic ad spending at nearly $79 billion — an increase of 87% from 2017, the first year benchmarked in the report.

TIP Initiative Expands Membership, Sets Goals

More leading local broadcasters join the advertising consortium, which now includes groups representing more than 740 stations.

Tremor Video Adds AI Enhancements To Demand-Side Platform

Tremor Video, a programmatic video platform, today announced it has expanded its demand-side platform’s (DSP) advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning technology. Tremor Video says the move positions it “at the forefront of the industry — revolutionizing the concept of data-driven marketing with a platform that is capable of adjusting for user behavior based on […]

Accenture Interactive Acquires Adaptly Agency

Accenture Interactive is acquiring Adaptly to bolster the agency’s programmatic services offerings. Financial terms were not disclosed. Founded in 2010, the 150-person Adaptly partners with digital platforms, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Instagram and Snapchat, to run campaigns for clients such as Chico’s, Mazda, Prudential and Sprint.

S4 Capital Buys Programmatic Ad Firm MightyHive

Martin Sorrell’s S4 Capital has agreed to buy San Francisco-based programmatic ad firm MightyHive for an enterprise value of $150 million, funded by the issue of new shares worth $94 million. Sorrell said the deal marked an important second strategic step for his new company. “The peanut has now morphed into a coconut, and is growing and ripening,” he said on Tuesday.

BuzzFeed News Goes All Programmatic

Known for the native advertisements that drive most of the pureplay’s revenue, BuzzFeed’s new standalone news site is moving in a different direction, monetizing only through display units from open exchanges at its launch.

Fox Stations Adopts New Ad Tech Platform

The station group will use ITN Holdings’ ProVantageX end-to-end television and video-everywhere platform so it can receive and respond more quickly to requests, simplify transactions, coordinate schedule maintenance and streamline the workflows for agencies across all FTS stations and their sales representatives.


Political Broadcasting, Programatic Issues

While most of the principles governing the FCC rules on political broadcasting are relatively established, new advertising practices and opportunities always raise questions as to how those established rules are to be applied. Programmatic buying of ad time is one of those areas where these questions have arisen in recent years. In the last few years, programmatic buying has become the buzzword in broadcast ad circles. Here are some answers.

Snapchat Shows To Get Programmatic Ads

Snap has told Snapchat shows partners that it plans to bring in more programmatic ads after struggling to fill space inside the programming. According to three sources, including two media executives who have aired shows on Snapchat Discover and one ad buyer who has knowledge of Snap’s plans, Snap plans to inject more programmatic ads within Snapchat shows.

Google Makes TV Ad Buys Smarter

The platform, integrated into DoubleClick for Publishers, eliminates the need for ad slots to be sold as fixed lengths in the advertising break. The technology automatically optimizes the ad buy by determining the best combination of personalized and relevant ads for each viewer.

Accenture Pushes Online Video Placement

Accenture’s R&D division has spent the last year developing breakthrough product placement technology that can seamlessly insert a brand into online video, including the ability to replace existing labeling.

Havas Debuts Programmatic ‘Control Tower’

Havas Group has released the Client Trading Solution, a programmatic solution offering clients visibility and control over their advertising campaigns. Havas calls the client-facing platform, developed by data science firm MFG Labs, a “control tower” for programmatic trading.


Videa White Paper Examines Local TV Ad Buy


Advertiser Interest Is Growing Addressable TV

Driving the addressable TV market’s growth, which some estimates put at 50% this year, is advertisers’ satisfaction with their campaigns there. Michael Bologna, president of One2one Media, estimates about 54 million U.S. TV households currently have the necessary technology for such ad insertion. Another 30 million-40 million televisions are expected by year’s end.

Google Offers TV Inventory Via DoubleClick

As more brands integrate television and video media buys, Google is making traditional TV inventory available to buy programmatically in DoubleClick Bid Manager in the U.S.

WideOrbit Expands Its Programmatic Direct

Many of the new WO Programmatic ad capabilities introduced today were developed following test buys performed earlier this year in partnership with Amplifi US, the media investment platform of Dentsu Aegis Network. 


Programmatic To Be 80% Of US Display Spend

Despite the fact that programmatic media and ad tech, in general, have received a thrashing in recent months, spending on programmatic display advertising is projected to reach nearly $33 billion in 2017, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast.

