Roku, the top streaming service in the US and the world’s top platform for producing and managing real-time 3D (RT3D) content, and Unity have announced a strategic product and commercial partnership. This partnership will make it easier for mobile app marketers to extend their app install campaigns to TV streaming inventory. Through this partnership, mobile app marketers will have the only seamless TV streaming campaign execution experience possible by combining Unity’s user acquisition technology and experience with Roku’s premium inventory.
Roku – Unity solution for app marketers
The solution, which is currently in beta testing, links Unity’s Luna app marketing platform to Roku’s premium TV streaming inventory by fusing Unity’s campaign management and optimization technology with Roku’s Action Ads. With a smooth transition from ad view to download, Roku’s Action Ads offer advertisers the advantages of click-through measurement along with an easy-to-use discovery flow for viewers. They can therefore evaluate the effectiveness of their streaming TV campaigns from the point of initial ad exposure to the download of mobile apps.
TV streaming and Roku Action Ads
The first-to-market collaboration coincides with the expansion of TV streaming advertising. GroupM projects that global TV streaming ad revenue will reach $25.9 billion in 2023, an increase of 13.2%. Given that, at least 82 of the top 100 games use Unity to expand their user bases and that Roku has nearly half of all broadband homes in the United States, these two platforms are ideally positioned to assist app marketers in utilizing more screens and devices to engage potential users and spur incremental growth. Through this partnership, marketers can now take advantage of Roku Action Ads for a seamless experience in addition to closing the measurement loop for improved optimization.
App marketers and TV streaming campaigns
With the Roku remote, users can start the game download on any mobile device and go back to watching TV shows without any hassles. Additionally, app marketers can now track every aspect of their TV streaming campaigns, from the first TV ad exposure to the final mobile app download, which opens up new, more affordable growth strategies. When Roku’s scaled inventory is combined with Luna’s campaign management technology, app marketers hoping to boost performance on home TVs will have never-before-seen opportunities.
After logging in from Unity, app marketers will go to Luna and choose Roku from a list of marketing channels. This makes it simple for marketers of mobile apps to purchase cross-channel advertising on a single platform. After the beta test, Luna will collaborate with a select group of partners to expand to Roku.
Here’s what they said
Miles Fisher, Senior Director, Head of Emerging and Programmatic Sales at Roku said,
Mobile app marketers seek to maximize their budgets and ad opportunities. TV streaming has become the right performance channel to enable growth and provide channel diversity in a highly competitive market. Roku’s scale, tech, and direct connection with the viewer are uniquely positioned to make the largest screen in the home work harder for mobile performance marketers on Unity.
Omer Kaplan, SVP of Revenue and Operations for Unity Grow added,
The driving force behind this partnership is to turn CTV into a high-scale performance channel for apps and games. Savvy app marketers today know that they have to harness every available channel to drive truly incremental and cost-efficient growth, and CTV represents a huge and largely untapped opportunity. By coupling that scaled inventory with Luna from Unity’s robust campaign management and optimization technology, this partnership unlocks unique value for app marketers who are looking to drive performance on home TVs. We believe that there is no better combination of partners more suited to making CTV a successful performance marketing channel to add to app advertisers’ UA toolkit.