Friday, January 27th, 2012

Cynopsis: DIGITAL
01/27/12

Good morning. It’s Friday, January 27, 2012, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. If you would like to read this or any other Cynopsis editions online, click here.

Nielsen has published its December 2011 rankings of the top online video destinations in the U.S. According to the data, 164.3 million unique U.S. viewers streamed over 22 billion videos, spending on average more than 5 hours each watching online video. YouTube was the top video brand once again with 131.4 million unique U.S. viewers. Other notable websites in the top 10 were Yahoo! (third place, with 36.7 million viewers); Facebook (fourth, 23.5 million); Hulu (eighth, 19.3 million) and ESPN Digital Network (ninth, 16.7 million). In terms of total streams, however, the rankings shift a little. While YouTube still is far and away the top destination with over 13 billion videos streamed during December 2011, Hulu came in second with 756.9 million videos streamed. Other notable streaming entities on this list include Netflix (sixth place, 251.8 million videos streamed) and Comcast (eighth, 216.5 million). And finally, when it comes to time spent per viewer, Netflix users in the U.S. spent an average of 10 hours and 7 minutes watching video content on Netflix in December 2011, ranking it first by a seven-hour margin over second-place Hulu.

~ MULTIPLATFORM CONTENT NEWS ~

Fanhattan is a discovery app for new TV shows and movies that also provides users the option to rent, buy or watch the show/movie with one click. Yesterday, it announced an update that will integrate a news feed into the app, reports TechCrunch. As a result of this integration, when users watch a TV show or movie on the Fanhattan iPad or iPhone app, they will also have access to readable content regarding said movie from a list of over 60 sources. Content partners for the new offering include BBC, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, MSNBC, MTV.com, Variety, VH1 and many more.

Popular web series The Annoying Orange has surpassed 1 billion total views on YouTube. In honor of the milestone, Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a digital distribution and production company, has announced a special “roast”episode that will debut today on the series’ YouTube channel; featuring appearances from other YouTube stars, such as iJustine and The Fine Bros. The web series, which premiered in October 2009, revolves around an orange that heckles other fruits and vegetables and has amassed over 2.3 million subscribers on its channel. During its run, the series has featured guest appearances from the likes of John Leguizamo, James Caan and Weezer. Later this year, the character will transition to TV with a new series set to debut on the Cartoon Network. The animated series will be produced by The Collective, parent company of CDS, and written by Tom Sheppard (Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain).

~ DIGITAL ADVERTISING ~

LiveIntent, a platform for buying and selling email ad inventory in a similar fashion to display, has announced support for AdChoices, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) consumer notification offering. LiveIntent’s technology for email newsletters delivers targeted ads to readers based on the device they are using, location, time of day and more. Per this decision, all ads served by LiveIntent will now feature the AdChoices icon. If clicked on, the logo will direct users to a web page explaining why they were served that particular ad, as well as allowing them to opt-out of future ads from LiveIntent. There, users will also have the option to read about LiveIntent’s privacy policy and the ability to visit DAA’s website to see their opt-out choices from other participating companies.

The App Engagement Platform, a new solution from Millennial Media, will enable advertisers and developers to (anonymously) identify consumers who have already downloaded their branded app, and then run campaigns that only serve ads to those users. After that, the platform will allow advertisers to use mobile display creative in order to direct users to other locations within the app. Through this, brands and advertisers can increase app usage and learn more about consumer behavior as users navigate the mobile app, as well as use the data to run re-targeting campaigns with relevant messaging.

~ TECHNOLOGY DEALS, MERGERS AND SKIRMISHES ~

MetHodder has announced an agreement with Outcast for the use of MetHodder’s cloud-based content creation platform, ScreenGuru, for the PumpTop TV Network. ScreenGuru enables users to create messages based on custom-branded templates, and can be used in almost any digital operating environment. Outcast is a digital media company that delivers content to consumers at health clubs and gas stations via two out-of-home TV channels: PumpTop TV and the Health Club Media Network. The latter has used ScreenGuru since mid-2010 in more than two dozen health club chains that comprise the network. These health club chains have created messages unique to their brand, such as membership promotions, class schedules and special events. Outcast plans to deploy ScreenGuru in a similarly localized way across its PumpTop TV network.

