CES 2012: Yume and Samsung Team Up on Connected TV Advertising

written by: Richard Kastelein

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YuMe  today announced that it is partnering with Samsung Electronics, the technology leader and innovator in electronics and telecommunications, to provide advertising on Samsung's Smart TV Platform through YuMe's Connected Audience Network. As part of this partnership, Samsung will host the first-ever connected TV Brand Lift study through YuMe's relationship with Vizu, an online ad technology company whose solutions allow advertisers to measure and optimize Brand Lift in real-time. State Farm, North America's leading choice for auto and home insurance, is the charter advertiser for this video advertising survey trial.

"Our sales partnership with YuMe allows Samsung to leverage their strong relationships with brands, agencies, and third-parties for the Samsung Smart TV Advertising Platform," said Daniel Park, Vice President, Samsung Electronics, Media Solution Center. We believe the ability to reach consumers through Samsung's market-leading Smart TV's and Blu-ray Disc players presents a unique and compelling value proposition to marketers. YuMe is a valuable partner in evangelizing this opportunity and bringing brand advertisers in to participate in this interactive, emerging platform."

The new connected TV Brand Lift study will gauge how ads impact consumers' perception by randomly sampling viewers and presenting a small subset with an on-screen survey served from Samsung's Smart Hub. Viewers respond to the survey using their TV remote. Responses from viewers who have not been exposed to the advertising are compared to those from viewers surveyed while the advertising is running in order to calculate the Brand Lift generated by the campaign. Powered by Vizu, this metric helps Samsung-YuMe advertisers improve messaging and audience targeting for current and future ad buys.

As the charter advertiser for this launch, State Farm is extending the reach of its popular Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers campaign across all screens to drive both brand and social media marketing objectives.

"We are extremely excited to be part of YuMe's Connected TV launch. The living room is becoming the 'hub' of household entertainment, both for traditional as well as online viewing, and the connected TV platform provides a State Farm-branded experience prior to the consumer watching their chosen video," said Edward Gold, Advertising Director, State Farm Insurance Companies.

"With this new capability, our solutions now enable advertisers to measure and optimize Brand Lift across multiple screens, comparing and contrasting the results generated in traditional digital channels with those from connected television," said Dan Beltramo, CEO of Vizu. "We are very excited to test this capability with YuMe and Samsung as we jointly lead the way into the next realm of digital media branding measurement."

Samsung Smart TV advertising inventory expands the reach of YuMe's Connected Audience Network to include the global leader in connected TV sales. YuMe provides advertisers with an integrated campaign platform for reaching consumers across TV, mobile, and online devices. YuMe's premium video ad network enables advertisers to reach their target audience at scale whenever and wherever they consume content. With world class customer support, brand-safe content, unmatched data and analytics, powerful reporting, and tremendous reach, the Connected Audience Network offers the essential tools marketers need to engage consumers and ultimately exceed their campaign goals.

"Connected TV is an emerging platform, and we are excited to offer built-in solutions for evaluating ad campaign success across multiple platforms, which have never before been available to brands," said Jayant Kadambi, CEO, YuMe. "Our YuMe platform works seamlessly to integrate multiple technologies that give companies like State Farm real-time viewer feedback, allowing them to successfully monetize cross-platform campaigns."



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