Amazon Prime and Netflix Spend Large on TV Advertising

By: Kevin Gallagher @ Business Insider

Over-the-top (OTT) platforms are increasing their spend on national TV commercials, according to In 2017, the average US adult spent just under four hours per day watching TV, more than three times the amount of time spent on digital video, so it makes sense that OTT platforms are flocking to TV to win over subscribers.

Amazon Prime Video edges over Netflix. The e-commerce giant spent $55 million on TV ads, up 74% from 2016. Meanwhile, rival Netflix spent just over $42 million, up 33% from 2016, per

Frankly Partners with IRIS.TV

By HeraldKS

More notable recent Frankly Inc. (CVE:TLK) news were published by: which released: “Complaint Filed Against Frankly Inc.” on July 26, 2017, also with their article: “Frankly Partners with IRIS.TV to Launch Frankly Artificial Intelligence (AI …” published on November 09, 2017, published: “Frankly Partners with Leading Audience Engagement Platform” on December 04, 2017.

Big Block’s Charlie Todd on Improv Everywhere


Charlie Todd wears a lot of hats: he’s a weekly fixture performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade, part of Big Block‘s director roster, and founder of Improv Everywhere, which creates “positive pranks,” designed to surprise and delight, but never humiliate or embarrass, those on the receiving end. The videos have proven so successful that Improv Everywhere’s YouTube page has nearly 1.9 million subscribers, with individual videos receiving tens of millions of views.

People on the Move

By Sara Guaglione @ MediaPost

Howell joins The Hill from WhoSay, where she created partnerships between brands, celebrities and influencers. She also previously led client partnerships at Twitter for Fortune 200 beer and spirit brands, as well as launched PureWow, a digital women’s lifestyle site, acquired in January by The Gallery, a sister company of VaynerMedia.

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Check Out the Latest Ad from Candy Crush

By Advertising Age

A few highlights: Sprint promotes a deal in which you can get, no kidding, $100 in Pokémon Go PokéCoins per line when you switch to Sprint. Amazon shows off how its Fire TV device integrates with Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled assistant during a viewing of a particularly amusing scene from Showtime’s “Shameless.” And in a T-Mobile spot, Santa Claus (Nick Cannon) instructs his son Little Nick on proper gift giving—specifically, why iPhones are better than socks (even though, as Santa acknowledges, everyone loves socks and they dokeep your feet warm).

Hulu Spending on TV Advertising

By Wayne Friedman @ MediaPost

Hulu is one of the leading new OTT providers this year, in terms of national TV marketing spend. It shelled out $99.9 million in national TV advertising in 2017 from January 1 through December 20, according to

Listen to Dash Radio on The Road

By Marco della CavaUSA Today

The apps also features podcast offerings from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR One, People magazine and Dash Radio. They join other apps already living on the GM in-car platform, including Pandora and The Weather Channel.


General Motors Launched Marketplace App

By Andrew Krok @ CNET

The new apps include the New York Times, People Magazine, Fox Sports, NPR One and Dash Radio. Each app you download from Shop will appear on your home screen. When the car starts, the apps are greyed out until the vehicle picks up its cellular connection, at  General Motors launched Marketplacewhich point you can tap away and listen to — well, all sorts of stuff.

Check Out This Beautiful Video from DanceOn

By Claire Peltier @ A Plus

In her dance performance, uploaded to DanceOn’s YouTube channel, Murray moves in between red strings tied to trees, representing the “heartstrings” Tove Lo refers to in her lyrics. Finally, she breaks through the strings, leaving their boundaries and running off into the forest.

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Canvs and TheWrap Present This Week’s Social Media MVPs

By The Wrap

TheWrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The NFL matchup between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers, broadcast on CBS, was the most emotionally reacted-to program of the period measured, with 205,288 Emotional Reactions (ERs). Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was the most mentioned player of the game, with fans applauding his skills as he caught nine passes for a total of 168 yards. Gronk was also named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

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Audiences are Emotional Over The Voice

By Cynopsis

Canvs, the emotion measurement company, analyzed tweets about TV and streaming programming from January 1, 2017 – December 19, 2017 using Twitter data from Nielsen. Check out their findings below.

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Canvs and Ampsy Decode Fans’ Emotions

By Logan Bradley @ SportTechie

The Dec. 9 game which saw Army narrowly defeat Navy 14-13 produced a 59 percent emotional reaction of “love.” It was followed by “enjoy,” “excited” and “happy.” The designations might seem rudimentary, but they provide media companies a better way of assessing potential programming and content.
Said Canvs CEO Jared Feldman in a statement, “we’re working closely with Ampsy to apply learnings from our work with TV networks and brands to now help professional sports teams, music industry organizations and others utilize emotion measurement data for better programming and business outcomes.”

