Delivered On Schedule? Check. Aired On Schedule? No Question.

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Proof your ad has aired now comes standard.

Here’s a question for all you TV traffickers: do you know when your ads hit the air? Here’s another: how would you like a little more peace of mind?

While online video advertising can deliver instant, automated verification on just about every sort of trafficking data imaginable, that’s not the way TV works. For years, TV advertisers mostly took it on faith that their ads ran when the media buy said so. Now, TV just got a lot more transparent.

Extreme Reach now offers Proof of Airing to all TV distribution clients. It’s new, it’s FREE and it’s already included in the Proof of Delivery (POD) reports in our platform. If you distribute your commercials with Extreme Reach, you get to see exactly when and where they air for the first time on 2,000 channels across the nation’s top 50 markets (and counting!). While Proof of Delivery confirms that a spot was distributed, Proof of Airing confirms that your commercial has successfully reached your audience. Together, we hope they’ll usher in a new era of workflow transparency and peace of mind.

Only Extreme Reach offers Proof of Airing. This exciting feature is made possible by our TV monitoring network, and yes, you can receive notification of more than your ad’s first airing. For those of you unfamiliar with our advanced TV Monitoring Service, it uses the same proprietary technology to report every occurrence of your ads in near real-time. Learn more.

SAG-AFTRA Contract Highlights: JPC Seminar Recap

JoAnnKesslerExtreme Reach recently had the pleasure of hosting the ANA/4A’s Joint Policy Committee at a seminar covering the recent SAG-AFTRA contacts. The event was attended by over 120 industry professionals in Marina Del Rey, and featured speakers Doug Wood and Stacy Marcus of the law firm Reed Smith. Doug and Stacy were the lead negotiators for the industry team that bargained the new 2013 Radio & TV Commercials Contracts with SAG-AFTRA.

The top highlights from the event included a review of the most significant changes in the 2013 Commercials Contracts.

Rate Increases: Wages were increased by 6% across the board, and are retroactive to April 1. Any commercials produced on or after that date are subject to the new rates and terms. Cable use payments are now maxed at 3000 units, up from 2000 units. P&H goes from 15.5% to 16.8%.

Spanish Language Increases: Spanish Language TV commercials saw an increase of 5-10% in addition to the 6% base increase noted above. Use in Puerto Rico is no longer to be paid for as “foreign” use.

Editing Provisions: Advertisers are now entitled to have a second free lift under Section 26A (Shorter/Longer Versions) and Section 26K has been modified to allow certain retail advertisers to make multiple versions of a basic spot (featuring different products) without creating a “new” commercial and having to pay additional use fees. Those changes were formerly so cost-prohibitive that signatory agencies had been at a competitive disadvantage pitching retail business.

In this seminar recap, learn about important changes regarding Internet content, new Ad-ID requirements, the Clearinghouse Initiative and more.

Your Extreme Reach talent management team is here to assist you in understanding how to implement new contract terms and provisions. In fact, we’re making all necessary retroactive payments on behalf of our clients. Questions? Contact us!

Time for Online Video to Make Peace with TV

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The world of video advertising is divided into two main camps: TV and online.

Each group has medium-specific domain expertise and perspectives, but their workflows, creative and objectives are nearly identical. Handling TV and online video separately results in a lot of redundancy and lost information. In order for video advertising to be as effective and streamlined as possible, we need to bring the two camps together.

Over time, online video has evolved into something that’s much more closely related to television. And conversely, TV has evolved to be more like online video. In this new Digiday article, I’ve outlined why now is the time for Online Video and TV to make peace.

Want to learn more? See all of the benefits and new efficiencies that emerge when TV and Web work together.

Robert Haskitt is the CMO of Extreme Reach.

Optimize Video Creative To Increase Your Campaign ROI

Robert HaskittTV advertisers make up the vast majority of brands moving media dollars to in-stream video. And more than 90% of their online video creative is the same as, or a variation of, the ads they run on TV.

This multi-screen approach opens up a variety of new opportunities for optimizing ad creative across screens. New cross-media technology solutions are enabling advertisers to increase their campaign ROI and take greater advantage of the unique and combined benefits of both TV and online video.

In this new MediaPost article, I’ve called out how you can use these new solutions to achieve a number of goals in your next video ad campaign:

  • Optimize the Viewer Experience
  • Optimize Creative for Media and Audience
  • Optimize Engagement
  • Optimize Frequency and Rotation
  • Optimize Compliance
  • Optimize Across Screens

When you manage, deliver and measure TV and online video campaigns together, you can adopt cross-media metrics well beyond the GRP and, by acting on those insights while your campaigns are live, increase the return on your media investments. Want to see how it all comes together? Learn more.

Robert Haskitt is the CMO of Extreme Reach.

Digiday Video Upfront: Reap the Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Multi-Screen Campaigns

Our VP of Online Video Advertising, Chip Scully, recently chatted with Digiday about the challenges marketers face as they scale their video ad campaigns across TV and the web.

In this video interview from Digiday’s Video Upfront, Chip shares how marketers can take a more holistic approach to their multi-screen campaign workflow, gaining actionable insights to increase ad engagement and optimize creative along the way.

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SAG-AFTRA & JPC Reach Deal For TV & Radio Commercials Agreements

JoAnnKesslerOn April 6, the Joint Policy Committee (ANA/4As) and SAG-AFTRA announced a tentative agreement for the 2013 TV & Radio Commercials Contracts.

The deal is scheduled to be reviewed by the SAG-AFTRA Board of Directors on April 20-21. Once approved, the agreement will then be sent to SAG-AFTRA membership for ratification, after which the new rate charts will be published.

So how will these new contracts impact advertisers and ad agencies?

