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Picture this: You're chilling on your couch, streaming your favorite show. In the next ad break, the ad loads slowly and is grainy and pixelated. Clearly, you're frustrated because you expect more from your HD TV and lightning-fast internet connection.

You're not alone. Advertisers and broadcasters hate it when this happens too -- they want you to stay deeply engaged with what you're watching and not be distracted by the streaming experience. But providing TV-quality ad experiences has become challenging with the proliferation of connected TV devices that people use to stream video.

At DoubleClick, we are focused on helping deliver great user experiences by enabling advertisers and TV broadcasters to show seamless, high-quality video ads across all screen sizes and device types.

In this vein, we partnered with the IAB, CBS Interactive, Ad-ID and others last year to develop a new digital video standard that allows advertisers and broadcasters to deliver TV-quality ads to living room screens and devices. This standard, called VAST 4.0, updates previous video standards to work better for the viewing behavior in today’s world.

Today, we’re rolling out support for aspects of VAST 4.0 in DoubleClick Campaign Manager, DoubleClick Bid Manager, DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and DoubleClick for Publishers. It was important to launch this standard for both advertisers and broadcasters simultaneously to ensure that the whole ecosystem runs smoothly, from insertion order to ad serving.

To enable optimal viewing experiences on living room screens, we prioritized our focus on two specific aspects of VAST 4.0:

  • TV-quality viewing experiences: TV-quality creative files (known as mezzanine files) uploaded to DoubleClick Campaign Manager and DoubleClick for Publishers can now be passed to services that dynamically stitch ads into video streams (server side ad insertion platforms). This helps ensure a higher quality viewing experience, especially for connected TVs, by enabling the TV-quality ad creative to be transcoded and served in one stream alongside the video content.
  • More efficient ad delivery: A universal ad ID system helps the server side ad insertion platform better identify unique vs. existing creatives, which reduces unnecessary transcodes.

This updated set of standards applies across ad servers and server side ad insertion tools, helping advertisers and broadcasters provide high quality viewing experiences for their audiences.

To learn more about VAST 4.0 and how we’re supporting it in DoubleClick, please register for our webinar, coming up next Monday, 5/22, from 12-1pm ET.

Posted by Peentoo Patel and Sunil Gupta
Product Managers, DoubleClick Video Ads

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We are excited to announce that programmatic native ads are now available to all advertisers in DoubleClick Bid Manager, allowing more brands to build beautiful ads and deliver them at scale to mobile-first audiences.

A “native ad” is a paid advertisement that fits the look, feel and function of a publisher’s content. It’s assimilated into the design so that it feels like it belongs on the page or in the app. Users are responding positively to native ads: across the DoubleClick platform, we've seen that users are more than 2X as likely to click on a native ad as a traditional banner.1

DoubleClick’s component-based native ad solution makes it easy for brands to create compelling native ads that look great across any site or app, and on any device. Exact audience targeting and access to thousands of premium publishers provide both reach and precision — Bid Manager’s 40+ exchange integrations give access to hundreds of billions of global monthly native impressions. And the unified workflow lets you seamlessly integrate native ads with other buys and measure native alongside other campaigns to get a holistic view of performance.

“Native allows us to deliver ads that look good, with appealing text and information, for users to learn about products. We’re able to provide users with an integrated experience.” - Elie Milan, Associate Director of Programmatic at Starcom

Native advertising drives results

Native ads offer many benefits for advertisers. To date, over 500 brands and agencies have used DoubleClick Bid Manager to execute native ad strategies across both brand and direct response campaigns, with success across multiple objectives.

For example, Starcom helped Saudi Telecom reach a younger, tech savvy audience with native ads in DoubleClick, with a 30% increase in unique user reach and 2X improvement in operational efficiencies. Sojern team with SF Travel and used DoubleClick’s native solution to drive 1662% more bookings than their previous campaign with greater media efficiency.

“Thanks to our work with the San Francisco Travel team and Google, programmatic native ads in DoubleClick are now a proven method for driving direct bookings. We’ve since expanded this opportunity and made it available to all of Sojern’s clients.” - Jackie Lamping, VP of Marketing for Sojern

Visualize native ads with our new interactive tool

We've heard from a number of advertisers who want to better understand how their native ads will look before delivering them across a range of different publisher formats and devices.

We’re launching a new tool to help solve this challenge. Our interactive native ad gallery allows you to visualize your native ads before you begin building them. You can use the tool to preview native ads across multiple website templates and multiple devices, using sample creative or uploading custom assets to see your branded ads in action.

Try our interactive tool now to start visualizing your next native campaign.

Getting started with programmatic native ads in DoubleClick Bid Manager

We have also created a guide to help advertisers better understand native and the benefits of buying native ads programmatically. This guide gives you an overview of programmatic native in DoubleClick Bid Manager and offers practical tips to get you started.

DoubleClick’s native solution can help you build beautiful, relevant ads at scale, engaging consumers with better experiences across any screen and context.

Explore native ads in DoubleClick with our new interactive tool and getting started guide.

Posted by Ladika Jackto
Product Marketing Manager, DoubleClick
1 Internal data, DoubleClick, April 2017