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To the surprise of absolutely no-one, that ‘First Kiss’ video, the one that 74 million of us watched last month, was also the most shared video ad across Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere. Video ads for phones, charities, animals, and cars also did very well too.
With Yahoo rumored to be launching its own YouTube-like service in the coming months, a platform that could lure top talent away from YouTube with the promise of more ad revenue, Google is going to make a number of changes to the way it sell ads.
Let’s get our crystal ball out and predict the videos that could go viral in the next 7 days. Do It For Denmark! which aims to boost the falling birth rate of that country by encouraging Danes to have as much sex as they can on holiday, looks like it may be a clear winner.
Last year generated over 40% of all branded video views since the beginning of 2009. It took, on average, 2 million views just to make the top ten list each week and more campaigns topped 1 million views than ever before. Read all about how 2013 was The Year of the Branded Video Explosion.
Errors, time-outs, no ads playing all mean lost revenue for publishers. Is it any wonder that some may not be interested in joining programmatic video ad marketplaces? Now one company aims to eradicate those reasons by giving publishers error reporting with what happened and how it affects them so they can remedy it. Cool stuff no?
We now have an idea of the video ad CPM pecking order… but we’re not going to spill it here because that defeats the purpose of this excerpt. This new report does do one thing, supports our hypothetical Hulu average CPM math back in December… Want the specifics? Then you need to read on Reel Believers! You may just be amazed.
The battle of the four color logos is ready to blast through into online video as Microsoft readies a new video ad network featuring programmatic buying and a large third-party set of brand-safe sites. They’re starting out in the UK at first but who knows what could happen as they try to take on Google and vie for a foothold in the massively growing video ad market.
Two of the leading names in online video advertising are due to merge, creating a new company that aims to become one of the biggest global players in the video advertising space. Ebuzzing and Teads, both French based, offer online video solutions to both publishers and advertisers and their merger promises more, much needed, inventory.
Reporting on the ROI of YouTube video advertising is about to get a little easier for brands and marketers as Google is implementing a new ‘Video Campaigns’ report in Google Analytics for its TrueView advertising campaigns. Indirect traffic will also be taken into consideration when it comes to tracking conversions.
Tumblr has succeeded in wooing TV to its platform, or at least Viacom. The plan it seems is to co-brand campaigns that tie to specific shows on their channels like MTV and Comedy Central. If it works and begins to grow in reach it might be a whole new way for TV to use social media.