All new commercial sessions that started on or after April 1, 2013 will be subject to the new rates, as will “new” commercials that are edited from existing footage. Payments made now for these commercials will need to be supplemented to new rates, once those are approved.

Here are some tips on what to consider while the final rates are undergoing approval:

• Rate changes could take effect in two ways. First, there will likely be an across-the-board increase in all scale wage rates, plus an increase in Pension & Health contributions. Second, there may also be changes to the formulae used to calculate a particular residual type. That will have a compounding effect on the increase, and will be important to consider when determining residual budgets.

• If you’re negotiating a new 21-month maximum use period for a commercial, it may be best to wait for the finalized rates before agreeing to new terms with agents. Typically, agents ask for the “new” wage scales, along with an additional percentage, so you’ll want to calculate just how much of an increase that amounts to.

• Any Term or Celebrity Contracts that have an effective start date of April 1, 2013 or later will likely be affected by an increase in the Pension & Health contribution rate.

The Extreme Reach Business Affairs team is here to help you navigate these changes. If you have any questions on the new deal between SAG-AFTRA and the JPC, feel free to contact us!

Jo Ann Kessler is the VP/Director of Business Affairs at Extreme Reach.

Beet.TV: New Reporting Suite Enables Advertisers To Measure Campaigns Across All Screens

Our CMO, Robert Haskitt, recently sat down with Beet.TV to discuss the inspiration behind our new Cross-Media Reporting Suite.

In this video interview, find out how our Cross-Media Reporting Suite helps marketers overcome the challenges in measuring and optimizing their multi-screen video campaigns.

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How the Digital Workflow Is Transforming the Ad Industry

julie-mosesThere has been a huge transformation at the agency level in the application of technology that’s been introduced in the last 20 years. And experts say that over the next 10-15 years, we’ll see more innovation and invention than we saw over the last century.  But with each innovation comes a greater need to manage and learn how to harness the new solutions and technologies in the advertising industry. This process was the main theme behind the 4A’s Transformation conference this week.

With the additions of multi-screen campaigns, multi-platform buys and the growth of social media, agencies  have been over-loaded with the amount of campaigns they must traffic and manage. NBCUniversal Director of Commercial Operations Steve Hernandez noted that the steep increase in ad placements has resulted in hours of manual sorting and re-entering of data for agency media teams, leaving them with little or no time to perform the responsibilities they were hired to execute.

So what’s the solution? AdID Chief Growth Officer Harold Geller believes the future of the industry lies in workflows that look at sales metadata to match agency instructions. The Media Behavior Institute has been working over the past two years to create a universal identification process, which could conservatively save $2 billion per year for media agencies.

But what if you could easily and efficiently distribute your ads across every screen today?

When you deliver and manage your TV and online video ad campaigns together, you can bypass and eliminate the challenges that come with a fragmented workflow across multiple platforms. With Extreme Reach, you’ll get the ability to deploy campaigns and track performance across TV, Web and Mobile in near real-time. This means advertisers and agencies can now optimize their cross-media campaigns faster than ever before. Now that’s a transformation!

Julie Moses is a Regional Sales Manager for Online Video Advertising at Extreme Reach.

Introducing the New Cross-Media Reporting Suite

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See how your TV and online advertising work together to drive campaign results.

In a multi-screen world, cross-media reporting is the only true measure of today’s video advertising. And up until now, cross-media measurements haven’t shown the full picture.

Online platforms typically provide Web-only data, or at best, just show basic TV ratings information. On the other hand, TV platforms usually don’t include Web or online performance data.

But now, with our new Cross-Media Reporting Suite, you can immediately see how your TV and online advertising work together to drive results in your live campaigns. Our new reporting suite provides insightful, actionable answers to help uncover:

  • How to split media budgets between TV and online video advertising
  • How the combination of TV and online video advertising may increase overall campaign results
  • How numerous online campaign performance metrics can be measured against TV campaign activity
  • How to optimize the reach, frequency, creative, media and mix of TV and online video campaigns

Plus, our platform provides all the integrated tools you need to respond to those insights, so you can make media and creative adjustments that will improve the results of your live campaigns.

Learn more about the insights provided in our Cross-Media Reporting Suite in our new press release.

Video Campaigns That Span TV and Web Produce Better Results

Robert HaskittThe question is, how can your advertising get there from here?

Peter Bednarski’s recent MediaPost article “Not Surprised: Mixing Online and TV Campaigns Helps Conversions,” cites new research from Videology showing that with the right mix and frequency, video campaigns that run on both TV and the Web are more effective than campaigns that only run on one screen.

Great question.
As the article’s title suggests, Mr. Bednarski points out that the main premise of the study is rather obvious, and asks the question, “Yes, and so…?”

The unanswered half of the story is the how.

How can advertisers track and optimize reach, frequency and conversions across all of their online and TV impressions together?

The research implies that advertisers should consider ramping up their online advertising to get broad reach and achieve significant frequency levels that are similar to TV. But buyers and planners involved with larger online campaigns typically don’t leave it to a single ad network or publisher to determine their ad strategy and placements. And they can’t rely on a small panel or sample to see how their TV and Web campaigns may be working together. They need a comprehensive across-the-board view of what’s really occurring with the campaign across all online and TV media together.

Here’s the answer:
We’re frequently reminded that combining TV and online video improves campaign results. In order to execute, track and optimize campaigns and get those results, you need a reporting solution that provides the complete picture as your campaign progresses, so you can see where you stand and make adjustments while your campaign is still live.

Comprehensive, cross-media reporting is the true measure of video advertising because it enables you to see what’s really happening across the board in near real-time. The best cross-media reporting solutions also include tools that enable you to immediately respond to those insights. See how.

Robert Haskitt is the CMO of Extreme Reach.

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