Welcome to the FreeWheel Blog. Our presence at the center of the New TV Ecosystem provides us with a unique point of view on the many issues facing the industry. The purpose of the FreeWheel blog is to share our perspective on industry opportunities, news and stories, including a look behind the scenes at how we power the advertising businesses of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world, while enabling them to scale their business and maximize value from their content.
As the concept of television continues to evolve, audiences have more options than ever when it comes to viewing premium content. While the ability to connect with consumers across screens is immensely valuable for publishers and advertisers alike, it has also become increasingly complex to insert ads anywhere content appears. Particularly, it is difficult to account for ad insertion challenges, while also honoring the business rules of a deal and delivering an optimal user experience. Several forces are at play here: (1) many endpoints have strict player requirements, (2) advertisers/agencies often have difficulty meeting these technical specifications, and (3) premium publishers struggle to fill inventory requirements for multiple endpoints in a way that maximizes sell-through. These factors are costing buyers and sellers numerous ad dollars from missed revenue opportunities.
Thanks a million to ExchangeWire for yet another exciting event: ATS Paris! This full-day event brings a full range of key players across the industry to discuss the challenges and future trends in the programmatic advertising and marketing technology industry. It’s always great to connect with the extended programmatic family. Here are my brief takeaways from this year’s edition.
Have you scrolled through Twitter, read your favorite industry trade, or dug into your morning news check recently? Then you know the digital ecosystem has become increasingly challenging for brands to navigate. We see advertiser after advertiser making tough choices to ensure their brand messages are appearing where they should – environments that are fit for their blue-chip brands. It’s a great reminder that, now more than ever, quality matters, and premium video represents a beacon of light that brands can rely on to safely find the audiences they are after.
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.
On International Women’s Day, I highlighted meaningful conversations with several fabulous women from FreeWheel. The heartwarming response to the candor and wisdom these ladies shared was amazing! Building on that momentum we continue celebrating Women’s History Month by expanding the conversation to include five amazing leaders across other functions within Comcast’s advanced advertising business. Below, we showcase their responses behind the sources of inspiration in their career journey, their definitions of success and the importance of women supporting each other across our expanding global organization.
The FreeWheel Video Monetization Report: Q4 2016 (VMR) launched on March 21st. The VMR takes a full-year look at 2016 as a whole, as well as quarter-specific trends, through the lens of general trends and themes that speak to the value of premium content and environments. For the 24th consecutive quarter, the upward trends in video continue, with no sign of slowing down. While our data highlights the opportunity in premium video, it also shines a light on just how complex managing a digital video business is today.
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.
On Tuesday, February 28th, Le Petit Web, French online media – specialized in digital economy news – held their conference “Open Gardens, Walled Gardens: the New TV & Video Alliances” in Paris. This intense half-day conference, of which FreeWheel was a sponsor, brought together top media and entertainment executives to discuss how French and European media groups can build a balanced, transparent, and sustainable video economy with the support of the entire advertising value chain.
In the days leading up to International Women’s Day, I had the good fortune of interviewing several fabulous women on FreeWheel’s leadership team. These dynamic engineers, product experts, sales leaders, services pros, and marketers are part of a global community of strong, smart women that empower our clients with the technology at the center of the New TV Ecosystem. In our first installment, several colleagues candidly share their story of origins – the inspirations behind their chosen career path, what drew them to FreeWheel, and their unique perspectives on what it means to be a woman in the technology industry. Read on to hear how they’re encouraging all of us to be stronger, together.