Coming, Gigantic Boom In Native Advertising

Forecast: Native will account more than half of all display spending, with growth of more than 36% in 2017. Behind the growth: Mobile-friendliness and programmatic buys.

New York Times’ International Ambitions Hinge On Programmatic

Adobe Buys Programmatic Player TubeMogul

In a deal to bolster its video offerings for advertisers, Adobe has acquired demand-side platform TubeMogul for $540 million. Programmatic-geared TubeMogul works with brands like Dannon and Quiznos to run digital, mobile and video campaigns by powering the ad-tech pipes in platforms like Facebook and Snapchat.


Ad Buyers Want More Automated Selling

“We’ve been talking about this too long. I can’t go into a market programmatically half way,” says Frank Friedman of Zenith Media, speaking of the need to have all stations in a given DMA participate. “We need to separate the fear of automation lowering rates. If we don’t automate we’re going to fail.”



Videa Debuts Automated TV Ad Platform

The new marketplace provides stations, agencies and brands a simplified way to sell and buy local television station inventory at scale.

WideOrbit, CoreMedia Team On Programmatic

Inventory from stations participating in WideOrbit’s programmatic TV marketplace will now be available through CoreDirect.



Programmatic Ad Buying And Political Rules

With the national presidential conventions complete, and most of the state primaries for Congressional, state and local offices either behind us or to occur in the next few weeks, the most concentrated period for the purchase of political advertising on broadcast stations is now upon us. One of the new wrinkles this year that has not captured the attention that it deserves is the political broadcasting issues raised by programmatic buying of advertising time.


Promises, Challenges Of Local Programmatic

Programmatic has become a small but growing part of national TV buying. NBCUniversal rolled out programmatic capabilities across all of its networks earlier this year, and other networks have experimented with it. But programmatic has been slower to come to local TV. BIA/Kelsey’s Rick Ducey talks about why the process can’t be rushed, how important buyer-seller cooperation will be, and what the impact could be on CPMs.

Programmatic TV Ad Spend To Double

Programmatic TV spending will be more than double what it was a year ago — but will continue to represent a tiny portion of overall spending for the next few years. Estimates are that programmatic TV — automated TV advertising software spending of live TV on cable, satellite, telco platforms — will grow 127.8% to $710 million this year, according to eMarketer.

AOL, Rogers Create Programmatic Market

Two of Canada’s top media companies partner to launch automated TV audience buying in that country..


Programmatic Could Shift Balance Of Power

The edge has long belonged to sellers in the buyer-seller relationship. Automated exchanges, by offering a clearer picture of demand, shift it to buyers. Harmelin Media’s Brad Bernard talks about the balance of power in negotiations, why TV stations have been slow to embrace programmatic, and why automated buying will never entirely replace in-person negotiation.

Univision Going Big On Programmatic Ads

Univision, which has a controlling stake in the The Onion website, is launching a platform that will power programmatic ads for The Onion and other websites including Univision Digital, The Root and The A.V. Club. The platform, called Mosaico Trading, will employ first- and second-party data to target display and video ads at Latino and millennial viewers. Mosaico could also potentially be offered to other media companies as well to leverage both the Hispanic and Gen Y audiences across Univision’s digital properties.

Merging Market Research, Programmatic Ads

Advertisers target consumers all the time online, but they don’t always survey a sample of the actual target segment to figure out their mindsets in real-time. Krux and Survata aim to make that tactic easier to execute.

Nexstar Intros Simultaneous TV-Digital Ads

Using proprietary location-focused technology from its Yashi subsidiary, the new Digital Mirror programmatic product offers advertisers simultaneous delivery of television and digital pre-roll video ads. The launch is initially exclusive to Nexstar’s 103 stations reaching 18% of U.S. TV households with plans for broader commercial deployment.


Navigating The Wild West Of Programmatic

There are hundreds of vendors now offering ad buying exchanges, each claiming theirs is the best and most effective. The question is how long until those options are winnowed down. It’s unclear.

Videa Boosts Programmatic Scale Partners

The Cox-backed platform signs new deals with television station groups Raycom and Scripps, DSPs TubeMogul, The Trade Desk and VideoAmp, and media tech company 4C.

AOL Launches ‘Self-Serve’ Programmatic Platform