The Lines Between Linear and Digital TV Disappear: Takeaways from the FreeWheel Video Marketplace Report
Moving into 2019, the VMR has evolved from the Video Monetization Report to the Video Marketplace Report and now looks at trends across both linear TV and premium digital video, incorporating insights from both the buy-side and the sell-side. In this issue, we look back at 2018, which marked a big year in the convergence of the two.
This quarter the Video Monetization Report (VMR) is presented as a synopsis of the key trends that contributed to a strong third quarter for premium video as we moved from the summer into the fall viewing season. Accompanying this synopsis is a link to the full VMR quarterly data set, which has become the barometer for the industry. Moving forward we will bring you richer reports twice per year (in March and September), while continuing to provide data every quarter.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 […]
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.
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.
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.