When it comes to video, viewers have more choice than ever in terms of what, where, when, and how they consume content. At the same time, advertisers have a wider array of channels through which they communicate with their intended audience. Premium publishers have responded to the increasingly competitive landscape by improving the value they deliver to both consumers and advertisers. They have made content available on a menagerie of devices, both on-demand and live, and through both traditional and new-to-market distribution partners. For advertisers, they continue to offer a brand-safe environment alongside high-quality, engaging, professionally produced content.
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.
At FreeWheel, our partnership with AdMonsters is one that we truly enjoy being a part of. The community of operations professionals fostered in that environment allows us to really dig in with the people who use our technology and understand their businesses, their pain points, and how they go to market.
From the thought leaders that bring you the quarterly Video Monetization Report (VMR), comes a new track of transformational research: FreeWheel Signature Insights, a new platform for exploring the most widely-debated, needle-moving issues driving the premium video economy. The inaugural installment of this semi-annual study takes a closer look at the growing prominence of over-the-top (OTT) devices and what makes them so promising yet challenging for the industry to monetize at scale. Here’s a preview of just a few of the takeaways from the report.
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?
Following on the success of the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video (FWC) in North America, we’re excited to announce that the FWC has launched in Europe, extending its remit to champion the premium video industry on an international level. The FreeWheel Council for Premium Video Europe (FWCE) has 13 members at launch, including some of Europe’s largest Broadcasters and Operators.
As an advocate for premium video, defined as professionally-produced content in brand-safe, curated environments, the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video is focused on insights that help drive a broader understanding of the New TV Ecosystem and industry-wide collaboration. What is the market share of premium video in relation to the whole video ecosystem? This is a […]
In early March, I was fortunate to attend AdMonsters’ Publisher Forum in Palm Springs, CA—an event tailored to senior leaders in ad operations and technology featuring in-depth peer-to-peer discussions that drive actionable results and industry best practices. In addition to being able to escape the frigid New York weather for a couple of days, I had the opportunity to speak to these industry leaders about something that we think about a lot at FreeWheel: True Yield.
There is a clear emerging trend in the advertising industry that’s causing problems for everyone concerned – ad blocking. Regardless of whether it’s the advertiser, publisher or even the brand itself, consumers are making themselves heard by rejecting advertising. According to a recent eMarketer survey, one in five UK consumers now use ad blockers and that’s expected to rise to over one in four – 27% – in 2017. I recently attended VOD Professional’s VUIX Conference in London and discussed this topic of conversation as it affects all within premium video publishing, regardless of whether content is delivered via streaming, OTT or VOD.
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.