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Insights Survey: How Programmatic is Shaping the Industry

Inspired by the 2018 IAB ALM, in which the key takeaway for publishers, brands and technology partners need to focus on trust and transparency for quality storytelling, we queried key decision-makers from our 1,200 agency client base to understand how they embrace programmatic in their efforts to connect marketers and their brands, to consumers.

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Five Highlights from the FreeWheel VMR: Q2 2017

Q2 2017 VMR Highlights

The television upfront season generates a great deal of anticipation, as it often foreshadows the performance of the wider premium video industry. This year, the U.S. TV upfront market outperformed expectations, increasing revenues by 6% over last year to reach $19.7Bn. Similar to how several of the new fall shows plan to bring viewers back to familiar territory, with throwback revivals, advertisers have gradually turned back to the TV ecosystem, both linear and digital, amidst concerns around the safety and effectiveness of other digital marketing channels.

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The Short of It: Video Clips, Ad Experiences & Engagement

When the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video (FWC) surveyed 243 brand and ad agency executives in late 2016, the advertising experience was rated as the most significant challenge facing the video industry today. As anyone who is part of the advertising value chain will tell you, there are many variables and responsible parties involved in ensuring the right ad shows up in the right place at the right time, and in the right way.

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Making it Count in Cannes

Over the past two weeks since returning from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the stellar opportunities afforded by this truly unique global event. After all, Cannes Lions doesn’t just play host to the largest gathering to worldwide advertising professionals but also to 15,000 marketing and media executives— a collective intersection of advertising, entertainment, media, and technology unlike any other. South of France setting aside, is there a better setting for our global teams to bring industry leaders together to strategically drive the industry forward?

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Advancing the Ad Experience: 250 Brand & Agency Leaders Share Their Views

With audience buying and cross-screen TV executions ready to play a much larger role in this year’s TV Upfront market narrative, advancing the advertising experience is a crucial topic for both buyers and sellers of premium video. Today the ad experience in digital video is far from perfect. Whether it is too many or poor […]

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Over-the-Top Devices: Where We Are and Where We’re Headed

In the FreeWheel Video Monetization Report: Q4 2016 (VMR) we observed first-hand the tremendous growth of over-the-top (OTT) devices over the past two years. These connected devices have evolved from just 8% share of premium video ad views two years ago in Q4 2014 to a solid 27% in Q4 2016. The message from consumers to publishers aiming to increase viewership and buyers hoping to reach an engaged audience is clear: video will always have a home on the big screen.

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Does the ‘Big’ in Big Data Matter?

I recently had the opportunity to participate on a panel discussion at the Broadcasting & Cable Advanced Advertising Summit called, “Big Changes From Big Data,” along with big data experts from ABC, 4C Insights, Discovery Communications, and iSpot.tv. In a compelling conversation on a complex topic, one thing remains clear: it’s really not the lack of scale, variety, or richness of data that is holding the industry back, nor is it a result of deficient technology. The heart of the challenge we face is how the premium video economy can align on a shared context around the data and tap into it as an ecosystem. Here’s my current take on the state of big data in the industry.

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The Shared Throne of Premium Video: Q1 VMR Infographic

Long-time readers of our quarterly Video Monetization Report noticed a big change in our recently launched Q1 2016 VMR. Beyond the exciting new analyses based on previously untapped data, we’ve evolved the report to showcase our data in a new way. Here’s a peek inside the report revealing our top seven takeaways from the Q1 2016 Executive Summary Infographic which illustrates how content, viewers and experience reign the shared throne of premium video.

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FreeWheel Q1 VMR: A Closer Look at Authentication at the Intersection of Content, Viewers, and Experience

In the Q1 2016 Video Monetization Report (VMR), entitled The Shared Throne of Premium Video we released a first look at user and device level behaviors to better understand the interconnectedness between content, viewers, and experiences. In this blog, we explore the pivotal role authentication plays in that equation.

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FreeWheel Council Affirms the Unrivaled Value of Premium Video

We are pleased to announce that The FreeWheel Council (FWC) has released its first thought leadership piece, a defining position and white paper titled The Unrivaled Value of Premium Video. Researched and written in partnership with its membership and brand leaders, the white paper highlights that premium video delivers valuable audiences at scale, in a high-quality, safe, and transparent context.

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