Google Ad Alliance With comScore Could Help Move Cash From TV To Digital

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 3:53pm PST

The companies say that they’ll offer comScore‘s validated Campaign Essentials (or vCE) to buyers who use Google‘s DoubleClick ad platform — providing advertisers with real-time data showing how well their digital sales pitches are working so they can quickly adjust messages that aren’t hitting the mark. Read More »

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Ad Spending Will Accelerate In 2014 As Buyers Flock To Mobile: Report

It’s time for ad companies to release their year-end forecasts, and ZenithOptimedia is out today with a bullish one  – largely tied to big increases it expects for ads on smartphones and tablets. ZenithOptimedia logo It projects global spending  in 2014 to hit $532B … Read More »

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U.S. Filmed Entertainment Spending Will Tread Water For Next Few Years: PwC

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT

Hollywood will find little encouragement today in the data from the research firm’s latest annual “Global Entertainment and Media Outlook” report. PwC projects that U.S. consumers and advertisers will spend $31B on filmed entertainment in 2013, up just 1% from last year. That contrasts with 4.6% growth, to $376.4B, in the entire domestic media and entertainment economy. PwC’s soothsayers see the annual growth in filmed entertainment spending accelerating over the five-year period through 2017; it will average +3.4% a year to $36.4B. But with the broader business growing at an average of 4.8% a year, by 2017 filmed entertainment will account for just 5.8% of total U.S. media spending, down from 7.1% in 2009. PwC has even drearier news for pay TV, until recently one media’s hottest businesses: Outlays for “TV Subscriptions and License Fees” will average +2.2% a year to $83B in 2017. That’s a slower growth rate than for radio, expected to be +2.5% a year to $21.6B. TV ads will fare better, at +5.1% a year to $81.6B. But Internet ads are catching up fast, averaging +13.7% a year to $69.4B in 2017. Read More »

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TV’s Share Of Ad Pie Will Decline Next Year As Buyers Flock To Digital Media: Study

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 2:32pm PST

This is one of several findings out today from a survey of 50 ad buyers that Cowen & Co says helped it to update and expand its coverage of Internet and New Media stocks. The advertisers are … Read More »

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Internet Ad Sales Rise 14% To Record $17B In First Half Of 2012

By | Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 8:48am PDT

The 95.4% increase in sales of ads for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices — to $1.2B in the first six months of 2012 — helped to propel the results from the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s latest … Read More »

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What Do Advertisers Know About Streaming Video Viewers? It Depends

By | Friday March 23, 2012 @ 6:29am PDT

This has been one of the big sticking points for TV Everywhere: Advertisers and programmers say they still can’t tell who’s watching when a show is streamed to online audiences. That could result in lots of lost ad revenues. It’s the opposite of what you might expect. Internet users give up gobs of information about themselves every time they click a keyboard or mouse, while ad rates for conventional TV depend on imperfect surveys. But Internet server measurement “systematically overstates audience because it cannot distinguish one person using multiple browsers, account for cookie deletion, or distinguish content served to non-human audiences (i.e. crawlers, bots),” Bernstein Research’s Todd Juenger says this morning in a report. He provides the clearest explanation I’ve seen so far of what advertisers do and don’t know about viewers from different platforms. Here (with his permission) is how he explains what an advertiser on Glee might learn about the show’s multiple audiences: Read More »

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Ad Forecasters Say TV And Digital Will Benefit Most From 2012 Growth: UBS Confab

Three of the most prominent ad-forecasting firms kicked off the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference this morning — as they typically do at this event — by unveiling their updated forecasts for 2012. And they pretty much … Read More »

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3.5% Ad Sales Growth For Major U.S. Media In 2012, ZenithOptimedia Predicts

The ad firm’s forecast will set an upbeat tone for the Monday kickoff of the UBS Annual Global Media and Communications Conference, the widely watched series of CEO briefings that runs through Wednesday in New York. Zenith’s projected 3.5% … Read More »

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Yahoo, Microsoft, And AOL Team Up To Fight Google For Display Ads

By | Tuesday November 8, 2011 @ 2:21pm PST

The companies say they don’t expect the government to raise antitrust concerns: They’ll continue to compete with each other — but in a way that reduces “friction” for advertisers who want to move display ads between platforms. They’re positioning this alliance as a first step to distinguish their “high-quality inventory” from other sites that advertisers would consider less attractive. Other companies with “high-quality inventory” are welcome to join. The partners hope the program will help to drive up unit costs for their ads, but they say that they don’t know yet how much of an increase they might see. Here’s the release describing how the new plan will work:

REDMOND, Wash., SUNNYVALE, Calif. and NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2011 – Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and AOL (NYSE: AOL) today announced agreements that should dramatically improve the process of buying and selling premium online display inventory. The agreements will allow ad networks operated by Yahoo!, Microsoft and AOL to offer each other’s premium nonreserved online display inventory to their respective advertising customers.

While agencies and advertisers can continue to choose to partner across Yahoo! Network Plus, AOL’s and the Microsoft Media Network (each of which is differentiated by its capabilities around data, optimization, packaging and inventory), this partnership will also offer the efficiency of buying premium display inventory at scale to reach customers and audiences. Simultaneously, the partnership should enhance the demand for and value of each party’s display advertising offerings as well as provide better yield for both participating publishers and advertisers.

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Ad Gains Help AOL Narrow Loss In 3Q

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 6:00am PDT

AOL this morning reported third-quarter revenue of $531.7 million, down 6% from a year ago but marking the lowest level of decline in five years. A loss of $2.6 million, or 2 cents a share, also beat Wall Street projections … Read More »

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