Last month, hundreds of publishers gathered in snowy Vail, CO for another Digiday Publishing Summit to discuss ad tech opportunities, innovations and trends. Sean Buckley, chief revenue officer at SpotX, joined Brian Rifkin, co-founder of JW Player on stage to introduce Video Player Bidding, a newly released innovative solution that allows JW Player’s publisher customer base to simply access the extensive and diverse SpotX demand marketplace as well as its ad serving capabilities.
In between attending sessions and shredding the slopes, we took some time to ask fellow attendees about industry trends and buzzwords circulating around the conference. From server-side ad insertion to brand safety, there was a lot to be said.
Mike Green, VP of marketing and business development of Brightcove, answered questions around brand safety as well as SSAI. With SSAI, publishers “are making one call to Brightcove SSAI which is designed to, in the cloud, access the both the content and the ad creative and stich those two things together and deliver one server-side ‘stitched stream’ to the end device …It [SSAI] enables reach, and enables better consumer end experience because the way the ads are stitched to the content makes sure it’s conditioned perfectly for the end screen,” explained Mike.
Samantha Dascher, director of publisher strategy at Jun Group, told us that publishers need to keep in mind the type of content with which most advertisers want to align. “They need to ask what is contextually relevant and contextually safe for brands to be advertising against,” shared Samantha. “We drive real people as verified by every third party on the planet, and if we don’t have a real audience, we don’t have a leg to stand on.”
Freddie Godfrey, director of content syndication at Newsy, shared insight on trends in OTT and CTV. “It’s a growing audience, it’s a strong audience, it’s a loyal audience. You don’t have the same issues with OTT that you do on desktop and mobile; for starters, it’s a 65 inch screen that is always going to be seen.” explained Freddie. “In an OTT environment you are fed the advertising in a cable-like experience like most people grew up with…it makes the content much more palatable.”
That’s a wrap on the SpotX Hot Seat for now. Find out where SpotX will be next by checking out our events calendar.