An industry first, AMC Networks makes addressable programmatic television advertising a reality. It announced a partnership with two of the biggest names of adtech – Trade Desk and Magnite.
The First Of Its Kind
The cable programmer worked on several campaigns with national advertisers to enable programmatic and addressable buying on linear television. The new capability allows advertisers to buy live TV inventory with the same type of automated technology traditionally reserved for digital.
For more than a year, AMC Networks has been working to make it possible for advertisers to buy linear TV through automated and programmatic platforms. The aim was to enable advanced and automated buying tools, with enhanced targeting around popular and high-quality content.
Evan Adlman, senior vice president of advanced advertising and digital partnerships for AMC Networks pledges to work on 100% linear reach addressability. He also added that providing a full range of advantages on linear television will be the prime focus of the advertising partnerships
“This is a huge development, for us and for the entire industry, unlocking the value of linear inventory by providing advanced programmatic buying, with full addressability, on linear television.”
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Successful Pilot Experiment With The Advertisers
The cable programmer enabled the addressable TV capabilities in Q3. It teamed up with The Trade Desk and sell-side platform Magnite to implement addressable programmatic buying for major advertisers like Best Western, Smithfield Foods, Securian Financial. In a statement, AMC Networks said all these clients continued to stay live in the fourth quarter. It is also working to expand the current brand partners and add new ones.
In the past, such buys were only available for AMC Network’s web content, which is generally less expensive. Programmatic buys on linear TV involve advertisers cross-referencing their own first-party datasets with those of media owners to improve their audience targeting. This is usually accomplished using an encryption tool such as a data clean room.
AMC Networks claims the partnerships are crucial in an effort to protect the core linear product. In partnership with Magnite, the cable programmer intends to make linear reach 100% addressable, regardless of where the consumer views the advertising.
Matt McLeggon, senior vice president of advanced solutions, Magnite said,
“The work we’ve done with AMC brings the full power of programmatic execution to linear TV for the first time and gives advertisers the technology they need to holistically manage campaigns across CTV and linear TV.”
AMC claims an ideal partnership with trade Desk, a buy-side tool popularly known as a demand-side platform. Owing to the Trade Desk’s wide base of media buyers., more advertisers can access inventory.
Tim Sims, chief revenue officer, The Trade Desk said that the partnership will bring advertisers all the advantages of programmatic plus the opportunity to buy high-quality content like never before.
“Giving advertisers the access to a new pool of premium inventory and the ability to use their first-party data through this linear addressable capability is a perfect match.”