NBCU Expands Macy’s Parade Partnership

The second year of NBCU-Verizon deal features new innovations on broadcast, digital sites and NBCUniversal strategic partners.

NBCUniversal, Verizon and Macy’s announced that the 360 livestream of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Verizon’s YouTube page will return for a second year with enhanced camera positions including a traveling camera onboard the lead Parade float.

New to the television broadcast through this year’s partnership is the first Picture in Picture activation in parade history, giving audiences non-stop content in commercial time, and a special segment produced by Verizon.

Also a first, campaign elements will run on NBCU strategic partners Apple News, BuzzFeed and Concert.

Olivia Culpo will return, and be joined by BuzzFeed’s Keith Habersberger, as hosts of the livestream from a co-branded stage in Midtown Manhattan that will house an audience section for Verizon Up ticket holders. The Verizon Up loyalty program rewards customers by offering special access to brands and experiences they know and love — like once in a lifetime VIP access to the parade. 

Livestream viewers on Verizon’s YouTube page will have available augmented reality within the feed showing parade fun facts and social posts, some of which will be connected to redeemable Verizon offers. The livestream will be synced with the start of the parade on Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.

As part of the NBC broadcast, Verizon will produce a 60-second segment dedicated to thanking the first responders. 


“The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the Super Bowl of family viewing in the way it captures a multigenerational audience at scale,” said Mark Marshall, NBCU EVP, entertainment advertising sales. “Verizon is a valued partner as we work to show the power that NBCUniversal has in reaching consumers of all ages at any of the touch points where they consume media.”

“The variety of this year’s integrations allow us to deliver an unprecedented parade viewing experience and access to consumers,” said John Nitti, Verizon chief media officer. “The partnership with NBCUniversal and Macy’s demonstrates how Verizon uses technology to bring unprecedented access and experiences, allowing for a full 360 immersive experience for one of the biggest cultural moments of the year, so everyone can be on the parade route.”

The linear parade broadcast will feature mentions of the livestream and Verizon will be one of the sponsors of the Picture in Picture. Additional marketing for the livestream effort will appear across all NBCUniversal properties leading up to the parade. 

BuzzFeed will have a homepage takeover and additional promos driving engagement to the Verizon YouTube page and post-stream shoppable units promoting Verizon products.

Ad units will run across Concert’s premium network through the Vox Media and NBCUniversal joint offering, and through a special “Tap to Calendar” unit on Apple News, users will be able to set a reminder to watch the 360 livestream, receiving a Calendar notification just moments prior to the event.

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