Coronavirus Boosts OTT Viewership and Opens New TV Ad Opportunities

To be sure, kids are not the only ones spending more time staring at the TV screen. The coronavirus has catalyzed a golden age for TV viewership and non-traditional formats such as over-the-top viewing in particular, said Sean Buckley, COO of global video advertising platform SpotX.

SpotX announced a strategic investment in CTV and OTT-focused ad serving platform SpringServe Monday. I checked in with Buckley to find out how the partnership will benefit both companies and how the coronavirus year has affected TV viewership as well as video advertising.

OTT Will Transform How Local Businesses Connect with Their Customers

When looking out into 2020 through a local media lens, advertisers trying to reach hyper-local audiences will continue to lean in and adopt more digital and over-the-top practices. No longer will businesses consider OTT an add-on to their media plans; rather, it will become the centerpiece to reach local audiences who are turning to free streaming services and apps to watch news and entertainment.  

Here are our four top predictions for 2020.

Where to Go from Here: The Outlook for Programmatic Advertising in 2020

eMarketer recently estimated that U.S. advertisers spent nearly $60 billion on programmatic display in 2019, and over the next two years, continued investment in areas like connected TV and OTT will drive programmatic ad spending to $80 billion.

As the ad industry launches into 2020, the ever-evolving programmatic landscape will introduce a fresh set of opportunities and challenges that will shape strategy in the new year. Here’s what to expect. 

GroupM Details the State of Digital Marketing’s Hottest Medium: Video

For marketers looking to capitalize on the video boom, Street Fight has the latest from GroupM’s second annual State of Video report. The highlights include continued difficulties with measurement, emerging options to target effectively across channels, a look at Amazon and Facebook’s quest for domination, and social video’s fallibility and how brands can overcome it.

Street Fight Daily: ThriveHive Launches GMB Solution; Amazon Now #3 Ad Platform, May Open 3K Brick-and-Mortars

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… ThriveHive Launches Solution to Audit Google My Business Profiles… Amazon Is Now the #3 Digital Ad Platform in the US… Nucleus Claims It Now Has Throw Weight to Outperform Platforms on Ads…

Street Fight Daily: Facebook’s Latest Shot at Local, Mobile Search Habits May Undermine Loyalty

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… Facebook Takes a Stab at Local—Again… As ‘Near Me’ Searches Spread on Mobile, Consumers Trade Loyalty for Convenience… Google Might Be Hiding the Fact That Its Own Reviews Are Shoddy…

ZypMedia Opens Up Programmatic Video for Local Advertisers, Focusing on OTT

For local advertisers looking to access cutting-edge marketing technology, programmatic advertising company ZypMedia promises the full package. Over the last year, the company has set its sights on OTT, which has garnered strong interest from both local advertisers and publishers hoping to capture the attention of streamers.