~ TRENDS, RESEARCH, ETC. ~

Online video ad network YuMe has released the results of a joint study it conducted with Nielsen, which sought to quantify the impact of a $500,000 online video ad buy when combined with a $2.6 million TV advertising campaign for a major CPG brand. The study found a 14% increase in reach for the targeted 35-54 age demographic during the combined online video and TV campaign. Based on the findings, YuMe and Nielsen emphasize that an integrated campaign combining multiple screens can deliver an impact and ROI exceeding that of standalone TV campaigns. Other findings from the whitepaper include:

  • YuMe online video outperformed TV with a 22% increase in brand recall and a 31% increase in message recall one day after exposure.
  • The online video spend was more efficient (almost double) than the TV spend. In fact, the cost per point (CPP) was reduced by 11%.
  • Almost 9 million people in the 35-54 age demographic were exposed to the combined online and TV campaign.

According to comScore‘s December 2011 rankings of global display networks, Tribal Fusion, a global online advertising provider, is the world’s second largest source of display advertising. Tribal Fusion’s premium publisher network reached more than 490 million unique users across the globe, coming in behind Google (1.2 billion unique users worldwide), but outpacing third-place AOL Advertising (477 million).

According to NM Incite (a Nielsen/McKinsey company), only a quarter of social media conversations about President Obama’s State of the Union address were actually about the issues. NM Incite analyzed over 128,000 messages that included “#SOTU” or “State of the Union” from January 24 to 25. The data revealed that most of the messaging was simply relaying information or news of the event and how users were planning to watch it. However, among the chatter that did focus on policy issues, the top-performing topics were income equality, corporate corruption and energy, each accounting for 11% of issues-focused conversations.

 

~ GADGETS & APPS ~

Viggle, the app that rewards users for checking-in to the TV programs they are watching, has officially launched for all iOS devices. Prizes include movie tickets, music, gift cards and more. Brands have also been brought into the fold as Viggle enables them to offer additional points to users who check-in to TV commercials, or interact with the games, videos, polls and quizzes available within the app. Viggle has already signed up brands such as Hulu Plus, Burger King, Capital One, Gatorade and Verizon, and is working with USA Network to develop show-specific engagements for users. The first product from Function(x), the app is for free and is compatible with more than 150 channels of live, recorded or online TV content.

~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~

Revision3 has hired Julie Davenport as Vice President of Business Development & Marketing. In her new role, Davenport will oversee the expansion and monetization of Revision3’s content distribution platform. She will also be responsible for strategic branding initiatives and audience development and social media efforts for Revision3’s library of technology, gaming and lifestyle shows. She will report to the company’s CEO, Jim Louderbeck.

Initiative, a performance-driven global media communications company, has appointed Suhaila Suhimi Hobba to the position of Executive Vice President, Managing Director for Digital. Based out of Initiative’s Los Angeles office, Hobba will oversee the company’s west coast digital practice. She will report to Michael Hayes, president of digital communications; and will also serve on the agency’s North American Operations Committee, which reports to Tim Spengler, president, North America, at Initiative.

Yahoo! has made three new additions to its Marketing Solutions Leadership Team. MaryBeth Malcolm has been appointed as Senior Director, Yahoo! Category Development and Marketing Solutions, based out of San Francisco, where she will oversee the development of category strategies and solutions that meet the needs of Yahoo!’s advertising clients. In addition, Debbie Menin has been appointed as Category Lead  Entertainment and Travel, and Karina Montgomery as Category Lead CPG/FMCG and Health. Both Menlin and Montgomery will partner with Yahoo!’s sales leadership to execute a national industry-specific strategy in their respective categories. They will also aid in new business initiatives and represent Yahoo! at industry events. Menin and Montgomery will report to Malcom, and Malcom will report to Yahoo! vice president of marketing solutions, Elizabeth Ritzcovan.


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~ WEBSITE OF THE DAY ~

HBO will live-stream six horse races tomorrow, January 28, beginning at 4 pm ET, on Facebook. It is the culmination of a promotional campaign for HBO’s upcoming series, LUCK, which stars Dustin Hoffman, and is a fictional behind-the-scenes story about the world of horseracing and gambling. The LUCK $50K Challenge on Facebook is giving users the chance to win $50,000 by “betting” on six races, collectively known as the HBO LUCK Pick Six, which will take place in Los Angeles and Miami. Here’s how it works: You can register for the challenge by “liking” the show’s Facebook page; visit the campaign’s Facebook app on the page (designed by Definition 6); you are allowed to make selections (just one per race) up until an hour before the races are set to begin; Horses who place in the top three spots will earn points based on their odds and actual payouts at the track; the bigger the underdog, the more points a user can earn; the person with the most points at the end will win the $50,000. LUCK, which comes from acclaimed director Michael Mann and Deadwood creator David Milch, premieres this Sunday night at 9 pm ET on HBO.

Later – Sahil
Sahil Patel, Associate Reporter for Cynopsis Digital
01.27.12

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