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Check Out the Latest Ad from Toyota

By WardsAuto

During the Hyundai Holidays Sales Event, great deals are available to everyone, whether naughty or nice, the company promises in the No. 2 ad. For example, customers can get the ’18 Elantra SE starting at $15,335 or lease one for $109/month. This ad has the best iSpot Attention Index (134), getting 34% fewer interruptions than the average auto ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV).

Visa Scores with TV Advertising

By Advertising Age

A few highlights: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald pops up in a new Visa campaign that promotes the ease-of-use of its “tap to pay” feature. Netflix presents a trailer for “Bright,” a Netflix original film starring Will Smith. And Taco Bell serves up another in its series of “Belluminati” ads to promote its $1 menu offerings—specifically the new $1 Stacker, featuring “lavish layers of seasoned beef and melty cheese.” Powers the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker

By Variety

Just behind “Pitch Perfect 3” in second place: Columbia Pictures’ “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which saw 1,271 national ad airings across 47 networks, with an estimated media value of $7.56 million. This film also had the best iSpot Attention Index (128) in the ranking, getting 28% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). Teams up with Inscape

By Wayne Friedman @ MediaPost

Inscape gets automated content recognition (ACR) data — TV screen-based data —  from 7.7 million Vizio U.S. TV sets. Inscape’s data is used by other TV/advertising research companies, such as iSpot.TV, which has a long-term deal with Inscape.

Vizio’s data information unit, Inscape, has made a deal with Data Plus Math — the research company behind Project Thor — to boost efforts to create a consumer purchasing attribution platform tied to TV advertising.
Inscape gets automated content recognition (ACR) data — TV screen-based data —  from 7.7 million Vizio U.S. TV sets. Inscape’s data is used by other TV/advertising research companies, such as iSpot.TV, which has a long-term deal with Inscape.
Data Plus Math will use Inscape data as a source of granular TV viewership data for a “multi-touch attribution platform” to understand and attribute the purchasing gains that occur from each advertising exposure.

WHOSAY and Click Z Chat with Walmart CMO

By Jenna Sereni @ Click Z

As part of the WHOSAY ANA Masters of Marketing series we traveled to Walmart HQ in Bentonville, Arkansas and sat down with CMO Tony Rogers to discuss empathy, transparency and the company’s multi-channel future.

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Deep Dive into The Good Doctor Fans

By Eleanor Semeraro @ Broadcasting & Cable

Inscape also has insight into other shows that The Good Doctor-viewing households are likely to watch. Topping the list: Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC), Designated Survivor (ABC), Madam Secretary (CBS), Nightline (ABC) and Chicago Fire (NBC). Notably, Grey’s Anatomy, the long-standing ABC medical drama, is farther down on the list than you may expect, coming in at No. 19.
And finally, when it comes to the location of The Good Doctor fans, hotbeds include Vermont, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Alabama, Illinois, Arizona and Oregon.

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Inscape Partners with Data Plus Math

By Jon Lafayette @ Multichannel News

The data from Inscape will enable Data Plus Math to help TV networks, distributors, agencies and clients to better understand and properly attribute the lift that results from each advertising exposure, the companies said.

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Project Thor: Designed to Create a Standardized Measurement

By Jon Lafayette @ Broadcasting & Cable

“TV is massively under-credited as a driver of consumer activity. Using Inscape’s screen-based behavioral data, we can better quantify the power of TV advertising to drive consumers from initial product awareness down the marketing funnel to an eventual purchase. The data shows that TV advertising is doing a lot of the heavy-lifting for marketers and that last-touch digital advertisements are all too often getting too much credit.” said John Hoctor, CEO at Data Plus Math who was previously the co-founder of Integral Reach, the first audience based sell-side platform for TV.
Inscape gets data from 7.7 million Vizio TV in the U.S. The automated content recognition (ACR) data is used by other research companies including iSpot.TV, which recently signed a long term deal with Inscape.
“While the market is moving towards broad adoption of ACR, there is still a sizeable learning curve when it comes to maximum utilization of the data,” said Jodie McAfee, senior VP of Sales and Marketing at Inscape. “And there is a short list of companies in a position to onboard the data, execute against it and shepherd the industry forward. The veterans at Data Plus Math are on that list.”

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